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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...

Insanity ruled out in murder trial

Christchurch Medical experts concluded Sainey Marong did not have a defence of insanity before standing trial for the alleged murder of Renee Duckmanton. During a dramatic day in the High Court at Christchurch yesterday, 33-year-old Gambian-born butcher Marong admitted strangling the Christchurch sex worker in May 2016 and setting her body on fire. He claimed he was insane at the time, suffering...

We dodged a bullet, mayors say of storm

Wellington Firefighters were inundated with callouts after the country battled with former Cyclone Gita, but South Island mayors say they dodged a bullet with little major damage. Between midday yesterday and 6am today, Fire and Emergency New Zealand received 1300 callouts, mainly for flooded homes, fallen power lines and trees, a spokeswoman said today. States of emergency were declared in Taranaki, Nelson-Tasman...

Fairfax to sell or close 28 titles

Auckland Fairfax's New Zealand arm has announced it will close or sell 28 mastheads. Stuff today briefed staff on plans to reduce its portfolio of smaller community and rural titles. About 60 staff could be affected. A statement said the company was working through the detailed plans for each individual title. Further briefings with staff and communities will be held over the...

$4b boost from trade deal: Mfat

Wellington The full details of the revised Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement have been released and New Zealand's trade department says the economy will grow by as much as $4 billion thanks to the deal. The Government today made public the controversial 11-country free trade deal's text, along with an analysis of its predicted effects on the economy. According to the Ministry of...

Fiery Spanish theatre to ignite Auckland

Auckland Basque and Catalan culture will light up city streets when the Auckland Arts Festival celebrates its 10th anniversary next month. Spanish company Deabru Beltzak will stage Les Tambours de Feu (The Drums of Fire) four free outdoor processions incorporating drumming and fireworks where costumed performers lead the public through streets and laneways. Performed around the world, it has been described...

Speed skaters change tactics in medal chase

Auckland The New Zealand pursuiters are hoping a radical technique can propel them to a huge upset when they take on hosts South Korea in the Olympic speed skating semi-final early tomorrow morning. Necessity was the mother of invention for the New Zealand trio of Shane Dobbin, kingpin Peter Michael and Reyon Kay, who as the fourth qualifiers must take on...

Bennett’s job on line in National’s leadership race

Wellington National deputy Paula Bennett may have to fight to keep her job, with the party announcing it will also be voting for its second-in-charge when it elects its leader. The party's 56-member caucus will vote on its leadership team on the morning of February 27 and will decide both the leader and deputy, whip Jami-Lee Ross has announced. Five people have...

Hospital demolition

Anatoki departs Greymouth

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