Which way is up in space? Planets are usually shown with the north pole at the top and the south pole at the bottom. In this remarkable image taken by ESA’s Mars Express, the Red Planet is seen with north at the bottom, and the equator at the top.
The Black Ferns have been named adidas Team of the Year for the first time ever, topping off a night of successes for the World Champions and women’s rugby at the ASB Rugby Awards in Auckland this evening.
ESA astronaut Paolo Nespoli landed back on Earth early this morning after 139 days in space. The ride home from the International Space Station required braking from 28 800 km/h to a standstill in barely three hours.
As part of the Government’s Families Package, a new Winter Energy Payment (WEP) will help a million people with the costs of heating their homes in winter, Minister for Energy and Re
Minister for Statistics and Climate Change James Shaw welcomes the commitment to develop a new set of economic, environmental, and social progress indicators, as outlined in the Gove
The Families Package will provide targeted assistance to improve incomes for low- and middle-income families with children. It is part of the Government’s focus on reducing child poverty, and ensuring children get the best start in life.
The Government is delivering on its promise to help low- and middle-income families with children, and to reduce child poverty.
A partnership between DOC, Te Arai and Mangawhai Shorebirds Trust, Te Uri o Hau Settlement Trust, and Boffa Miskell will protect the endangered fairy tern.
DOC Hawke’s Bay is looking for wardens at Waitara/Glenn Falls, Everetts and Kuripapango campsites.
An Invercargill man has been fined for dumping vacuum cleaners and other rubbish in the Seaward Moss Conservation Area.
DOC is investing in road signage on a problematic West Coast backcountry road this summer but says travellers must prepare, drive to the conditions and expect more traffic.
Details of the Families Package, providing support to improve incomes for low and middle income families with children.
Champion teams the Black Ferns, New Zealand Under 20, and the Crusaders, have been nominated for Team of the Year at New Zealand’s biggest celebration of rugby, the 2017 ASB Rugby Awards – taking place on 14 December.
Firearms and public health, impacts of New Zealand’s most common natural hazard – flooding, and lessons from the 1918 flu pandemic are just some of the courses and seminar talks being offered by the University of Otago, Wellington’s Public Health Summer School.
In a bid to curb New Zealand’s horrific drowning rates, a University of Otago researcher is aiming to fill the gap in children’s open water survival skills.
In an article published today in the Christmas issue of the British Medical Journal, New Zealand researchers found that Google laptop searches performed better at finding online sexual health advice than the digital assistants on smartphones.
More than 15,000 frail elderly identified as being lonely according to a world-first study of 72,000 older New Zealanders. That equates to one in five older people.
A prestigious city art gallery is not where most people would expect to find Red Cross volunteers. However on 8 December that was exactly where volunteers from Bounce, a Red Cross youth-led wellbeing project, were taking their message to the community.
An extra 14,000 passengers caught Dunedin buses in September this year – a 7.9 percent increase compared to the same month last year.
Please attribute to Detective Inspector Paul Newman, National Organised Crime Group Police have arrested seven people on drugs charges following a long-running investigation into a methamphetamine and commercial cannabis distribution network. The arrests follow an inquiry involving Police and Customs into a criminal syndicate where members were primarily using residential properties to set up sophisticated indoor cannabis growing systems.
Please attribute to a police spokesperson: Police are in attendance at an incident in Tuakau where a person has been hit by a vehicle on Alexandra Redoubt Rd. The incident was reported shortly after 12.30pm.
One person has been confirmed dead after a crash on Onuku Road near Akaroa. Emergency services were notified shortly after 1pm this afternoon that a vehicle had left the road and travelled approximately 10 metres down a bank. One person was found deceased in the vehicle a short time ago. No details regarding the person are available at this stage.
Santa had a bit of a helping hand to save a number of Christmas presents yesterday, thanks to some great work by a number of Wellington District staff. Police were called around 11am when a courier van was stolen from an address on Rowe Road, Wainuiomata where it had been delivering a parcel. After receiving information from members of the public who reported seeing suspicious behaviour in the area, staff already deployed in the area were able to locate and arrest the man responsible a short time later.
A new safe speed camera will start operating next week on East Coast Road in Redvale in an effort to lower speeds and reduce deaths and injuries on our roads. “Road crashes have devastating impacts on families and communities,” says Superintendent Steve Greally, National Manager Road Policing. East Coast Road in Redvale is among 33 locations across the country where new digital cameras are being installed as part of the third phase of the $10m static camera expansion programme, announced in July 2013.
