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Seven Earth-sized planets discovered

Thu, 02/23/2017 - 10:47
2017-02-22t190120z_1175651456_rc153abdb2b0_rtrmadp_3_space-planets.jpg An artist's depiction shows the possible surface of TRAPPIST-1f, on one of seven newly discovered planets in the TRAPPIST-1 system. Photo: NASA/JPL-Caltech via Reuters Astronomers have found a nearby solar system with seven Earth-sized planets, three of which circle their parent star at the right distance for liquid surface water, raising the prospect of life, new research shows.
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Passengers remain in hospital after Akaroa crash

Thu, 02/23/2017 - 10:39
bus_620x310.jpg A tourist bus crashed down a hill near Akaroa. Photo: NZ Herald Police will continue to investigate a bus crash that left several people, including cruise ship tourists injured at Akaroa last night.
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Sky TV shares fall after merger denied

Thu, 02/23/2017 - 10:14
skytv.jpg Sky TV shares have taken a sharp fall this morning following a Commerce Commission decision to deny its merger with Vodafone. Photo: NZ Herald Sky TV shares fell sharply as soon as the NZX opened this morning following the announcement the Commerce Commission had turned down the proposal for the pay-TV company to merge with Vodafone NZ.
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Commerce Commission denies Vodafone, Sky merger

Thu, 02/23/2017 - 09:20
vodafone-axes-contentious-plan-1.jpg A proposed merger between Vodafone and Sky TV has been denied by the Commerce Commission this morning. Photo: File Vodafone and Sky are not allowed to merge into a single entity, the Commerce Commission announced this morning.
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PM to announce freshwater changes

Thu, 02/23/2017 - 08:59
Jumping into the Clutha River. Photo: Si Williams Long-awaited changes to freshwater rules will be announced by Prime Minister Bill English today, and could require rivers and streams to be cleaned up across the country.
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Five seriously injured in Whangarei shooting

Thu, 02/23/2017 - 08:08
Five people have been seriously injured after a shooting in Whangarei last night.
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Back on track

Thu, 02/23/2017 - 06:00
The Kingston Flyer. Photo from ODT files. A Wakatipu tourism icon that's been off the rails for four years is finally back on track.
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University honours teaching excellence

Thu, 02/23/2017 - 05:28
Four University of Otago staff have won annual teaching excellence awards from the university.
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Fletcher misses expectations

Thu, 02/23/2017 - 05:28
Peter McIntyre. Fletcher Building posted a 4% revenue increase for its first-half half trading, but not without some cracks appearing in the otherwise buoyant construction division data.
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Dairy prices fall, as expected, in weekly auction

Thu, 02/23/2017 - 05:28
Dairy prices fell 3.2% in this week's GlobalDairyTrade auction. The expected drop was driven by better-than-expected New Zealand summer production.
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Sky result overshadowed by the stay on merger

Thu, 02/23/2017 - 05:28
Suzanne Kinnaird. Sky Network Television's profit slump for the six months ended December was overshadowed by Spark and 2degrees being granted a stay on the proposed merger between the pay-TV company and Vodafone NZ.
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International growth lifts Meridian

Thu, 02/23/2017 - 05:28
Chris Timms. Meridian Energy is benefiting from a growth in international revenue, driven by growth in Powershop, more wind and better wholesale and large-scale generation pricing.
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Aramoana wharf rebuild plan runs into opposition

Thu, 02/23/2017 - 05:28
Adrian Hall (left) and Bradley Curnow, both Aramoana residents and members of the Aramoana Conservation Charitable Trust, say Aramoana's ecological treasures - including its salt marsh - could be disturbed by a restoration of the area's pilot wharf. Photo by Linda Robertson. Conservationists are calling on the Dunedin City Council to pull its support for the rebuilding of the Aramoana wharf.
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Marked albatross part of Auckland Islands study

Thu, 02/23/2017 - 05:28
If an albatross with a purple dot on its head catches your eye, you are not going mad.
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Students upset at assaults by non-students

Thu, 02/23/2017 - 05:28
Hyde St residents Alex Collier (21), Josh Macaulay (19) and Scott Weir (21) say non-students are coming on to their street and looking for fights. Photo by Gregor Richardson. Students living on a notorious party street are calling on troublemakers to stay away after four students were seriously assaulted by non-students.
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Broken glass spurs cleanup

Thu, 02/23/2017 - 05:28
Kimberley Smith, of Dunedin, sweeps up other people's broken glass after becoming sick of having to dodge it on her morning commute. Photo by Stephen Jaquiery. A Dunedin woman is so sick of seeing streets in the North Dunedin student area littered with shattered glass she has taken to removing the glass herself.
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Progress on Caversham health hub

Thu, 02/23/2017 - 05:28
(from left) Arai Te Uru Whare Hauora general manager Shelley Kapua, Prof Peter Crampton, Otakou Health Ltd manager Rachel Miller, and Otakou Runanga chairwoman Donna Matahaere-Atariki. Photo by Linda Robertson. Backers of the Te Kaika health hub perused carpet and drape samples.
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Otago schools above average

Thu, 02/23/2017 - 05:28
Provisional NCEA achievement data from the Ministry of Education shows Otago secondary schools are outshining national averages.
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4000 meet Six60

Thu, 02/23/2017 - 05:28
Six60 guitarist and vocalist Matiu Walters raises his hand. Photo by Peter McIntosh. Six60 guitarist and vocalist Matiu Walters raises his hand to an adoring O Week crowd at Forsyth Barr Stadium late last night.
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Meeting called both farcical and constructive

Thu, 02/23/2017 - 05:28
A meeting between Dunedin's leaders and Mondelez International over the Cadbury factory was labelled a ''farce'' by a union representative and ''constructive'' by Dunedin Mayor Dave Cull.
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