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Bill aiming to ban rodeo cruelty welcomed by SAFE

SAFE says a Member’s Bill, announced by Green Party MP Gareth Hughes, means some of the cruellest aspects of rodeo could be banned.  The Bill aims to ban steer wrestling, calf rope and tie, and the use of flank straps which SAFE says are...... Read More

New Zealand expresses condolences to India

Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters says New Zealand has offered its condolences to the people and Government of India over a bomb attack in Jammu and Kashmir which led to a very large loss of life and heightened tensions in the region. “As...... Read More

Dead woman pulled from Wellington lagoon named

Police are still treating the death of a woman yesterday, whose body was found in Whairepo Lagoon near Frank Kitts Park, as unexplained. The deceased is 48-year old Sarah Pauline Louise Mayne of Wellington. A police spokesperson says our thoughts...... Read More

Helicopter crashes during battle against Tasman fire

A pilot has escaped with minor injuries after his helicopter crashed while he was fighting the Tasman fire this afternoon. Civil Defence said he was being treated for non-life-threatening injuries. The crash occurred within the cordon area and Police...... Read More

A cooler end to a warm week

A cold front has moved away to the east of New Zealand today and is being followed by a ridge of high pressure, which will bring calm and settled conditions for most parts of the country into next week. “The cold air in behind the front gave...... Read More

Arrest made in relation to Hamilton assault

Waikato Police have arrested a 34-year-old man they were seeking in relation to an assault on Hendon Road in Hamilton on Saturday morning. The man was located by police at a residential address in Hamilton at around 11pm last night. A police spokesperson...... Read More

Heavy rain watch for Fiordland and Westland

Heavy rain is expected for Fiordland and southern Westland on Monday, but especially for Tuesday. A warm moist northwest flow is expected to develop over the lower South Island on Monday, delivering periods of heavy rain to southern Westland and Fiordland...... Read More

Police appeal for sightings prior to boy’s death

Police would like to hear from any members of the public who may have seen a 3-year-old boy on Salford Street, Gore, between 8.45pm and 9.30pm on Tuesday January 29.   The boy had mousy blonde hair and was wearing a high-visibility vest and shorts.    A...... Read More

Changes to how high country land is managed

Iconic high country land will be better managed under changes that Land Information Minister Eugenie Sage announced consultation on today. Tenure review is a voluntary process where Crown pastoral land can be sold to a leaseholder and areas with high...... Read More

Refund RUC charges on Nelson fires hay convoy

Road User Charges incurred by trucking companies and smaller operators transporting hay to farmers in Nelson should be refunded, says National’s South Island Regional Development spokesperson Andrew Falloon. “Over the past week many of...... Read More