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NZ scientist joins hunt for Nessie

Auckland A Dunedin scientist hopes modern DNA technology may help with a very old mystery: The hunt for the Loch Ness monster. He said he has already had offers of help with the project. University of Otago anatomy department head Professor Neil Gemmell says he plans to sample the Scottish lake where the legendary monster is said to reside for traces of...

Orwell’s 1984 back in theatres

New York Nearly 200 independent movie theatres across the United States today will screen the film of George Orwell's 1984 novel about a dystopian future in what organisers say is a stand against US President Donald Trump's administration. The 1949 book, which returned to the US best-seller list in January, features a "Big Brother" government that spies on its citizens and...

Scott thriving on reunion with Williams

Augusta Reunited with the New Zealand caddie who helped him win the 2013 Masters, Adam Scott feels confident he can don a second green jacket with Steve Williams on the bag at Augusta National. Williams, who also caddied for Tiger Woods during 13 of his 14 major championship victories, linked up with world No 7 Scott for the first time in...

Spat over rights for Maori in RMA shake-up

Wellington The Government is being accused of bowing to pressure from the Maori Party and giving iwi preferential rights in resource management legislation. A spat over rights for Maori has erupted as the Resource Legislation Amendment Bill progresses through the House. Former ACT MPs and New Zealand First leader Winston Peters railed against provisions they say give Maori too much influence over...

Home detention for dairy visa scam

Hamilton A Waikato woman who admitted almost 300 fraud-related charges over a visa scam for Filipino workers has been sentenced to nearly a year's home detention. Lorraine Anne Jayme, 35, from Te Aroha, was arrested in October 2015 after an Immigration New Zealand investigation. In August, she pleaded guilty to 284 charges that included forgery, using forged documents, supplying false information and obtaining...

Group to hold Greymouth harvest feast

The global 'Incredible Edible' movement will hold a harvest feast in Greymouth this weekend. The idea is that towns reclaim their public spaces for food security and growing food. The movement has followers from Uganda to Canada, and on Saturday from 3pm people will be able to bring along their own home-grown produce and other ingredients to the free harvest event...

West Coast promoted

Kelly McLeod from Tourism West Coast gives a presentation to New View Tours in Auckland, a company which specialises in upmarket visitors from China, at an event hosted by the Regional Tourism Organisations of New Zealand. Over two and a half days, Tourism West Coast will present to 60 people from 27 different in-bound tour companies. Tourism West Coast...

Guilty plea in car boot death

Auckland One of the 11 people arrested following the death of a woman who fell from a car boot in south Auckland has pleaded guilty to kidnapping. At the High Court at Auckland today, one of the 11 people arrested following the incident, Becoylee Paleaaesina, pleaded guilty to the charge of kidnapping he faced. NZN

Divers search for Caligula’s royal barge

Rome Italian divers are to search for the long-lost remains of a ceremonial barge built for Emperor Caligula 2000 years ago. Caligula, notorious as one of Rome's most eccentric and sadistic rulers, had enormous vessels built for his pleasure cruises on Lake Nemi, 30km outside the capital. The remains of two similar barges were found between 1928 and 1932 when the lake...

Hurricanes drop Savea, Aso for Waratahs clash

Wellington Hurricanes coach Chris Boyd has dropped both wingers, including All Black Julian Savea, for Friday's clash with the Waratahs. Savea and Vince Aso, who goes to the bench, make way for Cory Jane, back from a neck injury, and Wes Goosen, who will both make their first starts of the Super Rugby season in Wellington. They are among four changes to...
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