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What’s in the newspapers - Nov 14

New Zealand’s MPs yesterday stepped towards history as they debated the bill, which would hand the final decision on assisted dying to the public; and the Earthquake Commission has offered a formal apology for its handling of quake claims in Canterbury.

* The New Zealand Herald

In the New Zealand Herald,the legacy of euthanasia campaigner Lecretia Seales reverberated through Parliament last night as MPs debated whether to send a decision on legalising assisted death to a national referendum.New Zealand’s MPs yesterday stepped towards history as they debated the bill, which would hand the final decision on assisted dying to the public. Lecretia Seales’ mother Shirley said prior to the final vote that she knew the impact it would have if it passed.

In other news, the Deputy Prime Minister's case against two top civil servants, two former ministers, and a ministry has wrapped up at the Auckland High Court, with the judge reserving his decision.Winston Peters took legal action because he believed State Services Commissioner Peter Hughes, and former Ministry of Social Development head Brendan Boyle should not have briefed former National ministers Anne Tolley and Paula Bennett about his superannuation overpayment.

In business news, Kiwi billionaire Graeme Hart's debt-laden US packaging giant, Reynolds Group, said lower product prices drove its earnings down in the third quarter to September 30.In a filing to the US Securities and Exchange Commission, Reynolds Group said its net profit for the September quarter fell by 80 per cent to US$40 million ($62.5m), while revenue for the period fell by 5 per cent to US$2.4 billion.

* The Dominion Post

In the Dominion Post,‘anyone who offends China, no matter how remote, must be exterminated,’’ isn’t a line you’d expect to find in a New Zealand film – let alone a film that received $243,000 tax rebate from the Government.Yet it’s the tagline for Wolf Warrior 2, a militaristic Chinese propaganda film, partly made in New Zealand.

In other news, students could soon have free access to period products, with Minister for Women Julie Anne Genter foreshadowing fresh policy to be delivered by Budget 2020.The news came as a petition with 3015 signatures was presented to MPs at a cross-party breakfast at the Beehive on Wednesday, calling for period products to be provided to young women free of charge.

In business news, the fate of RNZ and TVNZ may soon be in the hands of Cabinet ministers, with a proposal to disestablish both broadcasters and create an entirely new public media entity.The coalition government has been grappling with what to do with public broadcasting in New Zealand, and now there's a greater sense of urgency with the media industry under real financial threat.

*The Press

In The Press, New Zealanders will vote on whether euthanasia should be legalised next year after a long-fought bill passed 69 to 51.If endorsed by the public in a referendum, the new law will allow those who are terminally ill to request assisted dying.

In other news, the Earthquake Commission has offered a formal apology for its handling of quake claims in Canterbury.It came from chairman Sir Michael Cullen and was included as part of the commission's annual report for the year ended June.

In business news, regulars at Christchurch's Bush Inn mall are "disappointed and annoyed" there has not been a supermarket at the centre for the last year.The former Countdown supermarket site is being converted to become the Provedore, an indoor market with a range of grocery vendors.Shoppers appear to be excited by the idea of the Provedore, but some said the development process had left them in the dark and taken too long to finish.
 

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