What’s in the newspapers - Feb 20
Wellington’s wastewater system is failing after years of underinvestment and the overdue repair bill for the city’s leaky plumbing may end up costing ratepayers; and social housing tenants in Christchurch are bewildered by reported savings of $787,000 on the maintenance budget for their homes.
*The New Zealand Herald
In the New Zealand Herald, a young man has died after a freak accident when he fell back off a handrail at Auckland’s Viaduct Basin. Tim Rogers, 24, had his life support switched off by his family at Auckland City Hospital on February 8. His last act was to have his organs donated to 10 strangers.
In other news, dozens of women have suffered delayed diagnosis of breast cancer because a major district health board doesn't have enough facilities. Counties Manukau DHB breast cancer service is turning down more referrals by toughening the threshold for seeing patients and has reduced the number of follow-up appointments.
In business news, Uber is set to expand its food delivery business to seven more New Zealand cities this year, taking its operating cities to 13 by the end of 2020. Elisa Janiec, head of Uber in New Zealand and regional Australia, said the roll out to smaller cities would be phased throughout the year, starting with the lower North Island.
* The Dominion Post
In the Dominion Post, Wellington’s wastewater system is failing after years of underinvestment and the overdue repair bill for the city’s leaky plumbing may end up costing ratepayers. At an urgent, closed-door council meeting yesterday, Wellington Water admitted it did not have complete understanding of the state of the water network.
In other news, Sir Peter Jackson has asked Wellington City Councillors for a meeting as they look to revisit their vote on selling land at Shelly Bay to developers and iwi. The proposed $500 million development sits on the edge of Miramar Peninsula and has become a long source of contention with Jackson and a group stemming from the iwi Taranaki Whānui opposing the plans.
In business news, Wellington brewery Garage Project has created history after being ranked 59th in the list of the world's top 100 breweries by a popular American review site. In RateBeer's 20th year, they are the second New Zealand brewery to make the annual list and confirms Garage Project as a true global star. Warkworth's 8 Wired previously made the top 100 list, most recently in 2013.
* The Press
In The Press, social housing tenants in Christchurch are bewildered by reported savings of $787,000 on the maintenance budget for their homes. Concord Place tenant Charlie Betts, 81, said he has watched his complex of 51 units deteriorate into ghetto-like conditions for years.
In other news, more than a quarter of middle aged New Zealanders have tried methamphetamine at least once, according to a recent study. The Christchurch Health and Development Study by the University of Otago, Christchurch has tracked more than 1000 people since their birth in Canterbury in 1977.
In business news, a television show set in a prehistoric New Zealand forest is bringing te reo Māori to the world stage. Millions of youngsters will get a taste of the language when claymation show Kiri and Lou is screened by one of the biggest broadcasters in the world, bringing words like puku, ka pai and kia ora to almost a dozen countries.
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