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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...

Drugs swoop nets six

Wellington Six people have been taken into custody after a series of raids in the west Auckland suburb of Avondale uncovered an alleged synthetic cannabis operation, police say. Three homes were searched on Bellgrove Place, Sceptre Street and Victor Street just before 6.30am today, and five more homes are still being checked by officers. Police said six people had been taken into...

Maori king’s sister dies

Hamilton Tomairangi Adrianne Gail Paki is said to have died peacefully this morning, a spokesman told Maori Television. The older sister of the Maori king, Tomairangi Paki was well-known for her love of and work in performing arts. Last year she was honoured for her contribution to kapa haka and performing arts within the Waikato and Tainui region. She was awarded the life...

Balclutha couple die in microlight crash

Balclutha A Balclutha pair are dead following a plane crash near Kaka Point yesterday morning. A police spokesman said a man aged 30 and a woman aged 26 died when the microlight they were in crashed on a farm in Glenomaru, between Owaka and Kaka Point. They are understood to be from the Balclutha area. A joint investigation into the cause of the...

Properties flipped for an extra $300,000

Auckland A real estate agent who sold two adjacent homes is adamant he got "top dollar" for his clients, despite a speculator flipping both properties three days later for an extra $300,000 each. One of the families had no idea their old home, which they spent years renovating, had been sold again till approached. "(An investor) making 300 grand on each property...

Pleas to keep Aramoana relief fund

Dunedin More people have come forward criticising plans to close the Aramoana Relief Fund, but it appears it has already been granted a temporary reprieve. The fund's trustees had planned to distribute the fund's final $47,000 to three recipients, including the trust pushing to rebuild the Aramoana wharf, after which the fund was to be wound up. The fund's chairman, former city...
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