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Southland family's 13-month wait for son's autism assessment

Tue, 06/02/2020 - 21:04
autismgettyimages-480963113.jpg The Southern District Health Board says the wait time for autism or ADHD assessment at Child Health Clinical Psychology Services is 12 months. Photo: Getty Images One Southland family had to wait 13 months to talk to a psychologist about their son's suspected autism and ADHD.
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Level 1: Life almost back to normal but with closed borders

Tue, 06/02/2020 - 20:25
Under current alert level 1 guidelines mass gatherings including sports events and concerts, night clubbing, weddings and parties are all permitted. Photo: ODT file Ready to leave physical distancing behind, fancy having a big party or getting a coffee without the hassle of leaving contact details - then get ready to welcome alert level 1.
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Uni academic accused of sexual harassment resigns as dean

Tue, 06/02/2020 - 19:17
AUT's Dean of the Faculty of Health and Environmental Sciences Max Abbott has resigned with immediate effect. Photo: NZ Herald A top AUT academic accused of sexual harassment has resigned from his role.
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‘I’ve seen my first body bag and . . . many more’

Tue, 06/02/2020 - 18:59
Former Clinton resident Megan Robson greatly enjoyed her work as a bus company tour guide before COVID 19 struck the global tourism industry. PHOTO: SUPPLIED While she doesn’t think she’s a hero, all of Megan Robson’s friends in London think she is one.
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Auckland CBD speed limits to drop

Tue, 06/02/2020 - 18:51
To keep road users and residents safe, and to make speeds survivable in case of a crash, most speed limits will go down from 50kmh to 30kmh. Photo: File New speed limits on Auckland CBD roads will come into force later this month.
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Chch teen escapes conviction after broken bottle stabbing

Tue, 06/02/2020 - 17:35
Ena Schaapveld stabbed Isabel Bisset at a party in Christchurch. Photo: Supplied via NZ Herald A Christchurch teenager who stabbed another girl with a broken bottle at a party - causing possible permanent injury - has escaped a criminal conviction.
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Chch teen escapes conviction after broken bottle stabbing

Tue, 06/02/2020 - 17:31
Ena Schaapveld stabbed Isabel Bisset at a party in Christchurch. Photo: Supplied via NZ Herald A Christchurch teenager who stabbed another girl with a broken bottle at a party - causing possible permanent injury - has escaped a criminal conviction.
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Fallout from Covid-19 ‘taking dreams away’

Tue, 06/02/2020 - 17:10
Many wanted to stay, but because of their uncertain future here, were resigned to returning to Brazil, despite the “really bad” problems back home. PHOTO: TRACEY ROXBURGH It’s never been harder to be a migrant in Queenstown, with their numbers disproportionately represented in the ranks of those currently losing their jobs. PHILIP CHANDLER talks to two members from the largest migrant group, Brazilians, who’ve been working hard to support their compatriots.
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Steady progress at Hereford stud

Tue, 06/02/2020 - 17:10
Physical inspection ... Paul Scott and PGG Wrightson’s Cameron Gray ready for potential buyers. PHOTO: GEORGE CLARK Paul and Fiona Scott established their Matatoki Hereford stud at the gateway to the Coromandel Peninsula in 2006.
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Arrowfields’ first build to commence

Tue, 06/02/2020 - 16:15
The first building platform sod at Arrowtown's Arrowfields will be turned this week. Photo: Mountain Scene The first build at Arrowtown’s Arrowfields subdivision will start this week.
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Hidden transmission of virus still possible in NZ - expert

Tue, 06/02/2020 - 16:02
Prof Shaun Hendy. Photo: Supplied Hidden transmission of the Covid-19 coronavirus in New Zealand has not been ruled out, a member of the government's modelling team says.
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Bus driver convicted over crash which left girl without hands

Tue, 06/02/2020 - 15:58
The driver of a bus and trailer that crashed with 23 Chinese tourists on board near Queenstown in January has been refused a discharge without conviction.
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Sunwolves confirm time in Super Rugby is over

Tue, 06/02/2020 - 15:53
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Body of Dunedin man found by family out fishing

Tue, 06/02/2020 - 15:29
The West Coast of the South Island. Photo: RNZ stock image A local family out fishing on Saturday made the fluke discovery of the body of a man floating in the sea off Point Elizabeth, near Greymouth.
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Staff take Zuckerberg to task over Trump posts

Tue, 06/02/2020 - 14:52
Tech workers at companies including Facebook, Google, and Amazon.com Inc have pursued social justice issues in recent years, urging the companies to change policies. Photo: Reuters Facebook employees walked away from their work-from-home desks on Monday and took to Twitter to accuse chief executive Mark Zuckerberg of inadequately policing US President Donald Trump's posts as strictly as the rival platform has done.
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South Korea mandates QR code system

Tue, 06/02/2020 - 14:50
Visitors will be logged at high-risk entertainment facilities, restaurants and churches. Photo: Reuters South Korea is testing a new quick response (QR) code system this week to log visitors at high-risk entertainment facilities, restaurants and churches in a bid to track coronavirus cases and prevent further spread of the disease.
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Judge’s 50 years of close shaves

Tue, 06/02/2020 - 14:42
Colin Gibson, at his North Otago farmhouse table with shearing combs from New Zealand, Australia, and the United States, has been a shearing judge for 50 years. PHOTO: SALLY BROOKER The magnet on Colin Gibson’s fridge says “I thought growing old would take longer”.
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North Otago pilot's courage celebrated

Tue, 06/02/2020 - 14:32
Helicopter pilot Matt Irving, of Kurow, has been awarded an Australian Bravery Decoration after a dramatic rescue two years ago. PHOTO: GUS PATTERSON A Heliventures pilot awarded an Australian bravery medal for rescuing two men from a flooded river says he “just happened to be the right person there at that time”.
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Demolition of Cadbury building captured in time-lapse

Tue, 06/02/2020 - 14:32
A time-lapse video has shown the progress of contractors tearing down a former Cadbury building which is to make way for part of the new Dunedin Hospital 
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