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Cassiem one of three changes for Boks ahead of Argentina showdown

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Cassiem one of three changes for Boks ahead of Argentina showdown

- Versatile loose forward Uzair Cassiem has been drafted into the number eight position by South Africa as one of three changes to their starting side for the Rugby Championship clash with Argentina at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Saturday (Sunday NZ Time). The Springboks made a 3-0 clean-sweep of their home series with France in June and coach Allister Coetzee has largely stuck with the combinations that served him well then
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Places: Oceania |  Australasia |  Zealandia |  New Zealand |  Americas |  Latin America |  South America |  Argentina | 

Black Ferns rout Canada to qualify for Women's Rugby World Cup semifinals

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Black Ferns rout Canada to qualify for Women's Rugby World Cup semifinals

- The Black Ferns have qualified for the Women's Rugby World Cup semifinals, likely as the top seeds, after routing Canada. Prop Aldora Itunu scored a hat-trick as New Zealand ran in eight tries at Billings Park in Dublin, Ireland, in a 48-5 victory to end Pool A play on Thursday (Friday NZ Time). The Black Ferns also played 20 minutes of the match with 14 players as Itunu, in the first half, and lock Eloise Blackwell, in the second half, spent time in the sin-bin
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Tags: Rugby Football |  Women's Rugby | 
Places: Oceania |  Australasia |  Zealandia |  New Zealand | 

It pays to check receipts for scanning slip ups

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It pays to check receipts for scanning slip ups

- It pays to check your supermarket receipt because an unlucky overcharge could land you with a freebie. If a technical glitch or human error at a Countdown supermarket has you pay more than expected, you will be refunded and given the item for free. He said pricing errors were not common in New Zealand but barcode scanning software raised the risk of mistakes being made
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Places: Oceania |  Australasia |  Zealandia |  New Zealand | 

Donald Trump Praises North Korea’s Kim Jong Un For ‘Very Wise’ Decision To Back Down Missile Threat On Guam

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Donald Trump Praises North Korea’s Kim Jong Un For ‘Very Wise’ Decision To Back Down Missile Threat On Guam

- U.S. President Donald Trump praised North Korean leader Kim Jong Un for appearing to back down on his missile threats towards Guam, calling his move a “very wise” decision. On Wednesday, Trump took to Twitter and shared his views about Kim Jong Un’s decision to put his missile threats on hold. The president reiterated that the North Korean leader has made a “very wise and well-reasoned decision,” adding that the aftermath of such threats would have been “catastrophic and unacceptable
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Places: Oceania |  Pacific Islands |  Micronesia |  Guam |  Americas |  North America |  United States |  Asia |  N.E. Asia |  North Korea | 

Extra 2500 dental patients tested for HIV, hepatitis after clinic closure delay

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Extra 2500 dental patients tested for HIV, hepatitis after clinic closure delay

- A 16-month delay in closing a Brisbane dental clinic resulted in an additional 2500 patients needing to be tested for a series of blood-borne diseases, including hepatitis C and HIV. Overall, 5100 patients at Carina's Gap Free Smiles have had to be tested, but authorities insist none were infected. The clinic was temporarily closed for about a month from December 2016, but the complaints were first made in August 2015
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Places: Oceania |  Australasia |  Australia |  Queensland | 

First-time buyers told to make the most of stressed investors

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First-time buyers told to make the most of stressed investors

- First-home buyers are being told now is the time to strike with cheeky offers on houses, to see if they can get a good deal from an over-stretched investor. Tony Alexander, BNZ's chief economist, said in his most recent weekly update that the market was moving in favour of first-time buyers. "A lot of investors have over-extended themselves in the past three years and their hopes of new investors taking property off their hands at a tidy profit have been dashed
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Places: Oceania |  Australasia |  Zealandia |  New Zealand | 

Leopard seals more common in New Zealand than previously thought, scientist says

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Leopard seals more common in New Zealand than previously thought, scientist says

