What’s in the newspapers - Nov 15
The rules around use of parliamentary TV are set to be liberalised and MPs will no longer have to give permissions for clips of them to be used in political advertising; and Forestry Minister Shane Jones will not back down from comments describing farmers protesting on Parliament as "rednecks".However, Climate Change Minister James Shaw says Jones' comments were not helpful, but akin to "putting out fire with gasoline".
* The New Zealand Herald
In the New Zealand Herald, minutes after welcoming their precious first child into the world, Yulia and Konstantin Emanov felt their life crumbling around them. The Russian couple, who moved to New Zealand for a better life, were told their baby daughter Eva has a rare condition which makes it difficult for her to breathe. She also has an undeveloped lower jaw, thumbs and is unable to bend her arms.Very quickly the family were saddled with $460,000 of medical bills, and no way of paying them. As the couple are not citizens or residents, they aren’t entitled to full public healthcare for their child.
In other news, the rules around use of parliamentary TV are set to be liberalised and MPs will no longer have to give permissions for clips of them to be used in political advertising. But it will still be a breach of the rules to use footage in a way that is misleading.
In business news, New Zealand house prices set a new annual record, up 8.2 per cent from a median $561,500 to $607,500.Latest Real Estate Institute data showed that was the first time this country's house prices had gone above $600,000.Auckland house prices rose by a median $7000 annually, from $861,000 a year ago to $868,000 last month which REINZ said was the highest median price for that city in 19 months.
* The Dominion Post
In the Dominion Post, mothers tell of chaos at Hutt Valley Hospital as midwives cry for help.
In other news, Forestry Minister Shane Jones will not back down from comments describing farmers protesting on Parliament as "rednecks".However, Climate Change Minister James Shaw says Jones' comments were not helpful, but akin to "putting out fire with gasoline".
In business news, New Zealand's leading industrial landlord Goodman Property Trust has posted a record half-year profit of $224.3 million, a large chunk of that due to a big jump in the value of its properties.The after-tax profit for the six months to September 30 2019 is 3.78 times greater than the $59.3m half-year profit to September 2018.
In The Press, allegations that senior Christchurch City Council staff manipulated reports and deliberately kept negative information secret were not taken seriously by the former chief executive, a damning report has found.The leadership and culture at the organisation has been heavily criticised by Chief Ombudsman Peter Boshier in a report investigating openness and transparency at the council.
In other news, an Iranian-Kurdish journalist who wrote an award-winning book on a smartphone while detained on the infamous Manus Island is coming to Christchurch.It is the first time Behrouz Boochani has been able to leave Papua New Guinea, where he has been held by the Australian Government, in six years.
In business news, the Christchurch and Kaikoura earthquakes have done a lot to change building owners and developers' views when it comes to designing for earthquake safety, a Wellington engineer says.As the third anniversary of the Kaikoura earthquakes nears, people are reportedly asking for better materials and techniques that exceed what the Building Act requires.
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