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What’s in the newspapers - Feb 27

New Zealand is flush with Lotto fever, with a $50 million must-win record jackpot up for grabs this Saturday; and an Owhiro Bay resident says her life has ‘‘turned to s...’’ following problems with Wellington’s struggling wastewater system.  

* The New Zealand Herald

In the New Zealand Herald, New Zealand is flush with Lotto fever, with a $50 million must-win record jackpot up for grabs this Saturday. Yesterday more than 1.5 million Kiwis flocked to buy tickets for last night’s $42m draw the second highest jackpot in the country’s history which was not struck. Punters came out in their droves to buy last-minute tickets, although their efforts were in vain. Six people shared the $1m First Division prize but Powerball remained elusive. 

In other news, rape complainants are still being asked “humiliating and irrelevant” questions about flirting, dancing, sex toys, clothing and contraception, with judges not stepping in, a study shows. Researchers who listened to audio from 40 New Zealand rape trials found women were largely left to fend for themselves during “brutal” cross-examination, despite laws designed to protect them.

In business news, 2019-nCoV is a worrying new addition to a large and diverse family of viruses, ranging from the common cold to the notorious acute respiratory syndrome  better known as Sars. Its symptoms  fever, coughing and difficulty breathing - are similar to a range of other illnesses such as influenza, but in severe cases, it can cause pneumonia affecting both lungs, kidney failure and death.

* The Dominion Post

In the Dominion Post, cracks beneath Wairarapa have been put under new pressure by the 2016 Kaikoura earthquake, increasing the potential for ‘‘giant earthquakes’’ that could damage large swathes of the country. New research has found the 2016 Kaikoura quake had ‘‘loaded’’ the Wairarapa fault line to the north, which may now be at breaking point. 

In other news, an Owhiro Bay resident says her life has ‘‘turned to s...’’ following problems with Wellington’s struggling wastewater system. Owhiro Bay Residents’ Association member Sue Reid told Wellington city councillors about her plight yesterday, while imploring them to include community representatives in a proposed mayoral taskforce to tackle the city’s water problems.

In business news, cracks beneath Wairarapa have been put under new pressure by the 2016 Kaikōura earthquake, increasing the potential for "giant earthquakes" that could damage large swathes of the country. New research has found the 2016 Kaikōura quake had "loaded" the Wairarapa fault line to the north, which may now be at breaking point.

* The Press

In The Press, Canterbury’s tourism economy could be losing more than $1 million a day as Chinese visitors remain barred by coronavirus travel restrictions. Chinese tourists spent $30m about $1.07m each day in the region’s restaurants, bars, shops and hotels in February 2019.

In other news, Christchurch bus users face a morning of disruption while a major operator briefs its drivers on future route contracts. Services will be cut back between 9.45am and 1pm today so Red Bus drivers can attend an ‘‘important staff meeting’’. Environment Canterbury (ECan), which manages the bus service, is making an announcement about service contracts immediately afterwards.

In business news, Vicki Van of Christchurch was born in China in the 1980s, when the one-child-family policy was firmly in place. And that was her misfortune. "Most couples were keen to have a boy," Van says. "My parents were so disappointed to have a girl that they discarded me into a rubbish bin outside a fruit shop."

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