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Cyclone Gita expected to cross NZ early next week

Tropical Cyclone Gita remains a severe category 3 storm today and the air pressure remains stable at 956hPa. It remains in a good position with little interference landwise and atmosphere-wise to weaken it significantly.

Childcare a challenge for 1 in 6 working parents - Stats NZ

Not having care available when they needed it was the main childcare difficulty (38 percent) for parents who worked, or wanted to work, Stats NZ said today. Care being too expensive was their next main difficulty (19 percent).

Vodafone helps parents navigate My First Phone

With another school year underway, Vodafone is offering advice to parents under pressure from their children asking for their first phone.

Trash gas powers city’s first ‘eco’ rubbish truck

The first electric sideloader waste collection truck in the southern hemisphere has powered into Christchurch streets.

Batteries power every truck function, from the lifting arm to the motor to the computer that the driver uses to know which streets to travel down.

Engineer Paula Wright brings world of experience to NPDC role

NPDC engineer Paula Wright’s last two jobs had 76 degrees of separation.

Mrs Wright joined NPDC last year after working across the world - including the frozen wastes of Canada (-33 degrees Celsius) to the scorching deserts of Australia (+43C).

Leading edge residential development nears completion

Hutt City Council-owned property company Urban Plus Limited is about to celebrate the completion of its most ambitious residential development project to date.

Inspiring innovation in the classroom

Inspiring creativity and innovation among the nation’s students may require a move away from traditional teaching practices, particularly at tertiary level, according to University of Waikato PhD student Richard Heraud.

Developing future Maori leaders in land-based industries

Whenua Ora, an innovative new national engagement programme for young Māori was launched in Christchurch earlier this week.

What the Year of the Dog means for NZ

New Zealand is the first place to see in the Chinese New Year, which is very auspicious.

Queenstown Lakes District Council clamps down on freedom campers

Queenstown Lakes District Council has today moved to reduce the impact freedom campers are having at several popular community spaces in Queenstown and Wanaka.

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