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Supplement producer warned

Christchurch The producer of a supplements brand has been warned over labelling its products as 'pharmacy strength'. The Commerce Commission has issued the warning to Endeavour Consumer Health Ltd (Endeavour) over its Red Seal supplement range for using the term in product labelling and promotional material. The commission accepted that the pharmacy strength range was generally of a higher complexity than the...

Newspaper move decried

Wellington Stuff's decision to ditch 28 publications is shocking and will further isolate rural communities, Rural Women New Zealand says. Media giant Stuff, previously known as Fairfax, yesterday announced plans to ditch 28 of its community, rural newspapers and magazines. Stuff said the change was a sign of the revenue challenges affecting print publications, and was part of a strategy to increase...

Christchurch continues to rebuild seven years on

Christchurch Christchurch continues to rebuild and pick up the pieces seven years on from a devastating earthquake with the population, jobs and housing on the mend. Statistics New Zealand released a report yesterday ahead of the seventh anniversary of the quake, looking at Canterbury's rebuild through the lens of data. Christchurch was left severely damaged when the February 22, 2011, shook the...

Logging truck rolls at intersection

Tauranga A logging truck rolled this morning on State highway 2 at one of Tauranga's busiest intersections. The stretch of highway in Bethlehem at Moffat Road was partially closed to traffic as emergency services and contractors clear the scene. A police spokesman said a number of logs had rolled across the westbound side of the highway, between Moffat Road and Parau Drive. The...

Greymouth town square awaits completion

Chris Tobin Two months after the $1.9 million Greymouth town square opened, it still features patches of artificial grass matting and is missing the glass canopy feature, which is still at least a month away. Grey District Council assets and engineering manager Mel Sutherland said the steelwork had been completed for the $175,000 canopy. "It's just a case now of getting components...

Sodhi in Black Caps team to face England

Auckland Black Caps spinner Ish Sodhi has been added to an extended 14-man squad for the Black Caps' first two one-day internationals against England. The leggie comes in with good form and gives the Black Caps a third spin option ahead of their first game at Hamilton's Seddon Park on Sunday. Fellow spin bowlers Mitchell Santner and Todd Astle remain in the...

National’s internal turmoil

Chris Trotter According to former Labour cabinet minister Steve Maharey "social democracy is in trouble". Who cares? If challenged to define social democracy, most people would shake their heads and shrug. It is not a term that pops up very often in New Zealand political discussions. Whether or not it is in trouble is, therefore, unlikely to keep anyone except...

Ministers ferry supplies to Golden Bay

Wellington Medical supplies have been picked up in Nelson and flown to Golden Bay in the helicopter taking two cabinet ministers around parts of the upper South Island hit by former cyclone Gita. The supplies went to the clinic in Golden Bay, which was running short because the storm has cut the Takaka Hill Road. Civil Defence Minister Kris Faafoi and Primary...

NZ ranked least corrupt

Wellington New Zealand's public sector has been ranked the least corrupt in the world in an annual global index. New Zealand scored 89 out of 100 in non-government organisation Transparency International's Corruption Perceptions Index, narrowly beating Denmark to top spot. The two nations were tied first last year. Open Government Minister Clare Curran said she was pleased to see New Zealand's public service...

NZers prefer to engage on-line with Govt

Wellington New Zealanders would prefer to engage with government on-line or through cellphone apps, new research has shown. A study from Unisys Corporation reveals New Zealand citizens would prefer to engage with government agencies and departments through on-line channels when completing tax returns, renewing passports and their driver's licence, obtaining building permits or applying for social assistance. This has rapidly evolved since...
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