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Politics

CYF reforms dangerous backward step - Sepuloni

Child protection has taken a massive step backwards today with the Government passing a Bill that will give significant powers to unspecified ‘professionals’ or contract holders, says Labour’s Acting Children’s spokesperson Carmel Sepuloni.

State care reform Bill passes third reading (6 December 2016)
'Mixed feelings' about John Key's resignation (6 December 2016)
Customs and Excise Bill passes First Reading (6 December 2016)

Business

Restaurants serving the best beef and lamb revealed

The 2017 Excellence Award holders have been revealed this evening with 162 restaurants nationwide joining a group of 3,150 restaurants who have received the nation’s longest running culinary accolade since the awards were first launched.

Silver Fern Farms and Shanghai Maling complete their partnership (6 December 2016)
E tu welcomes Bill English's call for investment in human capital (6 December 2016)
Hellaby continues to be unrealistic on valuation - Bapcor (6 December 2016)

National

Emergency seed distributions help Haitian farmers grow for winter harvest

With little time to lose to secure a winter harvest in Hurricane-struck Haiti, FAO has begun emergency distributions of seeds and tools to help disaster-affected families produce food and restore livelihoods lost in the country's biggest humanitarian crisis since the 2010 earthquake.

Road reopens at Bombay (6 December 2016)
Heavy rain for the west of the South Island (6 December 2016)
Ashburton sentencing 'will bring closure' for shooting victims' families (6 December 2016)

Sport

Whibley wins final round of his own series

By Andy McGechan, www.BikesportNZ.com

The temptation to ride the final round of his own series was just too great for Manawatu's Paul Whibley and the Yamaha star comfortably won the day as the NZXC cross-country series wrapped up on Sunday.

Football: Youth league race wide open (6 December 2016)
Stadium Finance backs rising rally star (6 December 2016)
Auckland City FC's Takuya Iwata becomes a father (6 December 2016)

Entertainment

Te Papa's Mahuki teams showcase innovation in culture sector

At Te Papa’s Mahuki showcase last night, nine teams of innovators unveiled business propositions that deliver digital solutions to challenges faced by Te Papa and other cultural service providers across New Zealand and the world.

Mahuki is Te Papa’s innovation hub.

Porirua's new splash pad design unveiled (6 December 2016)
NMIT student's zombie film a winner (6 December 2016)
Santa is out on the streets (6 December 2016)

Lifestyle

Latest trends in exercise and health presented at FitEx

The annual exercise industry event FitEx (The science and business of fitness and exercise conference) held each year in November in Auckland has just finished, with over 750 personal trainers, instructors and experts from New Zealand and overseas gathered for 3 days sharing and learning about th

Sleepyhead launch range of designer headboards (6 December 2016)
Happy holidays for your pets - advice from animal experts (6 December 2016)
Centenarian drives herself to hair appointments at EIT (6 December 2016)

Health

Sad passing of midwifery Kaumatua, Mina Timutimu

Statement from the Chief Executive of the College, Karen Guilliland:

The NZ College of Midwives has today received the very sad news that our beloved Kaumatua, Mina Timutimu has passed away after a short illness.

We extend our sincere condolences to Mina’s family.

Call for greater investment in medical workforce (6 December 2016)
Safekids unveils interactive exhibition on home safety (6 December 2016)
Smoking to self-medicate (6 December 2016)

Technology

Minecraft tutorials now available in Te Reo for 'Hour of Code'

Microsoft’s annual ‘Hour of Code’ event will have a distinctly Kiwi flavour this year with new Minecraft tutorials on the popular Code.org web site being made available in Te Reo Māori for the first time.

N4L completes rollout of Managed Network to over 2400 schools (6 December 2016)
Over 1m Google accounts breached via malicious Android apps (2 December 2016)
BP welcomes Android Pay to NZ (1 December 2016)
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