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What’s in the newspapers - Nov 7

Senior Cabinet Minister Kelvin Davis is being accused of "atrocious" and disrespectful behaviour after he was challenged over the Government's duty to honour Treaty of Waitangi obligations; and the Ministry of Health has refused a request for a financial top up for youth counselling charity, Gumboot Friday.

* The New Zealand Herald

In the New Zealand Herald,‘Grace can’t tell us.” With those words Crown prosecutor Robin McCoubrey began laying out the case against the man accused of murdering British backpacker Grace Millane. The evidence included the discovery of the young woman’s body, which had been stuffed into a Warehouse suitcase and buried in a shallow grave in the Waita¯kere Ranges in West Auckland.

In other news, senior Cabinet Minister Kelvin Davis is being accused of "atrocious" and disrespectful behaviour after he was challenged over the Government's duty to honour Treaty of Waitangi obligations.But Davis has rejected that, saying the criticism comes from an industry training organisation that he simply disagreed with.

In business news, lower confidence in the Auckland property market is weighing on the overall confidence of investors pushing levels to a three-year low, a survey has found.Investor confidence fell from a net 15 per cent in the June quarter to a net 8 per cent in the September quarter according to research undertaken by ASB.Chris Tennent-Brown, ASB senior economist, said the dent in confidence could not be attributed to one big thing.


* The Dominion Post

In the Dominion Post,Wellington Mayor Andy Foster has formally sought to ensure a potential election recount does not go ahead. The request for a recount was made by ousted mayor Justin Lester, who lost a tight race to Foster by just 62 votes almost four weeks ago.

In other news, the Ministry of Health has refused a request for a financial top up for youth counselling charity, Gumboot Friday, frontman Mike King claims.But instead of being "angry or upset" about the decision, King said he was using the knock back as motivation.In a Facebook post on Wednesday afternoon, King called on New Zealanders to help raise $5 million on Gumboot Friday in April next year "so our kids can get the counselling they deserve".

In business news, Qantas expects to announce a round of redundancies as part of a head-office restructure, but says it does not yet know how many jobs will be lost at the Australian airline.The airline told staff last week there would be moves in head office following the retirement of its human resources boss Lesley Grant at the end of year.


*The Press

In The Press, the public will get the opportunity to hear from Gloriavale leavers when a new trust to assist resettlements is officially launched in Timaru on November 14.Up to 10 Gloriavale leavers - some of whom have never spoken publicly about their experiences - will be joining a question and answer panel at the official launch of the Gloriavale Leavers' Support Trust.

In other news, a group of West Coasters expect thousands of people will join their rally opposing Government policies they believe are hurting the region's economy. The group, called Naturally Together, say November 17's event aims to protect the industries that support the West Coast's way of life, including mining, agriculture, fisheries, forestry and electricity generation.

In business news,removing advertising from TV One would be the most popular way to give a leg-up to the media, according to a survey commissioned by Better Public Media.A survey of 1000 adults conducted for the lobby group by Research New Zealand showed RNZ launching a television channel, or amalgamating TVNZ, RNZ and Maori Television, would also be popular, but less so than a commercial-free TV One, it said.
 

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