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What’s on RNZ News at midday– Nov 6

A global group of around 11,000 scientists have endorsed research that says the world is facing a climate emergency; and victims of the country's biggest ever ponzi scheme say they’re angry that a plan to protect small investors from ponzi schemes has been shelved by Commerce Minister Kris Faafoi

1.The man accused of murdering Grace Millane went on a Tinder date with another woman while the backpacker's body was contorted in a suitcase in his apartment, the Crown has argued. The 27-year-old, who has name suppression, is on trial in the High Court at Auckland this month accused of murdering  Millane.

2.A global group of around 11,000 scientists have endorsed research that says the world is facing a climate emergency. The study, based on 40 years of data on a range of measures, says Governments are failing to address the crisis.Without deep and lasting changes, the world is facing "untold human suffering," the study says.

3.There has been international condemnation of the United States withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement. United Nations has confirmed that the Trump administration has filed paperwork to formally begin the year long process of pulling out of the accord.       

4.Victims of the country's biggest ever Ponzi scheme say they’re angry that a plan to protect small investors from Ponzi schemes has been shelved by Commerce Minister Kris Faafoi. Faafoi's changes to insolvency laws had originally included a plan to give liquidators greater scope to claw back money from investors who withdrew funds from a Ponzi scheme just before a collapse, to share among all investors.

5.A former Dunedin doctor Venod Skantha accused of murdering Amber-Rose Rush showed up at his ex-girlfriend’s home in the early hours after the teenager was killed. Skantha is on trial for the murder of the 16-year-old in February last year.

6.A clinical child psychologist Professor Michael Tarren-Sweeney has told the Royal Commission into Abuse in Care that children are often better off in state care than staying in families where they are abused.           

7.A Parliamentary committee has been told the health system has failed Māori who have cancer by not reaching enough people through screening programmes. The Māori Affairs Select Committee is hearing submissions in its inquiry into health inequity for Māori.

8. Manawhenua have temporarily closed public access to all Mounga volcanic cone in Auckland where scrub fires broke out during Guy Fawkes Day celebration last night.

9.The High Court in Auckland has been told the Ministry of Social Development did everything humanly possible to keep Winston Peters pension overpayment private. A Ministry Manager Meredith Nugent has been giving evidence this morning during the Deputy Prime Minister’s legal action claiming a breach of his privacy.      


10. The number of people out of work rose slightly in the third quarter of the year. Official figures show the unemployment rate rose to a seasonally adjusted 4.2 percent in the three months ended September.

11.A Whanganui cat food factory is moving its operations to Thailand - costing the city 152 jobs.Mars Petcare in the suburb of Castlecliff produces pouches which are then filled with cat food - but its sales have been steadily declining to the point where last year it signalled it might have to close its doors.

12. A man charged with a murder in Foxton three weeks ago will stand trial next year. Timothy MacDonald is accused of shooting 46-year-old Joeroa Rangitawhi Te Rupe on October 14.

13. A 55-year-old man has been arrested after officers were threatened and several cars and the gates of a police station were rammed in a chase.Acting Waikato District Commander Inspector Andrew Mortimore said police were called about a family harm incident in Morrinsville after 1am, with reports a man had been drinking for hours and was threatening to drive.

14.The Morurua Nuclear Veterans group is encouraging veterans to come forward to take part in a study before the deadline closes at midnight tonight. 

15. A new business aimed at bringing baby boomers and millennials together in the property market has been launched. The online house buying platform, Leverage will match investors who put up a 20 percent deposit with house hunters who take on the mortgage and live in the house.

16. Candidates to be the next All Blacks coach will be interviewed over the next few weeks. New Zealand Rugby has officially begun the process to find Steve Hansen's replacement. 

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