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Christchurch commercial vacancies 'not too bad' at 20 per cent

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Cyclist hospitalised with serious injuries after crash with car in Auckland

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The anatomy of a royal engagement

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Paolo Guerrero to lead Peru against All Whites in World Cup qualifiers

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Top jobs in new government for Hawke's Bay MPs

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Below the beltway: 26 tedious days, then a bombshell

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Pollution kills 9 million people each year, new study finds

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Canterbury health board member keen to see back of National Government
A Canterbury District Health Board (CDHB) member says she is glad to see the back of former Health Minister Jonathan Coleman – and condemned Chai Chua's leadership of the Ministry of Health as a "real failure". Jo Kane accused National of having "dropped the ball" on health in New Zealand, saying it is "ready to implode". Laying down the gauntlet to incoming Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, she vowed to hold her to her campaign promise to tackle the "toxic relationship" between the CDHB and the Ministry of Health (MOH)   Read More ...
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Green Party confirms ministers
Green Party co-leader James Shaw has confirmed who will take up ministerial and undersecretary roles in the Labour-led government. These will include Shaw, Eugenie Sage, Julie Anne Genter and Jan Logie. However, the portfolios the four would be responsible for is expected to be confirmed next week. As part of the Greens' support deal with Labour, their roles will be outside of Cabinet   Read More ...
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Gardening: Summer flowers and vegetables
Labour weekend is the traditional time for planting out summer flowers and vegetables and a great time to get the family helping in all aspects of the garden. It's great to see new growth surging ahead on plants and trees and to see some more colour in gardens as plants come into bloom. Among the most attractive of the early trees are the flowering cherries, peach, almond, apple tree blossoms and spring flowering Rhododendrons which are in bloom around the city   Read More ...
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Community project to encourage sharing of reusable shopping bags
A community project to encourage people to recycle and share non-plastic shopping bags will be launched in Whanganui on Friday, October 27. The Whanganui Bag Recycling Project will enable the community to use an initial stock of 250 free handmade fabric bags by providing a bag station at Trafalgar Square. People will be able to pick up a bag for their shopping and drop off any clean and tidy reusable bags for others to use   Read More ...
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Whanganui youth feature in international video
Panamanian singer and songwriter Romulo Castro charmed and inspired Whanganui youth when he visited in February this year. A new song to be released by Castro this month features Whanganui and a large group of local young musicians and singers who worked on the project with him. The concert and workshop at Whanganui High School led to a musical collaboration with students and a junior kapa haka group on a new song of Castro's composed to celebrate the interweaving of cultures   Read More ...
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'Regions are where it's at', town planner says
Hamish Lampp's first childhood memory is coming to Whanganui's Kowhai Park. Now he's back in the region after 17 years overseas to take on a job as Whanganui District Council's principal planner. "The regions are where it's at. I'm convinced of that." Mr Lampp grew up in Marton and spent a year working for Opus in Whanganui before heading overseas where he worked in Melbourne, London and Norfolk   Read More ...
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Swarm of bees set up at Whangarei cafe
A Whangarei cafe was buzzing when over 2000 bees swarmed on an outside table. The arrival of the honey-producing insects forced the closure of Cafe Lit upstairs in the Strand Arcade, as the owners waited for the bees to be removed yesterday. Jethro George said a staff member cleaning up on the outside deck of the cafe on Thursday afternoon noticed a large number of bees massing around a table   Read More ...
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Three ministers likely for Northland
Northland is facing three years with an unprecedented three ministers in Cabinet. New Zealand First leader Winston Peters has the invite from PM elect and Labour leader Jacinda Ardern, and the coalition deal all but guarantees a ministerial position for NZ First's Shane Jones. Labour's deputy leader, Kelvin Davis, will also sit in Cabinet. He said he was humbled and privileged to represent Northlanders in Parliament, let alone be elevated to a ministerial position   Read More ...
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Swamp kauri export not my style, says Whangarei woodturner
A Whangarei woodturner specialising in swamp kauri products is embarrassed a photo of himself could be linked to the wholesale export of the resource. Rupert Newbold, whose workshop is at Ocean Beach, is opposed to the export practise. He believes any wood products going offshore should be as finished or value-added goods, including pine timber. So he was concerned that a recent newspaper article was illustrated with an old photo of him standing atop a large stump and using a chainsaw   Read More ...
