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Farmers Make Good Progress Toward Clean Streams Accord Targets

Farmers Make Good Progress Toward Clean Streams Accord Targets

The latest results from the Dairying and Clean Streams Accord for the 2007/08 season showed a slight improvement in the overall level of significant non-compliance with Regional Council dairy effluent rules, along with a rise in the level of full compliance.

Last Of The Big Official Cash Rate Cuts?

Last Of The Big Official Cash Rate Cuts?

"Federated Farmers congratulates the Reserve Bank for its 50 basis points cut to the OCR this morning," says Don Nicolson, President of Federated Farmers.

Rate Cut Welcomed But It Won't Stimulate Much Extra Spending

Rate Cut Welcomed But It Won't Stimulate Much Extra Spending

A key Auckland retail group says the Reserve Bank's latest cut to the Official Cash Rate will be welcome news to many mortgage holders, but New Zealand's retailers won't be holding their breath.

Eastbound Lanes On Wiri Station Road Bridge Now Open

The NZ Transport Agency advises that the eastbound lanes of the Wiri Station Road Bridge are now open as part of the SH20-1 Manukau Extension project.

New chipseal has been laid on the lanes and motorists are asked to slow down and observe a 30 km/h speed limit in place.

Clean Streams Accord Stalled

"The fifth annual snapshot of progress on the Dairying and Clean Streams Accord released today makes a mockery of the proposition that 'education leads to voluntary change'," said Bryce Johnson, Chief Executive of the New Zealand Fish & Game Council.

Industry Leading Wastewater Disposal System

Taupo's new wastewater land disposal system in View Road was officially opened today and has been described as 'industry leading'.

Early Medical Abortion Service Provided By Family Planning Will Help To Reduce The Stress Of Abortion

Women's Health Action have come out in support of yesterday's announcement by Family Planning that they will be applying for a license to provide early medical abortion in a clinic setting up to 9 weeks gestation using the drug Mifegyne (mifepristone), formerly known as RU486.

Man Jailed For Student Rape After Party

Wellington, March 12 NZPA - A New Plymouth man was yesterday jailed for eight years for rape.

Damien Blair Taylor, 22, was found guilty by a New Plymouth District Court jury of raping a university student at his home following a party in November 2007, The Taranaki Daily News reported.

Teacher Guilty Of Sex Offence Against Schoolboy

Wellington, March 12 NZPA - A Whangarei teacher has been convicted of committing a sex act on a schoolboy.

Taranaki Recyclers Fined $100,000 Over Loss Of Worker's Legs

Wellington, March 12 NZPA - A Taranaki recycling company has been ordered to pay nearly $200,000 in fines and reparation for workplace safety breaches which resulted an employee losing his legs.