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What’s in the newspapers - Nov 1

Greens co-leader Marama Davidson has renewed her criticism of the Police and New Zealand's Justice system; and Labour's senior vice president Tracey McLellan has put her name forward to become the party's candidate in the Port Hills electorate for next year's general election.

* The New Zealand Herald

In the New Zealand Herald, a tiny South Island township of about 650 people is in disbelief after waking to the news that an 8-year-old local boy had been killed. And there were more shocks to come for residents in Otautau near Invercargill yesterday, when they found later in the day that the alleged killer was a youngster.The boy’s father said he was completely “blindsided” to learn that his son had been killed.

In other news, Greens co-leader Marama Davidson has renewed her criticism of the Police and New Zealand's Justice system, saying its biased against Māori and Pasifika peoples. She is also critical of plans to further arm police officers and will this weekend speak against the move at a rally in Auckland.

In business news, the technology sector boomed in FY2019, cementing its position as one of our largest export earners according to the annual TIN (Technology Investment Network) Report.The NZ Trade & Enterprise-backed survey of our largest tech companies by revenue (the "TIN200") found total tech sector revenue rose by more than $1 billion for the second year in a row as it jumped from $11.0b to $12.1b.

* The Dominion Post

In the Dominion Post,Shelly Bay is go, putting Wellington's new council between a rock, a hard place, and Sir Peter Jackson.The $500 million development on the western edge of the Miramar peninsula was on Thursday granted resource consent by independent commissioners under special housing legislation, which allows for more-intensive housing than Wellington's district plan.

In other news, contracting measles doesn't just make you feel lousy and put you at risk of potentially life-threatening complications, it can also cripple your immune system for years. New research by Harvard University and the Wellcome Sanger Institute in the UK found the repercussions of measles last far longer than the time you're sick with the illness.

In business news, Kiwi property-seekers were squeezed for choice in October with fewer listings to choose from nationwide, realestate.co.nz data shows.Both new listings and the total number of houses for sale around the country were down last month, compared to a year ago.

*The Press

In The Press, lead from old pipes that date back more than 80 years has been found in drinking water in parts of Christchurch.The toxic metal was discovered in a small number of water samples taken from the network in Lyttelton in September.Other areas thought to be affected are older parts of the central city, as well as Sydenham, Beckenham, Merivale, St Albans and Addington.

In other news, Labour's senior vice president Tracey McLellan has put her name forward to become the party's candidate in the Port Hills electorate for next year's general election. Nominations for the candidacy closed last week and McLellan, 49, announced this week she was one of those nominations.

In business news, wealthy Canterbury family the Goughs have had the sale of their 90-year-old business, Gough Group, to Malaysian buyers for $211 million approved by the Overseas Investment Office.The OIO said the applicant, Sime Darby Berhad, had global interests and operated across the Asia-Pacific region, with its core business involving industrial equipment, motors, logistics, healthcare, insurance, and retail.

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