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DWC holds business networking session

Over 60 people from 16 West Coast businesses attended a networking session with a twist last night. The business people took part in "The Pitch" by Development West Coast at Monteith's Brewery. The event involved 16 businesses promoting their services to those assembled in a fast-paced three-minute timespan. Dragonfly Catering by popular vote won the Best Presentation Award and the advertising voucher...

Chiefs to start Donald

Auckland Chiefs coach Dave Rennie has made five changes to his starting 15 to face the Stormers this weekend in Cape Town. Stephen Donald replaces the suspended Johnny Faauli at second-five with Toni Pulu returning from a hamstring injury to take Shaun Stevenson's spot on the wing. Lachlan Boshier will wear the No 7 jersey in the absence of Sam Cane, with...

Compulsory voting urged

Wellington Voting should be compulsory and non-voters fined, former prime minister Sir Geoffrey Palmer says. The former Labour leader described western democratic government as in some sort of crisis in a new interview series with former prime ministers on State broadcaster RNZ. "I have reached the conclusion we need compulsory voting. I have come to the conclusion the Australians are right about...

NZ snubbed by Pence

Wellington United States Vice-President Mike Pence will make his first visit to the Asia-Pacific region this month, but New Zealand has been left off the itinerary. The 10-day trip will take in Australia, Japan, Indonesia and the Republic of Korea, with a stop in Hawaii on the way back. Mr Pence is expected to hold a series of meetings in Australia, including...

Hoffman stuns Masters field

Augusta, Georgia American journeyman Charley Hoffman led the US Masters after firing a sparkling 65 in a wind-swept first round to as world No 1 Dustin Johnson pulled out due to a back injury. The 40-year-old Hoffman made nine birdies, including four in a row from the 14th hole, to tame the fiendish Augusta National course and finish on seven under...

Bennett seventh in Spain

Wellington George Bennett's forceful start to 2017 is rolling on in northern Spain. After four of six stages in the Vuelta al Pais Vasco, New Zealand road cycling professional Bennett sits seventh on general classification, just three seconds behind the tour leader. His prominent performance in the World Tour event follows two top-10 finishes. The 26-year-old was ninth in the seven-day Tour of Catalunya,...

Comedian Don Rickles, dies at 90

Los Angeles Don Rickles, the master insult comic who created laughs with ridicule and sarcasm in a decades-long career that earned him the facetious nickname "Mr. Warmth," died on Thursday at his Los Angeles home from kidney failure, his publicist said. He was 90. Rickles, who said he developed his brand of mockery humour because he was no good at telling...

Brazilian UFO enthusiast vanishes mysteriously

Rio de Janeiro A UFO enthusiast who mysteriously vanished last week left behind a den plastered wall-to-wall with Illuminati codes and symbols. Bruno Borges, 24, disappeared from his home in Rio Branco in the west of Brazil having spent the past month working on what is being described as a secret project. In his furniture-free bedroom, police found a 2000 ($3585) statue...

Seeking out new adventures

A former student of the Tai Poutini Polytechnic outdoor education programme has been selected for the New Zealand alpine team and now travels the world for several months of the year seeking out new adventures. Conor Smith said his trainingĀ had set him up for an amazing lifestyle. "After I finished the course, I spent the next year working and climbing in Asia...

Force shares go on sale

Perth The Western Force are calling on fans to help save the franchise after getting the final tick of approval to start the process of becoming a publicly-owned entity. The Force's future remains up in the air as SANZAAR decides the future structure of the Super Rugby competition. If the South African Rugby Union agrees to cut two of its teams, then...
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