National News Brief, Wednesday October 8

Another cash rate cut in store?; National's promised tax cuts take a hit; record number of Aussies move to New Zealand; regional fuel tax approved; maternity system criticised; and more

  • The Press reveals that Starbucks outlets in New Zealand allow 7200 litres of water to slip down the drain each day. It is standard practise for the company to install a "dipper well" in each of their coffee shops, used for rinsing utensils. The tap runs constantly throughout business hours. Starbucks New Zealand general manager Paul Wood said, "This has highlighted the opportunity to look at how to reduce our overall water use and to reduce our environmental footprint, particularly in New Zealand."