What’s on RNZ News at midday – Dec 3
The Government will be banning foreign donations to political parties and candidates; and the Government has officially opened a new Cancer Control Agency to improve care in the health sector.
1.The Government will be banning foreign donations to political parties and candidates. Legislation will be introduced to Parliament this afternoon and passed under urgency. Minister of Justice Andrew Little said the risk of foreign interference in elections was a growing international phenomenon and could take many forms, including donations.
2.The Charities Minister Poto Williams has not read a damning report into the Hepatitis Foundation’s extravagant spending and wasn’t aware her department is refusing interviews. RNZ revealed last week the foundation spent more than $128,000 on travel over two years for its board chairperson and paid for lavish dinners at top restaurants.
3.A Tauranga iwi says a cruise ship company has ignored its offer to meet to discuss Princess Cruises staff members being seen adorning fake moko and performing pōwhiri for tourists. The company since apologized saying as soon as it became aware of the situation it withdrew the staff members involved.
4.A man convicted of a vicious homophobic assault in Auckland during Pride Week has been sentenced to 11 months' home detention. Joden Martin, 20, was also sentenced for a separate road rage incident that occurred in August 2018 after a motorist refused to let the vehicle Martin was in into his lane.
5.Strong winds across the lower North Island are disrupting flights and Wellington harbour ferry services, felling trees and causing power cuts. The gusts are forecast to get stronger with upto 140km/hr predicted. In the South Island a number of roads are closed and motorists are being urged to look out for slips and surface flooding.
6.There have been another two deaths in Samoa's measles epidemic, bringing the toll to 55. It's the seventh day the death toll has risen, with children making up almost all of the dead. In the past 24 hours, there were another 153 cases of measles recorded, bringing the total to more than 3800.
7.The Police Minister Stuart Nash has no intentions of resigning over the gun buyback data breach. The police have admitted personal information about gun owners such as addresses and dates of birth was available to 66 firearms dealers through its buyback website but say only one person looked at the data.
8.The Government has officially opened a new Cancer Control Agency to improve care in the health sector. At the opening the Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Health Minister David Clark met with the newly appointed Advisory Council which will support the agency.
9.A large number of chickens have died after a power failure at a Helensville farm whose operators are contracted to Tegel. The Ministry for Primary Industries said about 190,000 chickens died in the early hours of Saturday at a chicken farm in Helensville.
10. A new report says Wellington could be without electricity for three to six months if it does not improve its earthquake resilience. The Wellington’s Lifelines Regional Resilience Project says that if significant investment is put into earthquake proofing, the loss to the national economy as a result of the 7.5 magnitude earthquake would be reduced by $6 billion.
11.A US woman who says she was brought to Britain aged 17 to have sex with Prince Andrew has implored the British public to "stand beside her" and "not accept what has happened to her".Virginia Giuffre, one of convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein's accusers, says she was trafficked to London by Epstein in 2001.
12. The mayor of Auckland Phil Goff is increasingly critical of the group tasked with recommending the future of the Ports of Auckland. A cabinet committee will this week consider the latest report from the Upper North Island Supply Chain Working Group.
13.The world must choose hope over surrender in the fight against climate change, U.N. secretary-general Antonio Guterres said on Monday, warning a summit in Madrid that governments risked sleepwalking past a point of no return.The latest round of annual negotiations to bolster the 2015 Paris Agreement to curb global warming began against a backdrop of unusually severe weather disasters this year, from fires in the Arctic, Amazon and Australia to intense tropical hurricanes.
14.A national study has found that most 12 year olds are not good at Maths and Social Studies as they should be. The National Monitoring Study of Student Achievement says that less than half of Year 8 students are reaching the levels expected of them.
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