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Politics

BusinessNZ Energy Council welcomes winter energy payment

The BusinessNZ Energy Council (BEC) welcomes the announcement of a winter energy payment, which will help those Kiwis who find it difficult to pay their electricity bills.

Wynyard Basin confirmed as council’s preferred America’s Cup base location (14 December 2017)
New centre for Police research (14 December 2017)
Aussie voters seek to deny kiwis a choice - ACT (14 December 2017)

Business

Growth in motorhome lifestyle has industry excited

New Zealand’s largest annual motorhome, caravan and outdoor expo gears up for another record breaking show

Bell Gully performs strongly in top legal directories (14 December 2017)
Mistakes repeated at AFFCO's Rangiuru meat processing plant - WorkSafe NZ (14 December 2017)
Simplicity launches free financial education for all (14 December 2017)

National

Serious crash in Thames Coromandel, diversions in place

Police are responding to a crash involving a van and a motorbike near the intersection of SH25 and Hikauai Settlement Road.

The crash occurred at about 5.30pm this evening.

Reports are that two people have sustained serious injuries.

Witnesses sought for fatal collision in Dunedin (14 December 2017)
Safety risk to Gisborne residents (14 December 2017)
Massey receives top QS rating (14 December 2017)

Sport

Miguel Porteous through to freeski superpipe finals at Dew Tour

The 2017 Winter Dew Tour got underway in Colorado, USA today with NZ freeskier Miguel Porteous (Christchurch) earning himself a spot in the men's superpipe finals.

BNZ Crusaders injury update (14 December 2017)
Navy boxer aiming for Commonwealth Games spot (14 December 2017)
High Performance referee squad announced for 2018 season (14 December 2017)

Entertainment

Toni Street and Mike Hosking to leave Seven Sharp

Tomorrow’s final Seven Sharp show for 2017 will bring a close to Toni Street and Mike Hosking’s four years co-hosting the country’s most watched 7pm weeknight programme.

Popular gay Kiwi podcast awarded web series funding (14 December 2017)
Dark Matter comes to Christchurch Art Gallery (14 December 2017)
Porirua's splash pad to open for water play fun (14 December 2017)

Lifestyle

Oily Rag: A Frugal Christmas

By Frank and Muriel Newman

So what does the frugal family do with those well intentioned gifts that are not really wanted or needed? Here are some suggestions:

- Sell them and save the money or use it to buy something you do need.

Mixed bag of safety ratings for the Kia Stinger (13 December 2017)
No hangovers for Christmas, say responsible drinking advocates (13 December 2017)
Kiwis are last minute online Christmas shoppers - Price Spy (13 December 2017)

Health

Practitioner recognition a welcome step towards improved addiction services

The Drug and Alcohol Practitioners Association Aotearoa New Zealand (dapaanz) welcomes Hon David Clarke’s designation this week of dapaanz registered practitioners as health professionals under the Substance Addiction (Compulsory Assessment and Treatment) Act 2017.

NIWA fast-tracking sample testing from Lake Taupo (14 December 2017)
NZNO welcomes Families Package and Winter Energy Payment (14 December 2017)
Potential new treatment and blood test for babies born too small (14 December 2017)

Technology

Sex advice and Siri? To Google or not to Google? These are the questions

In an article published today in the Christmas issue of the British Medical Journal, New Zealand researchers found that Google laptop searches performed better at finding online sexual health advice than the digital assistants on smartphones.

New asset locating tracker launches in New Zealand (14 December 2017)
Report identifies ways to design for positive change (13 December 2017)
Umbrellar launches CloudConnect powered by Veeam (12 December 2017)
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