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Child approaches investigated

Wellington Police are asking parents to be vigilant after two incidents of unknown men approaching children outside schools in Upper Hutt in the past week. On March 28, a man approached a child outside Upper Hutt Primary School and police say they are reviewing information and following positive lines of inquiry. On Tuesday, a pupil was approached near a primary school in...

Play day at Runanga

WestREAP team leader early childhood education Melissa Diedrichs has some fun with Luca Richardson, two, and his mum Tesha at the group's play day at Runanga School yesterday. Play days were run in rural West Coast communities for children aged from newborn to five and their families, with the purpose of "uplifting" the value of early childhood programmes, Ms...

Buller council may reconsider water reserve access to coalmine

Lee Scanlon of the Westport News The Buller District Council may be reconsidering its decision to allow coalminer Rangitira Developments Ltd (RDL) access to the Westport water reserve. The council has advertised a public-excluded extraordinary meeting next Wednesday to discuss RDL's access arrangement request. Asked for more information, council chief executive Andy Gowland-Douglas replied: "Due to the legal proceedings that Forest and Bird...

Harriers back in action with new president

The Greymouth Harriers Club will hold its season opening day run on Saturday. At the recent annual meeting a new president was elected with Ben Aynsley taking over the reins. Last season the big changes were relocating base to the Greymouth Squash Club in Alexander Street, and re-routing the two and four-person relay course. Numbers during last season were steady every week...

Styles in love with his debut album

London Harry Styles says his upcoming debut solo album is currently his favourite record to listen to. The One Direction singer will release the record's first track, Sign of the Times, tomorrow and said he wrote around 70 songs before narrowing them down, most of which were penned in Jamaica. "I just wanted to not be somewhere that I'd get distracted. It...

Mistakes admitted in typhoid case

Wellington Auckland health officials have admitted there were mistakes in the way they handled an outbreak of typhoid in the city but believe they did the right things in limiting its spread. One woman has died and 16 are confirmed infected with the disease but Auckland Regional Public Health Service has been criticised for keeping quiet about it until days after...

Tables turned on drunk driver

Dunedin Of the dozens of drink-drivers appearing in New Zealand courts yesterday, it is a safe bet only one related to a motorised picnic table. Mosgiel joiner Wade Bryce Bovey, 21, left the Dunedin District Court yesterday with a common conviction to his name but the circumstances were anything but. "One night me and a mate decided we'd take it to the...

Hundreds still missing in mudslide

Bogota Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos says the mudslide that obliterated part of the city of Mocoa has killed at least 293 people and a large number of people are still missing. "This morning, 467 people have reported relatives to be missing. "Of those, 153 have been located, 119 of them alive but, unfortunately, 34 of them deceased," said Santos in a...

Tot defends choice of doll

Columbia (South Carolina) A toddler's brilliant response to a cashier who questioned her choice of a black doll has been shared by thousands of social media users. The cashier reportedly told Sophia: "We have lots of other dolls that look more like you." Her mother Brandi Benner, from South Carolina, shared her story on social media, explaining they were paying for the...

Art gallery options on table

Brendon McMahon A report will go to the Grey District Council meeting on Monday outlining public feedback and options for the future of the Left Bank Art Gallery building, in Greymouth. Built in the 1920s as the Bank of New Zealand, it is now owned by the council and is leased to the West Coast Society of the Arts Incorporated. The first...
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