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What’s in the newspapers - Dec 12

National Leader Simon Bridges is accusing the Government of "screwing up the economy," after new Treasury figures revealed the books would be going into deficit next year; and Wellington City councillor Sean Rush has implored his colleagues to help "trapped" people in the eastern suburbs by advancing the case for an extra Mt Victoria tunnel.

* The New Zealand Herald

In the New Zealand Herald,thirty people were last night in hospital after Monday’s White Island eruption.Two patients have up to 90 per cent burns to their bodies, while 22 people are on airway support. Doctors are ‘working round the clock’ to save their lives as skin from about 60 donors is being flown in from the US and Australia to treat them

In other news,National Leader Simon Bridges is accusing the Government of "screwing up the economy," after new Treasury figures revealed the books would be going into deficit next year.He is also critical of the Government's economic management, after new GDP numbers showed the economy is growing slower than has been expected.

In business news, Auckland Airport is advising passengers on how to avoid possible disruption as it reveals the 10 busiest days during its summer peak.It says traveller numbers hit their highest at the international terminal in the two and a half weeks from December 19 to January 6.

* The Dominion Post

In the Dominion Post,the medic examined his patient and sent a staffer to the shops to buy more plastic cling wrap.The patient was in a bad way and a long way from home. Her skin was ‘‘blasted off’’, blistered, and raw. To survive her injuries she was going to need a catering pack of cling wrap to seal her burns.

In other news, Wellington City councillor Sean Rush has implored his colleagues to help "trapped" people in the eastern suburbs by advancing the case for an extra Mt Victoria tunnel.Rush made the comments at a city council meeting on Wednesday, in which councillors endorsed funding for the next two years of the 20-year Let's Get Wellington Moving (LGWM) programme.

In business news, Bank of New Zealand is to have a new earthquake-resilient and "green" 12-storey building as headquarters for its 1500 hundred staff in Wellington.It will replace the BNZ's former landmark headquarters, a fairly new building on Waterloo Quay and owned by Wellington port company, Centreport, which was badly damaged in the November 2016 Kaikoura earthquake and is now being deconstructed and demolished.

*The Press

In The Press, lawmakers are one step closer to cracking down on people who attack frontline emergency services staff.A New Zealand First member's bill introducing a six-month minimum sentence for assaults on first responders passed its first reading in Parliament on Wednesday.

In other news, the Eden Park Trust will submit a resource consent application to hold up to six concerts a year at the stadium.Under Auckland Council's Unitary Plan, the stadium is entitled to apply to stage up to six shows a year.The trust made the announcement on Thursday morning, saying it was asking for the application to be publicly notified so people could have their say.

In business news,got a cool $1 million to invest in a property? One of the country's biggest syndicators is calling.Oyster Group is seeking to raise $108 million from "wholesale investors" - wealthy individuals and families knowledgeable about the risks of investing in commercial property - for the purchase of 60 per cent of the big new Tauranga Crossing retail development.

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