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The National Party leader says he believes tourism to White Island should be allowed to resume in time; and the Justice Minister says recommendations from an overdue review of the last general election are far too late to be acted on for the next one.

1.The police have confirmed another person has died following the eruption on Whakaari / White Island, bringing the official death toll to six.The person was earlier being treated at Middlemore Hospital. The Ministry of Health (MOH) ealier said of the 31 people who were in hospital following the eruption on Monday, 25 are in burns units in Christchurch, Hutt Valley, Waikato and Middlemore Hospitals.

2.The National Party leader says he believes tourism to White Island should be allowed to resume in time.Simon Bridges says he visited White Island many years ago and that it has always been a risky tourist activity.

3.Fire crews have battled a large blaze on Māngere mountain, South Auckland.The fire started just before 2am and took about three hours to bring under control.The blaze covers an area of 1.6 hectares.

4. The Justice Minister says recommendations from an overdue review of the last general election are far too late to be acted on for the next one. The Justice Select Committee has released the long awaited report from its inquiry into the 2017 general and 2016 local body elections.

5.Auckland bus commuters will face further disruptions today because drivers have rejected an unchanged offer from the operator NZ Bus.

6. Some school support staff are to get nearly a 20 percent pay rise after voting to accept the Education Ministry's offer for the living wage to be the new minimum pay rate. 

7. Polar scientists say Greenland is losing ice, seven times faster than during the 1990's.

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