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What’s in the newspapers - Jan 27

New Zealand authorities have stepped up measures to combat the deadly coronavirus as it spreads to more countries and the global death toll climbs; and construction of 68 new homes is set begin in central Christchurch, where the apartment market is already proving sluggish. 

* The New Zealand Herald

In the New Zealand Herald, New Zealand authorities have stepped up measures to combat the deadly coronavirus as it spreads to more countries and the global death toll climbs. Officials will today send public health workers to airports to meet flights from China and check passengers for signs of the virus. This follows four confirmed cases in Australia over the weekend.

In other news, Auckland's weather gods have taken note of the city's festive calendar and laid it on for Anniversary Weekend, as sunshine drenched an array of events on the city waterfront. Fireworks crackled across Waitemata Harbour at 10pm last night to mark the middle of SeePort Festival, as over 10,000 people reclined on picnic blankets and cushions scattered atop the industrial Captain Cook Wharf.

In business news, the walls are literally crumbling and rain pours through a gaping hole in the roof, but the real estate agent for a Rotorua "project" house says she'll have no problem selling it. After being listed on Friday for $127,000, a property on Pohutukawa Drive in Rotorua that is optimistically described as a "fantastic value project for investors" has had 15 expressions of interest.

* The Dominion Post

In the Dominion Post, it’s a sweltering hot Sunday afternoon in Taradale town centre, Hawke’s Bay. A week ago, bullets were flying here, a swarm of gangsters were brawling on the main road, shopkeepers ducked for cover and locals were fleeing the place as fast as they could. Yesterday, around 300 residents did the opposite. They came to the town hall to hear from police, Napier Mayor Kirsten Wise, and local MP, and Police Minister, Stuart Nash. 

In other news, nestled in the hills of North Wellington is a new community waiting to happen. It's been waiting a while. Upper Stebbings Valley and Glenside West is 260 hectares of rural land between Wellington's Churton Park and Tawa. The land has been earmarked as a site for a new suburb since at least 2002, when council reckoned it could accommodate 800 houses.

In business news, the AA expects the extra cost of 95 and 98 octane petrol to plummet after BP, Mobil and Z Energy began falling into line with a demand to display premium fuel prices on their roadside boards. 

* The Press

In The Press, construction of 68 new homes is set begin in central Christchurch, where the apartment market is already proving sluggish. The housing will be a mix of two-bedroom apartments and one, two or three-bedroom terraced homes on the land bounded by Gloucester and Worcester streets and Latimer Square.

In other news, a $600,000 shortfall to cleanup 18 lead-contaminated properties in south Christchurch could fall on to ratepayers. Environment Canterbury (ECan) had asked affected landowners, who did not know the land was contaminated when they bought their properties, if they could put up the money. They could not, so ECan is now in discussion with the city council about helping fund the $1.6 million remediation.

In business news, the manager of a Moroccan takeaway in Christchurch, who asked a worker which way he would swipe for her on Tinder, was deemed to have committed sexual harassment, the Employment Relations Authority says. Culain Walsh began working at Ferrymead Agadir Limited, trading as Dubba Deluxe, in May 2018 as a shift manager.

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