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NZ students claim engineering first

Wellington New Zealand has laid claim to an engineering world first a 3D-printed titanium engine designed and built by a group of students at the University of Canterbury. The feat of ingenuity was unveiled on Friday morning and will be used in the 2018 Shell Asia Eco-marathon in Singapore in March. The University of Canterbury Eco-marathon team won the Design Award for...

International cruise visitors push coastal Bay of Plenty tourism spending to $1b

Auckland Tourists spent more than $1 billion in the coastal Bay of Plenty last year, a target that was not expected to be hit for another 12 years. According to figures released by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment the region's tourism expenditure grew by $53 million over the year ending January 2018, taking it to $1.002b. Tourism Bay of Plenty...

Stolen firearms, motorbikes seized

Napier Police have recovered 14 stolen firearms, three motorbikes, and various other stolen property after executing a search warrant at a Napier address. A man and a woman will appear in the Hastings District Court today following a police raid which was assisted by the Armed Offenders Squad. Police said a significant amount of stolen property was discovered at the Marewa address...

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,...

Christchurch continues to rebuild seven years on

Christchurch Christchurch continues to rebuild and pick up the pieces seven years on from a devastating earthquake with the population, jobs and housing on the mend. Statistics New Zealand released a report yesterday ahead of the seventh anniversary of the quake, looking at Canterbury's rebuild through the lens of data. Christchurch was left severely damaged when the February 22, 2011, shook the...

Logging truck rolls at intersection

Tauranga A logging truck rolled this morning on State highway 2 at one of Tauranga's busiest intersections. The stretch of highway in Bethlehem at Moffat Road was partially closed to traffic as emergency services and contractors clear the scene. A police spokesman said a number of logs had rolled across the westbound side of the highway, between Moffat Road and Parau Drive. The...

Greymouth town square awaits completion

Chris Tobin Two months after the $1.9 million Greymouth town square opened, it still features patches of artificial grass matting and is missing the glass canopy feature, which is still at least a month away. Grey District Council assets and engineering manager Mel Sutherland said the steelwork had been completed for the $175,000 canopy. "It's just a case now of getting components...

Sodhi in Black Caps team to face England

Auckland Black Caps spinner Ish Sodhi has been added to an extended 14-man squad for the Black Caps' first two one-day internationals against England. The leggie comes in with good form and gives the Black Caps a third spin option ahead of their first game at Hamilton's Seddon Park on Sunday. Fellow spin bowlers Mitchell Santner and Todd Astle remain in the...

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...
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