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Minister of Defence was briefed on investigation into top military attaché in Washington
Questions have been raised over why the country's top military attaché was not kept in uniform and tried through the Defence Force's justice system after an incident at New Zealand's embassy in Washington DC.The Herald can also...
05/24/2018 05:00 PM
Retirement village planned in residential neighbourhood tests Auckland's Unitary Plan
Auckland's controversial Unitary Plan is being tested by plans for a retirement village with buildings of up to seven storeys in the residential neighbourhood of St Johns, where the height limit is three storeys.Summerset Holdings...
05/24/2018 05:00 PM
The 'Gull effect' fuels huge discrepancy in Auckland petrol prices
A huge discrepancy in petrol prices across the North Island, including the Auckland region, is being driven by the "Gull effect" - which the AA said is creating "outrageous" and unsustainable pricing. As national petrol prices reached...
05/24/2018 05:00 PM
Barry Soper: Mallard is something of a contradiction
Trevor Mallard's something of a contradiction. He's one of the mushiest guys you'd be likely to come across, he's loyal to a fault, particularly if you're part of the Labour tribe.Speaker Mallard's changed the face of Parliament....
05/24/2018 05:00 PM
Simon Wilson: New hope for West Lynn
Who would have thought? Happy days are nearly here again in West Lynn.Last year the little shopping village on Richmond Rd, on the northwest edge of Grey Lynn, was subjected to a makeover by Auckland Transport. Car parks were removed,...
05/24/2018 05:00 PM
Forced adoption pain: 'whoever is talking now is the tip of the iceberg'
Pamela Duckworth waited for darkness before searching for her son.She was 19 when her parents sent her to St Vincent's Home of Compassion in Auckland, where only first names were used and newborns were whisked from their mothers...
05/24/2018 05:00 PM
Paul Lochore: 'PR whitewash from council' about building consent process
In Tuesday's Herald Penny Pirrit, director of regulatory services at Auckland Council, refuted the statements I made in the Herald last week regarding council's inefficiencies and costs relating to its building and resource consents...
05/24/2018 05:00 PM
Cattle disease - farmers' long journey is just starting
Waikato dairy farmer Chris Lewis is doing his best to turn his farm into a fortress against cattle disease invader Mycoplasma bovis. But the challenges he's facing aren't just nasty little bacteria with no cell walls to hold antibiotic...
05/24/2018 05:00 PM
Herald daily quiz: May 25
05/24/2018 05:00 PM
Man robs Hamilton dairy with machete and makes off with cash
Police are searching for a man who robbed a Hamilton dairy with a machete and made off with a quantity of cash.The man entered the shop on Peach Grove Road at 7.30pm and approached the counter while brandishing the large blade before...
05/24/2018 09:23 AM
Air New Zealand delays flight to Houston by 12 hours
Air New Zealand has had to delay an international flight to Houston, Texas, because of engineering requirements. A spokeswoman for the company confirmed Air New Zealand flight NZ28 to Houston did not depart from Auckland International...
05/24/2018 09:02 AM
Fires that shaped Auckland hapū history: Bastion Point, 40 years on
Destructive fires, including one that took a little girl's life, have branded themselves into the history of Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei, marking out historical waypoints of despair as they struggled to retain their land.But...
05/24/2018 08:22 AM
Cold weekend ahead: Fronts bring rain, thunder, snow, cool temperatures and wind
The weekend will bring more cold nights as unsettled wintry weather including but not limited to thunderstorms, snow, hail, rain and wind is forecast across the country.The cold snap gripping the nation wasn't going anywhere soon,...
05/24/2018 07:04 AM
Pedestrian seriously injured in Mount Maunganui collision
A woman was seriously injured in a crash between a car and a pedestrian in Mount Maunganui tonight.A police spokeswoman said the collision happened on Oceanbeach Rd between Concord Rd and Surf Rd about 5.45pm.Police had been called...
05/24/2018 06:47 AM
National considers no confidence motion against Speaker Trevor Mallard
National has threatened to move a motion of no confidence in Speaker Trevor Mallard if he does not explain why he spoke to the media about a "very sexist" comment he says he heard a National MP make about Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.The...
05/24/2018 06:43 AM
Shifting schools sets children back half a year - report
Shifting schools may set children back by about half a year in their learning, a new report says.The new Ministry of Education analysis also shows that children achieve in line with the curriculum expectations in the first few...
05/24/2018 06:13 AM
1.7 million tourists in 12 months: Can New Zealand's environment handle it?
Half of all international tourists who came to New Zealand in the past year visited one of our national parks - and in some places numbers have swelled by a third.The Department of Conservation has welcomed the influx, while noting...
05/24/2018 05:48 AM
Craggy Range track supporters postpone walk to allow discussions
A planned walk for supporters of the controversial Te Mata Peak track, scheduled to be held this Saturday has been postponed, with organisers saying they do not want to add "fuel to the fire". Te Mata Peak People's Track Society...
05/24/2018 05:47 AM
Grounded: Phil Twyford offers to resign, stripped of role after phone call on plane
Transport Minister Phil Twyford has apologised and offered his resignation to Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern as Transport Minister after making a phone call on a plane.Twyford has lost responsibility for the Civil Aviation Authority...
05/24/2018 05:40 AM
Housing New Zealand home sits vacant and overgrown for six months as Auckland waiting list hits 3286
An Auckland resident is disappointed to have watched a neighbouring Housing New Zealand home remain vacant for more than six months at a time when thousands are waiting for public housing.An older woman and her niece had been the...
05/24/2018 05:27 AM