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Woman shocked after ‘black lady’ scrawled on receipt

Auckland A Maori woman says she was shocked after the words "black lady" were scrawled on the receipt for her hot drink order. The woman, who asked to stay anonymous, went to Cypress Cafe in Saint Heliers Bay on Friday with a friend. The friend made the first order for both of them, and food was delivered to their table. When the woman,...

Sunk car may be linked to missing man

Wellington Recreational divers have discovered a car submerged in Nelson's harbour and it may be linked with the disappearance of a local teen seven years ago. The divers discovered the vehicle off Wakefield Quay on Monday afternoon, Inspector Mat Arnold Kelly said. It will be recovered today and police divers will also search the harbour. Police were looking at the possibility it was...

Wellington building coming down

Wellington A 10-storey office building in Wellington is to be demolished, more than five months after the initial quake, the building owner spokesman says. Revera House, on Mulgrave Street, was damaged during the November Kaikoura earthquake and was "too expensive to repair", Mark Crosswell told RNZ. The building, formerly home to the Education Review Office, would cost just as much to repair...

Little’s $100,000 offer rejected

Wellington The wife of millionaire hotelier Earl Hagaman says they want up to $2.35 million in damages from Labour leader Andrew Little so her husband can die with dignity. Mr Hagaman and his wife Lani are both suing Mr Little for defamation before a jury of 12 in the High Court at Wellington. It stems from comments Mr Little made in a...

Death from typhoid outbreak

Auckland A woman from the Mount Roskill Samoan Assembly of God Church has died after contracting typhoid. Auckland Regional Public Health Service clinical director Dr Julia Peters said the woman was admitted to hospital with serious health issues and the typhoid infection was a complicating factor. The woman died in hospital this morning. Ten other confirmed cases of typhoid, many from the Assembly of...

Driver in power pole crash critical

Wellington The driver of a car that hit a power pole in Hamilton has been taken to Waikato Hospital in a critical condition. The crash happened at 6.15pm on Sunday on Killarney Road near the intersection with Allen Road, police say. The serious crash unit is investigating. NZN

Electrical fault blamed for sleepout blaze

Rotorua An electrical fault caused a garage and sleepout fire in Selwyn Heights. A Rotorua Fire Station spokesman said the fire on Kea Street on Sunday afternoon was well-involved by the time fire services arrived. "Nobody was at home at the time. As the garage was gutted the main focus moved to saving the house next door which suffered minimal damage." NZME-Rotorua Daily...

Diver dies off Wairarapa

Wellington A man has died diving off the coast of south Wairarapa. Police say they were called to Tora at 11.47am on Sunday. The body was recovered from the water. It was understood the man was diving with a companion. NZN

Dunedin hits back at parking inspector abuse

Auckland While some may have once considered football umpires and parking inspectors fair game for a mouthful of abuse, Dunedin City Council is hitting back at the culture. From today, parking officers in the city will be wearing body cameras, which they will switch on if a member of the public abuses them. The council's parking boss Peter Hanlin said while it...

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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