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  • Electoral Commission acts on Maori voting hurdles

    20 September 2017 4:08 AM 6

    The Electoral Commission says it’s taking seriously complaints about the way Maori voters are being treated by polling officials. Academic Veronica Tawhai has complained to the commission about a list of problems, including polling booth workers being unaware of the existence of a Maori roll, voters being given wrong advice or wrong ballot papers, and staff

  • Dive squad recover body in search for boaties

    20 September 2017 3:54 AM 2

    Divers have recovered the body of one of the Greymouth fishermen missing since their boat the Wendy J sank in a storm south of Jackson Bay last Thursday. Police said today the body was recovered yesterday afternoon by the Police National Dive squad near the wreckage of the Wendy J, during the ongoing search for Jay Cairney (43) and Kieran Lynch (22). In a statement

  • Council warns against third party dog registrations

    20 September 2017 3:44 AM

    Auckland Council is reminding dog owners around the region that it only accepts payment for dog registrations directly, not through third parties. The council has become aware that the website, which appears to have a formal relationship with other councils in New Zealand, has accepted payments for dog registration for Auckland dog owners

  • Moderate quake strikes New Zealand

    20 September 2017 1:59 AM 3

    Wellington, Sep 20 (IANS) A 5.8-magnitude earthquake struck a few hundred kilometres off the southern coast of New Zealand on Wednesday, the country's seismic service said. According to Geonet, the quake hit at 1.43 p.m., 585 km south-west of Invercargill at a depth of 12 km. It caused moderate tremors, Xinhua news agency reported. It was initially classified

  • Magnitude 5.8 quake shakes lower South Island

    20 September 2017 1:59 AM

    A magnitude 5.8 earthquake has struck south-west of Invercargill this afternoon. It struck 585km south-west of Invercargill at a depth of 12km. Residents in Balclutha, Gore, Invercargill, Lumsden, Roxburgh, Te Anau and Tuatapere have reported that they felt shaking, according to GeoNet. It was initially classified as a strong quake, but has since been classified

  • Car hits five students at Auckland school

    20 September 2017 12:31 AM 1

    A car has struck five students outside Westlake Girls' High School on Auckland's North Shore, leaving one with life-threatening injuries. An Auckland teen has been left with life-threatening injuries after a car ploughed through five students outside a North Shore high school as classmates looked on. Emergency services were called to the crash outside

  • Privacy concerns after Paula Bennett sends texts to constituents

    20 September 2017 12:17 AM

    A text message sent on behalf of National's Paula Bennett has sparked privacy concerns, and a complaint has been made to the Electoral Commission. The message was sent to Ms Bennett's constituents in Upper Harbour. It urges the recipients to support Paula Bennett and the National party, and says "I got your number from the electoral roll." One person

  • Unique UFO home sells

    19 September 2017 11:15 PM

    The flying saucer-shaped home in Park Rd, Warrington, was listed on Trade Me on September 4. That listing had since generated almost 50,000 views, resulting in the home selling by Monday. The home was owned in trust by Christchurch woman Juanita Clearwater and her family. She had bought the rare Futuro one-bedroom, one-bathroom house from previous owner

  • David Seymour says National have 'failed' on vision and housing

    19 September 2017 11:09 PM

    ACT leader David Seymour says the National party have failed when it comes to vision and the housing crisis. "The average house in my electorate is 10 times what I earn, no one can afford a house that's 10 times what they earn…I think that shows we've got a real problem," he told the AM Show on Wednesday. Mr Seymour said the election was on a "knife

  • Factory shed on fire near Haast

    19 September 2017 10:30 PM

    A fish factory shed in a remote area of the West Coast near Haast is on fire. Fire and Emergency New Zealand senior communicator Daryl Ball said they received the call just before 9am to attend a 80m by 30m shed on fire at Neils Beach. Three helicopters with monsoon buckets and fire crews from Haast are at the scene and fire crews from Fox Glacier and Franz