What’s on RNZ News at midday – Feb 20
The legislation setting up a firearm’s register and introducing tougher licensing controls is a step closer to becoming law; and thousands of children have begun receiving a free lunch on every day of the school week.
1.A relative of the New Zealand born Brisbane man whose believed to have set fire to a car killing his estranged wife and three young children, has described him as a disgusting human being. Roen Baxter was originally from Tauranga.
2.A plane evacuating New Zealand and Australian Diamond Princess cruise ship passengers from Tokyo has touched down in Darwin in the last 15 minutes. The plane left Tokyo early this morning with about 180 Australians and six new Zealanders on board, who had spent two weeks quarantined on the ship amid a Covid-19 outbreak.
3.The legislation setting up a firearm’s register and introducing tougher licensing controls is a step closer to becoming law. But there are likely to be further changes to the arms legislation bill with the Police Minister Stuart Nash still negotiating with New Zealand First for ongoing support.
4.Thousands of children have begun receiving a free lunch on every day of the school week. To mark the launch of the free lunch programme Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Education Minister Chris Hipkins helped serve up lunch for students at Flaxmere Primary School in Hawke's Bay.
5.Malcolm Rewa's bid to overturn his conviction for murdering Susan Burdett is delayed because his lawyer must provide a medical certificate showing he is fit to represent his client. Rewa was sentenced to life imprisonment last year after a jury found him guilty of bludgeoning Burdett to death in her South Auckland home in 1992.
6.There is more bad weather news for South Westland where tourism businesses are still counting the cost of the last deluge. While the predicted front tomorrow will bring some rain to drought affected Northland, it's not going to be a meaningful amount.
7.A Hawkes Bay kaumatua says the whānau of a boy severely beaten are distraught and devastated and says Oranga Tamariki need to accept responsibility for their part in the case.
The police say they haven't been able to work out how the four-year-old suffered such extensive injuries, including severe brain damage, at his house.
8.A jury has retired to consider its verdict in the case of a woman accused of murdering her abusive partner in their south Auckland home. Justice Palmer this morning delivered his final instructions to the jury of eight women and four men, who are tasked with deciding whether Karen Ruddelle is guilty of murder, man slaughter or not guilty of either.
9.A man accused of murdering his mother has told a jury what happened the night he attacked her with a hammer. Martin Marinovich is giving evidence in his murder trial at the High Court in Auckland today.
10.The Associate Education Minister Tracey Martin wants all schools to test their six and seven-year-olds for dyslexia. Martin this morning launched resources that will help teachers test and work with dyslexic children.
11.The Wall Street Journal says it regrets the upset caused by an opinion piece about the Covid-19 coronavirus. Calling China the 'real sick man of Asia’.
12.The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that police officers who kicked a 13-year-old boy in the head used excessive and unnecessary force. In January last year the police pursued a stolen Mazda for nearly half-an-hour through Napier. After deploying road spikes, the Mazda driver lost control and crashed into a boulder in the centre lane.
14.Auckland Council is warning Government officials of the risks of disastrous housing developments like some seen in the United Kingdom. It is facing off over the way the government plans to get thousands of prefabricated homes built here to tackle the housing crisis.
15. A failed Dunedin financial adviser is facing 12 charges relating to fraud and theft. Barry Kloogh has been charged by the Serious Fraud Office with running a ponzi scheme.
16.The First Lady Esther Lungu broke down and fell to her knees as she appealed for an end to a spate of mysterious gas attacks in the country. Angry crowds have killed a number of people suspected of being behind the attacks.
17.Several people are dead following a shooting in the western German city of Hanau, local media report. Eight people were killed and five others injured when an unknown attacker opened fire on a shisha bar in the centre of the city. There are also reports of a second shooting at another shisha bar, in a different part of Hanau.
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