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    Rotorua floods: Independent review panel releases critical report

    Rotorua floods: Independent review panel releases critical report


    An independent review panel has today released a report critical of the Rotorua Lakes Council and Bay of Plenty Regional Council in the lead up to the devastating floods in Rotorua in April this year.The panel, commissioned by...

    An independent review panel has today released a report critical of the Rotorua Lakes Council and Bay of Plenty Regional Council in the lead up to the devastating floods in Rotorua in April this year.The panel, commissioned by the...
    Proposed new trust aims to revive Rotorua rescue helicopter service

    Proposed new trust aims to revive Rotorua rescue helicopter service


    A group of Rotorua residents have banded together to form a new trust, hoping to restore the city's rescue helicopter service. Rotorua MP Todd McClay, the agreed settlor of the proposed trust, met with Mark Mortimer - the...

    A group of Rotorua residents have banded together to form a new trust, hoping to restore the city's rescue helicopter service. Rotorua MP Todd McClay, the agreed settlor of the proposed trust, met with Mark Mortimer - the proposed...
    Asia NZ Foundation welcomes chance for NZ to make decisions about language learning

    Asia NZ Foundation welcomes chance for NZ to make decisions about language learning


    The Asia New Zealand Foundation has welcomed cross-party support for a bill which could see children as young as 5 years old being taught a foreign language at school, as well as te reo Māori.Executive director Simon...

    The Asia New Zealand Foundation has welcomed cross-party support for a bill which could see children as young as 5 years old being taught a foreign language at school, as well as te reo Māori.Executive director Simon Draper...
    1080 madness: DoC ranger slept with gun under his bed

    1080 madness: DoC ranger slept with gun under his bed


    A Department of Conservation ranger has told of sleeping with a gun under his bed, amid fears for his family over death threats from anti-1080 activists.Figures show such threats against staff have risen dramatically over the...

    A Department of Conservation ranger has told of sleeping with a gun under his bed, amid fears for his family over death threats from anti-1080 activists.Figures show such threats against staff have risen dramatically over the past...
    Barry Soper: Who says we all want more cycle ways?

    Barry Soper: Who says we all want more cycle ways?


    COMMENT: One thing you can say about the American twang of Julie Anne Genter is that it's enthusiastic, particularly when it comes to her pet topics.One of them is cycling, to such an extent that a few months ago she cycled...

    COMMENT: One thing you can say about the American twang of Julie Anne Genter is that it's enthusiastic, particularly when it comes to her pet topics.One of them is cycling, to such an extent that a few months ago she cycled to...
    Brodie Kane: Why we're all grieving for beautiful Grace Millane

    Brodie Kane: Why we're all grieving for beautiful Grace Millane


    COMMENT: I, like many, can't stop thinking about this beautiful young woman, 22-year-old Grace Millane, murdered while backpacking here in New Zealand. I can't stop thinking about the fun she must have been having,...

    COMMENT: I, like many, can't stop thinking about this beautiful young woman, 22-year-old Grace Millane, murdered while backpacking here in New Zealand. I can't stop thinking about the fun she must have been having, exploring,...
    Grace Millane murder: Accused commented on British backpacker's Facebook profile days before death

    Grace Millane murder: Accused commented on British backpacker's Facebook profile days before death


    The man accused of murdering British backpacker Grace Millane commented on her Facebook page, calling her "beautiful" and "radiant", when she posted a photo just days before her death. The man, who has name suppression after...

    The man accused of murdering British backpacker Grace Millane commented on her Facebook page, calling her "beautiful" and "radiant", when she posted a photo just days before her death. The man, who has name suppression after appealing...
    Memory of Millane raising money for cancer charity and British people abroad

    Memory of Millane raising money for cancer charity and British people abroad


    Money is being raised in memory of Grace Millane to help cancer sufferers and the trust that supported her family in the tumultuous days leading up to the discovery of her body in the Waitākere Ranges.It comes as vigils...

    Money is being raised in memory of Grace Millane to help cancer sufferers and the trust that supported her family in the tumultuous days leading up to the discovery of her body in the Waitākere Ranges.It comes as vigils and...
    Grace Millane case: Woman postponed date with murder accused the day police allege he met Grace

    Grace Millane case: Woman postponed date with murder accused the day police allege he met Grace


    A woman says she was supposed to go on a date with the man accused of murdering Grace Millane on the same day as his alleged meeting with the slain British backpacker. The woman and the accused, who had been chatting on a...

    A woman says she was supposed to go on a date with the man accused of murdering Grace Millane on the same day as his alleged meeting with the slain British backpacker. The woman and the accused, who had been chatting on a dating...
    Brothers to step in at sister's wedding after father's sudden death

    Brothers to step in at sister's wedding after father's sudden death


    The sudden death of Rotorua motorbike enthusiast John Lickfold has "changed the complexion" of his eldest daughter's wedding in Christchurch this weekend.But the wedding will go ahead and the celebration of Lickfold's life...

    The sudden death of Rotorua motorbike enthusiast John Lickfold has "changed the complexion" of his eldest daughter's wedding in Christchurch this weekend.But the wedding will go ahead and the celebration of Lickfold's life will...
    A million dollars spent on Te Mata Peak to go from this... to this

    A million dollars spent on Te Mata Peak to go from this... to this


    A lobby group for the Craggy Range Track says the funds spent building and later cleaning up the track has been money down the drain.The comment comes in the wake of Hastings District Council's recent announcement it was...

