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Bus driver charged

Auckland A 68-year-old man has been charged with careless driving causing injury in relation to a crash that injured 14 tourists. The man was driving a bus carrying visitors from North America and Britain through Tongariro National Park on January 15 when the vehicle careered 10m down a bank and into a stream at the intersection of State highways 47 and...

Regional council issues warnings

The West Coast Regional Council has issued a formal warning to Westroads (Greymouth) for breaching consent conditions by failing to undertake surveys of Blaketown beach before extracting gravel, and failing to submit gravel returns. "Since issuing the formal warning we have received the necessary information from Westroads. The issue of this formal warning serves as a reminder to those holding...

McIlroy signs $142m Nike deal

London At the start of the week in which Rory McIlroy hopes to gain immortality, he has earned himself an estimated $US100 million ($NZ142m) by signing an extension to his Nike contract. The deal is for 10 years and, as Nike has stopped making clubs and balls, it lets McIlroy's team to negotiate with equipment companies, which would inevitably mean his...

Police improve handling of sex assaults

Auckland A decade since an inquiry found some officers had behaved disgracefully when handling complaints of sexual assault, police say they have revolutionised their culture. The 2007 commission of inquiry into police conduct, led by Dame Margaret Bazley, reviewed 313 complaints of sexual assault against 222 police officers between 1979 and 2005. It found that while police misconduct was relatively rare, there...

Cowboys make it four against Bunnies

Townsville North Queensland's fast start to the NRL season continued in Townsville as a composed Cowboys side accounted for South Sydney 20-6. The battle between the 2014 and 2015 premiers never reached any great heights but North Queensland were by far the better side and improved to 4-1 for the season. The Bunnies went toe-for-toe with the Cowboys early but were unable...

New leader steps up in agri-tech

Dunedin Trac Map's new chairman says it is an exciting time for the Mosgiel-based agri-tech company. Chris Dennison, who farms at Hilderthorpe, in North Otago, replaces Pat Garden, from Millers Flat, who has stepped down after just over a decade. Trac Map was established by Colin Brown in 2006 after he identified a gap in the market for a rugged and easy-to-use...

Dramatic finish looms in Plunket Shield

Wellington Auckland is threatening to snatch the Plunket Shield from under the nose of leader Canterbury on the final day of the domestic first class season. The competition is tantalisingly poised heading into the fourth and final day of 10th round of matches, with third-placed Northern Districts also an outside chance to claim the silverware. Canterbury will remain top if it completes...

Coal is dying, Mr Trump

"My administration is putting an end to the war on coal," Donald Trump said, surrounded by the usual gaggle of officials and (in this case) coalminers, as he put his super-size signature on the energy independence executive order. But coal is dying as a major energy source in the United States for reasons far beyond the reach of executive...

Xero reaches milestone

Auckland Xero, the cloud-based accounting software firm, says it reached a milestone of signing up one million customers just ahead of its March 31 year-end, keeping intact market expectations it will achieve its first-ever profit in 2019. Chief executive Rod Drury declined to give an update on the outlook ahead of the release of the full-year results in May. Subscriber growth...

First drought, now cholera

Mogadishu Deadly cholera is spreading through drought-ravaged Somalia as clean water sources dry up, a top aid official said, deepening a humanitarian crisis in a country that is on the verge of famine. The Horn of Africa nation has recorded more than 18,000 cases of cholera so far this year, up from about 15,000 in all of 2016 and 5000 in...
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