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Politics

PM's ties to Karel Sroubek decision deepen - Woodhouse

The Prime Minister must explain her ties to convicted criminal Karel Sroubek and her role in allowing him to stay, as newly released text messages suggest a closer role than she’s let on, National’s Immigration spokesperson Michael Woodhouse says.

Twyford must explain resignation of KiwiBuild Head - Collins (18 January 2019)
Govt support for Waipa bus tours - council (18 January 2019)
Local Govt Commission decision on Representation Review - GDC (18 January 2019)

Business

'An emerging rental crisis caused by macro-economic drivers'

The new tenancy law changes and investment tax proposals, although quite sound in their intention, may unwittingly combine with emerging negative macro-economic forces.

Wanaka Community to be on the lookout for fake QLDC Building inspectors (18 January 2019)
Commercial property investor confidence at two-year high - Colliers (18 January 2019)
Queenstown tops house price growth expectations for ninth quarter (18 January 2019)

National

Waikato residents urged to exercise caution

Please attribute Detective Sergeant Philip Elvy, Waikato Police:

Waikato Police would like to speak to a group of males reported to be offering discounted home maintenance work in the Waikato area.

Serious crash, Wairakei, Taupo District (18 January 2019)
State Highway 49 near Ohakune blocked (18 January 2019)
Opinion: The importance of diversity in New Zealand (18 January 2019)

Sport

All Blacks Sevens looking forward to home advantage

The All Blacks Sevens team will be looking to kick off 2019 in style when they take to the field in Hamilton next weekend at the HSBC New Zealand Sevens.

After a shocking run of injuries at the end of last year, Coach Clark Laidlaw has an almost fully fit squad.

The squad is;

Royal feast on menu for Stags (18 January 2019)
Tarawera Ultramarathon, the 'largest ultra run to take place in NZ' (18 January 2019)
All Whites confirmed to play Ireland in November (18 January 2019)

Entertainment

Magic of NPDC’s TSB Festival of Lights inspires artists

Arielle Walker and Jasmine Grace have vivid memories of visiting NPDC’s TSB Festival of Lights as kids and being captivated by the magic of the lights.

Laura McGoldrick joins The Hits (17 January 2019)
KiwiRail journeys feature in 12-hour TV epic (16 January 2019)
WhichCar TV invades New Zealand in 2019 with Prime (15 January 2019)

Lifestyle

Parsons stable divided on top Guineas seed

Balcairn trainers John and Karen Parsons have a three-pronged attack in Saturday’s Listed Liquorland Gore Guineas (1335m), but key members of the stable cannot agree as to which of the trio is their leading hope.

Mystery surrounds potential world record trout catch (18 January 2019)
Manfeild’s Aussie celebration in good heart (18 January 2019)
Over half NZ shoppers bought food because of superfood status in last 12 months - survey (18 January 2019)

Health

NZ study on effects of screen-time on pre-school children

Obesity, poorer motor skills, hyperactivity problems and poor sleep are just some of the effects that may be experienced by pre-school children who exceed New Zealand’s screen-time guidelines, according to a study funded by the Ministry of Social Development’s Children and Families Research F

Teens have little knowledge of most effective contraceptives - research (18 January 2019)
Doctors, drugs of dependence and discipline: New review out (18 January 2019)
Measles outbreak in the Waikato (17 January 2019)

Technology

Cloud adoption driven by organisations seeking competitive advantage

IDC says the New Zealand IT services market is predicted to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 2.8% through to 2023. This is a marginal increase on IDC's previous forecast predicting a 2.7% CAGR through to 2022.

ISACA announces 2019 events for professionals around globe during 50th anniversary year (18 January 2019)
Fujifilm sets new benchmark for telephoto lens technology (17 January 2019)
Artificial Intelligence conference designed to lift health outcomes for Maori (17 January 2019)