Waikato Police yesterday terminated a major, district-wide operation targeting organised criminal groups and drug dealing. The Waikato District Organised Crime and Major Crime Teams have been conducting search warrants at 14 properties across the district since Monday 4 December. 30 people have been arrested and are facing a total of 87 charges including; serious drug offences relating to dealing methamphetamine and cannabis, firearms offences, and offences involving stolen property.
Rotorua Police are still appealing for sightings of missing man Nigel Peterson, who has not been seen since Friday 17 November.
The last sighting of Nigel was at around 3pm that day, on Old Taupo Road.
Nigel’s family remains optimistic and hopeful of finding Nigel and Police want to hear from anyone who believes they may have seen Nigel since 17 November.
Six people have been arrested and an estimated 30kg of methamphetamine has been seized following a second wave of terminations in relation to Operation Sweden.
Those arrested yesterday were in Manukau, Lower Hutt and Masterton. These arrests follow the arrest of 11 people last week in Masterton on drugs charges as part of the same operation.
Dunedin Police are seeking witnesses to a crash at the intersection of Dundas and Great King Streets, Dunedin, at around 6pm on Tuesday 12th of December. 77-year-old pedestrian Judith Mary Egerton, of Dunedin was killed when a car collided with her. The Dunedin Enquiry Section is investigating and would like any witnesses to come forward by contacting the Dunedin Central Police Station on (03) 471 4800 and asking for Sgt Sheldon Kindley.
Police are responding to a crash involving a van and a motorbike near the intersection of SH25 and Hikauai Settlement Road. The crash occurred at about 5.30pm this evening. Reports are that two people have sustained serious injuries.
Walking is a way of life for a 91-year-old who has been part of a weekly Walk’n’Talk group for the past 17 years.
Contractors are about two-thirds of the way through repairing the earthquake damage to New Brighton Pier’s support columns.
Mayor Lianne Dalziel has presented Civic Awards to 12 groups and individuals in recognition of their outstanding service to the community.
Christchurch City Council is one of three local councils taking part in Airways New Zealand’s new digital approval trial for drone flights.
In the pre-Christmas rush, consumers are reminded to know their rights and shop safely this Christmas.
A "powerful, restrained but unafraid" collection of poems that explore the lives of four generations of Māori women has been awarded the 2017 Adam Foundation Prize in Creative Writing by Victoria University of Wellington’s International Institute
The Prime Minister’s success is an important signal that Parliament is a place for young women, Victoria’s Dr Claire Timperley tells the University’s 11th Post-Election Conference.
These brightly coloured bricks raise important and challenging questions about creativity and play, conformity and autonomy, identity and culture, writes Victoria’s Associate Professor in Philosophy Sondra Bacharach.
When Te Wehi o Mahuru Wright gives the graduate address at Victoria University’s Te Herenga Waka marae graduation ceremony tomorrow, he’ll be completing his academic journey in the same place that sustained him throughout it.
Five Victoria University students are getting the opportunity to work alongside scientists, conservators and rangers over summer after earning a Blake Ambassador Award.
Defending Investec Super Rugby champions the Crusaders may be without All Blacks captain and No.8 Kieran Read for the first stages of the competition but previous decisions should minimise the disruption.
The costs of delivering on commitments made in the Coalition and Confidence and Supply Agreements will be met within the operating and capital allowances set out in the 2018 Budget P
The Government’s KiwiBuild initiative will deliver 100,000 affordable houses over the next 10 years, giving hope to first-home buyers and addressing New Zealand’s housing crisis, Min
The Government’s Families Package will make a real difference to Māori families and help give their children a better start in life, Labour Deputy Leader Kelvin Davis says.
The Government’s policy programme will deliver a stable and growing economy which is fair for all New Zealanders, Finance Minister Grant Robertson says.
The Government is delivering on its commitment to manage New Zealand’s finances responsibly while ensuring the dividends of economic growth are more fairly shared, says Prime Ministe
The Government is delivering on its promise to help low- and middle-income families with children, and to reduce child poverty.
Corrections Minister Kelvin Davis has congratulated 20 new Corrections officers and offender employment instructors who graduated at a ceremony in Upper Hutt today.
Hon James Shaw
The 11th Ministerial Conference (MC11) of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) concluded today in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
A new centre designed to encourage collaboration between Police, scientists and crime researchers has been opened in Wellington by Police Minister Stuar
A Nelson man has been fined $16,000 for commercial fishing in a West Coast marine reserve.
Minister for Agriculture, Biosecurity, Food Safety and Rural Communities Damien O’Connor announced today that the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) will r
To be attributed to Constable Chris Wakelin:
Police have this morning made enquiries into a disturbing video shared online, which shows a kitten in Southland being killed.
