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Northern Stars on board after toppling Tactix

Auckland In what will be a season of firsts for netball's newest franchise, the Northern Stars yesterday ticked off a big one: first win. After two heavy defeats in the opening round of the ANZ Premiership, the South Auckland-based Stars finally got on the board yesterday afternoon with a 48-37 win over the Mainland Tactix in Christchurch. The Stars may have got...

Man drowns at pool

Auckland A 20-year-old man has drowned at Parnell Baths in Auckland. St John paramedics tried to revive him at the scene on Judges Bay Road but were unsuccessful. Spokesmen for both the police and Fire Service confirmed police and firefighters also responded to the incident just after 7pm. "It was a stressful and upsetting time for the friends at the scene and police...

Buzz Aldrin to take flight again

Melbourne United States astronaut Buzz Aldrin will take flight once again, this time with the world-renowned Thunderbirds at the Melbourne Air and Space Show in Florida. Aldrin was the second man on the moon, piloting the Apollo 11 and following Neil Armstrong on to the lunar surface in 1969. Now 87, the retired air force colonel will be the oldest person...

Arrests after ram raid spree

Auckland Four teens have been arrested after a spree of ram-raid burglaries in Canterbury. Police say the Z Energy Petrol Station on Harewood Road in Christchurch and the Ferrymead Bottle Store were both burgled after being driven into by a Mazda Familia in the early hours of Saturday. That followed another ram-raid at a Kaiapoi petrol station at 1.45am on Friday. Following several...

WC Wedding Show cancelled due to lack of exhibitors

The West Coast Wedding Show scheduled for Shantytown next month has been cancelled due to the lack of exhibitors. Shantytown said today the lack of registrations meant the financial viability of the show was compromised. "Having exhausted the local market, the Wedding Show was not prepared to have Christchurch and Nelson exhibitors outweigh the number of local exhibitors it goes against...

Balclutha couple die in microlight crash

Balclutha A Balclutha pair are dead following a plane crash near Kaka Point yesterday morning. A police spokesman said a man aged 30 and a woman aged 26 died when the microlight they were in crashed on a farm in Glenomaru, between Owaka and Kaka Point. They are understood to be from the Balclutha area. A joint investigation into the cause of the...

Govt $26m could help save Maui’s dolphin

Auckland The Government could help save the highly endangered Maui's dolphin with just as little as $26 million in spending, environmental activists say. But the government says it is not considering the option because current restrictions appear to already be working. Last year researchers found the Maui's dolphins population was likely between 57 and 75 adults, with trawling and set net fishing...

Bennett cool on Little’s tourist tax plan

Wellington Labour leader Andrew wants a "tourist tax" charged at the border to help pay for tourism infrastructure, rejecting Tourism Minister Paula Bennett's concerns it risked making New Zealand look like a "rip-off." Mr Little said a "modest" levy would be ring-fenced to pass on to local councils to use on tourism-related infrastructure. "We rapidly and urgently need new infrastructure and infrastructure...

Wellington council cleaners get ‘living wage’

Wellington Cleaners are finally getting a "living wage" while working for the Wellington City Council. Staff working directly for the council already get the living wage, such as those working in parks, gardens, recreation or libraries. But because cleaning and sanitation work was contracted, those workers were not initially included. Now the latest long-term and annual plan committee agenda shows cleaning work will...

Comets dominate six-a-side

Comets were the dominant team in the women's section of the West Coast Football six-a-side tournament played on Saturday. Teams played each other once, the top two going into the final to face off in a single game. Comets won all five pool games, plus the final, without conceding a single goal, winning the final 3-0 against the Goblins. In the pool,...
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