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Fresh evacuations as storm lingers

Auckland The Bay of Plenty town of Edgecumbe is being completely evacuated after the Rangitaiki River breached its banks. Whakatane District Council says the entire township of about 2000 was being cleared late this morning, after the river's stopbanks burst near College Road. Mayor Tony Bonne described the situation as "serious" and the council appealed to anyone still in the area to...

School apologises for razor blunder

Auckland A year after two students had their necks slashed by a cut-throat razor during a school play, Auckland's Saint Kentigern College has publicly apologised for the potentially deadly prop. It must also pay reparation to the victims. In April last year, two 16-year-old boys performing in the production of Stephen Sondheim's blood-soaked 1979 Broadway musical were taken to hospital after they...

Two jailed for manslaughter

Christchurch Two people found guilty of causing the 2014 death of Ashburton man Arran "A J" Gairns by manslaughter have each been jailed for three years and seven months. Olivia Toby Frances Lucas, 29, and Verdun Ashley Perry, 26, both of Ashburton, were convicted of assaulting 34-year-old Gairns with intent to rob him on May 31, 2014, in Ashburton. A jury of...

Charges arising from Cobden Bridge incident admitted

Westport A Carters Beach man admitted a raft of charges in the Westport District Court last week, including threatening behaviour arising from an incident on the Cobden Bridge last year. Brad Colin Kerr, 27, appeared before Judge Noel Walsh charged with dangerous driving, threatening behaviour, assault, drink driving, failing to stop, being in a building without reasonable excuse and escaping from...

Roosters not buying into Pearce NSW recall

Sydney Sydney Roosters coach Trent Robinson has refused to publicly endorse Mitchell Pearce for State of Origin as the maligned playmaker's hopes of a NSW recall continue to grow. Roosters No 7 Pearce has started the year as one of the form halves of the NRL and tonight faces another litmus test against Brisbane pair Ben Hunt and Anthony Milford. Pearce is...

Cancer Society fashion show back

Laura Mills The Cancer Society is bringing back its fashion show, which it launched last year at Shantytown. "We promised it would become an annual event," manager support services Jenny Kenning said yesterday. The show raised about $10,000 for the society last year. Mrs Kenning said many people did not realise the Cancer Society received no direct government funding and so it was...

Watchdog slates MSD policy

Wellington Privacy Commissioner John Edwards says the Ministry of Social Development's policy which requires social service providers to disclose client information goes too far. Under the policy, providers will have to give the client information to the ministry when they apply for funding. Mr Edwards said in a report released today the requirement was "excessive and inconsistent with privacy principles". "There is a...

Flyer back on track for Coast

Brendon McMahon The Kingston Flyer may yet ride West Coast rails after Development West Coast confirmed yesterday it is still investigating the option to buy the historic steam train in its entirety. It turns out the recent buyer of the train was only interested in the land it sits on at Kingston, at the head of Lake Wakatipu. DWC chief executive Chris...

Cyborgs at work

James Brooks The syringe slides in between the thumb and index finger. Then, with a click, a microchip is injected in the employee's hand. Another 'cyborg' is created. What could pass for a dystopian vision of the workplace is almost routine at the Swedish start-up hub Epicentre. The company offers to implant its workers and start-up members with microchips the size...

Spider bite costs legs

Melbourne A man has had his legs amputated and may lose an arm after a suspected white-tailed spider bite in north-west Victoria. Filipino tourist Terry Pareja was visiting relatives in Birchip when he is thought to have been bitten in the last week of February but took days to seek medical attention. By the time the local doctor opened on the following...
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