We have identified those responsible, who are all aged between 11 and 16 years old. The offenders will all be interviewed and referred to the Invercargill Youth Services team for appropriate action.
Police are now able to release the name of the pedestrian killed in a crash with a car at the intersection of Dundas and Great King Streets, Dunedin, at around 6pm last night. She was 77-year-old Judith Mary Egerton, of Dunedin. Police extend their sympathies to her family and friends.
Police are currently attending a crash on Fitzgerald Road in Drury where a truck has driven off the road. The driver of the truck has died at the scene. It is believed at this early stage to have been a medical event. There are diversions in place between Waihoehoe and Brookfield Roads and motorists are asked to avoid the area if at all possible until further notice.
The University of Otago will this week confer an Honorary Doctor of Commerce degree on internationally renowned businessman and philanthropist Graeme Hart.
Please attribute to Inspector Andrew Mortimore, Waikato West Area Commander A Police operation executed in Waikato earlier this morning has resulted in several arrests and the recovery of a number of firearms. Local staff, supported by the Armed Offenders Squad, Police Eagle helicopter and drug detector dogs, executed five search warrants at addresses in the Huntly West Area.
The coalition Government will conduct a wide-ranging inquiry into making New Zealand’s fuel supply more secure following the September outage of the Marsden Refiner
Forestry Minister Shane Jones has today welcomed the separation of portfolios within the Ministry of Primary Industries, saying it marks a new era for forestr
Associate Transport Minister Julie Anne Genter today welcomed the passing of the Maritime Transport Amendment Bill’s third reading by Parliament.
Associate Transport Minister Julie Anne Genter today joined Christchurch City Councillors and local Linwood Avenue School students in opening the first stage of the
Please attribute to Detective Sergeant Mark Greaves, Auckland City Police. Auckland City Police have released an identikit image of the offender who stabbed a man in Franklin Road, Ponsonby on Friday 8 December, 2017. A man received a stab wound to his chest during an altercation with the offender at approximately 10.15pm that night.
Allowing the Commerce Commission to investigate the competitiveness of markets without prior political approval is a massive step forward, write Dr Geoff Bertram and Dr Simon Chapple from Victoria’s Institute for Governance and Policy Studies.
We need to stop ‘treading water’ and to expand our locally grown expertise and empirically driven research, says Dr Jason Young, Director of the Victoria-based New Zealand Contemporary China Research Centre.
Europe has four more Galileo navigation satellites in the sky following their launch on an Ariane 5 rocket. After today’s success, only one more launch remains before the Galileo constellation is complete and delivering global coverage.
National Standards and Ngā Whanaketanga Rumaki Māori will be removed from 2018.
The Government has announced a one off $9.5 million package to boost teacher supply.
Minister of State Services Chris Hipkins says changes to legislation may be required to curb the high pay levels of some State sector chief executives.
Linwood Avenue School students pedalled their way into the history books this morning when they became the first to ride on the Rapanui-Shag Rock cycleway.
A family-friendly ‘house-warming party’ on Friday will mark the official opening of Christchurch’s newest gathering space – Evolution Square.
Get tips for enjoying the summer from DOC in Manawatu.
Education Minister Chris Hipkins today announced an immediate $9.5 million teacher supply package to support more teachers into classrooms in 2018.
New Zealand referees Glen Jackson and Ben O’Keefe have been appointed to Tests in the Six Nations championship next year.
Police and partners invite media to attend the official opening of the new Evidence Based Policing Centre on Thursday, 14 December 2017. The event will be held at the Centre – Level 11, Vodafone House, 160 Lambton Quay, Wellington, 10.30am to midday. The Centre will be officially opened by the Minister of Police, Hon. Stuart Nash.
Scotland have been revelling in the improved performance of the national side in Test rugby but there has also been delighted with the way Clark Laidlaw has started his stint as coach of the All Blacks Sevens.
Users will experience thrilling twists and turns down an enclosed flume and climb the walls at up to 90-degree angles when the QEII Centre hydroslide opens next year.
Police can now release the name of the man killed in the crash on the Rakaia Bridge in Canterbury this afternoon. He was 48-year-old Ian Adrian Yee from Christchurch. Our thoughts are with Mr Yee’s family at this time.
Two University of Auckland Arts students are leading a special educational tour to five cities in the United States in January and February 2018.
A pedestrian has died following a collision with a car at the intersection of Dundas and Great King Street, Dunedin. Next of kin are being notified. The intersection remains closed and diversions are in place.