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Figures in a new report suggest the number of children living in serious poverty is greater than the population of Dunedin; and the long-awaited and much-delayed Parliamentary report into the 2017 general election is expected to be published in the coming days.

1. Westland's mayor is hopeful a massive slip blocking State Highway 6 will be fully cleared next month. Hundreds of tourists are stranded on the West Coast, and on the other side of the South Island a flood-damaged bridge has closed State Highway 1, after a weekend of torrential rain.The heavy rain battered much of the West Coast causing major slips on a 350 kilometre stretch of State Highway 6 between Hokitika and Haast, and most of the 970 tourists tourists trapped in Franz Josef might have to remain there until Friday.

2. Figures in a new report suggest the number of children living in serious poverty is greater than the population of Dunedin. The 2019 Child Poverty Monitor also shows that those living in areas of high deprivation are three times more likely thank other children to be admitted to hospital.

3.The long-awaited and much-delayed Parliamentary report into the 2017 general election is expected to be published in the coming days.It's been a rough road to get the report completed by the Justice Select Committee, which has also been considering the influence of overseas actors and cash from other countries, as well as the 2016 local body election.

4. The Indian Police have arrested the owner of a building in Delhi that caught fire yesterday killing atleast 43 people. Officals say the building had no official fire license and no safety equipment.

5.London Fire Brigade's commissioner is to step down four months early in the wake of criticism over the service's response to the Grenfell fire.Dany Cotton, 50, previously announced she was standing down from the London Fire Brigade (LFB) in April 2020.

6.Thousands of bus commuters in Auckland have their ride to work and school disrupted this morning as the stalemate between bus drivers and their employer continues.NZ Bus services are off the road, and Auckland Transport says Ritchies will operate limited morning and evening rush hour bus services along Dominion and Mt Eden roads.
 

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