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Aucklanders would pay up $626 million more a year for imports if the city's cargo hub was moved elsewhere, according to a new study; and significant questions remain unanswered when it comes to next year's cannabis referendum and the National Party says the latest information release does little to clear them up.

1. Significant questions remain unanswered when it comes to next year's cannabis referendum and the National Party says the latest information release does little to clear them up.Justice Minister Andrew Little yesterday released an early draft of the legislation, which will go to a public vote at the 2020 election, outlining the rules regarding the use, purchase, growth and sale of recreational cannabis.

2. Aucklanders would pay up $626 million more a year for imports if the city's cargo hub was moved elsewhere, according to a new study.The Institute of Economic Research (NZIER) report is the latest in a string of studies looking into moving the city's freight operations to Northport in Whangārei and comes at a time when the government is also considering the port's fate.

3.The Education Ministry is linking a drop in 15 year olds enjoyment in reading to their declining results in international tests. 

4.The Government has invited the country's biggest iwi to suggest new ways to organise its treaty claims in what it calls a new opportunity for Ngapuhi. For the past 10 years the Northland iwi has been stuck in debate over who should represent its diverse hapu in negotiations.

5.There will be plenty of applause when NATO leaders gather in London to celebrate seven decades of the most successful military alliance in history.But with a French president who calls it "brain dead", a Turkish leader who is attacking US allies and buying Russian weapons, and an American president who questions the entire premise of his superpower defending the West - the political future of NATO has rarely if ever seemed quite so dubious.

6.The creator of a cartoon joking about the Samoa measles epidemic is defending it as a 'simple, innocuous joke' and says he won't be issuing a public apology.Garrick Tremain's cartoon for the Otago Daily Times sparked an immediate backlash online - being labelled racist, heartless and insensitive.The newspaper apologised for publishing the cartoon which it said was a deeply regrettable error in judgement. 

7.Dairy prices have fallen for the first time in three months in the latest auction. The average price was down 0.5 percent. 

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