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Lachlan may get a chance

Sydney Up-and-coming striker Lachlan Scott looks set for a chance to net another goal against Newcastle when he likely leads Western Sydney's line in the absence of suspended hat-trick hero Brendon Santalab. Scott looks set to start today for the first time since his Asian Champions League exploits last month, replacing Santalab who picked up his eighth yellow card as he...

Councils seek single district plan for Coast

Laura Mills West Coast councils want to keep their autonomy but have one district plan for the entire West Coast, with one set of rules for everything from mining to housing subdivisions. For now, they say the work is around better aligning the existing plans. However, a draft submission on behalf of the four councils to the Local Government Commission backs the...

Highlanders too slick for bungling Rebels

Dunedin The Melbourne Rebels' horror super rugby season continues, with a demoralising 51-12 loss to the Highlanders. With Australian conference places in doubt for 2018, the Rebels did themselves no favours in an embarrassing display at Dunedin's Forsyth Barr Stadium last night. The capitulation to the last-placed New Zealand team completes a clean sweep of losses against this country's teams, after also...

Coast tourism drive

The West Coast will be well represented at the biggest tourism trade show in New Zealand, in May. Auckland will host TRENZ 2017 from May 9 to 12 and will be attended by 377 trade and tourism buyers from 29 countries including Australia, the Pacific, Asia, Europe, Scandinavia, and North and South America. Tourism West Coast will be updating its stand...

New search of deepest cave

Prague Czech divers are preparing to search the world's deepest underwater cave again to see if there is more to be discoverer from its already record-breaking depths. Last September researchers identified the flooded limestone cave, called Hranicka Propast and located 300km east of Prague, as the deepest of its kind when they reached 404m below Earth's surface. Access to the underwater part...

Police apologise to man left in cells

Wellington Police have apologised to a man who was left forgotten about in the court cells in Masterton for a weekend in January. The man appeared in court on a Saturday morning on a breach of bail charge and was granted bail by the sitting justice of the peace but was left in the cells until Monday morning, the Wairarapa Times-Age...

Walker double stops Roosters’ crowing

Sydney The Sydney Roosters' unbeaten start to the NRL season is over after Dylan Walker bagged a late double to gift Manly an 18-12 victory at Allianz Stadium. Three weeks ago a club in turmoil, the Sea Eagles claimed their third successive scalp last night to announce themselves as a side to watch early in the competition. Walker was also back to...

Research spending up 29% in two years

Auckland New Zealand business spending on research and development has grown by more than $350 million in just two years, with software companies leading the way But the country overall still lags behind the OECD average. Statistics New Zealand said that New Zealand companies spent $1.6 billion on research and development in 2016, up 29%, or $356 million, from 2014. The computer services sector...

Council dibs on Spring Creek disused roads

Laura Mills Solid Energy will soon begin disposing of land associated with the Spring Creek Mine as it prepares to close the underground mine for good. The Grey District Council already has its eye on the roads for recreational use. The failed State-owned enterprise announced recently it was permanently closing the Dunollie mine mothballed five years ago and kept ventilated with a...

Pleas to keep Aramoana relief fund

Dunedin More people have come forward criticising plans to close the Aramoana Relief Fund, but it appears it has already been granted a temporary reprieve. The fund's trustees had planned to distribute the fund's final $47,000 to three recipients, including the trust pushing to rebuild the Aramoana wharf, after which the fund was to be wound up. The fund's chairman, former city...
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