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10,000 cannabis plants seized in NZ

About 10,000 cannabis plants were seized recently as part of an annual police operation supported by the New Zealand Defence Force. The operation, which was supported by NH90 helicopters and crew from the Royal New Zealand Air Force’s No.3 Squadron,...... Read More

Rotorua flight changes welcomed

Air New Zealand flight scheduling between Rotorua and Wellington is changing next month to enable business travellers a full day’s work in the capital. The changes are also expected to strengthen Rotorua efforts to attract more domestic visitors...... Read More

Alien Weaponry tells it like it is

It’s no surprise that Alien Weaponry have been invited by Prophets of Rage to open their show in Auckland next week. The three Northland teenagers grew up listening to Rage Against the Machine and Public Enemy, who make up 5/6 of the Prophets...... Read More

Names released in fatal SH 1 crash

Police can now release the names of the two people who died following the crash on Glasnevin Road, SH1, near Amberley yesterday. They were 16-year-olds Dexter Morgan Barham and Burgundy-Rose Eden Brown from Christchurch. Police extend our sympathies...... Read More

Ridge and front do battle to decide weather

A ridge of high pressure manages to confine a cold front to the far south early this week. But the MetService says from Wednesday, the tables turn and the front begins to journey north, spreading rain from the west to the east as it does. "The...... Read More

Insight into Antarctica at public talk

Professor Ian Hawes from the University of Waikato’s Coastal Marine Field Station in Tauranga will present a talk on Antarctica at Café Scientifique in Tauranga this evening. Analogue sites - places where conditions are believed to mimic...... Read More

Myrtle rust found in new region

Myrtle rust has been detected in Manawatu for the first time, the Ministry for Primary Industries confirmed today. The fungus was found on a young ramarama (Lophomyrtus) in a planted area off Victoria Esplanade in Palmerston North. Myrtle Rust Response...... Read More

One killed in Northland crash

One person is dead following a crash in Northland. Emergency services are currently in attendance at a serious crash on SH12 near Paparoa, says a police spokesperson. "One person has sadly died at the scene. One person has sustained serious...... Read More

Tour boat company to pay $93k after back-breaking injury

A Bay of Islands skipper has been ordered to pay fines and reparations of more than $93,000 after one of his passengers broke their back during a boat ride near Paihia. Richard Prentice was transporting tourists to the Hole in the Rock when the accident...... Read More

Gibbs shines in the mud

He may have very little experience with racing in such seriously muddy conditions, but, when the rain set in on Saturday to turn the pristine Hawke's Bay circuit into a muddy mess, it was Australian visitor Kirk Gibbs who shone out. The CML KTM...... Read More