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Politics

Government to fund lion’s share of Ohakea water scheme

The Government will fund the bulk of the cost of a rural water supply for the Ohakea community affected by PFAS contamination, Environment Minister David Parker announced today at a meeting of local residents.

National March for Life Wellington 2019 (9 December 2019)
Prime Minister statement on White Island eruption - Government (9 December 2019)
Govt funds $100k for weather-hit communities - Henare (9 December 2019)

Business

Transpower confirms damage to towers from Rangitata flooding

We can confirm that nine of our towers on the Roxburgh-Islington transmission line which crosses the Rangitata River, have been damaged.

This is the single circuit Islington-Roxburgh line which carries the Islington-Livingstone 1, 220 kV circuit.

A new era for safety training in Dunedin - Site Safe (9 December 2019)
Villa Maria takes out Australasian Wine of the Year - Villa Maria (9 December 2019)
Kiwibank honours local heroes in new Sylvia Park branch - Kiwibank (9 December 2019)

National

One fatality confirmed at White Island - NZ Police

Police are continuing to work with the National Emergency Management Agency to coordinate a search and rescue operation following a volcanic eruption at White Island this afternoon.

The eruption occurred about 2:11pm.

Motorists and buses try out Auckland's new lanes - NZTA (9 December 2019)
Statement on White Island eruption - NZ Cruise Association (9 December 2019)
White Island eruption - GNS Science (9 December 2019)

Sport

Temperament gets the better of Supera

Supera ran her race before the Gr.1 Captain Cook Stakes (1600m) at Trentham on Saturday.

That’s the summation of Ken Kelso, who trains the daughter of Savabeel with wife Bev.

Auckland City claim three-peat of youth football titles (9 December 2019)
Te Akau Singapore trainer Mark Walker claims third title (9 December 2019)
Exciting weekend for Haunui Farm - NZ Racing Desk (9 December 2019)

Entertainment

Signals 2019 launched - Michael King Writers' Centre

The Michael King Writers Centre launched the eighth issue of Signals, its literary journal for young writers, on Saturday 7 December at the National Library in Parnell.

Splore 2020 rounds off inspiring music programme (9 December 2019)
RAAF Hornet fighter jets returning to Warbirds Over Wanaka (9 December 2019)
Kiwi kids called on to help find Santa’s missing Christmas list (9 December 2019)

Lifestyle

International Urban Art Exchange 2020 exhibition

The Urban Art Foundation, an organisation committed to making art accessible on streets and in public gateways to enrich New Zealander’s experience of their urban environment, has facilitated an exchange of digitalised paintings and video art between Turku, Finland and Wellington, New Zealand.<

Waikato potter wins $3k Waiclay National Ceramics Award - Hamilton City Council (6 December 2019)
Orang-utans’ two year stay in Christchurch ends mid-January - Orana Wildlife (6 December 2019)
Christmas cheer at Pompallier Mission (6 December 2019)

Health

Samoan doctors worldwide respond to measles crisis

The University of Otago has a long term commitment and relationship with the people of Samoa through our 2004 Memorandum of Understanding with the National University of Samoa and very good ongoing working relationships with the Samoa Ministry of Health.

Summer welcomes new midwives for Thames (9 December 2019)
Disability service breaches health code after worker removes patient from room (9 December 2019)
Discovery may open door to new medicines - BPRC (9 December 2019)

Technology

Technology to help get cherries picked

CamperMate, an app used by independent travellers, has joined forces with Seasonal Solutions to help find staff for this season’s cherry harvest.

Kordia welcomes direct connection to Google Cloud (9 December 2019)
Samsung Galaxy Fold now available in New Zealand (6 December 2019)
Going the distance: e-learning expert says we still have a way to go (6 December 2019)