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Elderly parents of migrants left in limbo over visa changes

Elderly parents of migrants left in limbo over visa changes

Elderly overseas parents desperate to join their children in New Zealand say the government is sweeping their plight under the carpet after failing to announce what it will do about the residence parent category. Passport stamp visa for travel concept background, New Zealand. Photo: 123RF The previous government froze the residence category that allowed parents to join their children in […]

Man rescued after night trapped on Mt Ruapehu

Man rescued after night trapped on Mt Ruapehu

A 21-year-old man has been rescued following a cold and wet night stuck on Mt Ruapehu. The ground searchers were able to find some boot marks in the snow which helped to locate the man. Photo: Supplied / Philips Search and Rescue Trust The man set out on a hike from the Tukino ski area just after lunch yesterday, but […]

‘Generally the water coming out of our taps is very safe to drink‘

‘Generally the water coming out of our taps is very safe to drink‘

A public health expert says he hopes a report showing some drinking water doesn‘t meet safety standards won‘t deter people from drinking tap water. Water Photo: 123RF The Ministry of Health report says 19 percent of the population is exposed to water that doesn‘t meet all the safety standards. Michael Baker, who‘s a professor of public health at Otago University, […]

Magnitude 4 quake felt in Christchurch

Magnitude 4 quake felt in Christchurch

A magnitude 4 quake has caused some moderate shaking in Christchurch this evening. GeoNet said the earthquake struck 10km east of the city at 9.10pm, at a depth of 12 kilometres. More than 7800 ‘felt‘ reports have been logged on the GeoNet website.

Tolaga Bay flooding damage may take two years to fix

Tolaga Bay flooding damage may take two years to fix

The Gisborne District Council says the damage done by last month‘s flooding could take more than two years to fix. Slash debris after flooding in Tolaga Bay. Photo: RNZ / Emma Hatton An estimated one million tonnes of forestry slash was washed from hillsides onto roads, farms and other properties in the Tolaga Bay area during two bouts of heavy […]

Kāpiti Expressway may need further work done

Kāpiti Expressway may need further work done

The Kāpiti Expressway, which opened in February last year, may have 49 kilometres of lane work that needs replacing. The Kāpiti Expressway opened in February last year. Photo: Supplied / NZTA It is the second time the New Zealand Transport Agency has had to replace some of the road, even though it‘s still relatively new. The expressway gives commuters a […]

Rappler: Fighting fake news and patriotic tolls

Rappler: Fighting fake news and patriotic tolls

Social media can give the news media an almost unlimited number of eyeballs for stories. But they can also be used to target the media and put pressure on journalists. Mediawatch meets an award-winning editor fighting back against fake news and online attacks in the Philippines. Rappler‘s Maria Ressa explaining ‘patriotic trolling‘ in the Philippines. Photo: East West Centre Soon […]