What’s on RNZ News at midday – Nov 20
Half of New Zealand's electoral boundaries are expected to change, and a new electorate is proposed for South Auckland; and the Royal Commission on Abuse is being urged to appoint an abuse survivor to it’s vacant Commissioner’s seat.
1.Armed police officers have been patrolling throughout Hawke’s Bay since a spate of gang related incidents in Napier on Sunday. Two gang members were injured and a medical centre was shot at in separate clashes between Mongrel Mob and Black Power gang members.
2.Half of New Zealand's electoral boundaries are expected to change, and a new electorate is proposed for South Auckland. The Representation Commission released its report on the proposed boundaries and names of electorates for the next two elections today. It suggested the number of electorates increase by one to 72 because of population growth.
3.The Royal Commission on Abuse is being urged to appoint an abuse survivor to it’s vacant Commissioner’s seat. Jane Stevens says that would help address disrespect she says the Commission shown the Survivor Advisory Group shes on.
4.A British expert in sexual culture has told the High Court jury that people should not be surprised that young women are talking about what they want and don’t want during sex. Professor Clarissa Smith of the University of Sunderland has been giving evidence in the trial of 27-year-old man accused of murdering Grace Millaine.
5.It has been a tragic start to the kōkako breeding season with rats destroying three nests in Auckland's Waitākere ranges. Two chicks and five eggs have been eaten at Forest & Bird's Ark in the ranges, with rat faeces found nearby. Each nest was surrounded by a ring of steel, with traps set every five meters. Spokesperson Annalily van den Broeke said the fact rats were able to slip through was devastating.
6.The United Nations has urged the authorities in Hong Kong to seek a peaceful end to the siege at the Polytechnic University. Only a few dozen protesters are thought to still be inside, some tried unsuccessfully to flee through the sewers.
7.A Northland school says the sudden death of a 13-year-old girl on Monday afternoon happened after an athletics event. Kamo Intermediate in Whangarei says the student Aimee Lindsay collapsed and could not be revived.
8.Toxicology shows no presence of 1080 in dead rats that washed up along with other animals on North Beach near Westport this month. About 680 rats, an octopus, a calf and other animals were found washed up on the West Coast beach on Saturday 9 November.
9.About 60 people are likely to be prosecuted for failing to fill out the 2018 census, participation in the census is compulsory and the penalty for not completing it is a $500 fine. The Government’s Deputy Statistician Carol Slappendel acknowledged some people simply could not fill it out because of last year’s technological failures but those people would not be pursued by the authorities.
10.Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn have clashed over Brexit in the first TV election debate of the campaign.Johnson promised to "end this national misery" and said Labour offered "only division and deadlock".Corbyn said Labour would "get Brexit sorted by giving you, the people, the final say".
11.Preparations are under way at the Waitangi Treaty Grounds for the historic visit today by Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.It's been 25 years since Charles or any member of the royal family visited Waitangi - and the day is expected to draw together the who's who of the north.
12. Dozens of people may have been killed in Iran since Friday during protests against a sharp rise in petrol prices, the UN human rights office says.A spokesman urged security personnel not to use excessive force, including firing live ammunition, and called for access to the internet to be restored.
13.A White House official has testified in the impeachment inquiry against US President Donald Trump that a phone call made to ask Ukraine to investigate his political rivals was improper.
14.The United Nations and International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said on Tuesday that Israeli settlements in occupied Palestinian territory remain in breach of international law, rejecting the Trump administration’s position accepting them.
15.The Hamilton City Council says there is no truth in suggestions the former mayor threatened to stop funding organisations that supported an increase in pokie machines. SkyCity casino in Hamilton is applying for an additional 60 gambling machines at a Gambling Commission hearing in the city.
16. MetService says predicting tornadoes is more difficult in New Zealand than in the United States. A tornado injured two people in Christchurch on Monday.
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