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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...

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...

Google bucklesto tax criticism

Wellington Government moves to crack down on tax avoidance by multinational firms are already bearing fruit, with Google telling Parliament it will no longer funnel New Zealand revenues via low-tax jurisdictions such as Singapore. Google's comments, in a letter from the company's New Zealand manager of government affairs Ross Young to the finance and expenditure select committee considering measures to combat...

Bennett’s job on line in National’s leadership race

Wellington National deputy Paula Bennett may have to fight to keep her job, with the party announcing it will also be voting for its second-in-charge when it elects its leader. The party's 56-member caucus will vote on its leadership team on the morning of February 27 and will decide both the leader and deputy, whip Jami-Lee Ross has announced. Five people have...
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