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What’s on RNZ News at 8am – Feb 28

The cut price fuel retailer, Waitomo says the Government’s proposed changes to the fuel market will mean customers will be able to see if they are getting fleeced; and the number of Indians denied study visas for New Zealand spiked last year with 5256 refusals, most of them for polytechnics and private tertiary institutes.  

1.The head of the World Health Organisation Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has said the fight against the coronavirus has entered a decisive phase. Ghebreyesus says the  epidemics in Iran, Italy and South Korea show what the virus is capable of. But with the right measures its clear outbreaks can be contained.  

2.A public health campaign begins in New Zealand today on avoiding getting sick. An epidemiologist says those people getting the coronavirus twice are not the norm. There are reports from China and Japan, that a small number of people have recovered from the virus  and then tested positive again within weeks.        

3.Global investors were hit with a sixth day of stock market losses on Thursday, as traders responded to the threat of the coronavirus. The string of declines pushed indexes in Europe and the US down more than 10 percent from their recent highs - sending them into so-called "correction" territory.

4.The cut price fuel retailer, Waitomo says the Government’s proposed changes to the fuel market will mean customers will be able to see if they are getting fleeced. The Government is promising legislation to bring down the price that larger companies charge smaller ones for fuel from their storage terminals.   

5.The number of Indians denied study visas for New Zealand spiked last year with 5256 refusals, most of them for polytechnics and private tertiary institutes. Immigration New Zealand figures show it turned down 37 percent of Indian study visa applications in 2019, up from 23 percent in 2018.

6.The Prime Minister is heading into her meeting with Scott Morrison today, armed with an attack plan. Jacinda Ardern is tackling Australia’s Prime Minister over his hardline deportation policy at their annual trans-Tasman talks in Sydney.      

7.A dyslexia specialist says the Government’s new resource kits for teaching pupils having trouble learning to read won’t reach mainstream teachers. The kits include teaching resources, videos, a handbook and an online directory of non ministry resources.     

8.A pedestrian is dead after being hit by a car near Gisborne last night. The police are investigating after the crash on Waima Road in Tokomaru Bay shortly before 11pm.     

9.Canada will soon stop providing security for Prince Harry and his wife, who’ve chosen the country as their new base. They will officially step back from their British royal duties at the end of March.    

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