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Motel price surges to $1000 a night during Lions tour

Auckland New Zealand-bound Lions fans are facing huge surges in accommodation prices, including one motel seeking a nightly rate of seven times its normal charge. An investigation has revealed Wellington motel, Fernhill Motor Lodge, is charging $1000 a night at the time the city hosts the second test, compared with a regular rate of $135. The Quadrant in Auckland CBD is...

Mum speaks out on forced adoption

Jaden McLeod of the New Zealand Herald "How did this actually happen? How did I allow anyone to take my child? How was I so totally controlled?" Maggie Wilkinson gave birth to her baby daughter at St Mary's Home for Unwed Mothers in Otahuhu, in 1964. She was 19 and unmarried. The matron separated Maggie from her child. She was told the child...

Swimmers set sights on world champs

Wellington Motivation will not be in short supply for New Zealand's premier swimmers at the national open championships in Auckland. Qualifying times for the world championships will be in the sights of a handful at the five-day meet starting on Monday, while others will target qualifying for the world para-swimming championships, World University Games and the Commonwealth Youth Games. Six of the eight...

Brexit, Trump troubles focus for investors

Jeremy Flood of Craigs Investment Partners It has been a fairly quiet week for the local market, giving investors a chance to catch their breath after a hectic week last week. However with so much going on overseas, markets were largely focused on offshore events as the Trump administration faced heavy scrutiny and Brexit officially began. As the end of the first...

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...
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