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Billion trees to cost $180 million

Auckland Regional Development Minister Shane Jones says up to $180 million of his new $3 billion fund will end up being spent on his plan to plant one billion trees over the next 10 years and it could see some Landcorp farms converted to forestry. He said after the Budget in May the new Forestry Service, to be located in Rotorua,...

Ticket scam worries buyers

Dunedin Punters who have bought tickets to some of this year's big name concerts at Forsyth Barr worry they might have spent hundreds of dollars on a scam. There have already been issues with tickets bought through controversial ticket resale market website Viagogo this year for concerts at the stadium this year. Some people who had bought tickets to Robbie Williams concert...

O week student’s behaviour in general respectful

Dunedin Despite at least three ''disappointing'' couch burnings so far this O Week, emergency services say in general students have celebrated respectfully. Fire and Emergency New Zealand East Otago assistant area commander Craig Geddes said the number of couch burnings were low compared to some previous years. ''It's still very disappointing that it's taking up our resources.'' The callouts were last Saturday, Thursday...

Dangerous lifejackets traded in

Wellington It was a case of out with the old, unsafe lifejackets and in with new, modern ones this summer. The 10-week Old4New Lifejacket Upgrade, run by Coastguard New Zealand, led to 3000 old or obsolete lifejackets traded in by boaties from 55 communities for new Hutchwilco versions. "Many of the lifejackets that were traded in were unusable to the point of...

National’s internal turmoil

Chris Trotter According to former Labour cabinet minister Steve Maharey "social democracy is in trouble". Who cares? If challenged to define social democracy, most people would shake their heads and shrug. It is not a term that pops up very often in New Zealand political discussions. Whether or not it is in trouble is, therefore, unlikely to keep anyone except...

Ministers ferry supplies to Golden Bay

Wellington Medical supplies have been picked up in Nelson and flown to Golden Bay in the helicopter taking two cabinet ministers around parts of the upper South Island hit by former cyclone Gita. The supplies went to the clinic in Golden Bay, which was running short because the storm has cut the Takaka Hill Road. Civil Defence Minister Kris Faafoi and Primary...

NZ ranked least corrupt

Wellington New Zealand's public sector has been ranked the least corrupt in the world in an annual global index. New Zealand scored 89 out of 100 in non-government organisation Transparency International's Corruption Perceptions Index, narrowly beating Denmark to top spot. The two nations were tied first last year. Open Government Minister Clare Curran said she was pleased to see New Zealand's public service...

NZers prefer to engage on-line with Govt

Wellington New Zealanders would prefer to engage with government on-line or through cellphone apps, new research has shown. A study from Unisys Corporation reveals New Zealand citizens would prefer to engage with government agencies and departments through on-line channels when completing tax returns, renewing passports and their driver's licence, obtaining building permits or applying for social assistance. This has rapidly evolved since...

$177m lost to cybercrime

Auckland One million New Zealanders were affected by cybercrime last year, losing more than $177 million combined, a global survey has found. The 2017 Norton cyber security insights report by software maker Symantec surveyed 21,549 people in 20 countries, leading it to estimate almost a billion people were affected by cybercrime across the world. Most New Zealand victims were millennials, who used...

PM in Christchurch for quake commemoration

Christchurch The Prime Minister is in Christchurch to commemorate the seventh anniversary of the February 2011 earthquake. Jacinda Ardern will speak during the service at the Canterbury Earthquake National Memorial today which this year carries the them of "keeping their dreams alive". Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel says this year's theme helps look back at all that was lost with a sense of...
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