Live updates, June 11: Film on mosque attacks faces backlash, producer addresses criticism

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Prime tales:

3.50pm: Harete Hipango is an MP once more

Harete Hipango is formally a member of parliament. She returns as the following on the Nationwide Occasion listing after Nick Smith, who resigned after 30 years, his departure expedited by his expectation {that a} story was about to interrupt referring to an “altercation” with a workers member. The story by no means materialised. Hipango missed out on re-election within the seat of Whanganui eventually yr’s election.

She was interviewed by Maiki Sherman for an episode within the new collection of Matangireia, launched earlier this week.

2.55pm: Mosque taking pictures movie may very well be taxpayer funded, producer addresses criticism

They Are Us – a movie set following the 2019 Christchurch mosque shootings – may very well be partially funded with taxpayer {dollars}, Newshub has claimed.

Philippa Campbell, one of many producers on the controversial movie, mentioned work on the mission had to this point been privately funded. It’s understood the movie might acquire funding by the New Zealand Display Manufacturing Grant.

Requested concerning the backlash to the mission, Campbell acknowledged the story was complicated – and admitted not all households related to the tragedy had been consulted.

“The challenges are obviously huge,” she mentioned. “We have a deep respect for the communities at the heart of the tragedy. We want to assure them and New Zealand audiences that we understand the responsibility of telling this story.”

2.10pm: Ikea on the way in which – and prior to we thought

Studies recommend iconic Swedish retailer Ikea might make it to New Zealand even prior to anticipated.

BusinessDesk claimed that Ikea might arrange store as quickly by October, with the corporate’s Australian chief Jan Gardberg​ saying the transfer will happen inside the subsequent three to 4 months following a gross sales increase in Australia. “We already have the locations, the strategy, who we are doing deals with and so on,” Gardberg added.

Together with Ikea, Auckland is ready to get its first Costco in 2022.

1.05pm: Second particular person transferred to hospital with Covid-19

Two individuals at the moment are in Middlemore Hospital with Covid-19, after being transferred from the Jet Park quarantine facility.

In an announcement, the Ministry of Well being mentioned each are in a steady situation. One has been in hospital since Tuesday night time, with the second moved yesterday.

“[Both] were taken to hospital safely using strict infection prevention and control measures which are in place for all hospital transfers from managed isolation and quarantine facilities,” mentioned a ministry spokesperson.

“For privacy reasons, no further details about these patients’ care will be released.”

In the meantime, there are not any new group instances of Covid-19, with 5 reported right this moment in managed isolation. The overall variety of lively instances in New Zealand is 29.

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12.55pm: Backlash after mosque assault film specializing in Jacinda Ardern introduced

The information {that a} film set within the aftermath of the Christchurch mosque assaults would star Rose Byrne as Jacinda Ardern has been criticised on-line, with issues it might find yourself in “white saviour” territory.

Aya Al-Umari misplaced her brother within the assault and posted on Twitter to say she had no thought the movie was being made. “It was news to me when I saw this morning,” she mentioned. “None of my close contacts knew either.”

These related to the assault had been allegedly consulted throughout work on the movie’s script, based on straight Andrew Niccol.

However, talking to Stuff, Al-Umari mentioned she is sceptical of that.

”Given the assertion did say that it was in session with a number of members of the mosque tragedy [families], I might have anticipated to know,” she mentioned.

Tony Inexperienced, who acted as a spokesperson for the Muslim Affiliation of Canterbury after the assaults, mentioned he was additionally unaware of any session. He mentioned not less than one household he had spoken to, who misplaced a liked one within the assault, was angered by the mission.

“If you were serious about a movie which was about possibly New Zealand’s worst event domestically, you’d want to know this was grounded in a fairly wide a decent coverage of those who were affected, and at first glance, we’ve all been blindsided by this, that does not appear to have happened.”

The federal government has moved shortly to distance itself from the manufacturing; a spokesperson for the prime minister informed The Spinoff that neither Ardern nor the federal government had been concerned within the movie.

Rose Byrne herself has not responded, however the actress’ Instagram web page has been flooded with feedback criticising her involvement with the movie. “Please do not do ‘They Are Us’ we need to show that the Muslim community are more important than the narrative of the white saviour,” wrote one particular person.

12.25pm: Palmerston North faculties in lockdown after potential gunshots

There are reviews of photographs being fired in Palmerston North, prompting faculties to enter lockdown.

In accordance with Newshub, officers acquired reviews of a potential firearms incident on Milson Line simply earlier than 11am. The Armed Offenders Squad has been known as in and several other faculties have closed as a precaution.

At this stage, there was no affirmation of whether or not photographs had been truly fired or if anybody has been arrested in reference to the reviews.

11.25am: Waka Kotahi chair Brian Roche to resign – report

The chair of Waka Kotahi, the transport company, is ready to give up.

Stuff is reporting that Sir Brian Roche – a well-liked appointee of the Labour authorities – will step down from his position in mid-June subsequent yr. He has served as chair since 2019 after having already held the position for a interval when the company was established in 2008.

Roche was a member of the group that checked out reforming the well being system, alongside Heather Simpson. The pair additionally examined the Covid-19 MIQ system.

