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  • Water to decide the battle for Tukituki

    19 September 2017 4:01 PM 1

    Hawke’s Bay has a reputation for stunning syrahs and delicious fruit. But, perhaps more than any other region, the use of water has been fiercely debated, leaving residents on both sides bitter. Shane Cowlishaw reports as a new row erupts just days before the election. Lined up in a muddy park in Clive, hundreds of tractors sit in perfect, uniform rows. There

  • Harbour Bridge crash cleared but queues back to Greenlane

    19 September 2017 7:44 AM 4

    A smash involving multiple vehicles, including a truck and trailer and a bus on Auckland's Harbour Bridge, has been cleared but queues stretch back for miles. Two out of three lanes heading north were blocked for an hour after the smash with traffic grinding to a halt in some parts of the motorway. Motorists are being told not to head over the bridge

  • Hawke's Bay locals rally against water conservation

    19 September 2017 7:14 AM 3

    Hawke's Bay locals are taking a stand against a proposed Water Conservation Order. Hundreds will rally from Napier and Hastings to Clive on Tuesday to reject an application lodged by environmental groups to put water restrictions on two of its largest rivers. Water rally spokesman Jerif van Beek says the move would cripple jobs and diminish their way of life. "The general

  • Goals to achieve before parliamentary run for OSullivan

    19 September 2017 6:48 AM 1

    Kaitaia doctor Lance O'Sullivan hopes his statement of intent to stand for the Maori Party in 2020 will boost the party's chances this election. Dr O'Sullivan says for him health and politics are equally important and intricately linked. "One is institutionalising digital health in New Zealand and the resurgence of my alma mater, my kura of Hato Petera

  • Pair rescued from waterfall near Queenstown

    19 September 2017 6:22 AM 4

    Two people who called for help after "getting stuck at the top of a waterfall" near Queenstown this afternoon have been rescued by volunteer firefighters. A police media spokesman said the pair rang for help about 4.20pm after becoming concerned for their safety in Wye Creek, a valley in The Remarkables range about 15km south of Frankton. A helicopter

  • Where is Taupo’s $30 million Powerball ticket?

    19 September 2017 5:47 AM 3

    It’s the $30 million question everyone in Taupo is asking: Where isSaturday’s winning Powerball ticket? New Zealand’s third largest Powerball prize was won in Taupo over the weekend, with the $30 million winning ticket purchased at Richmond Superette. With the lucky winner yet to claim their prize, Lotto NZ is encouraging Lotto players to dig out their

  • Airport fuel crisis make or break for National

    19 September 2017 4:43 AM 4

    The aviation fuel crisis caused by a ruptured pipeline has suddenly become a central issue in a tight election contest, forcing the National Government to scramble in a bid to limit impact to the travelling public and to its own vote. With just four days to go, Opposition parties piled into National with Labour leader Jacinda Ardern claiming that the failure

  • Women’s Suffrage Day to reflect on gender diversity

    19 September 2017 4:05 AM 2

    The legal profession is being encouraged to acknowledge Women’s Suffrage Day as an ideal time to review and reflect on gender diversity and inclusion in the work place. Today marks 124 years since women gained the right to vote in New Zealand. Following the women’s suffrage petition, on September 19, 1893 a new Electoral Act became law giving women the same right

  • Confirmed: Sea lion on Otago beach was shot

    19 September 2017 3:45 AM 3

    A male sea lion found dead on an Otago beach had been shot, a necropsy has confirmed. Department of Conservation ranger Ros Cole says the news is disheartening as sea lions are are critically endangered. "To discover someone has such reckless disregard for our protected species is extremely disappointing," she said. The animal, which was reported dead on Tautuku

  • Scary dashcam video captures reckless overtake near Greymouth

    19 September 2017 1:53 AM 2

    Frightening dashcam footage has captured the moment a South Island driver carried out a foolhardy overtake in a company ute. Greymouth local Jonathon Kerr took a dashcam video of the perilous driving while he and a handful of friends were travelling through Ahaura on Sunday afternoon, on their way back from a weekend's off-roading. Mr Kerr can be heard