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Cancer Inquiry Terms Not Broad Enough - A woman who contracted cancer after her
smear test was misread by pathologist Dr Michael Bottrill, says the time frame of the Government’s inquiry is too narrow. 20,000 smear slides from 1991 to 1996 are still to be re-tested. But of the 5000 already tested it has been found 129 were initially misread by the now retired pathologist. The woman is still battling cancer after one of her smears was misread in 1994. She says her case falls within the specified time frame but there are others who don’t.

Cut Companies Tax Says Chamber - The Auckland Chamber of Commerce says it is critical New Zealand follows Australia’s lead and slashes corporate tax rates immediately. Businesses across the Tasman are looking forward to a six cent cut. They will pay just 30 cents in the dollar, while companies here are paying 33 cents in the dollar. Chamber of Commerce chief executive, Michael Barnett says with a reduced rate the companies will be able to increase investment and in turn create more jobs.

Paedofile Ring Busted - Police want victims of a paedofile ring to come forward.
Three men have been charged with offenses involving boys aged under 16 years. They will appear in court this morning on a number of sex and drug offenses. Child porn has also been seized from a number of addresses. Police have already interviewed 15 victims from all over the Wellington region. Police say they know there are other victims out there. They can contact either the police or a help foundation phoneline.



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RBNZ Act Review: Govt Plans Deposit Guarantee Scheme

The Coalition Government today announced moves to make New Zealand’s banking system safer for customers through a new deposit protection regime, and work to strengthen accountability for banks’ actions.

The in-principle decisions are part of Phase 2 of the Review of the Reserve Bank Act, which is making sure the 30-year old laws regulating our banking system are up to scratch. More>>

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Stats NZ: Gender Inclusive Questions Introduced

More than 28,000 New Zealand households will be asked to take part in the upcoming Household Economic Survey. Starting this year, the survey will ask people to describe their gender – whether that is male, female, or if they see themselves another way, such as one of many non-binary genders. More>>

New Report: Are We Listening To Children?

A report released today is a sharp reminder that what children and young people say makes a difference, and that it’s time we paid more attention to their views, says Children’s Commissioner Andrew Becroft. More>>

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The Nation: Canadian Euthanasia Practitioner Stefanie Green

The euthanasia debate is progressing, with the End of Life Choice Bill expected to have its second reading in Parliament on Wednesday. A similar bill was passed in Canada in 2016 ... More>>

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Gordon Campbell: On The Gun Buy-Back Scheme

Do gun amnesties and buy-backs save lives? Since it’s always difficult to exclude all of the socio-economic factors that may be operating in parallel, the die-hard denialists in the gun lobby will always be able to find a bit of wiggle room. More>>

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Gordon Campbell: On The New Op Burnham Revelations

Eight centuries ago at Beziers in France, the papal soldiers besieging the town faced much the same problem as the New Zealand troops engaged in Operation Burnham – namely, how to how to tell the difference among the town’s inhabitants as to which were Cathar heretics, and which were true Catholics... More>>

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World Refugee Day: Former Refugees Say Policy Must Change

This year, 1000 refugees will be able to resettle here in New Zealand - but there are restrictions on where those people can come from. More>>

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The Lobbyist Staffer: PM Defends Handling Of Conflicts Of Interest

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says she's comfortable with the way her interim chief of staff's conflicts of interest were managed. More>>

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