- Auckland's resident leopard seal Owha is now living it up in Whangarei, and there could be more of her kind coming to join her. Leopard seals have long been regarded as an Antarctic species, but Owha's love for New Zealand waters has prompted NIWA scientists to question that. NIWA biologist Krista Hupman said she believed leopard seals could be a lot more common in our waters than previously thought
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Places: Oceania |  Australasia |  Zealandia |  New Zealand | 

Dual citizenship saga strikes Aussie government again, with minister implicated

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Dual citizenship saga strikes Aussie government again, with minister implicated

- A third Australian government minister has been caught up in the dual citizenship crisis that has rocked the country's parliament, with Nationals senator Fiona Nash admitting she is a British citizen by descent. Just moments before parliament rose for a two-week break, the deputy Nationals leader told the Australian Senate she had received preliminary advice from the British Home Office on Monday that she had received dual-citizenship at birth through her Scottish-born father
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Malaria mosquito found in New Caledonia

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Malaria mosquito found in New Caledonia

- Health officials in New Caledonia have discovered the presence of the type of mosquito which can carry malaria. But the officials say there is no risk to the public because the parasite that triggers the disease is not present in the territory. It is not known when and how the Anopheles mosquitoes entered New Caledonia but they are now established in the area of La Tontouta, north of Noumea
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Places: Oceania |  Australasia |  Zealandia |  New Zealand |  New Caledonia | 

Suspect arrested over Bloody Ridge plaque theft

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Suspect arrested over Bloody Ridge plaque theft

- The police in Solomon Islands have arrested a 19-year-old man suspected of stealing a war memorial plaque from Bloody Ridge. The plaque was laid last week during commemorations for the 75th anniversary of the battle of Guadalcanal. Police said the plaque was recovered in the Lunga river area and they said the suspect was arrested near the New Zealand Camp east of Honiara
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Man jailed for robbing pubs, shooting two women

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Man jailed for robbing pubs, shooting two women

- A man who shot a mother and daughter in Rolleston, near Christchurch, in April this year has been sentenced to at least six and a half years in prison. Labourer Douglas Anderson Roake, 23, was arrested in April after shooting the two women and robbing the Ashburton Hotel. It was later revealed in court that Roake had robbed several other bars at gunpoint in Canterbury this year including the Brickworks Bar, which he hit twice, the Springston Hotel and Trevinos Bar and Restaurant
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Picturing history: Ha'alaufuli chapel site, Tonga

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Picturing history: Ha'alaufuli chapel site, Tonga

- The first Latter-day Saint missionaries of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to labor in the Kingdom of Tonga arrived in July 1891. Elders Brigham Smoot and Alva John Butler sailed from their mission in Samoa to open the work in Tonga as a district of the Samoan Mission. Because of the small number of converts, the Tongan District was closed in April 1897
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Tenant cries unfair at landlords discriminating against pet owners

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Tenant cries unfair at landlords discriminating against pet owners

- Whanganui pet owners are unfairly disadvantaged when it comes to finding rental accommodation, claims pet owner Sandra Rickey. Ms Rickey owns a cat and a dog and has had great difficulty finding a house to rent recently. Her pet troubles began after the June 2015 floods when her home was washed out, meaning she, son, Ben, elderly friend Allan, dog Flea and cat Paws had to find rental accommodation in a hurry
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Places: Oceania |  Australasia |  Zealandia |  New Zealand |  North |  Manawatu |  Whanganui | 

Thousands of young Northlanders still not enrolled to vote

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Thousands of young Northlanders still not enrolled to vote

- Almost 5000 young Northlanders are still not enrolled to vote, with the general election just over a month away. About 16,500 eligible people in the Northland region were not enrolled to vote, 4700 of them aged 18-24. Just 65 per cent of 18-24-year-olds in Northland were on the electoral roll as of July 31 - a figure that is slightly higher than the national average of just under 64 per cent
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Places: Oceania |  Australasia |  Zealandia |  New Zealand |  North |  Northland | 

Students at Sydney school must re-sit HSC trial exams after security breach

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Students at Sydney school must re-sit HSC trial exams after security breach

