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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...

Man drowns at pool

Auckland A 20-year-old man has drowned at Parnell Baths in Auckland. St John paramedics tried to revive him at the scene on Judges Bay Road but were unsuccessful. Spokesmen for both the police and Fire Service confirmed police and firefighters also responded to the incident just after 7pm. "It was a stressful and upsetting time for the friends at the scene and police...

Police improve handling of sex assaults

Auckland A decade since an inquiry found some officers had behaved disgracefully when handling complaints of sexual assault, police say they have revolutionised their culture. The 2007 commission of inquiry into police conduct, led by Dame Margaret Bazley, reviewed 313 complaints of sexual assault against 222 police officers between 1979 and 2005. It found that while police misconduct was relatively rare, there...

Govt $26m could help save Maui’s dolphin

Auckland The Government could help save the highly endangered Maui's dolphin with just as little as $26 million in spending, environmental activists say. But the government says it is not considering the option because current restrictions appear to already be working. Last year researchers found the Maui's dolphins population was likely between 57 and 75 adults, with trawling and set net fishing...

Coast farmers face feed challenges

Brendon McMahon A welcome turn in the weather has brought respite for dairying, but underlying worry following the cold wet season, on the back of last year's poor payout, means it is not all hay and sunshine for West Coast farmers. West Coast Federated Farmers' president Peter Langford said the better weather from mid-February had certainly lifted spirits but the dry,...

Ten hospitalised in typhoid outbreak

Auckland There is an outbreak of typhoid in Auckland and 10 people are in hospital as a result. The Auckland Regional Public Health Service is tracing people who have been in contact with the confirmed cases and is following protocols to control the spread of the disease. It can be a serious illness and is potentially fatal but can be treated with...

Changes after modern building damaged in quake

Wellington There is anger that workers were not told of problems with a modern Wellington waterfront office building and relief they were not there when it partially collapsed in a quake. The Government yesterday signalled changes to two building standards and potentially the Building Act after an independent report said people could have died in Statistics House when the Kaikoura quake...
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