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Brakes applied to executives pay increases

Minister of State Services Chris Hipkins today welcomed the 2018 State Sector Pay Report, which shows pay increases for chief executives are slowing. Pay increases for public service chief executives slowed to 0.9% in 2017/18, down from 2% the previous...... Read More

Netball: Former Silver Ferns captain dropped

The former Silver Ferns captain Katrina Rore (nee Grant) has been dropped from the New Zealand netball side. Rore, who was replaced as captain when Noelene Taurua took over as coach earlier this year, hasn't been selected in the 12 strong squad...... Read More

Arrest made in Riccarton Kiwibank robbery

Two men have been arrested in relation to the robbery of the Riccarton Road Kiwibank today at 11am near Westfield Mall in Christchurch. Two men, one aged in his 20s and the other in his 30s will be facing robbery charges and appearing in the Christchurch...... Read More

Deadline looming for landlords

The Residential Tenancies Act (RTA) monitoring report released today by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) indicates the number of landlords insulating their rentals is not as high as it needs to be to achieve full compliance...... Read More

Unusual Cyclone Owen now ’severe’

Cyclone Owen is now a Severe Category 3 Tropical Cyclone and Australian forecasters say it may peak at Category 4 today before making landfall in northern Australia and then sliding down the Queensland coast as a significant rain event. Owen is one...... Read More

Captain’s prosecution a strong reminder

Maritime NZ’s Regional Manager Central, Michael-Paul Abbott, said Thursday sentencing of a cargo ship’s master is a strong reminder and warning to seafarers: “if you are over the alcohol limit, you will be prosecuted. Safety is paramount”. The...... Read More

Proposed suppression law hard to enforce - lawyer

Jurors who do their own internet research could face serious criminal charges under a proposed law change currently before Parliament. However, the mass breach of the suppression order in the Grace Millane case shows this would be impossible to enforce,...... Read More

Information wanted on dumped tyres

Western Bay of Plenty District Council and the Katikati Police are appealing for help to track down the person who dumped more than 100 tyres overnight on Wharawhara Road near Katikati. Council’s Waste Team Leader Ilze Kruis says the dumping...... Read More

Pharmacy wins battle with govt for right to sell kombucha

A Wellington pharmacy has won an expensive legal battle with the government over the right to sell kombucha. WellWorks co-owner Ben Latty has won a legal battle with the government to sell kombucha at his pharmacy. Like any pharmacy, Wellness Works...... Read More

Kiwifruit Industry’s big push for seasonal labour

In an attempt to combat the forecast labour shortage for the Bay of Plenty kiwifruit industry in 2019, a campaign is being launched for pickers and packers. In 2018, the Bay of Plenty kiwifruit industry experienced a severe labour shortage at harvest...... Read More

Alvarez confident about lightweight chances

Newly-signed ONE Championship lightweight athlete Eddie “The Underground King” Alvarez has made it clear that he’s coming for the promotion’s lightweight world championship. The multiple-time titleholder has won a world title...... Read More

Trends in 2018: What Kiwis searched for this year

From Freddie Mercury to the 'first baby', the Census to Suzy Cato - our search habits reveal the things that made us care, cry and crack up in 2018. With 2018 almost done and dusted, it's time to reflect on the people, moments, tragedies...... Read More

Thunderstorms and showers through the weekend

MetService weather maps have shown a few, almost stationary features currently around New Zealand, a low to the west and a ridge to the southeast. This means we will have very similar weather days as we head into the weekend. As the low slowly fills,...... Read More

Zoo Christmas comes early with birth of red panda

Auckland Zoo is celebrating the birth of a Nepalese red panda cub, describing its delivery, a little earlier than anticipated, as “a precious early Christmas present”. The tiny arrival to first-time parents, mum Khela and dad Ramesh, is...... Read More

Addiction services back govt move on synthetic cannabis

Organisations working with people addicted to synthetic cannabis are backing the government's plan to take a less punitive and more health-based approach towards them. Over the past year more than 50 people have died as a result of taking synthetic...... Read More