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What’s on RNZ News at midday – Dec 4

Political parties are taking sides in the debate over whether recreational cannabis should be legalised; and legislation banning most foreign political donations is continuing its way through Parliament under urgency with MPs looking to throw dirt at other parties in the process. 

1.After years of being told re-entering the Pike River mine could not be done safely, the families are welcoming news from WorkSafe that it can. The regulator has today given the green light to the plan drawn up by the Pike River Recovery Agency.   

2.The death toll from Samoa's measles epidemic has risen to 60, with five deaths recorded in the past 24 hours. All but eight of the dead were children aged under four.

3.The popular boutique cheese making company Zany Zeus is in receivership but it's hoped it will continue operating. The receiver Richard Nacey of PWC says the current factory in Moira and Lower Hutt had been working at capacity for sometime supplying about 400 customers, he says owners were in the midst of setting up a larger factory.

4.Legislation banning most foreign political donations is continuing its way through Parliament under urgency with MPs looking to throw dirt at other parties in the process. The Government’s introduced the bill banning foreign donations under $50 after warnings about overseas money being used to influence politics in New Zealand.    

5. An impeachment report released by Democrats in the US House of Representatives says the evidence of misconduct by the President Donald Trump is overwhelming and it accuses him of obstruction of Congress.

6.Political parties are taking sides in the debate over whether recreational cannabis should be legalised. The Government has published a draft bill setting up the rules for the use, purchase, growth and sale of recreational cannabis with the public to vote on the issue in a referendum next year.       

7.The Government has announced it no longer recognises the mandate of Tūhoronuku to negotiate the Ngāpuhi treaty settlement, and has opened the door for hapū to propose a new negotiation framework. It's back to the drawing board for the country's biggest iwi, which has not been able to reach a settlement with the Crown for a decade.

8.Ports of Auckland says the cost of moving its operations farther North will hit consumers in the pocket but any move is 30-years away. The report released today by the Institute of Economic Research claims that the cost of imports would increase by nearly $630 million if the port were to close.       

9.The US lawyer representing five women who say Jeffrey Epstein abused them plans to file subpoenas which would force Prince Andrew to testify. The women say the Duke of York knew about and saw young girls giving massages when he stayed at Epstein’s homes.

10.Wanaka and Queenstown are on high alert as their lake levels near flood levels while some shop owners are taking action to mitigate potential damage.Some businesses began sandbagging in Wanaka last night as water started lapping at the base of the waterside office of watercraft hire business Lakeland Wanaka.

11. A well-known sports star has pleaded not guilty to charges relating to the importation and supply of methamphetamine .The man will have his name kept secret until at least next year due to an op-going police investigation.

12. A coroner has ruled that a German tourists who died on the Tongariro Alpine Crossing last year was fit and well prepared for the track. Bernhard Hanssen, 56, walked the track on his own in November last year.

13.A second inquest into the death of two Spanish tourists who were killed in a crash in Northland almost a decade ago has reopened. Joan Roma-Serra and Eva Fajula-Rovira, both 34 died when a truck driver lost control and slammed into their campervan north of Whangarei in 2009.

14. The cartoonist Garrick Tremain whose latest work has been characterised as racists and insensitive has apologised to anyone who was offended. 

15. A Japanese retiree has been arrested after ringing a phone company 24,000 times to complain they had violated his contract, police and local media reported.Tokyo police said they took 71-year-old Akitoshi Okamoto into custody last week after he made hundreds of toll-free calls over eight days to the customer service section of major telephone operator KDDI.

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