What’s on RNZ News at 8am – Nov 19
Discussions are under way for Auckland Council to buy the disputed Ihumātao land in a bid to break the three-year deadlock; and the Chief of Army says an agreement on clearing New Zealand's firing ranges has been reached with Afghan authorities.
1.Discussions are under way for Auckland Council to buy the disputed Ihumātao land in a bid to break the three-year deadlock. Sources have told RNZ the Crown is considering loaning money to the council so it can purchase the land from Fletcher Residential, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Fletcher Building.
2. The Chief of Army says an agreement on clearing New Zealand's firing ranges has been reached with Afghan authorities. The Prime Minister has directed the Defence Force to speed up the clearing of the ranges in Afghanistan after revelations that 17 civilians were killed or injured in relation to unexploded ordnance left there.
3.A medical student rort appears to have been going on for years, even decades, with several GPs telling RNZ they believe authorities have been turning a blind eye.The University of Otago yesterday announced it would punish more than 50 trainee interns for using their three-month overseas hospital placement to instead go on holiday.
4.Hong Kong police have laid siege to a university, firing rubber bullets and tear gas to pin back anti-government protesters armed with petrol bombs and other weapons and stop them from fleeing amid fears of a bloody crackdown.Dozens, choking on the tear gas, tried to leave the Polytechnic University by breaking through police lines after a night of mayhem in the Chinese-ruled city in which roads were blocked, a bridge set on fire and a police officer was shot by a bow and arrow.
5.The Duke of York should apologise for his friendship with Jeffrey Epstein, a lawyer for the convicted sex offender's accusers has said.Spencer Kuvin, who represents several unnamed alleged victims, said "royalty has failed them".
6.An Auckland Pacifica leader believes her community is being increasingly targeted by online scammers. NetSafe says $33 million was lost in online scams last year.
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