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Politics

Voters will choose between the status quo and change at the next election - Little

Labour leader Andrew Little told TVNZ’s Q+A programme that voters will choose between the status quo and change at the next election

Act Leader says National under Bill English won't get 45% (11 December 2016)
National Party campaign manager Steven Joyce: the game has changed (11 December 2016)
Increase in parent donations 'shows need for funding boost for education' (10 December 2016)

Business

Complete failure of Fisheries Commission to save Pacific bluefin tuna

WWF and a coalition of other NGOs called for a complete moratorium on the Pacific bluefin tuna commercial fishery, which faces economic and ecological extinction at just 2.6% of its historic population level.

Tatua appoints new CEO (9 December 2016)
Hellaby break up option shows lack of confidence (9 December 2016)
Global outlook for animal protein in 2017 (9 December 2016)

National

Search continues for John Old focusing on Lake Sumner area

Canterbury Police continuing to search for 58-year-old John Old are focusing their efforts on the Lake Sumner area.

Police were informed that Mr Old, of Mairehau, Christchurch, was missing on Friday 8 December and are very concerned for his wellbeing.

Trampers rescued from Mt Ruapehu (11 December 2016)
Lotto NZ and their players thanked for support and generosity (11 December 2016)
Lotto players raise over $2.7 million for Kaikoura (11 December 2016)

Sport

Kings win toss, bat first

Canterbury Kings captain Andrew Ellis has won the toss and elected to bat first in round two of McDonald's Super Smash at Christchurch's Hagley Oval, naming an XI including BLACKCAPS Tom Latham, Henry Nicholls and Todd Astle.

Diamondblacks pitcher makes the move from Cleveland to Miami (11 December 2016)
Sophie Huf - A year of firsts (11 December 2016)
NZF: Live streaming for women's final (11 December 2016)

Entertainment

Preparations are underway for 2017 Lantern Parade

Light-filled coloured lanterns will again be parading around Palmerston North’s Square for the Lantern Parade on March 3. The parade is a lead event for the city’s Festival of Cultures, one of the city’s longest running community events.

Old NZ showcased through photography and poems in Taupo (9 December 2016)
Christmas cheer at Pompallier Mission (9 December 2016)
Playing Lotto even more convenient with new app (9 December 2016)

Lifestyle

Consumer NZ test highlights raw chicken risks

A Consumer NZ test of 40 fresh chicken products found campylobacter in nearly two-thirds of samples.

Consumer NZ chief executive Sue Chetwin says campylobacter was detected in 26 of the 40 products, all purchased from supermarkets.

Shapeshifter recipe (9 December 2016)
Opinion: T'is The Season to be Jolly...Confused (8 December 2016)
Rata Cafe named top kids' menu winner (8 December 2016)

Health

Premature baby girls shorter as adults - study

Baby girls born very premature could be almost three times more likely to grow into very short adults than female babies born at term, according to a new international study.

First clinical cancer trials research centre for NZ (10 December 2016)
NZDOHTA calls for stronger actions to combat sugary drinks (10 December 2016)
NZAC urges Government to prioritise youth mental health (9 December 2016)

Technology

Samsung's family hub 'Smart Fridge' launches in NZ

Samsung Electronics New Zealand today announces that the highly acclaimed Family Hub refrigerator will be on sale in New Zealand from December.

First Software's N2 ERP to help power the subscription economy (8 December 2016)
Waiheke Island now fully fibred (8 December 2016)
NZers flock online for Christmas shopping despite cybercrime fears (8 December 2016)
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