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Kiwis told to 'Give Nothing to Racism', the Australian Government's $73 million payout for Manus Island detainees and the London apartment inferno.
June 14, 2017, 10:29pm
Taika Waititi in a still from the Human Rights Commission video 'Give Nothing to Racism'

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LOCAL NEWS

Kiwi Stars Urge New Zealand to Not Fuel Racism in New Campaign Video
A Human Rights Commission campaign is encouraging kiwis to 'Give Nothing to Racism'.
Some of the country's most well-known faces have come together in the campaign video, which urges New Zealanders to refuse spreading intolerance.
Featured in the video, director Taika Waititi says even the smallest amount of racism creates social acceptance of the practice.
"You don't have to be a full on racist, just being a tiny bit racist is enough. A smile, a cheeky giggle, even a simple nod agreement; it all adds up and it gives others the message that it's okay."
The campaign comes at a time when racial intolerance and overt attacks on minorities are on the rise, with one in three complaints to the Human Rights Commission regarding racial discrimination

Unhealthy Food in Childcare: More than Just a Special Occasion?
An Auckland University study has reported that nearly half of the early childhood services that serve daily meals provide children with unhealthy 'special occasion' food more than recommended.
The 'Growing Up In New Zealand' study found half the menus examined did not have enough grains or dairy products to meet Health Ministry guidelines.
The report analysed 57 menus from services in Auckland and Waikato which provided morning and afternoon snacks.
Only three of the menus got full marks for providing sufficient quantity and variety of recommended foods.

INTERNATIONAL NEWS

Corbyn on London Fire: "If You Cut funding, There is a Price to Pay."
Twelve people are dead and many more have been injured after a fire ripped through a council-owned apartment block in the west London area of North Kensington.
Eyewitnesses have reported people were trapped in the 24-floor Grenfell Tower, screaming for help and yelling for their children to be saved.
Ambulance services stated that "several hundred" people were in the building when the fire broke out shortly after midnight, most of them sleeping.
The UK's Labour leader has claimed spending cuts and mismanagement were contributing factors that caused the deadly fire.
Party leader Jeremy Corbyn said the fire is a reflection a larger systemic issue of widespread underfunding.
"If you deny local authorities the funding they need, then there is a price that's paid by the lack of safety facilities all over the country."
But opponents on social media have been quick to criticise, saying Corbyn is latching onto a tragedy for political gain.

Australian Government Settles with Asylum Seekers
The 1,900 asylum seekers detained in the Manus island detention centre will receive $73 million after reaching an out-of-court settlement with the Australian Government.
The men, represented by Australian law firm Slater and Gordon, were seeking damages for false imprisonment and living conditions that caused psychological and physical harm.
Slater and Gordon Lawyer Andrew Baker said the case sought to challenge the Australian Government's stance that it did not owe a duty of care to the men detained on the island.
It is understood this settlement did not include everyone on the island, with 900 men still facing an uncertain future.

Spree Shooter Targets Republican Lawmakers
A shooter in Virginia has been killed by police after he attacked congress members at a Virginia baseball field.
The attacker, identified as 66-year old James T Hodgkinson, stormed the pitch while shooting at the men who were training for the annual congressional ballgame.
One person was killed and eight are being treated for injuries.
Alabama Republican Mo Brooks was at the practice and said Hodgkinson sprayed 50 to 100 bullets before being shot after a firefight with police.
Hodgkinson was an outspoken Democrat who volunteered for Bernie Sanders during his 2016 presidential campaign.

Cholera Cases in Yemen Triple in Two Weeks
Cholera is spreading so quickly in Yemen that one child is infected with the disease every 35 seconds, according to the NGO Save the Children. Lack of food, proper medical care, and sanitation in the war-torn country have caused the rate of infection to triple in the past two weeks, with more than 129,000 suspected cholera cases registered across the country.

Additional reporting by Adam Jacobson and Katie Doyle.