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New playground at Kaiata

Lisa Rangi Kaiata families are looking forward to a brand new playground at the end of a $80,000 community fundraising drive. Contractors were on site last week installing the equipment in the Kaiata Community Hall grounds. Local mothers Jody Jamieson and Jean Foster joined the committee about eight years ago when their children were quite young to try to get a safe...

Mentally ill patient’s care earns rebuke

Auckland A hospital and psychiatrist failed to provide adequate care to a mentally ill patient who died, the Mental Health Commissioner says. Releasing his findings yesterday, commissioner Kevin Allan said the ill man was not treated "with reasonable care and skill" in what was a breach of New Zealand's code of rights for health patients. The man had initially gone to the...

Westbrook breaks NBA record

Denver First, Russell Westbrook broke Oscar Robertson's record for most triple-doubles in an NBA season. Then, he broke the Denver Nuggets' hearts. Westbrook's 10.9m dagger at the buzzer gave Oklahoma City a 106-105 victory, eliminating the Nuggets from play-off contention and capping an historic afternoon yesterday in which he scored 50 points to go with 16 rebounds and 10 assists. Westbrook's 42nd...

Greenpeace protesters interrupt oil vessel

Wellington Protesters from Greenpeace have swum into the path of an offshore oil exploration vessel forcing it to divert off course and delay operations. The world's largest seismic survey ship, the Amazon Warrior, was 50 nautical miles off the Wairarapa coast when the activists decided to jump ship off its newest boat, Taitu, yesterday. The exploration is being carried out for Arctic...

Brockovich surprised Chch rebuild still ongoing

Auckland American environmental activist Erin Brockovich says she is sad that the Christchurch rebuild is still going six years after a major quake hit the city. The well-known activist, whose bid to battle a huge energy company was immortalised in the 2000 film of the same name, is currently in New Zealand. She spent yesterday visiting people's homes in Christchurch and speaking...

Actor’s trial set

Auckland Actor and former Shortland Street star Rene Naufahu will stand trial in September accused of sex crimes against several of his acting students. The 46-year-old faces a total of 17 charges, including indecent assault and sexual violation, over alleged offending against seven adult women he was teaching between 2010 and 2013. In the Auckland District Court today a trial date...

US boosts protection of forces in Syria

Washington The United States has made slight adjustments to its military activities in Syria to strengthen protection of American forces following cruise missile strikes last week on a Syrian air base that heightened tensions, US officials said overnight. The officials, citing the need to safeguard operations in Syria, declined to specify exactly what measures the US has taken after the strikes,...

Reefton water warning

Teresa Smith of the Westport News Reefton residents have been told to boil drinking and food preparation water until further notice. On Friday, the Buller District Council issued an immediate 'boil water' notice on its Facebook page for Reefton water supply consumers. The council said it was due to a "potential treatment plant issue affecting pH levels which is currently being investigated". Consumers were...

Banned Penrith trio to make amends

Sydney Penrith's James Tamou expects the team's banned trio, including skipper Matt Moylan, to make amends when they make an expected return to the NRL team this week. Moylan, Peta Hiku and Waqa Blake re-joined their first grade team-mates for training yesterday after being dropped for missing a curfew the week prior. Asked if he felt the three players would have a...

Barrett escapes SANZAAR judiciary ban

Wellington A SANZAAR judiciary has found Beauden Barrett's red card was sufficient punishment for his intentional offending against the NSW Waratahs. Hurricanes playmaker Barrett escaped further sanction following his sending off near the end of the 38-28 Super Rugby win in Wellington on Friday. Judicial committee chairman Adam Casselden said Barrett was found guilty of the twin charges, which resulted in a...
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