    A lobby group for the Craggy Range Track says the funds spent building and later cleaning up the track has been money down the drain.The comment comes in the wake of Hastings District Council's recent announcement it was seeking...
    Police warning to social media users on Millane accused: Breaching court ordered name suppression is against the law

    Police warning to social media users on Millane accused: Breaching court ordered name suppression is against the law


    New Zealand police have issued a warning against outing the man accused of the murder of British backpacker Grace Millane.The accused appeared in the Auckland District Court yesterday, before Judge Evangelos Thomas. Defence...

    New Zealand police have issued a warning against outing the man accused of the murder of British backpacker Grace Millane.The accused appeared in the Auckland District Court yesterday, before Judge Evangelos Thomas. Defence lawyer...
    Irresponsible freedom campers in Whangārei to be fined $200

    Irresponsible freedom campers in Whangārei to be fined $200


    Notice to freedom campers in Whangārei — play by the rules or receive a $200 fine for spoiling the stay for others.The Whangārei District Council started a 10-day ticketing blitz at 22 designated freedom camping...

    Notice to freedom campers in Whangārei — play by the rules or receive a $200 fine for spoiling the stay for others.The Whangārei District Council started a 10-day ticketing blitz at 22 designated freedom camping areas...
    EDS sufferer Nichola Smith is fighting to get factitious disorder diagnosis deleted from her medical notes

    EDS sufferer Nichola Smith is fighting to get factitious disorder diagnosis deleted from her medical notes


    A former nurse with a little understood condition was told she was faking her symptoms to get attention.The diagnosis followed an allegedly incomplete assessment by a psychiatrist who interviewed her alone, while she claims...

    A former nurse with a little understood condition was told she was faking her symptoms to get attention.The diagnosis followed an allegedly incomplete assessment by a psychiatrist who interviewed her alone, while she claims she...
    Emotions high as nation grieves for Grace Millane

    Emotions high as nation grieves for Grace Millane


    Grace Millane should have been safe here.Instead she was killed - her body dumped in bush just metres from a rural road.The man accused of the British backpacker's murder was labelled a "scumbag" by a member of the public as...

    Grace Millane should have been safe here.Instead she was killed - her body dumped in bush just metres from a rural road.The man accused of the British backpacker's murder was labelled a "scumbag" by a member of the public as ...
    Ex-education minister Nikki Kaye signs up sitting Minister Chris Hipkins to progress bill for teaching languages

    Ex-education minister Nikki Kaye signs up sitting Minister Chris Hipkins to progress bill for teaching languages


    Foreign language learning in primary schools looks likely to become commonplace for Kiwi kids with widespread political support for a private member's bill promoting second-language teaching from a young age.Former education...

    Foreign language learning in primary schools looks likely to become commonplace for Kiwi kids with widespread political support for a private member's bill promoting second-language teaching from a young age.Former education minister...
    'Unusual' number of homicides in Wellington district police say

    'Unusual' number of homicides in Wellington district police say


    The decapitation of a 71-year-old man marks the eighth killing in a cluster of homicides in the Wellington District.There have been five homicides over the past three months and eight in total for the year.The latest...

    The decapitation of a 71-year-old man marks the eighth killing in a cluster of homicides in the Wellington District.There have been five homicides over the past three months and eight in total for the year.The latest happened...
    Teen survivor: Westpac Rescue Helicopter crew 'saved my life'

    Teen survivor: Westpac Rescue Helicopter crew 'saved my life'


    If it wasn't for the team on board the Westpac Rescue Helicopter there may have been three deaths at a West Auckland swimming hole earlier this year.In February the crew were called to Cascades Falls after siblings Denver and...

    If it wasn't for the team on board the Westpac Rescue Helicopter there may have been three deaths at a West Auckland swimming hole earlier this year.In February the crew were called to Cascades Falls after siblings Denver and Mitch...
    Haka heroes: National Kapa Haka Festival hosted for people with intellectual disabilities

    Haka heroes: National Kapa Haka Festival hosted for people with intellectual disabilities


    Te Anga Pāua o Āotearoa last week hosted the inaugural National Kapa Haka Festival for people with intellectual disabilities. Fifteen teams from around the country performed in Hamilton, showcasing the talents of...

    Te Anga Pāua o Āotearoa last week hosted the inaugural National Kapa Haka Festival for people with intellectual disabilities. Fifteen teams from around the country performed in Hamilton, showcasing the talents of those...
    Carl Bradley: Kiwi soldiers' reprisal was a massacre at an Arab village

    Carl Bradley: Kiwi soldiers' reprisal was a massacre at an Arab village


    COMMENT: In December 1918, New Zealand soldiers were involved in a massacre of Palestinian Arabs. The "impressive record" of our troops in the Sinai/Palestine theatre in World War I was marred by an incident in which soldiers...

    COMMENT: In December 1918, New Zealand soldiers were involved in a massacre of Palestinian Arabs. The "impressive record" of our troops in the Sinai/Palestine theatre in World War I was marred by an incident in which soldiers attacked...