- Students at a Sydney high school will have to re-sit three HSC trial exams after one student was able to view the test papers ahead of time. The Catholic Secondary Schools Association (CSSA), which provides HSC trial exam papers to about 480 government, Catholic and independent schools, was advised that a security breach was discovered at an unnamed high school. The CSSA will not name the school or the exam subjects but said the "security breach" did not appear to involve staff or school procedures
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Places: Oceania |  Australasia |  Australia |  South Wales |  Sydney | 

Australia: Far-right politician wears burqa in Parliament

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Australia: Far-right politician wears burqa in Parliament

- FAR-RIGHT Australian lawmaker Pauline Hanson has entered the Australian Senate in a burqa, in a move deemed an “appalling” stunt by Australia’s top legal official. Just days after Trump administration criticised Hanson’s nationalist One Nation party as a threat to religious freedom in Australia noting her comment the country was “in danger of being swamped by Muslims”, she entered the Upper house in the conservative Islamic garb on Thursday
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Kiwi-born Wallaby Curtis Rona braces for test debut against All Blacks

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Kiwi-born Wallaby Curtis Rona braces for test debut against All Blacks

- Wallabies debutant Curtis Rona has faith in his own ability and won't be worried if the All Blacks target him during the Bledisloe Cup opener on Saturday. The former National Rugby League star, who played 57 games for the Bulldogs and Cowboys, has been picked on the wing in what will be a memorable debut against the world No 1 team at ANZ Stadium
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North Harbour hang on for another tense win over Otago in NPC opener

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North Harbour hang on for another tense win over Otago in NPC opener

- North Harbour have backed up last year's Championship final triumph with another thrilling win over Otago to kick-off of their Mitre 10 Cup campaign. Having been denied promotion to the Premiership courtesy of a last-minute Bryn Gatland drop-goal in 2016, Otago arrived in Albany with an appetite for revenge. However, it was that man again who brought about their downfall, but only after Otago gave the home team a huge scare before surviving 19-17
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  • It pays to check receipts for scanning slip ups
    It pays to check receipts for scanning slip ups

    , stuff.co.nz

    It pays to check your supermarket receipt because an unlucky overcharge could land you with a freebie. If a technical glitch or human error at a Countdown supermarket has you pay more than expected, you will be refunded and given the item for free. He said pricing errors were not common in New Zealand but barcode scanning software raised the risk of mistakes being made
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    Categories: Business | 
    Tags: Markets |  Retail Markets |  Supermarkets | 
    Places: Oceania |  Australasia |  Zealandia |  New Zealand | 

Politics & Government

  • Dual citizenship saga strikes Aussie government again, with minister implicated
    Dual citizenship saga strikes Aussie government again, with minister implicated

    , stuff.co.nz

    A third Australian government minister has been caught up in the dual citizenship crisis that has rocked the country's parliament, with Nationals senator Fiona Nash admitting she is a British citizen by descent. Just moments before parliament rose for a two-week break, the deputy Nationals leader told the Australian Senate she had received preliminary advice from the British Home Office on Monday that she had received dual-citizenship at birth through her Scottish-born father
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    Categories: Politics & Government | 
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    Places: Oceania |  Australasia |  Australia |  New Zealand | 

Sports

  • ICC Under-19 World Cup: India to begin campaign against Australia
    ICC Under-19 World Cup: India to begin campaign against Australia

    , thehindu.com

    Three-time champions India and Australia are set to clash in their tournament-opener of the ICC Under 19 Cricket World Cup scheduled to be held from January 13 to February 3 next year. India and Australia are clubbed together in Group B along with Zimbabwe and East Asia Pacific qualifier Papua New Guinea, according to the schedule of the tournament announced by ICC on Thursday
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    Categories: Sports | 
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    Places: Oceania |  Australasia |  Australia |  Asia |  S. Asia |  India | 

Business

  • First-time buyers told to make the most of stressed investors
    First-time buyers told to make the most of stressed investors

    , stuff.co.nz

    First-home buyers are being told now is the time to strike with cheeky offers on houses, to see if they can get a good deal from an over-stretched investor. Tony Alexander, BNZ's chief economist, said in his most recent weekly update that the market was moving in favour of first-time buyers. "A lot of investors have over-extended themselves in the past three years and their hopes of new investors taking property off their hands at a tidy profit have been dashed
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    Places: Oceania |  Australasia |  Zealandia |  New Zealand | 

