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Politics

Insurance companies 'mean, unfair' to former defence personnel

The Minister of Defence is being asked to urgently intervene with insurers after the tragic death of decorated ex-Special Air Service (SAS) soldier Corporal Steve Askin has highlighted appalling discrimination against former defence personnel who apply for insurance.

Defence Minister to attend Air Tattoo (25 February 2017)
Primary Industries Minister to visit Iran and UAE (24 February 2017)
Angie Warren-Clark selected as Labour's Bay of Plenty candidate (24 February 2017)

Business

Opotiki dairy farmers win Bay of Plenty Ballance Farm Environment Awards

Opotiki dairy farmers Jared and Sue Watson have won the Bay of Plenty Ballance Farm Environment Awards.

Sue and Jared have been 50:50 sharemilkers since 2002 now milking 282 cows once a day on a 120ha platform in the Waiotahe Valley.

New mathematical model could stop future financial crashes (24 February 2017)
Gemco working on Hawke's Bay Opera House (24 February 2017)
Transformation delivers results despite quake - KiwiRail (24 February 2017)

National

Conservation and environment science roadmap announced

The Government has released its conservation and environment science priorities for the next 20 years in a new Roadmap, Conservation and lead Minister Maggie Barry and Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith announced today at the annual Bluegreens Forum.

Diver overdue in Marlborough Sounds (25 February 2017)
Boat and crew found safe in Firth of Thames (25 February 2017)
Truck and trailer being cleared from SH63 (25 February 2017)

Sport

GODZone chapter 6 underway In Queenstown

GODZone Chapter 6 got underway this morning with an explosive start off the main beach in Queenstown Bay.

Hyundai amp up backing for Paddon (24 February 2017)
Football Ferns ready for Cyprus Cup (24 February 2017)
Squash: Coll goes down in 5 to Elshorbagy (24 February 2017)

Entertainment

Pre-register to win at next Sunday's Bike the Trail in Wellington

Bike the Trail is a free family-friendly cycling event that follows the Hutt River Trail from Harcourt Park in Upper Hutt to Hikoikoi Reserve in Petone.

Mass uprising a world record for Massey students (24 February 2017)
Elgregoe to visit far north district schools next week (24 February 2017)
Mass uprising at Massey a world record breaker (24 February 2017)

Lifestyle

Almost 700 food items 'rescued' by Nourished for Nil

An incredible first week serving 690 rescued food items from under a waterproof canopy in Hastings has seen local venture Nourished for Nil off to a flying start.

Beer producers to introduce nutrition information panels (24 February 2017)
Experience Broadway in Palmerston North (23 February 2017)
Seven travel apps travellers need to download (21 February 2017)

Health

Hospital upgrades scanner technology

All hands were on deck on Thursday when Wellington Regional Hospital took possession of its new CT scanner.

Taranaki DHB praises retailers choosing not to sell sugary drinks (24 February 2017)
Auckland brain researchers show how Parkinson's spreads (24 February 2017)
Free WiFi keeps patients connected (24 February 2017)

Technology

Symantec Lunch Briefing

Join us for lunch on Wednesday 8 March:

Date: Wednesday 8 March

Time: 12 noon

Location: Venue to be announced

Wellington, New Zealand

Please RSVP to veronicar@botica.co.nz by Friday 3 March and let me know if you have any specific dietary requirements.

Revamped careers app for students released (24 February 2017)
AI Forum: AI set to massively impact NZ (23 February 2017)
UC physicists take a (nano)chip off the old block (22 February 2017)
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