What’s on RNZ News at midday – Jan 28
New Zealand's financial markets have been hit by the global concerns surrounding the coronavirus; and tourism leader Chris Roberts says airlines may be forced to cut some flights in the wake of the coronavirus.
1.An Auckland woman whose daughter is stuck in Wuhan says the New Zealand Government needs to act fast to evacuate its citizens and residents. There are about 21 New Zealanders registered in Wuhan, some of whom have asked for consular help.
2.New Zealand's financial markets have been hit by the global concerns surrounding the coronavirus. The local sharemarket, which escaped with modest losses yesterday, has fallen more sharply today, following other international exchanges. The benchmark NZX Top 50 index is down more than 100 points, or nearly 1 percent, with tourism and travel related stocks suffering the most.
3.Tourism leader Chris Roberts says airlines may be forced to cut some flights in the wake of the coronavirus. All overseas group tours have been suspended by China with tourism operators already reporting cancellations.
4.Cherry exporters here are anticipating softer demand out of China because of the outbreak. The chairman of Summerfruit NZ Tim Jones says China is New Zealand’s second largest export market for cherries.
5.After years of complaints over cowboy wheel clampers and charges running into hundreds of dollars, a new law in effect this month has capped the fee. The Land Transport (Wheel Clamping) Amendment Act , which took effect on 2 January, set a maximum $100 charge for releasing the clamp.
6.The power has been out in parts of central Auckland today, following last week's outage. Earlier the New Zealand Transport Agency said most traffic signals in Grafton were out. Power company Vector earlier said crews were on site on Grafton Road and Beach Road and power would be restored soon. It said the outage was caused by a cable fault, and it was unrelated to last week's central business district outage.
7.Lawyers for Donald Trump are attempting to pick a part of the Democrats case for the President to be convicted and removed from office. The defences continuing its opening arguments saying, impeachment is being used as a pattison tool.
8.The Duke of York has provided "zero cooperation" over the Jeffrey Epstein sex trafficking inquiry, a US prosecutor has said. His lawyers have been contacted by prosecutors and the FBI, who want to interview him, according to US Attorney Geoffrey Berman. Prince Andrew has said he did not see or suspect any suspicious behaviour when visiting Epstein's homes.
9.A national remembrance service will be held to mark one year since Christchurch’s devastating terrorist attack last year. The attack at Masjid Al Noor and the Linwood islamic Centre on March 15th killed 51 Muslim worshippers.
10.Iwi members opposing a contentious development at Wellingtons Shelly Bay say they hope a hui will shed light on the project that has been shrouded in secrecy.
11.The Privacy Foundation is asking the Government to move fast on reforms. Two years after a new Privacy Bill was introduced to Parliament. Its chairman Gehan Gunasekara says the Bill is still under consideration but the need for improved privacy law is urgent in today's digital environment.
12.Fullers are standing by a decision to cancel ferry services over claims cruise ships are congesting Auckland’s harbour. The ferry company cancelled three ferries between Auckland and DevonPort on Waiheke last week, blaming cruise ships berthing outside their schedule.
13.The Independent Police Conduct Authority has ruled officers should have abandoned a chase with a man who "was playing chicken" with the logging truck. In June 2018, police were called to Tolaga Bay following reports of a man with gang connections fighting outside.
14.A fire has broken out at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch. Fire and Emergency says they received reports of the blaze in the University’s engineering block at its Ilam Campus at about 10:20am.
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