Technology

  • Hackers could gain access to passwords through USB sticks, cyber experts warn
    Hackers could gain access to passwords through USB sticks, cyber experts warn

    , abc.net.au

    Using a USB stick that's been left lying around is something many, if not most, of us have done — probably without thinking twice about it. But cybersecurity experts are warning against the practice after showing hackers can access personal information through malicious USB sticks which then transmit that information remotely. Researchers at the University of Adelaide have found removable USB sticks that have been tampered with can detect signals from other devices such as keyboards that are plugged into adjacent USB ports
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Health

  • Bill to hike Medicare levy to raise $8 billion NDIS funding set to face Parliament
    Bill to hike Medicare levy to raise $8 billion NDIS funding set to face Parliament

    , abc.net.au

    A bill to increase the Medicare levy and raise $8 billion to fund the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) will be introduced to Parliament today. The levy is a charge paid by most taxpayers to fund Australia's public health system and the Government wants to increase it from 2 per cent to 2.5 per cent. The Coalition will introduce the bill to the House of Representatives today, but it will need to convince the Senate to pass it
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Society & Culture

  • Date set for inquest in case of dead prisoner
    Date set for inquest in case of dead prisoner

    , samoaobserver.ws

    A date has been set for an inquest into the death of prisoner Siliva Auali’itia who was found dead at Tafaigata Prison two weeks ago. The hearing is scheduled for 30 August 2017. This was confirmed by the Assistant Commissioner of Prisons and Correction Services, Ulugia Niuia Aumua. Ulugia was asked for a comment in regards to allegations made by the family that the prisoner was beaten to death
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    Categories: Society & Culture |  Law & Crime | 
    Tags: Judiciary |  Death & Dying |  Prisons |  Prisoners |  Obituary |  Juries |  Inquests | 
    Places: Oceania |  Pacific Islands |  Polynesia |  Samoa | 

Religion & Spirituality

Entertainment & Arts

  • MasterChef judge George Calombaris pleads guilty to assault after A-League grand final
    MasterChef judge George Calombaris pleads guilty to assault after A-League grand final

    , theage.com.au

    The Network Ten personality was charged in May with assaulting the 19-year-old man at the grand final between Melbourne Victory and the winners, Sydney FC, at Allianz Stadium. Calombaris, 38, a keen Melbourne Victory supporter, was caught on camera losing his temper with the Sydney FC fan and pushing him in the chest after the nail-biting game. In the Downing Centre Local Court on Thursday, his barrister, Brendan Green, entered a guilty plea on behalf of his client who was not present
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Education

  • Guam's school year will start in shadow of US-North Korea tensions
    Guam's school year will start in shadow of US-North Korea tensions

    , radionz.co.nz

    Guam's superintendent of education says the school year will commence as planned today, despite the threat of missile attacks from North Korea. Kim Jong-Un said he's reviewing plans to strike the US territory although he called on the United States to ease tension. The superintendent Jon Fernandez said Guam schools regularly practiced evacuations and emergency procedures. "Here on Guam we're used to many different types of potential situations
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Farming

  • Castlerock Diaries sentenced after 'appalling' abuse of cows
    Castlerock Diaries sentenced after 'appalling' abuse of cows

    , stuff.co.nz

    An Invercargill dairy company and two of its managers have been fined by a court after "one of the worst examples of long-term neglect in the dairy sector". Castlerock Dairies Limited and the managers who ran two farms were fined $60,000 in total in the Invercargill District Court on Tuesday after earlier pleading guilty to eight charges under the Animal Welfare Act
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    Places: Oceania |  Australasia |  Zealandia |  New Zealand |  Invercargill | 

Travel & Recreation

  • Samoa Airways reach to lease Icelandair
    Samoa Airways reach to lease Icelandair

