A bistro in Hamilton has been destroyed when engulfed by a fire today, devastating its owners.
Just after 7am the emergency services were called to Pumice cafe on Church Road to find the building well caught up in flames.
Paul Radden, northern fire communications shift manager said six appliances responded to the blaze.
To bring the fire under control the fire crews had to fight it for almost about three hours.
With the introduction of a third ship to service the Taharoa iron-sands mine New Zealand iron sands exports will get a boost.
As Australian listed company, BlueScope Steel adds shipping capacity at its Taharoa site and Trans-Tasman Resources remains hopeful of approval for its offshore mining venture New Zealand's iron sand exports could soar to almost 10 million tonnes a year by 2016.
A group of researchers from Flinders University have come up with such study findings that it can challenge the accepted theory that the kiwi bird, New Zealand's iconic bird, has come from the extinct giant moa.
The study researchers have based their findings from the fossils found on the South Island. They were of the view that the kiwi bird has close connection with the Australian emu.
The latest New Zealand Health Survey has unveiled that a rise has been witnessed in the number of NZ children getting obese. It has been found that one in nine children in the age group of 2 to 14 years is obese.
Mighty River Power plans to freeze its electricity and gas prices until April 2015, but can't guarantee that transmission and distribution prices won't rise. The assurance is related only to the company's standard charges and does not stop the power generator from offering discounts and other special deals in particular areas or to specific groups of customers.
On Wednesday, whereas the Australian dollar held overnight gains, its New Zealand counterpart was overshadowed by a surprise dividend cut from dairy giant Fonterra.
The New Zealand dollar tumbled after Fonterra Cooperative Group the dairy exporter surprised investors by keeping its forecast payout to farmers unmoved and as traders await the Reserve Bank's policy statement, which is likely to keep interest rates at a record low.
A hoax website was created by the Greenpeace activists as a measure of protest against deep sea oil drilling.
An identical website of Energy Minister Simon Bridges official government page was created which when opened cover the screen with a black cloud swirling across leaving it completely black except for a message against oil drilling. The cloud represented an oil spill spreading across the sea.
Barry Eichengreen, the U. S. economics professor says Australia and New Zealand could consider a common currency to address concern over their exchange rates as overvalued.
He said, "Monetary union between Australia and New Zealand is an interesting possibility to contemplate."
The Government has established that New Zealand emitters with obligations under the emissions trading scheme (ETS) will only be able to use internationally traded Kyoto Protocol emission units to meet their ETS obligations only till May 2015.
Today the Government awarded 10 new oil and gas exploration permits as a result of this year's "block offer".
Statoil, Norwegian oil giant and Woodside Petroleum Ltd, Australia's largest independent oil company, are joining the hunt for oil and gas in New Zealand.
The New Zealand government's plan to upgrade the country's predominantly slow Internet service is facing some difficulty after accountants established the fact that the main contractor has come across some financial problems.
However, Prime Minister John Key said that the schedule for the ultra-fast broadband rollout will not be changed, despite a report saying Chorus is not delivering on its contracts.
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