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Politics

Infrastructure procurement report reinforces need for central leadership

"Major issues affecting the construction and wider infrastructure sector are the result of weak procurement capability across the board and strengthened government expertise and leadership is required to drive an overall lift in industry performance," says Infrastructure New Zealand CEO Stephen S

Feedback on the Land Transfer Act regulations - LINZ (17 August 2018)
Holiday parks keen to be involved in camping decisions (17 August 2018)
State Sector Productivity: Innovation and measurement are missing keys (17 August 2018)

Business

Trade negotiations ease market fears - CMC Markets

News of new trade talks between China and the US and an easing of emerging market fears brought markets back to life overnight. Shares in Europe and the US rallied, and base metals bounced back from recent losses.

International visitor spending shows significant growth (17 August 2018)
Collaboration between lines companies celebrated (17 August 2018)
International visitor spending shows significant growth - MBIE (17 August 2018)

National

Are the Te Mata Park loos the best in the land?

The finalists for the Keep New Zealand Beautiful Awards 2018 have just been released and the Hastings District Council is proud to announce that it’s a finalist for the Best Loo Award.

Colder weather coming, some rain and snow but not major - Weather Watch (17 August 2018)
Do not feed the kekeno/seals - DOC (17 August 2018)
Tree management operation at Wairere Dr intersection (17 August 2018)

Sport

Bright future tipped for Kiwi-bred Grunt

Trainer Mick Price is eagerly awaiting Saturday’s Gr.2 P.B. Lawrence Stakes (1400m) with a trio of gallopers set for spring riches - Grunt, Mighty Boss and Holy Snow - resuming.

Potential Cox Plate campaign for Milseain (17 August 2018)
ITM first exclusive supplier to Emirates Team NZ for 2021 (17 August 2018)
Draw released for expanded National Women's League (17 August 2018)

Entertainment

32 films to screen at NZIFF Hawke’s Bay

The New Zealand International Film Festival (NZIFF) has revealed the full programme for the 42nd film festival in Hawke’s Bay.

32 films from 16 countries will screen in the Hawkes Bay at the MTG Napier and at Havelock North from 30 August.

Natural shade created next to Porirua’s splash pad (16 August 2018)
Feminist fables and women’s war stories to boost Nelson Women’s Centre (16 August 2018)
Communications student finds ghost in music box (15 August 2018)

Lifestyle

Black Dog Brewery unleashes Leroy and Shadow Soul

In what craft beer fanatics have said to be one of the most eagerly awaited releases of the year, Black Dog Brewery reveals its fourth Experimental Range.

Annies in the running for best kids food product award (16 August 2018)
Livamol target for Group One mare (16 August 2018)
Whittaker's launch their first permanent store (16 August 2018)

Health

Otago Polytechnic shines light on eye health

A Save Sight Symposium at Otago Polytechnic Hub on Saturday 8 September offers professionals and laypeople alike an opportunity to learn more about eye health.

Otago researchers call for more transparency around health funding formula (17 August 2018)
Steep rise in antipsychotic prescriptions - research (17 August 2018)
Growing drug resistance will lead to long-term harm - study (17 August 2018)

Technology

Virtual Reality teaching numeracy and literacy

Virtual Reality providing real-world literacy and numeracy learning tool Virtual reality is moving beyond purely entertainment to become a potential tool in improving literacy, and the University of Otago is behind one ground-breaking approach.

NZ routers may be at risk - Symantec Threat Intelligence (16 August 2018)
Norton by Symantec's new secure wi-fi router for kiwi homes (14 August 2018)
Taranaki youth tackle technology's brave new world (13 August 2018)