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Haast seabird fishing deaths ‘unreported’

Laura Mills A Haast employment stoush has inadvertently exposed claims that fishermen have not been reporting seabird deaths. The Employment Relations Authority has ruled that Vincent Smith was unjustifiably dismissed by Impulse Fishing, owned by the Robson family of Neils Beach, at Jackson Bay. The case was partly around whether Mr Smith had abandoned his employment in August 2014, or if Impulse dismissed...

US will take on North Korea — Trump

London The United States is prepared to act unilaterally to tackle the North Korean nuclear threat if China fails to help, President Donald Trump warned in an interview with the Financial Times. Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping are to meet for the first time in Florida on April 6 and 7, when the two are expected to discuss North Korea,...

Foran: Warriors missing link

Sydney Kieran Foran is back in the NRL and already he is promising to be the steadying influence the Warriors have been yearning for. After 307 days on the sidelines, Foran had an immediate impact in his New Zealand Warriors club debut, scoring a decisive try in their 28-22 win over the Gold Coast at Mt Smart Stadium yesterday. With his side down...

Teen charged over Facebook live rape

Chicago A teenager has been charged over the sexual assault of a 15-year-old girl that was streamed live on Facebook. Chicago police arrested the 14-year-old boy and charged him with aggravated criminal assault, manufacturing of child pornography and dissemination of child pornography. Police say the boy was involved in the video which allegedly shows the teenage girl being raped - it was...

Art theft unsophisticated — ex-FBI investigator

Auckland A former Federal Bureau of Investigation arts theft investigator has labelled the theft of two Lindauer paintings from a Parnell gallery as unsophisticated. Robert Wittman said it was unlikely those responsible had a clear plan when they crashed a utility vehicle through the glass front of the International Art Centre in Parnell. "Ultimately this wasn't a sophisticated robbery, it was more...

NSW residents enter flood-hit homes

Sydney Sitting on a muddy chair in front of her flood-ravaged Lismore home, Georgena Schulz is counting small blessings. She says her household lost almost everything when about half a metre of water inundated the second storey during the town's near-record flood. "I said if my guitar was all right then I wouldn't complain about anything else," she said as her brother and friend...

Go-ahead given to take rock from White Horse Hill

Teresa Smith of the Westport News The West Coast Regional Council has got the go-ahead to take rock from land it owns at White Horse Hill for a possible extension to the Punakaiki seawall. The owner of a neighbouring property had opposed the application. Under the terms of the Resource Management Act the objection meant the Buller District Council had to hold a...

Federer back to No 4 after Miami win

Miami Roger Federer will return to fourth in the world rankings after beating his long-time Spanish rival Rafael Nadal 6-3, 6-4 to win a third Miami Open title. Federer, who sat out the second half of 2016 with a knee problem, now owns three trophies since January, when he started it all as he beat Nadal in an epic Australian Open...

Bus driver charged

Auckland A 68-year-old man has been charged with careless driving causing injury in relation to a crash that injured 14 tourists. The man was driving a bus carrying visitors from North America and Britain through Tongariro National Park on January 15 when the vehicle careered 10m down a bank and into a stream at the intersection of State highways 47 and...

Regional council issues warnings

The West Coast Regional Council has issued a formal warning to Westroads (Greymouth) for breaching consent conditions by failing to undertake surveys of Blaketown beach before extracting gravel, and failing to submit gravel returns. "Since issuing the formal warning we have received the necessary information from Westroads. The issue of this formal warning serves as a reminder to those holding...
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