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What’s on RNZ News at midday – Nov 29

Lime and Wave e-scooters will be gone from the streets of Auckland, after the regulator decided not to renew the company's contract; and the Ministry of Education has extended all school bus contracts by a year to end in December 2021, rather than the end of next year. 

1.There have been three more measles-related deaths in Samoa, taking the toll to 42 since the outbreak began in October. The Government said there had also been 3149 measles confirmed cases of the disease, more than 200 of those in the last 24 hours.

2. New Zealand is sending more medical staff and essential supplies to Samoa to help the country get on top of the epidemic. The Foreign Minister Winston Peters say the extra support includes an extra 100,000 vaccinations and a third rotation of New Zealand’s urgency medical assistance team.       

3.Lime and Wave e-scooters will be gone from the streets of Auckland, after the regulator decided not to renew the company's contract. Auckland Transport and the city council announced today other e-scooter companies had been granted renewals or new licences - Beam, Neuron and Jump - alongside the existing operator Flamingo.

4.A Wellington iwi group is sending a warning to the Endeavour that its not welcome. Mau Whenua who are made up of descendants of Taranaki Whānui have lit fires along Miramar Peninsula as the ship makes its way into the Wellington harbour.

5.The Crusaders looks at to keep their name but ditch their logo. The Super Rugby franchise began a brand review in June after coming under pressure to change the name in the wake of the Christchurch mosque shootings. Questions were raised about the names referenced to the religious wars between Muslims and Christians in the middle ages.    

6.The Hepatitis Foundation says a report by the charities regulator criticising it for extravagant spending contains many inaccuracies and the foundation has long contested. Charities Services completed its two-year inquiry into the foundation last year but never published its findings.  

7.The opening of the massive Transmission Gully motorway project is likely to be further delayed. The 27km four lane motorway north of Wellington will be the new main route into the capital.

8. The Ministry of Education has extended all school bus contracts by a year to end in December 2021, rather than the end of next year. They cover thousands of routes and 40 million trips by children each year. The ministry is now writing to all operators offering a 12-month extension.

9.Half of all Auckland bus trips will be free from Monday. Members of a bus drivers union voted not to accept fares as they rejected a pay offer. 800 members of First Union and the Tramways Union yesterday voted not to accept the settlement offer made by NZ Bus, Auckland’s largest bus company.

10.New research suggests using the Body Mass Index (BMI) in before school checks is potentially harmful and could even cause children to get fatter. The study published today in the New Zealand Medical Journal notes the BMI has been shown to be inaccurate particularly for Pasifika, Māori and Asian children.

11.France’s President Emmanuel Macron has urged NATO to reassess its purpose, ahead of the organisation’s 75th anniversary.  Macron told the alliance that Europe’s common enemy was not Russia or China but terrorism. 

12.President Donald Trump has made an unannounced visit to American troops in Afghanistan and said the US and the Taliban have been engaged in talks.

13.The police commander in charge of operations at the 1989 Hillsborough soccer stadium crush that killed 96 Liverpool supporters has been found not guilty of manslaughter.

14.A United Nations food expert is warning that Zimbabwe is on the brink of “man-made” famine.

15.10 and 11 year old students from an Auckland Primary school are fighting to have their local marine reserve expanded. Year 6 pupils from Long Bay Primary School want to extend the Long Bay-Okura Marine Reserve.
 

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