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  • Airport hits out at criticism of its big expansion plans

    The Aviation Industry Association (AIANZ) says Auckland Airport’s building plans are excessive and will hit travellers and aviation operators hard.

  • Hate rising Hate crime reports in Scotland are on course to outnumber all other offences put together, figures show, as front line officers warned they “can’t cope” with the surge. Around 8000 hate crime reports have been made in the first week of the new Scottish legislation coming into force, which, if replicated through the year, would surpass the entire annual total of 416,000 crimes reported to police, according to an analysis of official data by The Telegraph. This would mean that hate crime reports would overtake overall crime by the autumn, and dwarf the annual 58,000 reported assaults, the most common offence in Scotland, by a factor of 10. David Threadgold, chairman of the Scottish Police Federation, which represents front line officers, told the BBC: “Police Scotland have gone public and said that on every occasion, reports of hate crime will be investigated. “That creates a situation where we simply cannot cope at the moment. Officers have been brought back in to do overtime shifts and the management of that is simply unsustainable.”

  • Businesses back to being pessimistic

    The post-election bounce in business confidence and activity in the final quarter of last year was short-lived, according to the latest NZIER Quarterly Survey of Business Opinion (QSBO).

  • Ferry disaster A makeshift ferry overcrowded with residents reportedly fleeing a feared cholera outbreak capsized off Mozambique’s northern coast, killing at least 98 people including children, local media said yesterday. The ferry with an estimated 130 people aboard capsized on Monday after it departed the southeastern African nation’s coast for the nearby Island of Mozambique and at least 11 people were hospitalised, state-run Radio Mozambique quoted island administrator Silverio Nauaito as saying. Most of the dead were recovered on Monday, but an additional seven bodies were found yesterday, bringing the death toll from 91 to 98, the Noticias newspaper quoted Nauaito as saying. The Nampula provincial authority released a statement attributing the accident to the “use of a vessel unsuitable for transporting passengers and overcrowding”, Radio Mozambique reported.

  • Banks more trusted than family for advice on scams

    People are getting more worried about hackers than climate change, and New Zealanders tend to trust banks more than their own relatives for scam advice.

  • Aupiki final free on social media

    Fans of Super Rugby Aupiki and social media channel TikTok are in for a treat with Saturday’s entire final set to be broadcast on the platform.

  • West Coast deluge Parts of the West Coast may experience 57 hours of rain in a constant deluge until Thursday evening. MetService forecasters are predicting a deluge of one to two times their monthly rainfall over the space of a few days. An orange heavy rain warning has been issued, with the potential to be upgraded to red. Accumulations around the ranges are expected to range from 600 to 800mm, and 200 to 300mm on the coast. Peak downfall rates of 25 to 35mm/h are expected, posing risks of rapidly rising rivers, surface flooding and potential slips, creating hazardous driving conditions. The weather front is set to move northwards over Fiordland from today and is likely to linger between Westland and Fiordland into early Thursday.

  • Cheers to the best job in the world

    Got a nose for whiskey and the desire to live in beautiful Central Otago?

  • Baker provides aid as missiles strike

    Tauranga baker and barista Harriet Campbell has braved the “horrendous” sound of incoming missiles and screaming air strikes to provide aid to people and animals living near the frontlines of the war in Ukraine.

  • Attack ‘hero’ on charge of assault

    A “hero” who chased the Christchurch terrorist away from one of the mosques has appeared in court on a charge of assault.

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