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10.00am: Lorde releases first single in 4 years

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Lorde has dropped her new single Photo voltaic Energy – the primary from her upcoming and long-awaited third album. The track was first confirmed this week after the quilt artwork was posted to Lorde’s web site. It shortly went viral.

On the time there was no launch date, with a message posted alongside the quilt artwork merely saying “patience is a virtue”.

Earlier reviews claimed the track could be launched at 11am NZT, but it surely dropped on streaming providers shortly earlier than 10am.

The discharge of the track might have been introduced ahead after it leaked in a single day.

In a publication despatched out to followers, Lorde confirmed her album will even be known as Photo voltaic Energy.

“The album is a celebration of the natural world, an attempt at immortalising the deep, transcendent feelings I have when I’m outdoors,” wrote the singer. “In times of heartache, grief, deep love, or confusion, I look to the natural world for answers. I’ve learnt to breathe out, and tune in. This is what came through.”

Learn extra: Scorching takes on Photo voltaic Energy – Lorde’s new single, reviewed

9.35am: ‘Cut back’ – DHBs reportedly informed to sluggish vaccine roll-out as shares plummet

Some DHBs have reportedly been informed to decelerate their vaccination charges as shares of the Covid-19 Pfizer jab are working low.

The general vaccine roll-out is about 10% forward of schedule, with the minister in cost Chris Hipkins saying an additional million vaccines will arrive subsequent month.

In accordance with the Otago Each day Occasions, some southern well being boards are prone to working out.

“People giving out vaccines have been told to cut right back because there is not enough vaccine for the country to continue at the current rate,” mentioned a senior clinician. “There is not much transparency from the Ministry of Health regarding vaccine availability.”

A spokesperson for minister Hipkins mentioned he was unaware of an instruction to decelerate vaccinating and mentioned there have been sufficient doses within the nation to fulfill the roll-out plan.

8.20am: Rose Byrne to play Jacinda Ardern in new movie

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Australian actress Rose Byrne is reportedly lined as much as play our prime minister in a brand new movie set within the wake of the March 15 terror assaults.

In accordance with worldwide reviews, the movie – titled They Are Us – will happen within the aftermath of the 2019mass taking pictures. It is going to be written and directed by Andrew Niccol, the New Zealander who beforehand helmed the infamously unhealthy Justin Timberlake movie In Time.

It’s not a accomplished deal but because the movie is heading to the Cannes market this month to safe financing.

“They Are Us is not so much about the attack but the response to the attack,” mentioned Niccol. “How an unprecedented act of hate was overcome by an outpouring of love and support. The film addresses our common humanity which is why I think it will speak to people around the world. It is an example of how we should respond when there’s an attack on our fellow human beings.”

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The title of the movie comes from a quote of Ardern’s when talking after the devastating terror assault. “They are us. The person who has perpetuated this violence against us is not.” Ardern mentioned.

Niccol’s script was developed in session with a number of members of the mosques affected by the tragedy, nevertheless the give attention to Ardern raises questions on whether or not the movie will find yourself falling into “white saviour” syndrome. Ardern herself has resisted makes an attempt to focus the March 15 story on herself.

A spokesperson for Ardern informed The Spinoff the prime minister and the federal government haven’t any involvement with the movie.

It’s not the primary time somebody has performed Ardern – though will probably be the primary critical display screen depiction. Nevertheless, casting an Australian within the position is definitely a daring transfer accent-wise. As Madeleine Chapman wrote for The Spinoff again in 2018: “Our accent is hard.”

And in 2015, Byrne tried a… fairly poor New Zealand accent on the Ellen Present. Fush and chups, anybody?

It’s not but identified when They Are Us will hit the screens however contemplating talks are below manner now, we will probably count on a launch late subsequent yr.

7.30am: Prime tales from The Bulletin

Nurses and DHBs are again to the negotiating desk after this week’s strike noticed 30,000 well being employees off the job for eight hours. Glenda Alexander from the NZ Nurses Organisation informed RNZ that it was not nearly pay, and bettering work situations was simply as vital. “They’re kind of interwoven [pay and conditions]. If we don’t pay people what they’re worth, what the job is worth, they’re not going to stay and we’re not going to get new people into the nursing workforce,” mentioned Alexander.

The DHBs say they’re “keen to close gaps” within the areas that nurses assume are missing. Spokesperson Jim Inexperienced mentioned earlier negotiations had addressed “many of [nurses] requirements” and DHBs had been would may very well be accomplished subsequent. “We’ve made offers around all those areas – we’ve made a pay rise increase of up to 8 to 12% and of course there’s the pay equity settlement that will be coming in on top of that as well,” he mentioned.

In the meantime, there are reviews this morning of empty beds at Christchurch Hospital due to a scarcity of nurses. Unnamed sources on the hospital mentioned that sources had been stretched and the workforce was at breaking level. 19 beds had been sitting empty throughout the hospital final week, based on RNZ. “There’s only so much you can keep asking people to step up and do more with less and that’s usually less of us to do more for the number of patients that we have through the door on any given day,” mentioned one unnamed nurse.

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