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Entertainment

Sol3 Mio announce Auckland Zoo show

Sol3 Mio announced at their spectacular "Christmas In The Vines" show last night at Auckland’s Villa Maria Estate, that they will perform a very special concert at Auckland Zoo on Friday 20 February 2015.

Sol3 Mio play to 7,100 strong crowd at Christmas In The Vines (21 December 2014)
Writers to deliver digital tour of Dunedin's literary hotspots (19 December 2014)
Summer fun for Selwyn kids (19 December 2014)

National

Slip reduces Otaki George Road to single lane

A slip on the upper stretches of Ōtaki Gorge Road will reduce traffic to a single lane during the Christmas and New Year period.

The dropout is at the notorious Devil's Elbow bend of the road, about 10km from State Highway

Another way to check HB beach water quality over summer (22 December 2014)
Contract awarded for 25 new social housing units in Chch (22 December 2014)
Christmas Day forecast - Mostly dry but a bit cloudy (22 December 2014)

Politics

Better work opportunities for disabled people

Minister for Disability Issues Nicky Wagner welcomed the release of the ‘Disability and the labour market’ report from Statistics New Zealand, which showed that more disabled people are working, but there is room for improvement.

Casino deal National’s albatross, taxpayers’ curse - Labour (22 December 2014)
Minister welcomes opening of Heritage Park (21 December 2014)
Surf the net for new beach water quality data (21 December 2014)

Business

Second Ticketmaster outlet opens in Rotorua

Local people now have another outlet for purchasing tickets for the latest concerts, sports, arts, theatre, shows, and family events taking place in Rotorua and around the country.

'Councils must change attitude' to address housing supply (22 December 2014)
Consumer confidence continues to decline (22 December 2014)
Commission concludes plasterboard investigation (22 December 2014)

Sport

Wayne Smith to re-join All Blacks coaching staff

Wayne Smith to re-join All Blacks coaching staff

One of world rugby's leading coaches, Wayne Smith, is to return to the All Blacks coaching staff for the 2015 season, it was announced today.

Golf: Most Read in 2014 (21 December 2014)
Football: Points shared at Seddon Fields (21 December 2014)
Football: Auckland City capture NZ attention (21 December 2014)

Lifestyle

Chch SummerTimes' Ingham Lazy Sundays ready to roll

Ingham Lazy Sundays, part of Christchurch City Council’s SummerTimes events, starts on 4 January and runs through until 22 February

Twelve performers are included in the Ingham Lazy Sundays line-up with the Hard Core Troubadours first up.

Hagley Park party to welcome in the new year (22 December 2014)
78% of Kiwis think that they need to be more sun smart (22 December 2014)
Simple lifesaving tips essential as record numbers set sail (22 December 2014)

Health

Pneumonia more than halved in stroke patients

The rate of pneumonia in stroke patients has more than halved as a result of a novel cough test investigated by the University of Canterbury Rose Centre for Stroke Recovery and Research at Christchurch’s St George’s Hospital.

Be prepared, check in with your GP - WDHB (19 December 2014)
New nurse for Hawke's Bay Hospital (19 December 2014)
Toxic shellfish warning extended (19 December 2014)

Technology

Sony announces local pricing and availability for SmartWear

Sony Mobile Communications has today announced local pricing and availability for the most recent additions to the Sony SmartWear Experience range - Sony SmartBand Talk and SmartWatch 3 are now in store.

Kiwis take to technology to beat Christmas rush (19 December 2014)
More Far North schools to roll out digital classrooms (16 December 2014)
Robots being taught to see at Victoria (15 December 2014)
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