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Armed Incident In Riverhead

Armed Incident In Riverhead

5 January 2009 - Three men are being interviewed by police after an armed incident in the township of Riverhead early this morning.

Kiwis Keen On Moving Summer

Kiwis Keen On Moving Summer

5 January 2009 - If you think the late December summer holiday break just isn't delivering warm enough weather, you're not alone. A large number of Kiwis agree, according to a Research New Zealand poll.

Free Swim Lessons Extend To More Children

Free Swim Lessons Extend To More Children

5 January 2009 - Following positive feedback, the John Walker Find Your Field of Dreams Foundation has now extended its Community Swim programme to include Year Four children in Manukau, almost doubling the capacity of the programme.

Milestone Report Shows State Of Canterbury's Environment

Milestone Report Shows State Of Canterbury's Environment

5 January 2009 - A key report released by Environment Canterbury contains mixed news about the state of the region's environment.

Lion Man Auctions Photos On Ebay

Lion Man Auctions Photos On Ebay

Auckland, Jan 4 NZPA - Autographed pictures of "Lion Man" Craig Busch and his big cats are being sold on an internet auctions site.

Couples Find Support From Unexpected Sources

Couples Find Support From Unexpected Sources

3 January 2009 - People often discuss relationship problems, not with professional counsellors, but with their family, friends, GPs, nurses, school teachers, church ministers and community elders, a Families Commission study has found.

Cost No Barrier To Seeking Counselling For Relationship Issues

Cost No Barrier To Seeking Counselling For Relationship Issues

3 January 2009 - New Zealanders need to know that free counselling is available for people facing relationship issues.

Wellingtonians Face Tough New Year Rating Choices

Wellingtonians Face Tough New Year Rating Choices

3 January 2009 - A Facebook page, a phone hotline, a residents' panel - just three of the ways the Wellington City Council aims to get residents' views in the New Year about the tough spending and rating choices the city faces in coming years.

Men Accused Of Christmas Day Rape Remanded In Custody

Wellington, Jan 3 NZPA - The two Indian men arrested for the alleged rape of a Hawera woman on Christmas Day have been remanded in custody.

Biofuel makes Aviation Debut

The World’s first commercial aviation test flight was a resounding success according to Dave Morgan, Chief Pilot for Air New Zealand.

In a two hour test flight, one of the 747’s engines was powered by a 50/50 blend of standard fuel with synthetic fuel made from the oil of jatropha plant seeds. This test of a second generation biofuel follows the testing of a Virgin Atlantic flight last year, which utilised coconut and babassu oil instead. This test flight was a joint venture involving Air New Zealand, Boeing, Rolls-Royce and Honeywell Company UOP, with support from Terasol Energy and according to the Chief Executive of Air New Zealand, Rob Fyfe; it was a significant milestone toward a more environmentally sustainable company. Thanks to this test however, it is a milestone for more than just the company. With corporate entities not only acknowledging the alternatives to fossil fuels but actually attempting to use them commercially, this is a significant step for the planet toward a more sustainable future.