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Politics

New highway and Battle of Rangiriri commemoration site opened

Crown/Māori Relations Minister Kelvin Davis joined representatives of Waikato-Tainui today to celebrate the completion of both the Rangiriri Section of the Waikato Expressway and the Battle of Rangiriri commemoration site.

Boost for weed control to protect Abel Tasman National Park (16 December 2017)
'Massive questions remain' over Govt's foreign home-buyer ban (16 December 2017)
On The Nation this weekend (15 December 2017)

Business

First dockless bike share licence issued

Auckland Council has issued its first mobile trading licence for a dockless bike share system. The licence, issued to Onzo, is for a trial period over the summer until 28 February 2018.

Queenstown Airport opens dedicated operations facility (15 December 2017)
Govt joins NPDC in investing in key tourism development (15 December 2017)
Air New Zealand boosts Wellington-Queenstown route (15 December 2017)

National

$7.25 million celebration for Timaru Powerball player

A lucky player from Timaru will be feeling extra generous this festive season after winning $7.2 million with Powerball First Division in tonight’s live Lotto draw.

The total prize is made up of $7 million from Powerball First Division and $250,000 from Lotto First Division.

Body found during Lake Wanaka search (16 December 2017)
Abel Tasman anniversaries marked (16 December 2017)
Search continues for swimmer missing at Lake Wanaka (16 December 2017)

Sport

National Youth League - Auckland City claim title

Auckland City are the National Youth League champions after they defeated Tasman United 5-2 at Kiwitea Street this afternoon in the final round of the competition.

Firebirds off to Winning Start in Super Smash (16 December 2017)
Five crews finish inside top 10 at youth worlds (16 December 2017)
King beaten in World Squash Champs quarter finals (16 December 2017)

Entertainment

Preparations underway for the Mataatua Kapa Haka Festival

Thousands of people are expected for the two-day festival to be held at the Te Teko Racecourse on Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 February.

Feeling the beat at Napier Botanical Gardens (15 December 2017)
Ngāti Kahungunu Iwi to sponsor Hawkes Bay's Race Day (15 December 2017)
Wanaka Wedding Fair back for 2018 (15 December 2017)

Lifestyle

Burger King launches new beverage range

Leading quick service restaurant brand, Burger King, in partnership with Coca Cola, has made a bold move with the introduction of a new beverage range - half of which has no sugar or low calorie choices.

Heilala Vanilla introduces a natural vanilla range for everyday use (15 December 2017)
Tips for beating the sandflies this summer (15 December 2017)
Kaiser Brothers Brewing can deliver beer to thirsty NZers (15 December 2017)

Health

Health warning lifted for Lake Taupo

The health warning issued last week for parts of Lake Taupō has now been lifted by the Medical Officer of Health.

Third group of Waikato Hospital attendants achieve certification (15 December 2017)
QLDC issues boil water notice in Glenorchy (15 December 2017)
Government urged to listen to Maori communities re Smokefree 2025 (15 December 2017)

Technology

Sex advice and Siri? To Google or not to Google? These are the questions

In an article published today in the Christmas issue of the British Medical Journal, New Zealand researchers found that Google laptop searches performed better at finding online sexual health advice than the digital assistants on smartphones.

New asset locating tracker launches in New Zealand (14 December 2017)
Report identifies ways to design for positive change (13 December 2017)
Umbrellar launches CloudConnect powered by Veeam (12 December 2017)
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