What’s in the newspapers - Dec 19
Christchurch mayor Lianne Dalziel has revealed the identities of six donors who funded her 2019 election campaign, after initially declaring her husband was the only donor; and a review into allegations of sexual assault by a Labour Party staffer has been unable to substantiate the claims, but did identify "overbearing and aggressive" behaviour.
* The New Zealand Herald
In the New Zealand Herald,the effectiveness of drug checking programmes at music festivals will be examined in a new research project, the first of its kind.A criminology team from Victoria University of Wellington will study the impact of drug testing at festivals as a harm-reduction effort.The study will cost $59,000 and the Ministry of Health will foot the bill.
In other news, a review into allegations of sexual assault by a Labour Party staffer has been unable to substantiate the claims, but did identify "overbearing and aggressive" behaviour.New Labour Party president Claire Szabo said the report could not establish the most serious allegations, of sexual assault, nor other claims of sexual harassment.
In business news, Westpac confirmed that it has been served with a class action filed by Australian law firm Phi Finney McDonald on behalf of certain shareholders who acquired an interest in Westpac shares between December 16, 2013, and November 19, 2019.The claim relates to market disclosure issues connected to Westpac's monitoring of financial crime over the relevant period and matters which are the subject of the recent Austrac proceeding.
* The Dominion Post
In the Dominion Post, the Labour Party inquiry into a former staffer’s alleged sexual assault found the allegation could not be substantiated.The report, released yesterday, found inconsistencies in the alleged victim’s versions of events – particularly with regards to an email sent to the party.
In other news, a new report makes it clear tourism cannot continue to grow. New Zealand must find ways to limit the number of tourists or risk losing the idyllic environment that draws people here.
In business news, Corrections is being criticised for an increase in the price of Christmas treats for prisoners.Last year, an inmate could buy a one-kilogram iced Christmas cake for $10 from the prison canteen, but this year the same cake is $17.25.The price of a 500g packet of Griffin's Biscuits Favourites has increased from $12 to $13 and a 1kg Sampler from $20.80 to $22.60.
In The Press, Christchurch mayor Lianne Dalziel has revealed the identities of six donors who funded her 2019 election campaign, after initially declaring her husband was the only donor. They include her lawyer husband Rob Davidson’s China-based business partner, and a businessman who has property interests in Christchurch and owns a Chinese-speaking newspaper in New Zealand.
In other news, work is needed to shore up three historic Canterbury dumps at risk of spilling their rubbish into the sea. One, the former Bexley landfill site, is at risk of leaking waste into the Avon-Heathcote Estuary in a storm but Christchurch City councillors cannot agree how to secure it.
In business news,Air New Zealand says it's had enough of angry passengers and it's fighting back.The airline said it had issued a record number of warning letters and travel bans to customers this year, with the result that people had been banned between one and five years.
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