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What’s in the newspapers - Nov 4

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern received an unexpected welcome to the East Asia Summit in Bangkok last night; and the uncertainty over who exactly Wellingtonians elected as their mayor could drag on for another couple of weeks.

* The New Zealand Herald

In the New Zealand Herald, man is recovering in hospital after allegedly being attacked outside a supermarket north of Auckland. Emergency services were called to Moenui Ave, in Orewa, about 9pm last night after reports of a person being assaulted.

In other news, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern received an unexpected welcome to the East Asia Summit in Bangkok last night when her Thai host, Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-oca, praised New Zealand's sheep placenta cream. He made the remarks through an interpreter at the beginning of their bilateral meeting – for which Ardern was half an hour late, apparently delayed by traffic.

In business news, NZ Post has returned its focus on middle New Zealand with an endearing Christmas ad that celebrates the white lies of the festive season.The narrative is centred on a family's Secret Santa experience and tells the story of all the little lies the mum, dad and kids tell each other – and the way the smiling Postie helps to keep everything under wraps. All this plays out to a choir-sung version of Fleetwood Mac's Little Lies, which quickly worms its way into the viewer's ear.

* The Dominion Post

In the Dominion Post, a group of renters were left in a "powerless position" when their landlord refused to replace a broken heat pump.Five people were renting a home in Wellington's Brooklyn, owned by landlord Lifestyle Rental Properties Limited. In a recently released Tenancy Tribunal decision, the renters began their tenancy in February 2019 and later discovered their heat pump was not working.

In other news, the uncertainty over who exactly Wellingtonians elected as their mayor could drag on for another couple of weeks.But we should at least know by the end of this week whether the recount will take place.A District Court judge will receive additional information from the electoral officer on Monday before deciding whether to grant a recount requested by ousted mayor Justin Lester.

In business news, competition for prime CBD office space remains fierce in Wellington and Auckland, according to real estate firm JLL.JLL's Third Quarter Vertical Vacancy Review looks at vacancies in the main cities' large commercial office buildings.JLL said business confidence remained high and JLL was yet to see any evidence in the prime office market that any uncertainty about the economy was affecting business' decisions regarding property.

*The Press

In The Press, the Catholic Church has spent more than $15 million on several blocks of riverside Christchurch land, likely to be the first stakes in a larger site for a complex which may include a new cathedral. The church announced in August it would demolish its earthquake-damaged Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, once considered by some to be New Zealand's finest building, and rebuild on a more central site.It also plans to cut the number of parishes in the city and sell off surplus churches within four years.

In other news, trainee nurse and activist Joe Davies has put his name forward to replace Ruth Dyson as the Labour Party's candidate for Port Hills.Nominations for the candidacy closed more than a week ago and Davies, 25, said on Sunday he was one of those nominations. Labour's senior vice president Tracey McLellan said last week she was also in the running.

In business news,free car parking, rates holidays for owners of new properties and financial incentives for developers should all be considered to ensure central Christchurch flourishes rather than flounders, councillor James Gough believes.Gough, returned for a fourth term to represent Fendalton at last month's election, has been tasked by mayor Lianne Dalziel to ensure plans designed to revitalise the heart of Christchurch do not fall flat.

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