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  • The new car shuffle

    With the introduction of the Government’s Clean Car Discount from July 1 last year, we started to see a reshuffle among the popular vehicle segments. An example of this change has been a surge in the popularity of electrified vehicles, with a 307 per cent increase in sales of battery electric vehicles (BEVs) and plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEVs) combined last year. The move to electricThe Tesla Model 3 had a record month in March, reaching a total of 949 sales and setting another record, taking top spot overall for the new passenger car segment — a first for an electrified vehicle.


    Performance cars in the modern day come in all different shapes and sizes: you’ve got tiny city-hopping hot hatches with crackling turbocharged engines, through to gargantuan SUVs that will hit 100km/h in less than four seconds.


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  • Road barrier shortfallThe Government has built less than a third of the planned 198km of median barriers it hoped to have in place by the middle of last year. Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency had said it wanted to roll-out 198km of median barriers by mid-2021. As of April 30, 2022, just 61km had been installed. The safety benefits of median barriers were once again a topic of interest, following the crash in Picton on Sunday that claimed seven lives. The crash was the result of a head-on collision when a van crossed the road’s centre line and collided with a refrigerated goods truck.

  • Bay to host August trial for recycling used tyres

    New Zealand’s first regulated product stewardship scheme for recycling used tyres, designed and run by Hawke’s Bay company 3R Group, will be trialled from August before going live next year.

  • EDITORIAL Matariki can be what we choose

    A little over a year ago, a survey found 40per cent of New Zealanders were keen to know more about Matariki and ways to mark the occasion.

  • TALKING POINT Quiet Questions, thanks to master of the dead bat

    It was the first Question Time since Labour’s reshuffle, and new Police Minister Chris Hipkins was clearly expecting his feet to be held to the flames by the National Party.

  • Migrant influxPanama’s security minister yesterday said the number of migrants crossing the dangerous Darien Gap had grown substantially. Juan Manuel Pino said so far this year, 46,415 migrants have been registered, compared to 26,216 detected in the same period of 2021. The majority of the migrants in 2021 were from Haiti, while authorities estimate the largest group this year are Venezuelans. The roadless, jungle-clad Darien Gap runs between Colombia and Panama. Plagued by wild animals, swollen rivers, rough terrain and thieves, the gap claims many lives.


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  • Southlander named Rugby: The Highlanders have named Southlander Clarke Dermody as their new head coach. Dermody and his staff have two major jobs before they return to the field in February for the second season of Super Rugby Pacific. They need to work with some existing contracted players to get them back into form or to help them take the leap from adequate to excellent, and they need to strike gold in the recruitment market. Firstly, it needs to be determined who is on that staff. Dermody now has the head coaching role on a three-year deal, with skills coach Riki Flutey. Outgoing head coach Tony Brown has returned to Japan, and defence coach Shane Christie is coming off contract.

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