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Fiery Spanish theatre to ignite Auckland

Auckland Basque and Catalan culture will light up city streets when the Auckland Arts Festival celebrates its 10th anniversary next month. Spanish company Deabru Beltzak will stage Les Tambours de Feu (The Drums of Fire) four free outdoor processions incorporating drumming and fireworks where costumed performers lead the public through streets and laneways. Performed around the world, it has been described...

Speed skaters change tactics in medal chase

Auckland The New Zealand pursuiters are hoping a radical technique can propel them to a huge upset when they take on hosts South Korea in the Olympic speed skating semi-final early tomorrow morning. Necessity was the mother of invention for the New Zealand trio of Shane Dobbin, kingpin Peter Michael and Reyon Kay, who as the fourth qualifiers must take on...

Bennett’s job on line in National’s leadership race

Wellington National deputy Paula Bennett may have to fight to keep her job, with the party announcing it will also be voting for its second-in-charge when it elects its leader. The party's 56-member caucus will vote on its leadership team on the morning of February 27 and will decide both the leader and deputy, whip Jami-Lee Ross has announced. Five people have...

Insanity ruled out in murder trial

Christchurch Medical experts concluded Sainey Marong did not have a defence of insanity before standing trial for the alleged murder of Renee Duckmanton. During a dramatic day in the High Court at Christchurch yesterday, 33-year-old Gambian-born butcher Marong admitted strangling the Christchurch sex worker in May 2016 and setting her body on fire. He claimed he was insane at the time, suffering...

We dodged a bullet, mayors say of storm

Wellington Firefighters were inundated with callouts after the country battled with former Cyclone Gita, but South Island mayors say they dodged a bullet with little major damage. Between midday yesterday and 6am today, Fire and Emergency New Zealand received 1300 callouts, mainly for flooded homes, fallen power lines and trees, a spokeswoman said today. States of emergency were declared in Taranaki, Nelson-Tasman...

Fairfax to sell or close 28 titles

Auckland Fairfax's New Zealand arm has announced it will close or sell 28 mastheads. Stuff today briefed staff on plans to reduce its portfolio of smaller community and rural titles. About 60 staff could be affected. A statement said the company was working through the detailed plans for each individual title. Further briefings with staff and communities will be held over the...

Great War stories told through artefacts

Salt is extremely important to humans. Without it we die literally! Do not ask me the details, suffice to say it is vital to our health and in the type of weather we have been having it is important to replace the salt we lose when we sweat. The ancient Romans knew this and soldiers were given a percentage of...

Ardern to query Chinese links to break-ins

Wellington Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says she will be "asking questions" if there's evidence that break-ins at Christchurch academic Anne-Marie Brady's home and office were connected with her work on China's international influence campaigns. Ms Brady's work has gained attention world-wide. The New Zealand Herald reported Ms Brady yesterday told the Australian Parliament's intelligence and security committee that three recent events had...

Five seek National leadership

Auckland Steven Joyce has confirmed he will contest the National Party leadership. He becomes the fifth candidate to replace Bill English. Mr Joyce said "lots of colleagues and regular New Zealanders" told him to put his name forward. "My view is it has always been about the National Party, it's not about me personally." He said he was not troubled by National's three-point dip...

Paedophile’s sentence criticised

Auckland A New Zealand man who had his childhood "stolen" from him by a St John of God Catholic brother says a 33-year jail term for his sexual abuser is not enough. The jail term was handed to convicted sex offender Bernard McGrath, 70, in a Sydney court last week after he subjected boys at Kendall Grange boys' home in New...
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