What’s on RNZ News at midday – Feb 28
The Maori Development Minister Nanaia Mahuta and her Australian counterpart have met in Sydney and formally agreed to share ideas on how to better support each country's indegineous people economically, socially and culturally; and the Prime Minister will be picking her battles when she meets with Australia’s Scott Morisson this afternoon.
1.A report into how sensitive documents were accessed by the National Party before last year's Budget has found Treasury governance, oversight and risk management processes fell short. Former Treasury Secretary Gabriel Makhlouf characterised the data breach as a hack and referred the matter to the police.
2.The New Zealand share market opened lower on Friday, following a sixth day of world market losses as investors respond to the economic threat of coronavirus. The NZX benchmark top 50 index opened down 1.5 percent, after last night's 0.9 percent fall.
3.The country’s biggest port is hoping the coronavirus outbreak will offer only a temporary interruption to shipping out major exports. Port of Tauranga says the slow down is apparent and a fall in log exports and its expecting further disruptions in shipping movements in the availability of containers.
4.The Japanese Government has requested the cancellation of all sports events due to be held in the country over the next two weeks, meaning Super Rugby games have been moved to Australia. SANZAAR has today relocated two Super Rugby matches that were due to be played in Japan during March to minimise the risks associated with the coronavirus.
5.One of the country's common antidepressants is being rationed because of a shortage. Pharmac's operations director Lisa Williams said the makers of Arrow-Fluoxetine have had delay in their manufacturing of the drug that has hit the supply in New Zealand.
6.A Christchurch man has pleaded guilty to the murder 24 years ago of Christchurch woman Angela Blackmoore. 45-year-old Jeremy Powell, pleaded guilty at the High Court in Christchurch this morning. Blackmoore was killed in her Wainoni home in August 1995.
7.The Prime Minister will be picking her battles when she meets with Australia’s Scott Morisson this afternoon. Jacinda Ardern is in Sydney for the annual trans-Tasman talks.
8.The Maori Development Minister Nanaia Mahuta and her Australian counterpart have met in Sydney and formally agreed to share ideas on how to better support each country's indegineous people economically, socially and culturally.
9.Eight regions around the country from Northland to Southland will get a share of a $190 million injection for infrastructure projects. The funding is part of the $12 billion New Zealand Upgrade Programme. Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones said the projects, across land, air and sea would grow the regions, modernise infrastructure and prepare for climate change. The flagship project, redeveloping Ōpōtiki Harbour, will receive $79.4m.
10.Members of the Muslim community are uncomfortable about a planned anniversary service for the mosque shootings and say it goes against the religion. The Christchurch City Council is organising a service to mark one year since the attacks on the Al Noor and Linwood mosques, that left 51 dead and dozens injured.
11.A survey of young drivers has found nearly 90 percent don't regularly check their cars to ensure that what they are driving is safe. The research was commissioned by drivers safety New Zealand and talked to more than 600 drivers aged under 25 about their habits before hitting the road.
12.The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) has received a referral from police over Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel's election expenses. The SFO says it is not making any further comment at this time. In December, the Christchurch City Council's electoral officer was asked to investigate why Dalziel has only revealed the identity of six people, who each donated more than $1500 to her campaign.
13.A National Party MP set up a petition calling for Inland Revenue to continue to accept cheques. The Government agency along with ACC will stop accepting cheques from Sunday and the Government owned Kiwibank stops from today.
14.Wool sales across Australia have been cancelled for the rest of the week after the IT system underpinning auctions and exports was hit by a cyber attack. Talman Software, which is used by more than 75 percent of the wool industry across Australia and New Zealand, fell victim to ransomware, forcing the buying and trading system offline.
15.The start of the trial for the murder of Whanagnui man James Butler has been delayed. Six men are accused of killing the 53-year-old whose body was found at a property on Wikitoria Road in April 2018.
16.The first redevelopment of Christchurch’s residential red zone has been completed with the opening today of the Avon Loop pathway. Nine years after the earthquake forced residents and one of the city’s oldest neighbourhoods to abandon their homes.
17.A common type of gut bacterium may increase a person's chance of developing bowel cancer, according to a study published in the journal Nature. The bacterium is a type of E. coli infection, present in up to one in five people, scientists believe. It releases a toxin which experts say can damage the cells that line the bowel, potentially turning some cells cancerous over time.
18.China could deploy 100,000 ducks to neighbouring Pakistan to help tackle swarms of crop-eating locusts, according to reports. Pakistan declared an emergency earlier this month saying locust numbers were the worst in more than two decades.
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