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  • Flag half-mast on town hall, to mark death of Nelson Mandela

    6 December 2013 7:16 PM 40

    News from WCC The South African flag has been flown at half mast from the Wellington Town Hall today, to mark the death of Nelson Mandela. Mayor Celia Wade-Brown has spoken with The South African High Commissioner Zodwa Lallie and offered condolences to her and the staff of the High Commission. “Nelson Mandela is a shining light in the global peace community

  • PM plays down mass spying suggestions

    2 December 2013 7:52 AM 47

    PARLIAMENT - The Prime Minister is playing down suggestions the public may have been targeted for data collection by domestic spy agencies. John Key called GCSB boss Ian Fletcher today to seek assurances that New Zealand had not done the same. "The answer was 'we didn't, and because we didn't we couldn't have shared it.'"

  • Man, 80, injured in multiple motorcycle crash

    1 December 2013 11:57 PM 44

    An 80-year-old man sustained lower leg injuries in a crash involving multiple motorcycles this morning. The Nelson Marlborough Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to the scene near Slaty Creek north of Black Ball at 9:50am. The rider was treated at the scene before being airlifted to Nelson Hospital. Another rider was also injured in the crash and has been transported

  • Both major parties hesitant over Christchurch East by-election

    28 November 2013 7:11 PM 48

    John Key's talking down National's chances of pulling off the Christchurch East by-election tomorrow. National surprised many at the last election in the electorate by trouncing Labour on the party vote count, winning it by more than four thousand. The Prime Minister's hopeful of an upset there tomorrow, but not confident. "We've got a very good candidate

  • Six vying to replace Turia

    24 November 2013 6:49 PM 48

    Six people are vying to replace Tariana Turia as the Maori Party candidate for Te Tai Hauauru. Party co-leader Mrs Turia is retiring ahead of next year's general election and the hundreds of party members met at Whangaehu Marae, near Whanganui, at the weekend to hear from the six candidates. Frana Chase, Rahui Katene, James Makowharemahihi, Christopher

  • Asset sales referendum underway today

    21 November 2013 8:28 PM 59

    The citizens initiated referendum on partial asset sales gets underway today. It relates to the Government's partial sales of Meridian, Mighty River and Air New Zealand - and proposed partial sale of Genesis Energy. Chief Electoral Officer Robert Peden says everyone should get their voting papers by next Friday. "It means you're either not on the roll or your address

  • Flavell rules out merger, and Harawira isn't happy

    21 November 2013 2:38 AM 58

    PARLIAMENT - More talks are planned, but tensions remain between the Mana Movement and the Maori Party. Mana leader Hone Harawira is not happy with the position being taken by Maori Party co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell, who has ruled out there being any merger of the two parties. Mr Harawira says that is disappointing given a merger is what Maori people

  • New Zealand's spys want new software

    21 November 2013 12:55 AM 69

    New Zealand's intelligence agencies are looking for a system they can share to help their bean-counters better manage their books and give them a place to store all sorts of information from all sorts of places. The Government Communications Security Bureau and New Zealand Security Intelligence Service have put out the feelers for a reliable accounting