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What’s on RNZ News at midday – Nov 4

The fishing industry has suffered a partial defeat over ocean regulations in the Court of Appeal; and the drug buying agency PHARMAC will start funding a new leukemia treatment next month from December 1st.


1.Elderly Levin residents are being urged not to open their door to strangers after a 90-year-old was attacked in her home on Saturday afternoon. The elderly woman remains in a stable condition in Palmerston North Hospital. On Sunday, police said she had serious injuries.Three teenage girls have been arrested in relation to the assault.They have been charged with aggravated robbery and are due to appear in the Youth Court in Levin today.

2.The fishing industry has suffered a partial defeat over ocean regulations in the Court of Appeal. The dispute was over the right of local council’s to regulate fishing activity of their coastlines. The fishing industry argued allowing that to happen would make it hard for the companies to plan their operations without being suddenly blocked from certain areas because of local considerations.   

3.Two lawyers Sonja Cooper and Amanda Hill who have represented more than 1000 abuse survivors have told the Royal Commission that no victim has ever received adequate compensation for what they suffered.  

4.A jury of seven women and five men has been selected in the trial of the man accused of murdering British backpacker Grace Millane. Millane went missing on the eve of her 22nd birthday in Auckland's CBD while travelling through New Zealand on a worldwide OE.Her disappearance sparked a large police investigation that led to the location of her buried body in the Waitākere Ranges a week later.

5.The acting Prime Minister Winston Peters has told the High Court that the leak regarding his pensioner overpayment continues to hurt his reputation with many people wrongly believing he was involved in a shady deal.     

6.A Hong Kong politician has had part of his ear bitten off in a frenzied attack that occurred during pro-democracy demonstrations in the city, several other people were also injured the stabbing.       

7.The drug buying agency PHARMAC will start funding a new leukaemia treatment next month from December 1st. Venetoclax will be funded for people living with chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL).

8.Hundreds of Tamariki from 62 schools have converged on Hamilton for Te Mana Kuratahi, the National Primary School Kapa Haka competition. The five day event will showcase the country’s top Rangatahi performers from 17 regions around the country.    

9.The public will have their say whether the reserve next Ihumātao should have the highest level of heritage recognition. Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga has proposed changing the heritage status of the Ōtuataua Stonefields from category two to category one to recognise their outstanding historical and cultural significance.   

10.The jury had been selected in the trial of a former Dunedin doctor accused of murdering a teenage girl.  Venod Skantha is charged with murdering Amber-Rose Rush in Dunedin last February.

11. President Donald Trump says the media should name the whistleblower behind a complaint about his dealings with Ukraine and that such reporting would be "doing the public a service."

12. The Auckland Council will have a new Climate Change Committee as the Mayor Phil Goff reorganises the council after his re-election last month.

13. A formal complaint has been laid against Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel over her handling of allegations against former city councillor Deon Swiggs. Swiggs failed to get re-elected following a campaign marred by claims he sent inappropriate social media messages to people as young as 13, and insisted on hugs instead of handshakes.

14.A biologist monitoring a wounded leopard seal in Auckland says she is in good condition but there is still a risk of infection. 

15. The kakapo and hoiho or yellow eyed penguins are wing to wing contenders for top perch in the Bird of the Year Awards, one week into voting.

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