What’s on RNZ News at midday – Jan 23
The Government is being accused of sitting on its hands and leaving New Zealand vulnerable to the deadly coronavirus; and the Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says Labour will run an election campaign that’s positive, robust and free from misinformation.
1.Wuhan, a Chinese city of nearly nine million people, is to temporarily shut public transport amid a virus outbreak. Those living in the city have been advised not to leave, in a week when millions of Chinese are preparing to travel for the upcoming Lunar New Year holiday. The airport and train stations will be closed to outgoing passengers.
2.The Government is being accused of sitting on its hands and leaving New Zealand vulnerable to the deadly coronavirus. Deaths from China's new flu-like virus rose to 17, with more than 540 cases confirmed, leading the city at the center of the outbreak to close transportation networks and urge citizens not to leave.
3.An Auckland man visiting his hometown Wuhan says his travel plan is likely to be affected by the lockdown of the city due to the virus. Lee went back to Wuhan last month and plans to fly back to Auckland in two days.
4.The Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says Labour will run an election campaign that’s positive, robust and free from misinformation. Labour MP’s are in Martinborough for their annual caucus retreat and the focus is so far been on the tone and values they want to embody in this year's election.
5.People renting in Wellington city are facing record-breaking prices, with median weekly rent cracking the $600-per-week mark for the first time, according to Trade Me. Its latest rental price index shows median prices in the capital had jumped $35 a week by December, a 6.2 percent increase on the same month a year before.
6.The author of a study that found some of the country’s smartest women are paid hundreds of thousands of dollars less than men over their lifetimes says having babies simply can’t be blamed for the difference.
7.Democrates have accused Donald Trump of deliberately trying to undermine the impeachment inquiry as his senate trial continues. The President is accused of abuse of power and obstruction of congress. .
8.Prince Charles has urged the world’s business and political leaders to take action on climate change at what he called “revolutionary levels and pace”. The heir to the throne is at the World Economic Forum in Switzerland to launch a sustainable markets and initiative that aims to find ways to decarbonise the global economy.
9.An Ashburton father who lost his two daughters in a fiery crash has delivered a petition calling on authorities to improve safety on a Christchurch road. Jason Alexander 16-year-old daughter Sunmara Alexander and her 17-year-old sister Tayla Alexander were killed when the car they were in plunged down a bank on Summit Rd on Christchurch’s Port Hills in November.
10.Fire officials are urging caution with temperatures set to swelter in the coming days. Met Services forecasting a hot and dry spell this weekend with fire dangers spiking.
11.People will not be able to get to Cape Reinga today with a chance of a scrub fire flaring up again. Firefighters contained the fire yesterday evening after a burnt through about one and a half hectares.
12.Inexperienced rental car drivers will be in the spotlight in an upcoming Queenstown public forum. Residents are invited to share their concerns with Queenstown Lakes District mayor Jim Boult the rental car industry, police and other agencies at the forum next week.
13.The theft of park benches in Nelson is being called a “low blow” by City Councillor. The benches were gifted to the Public by the Nelson Youth Council.
14.Monty Python star Terry Jones has died at the age of 77, four years after being diagnosed with dementia. Jones was one of the creators of Monty Python's Flying Circus, the British TV show that rewrote the rules of comedy with surreal sketches, characters and catchphrases, in 1969.
15.Weather forecast with a difference and unusual cold spell in the American State of Florida has led weather forecasters to issue a warning to residents about falling iguanas. The National Weather Service office in Miami is predicting temperatures could fall below freezing.
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