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What’s in the newspapers - Dec 11

Sweeping law changes proposed by an official inquiry into last year's election and foreign interference have taken too long to be of use for next year's election, Justice Minister Andrew Little says; and ousted Auditor-General Martin Matthews' battle to have his case reopened by Parliament has cleared the first hurdle, after National MP Nicola Willis agreed to accept a petition to reopen his case

* The New Zealand Herald

In the New Zealand Herald,Police are struggling to identify victims of the White Island eruption er as burns specialists say they performed a year’s work in one on day. Some survivors are being be flown to Australia for treatment, as desperate families fly to New Zealand in the hope their loved ones are among the 30 injured and not the 14 dead or missing.

In other news, sweeping law changes proposed by an official inquiry into last year's election and foreign interference have taken too long to be of use for next year's election, Justice Minister Andrew Little says.Parliament's Justice Select Committee on Tuesday released the findings of its long-delayed report into the 2017 election and 2016 local body elections.

In business news, Air New Zealand's newly opened domestic airport lounge has yet to obtain a liquor licence leaving travellers high and dry.A spokeswoman for Air NZ said due to a processing delay with its liquor licence, it was currently unable to offer alcoholic beverages in the Auckland domestic lounge.

* The Dominion Post

In the Dominion Post,once a tour boat’s fresh water ran out, a first-aid trained university student could only hold the hand of a screaming burn victim and sing to him.Amid a swirling ash cloud and in the bobbing sea, Lillani Hopkins 22, and her father, Geoff Hopkins, were on a boat treating burns and comforting the dying following Monday’s Whakaari/White Island eruption.Five of those rescued by the White Island Tours boat died hours after reaching shore.

In other news, ousted Auditor-General Martin Matthews' battle to have his case reopened by Parliament has cleared the first hurdle, after National MP Nicola Willis agreed to accept a petition to reopen his case.Petitions to Parliament need to be accepted by an MP before they can be sent to a select committee for consideration.

In business news, Marlburians have been the happiest eftpos swipers in the country in the build up to Christmas, compared to the same time last year. The latest Paymark statistics, which services most in-store electronic card terminals, shows Marlborough has made 10.3 per cent more purchases between November 13 and December 7 than those same weeks last year.


*The Press

In The Press, hosting an All Blacks test, three major concerts and about 20 other events would come at an $80 annual cost to the average Christchurch ratepayer.That's the annual programme forecast for Christchurch's under development new stadium, revealed by authorities in an investment case on Monday. A $472.7 million facility with 25,000 seats and a clear roof was found to be the best fit for the city. It would be able to hold up to 36,000 people for concerts with a standing area. 

In other news, health authorities are investigating after more than 130 people were knocked over with a stomach bug after Canterbury secondary school's leavers' function.Canterbury medical officer of health Dr Ramon Pink said the public health unit was notified of a "possible outbreak of acute gastroenteritis" following a leavers' event on December 3.

In business news,big changes could be in the pipeline for Picton's ferry terminal, with new larger ships to replace the Interislander's three older ferries.KiwiRail is looking to upgrade the older fleet in anticipation of more passengers and cargo in the coming years, and to ensure they comply with new emissions regulations.

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