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Lifeguard patrol season begins
Western Bay beaches are set to be safer for beachgoers with the start of the surf life-saving patrol season this weekend. Flags will be out and volunteer lifeguards will be patrolling beaches at Omanu, Mount Maunganui and Papamoa beaches from tomorrow. Surf lifesaving officials say the first weekend of patrols is traditionally rather quiet as weather conditions are often too cold for beachgoers, which is likely to be the case this year   Read More ...
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Hawke's Bay continues to hone winemaking pedigree
For leading winemaker and judge Rod Easthope there is one word that has emerged in terms of describing Hawke's Bay wines of recent vintage. It is "pedigree". In the wake of four superb vintages and the widespread production of globally acclaimed wines, more and more people were looking at Hawke's Bay as a region capable of producing "many different cultivars of world-class pedigree"   Read More ...
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Hawke's Bay Today to hold Hastings mayoral debate
Hastings residents will soon get the chance to hear from the six people who want to be the city's next mayor. Hawke's Bay Today will next month host a debate among the candidates standing in the byelection for Mayor of Hastings, made necessary by Lawrence Yule's exit to stand successfully for the Tukituki parliamentary seat. The debate, to be moderated by the newspaper's editor Andrew Austin, will be held at Karamu High School in Hastings at 6pm on Thursday, November 2   Read More ...
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Museum Theatre Gallery archive brings show-day magic to life
The archives at MTG Hawke's Bay house a wonderful collection of black and white negatives taken during 1920s-1960s by amateur photographer Dave Williams. A gentle, easy-going and unassuming man, Dave would be seen most weekends by Hawke's Bay locals, either tramping along road verges with a camera bag slung over his shoulder or busily photographing items of public and personal interest around the area   Read More ...
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Former New Caledonian president cops sentence in land case
A former New Caledonian president, Harold Martin, has been given a suspended two-month prison sentence over a conflict of interest in a land sale. The criminal court in Noumea also fined him $US50,000 and declared him ineligible to hold public office for two years. Four years ago, judges had put Martin under formal investigation over the 2008 rezoning of land, which he and his siblings had sold in Paita a year earlier   Read More ...
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Sport: Queensland Country look to stifle Drua's Fijian flair
Despite boasting their own set of Fijian flyers, Queensland Country have no interest in taking on the Fijian Drua at their style of rugby when the two meet in this afternoon's NRC clash in Lautoka. Despite boasting their own set of Fijian flyers, Queensland Country have no interest in taking on the Fijian Drua at their own game, in this afternoon's crunch Australian National Rugby Championship clash in Lautoka   Read More ...
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Sport: Seven new caps in Manu Samoa squad
Seven new caps have been named in the Manu Samoa rugby squad for next months tour to the Northern Hemisphere. The biggest intrigue is at first five with Rohan Saifoloi and AJ Mamoe Alatimu to battle it out for the number ten jersey, after incumbents Tusi Pisi and D'angelo Leuila were overlooked by returning head coach Fuimaono Titimaea Tafua. The duo represented Australia and Samoa respectively at Under 20 level and earned their call-ups after impressing for the Sydney Rays and Brisbane City in the Australian National Rugby Championship   Read More ...
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Samoan man found not guilty of attempted murder
Samoa's Supreme Court has dismissed an attempted murder charge against a man who admitted assaulting his wife because she was having an affair with a taxi driver. The Samoa Observer reported that Latai Pule was initially charged with causing bodily harm, being armed with a dangerous weapon, using threatening words and attempted murder. He pleaded guilty to the charges of causing actual bodily harm and using threatening words but denied attempting to kill his wife   Read More ...
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CNMI's Rota to incinerate 30 rhino beetle infested trees
The Department of Lands and Natural Resources in the Northern Marianas is closing off part of Rota after identifying 30 coconut trees where the invasive coconut rhinoceros beetles is living. The Department then plans to burn the coconut trees. It will also transfer all the green waste from the area to prevent the spread of the invasive beetle species, which has decimated the coconut population of neighbouring Guam the past few years   Read More ...
Solomon Islands banking on home advantage
History will be made in Honiara today when Solomon Islands host Vanuatu in their first rugby league test on home soil. It will be the third test between the Melanesian rivals, with Vanuatu winning their previous encounters in Mackay in 2013 and Port Vila last year. Solomon Islands Rugby League President, Jerry Maiki Tengemoana, said all but one of their squad lives in the country and they're hoping familiar surroundings can spur them to victory   Read More ...
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Starkist Samoa hands out tuna to 'unemployed' workers during shutdown
