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More transitional housing for Blenheim

Families in urgent need of housing will benefit from 17 more transitional housing places opening in Blenheim, says Associate Housing and Urban Development Minister Jenny Salesa. “Everyone deserves a place to live and to have support when it is...... Read More

NZ deeply concerned by latest MH17 finding

The Government is deeply concerned at the finding announced overnight by the Joint Investigative Team that the missile which brought down Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 in July 2014 originated from the 53rd brigade of the armed forces of the Russian...... Read More

Children’s animal movie sparks grooming controversy

The Chief Censor will review a children's movie that stirred up controversy overseas, even after it was announced the offending scenes would be removed. Show Dogs contained a scene where the main character, a dog, was forced to have his genitals...... Read More

Asbestos clarification welcome relief to landlords

The Real Estate Institute of New Zealand has today welcomed the policy clarification from Worksafe NZ on the requirement for asbestos management plans for residential rental properties. The clarification will be a welcome relief for landlords and...... Read More

Preventing theft from vehicles in Napier

Police have noticed a developing trend of vehicles being broken into in parts of Napier. Tools from tradies’ vans and mag wheels from cars have been the targets in Napier Hill, Meeanee, and Napier South. Thieves took items from 11 vehicles from...... Read More

Teen arrested over ’violent assault’

A 17-year-old Auckland man has been arrested in relation to a violent assault that occurred at the Onehunga train station on Saturday May 19. The offender allegedly assaulted the victim who was sitting down waiting for his train and robbed him of his...... Read More

Homelessness strategy for Lower Hutt

Hutt City Council is taking action to address homelessness in the city, following a unanimous decision on Tuesday night to begin work on a homelessness strategy for Lower Hutt. Lower Hutt Mayor Ray Wallace said that homelessness is getting worse in...... Read More

Significant gaps in legal services identified

With an average hourly charge-out rate of about $300, private lawyers are often out of reach for New Zealanders needing legal assistance, according to research from the University of Otago. People expect that legal aid will be there to fill the...... Read More

Kiwifruit monthly exports soar to new high

Kiwifruit exports rose $197 million (82 per cent) in April 2018 compared with April 2017, to reach $438 million, says Stats NZ. This is a new high for any month. The rise in kiwifruit exports was the leading contributor to a $345 million rise (7.3...... Read More

NZDF set to start Maritime Patrols with Fiji

Royal New Zealand Navy patrol vessel HMNZS Taupo arrived in Fiji this morning to conduct combined maritime patrols with the Republic of Fiji Navy over the next three months. This is the second consecutive year that the New Zealand Defence Force is...... Read More

Tauranga company wins NZ Space Challenge

The inaugural NZ Space Challenge has been won by Tauranga company GPS Control Systems with its concept of a Global Navigation Satellite System to help heavy tracked vehicles detect and avoid perilous ice shelf crevasses. Team mastermind John Ahearn...... Read More

Badminton player named for Youth Olympic Games

Aucklander Oscar Guo has been named to the New Zealand team for the Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games. The 17-year-old was selected following strong results at international events early in the year, including the Men’s Singles title at the...... Read More

NZ visas for Chinese bank’s clients fast-tracked

More than half of a Chinese bank's wealthy clients had their New Zealand visitor visas approved within a day in the last year after an agreement to fast-track them. Immigration New Zealand introduced a streamlined visa process for the bank's...... Read More

Fatal crash on State Highway 6

A motorcyclist is dead following a crash on State Highway 6. Police are in attendance at a single vehicle crash that occurred on State Highway 6 (St-Arnaud-Kawatiri Highway) just before 3pm today. "A motorcyclist has died at the scene and the...... Read More

Police searching for missing Auckland woman

Counties Manukau Police are seeking the public’s assistance to help locate missing 66-year-old Elisapeta Soli. Elisapeta was last seen leaving an address in Marvon Downs Avenue, Pakuranga around 10am yesterday. "Elisapeta speaks limited...... Read More

Plans for a ’low emission economy’

Collaboration and partnership between regions, iwi, businesses and government is what will build a resilient and sustainable economy, according to Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern who is visiting Taranaki today. The Prime Minister is meeting with local...... Read More

Former Zespri CEO joins DMS Board as Director

Tauranga-based DMS, the leading kiwifruit and avocado orchard management and post-harvest operator, has announced the appointment of former Zespri International CEO Lain Jager as Board Director. Lain was previously CEO for Zespri International, a...... Read More

$72m April storm shows need for adaptation

The April storm that swept the country and cut power for days for thousands of Aucklanders has resulted in over 13,000 claims costing more than $72m, the Insurance Council of New Zealand reported today. “The 10 and 11 April storm has been the...... Read More

Engineer warns of lack of action over aluminium cladding

A leading engineer who ran an audit in New Zealand prompted by the Grenfell Tower fire is accusing ministry officials of failing to act over what he says are potentially unsafe building panels. Dr Tony Enright called late last year for the suspension...... Read More