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10:20 Day two of the Chch Mosque gunman sentencing

More harrowing victim impact statements have been read out at the High Court in Christchurch today, as families spoke about the ongoing hurt following the city's terror attack.  Twenty-nine-year-old Australian Brenton Harrison Tarrant, is being sentenced this week for the attacks at two Christchurch mosques on March the 15th last year, which killed 51 people. RNZ reporter Anarn Zarki, was at today's proceedings.


Mirwais Waziri - victim impact statement.


Sentencing for Brenton Tarrant on 51 murder, 40 attempted murder and one terrorism charge.

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10:30 Restaurants call for Govt Covid help

A petition's been presented to Parliament calling on the Government to directly help out the hospitality industry.
The Restaurant Association says 12 per cent of hospitality businesses are anticipating closing their businesses for good in the next 30 days.  Their petition asks the government to adopt a scheme similar to one that's in place in the UK called 'Eat Out to Help Out'. The Restaurant Association's chief executive is Marisa Bidois.


President of the Restaurant Association Mike Egan (L) and Association Vice President Steve Logan deliver lunch to Minister Kris Faafoi at Parliament, Wellington, Tuesday 25 August 2020. Credit: Hagen Hopkins.

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10:45 PONG has potential to track bad smells 

There's a bad smell in the air in Marlborough, and the local council is determined to sniff it out. Marlborough District Council solid waste manager Alec McNeil has come up with a plot called 'Prevailing Odour Not Good' - or PONG, which is currently before the council for consideration. The scheme would allow people to be able to report strong odours so they can be mapped and traced. 

Land north of Marlborough's Wairau Bar is home to more than 30 archaeological sites, but iwi say they are not protected by a new environment plan.

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