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What’s on RNZ News at 8am – Jan 29

The first eight schools to receive Government funding to replace their old cold boilers have been unveiled; and Cabinet is forging ahead with the plan to create a new, super-sized public broadcaster, but ministers have taken some convincing.  

1.The health watchdog is calling for more education to improve the way midwives and clinicians monitor babies' heart rates during labor. This follows an investigation into the death of one baby at Hutt hospital and the case of another who suffered brain damage at Hutt hospital maternity ward.        

2.Palestinians have roundly rejected Donald Trump’s long awaited Middle East peace plan. The President has unveiled a plan for a new consensual map that will see Jerusalem remain Israel’s undivided capital and the US recognising Jewish settlements. 

3.Nationals leader Simon Bridges says he will make an announcement soon about his party’s potential coalition partners. Yesterday the Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced the election will be held on September 19th.  

4.Cabinet is forging ahead with the plan to create a new, super-sized public broadcaster, but ministers have taken some convincing. RNZ understands they have signed off on a high-level decision to proceed and to commission a business case, after the Minister for Broadcasting, Kris Faafoi, presented a revised paper on Monday.

5.Honk Kong is temporarily shutting off some its borders with China to try to stop the spread of the coronavirus. High speed trains and ferries that cross the border are being suspended.  

6.The first eight schools to receive Government funding to replace their old cold boilers have been unveiled. The Climate Change Minister James Shaw says up to $4.8 million will go towards installing more environmentally friendly biomass boilers.     

7.The UK has decided to let Huawei continue to be used in its 5G networks but with restrictions, despite pressure from the US to block the firm. The Chinese firm will be banned from supplying kit to "sensitive parts" of the network, known as the core. In addition, it will only be allowed to account for 35 percent of the kit in a network's periphery, which includes radio masts.

8.A track fault in Auckland means trains are delayed or cancelled due to a track fault at Britomart. Auckland Transport made the announcement at 7.21am and has apologised for any inconvenience.

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