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Westland Mayor to seek councillor’s resignation

by Brendon McMahon Westland Mayor Bruce Smith is denying anything is awry with his council but already there are signals it might now be investigated by the Government. Dissident councillor David Carruthers yesterday stood by his action in lodging a notice of no confidence in the mayor. "There have been ongoing employment issues involving the chief executive for quite some time, because...

Black Sticks, Hockeyroos draw

Auckland The women's Festival of Hockey remains in the balance after the tournament-leading Black Sticks and Hockeyroos played out a hard fought 1-1 draw. New Zealand fans spent most of the game in Hastings nervously waiting on the edge of their seats as the home side trailed deep into the second half. It was not until striker Samantha Harrison fired a goal...

Gallipoli terror target warning

Canberra New Zealanders travelling to Gallipoli for Anzac Day have been warned to exercise a high degree of caution after the New Zealand and Australian Governments were tipped off the commemorations could be a target for terrorists. Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully said travel advice had been changed in response to the threats. New Zealanders were advised against tourist and non-essential travel...

Zoo gives burned cockatoo new wings

Perth The combination of matchsticks, superglue and donor feathers have given a badly burned cockatoo new wings after surgery at Perth Zoo. The young Carnaby's black cockatoo was sitting next to another bird on a powerline when that bird was electrocuted and engulfed in flames. The accident badly damaged the surviving cockatoo's wings and burned its face and eyes. A concerned passer-by took...

Man carries hammer into school

Auckland A suspicious man has gone up to a group of children in a Waikato school carrying a hammer, police say. Hamilton Police say they are investigating whether his actions are linked to similar incidents occurring in the past month. NZN

Hunter Trophy adds meaning for Highlanders

Dunedin The memory of former coach Gordon Hunter is still a motivating factor for the Highlanders, 15 years after his death. Coach Tony Brown paid tribute to Hunter as the southerners prepared to face the Blues in Dunedin tomorrow, when the trophy etched in the former detective's name will be at stake. The Gordon Hunter Memorial Trophy is contested by the two...

Edgecumbe swamped

Wellington River levels around the Bay of Plenty town of Edgecumbe are dropping but the town is still likely to be under water a day after the Rangitaiki River breached its banks, officials say. The town of about 2000 was evacuated yesterday when the river broke through the stopbank at College Road, turning some streets into rivers about 1.5m deep. Whakatane district...

Controversial RMA changes passed

Wellington Parliament has passed the controversial bill that makes sweeping changes to the Resource Management Act. The Government relied on the Maori Party for a bare majority on the legislation, and it passed its third reading yesterday by 61 votes to 60. The RMA Amendment Bill is mainly designed to make it easier to free up land for housing and allows ministerial...

Prominent Australian economists slam penalty rates decision

Canberra Former Reserve Bank governor Bernie Fraser is one of 75 prominent Australian economists and academics critical of a decision to cut Sunday penalty rates in the retail and hospitality sector. The group has penned an open letter, released today, arguing the reduction would boost inequality rather than employment. "While it is doubtful that lower penalty rates will result in any measurable...

‘No option except victory’ — Assad

Beirut Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said there was no "option except victory" in the country's civil war in an interview published overnight, saying the government could not reach "results" with opposition groups which attended recent peace talks. The interview with Croatian newspaper Vecernji List appeared to have been conducted before United States President Donald Trump accused Assad of crossing "many, many...
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