Blair hopes lessons have been learnt

Blair hopes lessons have been learnt

Adam Blair hopes a painful lesson has sunk in as another Sydney NRL club arrives in Auckland seeking vengeance against the Warriors. The veteran forward Blair reckons fourth-placed South Sydney won‘t have forgotten their ugly 32-20 loss to the third-ranked Warriors when the teams met in Perth in round one. He says Saturday‘s fixture carries the same danger signals as two weeks ago. The Warriors didn‘t cope when a Roosters […]

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Forty tīeke to fly into their new Auckland home

Forty tīeke to fly into their new Auckland home

Forty tīeke, or North Island saddlebacks, will this weekend be making new homes for themselves at Auckland‘s Shakespear Regional Park. Forty tīeke will be making new homes for themselves at Auckland‘s Shakespear Regional Park. Photo: Facebook/SOSSI – Donald Snook The noisy black birds, with their distinctive chesnut saddles on their backs and red wattles, will be arriving at the open sanctuary from nearby Tiritiri Matangi Island at about lunchtime on […]

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New phone support service launched for carers of at-risk children

New phone support service launched for carers of at-risk children

The Ministry for Children, Oranga Tamariki, has launched a new round-the-clock support line for caregivers. Photo: RNZ Insight / Rebekah Parsons-King The freephone line will enable those looking after the country‘s most vulnerable children to speak to a trained social worker at any time. It is the first of a number of initiatives to be rolled out, aimed at improving the support that is available to caregivers. So far the […]

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Two injured after crash north of Auckland

Two injured after crash north of Auckland

Two people have been injured in a four-vehicle crash near Warkworth this afternoon. Traffic backed up on State Highway 1, near Warkworth. Photo: RNZ / Eva Corlett The crash happened about midday, near an intersection with Satellite Station Road, blocking both lanes of State Highway 1. The Transport Agency said the road was now clear and congestion was easing. It earlier warned of significant delays.

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Strong gales to hit as cold blast moves up the country

Strong gales to hit as cold blast moves up the country

A cold southerly front moving up the country is expected to bring gales and snow to the east coast of the country. MetService has released a severe weather watch as a cold front, followed by cold southerlies gales, moves up the country tomorrow and Monday. A Severe Wind Watch has been issued for eastern coasts north of Canterbury for Sunday. . With low temps already affecting these regions, wind chill […]

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Most liveable city: ‘We‘ve got the best coffee, the best beer‘

Most liveable city: ‘We‘ve got the best coffee, the best beer‘

The country‘s capital has kept its number one spot for the most liveable city according to Deutsche Bank‘s list of top cities. Summer in Wellington, people jump into the harbour. Photo: RNZ / Rebekah Parsons-King Wellington beat Zurich, Copenhagen, Edinburgh and Vienna for best quality of life, to top the list for the second year running. The report looks at purchasing power, safety, healthcare, cost of living, property-to-income ratios, traffic […]

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Perfect: Ed Sheeran concerts bring $34m to Dunedin economy

Perfect: Ed Sheeran concerts bring $34m to Dunedin economy

The impact has been felt long after his three shows in the city, with news his visit injected almost $38 million into the local economy. RNZ reporter Sarah Robson interviews Ed Sheeran. Photo: RNZ/Dan Cook were predicted to bring $34m, but exceeded that. Dunedin Venues chief executive Terry Davies said there were fears estimates had been optimistic, so he was “naturally delighted” with the actual revenue. “I am more than […]

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Facial recognition tech to help curb problem gambling

Facial recognition tech to help curb problem gambling

Facial recognition technology is being trialled in some gaming venues to help identify problem gamblers. Generic gambling Photo: bondvit/123RF The system monitors people entering gaming rooms and checks their face against a voluntary photo database of problem gamblers who have asked to be barred from certain venues. When someone is a match staff are alerted to check the person‘s ID. Fifteen gaming venues are using the facial recognition technology, with […]

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Woman appears in court for smashing graves

Woman appears in court for smashing graves

A woman is on bail and will reappear in court next month, after the destruction of headstones at a northern Hawke‘s Bay cemetery. A smashed headstone at Raupunga Cemetery. Photo: YouTube/Callum McLeay A 46-year-old woman appeared in the Wairoa District Court yesterday charged with intentional damage. The Raupunga site was scattered with debris from the destruction. She did not enter a plea and was bailed to appear in court on […]

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Police officer slashed by kitchen knife after chase

Police officer slashed by kitchen knife after chase

A police officer in Queenstown needed eight stitches after receiving two large cuts to his arm from a kitchen knife last night. Stock photo. Photo: RNZ / Richard Tindiller Police were attending an unrelated incident at the Mann Street Campground about 11.30pm, when the officer noticed a man acting suspiciously outside a cabin. The man fled after being approached by police and as he climbed a fence, the officer grabbed […]

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