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What’s on RNZ News at midday – Nov 1

The Immigration Minister Iain Lees-Galloway has directed his officials to come up with a solution so Indian migrants are not unfairly excluded from receiving partnership visas; and a new Ministry of Justice report has found only 11 percent of sexual violence cases reported to police end in a conviction.

1.The Immigration Minister Iain Lees-Galloway has directed his officials to come up with a solution so Indian migrants are not unfairly excluded from receiving partnership visas.

2.The man who is imprisoned for killing his six-year-old stepdaughter has today been sentenced to preventive detention for attempted murder after stabbing a fellow inmate in the throat. The judge sentenced Stephen Roger Williams in the High Court in Wellington to a minimum period of 14 years in jail and said it was his third strike.

3.An Auckland emergency physician is calling for e-scooter riders to wear helmets and not ride drunk as the Auckland Council increases the number of them allowed on the city streets. The Council is allowing the scooters to stay in Auckland for another six months and almost doubling the number allowed by the three rideshare companies operating from 1,800 to 3,200.

4.A new Ministry of Justice report has found only 11 percent of sexual violence cases reported to police end in a conviction. The report analysed almost 24,000 cases of sexual violence reported to police between July 2014 and June last year.

5.The Royal Commission investigating abuse and care has heard disabled people in care between the 1950’s and 1990’s were regularly restrained, neglected and unloved. The Director of the Donald Beasley Institute Dr Brigit Mirfin-Veitch gave evidence to the Inquiry on the fourth day of its hearing in Auckland.

6.A judicial recount has overturned one of the results in Whakatāne's local elections by just a single vote. The result released on 18 October had the two candidates for the the Galatea-Murupara Ward on Whakatāne District Council tied on 262 votes each. Newcomer Hinerangi Goodman was declared the new councillor when her name was drawn out of a hat.

7.New legislation comes into force today aimed at improving the Government’s bettered building products quality assurance scheme CodeMark. Now any company trying to get a CodeMark must assess it’s products and the methods for using them against all the relevant parts of the building code.

8.Investors in the failed insurance group CBL Corporation have accused its former directors of misleading statements, failure to disclose key information, and insider trading in papers just filed in court. CBL Corp failed in 2018 when its insurance subsidiary was forced into liquidation by the Reserve Bank, and overseas regulators move against other operations.

9.The impeachment investigation into Donald Trump has moved to a new, more public stage after a vote along Party lines in the House of Representatives. The White House is calling the investigation illegitimate but the House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says the democrats are defending American democracy.

10.A Police glock pistol stolen from Gore in August has been recovered. A Southland man is believed to have stolen two pistols are ramming a police car, stealing a patrol vehicle and then ramming another police car on the 14th of August.

11.Consumers are feeling much more confident than they have for some time. The ANZ Roy Morgan Consumer Confidence Index indicates consumers are feeling much better about current conditions and much more positive about the future.

12.Korean mental health workers are calling for more resources in their communities in New Zealand, especially when the cultural norm is to turn to alcohol instead of counselling.

13.A sports fund is being launched to support ethnic minorities living in Canterbury. The fund will be run by the Christchurch Foundation.

14.Special Tuia 250 events will be held around New Zealand to mark the rare astronomical phenomena-the Mercury transit.

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