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Motel price surges to $1000 a night during Lions tour

Auckland New Zealand-bound Lions fans are facing huge surges in accommodation prices, including one motel seeking a nightly rate of seven times its normal charge. An investigation has revealed Wellington motel, Fernhill Motor Lodge, is charging $1000 a night at the time the city hosts the second test, compared with a regular rate of $135. The Quadrant in Auckland CBD is...

Late night art gallery heist

Auckland Two valuable paintings have been stolen in an early-morning art heist at a top Auckland gallery. Police confirmed thieves struck in a ram-raid attack on the Parnell gallery between 3.30 and 4am. Both paintings were done by Gottfried Lindauer in 1884, known as Chieftainess Ngatai Raure and Chief Ngatai-Raure. Police say they do not know the exact value of the work, but...

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...

Fur seal pup taken on joy ride

The Department of Conservation had to shoot a fur seal pup after someone put it on the back of a motorbike while skylarking on the Hokitika beach, and then dumped it away from its mother.
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