What’s in the newspapers- Dec 9
Polystyrene meat trays, cups and takeaway food containers are the next targets in the battle to phase out single-use plastics, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced; and more than one in 10 children in New Zealand are living in material hardship, and tens of thousands are going without healthy food.
* The New Zealand Herald
In the New Zealand Herald,ambulance services will be cut without extra government funding, says the country's largest provider. St John warns it "cannot survive in the future" without more cash from taxpayers.
In other news, polystyrene meat trays, cups and takeaway food containers are the next targets in the battle to phase out single-use plastics, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced."Our ban on plastic bags has already made a difference as we confront our enormous long-term challenge to tackle plastic waste," Ardern said.
In business news, network provider Chorus says thousands of customers remain without broadband or landline phones after the wild weather that swept through the South Island over the weekend.On the West Coast, a landslip has resulted in a number of power poles being displaced with Chorus fibre attached to these poles.
* The Dominion Post
In the Dominion Post,Wellingtonians are in recovery mode after a wet weekend that saw events cancelled, houses flooded and roads closed.Today’s forecast is much better with meteorologists predicting an end to the stormy weather.For much of the weekend, the region was smashed by rain, gales, thunder and lightning. The heaviest rain fell about 5am yesterday, with Lower Hutt and Porirua hit hardest.
In other news, 70,000 bus trips are likely to be affected by a NZ Bus strike over drivers' working hours and pay. NZ Bus services have been cancelled and drivers suspended since Saturday.
In business news, the Queenstown-headquartered real estate agency which sold the two highest priced residential properties in New Zealand in 2019 has scooped a global award.New Zealand Sotheby's International Realty, the Kiwi arm of global giant Sotheby's International, has been named Best International Real Estate Agency Worldwide.
In The Press, tourism hotspots on the West Coast will effectively be cut off for eight weeks after a weekend of heavy rain, slips and flooding that forced the closure of three key roads on the South Island, effectively cutting it in half.A massive landslide at Mt Hercules means State Highway 6 between Harihari and Franz Josef will be shut until the end of January.
In other news, more than one in 10 children in New Zealand are living in material hardship, and tens of thousands are going without healthy food. The Government is being urged to significantly accelerate its child poverty efforts in order to dent the dire poverty figures, which come from the latest Child Poverty Monitor report.
In business news,sales of organic wines grew 19 per cent in the last year, driven by greater consumer demand to know where products are from and how they are produced, experts say.Data from Nielsen Scantrack, which takes in sales data from New Zealand liquor stores and supermarkets show growth in sales of conventional wine had plateaued at 1 per cent.
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