American Samoa-based StarKist Samoa has distributed tuna to more than 1500 employees who will be without work for the next five weeks. From this weekend until November 26 the Satala Fish processing plant will be closed for installation of equipment and upgrades intended to make it environmentally sound and efficient. Each employee has been given four cases of canned tuna and pouches   Read More ...
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More high ranking Honolulu officials arrested by FBI
A high-ranking Honolulu prosecutor and a former Police Chief have been arrested by the FBI following the completion of a federal grand jury investigation into public corruption and abuse of power in Hawaiian law enforcement. Deputy chief prosecutor Katherine Kealoha and her husband and former Honolulu chief Louis have been at the centre of a criminal probe, which so far has led to the arrest of four other Honolulu police officers   Read More ...
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'Huge interest' in festival from far-flung Taranaki families
Iwi bragging rights are on the line as more than 2000 people converge on the tiny settlement of Manaia for the Taranaki Tū Mai festival. The festival, which began in 2009, brings together the region's eight iwi for a celebration of kinship and shared cultural identity. Ngā Ruahine hosts this year's event which features competition in 11 different sporting codes, kapa haka, and wānanga and cultural forums   Read More ...
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1300ha blaze near Te Anau under control
A large blaze that has been burning near Te Anau is now under control. Six helicopters and four ground crews have been working on the fire, which broke out on the side of Mount Prospect just after 2pm on Friday. The Southland fire has burned through more than 1300 hectares of scrub land, native forest and commercial forestry. Principal rural fire officer Elton Smith said the fire was the result of an uncontrolled burnoff, which should never have taken place in yesterday's warm, dry conditions   Read More ...
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Kererū shot dead near New Plymouth
Four Kererū, or New Zealand pigeons, have been found shot dead at the Lake Mangamahoe Wildlife Sanctuary near New Plymouth. The birds, which are protected under the Wildlife Act, are believed to have been shot on Monday, when a neighbour reported hearing gunshots in the area. The Department of Conservation is on the hunt for those responsible. Taranaki-based DOC Ranger Wayne Beggs said the birds were found near a picnic table around 1   Read More ...
Places: New Zealand |  Plymouth | 
Labour-NZ First govt: How did it get to this?
Opinion - The Labour/New Zealand First coalition government presented to New Zealand on Thursday might seem like one of the more bizarre match-ups in recent history. In reality it's part of the next stage on our MMP journey - one that has seen the country experiment with a number of different types of government arrangement since 1996. On that journey we have never had a situation where a government was formed by a party that didn't win the highest proportion of party vote   Read More ...
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Green Party announces ministers
The Green Party has announced the four people who will get government roles in the new administration. They are its leader James Shaw, transport spokesperson Julie-Anne Genter, environment spokesperson Eugenie Sage and social development spokesperson Jan Logie. Three will be ministers outside cabinet and one will be a parliamentary under-secretary. Mr Shaw said portfolio responsibilities would be announced later, but that the MPs would have responsibility in areas the party has campaigned on   Read More ...
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Labour Weekend weather: What to expect
After some early sunshine, much of the country is having a cloudy start to the long weekend - and rain is on the way. A front moving across the country is bringing westerly winds, and rain is spreading up the west coast of the South Island today. A few showers are expected on the Canterbury coast. There'll be a noticeably cooler feel in the south, compared with the warm temperatures at the start of the weekend   Read More ...
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4WD driven into brawling throng in bid to rescue beaten brother
Using a Nissan Navara to disperse a brawling crowd, some of whom were kicking and stomping on his brother, proved a bad move for Hamilton man Selwyn Theo Day. Day, 32, was sentenced to four months of community detention when he appeared in the Hamilton District Court on Friday on a single charge of assault with a weapon - namely the aforementioned 4WD   Read More ...
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Christchurch commercial vacancies 'not too bad' at 20 per cent
The central Christchurch office glut isn't as bad as anticipated a leading valuer says - but there is still about 20 hectares of vacant uncommitted commercial land. Colliers International valuation director in Christchurch, Gary Sellars, gave his annual market presentation revealing the vacancy rate in new office buildings was 20 per cent, down from 23 per cent last year. However the central city is peppered with empty sections where there are no development plans, including east of Victoria Square on Armagh St along the Avon River, and large pockets in and near Cathedral Square   Read More ...
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Cyclist hospitalised with serious injuries after crash with car in Auckland
A cyclist has been seriously injured after a crash with a car along popular cycle route Tamaki Drive, in the east Auckland suburb of St Heliers. Police and St John Ambulance were called to the incident, which happened near the Kohimarama yacht club, at 8.30am on Saturday. A police spokeswoman said 111 callers who alerted emergency services said the cyclist may have somehow ridden into the back of the car   Read More ...
