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What’s in the newspapers - Nov 27

High-decile schools say at least a third of their students are trying vaping - and they want quick action to regulate it; and A2 Milk chief executive Jayne Hrdlicka has sold a further A$2 million ($2.1m) worth of time-based share rights granted in relation to her transition to the company last year.

* The New Zealand Herald

In the New Zealand Herald, a promising New Zealand wheelchair basketball player has died just hours after arriving home from competing in a dream international tournament in Thailand.Teremoana Tuakana's young family are in shock after the much-loved and devoted father of two died from a mystery infection in Middlemore Hospital on Monday morning.

In other news, high-decile schools say at least a third of their students are trying vaping - and they want quick action to regulate it.The Secondary Principals' Association and 36 individual principals of mainly high-decile schools have signed an open letter with health groups urging the Government to regulate the burgeoning industry.

In business news, as expected, A2 Milk chief executive Jayne Hrdlicka has sold a further A$2 million ($2.1m) worth of time-based share rights granted in relation to her transition to the company last year. In a stock exchange announcement, the company said Hrdlicka had sold 61 per cent of the rights issued to her in June and August this year to meet expected tax obligations.


* The Dominion Post

In the Dominion Post, a year on from the announcement of a billion-dollar-plus Porirua housing project, hoped-for new homes will not arrive this year.It comes as some locals worry the project is the start of a middle-class wave washing the poor out of their own neighbourhoods in the city’s east.

In other news, it’s definitely a day for builders, with a fine, mild Wednesday making it easy to get those trusses up.Wellington’s failed movie museum could soon be back on the table, with mayor Andy Foster hinting plans for the project are well under way.

In business news, big discounts on Black Friday may not be what the seem, warns price comparison website PriceSpy.PriceSpy found the price of some products actually increased over the Black Friday sale weekend last year.Perfume actually increased an average 3 per cent during the sale.Black Friday traditionally starts the day after the Thanksgiving in the United States and runs till Monday.


*The Press

In The Press, it would be nice to think Robert Northe paused for a second before levering open a little girl’s Smiggle piggy bank with a screwdriver.If he had a pang of conscience it didn’t stop him from taking the coin stash. He did, however, make a crucial mistake.He forgot to take the screwdriver, leaving it right next to the pink piggy bank. The DNA left on the screwdriver would help sink him and his associates.

In other news, just weeks after being hauled over the coals by the Chief Ombudsman for a culture of secrecy, the Christchurch City Council is at it again.The authority has refused to reveal how, and if at all, new chief executive Dawn Baxendale spent a $30,000 allowance as part of her financial package to relocate from the UK earlier this year.

In business news,Christchurch can be a "globally distinctive" aerospace centre, but only with hard work and investment, a new report says.The Government-commissioned report, released on Tuesday, sets targets to help put Christchurch at the centre of New Zealand's aerospace industry by 2025, attracting new businesses with hundreds of employees.

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