Regional News

Taranaki company axes 20 jobs

The Ministry for Primary Industries has investigated oil waste on dairy farms in Taranaki.

Taranaki engineering services company ITL has announced it is to shed more than 20 jobs. A company spokesperson said several large oil and gas contracts were coming to completion.

Woman dead after being hit by train

St John ambulance.

A woman has died after being hit by a train in Napier this afternoon. Police say the train driver will be interviewed, but they are not certain if he knew the woman had been run over.

DHB takes dispute to Serious Fraud Office

hospital ward

A long-running dispute between the Southern District Health Board and doctors' group, South Link Health, is now in the hands of the Serious Fraud Office.

All ship's problems must be sorted, says union

The Port of Tauranga.

The Maritime Union is calling for authorities to detain a cargo ship at the Port of Tauranga until all 14 problems relating to the crew and the boat's seaworthiness are fixed. (AUDIO)

Honoured for 'icy' bravery in Nelson

Mayor Rachel Reese with Royal Humane Society Bravery Award recipients Kyle Paki Paki (centre - holding Ali Fa’avae) and Philip Walker (right).

A British tourist and three local men have been honoured for their bravery in rescuing a couple and their grandson from a car, which plunged into an icy river in Nelson.

Flood abates in Far North

Flooding at Pipiwai, Northland.

The third flood in a month for the Far North is over, as the storm which battered the region over the weekend makes its way down the country.

Liberian-flagged ship being held

The Port of Tauranga.

An inspection of a Liberian-flagged ship which arrived in the port of Tauranga today has revealed 14 deficiencies relating to crew treatment and the ship's seaworthiness.

Kauri dieback not spreading rapidly

The potentially devastating Kauri dieback disease appears not to be spreading rapidly on the Coromandel Peninsula.

The potentially devastating kauri dieback disease appears not to be spreading rapidly on the Coromandel Peninsula. A surveillance programme has found the disease at two sites.

Northland rainfall should ease tonight

Flooding over SH1 North of Whangarei.

MetService says rainfall in Northland, which is weathering its third bout of flooding in a month, should gradually ease tonight. SH10 at Kaeo remains impassable due to flooding.

SH3 at Piopio gets safety net

A section of State Highway 3 in Waikato where a woman was killed by falling rocks is to have a steel net anchored to it, to catch falling debris.

Call for witnesses to Pirongia hold-up

Police

Police in Waikato are investigating an armed hold-up of a hotel in Pirongia last night, in which its two owners were assaulted and left tied up. The pair were not badly injured.

Tourist missing in Queenstown

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Police hold grave concerns for a tourist who has not been seen for a week. Kwei Ying Wong, a Hong Kong national, was last seen at her hotel in Queenstown.

Ruataniwha Dam funding boost

The site of the proposed Ruataniwha Dam.

Hawke's Bay Regional Council has advanced $3.1 million to the company managing the resource-consent phase of the Ruataniwha Dam project.

Put your questions to the politicians

Ask Away

Whether it's poverty, housing or education on your mind, Radio New Zealand has teamed up with Ask Away to let you raise your issues directly with election candidates.

Fine for Piako River effluent discharge

Effluent

A Morrinsville farming company has been fined nearly $50,000 for unlawfully discharging dairy effluent into farm drains that flow into a tributary of the Piako River.

Storm warning issued for Northland

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Civil Defence in Northland is warning farmers and residents to brace for a battering of heavy rain over the next two days, with up to 180 millimetres of rain expected.

Urgent meeting called for port death

The Port of Lyttelton.

WorkSafe New Zealand is requesting an urgent meeting with Lyttelton Port's management to discuss health and safety concerns after the third workplace death in the past year. (AUDIO)

Motorcyclist dead in Dannevirke crash

One man has died following a motorcycle crash in Tararua district in the early hours of this morning.