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Politics

Time to release the secret Coalition Agreement - National

National is calling on Jacinda Ardern to do the right thing by voters and finally release the secret coalition agreement between Labour and NZ First.

Rawiri Waititi to stand for Maori Party in Waiariki (23 February 2020)
Vaping crackdown bill needs improvement - NZTU (23 February 2020)
New international protection for frequent fliers (23 February 2020)

Business

Backdown on 'feebate' scheme 'keeps New Zealand trapped in the past'

New Zealand First’s action to halt the introduction of a ‘feebate’ scheme designed to support the nation’s transition to low-emission vehicles is a leap back into the industrial age, says Drive Electric Chairman Mark Gilbert.

Successful capital raise accelerates distillery’s plans for expansion (21 February 2020)
North Canterbury farming keep an eye on the dry (21 February 2020)
Record hour for Grabaseat deals (21 February 2020)

National

Motorists urged to drive safely after eight deaths on our roads this weekend

Police and the NZ Transport Agency are appealing to drivers to take care on our roads after five fatal collisions this weekend.

Eight people have died since Saturday - five in four separate crashes in the Waikato and three in a single-vehicle collision in Northland.

Warmer weather spreads east on Tuesday (23 February 2020)
SH3 is currently closed following two recent crashes at Piopio (23 February 2020)
Submission period for whitebait consultation extended (23 February 2020)

Sport

Bigger challenges ahead for Kelso pair

Matamata trainer Ken Kelso got the answers he was looking for when unbeaten filly Levante and high-class mare Supera won their respective races on their home turf on Saturday.

No signs of slowing down for Te Akau supremo (23 February 2020)
Mystery Creek wins BMW NZ Polo Open 2020 (23 February 2020)
Group One quinella for Te Akau Racing (22 February 2020)

Entertainment

Lust and laughs galore in Summer Shakespeare

Manawatū Summer Shakespeare turns 18 this year - the perfect age to stage a riotous, gender-bending production of Twelfth Night as a jukebox musical of a party with an 80s vibe.

International expert to speak on psychology behind 'Fortnite' video game (21 February 2020)
Castlecliff artwork blessing and celebration - Whanganui District Council (21 February 2020)
Celebrate Children's Day with free entry for kids (21 February 2020)

Lifestyle

NZ's Richest Literary Award donor reveals her identity

The anonymous benefactor responsible for funding the Ockham New Zealand Book Awards’ $50,000 annual fiction prize is ready to be known.

Ponytail Palm in bloom - must be a blue moon! (20 February 2020)
New youth philanthropy programme for Christchurch calls for applications (20 February 2020)
Change of hours at outdoor pools in Hastings (20 February 2020)

Health

Vapers welcome risk proportionate regulation on vaping

Aotearoa Vapers Community Advocacy (AVCA) today welcomes the release of the government’s plans to regulate smoke-free alternatives in New Zealand.

Right to regulate vaping but wrong to limit flavours - VTANZ (23 February 2020)
Don’t let fear stop you from eating your five a day - Agcarm (21 February 2020)
Coronavirus will arrive in New Zealand, say medical experts (21 February 2020)

Technology

Gisborne student awarded Rocket Lab scholarship to pursue stargazing dreams

Rocket Lab has awarded Gisborne teenager Niamh Stratton with the 2019 Rocket Lab Scholarship, providing the young space enthusiast with financial support for a tertiary degree and an exclusive mentorship programme from Rocket Lab experts.

Otago physicists grab individual atoms in ground-breaking experiment (20 February 2020)
Evidence giant blue whale making comeback - Auckland University (19 February 2020)
UC speech app could help children speak freely (19 February 2020)