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Wellington building coming down

Wellington A 10-storey office building in Wellington is to be demolished, more than five months after the initial quake, the building owner spokesman says. Revera House, on Mulgrave Street, was damaged during the November Kaikoura earthquake and was "too expensive to repair", Mark Crosswell told RNZ. The building, formerly home to the Education Review Office, would cost just as much to repair...

Little’s $100,000 offer rejected

Wellington The wife of millionaire hotelier Earl Hagaman says they want up to $2.35 million in damages from Labour leader Andrew Little so her husband can die with dignity. Mr Hagaman and his wife Lani are both suing Mr Little for defamation before a jury of 12 in the High Court at Wellington. It stems from comments Mr Little made in a...

Death from typhoid outbreak

Auckland A woman from the Mount Roskill Samoan Assembly of God Church has died after contracting typhoid. Auckland Regional Public Health Service clinical director Dr Julia Peters said the woman was admitted to hospital with serious health issues and the typhoid infection was a complicating factor. The woman died in hospital this morning. Ten other confirmed cases of typhoid, many from the Assembly of...

Driver in power pole crash critical

Wellington The driver of a car that hit a power pole in Hamilton has been taken to Waikato Hospital in a critical condition. The crash happened at 6.15pm on Sunday on Killarney Road near the intersection with Allen Road, police say. The serious crash unit is investigating. NZN

Arrests after ram raid spree

Auckland Four teens have been arrested after a spree of ram-raid burglaries in Canterbury. Police say the Z Energy Petrol Station on Harewood Road in Christchurch and the Ferrymead Bottle Store were both burgled after being driven into by a Mazda Familia in the early hours of Saturday. That followed another ram-raid at a Kaiapoi petrol station at 1.45am on Friday. Following several...

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...

Specialist dairy consultants certified

An inaugural group of farm consultants are now qualified under the New Zealand Institute for Primary Industries Management's dairy farm systems certification scheme. The programme assesses the consultants' skills and knowledge of the dairy farm system and best business practices, says New Zealand Institute for Primary Industries Management (NZIPIM) chief executive Stephen Macaulay. "The certification is no mean feat, and we...

Drugs swoop nets six

Wellington Six people have been taken into custody after a series of raids in the west Auckland suburb of Avondale uncovered an alleged synthetic cannabis operation, police say. Three homes were searched on Bellgrove Place, Sceptre Street and Victor Street just before 6.30am today, and five more homes are still being checked by officers. Police said six people had been taken into...

Maori king’s sister dies

Hamilton Tomairangi Adrianne Gail Paki is said to have died peacefully this morning, a spokesman told Maori Television. The older sister of the Maori king, Tomairangi Paki was well-known for her love of and work in performing arts. Last year she was honoured for her contribution to kapa haka and performing arts within the Waikato and Tainui region. She was awarded the life...

Balclutha couple die in microlight crash

Balclutha A Balclutha pair are dead following a plane crash near Kaka Point yesterday morning. A police spokesman said a man aged 30 and a woman aged 26 died when the microlight they were in crashed on a farm in Glenomaru, between Owaka and Kaka Point. They are understood to be from the Balclutha area. A joint investigation into the cause of the...
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