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Approval clears way for David and Goliath battle on reed control

Two insects common around the Mediterranean can now be imported into New Zealand to control the giant reed (Arundo donax), following a decision by the Environmental Protection Authority(EPA) made under the Hazardous Substances and New Organisms Act (1996).

State Highway 1 reopens after serious Otaki crash

Following a serious crash in Otaki earlier this morning, State Highway 1 is now open.

Two patients remain in hospital.

The Serious Crash Unit will continue to investigate the incident.

Work starts on QEII Recreation and Sport Centre

It’s all go at QEII Park, with Mayor Lianne Dalziel and Councillor David East celebrating the start of work on the new QEII Recreation and Sport Centre this morning (Tuesday 17 January).

Appeal for information after theft and arson of car in Invercargill

Invercargill Police are appealing for information after a car was set alight in the carpark at the end of Christie’s Road, Sandypoint.

The Blue Toyota Altezza was set on fire at approximately 3.30am on Monday 16 January 2017.

Hundreds expected at Palmerston North summer reading finale

Hundreds of families are expected to attend the finale of the Summer Reading Programme this Thursday evening.

Burglary and then arson at St Albans Shirley Club

Police are investigating a burglary and arson which occurred at the St Albans Shirley Club on Hills Road, Christchurch between 8-10:30am on Monday 16th January 2017.

A male offender has broken into several areas of the bar and office areas and taken an unknown amount of money.

Otaki crash victim airlifted to Wellington Hospital

Life Flight’s Westpac Rescue Helicopter responded to a multi-vehicle crash on SH1 near Otaki this morning and flew a male patient in his 30s to Wellington Hospital in serious condition.

Policy changes creating pressures for only-child Chinese migrants

Government policy changes in New Zealand and China are creating pressures for only child migrants from China who face difficult decisions juggling new lives with cultural expectations to care for ageing parents.

Fire restrictions imposed on the Tararua district

The Tararua District Council Rural Fire Authority will impose a Restricted Fire Season (Permit required) for the whole District, effective from 8.00 am, Wednesday, 18 January 2017 until further notice.

Large search underway on North Shore

A large search is underway in the Torbay, Long Bay and Browns Bay areas as the search for 73 year-old Pat Wearn continues.

Mrs Wearn has Alzheimers, but does a twice-daily walk from her Torbay home, and does the same route every time.

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