The Government is being urged to add the treaty of Waitangi to its list of reviews if it wants to make progress with Maori; and the Government may have to increase funding for the Pike River Recovery effort.
1.The second day of the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump is hearing opening arguments from the Democrats. House impeachment manager Adam Schiff began by setting out the timeline and facts behind the impeachment inquiry.
2.Deaths from China’s new virus rose to 17, with more than 540 cases confirmed, as the World Health Organization (WHO) meets to rule if the outbreak is a global health emergency. The previously unknown, flu-like coronavirus strain is believed to have emerged from an animal market in central Wuhan city, with cases now detected as far away as the United States.
3.The Government is being urged to add the treaty of Waitangi to its list of reviews if it wants to make progress with Maori. The President of the Maori Party Che Wilson will be at Rātana tomorrow when politicians arrive to discuss a range of issues on the Paipai.
4.Labour MP’s are in Martinborough today for their annual caucus retreat preparing for election year. The focus will probably be how to solve their vision to voters without alienating their coalition partners.
5.The Government may have to increase funding for the Pike River Recovery effort. 29 men died in an explosion at the mine in November 2010 and work has been carried out to recover their remains.
6.Women employed on academic staff at a New Zealand university are likely to earn about $400,000 less than men over the course of their career, according to new research. In a study of the performance of 6000 academics, Canterbury Associate Professor Ann Brower set out to see if the gap could be explained by performance or age.
7.A major study has debunked talk of a youth vaping epidemic in New Zealand. The annual study funded by the Ministry of Health, surveyed nearly 30,000 year 10 students for six years.
8.A fire crew has been monitoring a scrub fire that was brought under control last night at Cape Reinga. Helicopters were called in after firefighters were alerted mid afternoon but it was put out fairly quickly.