Call for pre-departure Covid-19 tests for travel to South Island

A Covid-19 modeller thinks the government should make it a requirement for those travelling to the South Island to first provide a negative test result. Photo: L C Mortensen CCBY-SA 4 The top of the South Island has had a Labour Weekend scare with an imported Covid-19 case from the North Island shopping at Blenheim … Read more

Dannevirke museum pleads for return of extinct stuffed huia

By Jimmy Ellingham, Manawatū reporter A museum missing a prized huia bird stolen from its collection has issued a plea for the stuffed animal’s return. Photo: Dannevirke Gallery of History The female huia was taken from the Dannevirke Gallery of History in July 2020. One man is in jail after admitting offences including the huia’s … Read more

New Zealanders frustrated at how govt agencies are held to account, study finds

New Zealanders are frustrated at how government agencies are held to account, with change needed to reconnect the public sector with those it serves. Photo: RNZ / Dom Thomas Reform would require a fundamental shift away from what is important for the public sector towards what is important for Parliament and the public, according to … Read more

Mayor hopes Ōtorohanga Covid-19 cases will spur people to get vaccinated

A King Country leader hopes two new cases of Covid-19 in Ōtorohanga will prompt an increase in the area’s sluggish vaccination rate. There have been two community cases of Covid-19 announced in Ōtorohanga (file picture). Photo: RNZ/ Dan Cook The Ministry of Health announced the positive results last night and in a statement said early … Read more

Man dies in South Canterbury light plane crash

Civil Aviation Authority investigators are expected to begin combing the scene of a fatal light plane crash in South Canterbury tomorrow. Photo: RNZ / Claire Eastham-Farrelly The pilot of a single-seat Baby Great Lakes aircraft died in the crash between Omarama and Twizel this morning. Two investigators will examine the scene, near State Highway 8, … Read more

Truck and motorcycle collide in Canterbury

State Highway One is cut off by crashes in two places in Canterbury and the holiday road toll has risen to eight after a motorcyclist was killed. Traffic is building up after the lower Rakaia Bridge was closed after a crash between a motorcycle and a truck. Photo: Supplied The lower Rakaia Bridge is closed … Read more

Man appears in court after Waikanae firearms incident

A man charged with a raft of offences after a firearms incident in Waikanae yesterday has appeared in court. Photo: RNZ / Richard Tindiller Shortly before 8 o’clock yesterday morning court documents state he fired a shotgun at two properties in Waikanae on the Kapiti Coast. Police say he also shot at an officer, aimed … Read more

Nelson art exhibition showcases rangatahi perspective on climate change

A group of scientists, photographers and students are behind a Nelson exhibition showing how rangitahi view climate change. A group of scientists, photographers and intermediate school students are behind a Nelson exhibition showing how youth view climate change. Photo: Supplied / Raymond Sagapolutele Through The Eye of Whakatū exhibition showcases the work of 16 intermediate … Read more

Immigration NZ staff to be re-trained over one-off residence visa applications

Immigration New Zealand is not planning to recruit any more staff to take on the processing of the one-off residence visas. Instead, it says it will retrain existing employees to do the work when applications open in December. Immigration Minister Kris Faafoi announced last month that 165,000 people may be eligible for the fast-track residence … Read more

Two Covid-19 cases reported in Ōtorohanga

The Ministry of Health has reported two new positive Covid-19 cases in the Waikato town of Ōtorohanga. Ōtorohanga town centre. Photo: RNZ/ Dan Cook The ministry said in a statement that early indications show these two cases are close contacts of a previously confirmed case from Te Awamutu. They were tested yesterday and received their … Read more