What’s on RNZ News at 8am – Feb 24
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern anticipates cabinet ministers will decide to extend the ban on foreign travellers arriving from mainland China which is due to expire tonight; and a new team at Oranga Tamariki dedicated to investigating complaints about children being taken into state care is already reviewing more than a dozen cases.
1.Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern anticipates cabinet ministers will decide to extend the ban on foreign travellers arriving from mainland China which is due to expire tonight. An initial two week ban was put in place in early February to try keep the coronavirus out of the country, and it was then extended for a further eight days.
2.Public health expert Michael Baker says the coronavirus outbreak is showing all the signs of becoming a pandemic. The virus continues to spread across the world including into North Korea, Italy and Iran.
3.Two New Zealanders who are hospitalised in Japan for the coronavirus have been discharged. The Ministry of Health says two others remain in hospital in stable condition after being infected while on the Diamond Princess cruise ship.
4.A vigil has been held for the family murdered by their estranged husband and father in Brisbane last week. More than 1000 people gathered to pay tribute to Hannah Clarke and her three children who were killed when New Zealand born Rowan Baxter poured petrol on them and set their car on fire.
5.A new team at Oranga Tamariki dedicated to investigating complaints about children being taken into state care is already reviewing more than a dozen cases.
6.At least nine people including three children are dead in eastern Turkey after an earthquake with its epicentre in neighbouring Iran. At least 37 people were injured after houses collapsed. The magnitude-5.7 quake centred on the Iranian border village of Habash-e Olya. At least 75 were injured and houses damaged in 43 villages in Iran's West Azerbaijan province.
7.Northland's biggest trucking operator has accused the Transport Agency of letting an employee wage a personal vendetta against him that's cost him millions of dollars. Stan Semenoff says the employee went after his scalp, but he's defeated the Agency and showed that it had no safety case to begin with.
8.Police are using the proceeds of crimes laws for the first time in a health and safety case against an Auckland oil recycling business. Salters Cartage and its owner Ron Salter were sentenced in 2017 for safety breaches after an explosion killed a young contractor in 2015.
9.Tributes are pouring in for a seven-year-old boy who died after an accident in the sea at Napier last week. Marama Te Pou was a student at Marewa School in Napier. The school says its supporting the boy’s whanau and friends.
10.A group of Wellington based rainbow organisations says they won’t participate in next month’s Pride Parade.In a letter to the Parade’s organisers, the group said the event was not connected with rainbow people or the organisation working with them.
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