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  • Boy's leg 'cut to the bone' by undie-clad girl's bike prank

    1 November 2017 9:18 PM 39

    A high school student's leg was "cut to the bone" when he was struck by a schoolgirl in underwear riding a dirt bike in an end of year prank that went horribly wrong. It is understood video footage of the accident is now circulating and that the six Waikato Diocesan School schoolgirls involved dropped a GoPro camera at the scene. The victim, a Year 12 boy from Hamilton

  • Ex-leader Goff meets Labour's PM

    1 November 2017 7:49 PM 28

    Former Labour leader Phil Goff, who was beaten for the chance at becoming prime minister in 2011, has had his first meeting with Jacinda Ardern. Phil Goff has returned to the Beehive to meet with the woman who did what he couldn't - lead Labour into government. The Auckland mayor and former Labour leader is meeting Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern for the first

  • It could take govt 'decades, not years' to move Ports of Auckland

    1 November 2017 7:24 PM 28

    Ports of Auckland says it will take decades to move the port to another city, so it needs a plan. A 30 year draft master plan for the waterfront is being released today. It includes a five storey carpark with a public rooftop park, as well as a 13 metre extension to Bledisloe Wharf. Ports of Auckland CEO Tony Gibson said significant growth is happening

  • Cartels keen to grow Kiwi cocaine market

    1 November 2017 7:20 PM 39

    The seizure of a record haul of cocaine that was smuggled into Tauranga yesterday is a sign international drug cartels are taking a keen interest in growing New Zealand's small cocaine market, officials say. Some 46kg of cocaine, with a street value of $20 million, was seized at a Tauranga address yesterday after a five-month investigation by police

  • Ports of Auckland Releases Draft 30-Year Master Plan

    1 November 2017 5:59 PM 23

    Ports of Auckland has today released its Draft 30-year Master Plan which outlines a range of projects needed for the port to keep delivering for Aucklanders until the port is moved. The draft plan can be viewed on a website also launched today at www.masterplan.poal.co.nz. Chief Executive Tony Gibson said “Our owner, Auckland Council, is undertaking

  • A green park on top of a carpark (!) and other remarkable plans for the Auckland port

    1 November 2017 4:02 PM 22

    Ports of Auckland has released its brand new long-term plans. Simon Wilson is impressed, but also not impressed. The cars are moving off the finger wharves. Hallelujah. And instead of spreading over every inch of available wharf space, most of them will be contained in a remarkable, brand-new carpark building. With a green park on top. That’s the biggest

  • 30 year plan for Auckland's ports unveiled

    1 November 2017 4:02 PM 30

    Cars causing an eyesore on Auckland's waterfront could finally be covered up. Ports of Auckland has unwrapped its draft 30-year master plan, including a five-storey parking building topped with a one-hectare waterfront park. Chief Executive Tony Gibson said the proposed building kills two birds with one stone. "What we're saying is actually people don't

  • More youth turn out to vote in NZ General Election

    1 November 2017 8:19 AM 21

    New Zealand's youngest voters were more likely to vote in the 2017 election. It wasn't a huge surge, but the increase in younger voters was significant and perhaps linked to the popularity of Labour leader Jacinda Ardern. Turnout didn't only increase for younger voters - all voters were more likely to vote in this year's election compared to 2014, but the change

  • Macdonald re-marries in Dunedin

    1 November 2017 6:40 AM 21

    Macdonald's ex-wife Anna Guy wasn't present, but said the ceremony was small and attended by Macdonald and Braas' seven children. Guy said she had met Braas briefly on one occasion "for about five minutes, that's it". Blokdyke said she found out about it when her daughter phoned her two days after it happened. "All her brothers and sisters were at my birthday

  • Brian Tamaki lashes out at LGBT community again

    1 November 2017 5:38 AM 21

    Controversial Destiny Church leader Bishop Brian Tamaki has again criticised the gay and lesbian community, less than a year after he was widely condemned for blaming gay people for earthquakes. During a sermon on Sunday, Tamaki referred to gay and lesbian clergy as a "contamination". "You've got to understand that there's been such a breakdown and contamination