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BNZ Literary Awards winners announced

Winemaker Tobias Buck has taken out New Zealand’s top short fiction prize for his work Islands in the Stream, at the BNZ Literary Awards in Wellington last night.

The winning story was selected from almost 850 entries in the Katherine Mansfield Award category, up from 750 in 2013.

Special sound at Manfeild tattoo (18 September 2014)
The Seekers announce second Auckland concert (18 September 2014)
The Man Who Can Fly about to land in NZ (17 September 2014)


Renters 'need assistance to improve housing conditions'

Renters are living in poorer conditions than homeowners and are less empowered to improve their housing situation according to a study by medical students at the University of Otago, Wellington.

New step towards safer future for Waitara - council (18 September 2014)
Heavy rain for Mt Taranaki (18 September 2014)
Bluff sewage pipe repaired (18 September 2014)


Māori Party candidate 'sets the record straight'

In recent days there has been much speculation about my campaign in Te Tai Tokerau. Some commentators have suggested that I should step down or endorse the Labour candidate in an attempt to stop the Internet Party riding on the back of the Mana candidate.

Nash voted against wishes of Napier electorate - McVicar (18 September 2014)
National to 'lose critical votes if animal welfare ignored' (18 September 2014)
Maori Party knifes own candidate to suit John Key - Harawira (17 September 2014)


ApplePay good news for EFTPOS providers - Smartpay

Smartpay has welcomed the introduction of the iPhone 6, iWatch and Apple Pay as it is complementary to the company’s existing technology which already accepts NFC / contactless payments, aand has Apple certification for its MPOS terminals .

LIC launches new mobile app for mating (18 September 2014)
Serko integrates with AirPlus (18 September 2014)
BNZ Daily Markets Wrap and Strategy (18 September 2014)


West Indies take unassailable lead

The West Indies have convincingly beaten the White Ferns by eight wickets in their third One Day International at Warner Park in St Kitts, taking a 3-0 lead in the best of four series.

Schalk Burger replaces injured Louw in Springbok squad (17 September 2014)
Rugby: Stegmann suspended for a week (17 September 2014)
ICC Cricket World Cup trophy visits Lahore (17 September 2014)


Ten millionth traveller uses SmartGate

The 10 millionth traveller to pass through SmartGate, Customs’ automated passenger processing system, was greeted by Customs Manager Passenger Operations, Peter Lewis today at Auckland International Airport.

Central Otago wine industry 'no longer a one trick pony' (17 September 2014)
Gold shines through for Villa Maria (17 September 2014)
Sacred Hill launches Chardonnay Collection (17 September 2014)


Measles outbreak over

Associate Health Minister Jo Goodhew has welcomed the end of the recent measles outbreak in New Zealand.

"Since December last year there have been 281 confirmed measles cases across the North Island, with 15 per cent of these cases requiring hospital treatment," says Mrs Goodhew.

Students 'SpeakOut' against mental health stigma (17 September 2014)
Wahakura package 'would provide warm welcome for babies' (17 September 2014)
Waikato meases outbreak declared over (17 September 2014)


QLDC backs Wanaka's Gigatown Bid

The whole of the Queenstown Lakes District should throw its weight behind Wanaka’s bid to become New Zealand’s first "Gigatown", Mayor Vanessa van Uden said today.

Rural New Zealand 'wants gigabit equality' (17 September 2014)
Wanaka makes Gigatown competition finals (17 September 2014)
theCloud launches vGRID-Flex (16 September 2014)
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