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20 September 2017 4:33 AM Election 2017 Live: National’s poll puts it at 43 to Labour’s 39

With three days to go, the election debate focused on infrastructure stresses in the midst of a jet fuel crisis, although officials said this afternoon the crisis was easing. Jacinda Ardern campaigned on homelessness and low wages in South Auckland and warned Bill English against using "fake news" in tonight's debate. Bill English spoke to lawyers in Auckland 2

20 September 2017 2:28 AM Jet fuel rations continue until next week

Fuel rationing at Auckland Airport will continue to next Thursday as airlines cancel flights and operate using about one third of their normal jet fuel supply. Airlines in Auckland will continue operating with limited fuel supplies as rationing is expected to continue through until next week. This rationing was proving effective and the fuel industry 1

20 September 2017 1:59 AM Magnitude 5.8 quake shakes lower South Island

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

20 September 2017 1:55 AM Seymour: 'I can't afford my own house in Auckland'

Act Party leader and Epsom MP David Seymour says he can't afford to buy his house in Auckland. Seymour told NZ Herald Focus' Tristram Clayton that the fact he can't afford to buy the house where he lives shows how deep the housing crisis is in Auckland. Seymour earns about $190,000 a year as an MP (plus benefits) and was questioned by Clayton about his previous

19 September 2017 9:14 PM Fatbergs in Waikato District Pipes

Its size has sent shockwaves around the world and while the Waikato district can’t claim anything quite as large, fatbergs have also been plaguing our pipes for years. International media coverage of a 250-metre long, 130-tonne ‘fatberg’ blocking a London sewer pipe went viral on social media last week, but General Manager Service Delivery Tim Harty

19 September 2017 8:05 PM NZ's fuel crisis hits flights, petrol stations

Shortage arising from damaged pipeline disrupts air travel, halts sale of high-octane petrol WELLINGTON • New Zealand's jet fuel shortage forced 39 flights to be cancelled yesterday, 13 of them international, with concerns the crisis might spread after fuel stations in the country's largest city, Auckland, halted high-octane petrol sales. The fuel shortage 1

19 September 2017 12:55 PM Why China Won’t Pressure North Korea as Much as Trump Wants

At the center of the North Korean nuclear crisis is a pivotal question: How much is China really willing to pressure and punish its longtime ally in Pyongyang? Recent conversations in Beijing and Washington suggest that Chinese leaders have decided to increase pressure substantially but are not—and probably never will be—willing to help President Trump 1

19 September 2017 4:43 AM Airport fuel crisis make or break for National

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 4

19 September 2017 1:33 AM Jacinda targets and tempts youth vote at Victoria campus

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19 September 2017 1:23 AM Civil servants grounded due to fuel woes

Public servants have been asked to not take non-urgent flights as the fuel crisis in Auckland deepens. Civil servants have been asked to avoid flying as work continues to fix the only pipeline into Auckland. There are also reports that petrol stations have run out of premium gas. The leak, 8km south of the Marsden Point refinery in Northland, is this week expected 2