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Shot man denies charges

Christchurch A man shot by police officers in Christchurch has denied pointing a blank firing pistol at them. Murray James Allan, 24, suffered minor injuries after allegedly pointing the imitation firearm at officers who approached a car he was in about 2am in Woolston on February 4. When Allan, of the Parklands area of the city, first appeared in the Christchurch District...

Carter, Rokococo cleared of doping

Wellington Paris-based former All Blacks Dan Carter and Joe Rokococo have been officially cleared of doping by the French Anti-Doping Agency (AFLD). The two New Zealanders and Racing 92 club team-mate Juan Imhoff, an Argentina international, were investigated after last year returning urine samples that contained a corticosteroid used as a painkiller. They were cleared by the medical commission of the French...

Sunk car may be linked to missing man

Wellington Recreational divers have discovered a car submerged in Nelson's harbour and it may be linked with the disappearance of a local teen seven years ago. The divers discovered the vehicle off Wakefield Quay on Monday afternoon, Inspector Mat Arnold Kelly said. It will be recovered today and police divers will also search the harbour. Police were looking at the possibility it was...

Former Coaster new National Party electorate chairman

Former West Coaster Boyd Becker has been elected the new West Coast-Tasman electorate chairman for the National Party, and Greymouth man Rory Paterson to the same position with the Labour Party. The National Party held its electorate annual general meeting in Murchison at the weekend. Greymouth woman Anne Chapman stepped down as chairwoman, and electorate secretary; Mr Becker took her place. National...

Police car in collision

Wellington A marked police car has collided with a car driven by an elderly woman in Lower Hutt. The woman was taken to Hutt Hospital as a precaution and the driver of the police car was not injured, police said. The serious crash unit is investigating the accident which happened on the corner of High Street and Daysh Street at 9.45am on...

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...

Phoenix stuns Victory

Melbourne Roly Bonevacia fired Wellington Phoenix to a 3-0 A-League win over 10-man Melbourne Victory last night. Dutch-born livewire Bonevacia struck two long-range first-half goals to put the Nix in control at AAMI Park, with substitute Shane Smeltz adding a third in the 89th minute. Wellington arrived in Melbourne as the only team with something to play for and it showed. While the...

Families flee ahead of flooding

Brisbane Families are moving out of low-lying parts of Rockhampton, and extra emergency crews have moved into the central Queensland city as it braces for the worst flooding in more than 60 years. The Fitzroy River is rising and are expected to peak of 9.4m on Wednesday or Thursday. At that level flooding will be worse than what was seen in 2011...

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...

Falls awareness programme produced

In an effort to reduce the number of falls experienced by people on the West Coast, a programme of community awareness events is being produced for 'April Falls Month'. A Health Quality and Safety Commission report showed eight incidents on the West Coast in the year to the end of June 2016, five of which were falls-related. The West Coast health...
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