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A Dunedin business says George St retailers are “dropping like flies” as the number of vacant stores reaches its highest level in 10 years. But a property investor expects the number of vacant stores will drop as three “significant international leasings” are poised to open in the street later this…

New Zealand’s oldest jade retailer, Hokitika-based Westland Greenstone Ltd, has been sold to local iwi, Ngati Mahaki in Te Runanga o Makaawhio. A sale and purchase agreement with owner Kiwi Country Ltd and a runanga-owned subsidiary went unconditional on June 17. The changeover date is July 1. Westland Greenstone was…

Transport Minister Simeon Brown said the Government is “very disappointed” in the state of KiwiRail’s asset management following the grounding of the Interislander ferry Aratere near Picton last night.The Kaitaki — the sole operational Interislander ferry, as the Kaiarahi remains in wet dock — is running an extra return sailing…

Two people have been seriously injured in a multi-vehicle crash that closed Auckland’s Waterview Tunnel to southbound traffic for two hours this afternoon.Congestion built up around the major Auckland motorway, with motorists stuck in and around the tunnel. Google Maps data showed traffic backed up, almost to the Central Motorway…

More heavy rain is set to pound the country, with orange rain warnings issued for parts of both the North and South islands.MetService said people in the affected areas should clear their drains and gutters to prepare.”Avoid low-lying areas and drive cautiously.”Orange warnings were in place for:Tasman, about and northwest…

The stranded ferry Aratere has been refloated.Marlborough’s Harbourmaster earlier confirmed an attempt to refloat the Aratere, which ran aground in the inner Picton Harbour on Friday night, would be made this evening around 9pm.The refloating of Aratere, north of Bobs Bay, was achieved on the evening’s high tide after taking…

One a lucky Strike player from Kapiti Coast will be celebrating after winning $400,000 with Strike Four in Saturday night’s Lotto draw. The winning Strike ticket was sold on MyLotto to a player from the coast north in the north of the Wellington region. The Strike numbers were 30. 01.…

Transpower says it has made progress raising a temporary tower in Glorit, but was unable to fully finish the operation over Saturday.A pylon fell near Glorit earlier this week, causing outages across Northland that impacted tens of thousands of residents.Transpower’s general manager of grid delivery, Mark Ryall, said crews had…

The stricken Aratere will immediately be placed under a detention order when it gets back to Picton, barring it from movement due to safety concerns.The Interislander ferry ran aground 3km north of Picton on Friday night with eight specialist drivers and 39 crew on board.It was refloated on Saturday night…

A psychologist says the three Marokopa children taken by their fugitive father could suffer medical and psychological issues on their return.There’s an $80,000 reward for information leading to the safe return of Maverick, Ember, and Jayda, who went missing with their father Tom Phillips two-and-a-half years ago.California psychologist Dr Rebecca…

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