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Unexpected Places: A pen collector's last hoorah

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 05:00:00 +1300

Signing cheques is the easiest way to steal a pen, according to serial-offender Earl Smith.


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

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 05:00:00 +1300

EXCLUSIVE: 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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Ex-Cyclone Gita: Schools closed

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 23:54:50 +1300

With heavy rain and rising rivers in the South Island due to ex-cyclone Gita, a number of schools have indicated they will be closed on Wednesday.


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Tourists spending the night in Westland as gale-force winds strike

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 23:53:30 +1300

More than 140 tourists are spending the night in buses around the Westland District.


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Several Christchurch residents evacuate as Heathcote River threatens to overflow

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 22:06:26 +1300

Some residents living alongside Christchurch's Heathcote River have ditched their homes as the waterway threatens to burst its banks.


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Emergency services on high alert as Gita slams into Nelson and Tasman

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 21:23:36 +1300

As ex-Cyclone Gita makes its presence felt in Nelson, emergency services have been out in full force.


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West Coast towns of Hector, Granity evacuated... this time before storm hits

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 20:39:14 +1300

Residents were evacuated from their homes in the West Coast villages of Hector and Granity amid fears a raging sea whipped up by ex-cyclone Gita could flood their homes.


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Killer says he was 'definitely' insane when he strangled sex worker to death

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 18:43:41 +1300

Murder-accused Sainey Marong says he was "definitely" insane when he strangled a Christchurch sex worker to death.


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Christchurch driver crashes car into power pole, flees, nabbed while running

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 18:39:18 +1300

A driver who crashed their car into a power pole, causing power lines and debris to litter the road, made a brazen escape from emergency services – and was caught red-handed just minutes later.


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Health warning lifted for Hurunui swimming hole

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 17:23:08 +1300

A health warning issued for a popular swimming spot in the Hurunui River has been lifted. 


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Police yet to release identities of those killed in fatal South Canterbury crashes

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 17:16:05 +1300

Police are yet to release any information about the identities of two people killed and injured on South Canterbury roads in the past few days. 


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Construction begins on long-awaited Arrowtown sports facility

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 16:36:03 +1300

Construction of the long-awaited $2.7 million community sport centre in Arrowtown has started. 


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New Zealand glowworm discovery could hold key to battling disease

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 16:19:46 +1300

New Zealand researchers have uncovered the unique science behind the glowworm's glow and believe it could one day help humans fight disease.


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Lifeguards recognised for saving big group after sudden rip appeared at Christchurch beach

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 16:04:45 +1300

Christchurch lifeguards have been recognised for a mass rescue involving up to 17 swimmers in just one afternoon.


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Ex-cyclone Gita to split in two as it crosses the country overnight

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 15:33:36 +1300

Ex-cyclone Gita will split in two separate systems as it crosses the country overnight, the MetService says. 


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PM to follow up break-in at house of academic studying China's power

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 15:12:23 +1300

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has told intelligence agencies to investigate media reports that a prominent Christchurch academic may have been targeted for her research on China. 


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Health warning issued for toxic algae in Lake Forsyth

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 15:06:54 +1300

People and animals should stay away from Lake Forsyth as it is contaminated with toxic algae.


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Canterbury man banned from farming animals after punching, kicking and breaking tails of cows

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 14:52:46 +1300

A former Canterbury farm manager will not be allowed to farm animals again for two years after breaking the tails of more than 40 cows in his care.


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West Coast beach homeowners bracing for Gita

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 14:24:46 +1300

As Brent Dyhrberg and Rex Wishnowsky looked out of their French windows to their ruined garden, an angry sea boiled and hissed in the near distance.


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Convicted murderer and rapist Liam Reid fails to stop documentary being made

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 14:23:22 +1300

Convicted murderer and rapist Liam Reid has failed to stop a documentary being made about his high profile crimes. 


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