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Rain doesn't dampen spirit at Wanganui Christmas Parade

It may have rained on the Christmas Parade this year but organisers Mainstreet Wanganui say it did nothing to dampen the spirit of participants or the crowd who gathered for what proved to be a fantastic spectacle despite the weather.

Three60 celebrates 100th episode (21 November 2014)
TSB Bank Christmas Series comes to Hastings (21 November 2014)
Waitomo 'the perfect destination for summer getaway' (21 November 2014)

National

Hamilton Powerball player wins $16 million

Hamilton Powerball player wins $16 million

 As the city of Hamilton celebrates its 150 year anniversary this weekend, a Hamilton Powerball player has another reason to celebrate and crack open the champagne tonight after winning $16.2 million with Powerball First Division.

Gales for Hawke's Bay south of Napier (22 November 2014)
Wellington Police investigate truck theft (22 November 2014)
Phillip Smith to be deported from Brazil (22 November 2014)

Politics

Laila Harre to quit as Internet Party leader

Laila Harre to quit as Internet Party leader

Patrick Gower interviews Laila Harre

Headlines:

Laila Harre to quit as Internet Party leader by Christmas when the party has completed its review, but would love to return to parliament

Schools need backing to support children - Greens (22 November 2014)
Next week's appointments may be temporary - Little (22 November 2014)
Minister to undertake Perth engagements (22 November 2014)

Business

Air NZ and Air China agree strategic alliance

Air NZ and Air China agree strategic alliance

Air New Zealand and Air China have today signed a Statement of Intent as part of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s state visit to New Zealand that will pave the way for a strategic alliance on services between China and New Zealand.

Air NZ wins big in Monocle magazine Travel Top 50 awards (21 November 2014)
Expansion planned for Miraka UHT plant in Taupo (21 November 2014)
Border wait reducing from 24-hours to minutes (21 November 2014)

Sport

Football: WaiBOP off the mark

WaiBOP United registered their first points of the ASB Premiership season on Saturday with a 3-1 victory over Wanderers SC at Links Avenue in Mt Maunganui.

Dunedin double at Air NZ Queenstown International Marathon (22 November 2014)
Wayne Urquhart and Cathy Friend QSM re-elected to ARL Board (22 November 2014)
Football: Erceg wants Ferns to fire v France (22 November 2014)

Lifestyle

Harcourt Park paddling pool opens for summer next week

Harcourt Park’s toddlers’ paddling pool will reopen on Wednesday 26 November. The summer season will last until 18 March 2015 but may be extended if weather permits.

Buy local and be in to win this Christmas (21 November 2014)
Red bikes show support for upcoming cycle challenge (21 November 2014)
Rudolph the red-nosed... pizza? (21 November 2014)

Health

Tasman alcohol policy appeal dismissal 'should empower councils'

Alcohol Healthwatch says good sense has prevailed with the dismissal of the appeal against Tasman District’s provisional Local Alcohol Policy (LAP).

Legionnaires' cases rise sharply in Canterbury (21 November 2014)
Health warnings for Canterbury waterways (21 November 2014)
Research into pancreatic diabetes gets a boost (21 November 2014)

Technology

Lincoln technology on show to Chinese President

Lincoln technology on show to Chinese President

Chinese President Xi Jinping was among the dignitaries viewing cutting-edge agri-technology developed at Lincoln University to tackle global issues on his visit to Auckland today.

Nelson Digital Futures Society established (21 November 2014)
MyRepublic announces Gigatown 1 GBPS fibre plans (21 November 2014)
$100k on offer to support Canterbury Internet projects (21 November 2014)
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