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Politics

Christchurch reinstated as refugee settlement location

The announcement that Christchurch can once again be a settlement location for refugees represents an important step for New Zealand’s ambitions to increase the refugee quota, and is a milestone for the city’s post-earthquake recovery, says Immigration Minister Iain Lees-Galloway.

Shane Jones's ideological constraints - Adams (18 August 2018)
Simon Shepherd interviews The UK National Infrastructure Commission's Katie Black (18 August 2018)
Fletcher Tabuteau withdraws KiwiFund bill (17 August 2018)

Business

Civil Contractors welcomes new infrastructure agency

Civil Contractors New Zealand welcomed today’s announcement from Infrastructure Minister Hon. Shane Jones that a new independent infrastructure agency would be established to improve government oversight into the infrastructure and civil construction industry.

New Zealand Car of the Year revs up (17 August 2018)
Infrastructure agency significant step forward - EMA (17 August 2018)
Go Bus looks for another way to find a resolution (17 August 2018)

National

Christchurch ready for refugees

Christchurch is re-entering the Refugee Resettlement Programme after an almost eight-year hiatus.

Before the earthquakes Christchurch received 120 refugees every year across four intakes.

People holding a welcome sign.

Serious crash in Ngaruawahia (18 August 2018)
Missing Blockhouse Bay man found (18 August 2018)
NZ Herald reveals guest editor for special Suffrage edition (18 August 2018)

Sport

OFC U-19 Championship - Job not done for U-20 men

They may have already booked their spot at the FIFA U-20 World Cup in Poland next year but the New Zealand players are still not satisfied with their exploits at the OFC U-19 Championship and are desperate to finish the job with a win in the final tomorrow.

Carter makes the switch to Yamaha (18 August 2018)
Sharp New Zealand on the side of Wellington Lions (17 August 2018)
Beko winners join Pulse ranks for Super Club (17 August 2018)

Entertainment

Week 2: LPL Pro NBA 2K18 1on1 NZ Championship

New Zealand’s first live, free-to-air esports broadcast moves into its second week of competition on Sunday.

32 films to screen at NZIFF Hawke’s Bay (16 August 2018)
Natural shade created next to Porirua’s splash pad (16 August 2018)
Feminist fables and women’s war stories to boost Nelson Women’s Centre (16 August 2018)

Lifestyle

1 in 5 Kiwis order in takeaways for the big game

Watching a big game - like this weekend’s Trans-Tasman clash - is all the excuse Kiwis need to order in takeaways, according to new findings.

Black Dog Brewery unleashes Leroy and Shadow Soul (16 August 2018)
Annies in the running for best kids food product award (16 August 2018)
Livamol target for Group One mare (16 August 2018)

Health

Health warning issued for Waihi Estuary at Pukehina

A health warning has been issued for Waihī Estuary at Pukehina because of a bloom of potentially toxic algae. The algae are forming mats in the shallow areas of the estuary and these may float free and spread through the estuary.

Otago Polytechnic shines light on eye health (17 August 2018)
Otago researchers call for more transparency around health funding formula (17 August 2018)
Steep rise in antipsychotic prescriptions - research (17 August 2018)

Technology

Virtual Reality teaching numeracy and literacy

Virtual Reality providing real-world literacy and numeracy learning tool Virtual reality is moving beyond purely entertainment to become a potential tool in improving literacy, and the University of Otago is behind one ground-breaking approach.

NZ routers may be at risk - Symantec Threat Intelligence (16 August 2018)
Norton by Symantec's new secure wi-fi router for kiwi homes (14 August 2018)
Taranaki youth tackle technology's brave new world (13 August 2018)