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Speed limits are set to drop in high risk areas and some fines will go up as part of the government's new road safety strategy, a document leaked to RNZ says; and roadside drug testing will be conducted by police from 2021, the government says.

1.Speed limits are set to drop in high risk areas and some fines will go up as part of the government's new road safety strategy, a document leaked to RNZ says.The 10-year Road to Zero plan which aims to cut the number of road deaths by 40 percent by 2030 is being released by Associate Transport Minister Julie-Anne Genter this afternoon.

2. Roadside drug testing will be conducted by police from 2021, the government says.Associate Transport Minister Julie Anne Genter announced today she would introduce a bill to Parliament early next year giving police powers to run random roadside saliva testing.

3.Sir Ron Brierley's former deputy is staggered the New Zealand business tycoon has been arrested and charged in Australia for possessing child abuse material, he says.Sir Ron, 82, was stopped at Sydney International Airport on Tuesday morning ahead of a flight to Fiji.Border officials found child pornography on his laptop and electronic storage devices, leading police to lay six charges of possessing child abuse material.

4. The Prime Minster has defended Labour's decision to release the findings of an inquiry into the allegations of sexual assault by a party employee. The independent report has cast major doubt on the main complainants version of events by concluding that insufficient evidence was put forward to back up the most serious complaints .

5.Three New Zealand children have been taken into hospital with measles in the American state of Colorado. Public health officials in the US are now warning travellers who went through Los Angeles or Denver Airports last week that they could be put at risk of catching the disease.

6.A man who advises foreign investors on buying forests has been given a formal warning for breaking the rules. Roger Dickie has been told by the Overseas Investment Office that if it happens again he will face further action.

7.French carmaker PSA and Italian-American rival Fiat Chrysler (FCA) announced on Wednesday that they had signed a deal to merge, creating the world's fourth-largest car company after Toyota, Volkswagen, and Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi. PSA group manufactures the Peugeot, Citroen, Opel, and Vauxhall brands.

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