    , radionz.co.nz

    Samoa's new international airline has reached an agreement with Icelandair Group to lease a 737 aircraft. The Prime Minister Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi said Samoa Airways would start with one aircraft to fly from Samoa to Auckland, Brisbane and Sydney. He said the three routes fitted perfectly into the airline's partnership with Fiji Airways. Samoa Airways is scheduled to begin flights in November
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    Places: Oceania |  Australasia |  Zealandia |  New Zealand |  Pacific Islands |  Polynesia |  Samoa | 

Real Estate

  • Four buyers in running for Auckland affordable housing land
    Four buyers in running for Auckland affordable housing land

    , radionz.co.nz

    A contentious deal over Auckland Council-owned affordable housing land has been widened to include four possible buyers, after a spat over the price. The New Zealand Housing Foundation, the country's biggest community housing developer, had been about to start on the $140 million project in Wiri, when it complained the asking price for the council-owned land was too high. The foundation was proposing to build 290 homes at the 5
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    Tags: Housing |  Land |  Affordable housing | 
    Places: Oceania |  Australasia |  Zealandia |  New Zealand |  North |  Auckland |  Auckland | 

Law & Crime

  • Ruling on prisoner voting upheld
    Ruling on prisoner voting upheld

    , radionz.co.nz

    Court decision against prisoner voting ban upheld Push for prisoners' voting rights continues Push for prisoners' voting rights continues Crown defends prisoner voting ban legislation Crown defends prisoner voting ban legislation Court rules prisoner voting ban lawful Court rules prisoner voting ban lawful Arthur Taylor 'rapt' with voting ruling An Auckland prisoner says he is rapt with a court ruling that a law banning prisoners from voting breaches their human rights
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    Places: Oceania |  Australasia |  Zealandia |  New Zealand | 

Life & Style

  • The Dog Share Collective finds companions for man's best friend
    The Dog Share Collective finds companions for man's best friend

    , stuff.co.nz

    From walkers, to dog walkers, a new dog-sharing movement is enriching the lives of retirees and pooches alike. Its aim is to find every dog a new best friend. Founded by Waiwera's Sandra Walker in 2016, The Dog Share Collective is a community-led service that brings dogs and humans together online for a mutually beneficial companionship. READ MORE. *Assistance dog a 'furry therapist' for autistic owner
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Science & Nature

  • Snowflake's hope of snow in Ballarat for Western Bulldogs-Port Adelaide match
    Snowflake's hope of snow in Ballarat for Western Bulldogs-Port Adelaide match

    , smh.com.au

    There have been some dire weather predictions for Ballarat when it hosts its first AFL game on Saturday, but they all appear to be a load of hot air according to the Bureau of Meteorology. Although, there will be an abundance of cold air at Mars Stadium when the Western Bulldogs do battle with Port Adelaide. A chilly top temperature of 9C will greet the players but reported forecasts of snow and/or driving rain won't come close to eventuating with light showers at most to be expected
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    Places: Oceania |  Australasia |  Australia |  South |  Adelaide |  Victoria |  Ballarat | 

Media & Information

Motoring

  • Two women in their early 20s open used car sales business in Northland
    Two women in their early 20s open used car sales business in Northland

    , nzherald.co.nz

    Bethanee Witt and Georgia Green, aged in their early 20s, have started a used car sales business in Whangarei called Monster Motors specialising in Japanese imports. Ms Witt, 22, and Ms Green, 24, hope to grow the business over the next few years to become a well known and reputable car company in Whangarei and help get more locals into "great cars at great prices"
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    Tags: Cars |  Car sales | 
    Places: Oceania |  Australasia |  Zealandia |  New Zealand |  North |  Northland | 

Books & Literature

  • Dunedin author takes out prestigious Margaret Mahy Book of the Year Prize
    Dunedin author takes out prestigious Margaret Mahy Book of the Year Prize

    , stuff.co.nz

    A book inspired by the verse of Lewis Carroll has taken home the top prize at this year's New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults. Dunedin author and illustrator David Elliot's Snark: Being a true history of the expedition that discovered the Snark and the Jabberwock . . . and its tragic aftermath won both the Margaret Mahy Book of the Year Award and the Russell Clark Award for Illustration at the 2017 awards which were announced on Monday evening in Wellington
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