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What’s on RNZ News at 8am – Jan 27

The Police Minister Stuart Nash says it is investing in a long term plan to fight gangs and stop them recruiting new members; and senior Government Ministers will discuss the official response to the deadly coronavirus when they meet tomorrow.

1.Senior Government Ministers will discuss the official response to the deadly coronavirus when they meet tomorrow. The virus has spread to more than 2000 people in China and 56 have died. 

2.A public health official admits finding a person with coronavirus is a bit like looking for a needle in a haystack. The Director of Public Health Caroline McElnay told the programme, passengers coming off the plane from China who have a temperature will be seen by a public health nurse.     

3.The Director General of the World Health Organisation Tedros Ghebreyesus is on his way to China to meet health officials to discuss the outbreak. The WHO has so far held off declaring an international public health emergency but says the situation is an emergency in China.         

4.The Police Minister Stuart Nash says it is investing in a long term plan to fight gangs and stop them recruiting new members. Nash was talking at a public meeting at Terradale yesterday held exactly a week after shots were fired in the town centre during a large gang fight.         

5.Dry conditions in Northland are raising fears of drought may soon be declared in the region. Farmers are increasingly worried about water and stock feed levels with no heavy rainfall forecast in the next few months.      

6.Detectives will return to Lower Hutt intersection this morning where a man was found critically injured at the weekend. Emergency services were called to the intersection of Futter Grove and Hughes Crescent in Taita just after 5.30am on Sunday morning and confirmed the man died shortly afterwards.

7.Kiwi Rail is warning motorists traveling between Napier and Wairoa to take care at level crossings, now log trains are again running on those tracks.        

8.The New Zealand 7’s tournament will be held in an as yet unnamed city next year but will return to Hamilton in 2022. The local leg of the World Rugby Sevens Series was held in Hamilton over the weekend a third year it's been hosted there.        

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