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What’s in the newspapers - Nov 21

Donors to NZ First’s slush fund believed they were making political donations to the party itself in accordance with the law – especially as an NZ First MP organised some of the donations; and an economic argument for moving Auckland's port to Northland has been harshly criticised in two reviews by economic consultancies.

* The New Zealand Herald

In the New Zealand Herald, an Auckland childcare company says it plans to offer care from 6am to 8pm, plus take-home meals for parents too busy to cook at home.The new Rainbow Corner centre in Botany will also provide an on-site doctor, nurse, pharmacy, physiotherapist and podiatrist so children in daycare can get medical help if needed — even if their parents can’t get there quickly.

In other news, a proposed new electorate in South Auckland has been tipped by academics to favour National.The new electorate, called Flat Bush, will draw from a mix of existing populations in Manurewa, Papakura and Hunua.

In business news, Dilmah Tea Founder Merrill J Fernando has been awarded an honorary doctorate by Massey University.Fernando, known to New Zealanders with his now famous television ad for Dilmah tea: "Do Try It", was capped as a Doctor of Science.He was nominated for the honour by the Pro Vice Chancellor of the College of Sciences, Professor Ray Geor, together with Distinguished Professor Paul Moughan, director of the university's Riddet Institute.


* The Dominion Post

In the Dominion Post,donors to NZ First’s slush fund believed they were making political donations to the party itself in accordance with the law – especially as an NZ First MP organised some of the donations.NZ First is scrambling after a Stuff investigation revealed more than $500,000 in donations appears to have been hidden in a secretive fund called the New Zealand First Foundation.

In other news, an obscure company directed by Winston Peters' personal lawyer is at the heart of the NZ First campaign engine, documents from a Stuff investigation reveal.Brian Henry is the sole director and shareholder of QComms. The company that has no online profile, phone number or any other listed information - but in 2018 charged the New Zealand First Foundation for at least $93,000 worth of work and reimbursements to contracted employees. One of these contractors is Henry's daughter.

In business news, an economic argument for moving Auckland's port to Northland has been harshly criticised in two reviews by economic consultancies.Both reviews say an economic analysis by Ernst and Young for a government-funded working group, failed to provide a credible basis for making a decision on the move.


*The Press

In The Press, National looks set to benefit from boundary changes proposed for Christchurch's Port Hills electorate.The traditionally safe Labour seat will gain 6500 people living in Banks Peninsula, who are now part of Selwyn, and lose 5700 from Bromley and Halswell, under plans released by the Representation Commission on Wednesday.

In other news, gangs have been warned they will not get away scot-free after an official gun amnesty ends next month.It follows police comments that a firearms amnesty would be ongoing indefinitely because a similar test already existed under the current law. Deputy Commissioner Mike Clement said he wanted to clear up any confusion and make itclear there was a distinction between the two amnesty schemes.  

In business news, a New Zealand businessman allegedly evaded at least $1.4 million in GST payments at the border, using invoices to undervalue imported heavy machinery, Customs says.The 43-year-old man appeared in the Dunedin District Court on Wednesday on charges of defrauding Customs revenue, offences in relation to declarations and documents that are known to be faulty, and obtaining by deception.

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