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The Leighton Smith Podcast Episode 51:

February 19th, 2020

He was a New York Times reporter, but don't hold that against him. He wrote on the pharmaceutical industry, and on cyclone Katrina. He reported on the world of finance and the crimes of Bernie Madoff.Then the Iraqi war, where he...

Milford Track to be partially reopened after rain and flooding:

February 19th, 2020

By RNZ The Milford Track will be partially reopened next week, allowing hundreds of trampers to return to the popular Great Walk.The track has been closed since heavy rain caused widespread flooding, slips and rockfalls earlier...

Third of middle-aged Kiwis have tried meth, study suggests:

February 19th, 2020

Nearly a third of New Zealanders now in their early 40s have tried meth at least once, suggests new research exploring the link between the drug and violence in society.The Otago University researchers behind the study also found...

Is it a dog? Man finds butchered animal in a Flaxmere park, and confusion ensues:

February 19th, 2020

D WARNING: GRAPHIC AND UPSETTING PHOTO BELOW The carcass of an animal has been found, seemingly butchered, in a park in Flaxmere.That's where the certainty ends.Local resident Che Omalley, who found the remains in Chatham...

Powerball's $30 million: All the luck is in the South Island, where five wins have been claimed this year already:

February 19th, 2020

There must be something in the water down south, with five major Lotto wins within the first seven weeks of the year taking place in the South Island.And, after eluding players on Saturday night, Powerball's $28 million prize has...

Homelessness: Housing a human right, make evictions illegal, UN visitor says:

February 19th, 2020

Evictions should be banned if they could result in homelessness, a UN special housing representative said today. Leilani Farha, UN Special Rapporteur on the right to adequate housing, has been in New Zealand on the invitation of...

Half of Wellington's rivers and streams have unacceptable e-coli levels:

February 19th, 2020

Half of Wellington's rivers and streams are now graded as having unacceptable levels of e-coli, as the fallout of a "huge investment hole" continues to come to light.An urgent meeting has been called over the state of the city's...

Breast cancer diagnoses delayed at Counties Manukau DHB as wait times blow out:

February 19th, 2020

By Rowan Quinn for RNZ Thirty-five South Auckland women had their diagnoses of breast cancer delayed last year as Counties Manukau DHB struggles to see patients on time.Wait times for the breast service appointments have blown...

NZ First set to give green light to gun law reforms, including national gun register:

February 19th, 2020

A national firearms register and tighter tests for firearms licences are likely to become law after NZ First looks set to support the Government's gun law reforms.The Arms Legislation Bill is expected to have its second reading...

Green Party MP hopeful one of 14 youth kicked out of, and banned, from Parliament last year:

February 19th, 2020

The Greens' new Mt Albert candidate, who will be going toe-to-toe with Jacinda Ardern come September 19, was one of 14 teenagers who was kicked out of Parliament last year. Luke Wijohn, 17, received a one-year ban from Parliament...

Christchurch man charged with lasering police helicopter:

February 19th, 2020

A Canterbury man has been arrested for flashing a laser at a new police helicopter.The Eagle chopper, being trialled from a Christchurch base for five weeks, was lasered twice on Monday evening, during its first night on duty.One...

Invercargill woman Thalia Jayden Newport killed in van crash near Winton:

February 19th, 2020

Police have released the name of a young woman who died when a van crashed near Winton at the weekend.Police said 20-year-old Thalia Jayden Newport of Invercargill, died when a van rolled on State Highway 6 near Gap Rd West about...

Herald afternoon quiz: February 19:

February 19th, 2020

Test your brains with the Herald's afternoon quiz. Be sure to check on tomorrow for another trivia fix. To challenge yourself with more quizzes, CLICK HERE.

Jami-Lee Ross one of four men charged over National Party donations:

February 19th, 2020

Jami-Lee Ross can be revealed as one of four men charged by the Serious Fraud Office over allegations about two $100,000 donations to the National Party.Suppression was lifted this afternoon for the 34-year-old former National Party...

We're vastly under-estimating methane emissions - study:

February 19th, 2020

Humans could be sending up to 40 per cent more methane into the atmosphere than previously estimated – with big implications for our fast-warming planet.Levels of the short-lived but powerful greenhouse gas in the atmosphere have...

Couple who witnessed fatal Tauranga police shooting sought:

February 19th, 2020

A couple who were witnesses to last week's fatal police shooting on State Highway 2 are being sought by police.The pair were walking on Bethlehem Rd near the intersection of Tamatea Arikinui Drive on State Highway 2 about 7.45pm...

Marinovich murder trial: West Auckland mother's hammer injuries were universally fatal, says pathologist:

February 19th, 2020

Warning: graphic content. The defence of a West Auckland man accused of murdering his mother say he fatally strangled her, while a pathologist says it is more likely in she died when bludgeoned by a hammer. Martin Marinovich denies...

Auckland couple lose full 22,000-litre tank of water overnight:

February 19th, 2020

A couple who got their 22,000L concrete tank filled with water on Sunday only to find it empty on Tuesday now face weeks without any water at all.The pair, who live in Stanmore Bay in north Auckland, initially assumed thieves had...

Murder, manslaughter or self defence: Crown and defence close in domestic violence murder trial:

February 19th, 2020

Did Karen Anne Ruddelle murder her partner - or did she stab him to death in self defence, fearful after years of domestic violence and abuse? That is what a jury will soon be sent to deliberate after hearing eight days of evidence...

Disabled Wellington man finds flat after months of uncertainty, 50 flat enquiries:

February 19th, 2020

A disabled man who was preparing to live under a tarpaulin in the bushes due to Wellington's rental housing crisis has finally found a home.Cameron Dempsey had contacted an estimated 50 people in search of a room in the capital...

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