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What’s in the newspapers - Nov 22

New Zealand First has upped the ante in the saga over its mysterious foundation, with party leader Winston Peters' long-time lawyer Brian Henry threatening to sue National for $30 million; and Government auditors have urged an independent review into the Christchurch Town Hall repair after the project faced delays and costs blew out by almost $40 million.

* The New Zealand Herald

In the New Zealand Herald, Alexi’s parents have six minutes to act if there’s a problem with their child’s intravenous medication. Six minutes before their 6-yearold girl might collapse and turn blue as the pressure in her heart drops dramatically, overloading her right heart ventricle and threatening her life.

In other news, New Zealand First has upped the ante in the saga over its mysterious foundation, with party leader Winston Peters' long-time lawyer Brian Henry threatening to sue National for $30 million. In the House, senior National MP Nick Smith tabled a letter in which Henry issued a clear ultimatum to the veteran MP."Repeat what you said in the House in public or apologise."

In business news, companies could struggle to get new directors in the future because more are being put off the job by higher risks in the operating environment and personal liability if something goes wrong.That's the warning from Felicity Caird, the governance leadership manager at the Institute of Directors.


* The Dominion Post

In the Dominion Post, every political party has its Voldemort. He who shall not be named. The enforcer barely seen in public conscience.For NZ First it is Brian Henry, party leader Winston Peters’ longtime lawyer, mate, party judicial officer and enforcer who warned NZ First candidates in 2017 that he was the party’s ‘‘dark shadow’’ whose job was to ensure Peters ‘‘gets the position he deserves’’.

In other news, British backpacker Grace Millane did not die in a sex game gone wrong, she died because she was strangled to death, a court has been told.The Crown claims Millane, 21, was murdered by a man she met on dating app Tinder in December 2018 but the defence argues her death was an ‘‘unexpected and unforeseen’’ accident.

In business news, property company Argosy's insurance claims have risen to just over $60 million so far for damage caused by the 2016 Kaikoura earthquake.The claims are primarily for material damage and reinstatement works up until July 31 2019 at $45.3m, and claims for business interruption, mainly loss of rents, of $15m.


*The Press

In The Press, Government auditors have urged an independent review into the Christchurch Town Hall repair after the project faced delays and costs blew out by almost $40 million.An Audit New Zealand report into governance of the project describes it being "beset by some significant issues" and raises concerns over its financial robustness.

In other news, a new earthquake research project will be a step towards better understanding New Zealand's largest and most active fault.The project comparing Japanese and New Zealand faults will shed light on the types of earthquakes expected from the Hikurangi subduction zone off the East Coast.

In business news, a partnership with an international private school group means 45,000 more students may soon be sold Crimson Consulting's Ivy League dream - provided their parents can pay up to $20,000 for the privilege.The group, Inspired Education, has New Zealand's ACG Group of schools as a member, and also operates in Australia, Europe, Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Latin America.

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