What’s on RNZ News at midday – Jan 27
The Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis has declined to comment on the impact of the virus on the country’s biggest export industry; and the Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern will speak at a Holocaust Remembrance Day event in Auckland this evening, following last week’s criticism of New Zealand’s absence from the Fifth World Holocaust Forum in Israel.
1.US basketball legend Kobe Bryant and his daughter were among five people killed in a helicopter crash in the city of Calabasas, California, reports say. According to the Los Angeles Times, the crash occurred shortly before 10 am local time in foggy conditions in the hills above Calabasas.
2.China is extending its holiday period to try to contain the spread of the deadly coronavirus. The virus has killed 56 people and around 2000 have been infected. More than 57 million people are in lockdown in a number of cities in the country.
3.However, the Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has said Cabinet will go through the process to make the new coronavirus notifiable disease when it meets tomorrow.
4.The Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis has declined to comment on the impact of the virus on the country’s biggest export industry. China has suspended all overseas group tours as the outbreak worsens.
5.Meanwhile, a number of countries are working on evacuating their citizens from Wuhan. The"epicentre" of the coronavirus outbreak. French citizens will be evacuated from the city by plane this week and Australia is under pressure to do the same.
6.New Zealand’s Foreign Ministry says its responding to four requests for Consular assistance from people in Wuhan but has no plans for evacuation. 16 New Zealanders are registered in Hubei province.
7.A group of Wahine Maori have released a public statement calling Shane Jones recent remarks about Ihumātao protest leader Pania Newtown, sexiest and offensive. The Cabinet Minister referred to Pania Newton as “a young putiputi” meaning a young flower and questioned her Mana during his visit to Rātana last week.
8.The Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern will speak at a Holocaust Remembrance Day event in Auckland this evening, following last week’s criticism of New Zealand’s absence from the Fifth World Holocaust Forum in Israel.
9.Waiheke residents are waiting up to three weeks for water tank refills in a situation that's been described as “desperate”.
10.A health board embroiled in controversy over whether patients' rights on consent are being breached is calling for urgent action on informed consent. North Shore Hospital is accused of breaching patients' rights in its women's health theatres and has responded by saying a lack of consistent national guidance is partly at fault.
11.Investigators are searching for property in Lower Hutt after an unexplained death. A man died early yesterday after being discovered at the intersection of Futter Grove and Hughes Crescent.
12.The police have confirmed the person missing in the Whanganui River since yesterday afternoon is a 24-year-old man from Israel, a search resumed this morning. The police were alerted yesterday when the swimmer failed to surface at the popular Mosquito Point swimming hole.
13.A man jailed for sharing the video of last year’s terror attack in Christchurch has appeared again in the Christchurch District Court. Philip Arps, who is 45, is opposing strict bail conditions when he is released.
14.12 people have died and more than 200 have been injured in violent protests in Iraq. The Independent Commission for Human Rights says nine protesters were killed in the capital Baghdad and three others in Nazaria.
15.The Transport Agency has stopped all work on a walking and cycling path along the Kaikōura coast because it was vehemently opposed by local Māori. The work was being done by North Canterbury Transport Infrastructure Recovery (NCTIR), an alliance which includes the Transport Agency, which was established by the government to rebuild the rail and road network after a 7.8 magnitude earthquake in Kaikōura on 14 November 2016.
16.The well-known New Zealand author and journalist Gordon McLauchlan has died at the age of 89.
17.Four weeks after Christmas, several New Zealand Post customers are feeling frustrated they have yet to receive their presents. Over 100,000 parcels remain undelivered after the Christmas period.
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