The senior Minister Chris Hipkins says cabinet hasn’t yet considered whether the Auckland Port should be moved to Northland; and Forest & Bird and Federated Farmers are branding proposed changes to the Resource Management Act (RMA) an environmental breakthrough.
1.The Hepatitis Foundation clocked up more than $128,000 in travel expenses for its board chair in just over two years, was putting on “lavish” dinners and racking up thousands of dollars on credit cards with no record of what the money was being spent on.An investigation more than a year ago by government-run regulator Charities Services found excessive expenses and gross mismanagement may have occurred, though the foundation told RNZ there was no evidence of any wrongdoing.
2.Atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases once again reached new highs in 2018.The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) says the increase in CO2 was just above the average rise recorded over the last decade.
3.Ngāti Kahungunu says it was “tricked” into supporting a water project – funded by the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) – they vehemently oppose.The PGF awarded Hawke’s Bay Regional Council $30.06 million for water security projects in August after the region’s leaders signed a letter of support for the application in March.
4.The Auckland mayor says deliberately ignoring track closures in the Waitakere Ranges is not acceptable. A man is facing charges for entering the closed track three times.
5.The England and New Zealand cricket boards have launched a probe after England fast bowler Jofra Archer said he was subjected to racial insults by a spectator while batting during the final day of the opening test at Bay Oval.New Zealand cruised to an innings and 65-run win over England to take a 1-0 lead in the two-match series.
6.The senior Minister Chris Hipkins says cabinet hasn’t yet considered whether the Auckland Port should be moved to Northland.
7.Forest & Bird and Federated Farmers are branding proposed changes to the Resource Management Act (RMA) an environmental breakthrough.A discussion document on a proposed National Policy Statement for indigenous biodiversity under the Act is now out for consultation.