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The Finance Minister says reducing carbon emissions is one of the focus of a $12 billion boost to infrastructure; and two more people have died following the Whakaari /White Island eruption bringing the official toll to eight, with eight others on the island presumed dead

1.Two more people have died following the Whakaari /White Island eruption bringing the official toll to eight, with eight others on the island presumed dead.One of those who died was treated at Middlemore Hospital and the other Waikato Hospital.

2.The head of White Island Tours says no decision has been made on whether the company will change the alert at which it considers it is safe to take tourists to Whakaari /White Island .

3.The Finance Minister says reducing carbon emissions is one of the focus of a $12 billion boost to infrastructure. The Government is planning to borrow the money to spend on transport, schools, hospitals, investment in the regions and public estate decarbonisation over the next five years.

4.US regulators allowed Boeing’s 737 Max to keep flying even after their own analysis found the plane could have averaged one fatal crash about every two or three years without intervention.

5.Britain's election race has tightened markedly over the past two weeks and Johnson is now likely to win only a modest majority in Thursday's [Friday NZ time] general election, according to a closely watched forecast released today.

6.A building developer wants the authorities to cordon off his defective multi-storey tower in central Christchurch for the sake of public safety.

7.A Wellington City Councillor is concerned elected politicians are been shut out of the decision making for the the city's major transport overhaul. 
 

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