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What’s on RNZ News at 8am – Nov 22

The National Party MP Nick Smith is standing by a speech he made in Parliament despite being threatened with a $30 million law suit; and The Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito Tofae Su'a William Sio is advising Samoan families planning on going back to the islands for Christmas to take precautions against measles.  

1.The National Party MP Nick Smith is standing by a speech he made in Parliament despite being threatened with a $30 million law suit. Dr Smith yesterday tabled in Parliament an email he received from Winston Peters lawyer Brian Henry threatening to sue for defamation if certain comments about the New Zealand First Party are repeated outside the house.

2.Schools taking taxpayer cash in lieu of parents donations plan to use trusts and foundations to keep asking families for contributions next year. The Government is paying 15,000 schools $150 per pupil next year if they stop asking for donations and subject fees.

3.Justice Moore will this morning sum up the case in the trial of the man accused of murdering Grace Millane. The 27-year-old who has name suppression denies strangling the British backpacker to death after a Tinder date last December.

4.The Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito Tofae Su'a William Sio is advising Samoan families planning on going back to the islands for Christmas to take precautions against measles.  

5.A new human rights organisation is setting up a register for Muslims to report threatening and abusive behaviour. The Foundation Against Islamophobia and Racism (FAIR) has been established by Muslims from throughout the country.  

6.Firefighters are continuing to battle nearly 200 bushfires across eastern Australia, while authorities have issued a Code Red alert for parts of Victoria State.Sydney has also been blanketed in hazardous smoke for the third consecutive day.

7.South Canterbury arable farmers are reporting up to 50 percent crop damage from golf ball sized hail stones. Heavy rain, hail and thunder storms ripped through the area on Wednesday. 

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