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10:20 Chinese deportees spark trafficking debate

An immigration lawyer says a group of Chinese nationals awaiting deportation are exploited workers who should be protected. The men were arrested for working illegally at building sites in Auckland.  Nine are in Mt Eden jail, while another has been separated from the group.  The lawyer for the nine, Matt Robson, says they are the victims of what he suspects is a human-trafficking ring and their detention is a breach of government policy.   Simon Laurent is an immigration lawyer and the former chair if the New Zealand Association for Migration and Investment.

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10:30 Rahui in place in Foveaux Strait as bonamia testing continues

A rāhui has officially been enacted today to help protect the Foveaux Strait oyster fishery from the potential spread of a deadly parasite. Dr Catherine Duthie from Biosecurity New Zealand explains what happens now

A glimpse across a stormy Foveaux Strait of oRakiura/Stewart Island.

The first glimpse of Rakiura/Stewart Island. Photo: Bruce Hopkins


10:45  $3m Ralph Hotere mural to remain stored til 2023

A $3 million Ralph Hotere mural owned by Hamilton City Council has been in storage for more than three years because there is no public space big enough to hang it. The mural is 8.5m wide and 5m high and was created for and housed in the foyer of the Founders Theatre in Hamilton until it was closed over safety concerns in 2016. So it's been stored since then and will remain stored and out of the public view until 2023 when a new threatre is built.   Hamilton's general manager of venues, tourism and major events, Sean Murray explains why the decision was made to store the mural.

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