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Wellington council cleaners get ‘living wage’

Wellington Cleaners are finally getting a "living wage" while working for the Wellington City Council. Staff working directly for the council already get the living wage, such as those working in parks, gardens, recreation or libraries. But because cleaning and sanitation work was contracted, those workers were not initially included. Now the latest long-term and annual plan committee agenda shows cleaning work will...

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...

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...
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