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Blessing held at site of new station

A blessing was held at the site of the new Hastings Police station yesterday to mark the start of the construction process. Construction of the three storey state-of-the-art facility will begin with the demolition of the old courthouse building on...... Read More

Government to help fund services for Veterans

Minister for Veterans Ron Mark has today welcomed the announcement of $1.1 million in grant payments over the next four years for the Royal New Zealand Returned and Services Association (RSA) and No Duff Charitable Trust. The funding will see $250,000...... Read More

Speed signs to be installed at location of fatal crash

Signs advising less speed are being put on a Hawke's Bay country road where a man crashed a stolen car and died. A coroner's report has found that Glennard Hirini Gotty drove too fast around a bend on White Road, north of Waipawa in May last...... Read More

Police appeal for witnesses to hit and run

Police are appealing for witnesses to a hit and run incident that occurred on 30 March 2018. At about 11.10pm on Friday 30 March 2018, a motor vehicle struck a pedestrian at the intersection of Karangahape Road and Ponsonby Road, Grafton. The driver...... Read More

Search for missing fisherman – boat reported found

The inflatable boat used by the fisherman missing since Thursday off the Karikari Peninsula in Northland has been found. The inflatable boat was found upright on the water by another boatie around 10.30 am on Saturday. Its discovery was reported to...... Read More

Pike River families will have closure - departing mayor

The Grey District mayor says the families of the men killed in the 2010 Pike River disaster will have closure before he retires. Tony Kokshoorn has served 21 years at the council on the West Coast but will retire from politics when his current term...... Read More

Hawera Cinemas bans pyjamas, dirty boots

A Taranaki cinema's ban on wearing pyjamas, onesies and dirty boots to screenings - and the public support and opposition to the move - has made global headlines. Hawera Cinemas said it had seen an increasing number of patrons attending in nightwear...... Read More

Drivers failing to make it click

NZ Transport Agency and NZ Police welcome the AA research report findings that identify those groups of people who aren’t wearing seatbelts. “For most people it’s a habitual thing; you get into your car and you put on your seatbelt. "But...... Read More

Hundreds of Whangarei swimming pool fences may be illegal

Hundreds of swimming pools in Whangarei may be illegal because their fences don't comply with the Building Act. The Whangarei District Council has launched an investigation after a random audit found a high percentage of pool fences were unsafe. Chief...... Read More

Farmers give thumbs down to new taxes

Any move to introduce a capital gains, land or environment tax will meet stiff opposition from farmers, a Federated Farmers survey shows. The Federation asked its members for their views last month, to help inform the farmer group’s submission...... Read More