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PM criticised for ruling out SAS inquiry

Wellington Prime Minister Bill English is facing criticism for deciding not to hold an inquiry into allegations Special Air Service troops were involved in civilian deaths in Afghanistan. Mr English announced yesterday there would not be an investigation into claims made in the book Hit and Run because he did not believe there was evidence Afghani villagers died during the operation...

Fatal smash charges denied

Queenstown An Auckland man has pleaded not guilty to a charge of dangerous driving causing death and two other charges relating to a fatal Queenstown crash. Jiaxuan Goh, 24, who lives in Parnell, allegedly caused the death of Susan Cullen in a head-on car crash on February 13. Mrs Cullen, 49, an Australian, was pronounced dead at the scene on Gibbston Highway...

Shot man denies charges

Christchurch A man shot by police officers in Christchurch has denied pointing a blank firing pistol at them. Murray James Allan, 24, suffered minor injuries after allegedly pointing the imitation firearm at officers who approached a car he was in about 2am in Woolston on February 4. When Allan, of the Parklands area of the city, first appeared in the Christchurch District...

Bus driver charged

Auckland A 68-year-old man has been charged with careless driving causing injury in relation to a crash that injured 14 tourists. The man was driving a bus carrying visitors from North America and Britain through Tongariro National Park on January 15 when the vehicle careered 10m down a bank and into a stream at the intersection of State highways 47 and...

Police name dead man

Wellington Police have named the man who died after being hit by a car at Raumati Beach on Thursday. He was 91-year-old local man Eric Pickering. The crash happened just after 8am on Matatua Road. The investigation is continuing. NZN

New research to tackle rural health, well-being

New research on farm-related suicide and the factors behind it is a progressive step and will enable a more concerted focus on reducing rates, Federated Farmers said. The study by Dr Annette Beautrais was conducted on behalf of the Rural Health Alliance Aotearoa New Zealand and funded by Agresearch. As inaugural members of RHANZ, Federated Farmers has advocated for many years...

Morgan goes on Twitter tirade against tourists, PC culture

Auckland When economist Gareth Morgan launched his bid for Parliament last year, he compared himself to Donald Trump because of his anti-establishment approach. The two men now have another thing in common a tendency to be short and sharp on Twitter. Mr Morgan, the leader of The Opportunities Party, was involved in an extraordinary argument on the social media site last night in...

Arrests after ram raid spree

Auckland Four teens have been arrested after a spree of ram-raid burglaries in Canterbury. Police say the Z Energy Petrol Station on Harewood Road in Christchurch and the Ferrymead Bottle Store were both burgled after being driven into by a Mazda Familia in the early hours of Saturday. That followed another ram-raid at a Kaiapoi petrol station at 1.45am on Friday. Following several...

Wellington council cleaners get ‘living wage’

Wellington Cleaners are finally getting a "living wage" while working for the Wellington City Council. Staff working directly for the council already get the living wage, such as those working in parks, gardens, recreation or libraries. But because cleaning and sanitation work was contracted, those workers were not initially included. Now the latest long-term and annual plan committee agenda shows cleaning work will...

Specialist dairy consultants certified

An inaugural group of farm consultants are now qualified under the New Zealand Institute for Primary Industries Management's dairy farm systems certification scheme. The programme assesses the consultants' skills and knowledge of the dairy farm system and best business practices, says New Zealand Institute for Primary Industries Management (NZIPIM) chief executive Stephen Macaulay. "The certification is no mean feat, and we...
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