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Politics

New plastics policy welcomed but further steps needed - LGNZ

Local Government New Zealand welcomes the Government’s proposals to ban products containing plastic microbeads and hopes it signals a new approach to removing plastics from the environment.

Nick Johnston to run for Waikato Regional Council (17 January 2017)
Fresh start needed for EU free trade agreement - Greens (17 January 2017)
Committee chairs for Rodney Local Board announced (17 January 2017)

National

Approval clears way for David and Goliath battle on reed control

Two insects common around the Mediterranean can now be imported into New Zealand to control the giant reed (Arundo donax), following a decision by the Environmental Protection Authority(EPA) made under the Hazardous Substances and New Organisms Act (1996).

State Highway 1 reopens after serious Otaki crash (17 January 2017)
Work starts on QEII Recreation and Sport Centre (17 January 2017)
Appeal for information after theft and arson of car in Invercargill (17 January 2017)

Sport

Golf: The Wisdom of the Late, Great John Jacobs

John Strege headlines the sad news with, “John Jacobs, 1925-2017: 'The greatest teacher in the history of the game”

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Blackjacks squad announced (17 January 2017)
Wellington Firebirds team named for round two of the Ford Trophy (17 January 2017)
Bray in good company in Florida (17 January 2017)

Entertainment

TVNZ New Blood Web Series competition opens

Acclaimed Kiwi actor Danielle Cormack; award-winning director and writer Roseanne Liang; and television critic Alex Casey are among the panellists who’ll be shortlisting entries for TVNZ’s New Blood Web Series Competition which opens today.

Woman's Day takes you inside Mr and Mrs McCaw's big day (16 January 2017)
Fat Freddy’s Drop makes a welcome return to Splore (16 January 2017)
Auckland Westpac Rescue Helicopter to showcase with NZ's Premier Polo Champs (15 January 2017)

Lifestyle

Date revealed for Le Diner en Blanc picnic in Tauranga

Le Dîner en Blanc, the world’s largest pop-up picnic, is making its debut in Tauranga on Saturday 18 March 2017.

Kiwis identify best spots for when you've just got to go (12 January 2017)
Scenic Hotel Group introduces Kids' Choice heart healthy menus (12 January 2017)
Oily Rag: Your buy nothing year (12 January 2017)

Health

Wellington medical researchers invited to apply for research and travel grants

Research For Life (RFL) invites Wellington-based medical researchers to apply for research and travel grants. The closing date for the next round of applications is Tuesday, 7 March 2017.

Last year, RFL made 12 research grants and nine travel grants worth $359,574 in total.

Santon completion ends $70 million Project Waka (17 January 2017)
New gene therapy hope for spinal injuries (17 January 2017)
Southern DHB prepared for junior doctors strike tomorrow (16 January 2017)

Technology

Opito Bay takes out top spot for most connected holiday spot

Opito Bay has topped Vodafone’s list of the most connected holiday hotspot in New Zealand for the second year running, according to data that’s just been released.

Developers beat early adopters to new technology (16 January 2017)
Norton introduces new high-performance Wi-Fi router (9 January 2017)
New keyboard BlackBerry revealed at CES (5 January 2017)
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