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Labour is promising to create a new national asset buying fund, giving at least $100 million a year to help raise local ownership. In the last major policy announcement before Saturday's election, leader David Cunliffe revealed the details of his planned sovereign wealth fund, NZ Inc. Keeping alive the possibility of state asset buybacks, the fund helps create a point of different from National in a bid to woo New Zealand First into coalition.
A new early learning centre being built on the site of a former fire station in Te Atatu Peninsula, West Auckland, is being marketed for sale to investors as a long-term, quality commercial property holding. The planned centre at 2 Waipani Rd, Auckland is offered for sale as part of Colliers International's latest New Zealand Portfolio collection.
Parts of the North Island are likely to be hit by thunderstorms and heavy rain later today but Wellington rugby fans should dodge the worst of it. Large areas of western and inland areas of the central and lower North Island are at high risk of thunderstorms and heavy rain this afternoon and evening.
New Zealand's databases of prospective gold, oil and gas deposits have received separate funding boosts, with GNS Science receiving a total of $6 million in the latest round of government science funding. GNS, a Crown Research Institute, is one of 13 research organisations to benefit from $139 million of science investment funding announced by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment this week.
The NZ Transport Agency is urging travellers in the Bay of Plenty to drive to the conditions, with moderate to heavy rain expected in parts of the region today and tomorrow. The Met Service has issued a severe weather warning for the Bay of Plenty, with up to 100mm of rain expected to fall west of Te Puke in the 12 hours from 9pm Friday to 9am Saturday.
Carol Girven, of Hastings, was helped by two elderly women to delay a brazen shoplifter in a clothing store. Photo / Warren Buckland Stories making headlines around the regions include ninja grannies fighting crime and a group of young people making a difference in 100 minutes.
NAILING IT: Actress Tanya Horo as the peaceful hippie mother Mareeka in the film The Z-Nail Gang , a New Zealand comedy-drama with a message. The movie is one of several on the Raglan Film Festival programme.
North Harbour coach Steve Jackson has made no less than eight changes as the Championship cellar-dwellers seek a winning formula ahead of tonight's clash with the Manawatu Turbos in Albany. Tighthead prop Alex Woonton is replaced by either Nic Mayhew or Sione Mafileo, while Massey club lock Gerard Tuioti-Mariner comes in for the injured Mike Farmer.
Rachel Blylevens was dismissed by Kidicorp in May after working as the centre manager of Topkids Waihi Rd Centre in Tauranga for 2-1/2 years, Employment Relations Authority member Rachel Larmer said. Kidicorp started an investigation after receiving written complaints on April 9 about Blylevens from eight of the 11 staff working under her at the centre.
Winston Peters has waded into the political storm brewing over the New Plymouth District Council's proposal for a Maori ward. "People may say I do not belong in a New Plymouth debate, but these policies do not belong in New Zealand."
Nine out of 10 New Zealanders believe a "Friday feeling" exists while many spend the last two hours of the working week getting ready for the weekend, a survey has found. Research by Colmar Brunton has found the average working Kiwi moves into a lower gear at 3.29pm on a Friday, finishes work at 4.04pm and "switches off" for the weekend an hour later.
The Kathleen Kilgour Centre has snapped up three of Waikato's top radiology oncologists, the district's cancer centre manager, a specialist physicist, five radiology technicians and several nurses. Patients had to travel from Bay of Plenty to Hamilton for radiotherapy treatment, but with the state-of-the-art-facility opening on October 1 it is expected to reduce Waikato's patient load by 30 per cent.
GETTING READY: Shakti New Zealand is taking part in the March to Change New Zealand's Shame on September 15 in Wellington. That's why the organisation, which provides support services for Asian, African and Middle Eastern women and children, is joining the Women's Refuge-led protest March to Change New Zealand's Shame in Wellington on Monday.
Coromandel residents are in for another watery weekend as trough brings rain to higher parts of the peninsula and Bay of Plenty from late tomorrow and through most of Saturday. Rain levels in these areas could measure up to 100mm in under 24hrs, especially about the ranges of eastern Bay of Plenty, says MetService.
Stories making headlines around the regions today include some creative graffiti on election hoardings and the discovery of a long-forgotten cellar under the old Kaikohe Hotel. Tauranga's anonymous spray paint artist has struck again, revamping a Maori Party hoarding on Elizabeth St, Tauranga to depict some unlikely election allies together on the one sign.
Updated: Sun Sep 14, 2014 04:49 pm
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