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What’s in the newspapers - Nov 28

The gender pay gap among government workers is closing at the fastest rate in nearly two decades, but women continue to be paid less than their male peers; and ,the race for Auckland Central next year will see incumbent Nikki Kaye challenged by Green MP Chlöe Swarbrick, a race that could tighten with strategic voting.

* The New Zealand Herald

In the New Zealand Herald,the race for Auckland Central next year will see incumbent Nikki Kaye challenged by Green MP Chlöe Swarbrick, a race that could tighten with strategic voting.While Swarbrick is yet to be officially selected by the Greens and has been uncertain about standing for Parliament in 2020, she has now confirmed to the Herald that she wants to return and is expected to have the party's blessing for Auckland Central.

In other news, National's proposed gang crackdown will fail because it does not address the root cause of gangs - poverty - says a prominent gang leader.Waikato Mongrel Mob Kingdom president Sonny Fatupaito said the party's law and order proposals reprised old policies which had "failed miserably" and "terrorised Māori ... for generations".

In business news, a High Court judge has rejected Richard Yan's attempt to fend off bankruptcy proceedings brought by the liquidators of Mainzeal.In February, Justice Francis Cooke ruled Yan and three other former directors should pay $36 million for breaching their duties before the construction company collapsed in 2013.


* The Dominion Post

In the Dominion Post,the lives of firefighters and the public are being put at risk because of stagnant staffing numbers.Since 1998 New Zealand’s population has grown from 3.8 million to 4.8 million, yet the pool 20 of professional firefighters has increased by just 68.

In other news, the gender pay gap among government workers is closing at the fastest rate in nearly two decades, but women continue to be paid less than their male peers.New data released by the State Services Commission on Thursday shows the 2019 pay gap has dropped to 10.5 per cent, falling 1.7 per cent since 2018.

In business news, using engineered timber instead of concrete and steel on commercial buildings may not be a lot more expensive, big construction firm Naylor Love says.New Zealand's largest private construction firm with 700 staff and $600 million turnover, Naylor Love has developed a calculator that quantifies the amount of carbon in building structures using different materials.


*The Press

In The Press, the grieving family of slain teen Amber-Rose Rush have talked of the pain of losing the loved 16-year-old and her mother.Amber-Rose’s relatives, many of whom wore T-shirts bearing her image, hugged in court when Dr Venod Skantha was led back into the cells of the High Court in Dunedin after being found guilty of murder yesterday evening.

In other news, National's proposed gang crackdown will fail because it does not address the root cause of gangs - poverty - says a prominent gang leader.Waikato Mongrel Mob Kingdom president Sonny Fatupaito said the party's law and order proposals reprised old policies which had "failed miserably" and "terrorised Māori ... for generations".

In business news,TVNZ boss Kevin Kenrick's promise that his network will screen more free-to-air sport has come true - but through a surprise partnership with Sky rather than its Rugby World Cup partner Spark.Sky says TVNZ is its free-to-air partner for the summer Olympic Games in Tokyo, in 2020.The state-owned broadcaster had to pay to secure its position, though the amount is being kept under wraps.

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