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Rabobank annual profit down 14%

Wellington Rabobank New Zealand posted a 14% decline in annual profit last year as the rural lending specialist boosted its provisioning for bad debts in the face of the dairy slowdown. Net profit fell to $89.5 million in calendar 2016 from $104 million a year earlier, the Wellington-based lender said in a statement. The decline in profit was largely due to the...

New mental health unit planned

Laura Mills The West Coast District Health Board has started planning for a new mental health facility in Greymouth to replace the current unit attached to Grey Base Hospital. In May 2014, when former health minister Tony Ryall confirmed funding for the new Greymouth Hospital, he also committed to later funding a new mental health unit. "In addition to the $67 million,...

Immigration detention centre deaths

A Ananthalakshmi More than one hundred foreigners died in the past two years in Malaysia's immigration detention centres from various diseases and unknown causes, according to documents from the government-funded National Human Rights Commission reviewed by Reuters. The toll, which has not been previously disclosed, is based on Malaysian immigration department data provided to the commission, which is known by its...

Japan topples Black Sticks

Wellington Japan has claimed first blood at the Festival of Hockey women's tournament in Hastings following an upset 2-1 win over New Zealand. A late goal sank the defending champion Black Sticks, who drop to last place after the first of six rounds following a 1-1 opening draw between Australia and the United States. World No 11 Japan is the lowest-ranked team...

Force not distracted by unsettling news

Perth Coach Dave Wessels admits his players have been unsettled by rumours of the Western Force's impending demise but he is confident the situation will further galvanise the group. Reports are rife the Force will be the Australian franchise axed if super rugby reverts to a 15-team format. The ARU insists no decision has been made but the rumours do not spell...

Credit Suisse ‘co-operating’ in money laundering case

Amsterdam Swiss bank Credit Suisse has been dragged into yet more tax evasion and money laundering investigations, after a tip-off to Dutch prosecutors about tens of thousands of suspect accounts triggered raids in five countries. Co-ordinated raids began on Thursday in the Netherlands, Britain, Germany, France and Australia, the Dutch office for financial crimes prosecution (FIOD) said, with two arrests confirmed so far. The Dutch...

Crumbling mental health services

Calls to crisis teams are rising, and there was an almost 600% jump in one year in the number of days when there there were no spare beds available at the adult inpatient units. In 2014-15 there were only seven days when there was no space at Auckland District Health Board (ADHB) facilities, while in 2015-16 there were 54. This meant new...

Holcim’s ‘chief burner’

AS the Cape Foulwind cement works breathes its last, after almost 60 years of operation, Westport clinker kiln operator, Leanne Aitken, is considering her future. Ms Aitken has been the ‘chief burner’ or central control room operator at the Holcim plant, the only woman in the role at Cape Foulwind and a position achieved elsewhere by few if any other New Zealand women. She took up the position of central control room...

New building on old pub site

Foundations are going down for the first building to go back on the vacant block of land in Richmond Quay, Greymouth, after the recent demolition of the Richmond Hotel and the other remaining dilapidated buildings. Fahey Builders Ltd worker Riah Martin is preparing the foundations for the wash bay area for a car rental garage being built on the...

Fur seal pup taken on joy ride

The Department of Conservation had to shoot a fur seal pup after someone put it on the back of a motorbike while skylarking on the Hokitika beach, and then dumped it away from its mother.
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