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Live: Picking up the pieces after ex-Tropical Cyclone Gita

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 11:43:57 +1300

Extraordinary volumes of rain and fierce winds have left swathes of NZ damaged.

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Major traffic delays on State Highway 1 after wild ex-Cyclone Gita winds hit Kāpiti Coast

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 12:44:51 +1300

Contractors are racing to shore up a stretch of SH1 north of Wellington as high tide threatens to undermine the road.

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Silapea Momoisea pleads guilty to murder and attempted murder in south Auckland

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 10:20:32 +1300

The woman charged with the murder of a man in Otara in south Auckland last year has pleaded guilty to one charge of murder, and one charge of attempted murder. 

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Government to announce education reforms on a scale not seen since 1989

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 09:47:11 +1300

How students are taught from early childhood through to post-secondary school will be completely overhauled under the biggest educational reform New Zealand has seen in almost three decades.

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Consumber watchdog says Red Seal 'pharmacy strength' claim is misleading

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 12:44:15 +1300

The maker of Red Seal supplements has been warned by the Commerce Commisson over the brand's "pharmacy strength" marketing claims.

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Gita: Massive task ahead to re-open slip-damaged Takaka Hill highway

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 12:37:44 +1300

About 6000 Golden Bay residents and tourists are isolated as ex-cyclone Gita turned the Takaka Hill road into "a river" .

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West Coast assesses the damage, tourists still stranded after ex-Cyclone Gita

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 12:27:17 +1300

The main West Coast highway has completely reopened as Civil Defence teams shift their focus to recovery mode after ex-Cyclone Gita.

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National hits back at planned education overhaul: 'another day, another review'

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 12:26:44 +1300

The National Party has hit back at Government's planned overhaul of the education system, saying it is "disruptive" and lacks detail.

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Ex-cyclone Gita moves over New Zealand at speed, bringing floods and high winds

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 12:25:59 +1300

Ex-cyclone Gita moved over New Zealand on Tuesday, bringing floods and high winds, but had largely passed within 24 hours.

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Maungati crash victim named

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 12:24:50 +1300

The person killed in a single car crash near Timaru on Sunday was a British teenager living locally.

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Photos: Ex-cyclone Gita hits NZ

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 12:18:46 +1300

Photos from around the country showing the extent of the damage from Gita.

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Christchurch homes largely escape flooding in the wake of ex-Cyclone Gita

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 12:18:06 +1300

Flood-prone Christchurch homes appear to have had a lucky escape as about half the forecast rain fell on Tuesday night.

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Scientists search for sick starfish struck down by wasting disease

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 12:15:00 +1300

It fells starfish on the seashore and scientists need help spotting signs of the killer infection.

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Ex-cyclone Gita 'packed a punch', leaving Kaikōura drenched

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 12:14:49 +1300

Access to Kaikōura may have been restored after ex-cyclone Gita tore through the country on Tuesday night, but residents say it will take time to fix the damage.

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Fishery company payments were gambled away

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 12:01:13 +1300

A Christchurch fishery broker took $387,225 from seven fisheries companies and lost it through online gambling.

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Ex-Cyclone Gita floods school, homes in Marlborough's Wairau Valley

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 11:42:09 +1300

A rural township in Marlborough is facing a massive clean-up operation as several homes, and the local school, are flooded.

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'I've raised the flag; we are in residence' – West Coast resident after ex-Cyclone Gita

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 11:40:25 +1300

There is relief among homeowners in a small West Coast village that the feared impact of ex-cyclone Gita never quite materialised.

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Taranaki remains in state of emergency as storm leaves thousands without power

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 10:59:36 +1300

Thousands of homes remain without power, drinking water must be boiled and a state of emergency remains in effect in New Plymouth after ex-cyclone Gita crossed the country.

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NZ to contribute $7m to improve newborn mortality rates in the Pacific

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 10:22:27 +1300

Foreign Minister Winston Peters has signed off on a further $7 million to go towards reducing the high newborn mortality rates in the Pacific.

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'Everybody's out, everybody's safe': Riwaka family flees floodwaters

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 10:04:00 +1300

Cameron Noble, his wife, Andrea, son, Oscar, 11 months, and dog, Rosie, left their Main Rd Riwaka home on Tuesday evening when the water started coming into the bedroom.

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