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What’s in the newspapers - Feb 17

National leader Simon Bridges will today outline the party's economic goals and who will benefit most from the party's proposed tax cuts; and the Government should ignore ‘‘special pleading’’ from polluters receiving taxpayer subsidies or risk failing to meet its climate targets, the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment says. 

* The New Zealand Herald

In the New Zealand Herald, the woman found dead in a Tauranga home was a new mother and the partner of the man killed by police after a wild shootout during a chase. The woman, who died in a “domestic incident”, lay dead for several days in her Brookfield home, police have confirmed. She had given birth to a baby two to three months ago, a neighbour said. It is understood her partner was the man gunned down by police during a pursuit on Thursday night.

In other news, National leader Simon Bridges will today outline the party's economic goals and who will benefit most from the party's proposed tax cuts. But he is keeping mum on how much people will be better off from the tax cuts, saying that will be unveiled later this year.

In business news, severe water shortages for Aucklanders on tank supply are sparking calls to connect more properties to the city's network with the situation expected to only worsen with climate change. But for many residents the connection fees, which for some rural residents can be as high as $30,000, is well out of reach and a councillor is calling for more assistance for those who want to connect.
 
* The Dominion Post

In the Dominion Post, every part of Wellington Regional Hospital will have to shut down over the next six years as more than 28.7 kilometres of faulty copper pipes are replaced. Capital & Coast District Health Board has developed a plan that will involve rolling closures while the pipes are ripped out and replaced. The work, which will cost tens of millions of dollars, will force an unprecedented reshuffle of every clinical service. One department

In other news, Wellington’s shot at fresh produce greatness has withered on the vine. Thirteen-thousand-six hundred-and fifty-seven people turned out to run or walk the Brendan Foot Supersite Round the Bays run yesterday. But, crucially and mortifyingly, only 663 of those were dressed as fruit or vegetables.

In business news, the curtain is about to go up on a multi-million-dollar performing arts centre on the Kāpiti Coast. Initially conceived as a Kāpiti College project, the concept found wide appeal and support from within the community, to the point that it grew in every which way to become a $12 million Kāpiti Performing Arts Theatre.

* The Press

In The Press, the Government should ignore ‘‘special pleading’’ from polluters receiving taxpayer subsidies or risk failing to meet its climate targets, the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment says. In sharply worded comments on a planned overhaul of climate change legislation, Simon Upton a former National party cabinet minister essentially said the changes did not go far enough, and were too corporate friendly.

In other news, an unsealed, flood-prone street in an earthquake-damaged Christchurch suburb has been "forgotten and neglected" by the city council, a resident says. Part-time Anglican vicar and former school teacher Amanda Neil lives in Brooklands on the city's northern outskirts, which is largely abandoned since being red-zoned after the 2011 quake. 

In business news, influencer Sera Lilly has continued to sell teas containing senna leaf, despite the herb being a pharmacy-only medicine. Lilly's cleanse teatox tea was pulled from her online store after an investigation by Consumer NZ into the contents of detox teas. Senna leaf is a pharmacy-only medicine used as a herbal treatment for constipation. 

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