27 Oct 2017

Top Stories for Friday 27 October 2017

From Morning Report, 6:00 am on 27 October 2017

A newly released survey of high-rise buildings in Auckland and Wellington shows nearly all of them fail key earthquake standards. Mayors outside of Auckland hope the city's fuel tax will pave the way for new ways of funding their own massive infrastructure costs. A 26-year-old Australian was sentenced to 24 years in jail yesterday for his part in an attempt to smuggle 500kg of P into the country. A whistleblower who revealed the thousands of dangerous power poles around Otago says the repair job is making the network even more unsafe. Former Foreign Minister Gerry Brownlee has wished the new government good luck trying to get a better deal for New Zealanders in Australia. New Zealand Rugby League has been a punching bag for critics over the past six months but the Kiwis are aiming to prove them wrong at the Rugby League World Cup starting here this weekend. The Children's Commissioner and community groups say they're excited to see how the new government plans to reduce child poverty - but question how quickly it can be done. An intellectually disabled Fijian man Sagar Narayan who was due to be deported today will be allowed to stay - for the time being at least. The Department of Conservation is 'disgusted' by what it's describing as an anti-1080 protest in the Taranaki region.