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Politics

Tabuteau to advance NZ’s trade and political interests with European partners - Government

Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Fletcher Tabuteau, is travelling to Germany, Poland, Austria, and Spain next week to bolster New Zealand’s political and trade relationships in Europe.

Govt to improve competitiveness in retail fuel market - Woods (6 December 2019)
Statement from the Prime Minister on Kris Faafoi (6 December 2019)
Kris Faafoi statement regarding Jason Kerrison case (6 December 2019)

Business

Leaked ANZ policy good news for climate action - 350 Aotearoa

Secret plans for ANZ to cut thermal coal mining exposure by 75% by March 2024 have been leaked by internal sources today. This information is at odds with its climate change statement that was released in February 2019, which made no reference to reductions targets.

Changes at the top for Accuro Health Insurance (6 December 2019)
Air New Zealand wins Top 200 Sustainable Business Leadership award (6 December 2019)
New mortgage calculator shows different financial scenarios - Opes (6 December 2019)

National

Fatal crash in Hapuku update - NZ Police

Police can now confirm that two people have sustained critical injuries following the crash on State Highway 1, Hapuku, Kaikoura.

Three others have died as a result of the crash.

The crash involving a car and a truck happened just before 3:10pm.

Statement following sentencing for former Police officer - Karyn Malthus (6 December 2019)
Nominations sought for grants group in Dunedin (6 December 2019)
Investigation underway following serious assault in Brooklyn (6 December 2019)

Sport

Burling and Tuke within striking distance at world championships - Yachting NZ

It is a measure of Peter Burling and Blair Tuke's class that even on a day when they weren't totally in their groove they are still in with a good chance of claiming a fifth 49er world title.

Panzer puts them away at Riccarton - NZ Racing Desk (6 December 2019)
Wellington fast bowler Michael Snedden clinches Firebirds contract (6 December 2019)
Lisa Chittick to be remembered with new Matamata race (6 December 2019)

Lifestyle

Waikato potter wins $3,000 Waiclay National Ceramics Award - Hamilton Council

South Waikato potter Fiona Tunnicliffe has won the $3,000 Waikato National Ceramics Premier Award for 2019 with a mid-fired clay work called ‘Blue Horse’.

Orang-utans’ two year stay in Christchurch ends mid-January - Orana Wildlife (6 December 2019)
Christmas cheer at Pompallier Mission (6 December 2019)
Tips to have yourself a zero waste Christmas - Zero Waste (6 December 2019)

Health

Epilepsy Community welcomes Coroners decision to investigate 4 deaths

Epilepsy New Zealand is pleased the Chief Coroner has announced an inquiry into four deaths linked to the anti-epileptic medication Logem, which contains the anticonvulsant drug lamotrigine.

Countdown helps Waikato whanau stay together (6 December 2019)
New subacute service valued by community in Northland (6 December 2019)
Waitaki Council to provide funding support for hospital (6 December 2019)

Technology

Samsung Galaxy Fold now available in New Zealand

Samsung Electronics today announced the launch of the Galaxy Fold-a completely new category of mobile technology-available in New Zealand for pre-sale on 9th December, and on sale 18th December.

Going the distance: e-learning expert says we still have a way to go (6 December 2019)
Digital tech leaders line-up for MobileTECH Ag 2020 (5 December 2019)
New prize honours UC innovator and celebrates design - University of Cantebury (5 December 2019)