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What’s in the newspapers - Nov 12

Construction of more than 500 houses for New Zealand’s most needy families has been put on hold during a housing crisis because of a controversial policy change; and  the Government has had to pour extra emergency money into district health boards after being warned hospital workers’ pay could be affected without a boost.

* The New Zealand Herald

In the New Zealand Herald,construction of more than 500 houses for New Zealand’s most needy families has been put on hold during a housing crisis because of a controversial policy change.Most of the houses would probably have been completed and tenanted by now if Community Housing Providers (CHPs) had not had their funding changed, the organisations claim.

In other news, the Government has had to pour extra emergency money into district health boards after being warned hospital workers’ pay could be affected without a boost.And the Treasury is sounding the alarm, admitting the financial situation of the DHBs could shift the focus from health outcomes to financial management.

In business news, Auckland Airport has backed down on office rental rises for airline customers, saving them about $1 million over the next three years.While retailers have been stung with increases of up to 40 per cent, airlines say the airport company has listened to them over office rents in the terminal.

* The Dominion Post

In the Dominion Post, a former Ka¯ piti Coast doctor is accused of performing unwanted and unnecessary breast examinations on patients, and telling a 15-year-old to consider a sex act.The accounts of eight women are included in the charge of misconduct brought by the Professional Conduct Committee (PCC) against the doctor, who has interim name suppression.

In other news, it’s unmistakable: the triremelike ship, the flying dragondolphin-fish, the English flags. Quintessentially Wellington. Right?The new mayor of Wellington and a councillor want to see the revival of the city’s flag and coat of arms around the city in order to foster ‘‘civic pride’’.However, others say the flag has fallen into disuse for a reason, and it symbolises colonisation.

In business news, the Real Estate Disputes Tribunal has censured a Christchurch real estate agent for lying and trying to sell properties not listed with her, fining her $6500 and suspending her licence for 90 days.Sonia Tafilipepe, the former owner of three Mike Pero franchises, had charges brought against her by the Complaints Assessment Committees (CAC) under the Real Estate Agents Act, for misconduct and marketing properties without an agency agreement.

*The Press

In The Press, it’s a day of glitz and glamour, when people throw on their finest threads for a day of drinking, gambling and socialising.A crowd of about 20,000 is expected at this year’s New Zealand Trotting Cup at Christchurch’s Addington Raceway.

In other news, security cameras that use artificial intelligence (AI) to determine whether someone is armed are proving effective after early testing at Christchurch's Al Noor mosque.Al Noor was one of two mosques targeted during a terrorist attack on March 15 that led to the death of 51 Muslim worshippers.

In business news, a section of Christchurch's Avon River precinct has taken out the country's top landscape architecture award.The 1.5-kilometre long, 4.8 hectare upgrade to the banks of the river between the hospital and Manchester St is part of a $120 million build managed by Crown rebuild company Ōtākaro.​

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