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Proactive Timaru Businesses Equip Oil Spill Response Trailer

Timaru's port now has a new array of equipment to combat fuel spills in its harbour. Two local companies, The Front Store (a division of Andar Holdings) and South Eastern Resources, have combined forces to build and equip the port's second oil-spill trailer unit.

Last Chance For New Zealand Writers To Enter Mind, Body, Spirit Award

-Ashton Wylie Charitable Trust Book Award entries close 31 May-

New Zealand mind, body and spirit writers have less than one month left to enter their work in the 2009 Ashton Wylie Charitable Trust Book Awards.

We Haven't Lost Control Of Gun Numbers: Police

Wellington, May 12 NZPA - Police have defended themselves after a firearm safety advocate claimed they had "lost control" of the number of guns in the country.

TV2 Kidsfest Set To Warm Up Winter

TV2 Kidsfest Set To Warm Up Winter

Christchurch is gearing up for one of the biggest children's festivals ever held in New Zealand with over 220 events and an expected 85,000 attendances.

Up To 200 Ministry Of Social Development Jobs Being Cut

Up To 200 Ministry Of Social Development Jobs Being Cut

The Public Service Association wants the government to tell the country why the Ministry of Social Development is having to cut up to 200 jobs even though demand for its services is increasing.

Smith Announces First Steps To Privatisation Of Acc

The Government's blind determination to turn ACC into an insurance scheme in preparation for its privatisation will fatally undermine New Zealand's priceless accident compensation system and compromise worker health and safety, said CTU President Helen Kelly today.

Gareth Morgan's New Climate Change Book Stirs Up A Storm

Gareth Morgan is alarmed at the level of vitriol being lobbed at him over his new climate change book. He says both sides are prone to losing their objectivity but this emotional outpouring shows exactly why it's important to open up this discussion right now.

Len Snee's Funeral

Police are expecting a large crowd of several thousand to attend the funeral for Senior Constable Len Snee in Napier tomorrow.

Police from around New Zealand are expected to attend, as well as 8 police representatives from different states of Australia.

Residential Market Show Signs Of Stabilising

There has been a degree of confidence returned to the residential real estate market as indicated by April sales figures released today by the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand (REINZ).

Update 36 - Influenza A (h1n1) Swine Flu

New Zealand situation - Updated numbers

The number of confirmed and probable cases reported to the Ministry of Health as at 3:00pm today are:

Seven confirmed cases of Influenza A (H1N1) - unchanged since Saturday 9/5.