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The anatomy of a royal engagement
Last Thursday, it's said, a Ford Galaxy with blacked-out windows crept across the forecourt of Buckingham Palace towards the Queen's private entrance, its two passengers, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, off to meet his grandmother for tea. To royal-watchers, it can only mean one thing: an imminent engagement announcement. Since their public snuggling at the closing ceremony of Harry's Invictus Games in Toronto last month - with Meghan's mother, Doria Ragland, also in attendance - rumours of an engagement between the prince, 33, and his actress girlfriend, 36, have gone into overdrive   Read More ...
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South Korea says Winter Olympics 'will be safe' amid tensions with North Korea
South Korea's foreign ministry stressed the Pyeongchang Olympics will be safe from North Korean provocations in a briefing to diplomats and executives at foreign companies in the country, as concerns persist over tensions with the North. Officials and executives from around 120 embassies and companies in South Korea were hosted by the ministry on Friday to explain the government's efforts for a safe Olympic Games scheduled for February 9-25 next year, officials told Reuters   Read More ...
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Mike Williams: The winners and the losers of this election
It seemed like an interminable wait but Winston Peters finally decided that his party would favour the Labour Party in a coalition supported by the Greens. This result changes the government and gives us Jacinda Ardern as our new Prime Minister. What made the wait more than worthwhile were "academic" Claire Robinson's solid prediction of a National victory going up in smoke and the apoplexy Richard Prebble had at the outcome   Read More ...
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Beaten boy goes home from hospital
A Hastings teenager who was attacked in a Flaxmere park nearly a week ago has been allowed to go home. Ayden Kairau, 14, was assaulted by three unknown people at Ron Giorgi Park, off Scott Drive, about 2.15am on Sunday, October 15, after attending a party on nearby Chatham Rd. The Frimley teenager had gone out while his mother was at work on Saturday night and was taken to Hawke's Bay Hospital in a serious condition after being found at the park   Read More ...
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One dead in Canterbury crash
One person is dead after a car crash near Christchurch overnight. The crash, which involved just one car happened shortly after midnight near Thompsons Road on State Highway One. A passenger was taken to hospital with serious injuries. Police have urged drivers to reduce their speed and be patient this long weekend. 301 people have been killed in car crashes so far this year, up 46 from the same time last year   Read More ...
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How Jacinda Ardern will spend her long weekend
The incoming prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, will spend the weekend finalising her party's coalition deal with New Zealand First, including allocating ministerial roles. The Labour Party cabinet announced on Friday contains a line-up of senior MPs, with no surprises included. Ms Ardern has said their specific portfolios won't be revealed until next week, once the roles are all agreed to by New Zealand First and the Green Party   Read More ...
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Hartley solid in first practice for F1 debut
New Zealand race car driver Brendon Hartley has finished 14th fastest in the first part of his Formula One debut, despite the backdrop of bad news. Less than 24 hours prior to Saturday's (NZ time) first practice for the US Grand Prix, Hartley learned he would start Monday's race in Texas from the back of the pack after the Toro Rosso team chose to change the power unit on his car   Read More ...
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Afghan suicide mosque attacks kill scores of worshippers
than 70 people have been killed in attacks on two mosques in Afghanistan, officials say. A gunman entered a Shi'ite Muslim mosque in Kabul before opening fire and detonating an explosive, killing at least 39 worshippers. Separately, a suicide bombing killed at least 33 people at a mosque in central Ghor province, a police spokesman said. No groups have so far said they carried out the attacks, but Islamic State militants have previously targeted Shi'ite mosques across Afghanistan   Read More ...
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Man injured in stabbing, woman charged
A 21-year-old man has been taken to hospital in a critical condition following a stabbing in Auckland. Police were called to the attack in Brown's Bay shortly after 11.30pm yesterday. They said the man had suffered wounds to his chest and back and was taken to Auckland Hospital. A 28-year-old woman has been charged over the stabbing and was due to appear in the North Shore District Court this morning   Read More ...
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Paolo Guerrero to lead Peru against All Whites in World Cup qualifiers
All-time leading goal-scorer Paolo Guerrero will spearhead Peru's attack, overcoming an injury scare to be included in the squad for next month's World Cup qualifiers against the All Whites. Peru's star striker and captain left the field in the 66th minute of Flamengo's 4-1 win over Bahia in the Brazilian Serie A on Friday (NZT), with apparent discomfort in his left hamstring   Read More ...
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