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Family Says Hospital Killed Terry Parsons

Gisborne, Oct 16 NZPA - The family of Gisborne rodeo identity Terry Parsons say a coroner's report vindicates their belief that their brother was killed by Gisborne Hospital.

The Other Financial Crisis

16 October 2008 - A financial crisis is nothing new for the 1.4 billion people the World Bank estimates are living in poverty worldwide say international development NGOs.

Deadline Approaching For $12,000 Bursary

16 October 2008 - The deadline is fast approaching for students interested in apply for Horizons Regional Council's $12,000 Don Linklater Memorial Bursary.

Paraparaumu Airport Coalition Confident About Appeal Against Developers' Business Park

16 OCTOBER 2008 - The Paraparaumu Airport Coalition says preparations for its appeal against plans for a business park on the airfield are well advanced.

Leap To It For Frogs This Labour Weekend

16 October 2008 - The Cadbury Freddo Frog Roadshow is at Auckland Zoo this Labour Weekend, so both grown-ups and littlies can leap in and learn all about New Zealand's four endangered species of native frogs, and how to help save them.

Reliance On Gambling Funding For Sports & Community Groups Creates Losers All Round

16 OCTOBER 2008 - Gambling issues lobby group GamblingWatch has criticised "successive governments for forcing sports and community groups to develop an unhealthy reliance on uncertain gambling money for their existence."

Varroa Chemical Put On Hold

16 October 2008 - The Environmental Risk Management Authority has declined an application from Bayer New Zealand Ltd to import Checkmite+ for release to control varroa mite in beehives.

Council Votes To Retain Existing Norsga Committee Membership

16 October 2008 - Waitakere City Council has decided against inviting a representative of the Massey Community Board to sit on its NorSGA Urban Development Committee, saying community interests are already well served by the seven councillors on the committee who have been elected to represent th

Students Breathe New Life Into Scuba

16 October 2008 - An Electronic Dive Buddy built by University of Auckland engineering students could make scuba diving a much safer sport.

Old Man's Beard Eradication Two Month Project

16 October 2008 - A huge project to try and combat the spread of the plant pest old man's beard in the Waihi Riverbed on the outskirts of Geraldine, South Canterbury, is nearing completion.