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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,...

Immigrant tradesmenoutnumber professionals

Wellington Immigrants filling trade and technical jobs are outnumbering those taking professional roles for the first time on record. Labourers are also surpassing managers, according to the latest Immigration New Zealand figures. The numbers show almost 13,000 tradespeople and technicians have been granted work visas in the current financial year, compared to about 11,000 professionals. Overall, work visas are steady, despite a tightening...

Supplement producer warned

Christchurch The producer of a supplements brand has been warned over labelling its products as 'pharmacy strength'. The Commerce Commission has issued the warning to Endeavour Consumer Health Ltd (Endeavour) over its Red Seal supplement range for using the term in product labelling and promotional material. The commission accepted that the pharmacy strength range was generally of a higher complexity than the...

Newspaper move decried

Wellington Stuff's decision to ditch 28 publications is shocking and will further isolate rural communities, Rural Women New Zealand says. Media giant Stuff, previously known as Fairfax, yesterday announced plans to ditch 28 of its community, rural newspapers and magazines. Stuff said the change was a sign of the revenue challenges affecting print publications, and was part of a strategy to increase...

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...
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