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Politics

Queenstown UFB rollout now complete

Queenstown’s Ultra-Fast Broadband (UFB) build is complete, and over 7000 households and businesses are now able to connect to faster and more reliable internet, says Communications Minister Amy Adams.

More last minute policy from a Govt with no housing plan - Labour (29 July 2016)
Local government bill 'poses threat to local democracy' (29 July 2016)
'Govt must ensure' Unitary Plan produces high-quality homes (29 July 2016)

Business

$1200 fine for Timaru man's guilty plea

Homeowners are being warned today not to fall into the trap of using anyone who does not hold a current authorisation to conduct plumbing work for renovation projects.

Industry Training Federation honours departing HITO CEO (29 July 2016)
Consent stats confirm ongoing building boom (29 July 2016)
Statistics NZ surveys: Save time, do it online (29 July 2016)

National

Aggravated robbery in Te Kauwhata service station

Waikato Police are investigating the aggravated robbery of a Te Kauwhata service station at around 5:45pm yesterday evening.

A man entered the station on Main Road armed with what appeared to be a pistol and demanded cash.

Two years of official crime stats now available (29 July 2016)
Alpine adventurers help rock wren bounce back (29 July 2016)
Lifewise delighted with Govt's investment into Housing First (29 July 2016)

Sport

Tribunal dismisses appeal against non-nomination for NZ Athletics team

The Sports Tribunal has dismissed an appeal by Paul Martelletti against a decision of Athletics New Zealand (ANZ) not to nominate him for the Men’s Marathon Event at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

ANZ backs new NZ Netball Elite League (29 July 2016)
Lamb shearing record postponed (29 July 2016)
Blackadder and Matson confirm move to Bath (28 July 2016)

Entertainment

August events at Selwyn Libraries

During August, local libraries are hosting a series of free computer training sessions and a fun reading challenge for kids.

A growing gap between younger and older audiences (28 July 2016)
Ray Bishop releases debut single, Te Reo Tuatahi (28 July 2016)
The Big Listen campaign celebrates Community access radio (28 July 2016)

Lifestyle

Specsavers launches exclusive ELLERY eyewear collection

Specsavers has again delivered on its commitment of making high-end fashion accessible to everyone, announcing a new collaboration with in-demand, luxury womenswear brand - ELLERY.

Get the kids in the kitchen, last days to enter the Just Cook challenge (28 July 2016)
Snowstorm blankets powder on Queenstown ski fields (28 July 2016)
Taste the Coromandel at the Auckland Food Show (28 July 2016)

Health

More specialist support for mental health calls

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman has today announced details of a Budget 2016 initiative for specialist support when mental health calls are made to 111 and the mental health crisis teams.

Monitoring for Congenital Zika Syndrome to start in NZ (29 July 2016)
Obesity target pointless without support services - NZ First (28 July 2016)
Health Minister welcomes wider access to vaccines (28 July 2016)

Technology

NZ's Internet event NetHui is hitting the road

Want to be part of conversations that help to shape New Zealand's Internet and the ways it can change our lives for the better? InternetNZ has announced dates and locations for this year's NetHui, the hugely successful Internet event that is now in its sixth year.

Is smart tech making us dumb? (27 July 2016)
TomTom City extends to 50 cities - including Wellington (21 July 2016)
ARANZ Geo releases My Leapfrog web portal (19 July 2016)
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