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Measles cases confirmed in Chch, Wanaka and Queenstown

Measles cases confirmed in Chch, Wanaka and Queenstown

Three cases of measles have been confirmed in the South Island. Photo: 123RF Canterbury district health board‘s medical officer of health Dr Ramon Pink said the cases were reported in Christchurch, Wanaka and Queenstown. All three people were likely to have been exposed in Queenstown Airport on either 21 March or 22 March, he said. The Southern and Canterbury DHBs […]

Pike mine families knew about leaked footage for some time

Pike mine families knew about leaked footage for some time

The leaked footage of a fully intact and clothed body down the Pike River mine has come as no surprise to the families. Anna Osborne‘s (left) husband died in the mine, while Sonya Rockhouse lost her son in the accident Photo: RNZ / Craig McCulloch A documentary maker is wanting to release the footage as part of a documentary into […]

Wellington parking warden hospitalised after attack

Wellington parking warden hospitalised after attack

A Wellington parking warden is seriously injured in hospital after being attacked in the street on Friday. Photo: RNZ / Richard Tindiller The officer was knocked unconscious and suffered a fractured eye socket and broken nose. He‘s undergone surgery and is now recovering in hospital. Police have arrested a 39-year-old man who is to appear in court on Friday, charged […]

BOP residents face rates hike to pay for flood damage

BOP residents face rates hike to pay for flood damage

Bay of Plenty flood victims could face rate hikes of up to 25 percent to pay for damage caused by Cyclone Debbie. Houses on College Road that were devastated by the flood lie broken and abandoned. Photo: RNZ / Jessie Chiang Bay of Plenty Regional Council chair Doug Leeder said 80 percent of the $50 million repair bill had come […]

Woman and daughter attacked in Hamilton home invasion

Woman and daughter attacked in Hamilton home invasion

A woman and her young daughter have been attacked in their home in Hamilton. A man entered their house in St Andrews in the city‘s northwest on Saturday between 7am and 7.45am, police said. Detective Senior Sergeant Dean Anderson said the woman was sexually assaulted and her daughter physically assaulted. The man then left, cut across neighbouring homes and ran […]

Hamilton liquor store robbed by pistol-wielding man

Hamilton liquor store robbed by pistol-wielding man

Police have launched an investigation into the aggravated robbery of a Hamilton liquor store. CCTV footage of the robber Photo: Supplied/ Police A hooded man entered Smugglers Liquor on Hyde Avenue just after nine o‘clock last night. The police say he threatened staff with a small black pistol. The man then stole cash and cigarettes before running out of the […]

Cricket memorabilia sells for thousands at auction

Cricket memorabilia sells for thousands at auction

The bat used by former test cricketer Martin Crowe to score his final test century has sold at auction for more than $21,000. Martin Crowe elegantly cuts against Australia in the 1992/93 series. Photo: Photosport The bat was one of 227 items sold at Russell Crowe‘s ‘The Art of Divorce‘ auction – a sort of parting of the wares – […]

Family desperately want to return autistic woman to NZ

Family desperately want to return autistic woman to NZ

The family of an autistic woman who fled to India are criticising the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for refusing to help them bring the woman home. Jessica Doody Photo: Supplied Jessica Doody has the mental age of a 14-year-old. Ms Doody went missing in March this year and was later tracked to the Indian city of Patiala, where she lives […]

Marama Davidson wins Green Party co-leadership contest

Marama Davidson wins Green Party co-leadership contest

Marama Davidson says it is the greatest honour of her life to have been elected as the co-leader of the Green party. Julie Anne Genter hugs Marama Davidson, left is other co-leader James Shaw Photo: RNZ/ Sarah Robson She paid tribute to the defeated candidate, Julie Anne Genter, and said her respect for her had grown during their contest. Ms […]

Rural health group to shut down next week unless it gets funding

Rural health group to shut down next week unless it gets funding

The Rural Health Alliance says it will be forced to shut down next week unless it gets government funding. Chief executive of the Rural Health Alliance Michelle Thompson Photo: Supplied The Rural Health Alliance, which was set up five years ago, represents people in the rural health sector. It has been supported by donations and volunteers but has become so […]