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19 September 2017 1:41 AM Privacy Commissioner questions VTNZ about leak to gang members

The Privacy Commissioner says he's deeply concerned a VTNZ employee leaked personal information about a police informant to gang members and is looking for answers from the company. As part of the sentencing decision yesterday of six members of the Head Hunters gang for the kidnapping and manslaughter of Jindarat Prutsiriporn, Justice Matthew Palmer 2

18 September 2017 11:23 PM VTNZ under fire after employee informer's details leaked to gang

No charges were laid against a Vehicle Testing New Zealand employee who provided a police informant's personal information to the Head Hunters' ghost unit as they prepared to kidnap a woman. The link was made yesterday when Justice Matthew Palmer sentenced six men in relation to the kidnapping and death of 50-year-old Thai woman Jindarat Prutsiriporn

18 September 2017 8:00 PM National committed to growth for New Zealanders

New Zealanders have a clear choice this election between two very different economic directions for New Zealand – National’s plan to grow jobs and incomes and ensure families continue to get ahead, and Labour’s agenda that would take us backwards, Prime Minister and National Party Leader Bill English says. “National is ambitious for New Zealand. We have a confident

18 September 2017 7:16 PM Missing Invercargill man located

An 88-year-old man who was reported missing from his care home in Invercargill at about 7:30pm on Monday was found alive at 5:30am this morning. He was found by LandSAR volunteer searchers in a ditch on Finlay Road approximately 1.5 kilometres from his care home. He was wet, cold and muddy and has been taken to Southland Hospital. Approximately 25 volunteer 2

18 September 2017 6:27 PM Significant timing for Suffrage Day this year

Time to reflect on the hard-fought battle for equal voting rights, on a significant day in New Zealand's history - made all the more relevant by falling amid the election campaign. Today is Suffrage Day, marking 124 years since women got the right to vote in New Zealand, the first in the world to do so. Minister for Women Paula Bennett said we've come a long way since 2

18 September 2017 2:41 PM President Trump says bureaucracy is stopping UN from reaching its full potential in debut appearance

President Donald Trump made his debut at the United Nations on Monday, using his first moments at the world body to urge the 193-nation organisation to reduce bureaucracy and costs while more clearly defining its mission around the world. But while Trump chastised the UN – an organisation he sharply criticised as a candidate for president for its spiralling 2

18 September 2017 2:33 PM North Korea says sanctions will accelerate nuclear programme

North Korea has warned that more sanctions and pressure will only make it accelerate its nuclear programme. In a strongly worded statement, the foreign ministry called a new round of restrictions imposed by the United Nations "the most vicious, unethical and inhumane act of hostility". Meanwhile, the US and South Korea carried out joint military exercises 3

18 September 2017 10:01 AM Trump's first speech at U.N. will focus on sovereignty and calls for reform

President Trump takes to the world’s largest stage this week. And many onstage are worried. Trump will deliver his first address Tuesday to the full United Nations General Assembly, an annual meeting that draws diplomats and leaders from 193 countries. Neither Russian President Vladimir Putin nor Chinese President Xi Jinping are coming this year. That gives 2

18 September 2017 5:33 AM UBS has a playbook for New Zealand’s knife-edge election

Saturday's general election in New Zealand could see a change of rule for the first time in ten years. The main opposition Labour Party was struggling in the polls and showed no sign of challenging the incumbent National party until an abrupt switch of leadership at the beginning of August. Just two weeks after 37-year-old Jacinda Ardern took control 4

18 September 2017 5:27 AM MARKET CLOSE: NZX 50 mixed at the start of election week

New Zealand shares were little changed at the start of election week. New Zealand Refining and Air New Zealand dropped following a pipeline leak, while A2 Milk Co rose. The S&P/NZX 50 Index fell 3.95 points, or 0.05 percent, to 7,758.71. Within the index, 17 stocks fell, 15 rose and 18 were unchanged. Turnover was $131 million. "People are a little more cautious 1