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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...

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...

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...

Police apologise to man left in cells

Wellington Police have apologised to a man who was left forgotten about in the court cells in Masterton for a weekend in January. The man appeared in court on a Saturday morning on a breach of bail charge and was granted bail by the sitting justice of the peace but was left in the cells until Monday morning, the Wairarapa Times-Age...
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