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Passchendaele massacre

Kurt Bayer It was New Zealand's darkest hour. On just one senseless day, 846 young New Zealand soldiers were slaughtered in a boggy foreign field. It took more than two days to clear the battlefield of the dead and injured. They were cannon-fodder. It was a massacre. Telegrams darkened the doors of almost every home in young New Zealand. Parents, siblings,...

St Bede’s College rowers in trouble again

Hamilton Rowers from St Bede's College are in hot water again after several were sent home from the Maadi Cup regatta for inappropriate social media activity. Fairfax has reported that four boys from St Bede's were sent home for "allegedly harassing a female rower" at the regatta at Lake Karapiro. Schools from all over the country descend on Cambridge for the competitive...

Electrical fault blamed for sleepout blaze

Rotorua An electrical fault caused a garage and sleepout fire in Selwyn Heights. A Rotorua Fire Station spokesman said the fire on Kea Street on Sunday afternoon was well-involved by the time fire services arrived. "Nobody was at home at the time. As the garage was gutted the main focus moved to saving the house next door which suffered minimal damage." NZME-Rotorua Daily...

Defy ‘grandchildren of Nazism’ — Erdogan

Ankara President Tayyip Erdogan overnight called on Turkish voters in Europe to defy the "grandchildren of Nazism" and back a referendum this month on changing the constitution, comments likely to cause further ire in Europe. Erdogan has repeatedly lashed out at European countries, including Germany and the Netherlands, in campaigning for the referendum, accusing them of "Nazi-like" tactics for banning his...

Grey council to look at one-of f sales by out-of-town retailers

Laura Mills The Grey District Council will again look at whether it should allow out-of-town retailers to hold one-off sales in Greymouth, partly in a bid to allow stalls to set up around the new town square. A year ago, the council adopted the trading in public places bylaw amid concerns companies such as Nissan-Kia and also Audi, held weekend expos...

Cleary commits to turning Tigers around

Sydney New Wests Tigers coach Ivan Cleary is adamant he can get can them back to the NRL finals this year but he is paddling against the tide of 50 years of history. Cleary yesterday inked a deal which will run until the end of the 2020 NRL season and has been tasked with a rebuild similar to those he orchestrated...

Comets dominate six-a-side

Comets were the dominant team in the women's section of the West Coast Football six-a-side tournament played on Saturday. Teams played each other once, the top two going into the final to face off in a single game. Comets won all five pool games, plus the final, without conceding a single goal, winning the final 3-0 against the Goblins. In the pool,...

New Zealand teams clean-sweep Aussies

Sydney All-conquering New Zealand have underlined their dominance of Super Rugby with another merciless whitewash of Australian opposition. The Crusaders' 41-22 victory over the NSW Waratahs yesterday not only rounded off a miserable weekend for Australian franchises, it also set a new tournament record for the seven-time champions from Christchurch. The undefeated Crusaders retain top spot on the table after racking up...

‘Dream big’ pays off for West Coast Cricket

West Coast Cricket celebrated a big win off the field on Friday when the ANZ Bank dropped off a special delivery of new gear. President Brendan Marshall applied for assistance through the ANZ 'dream big' programme and was rewarded with new gear for players throughout the grades. West Coast Cricket is made up of members who travel far and wide from Runanga to...

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...
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