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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...

Murder accused ‘threatened others’

Dunedin The Dunedin health professional accused of murdering a 16-year-old girl has also been charged with four counts of threatening to kill. The 30-year-old defendant, who allegedly killed teenager Amber-Rose Rush on February 2, indicated he would plead not guilty to murder when he appeared in the High Court at Dunedin this morning but no plea was formally entered. Police at the...

Crash leaves scout hall damaged

Dunedin Rubble and car parts strewn in front of the Roslyn Scout hall were the aftermath of a spectacular crash at the weekend that demolished the building's vestibule. A car travelling away from the city on the Wakari side of Stuart Street, Dunedin, crossed the centre line, smashed through a fence to the property metres below, demolished part of the building...

Accused tells of murdering woman

Christchurch Sainey Marong today described to a court the moment he strangled Christchurch sex worker to death. Cruising past prostitutes and paying them for sex were the only ways a "hypersexual" Marong could calm the delusional thoughts he was having when he allegedly murdered Renee Duckmanton, he told the High Court in Christchurch. Marong, 33, this morning took the witness stand to...

Drought costing Otago farmers ‘millions’

Dunedin Drought conditions across Otago and Southland are expected to cost farmers multi-millions of dollars in lost income and stock, and it may be six months before conditions return to "normal-ish'', Federated Farmers say. Late last month, Agriculture and Rural Communities Minister Damien O'Connor announced a "medium-scale adverse event classification'' in Southland and Otago's Queenstown Lakes, Central Otago and Clutha districts. Despite...

Synlait signs new deal for infant formula

Wellington Synlait Milk, the NZX-listed dairy company, has inked a new five-year supply agreement for increased volumes of packaged infant formula with its cornerstone shareholder Bright Dairy. The agreement builds on previous supply arrangements put in place since the relationship began in 2011 and targets a fourfold increase from current volumes over the five-year term, Rakaia-based Synlait said in a statement...

O’Connor urges care in feed budgets, winter plans

Rain has brought relief to some drought-affected regions but farmers need to carefully review their feed budgets and plans for winter, Agriculture Minister Damien O'Connor says. Mr O'Connor has previously announced a medium-scale adverse event, due to dry conditions, for Southland, Queenstown Lakes, Central Otago, Clutha, Grey and Buller districts, Wellington, Taranaki and Manawatu-Whanganui. The Government has provided funding for Rural...

Farmer confidence falls

Auckland New Zealand farmer confidence tumbled in January as a drought and uncertainty over new government policies took their toll. A net 34% of those surveyed were pessimistic about general economic conditions over the next 12 months, a marked deterioration from 16% who were optimistic in July, according to the latest new season Federated Farmers' farm confidence January survey. Within the different...
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