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Politics

$4m was to advance trade not settle legal claim - Parker

It is now even more apparent that the $4 million payment to the Al Khalaf group was to advance trade with Saudi Arabia, not to settle a legal claim, says Export Growth and Trade spokesperson David Parker.

Worst suspicions of Saudi sheep deal confirmed - Taxpayers' Union (4 August 2015)
50th Anniversary Awards Dinner to mark Porirua's birthday (4 August 2015)
PM pledges $11.7m for Cook Islands school rebuild (4 August 2015)

Business

Hawkins Group announces Board appointment

Hawkins Group is pleased to announce the appointment of Doug Lowrey to its Board of Directors.

With Hawkins’ continued growth and expansion overseas Lowrey brings valuable knowledge and understanding of offshore infrastructure contracting, particularly in developing nations.

Stakeholders gather to discuss national forest policy (4 August 2015)
BERL forecasts cyclical slowdown (4 August 2015)
DEGNZ receives NZ On Air support (4 August 2015)

National

Stuff article strips debate of facts - student presidents

New Zealand Union of Students’ Associations and New Zealand's student presidents NZUSA President Rory McCourt says students and their representatives are furious with a Stuff.co.nz article today proclaiming "Studylink money blown on strippers, alcohol and Taylor Swift tickets".

Heavy rain for the northern and central North Island (4 August 2015)
Heavy rain for the ranges of eastern BoP (4 August 2015)
Shafqat Hussain execution a 'deeply sad day' for Pakistan (4 August 2015)

Sport

One year to Rio Olympic Games

3pm tomorrow marks midnight in Rio when the one year countdown to the Olympic Games begins.

Around the world, New Zealand athletes aiming to become part of New Zealand’s biggest Olympic Games team will be feeling the focus shift towards the deadline ahead.

Snyders into semis, Capp breaks NZ record (4 August 2015)
Blackcaps lose toss and field first in Harare (4 August 2015)
Charlie Gubb named in Warriors lineup (4 August 2015)

Entertainment

PM accepts flag change challenge from Simon Barnett

The Prime Minister will have six minutes to make his case for a change of the New Zealand flag live on More FM’s breakfast show on Thursday at 7.40am.

Parachute announces new Song Grant for emerging artists (4 August 2015)
Discover China - China Shenzhen Cultural Week in Wellington (4 August 2015)
Art collaboration 'Hole of Yellow Archipelago' to open (4 August 2015)

Lifestyle

Exercise: Do you measure up?

It’s fair to say that moving more rather than less is always a good outcome regardless of what it is and how often it’s done - no need to measure that.

Kiwis opting to holiday close to home in 2015 (4 August 2015)
Have your jeans shrunk or has your waistline expanded? (4 August 2015)
Volunteer firefighters wanted for new Darfield rural brigade (3 August 2015)

Health

Six confirmed cases of pertussis in Central Otago

There have been six confirmed cases of pertussis in Wanaka and Hawea and a further six cases are probable with a number of other laboratory results pending. Of the six confirmed cases five are from unvaccinated people, and five are children.

Single cigarettes 'making us sick' (4 August 2015)
Celebrating breastfeeding in the workplace (4 August 2015)
Strength, balance and social connection key for older people (4 August 2015)

Technology

Paging network to be shut down in NZ

The days of getting ‘beeped’ are coming to an end. After several years of review Spark New Zealand has announced its decision to decommission the legacy paging network on 31 March 2017.

Prize for Canterbury student's drone innovation (24 July 2015)
Council submits bid for ultra-fast broadband in Kapiti (24 July 2015)
Digital clearance technology streamlines departures in NZ (23 July 2015)
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