Job cuts to save super city $66.5 million; Karl Urban backs unions over conditions; RWC head gives glowing endorsement of Dunedin's Forsyth Barr stadium.
A former real estate agent used fake paperwork to secure bank mortgages in other people's names, as part of an elaborate property scam involving more than $10 million, the paper reports.
The Auckland super city will open for business on 1 November with 1223 fewer staff than currently work for the region's eight existing councils. The total number of staff will be 8207.
The Accident Compensation Corporation is poised to take legal action to liquidate the Wellington Phoenix football club, which it says owes more than $260,000 in unpaid player levies.
New Zealand movie star Karl Urban has thrown his weight behind a union demand for better conditions for actors.
The brother of real estate agent Margo McAuley says he hopes recommendations made by coroner Ian Smith after investigating her death will save lives.
At least 150 businesses are expected to fail because of the Canterbury earthquake. The Chamber of Commerce says the biggest casualties are expected to be restaurants and retailers.
Cantabrians with minor earthquake damage to their homes are being advised by the Canterbury Master Builders Association not to organise their repairs until the aftershocks stop.
Otago Daily Times
Rugby World Cup chief executive Martin Snedden has given a glowing endorsement of Dunedin's Forsyth Barr stadium.
Up to eight of New Zealand's most endangered kiwi, the Haast tokopeka, will be rehoused in Orokonui Ecosanctuary's predator-proof enclosure from the end of next month.
Nearly 3000 complaints have been laid against New Zealand police officers since the new police code of conduct was introduced in 2008 - but only one officer has been dismissed as a result of misconduct.