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Bennett irresponsible to dismiss tourist levy — Green Party

The Green Party says it is irresponsible of Deputy Prime Minister Paula Bennett to dismiss a tourist levy to help pay for infrastructure and conservation. "The whole country benefits from tourism, but it is ratepayers in areas like the Mackenzie Country, West Coast, and the Queenstown-Lakes District who foot the bill for the infrastructure that supports the industry. A tourist...

Council extends logging submissions deadline

Brendon McMahon Consultation on the principle of allowing sustainable harvesting of native forests owned by the Grey District Council has been extended a further month because some people were confused by what they were being asked to comment on. The council decided at the end of 2016 to start consulting on the 'broad principle' of allowing selective logging of indigenous forests...

Kiwi wins Coast sevens

The Wests and Kiwi scrums pack down, with Wests halfback Damon Subritzky, left, waiting for the ball as his opponent Troy Tauwhare eyes up the situation in the final of the West Coast rugby club sevens tournament, played at McLean Park, Blaketown, on Saturday. Kiwi took top honours with a 39-7 win over fellow Hokitika side Wests. In the...

Little’s $100,000 offer rejected

Wellington The wife of millionaire hotelier Earl Hagaman says they want up to $2.35 million in damages from Labour leader Andrew Little so her husband can die with dignity. Mr Hagaman and his wife Lani are both suing Mr Little for defamation before a jury of 12 in the High Court at Wellington. It stems from comments Mr Little made in a...

PM criticised for ruling out SAS inquiry

Wellington Prime Minister Bill English is facing criticism for deciding not to hold an inquiry into allegations Special Air Service troops were involved in civilian deaths in Afghanistan. Mr English announced yesterday there would not be an investigation into claims made in the book Hit and Run because he did not believe there was evidence Afghani villagers died during the operation...

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...

Police name dead man

Wellington Police have named the man who died after being hit by a car at Raumati Beach on Thursday. He was 91-year-old local man Eric Pickering. The crash happened just after 8am on Matatua Road. The investigation is continuing. NZN

Game of Thrones actor plays hard-case Irish private investigator

Galway, in western Ireland, may seem a world away from the fantasy landscapes of Game of Thrones, but it is familiar ground for Scottish actor Iain Glen. Perhaps best known as Ser Jorah Mormont in the epic series, Glen has spent quite a bit of time in Ireland in the past few years. Much of Thrones is filmed in Northern...
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