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Tight contest in Australasian Police Dog Championships

South Australia has won this year’s individual patrol dog championship and Victoria Police the patrol team trophy, taking the title from New Zealand’s ‘paw blacks’ in the Australasian Police Dog Championships which wrapped up in Wellington tonight.

Police remind Otago motorists to drive safely this long weekend

Senior Sergeant Jared Kirk, Team Leader for Road Policing in Otago says Police will have a visible and active presence on Otago roads during Labour Weekend, focusing on high risk behaviour through prevention and enforcement.

Police recover 97 deal bags of synthetic cannabis

Police have recovered 97 individual zip-lock bags of synthetic cannabis following a routine traffic stop.

Police urge rural property owners to make security a priority

As the weather gets warmer and the days get longer, police are encouraging rural property owners to make security a priority.

A lot of reported thefts are committed by opportunist criminals looking for that insecure shed or a farm vehicle with keys in the ignition.

New physiotherapy school to open at Wintec

It’s official, enrolment is now open for New Zealand’s newest physiotherapy school.

Waikato Institute of Technology (Wintec) now has New Zealand’s first new school of physiotherapy in 45 years, a coup for the central North Island.

Volunteers gearing up to support Blind Week street appeal

Volunteers are preparing to hit the streets to raise vital funds for the Blind Foundation during their Blind Week street collection on Friday 26 and Saturday 27 October 2018.

Every day, an average of four New Zealanders turn to the Blind Foundation for support with sight loss.

NZ volunteer recognised with Commonwealth Points of Light award

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has today recognised Maata McManus, representing New Zealand, as the 74th Commonwealth Point of Light in honour of her exceptional voluntary service supporting women by sharing the traditional art of korowai.

DOC supporting family and colleagues after helicopter crash

The Department of Conservation (DOC) is rallying around family and colleagues of the staff who died in a helicopter crash this morning in Wanaka.

The helicopter, with two DOC staff on board, was on its way to undertake tahr control in the Haast area when it crashed.

Review of privacy protections in serious fraud investigations

The Ministry of Social Development will review the best way to gather necessary information about high risk benefit fraud while balancing clients’ right to privacy.

Repeal of charter school law welcomed by secondary teachers

The government’s support for quality public education has been demonstrated today with the passage of the bill repealing charter schools.