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Build Dams Not Cycle Lanes Say Farmers

Federated Farmers President, Don Nicolson today urged all political parties to focus far more on the productive sector. He said if government increased infrastructure expenditure it should spend money on building dams rather than cycle lanes.

Garden Centre Fined For Opening On Good Friday

Wellington, Oct 28 NZPA - A Wellington garden centre has been fined for keeping their doors open on Good Friday this year.

California Home and Garden in Miramar were fined the maximum penalty of $1000 and court costs of $130 at the Wellington District Court today.

Jailed Man Man Freed After Rape Conviction Overturned

Christchurch, Oct 28 NZPA - A man who spent seven months in jail for rape has walked free, after the Court of Appeal overturned the conviction.

Kevin Patrick Leahy was jailed for five years after being convicted by a Christchurch District Court jury in February.

Ruapehu Lodge Loss Felt Keenly

Ruapehu Lodge Loss Felt Keenly

The destruction of Forest & Bird's Ruapehu Lodge in Whakapapa Village in a fire last night (Monday, 27 October) was like losing an old friend, Forest & Bird General Manager Mike Britton says.

Home In Which NZer Died Had Blocked Fire Escape, Inquest Told

Wellington, Oct 28 NZPA - The operator of a Melbourne rooming house in which a New Zealand woman and her boyfriend perished in a blaze two years ago had blocked off a fire escape, an inquest was told yesterday.

Wanganui Rugby To Receive "Freedom Of The City"

Wanganui Rugby To Receive "Freedom Of The City"

COUNCIL HOLDS FIRST EVER 'E-MEETING

The Wanganui District Council - in its first ever council "e-meeting" - has resolved to confer the highest civic award of 'Freedom of the City' upon the Wanganui representative rugby team of 2008.

Ten Years On - The House Of Ngāpuhi Stands Firm

Ten Years On - The House Of Ngāpuhi Stands Firm

An independent review of Te Rūnanga-Ā-Iwi-O-Ngāpuhi's governance and operations over the past decade has found a high performing organisation, Chair Sonny Tau announced today.

Mr Tau said the Rūnanga - which today represents 120,000 Ngapuhi - had achieved a very good report card.

Accused Emma Agnew Killer Says He Was Framed By Police

Accused Emma Agnew Killer Says He Was Framed By Police

Christchurch, Oct 28 NZPA - Emma Agnew murder accused Liam James Reid said today that scientific evidence against him must arise from accidental transference, contamination, or from being planted.

Second Child Gives Evidence In Nia Glassie Trial

Second Child Gives Evidence In Nia Glassie Trial

Wellington, Oct 28 NZPA - More harrowing details of the last days of three-year-old Nia Glassie's short life were outlined in the High Court at Rotorua today.

Strong Interest In Returned Medals

Good crowds were experienced by the QEII Army Memorial Museum over Labour Weekend with almost 1500 visitors making the trip to Waiouru over the three days.