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Helicopter to monitor blaze that closed State Highway 7

Helicopter to monitor blaze that closed State Highway 7

A helicopter has been sent to Lewis Pass to monitor a . State Highway 7 was closed due to the blaze on Tuesday afternoon. Photo: NZTA The fire, which closed State Highway 7 from Hanmer to Springs Junction, stretched 150m along the road and across 80m of bush. Both lanes of the Lewis Pass Road are now open after firefighters […]

Chinese construction workers banned from their temporary accommodation

Chinese construction workers banned from their temporary accommodation

Out-of-work Chinese construction workers who were removed from their accommodation in South Auckland last night had all their belongings seized, a union spokesperson says. Photo: 123RF A lawyer for the labour hire company National Personnel Limited has confirmed the workers were issued with the notices ordering them out of their temporary accommodation yesterday. The men were issued with trespass notices […]

Paedophile among offenders awarded thousands by Corrections

Paedophile among offenders awarded thousands by Corrections

A man who distributed child pornography as part of a paedophile ring is one of 12 people awarded compensation totalling hundreds of thousands of dollars by Corrections last year. Photo: RNZ/Claire Eastham-Farrelly The money includes claims by offenders who were held in jail beyond their release date after a miscalculation by Corrections. Joshua Domican, who was jailed for more than […]

Wanaka house fire doused within an hour

Wanaka house fire doused within an hour

Nine fire crews have battled a fire at a home near Wanaka overnight. All the occupants of a converted shed in Albert Town were out of the building on Camp Hill Road when firefighters arrived about 1.30am. No one was injured in the blaze, which took an hour to put out. Photo: RNZ / Claire Eastham-Farrelly

NZTA says SH1 repairs on Kāpiti Expressway postponed

NZTA says SH1 repairs on Kāpiti Expressway postponed

The closure of a southbound lane of State Highway 1 for resurfacing work during daytime hours has been postponed. A southbound lane of the Kāpiti Expressway had been planned for closure due to resurfacing work this week, but the work has been postponed. Photo: Supplied / NZTA The New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) had said the lane on on the […]

Otago E coli: Councillor, lobbyist call for more research

Otago E coli: Councillor, lobbyist call for more research

Fluctuating E coli levels in Queenstown‘s Lake Wakatipu are going largely unexplained, prompting calls for more scientific research. Lake Wakatipu from Frankton. Photo: RNZ / Ian Telfer Tests , and the Queenstown Lakes District Council (QLDC) were advising people to avoid with the water until the on Monday morning. Swimmers were also advised to stay out of the water at […]

Patients with multiple chronic diseases put pressure on health spending

Patients with multiple chronic diseases put pressure on health spending

New research shows it costs more to treat patients with two or more chronic diseases than it would to treat each disease in isolation. Photo: 123RF The study from the University of Otago, Wellington looked at health data for all adult New Zealanders and found 59 percent of the public health spend went on chronic diseases. Lead author Tony Blakely […]