Govt rules out minimum booze price

Govt rules out minimum booze price

Justice Minister Judith Collins says Government will not set a minimum price on alcohol because it would penalise moderate drinkers, despite a report showing that the policy would provide $62 million in social benefits a year.

Jobs to go as Balclutha sawmill closes

Jobs to go as Balclutha sawmill closes

Some 79 jobs will be lost in the South Island with the closure of the Rosebank sawmill in Balclutha and cuts at its other South Island operations.

Businesswoman ordered to return millions

A businesswoman honoured by the Queen will be appealing a court order to return more than $14 million to a Maori land trust.

Dunedin

Fix sought for hospital's leaky surgery

Fix sought for hospital's leaky surgery

The cause of water leaks with no obvious source has to be found before Dunedin Hospital's surgical theatre suite can be fixed so it can operate smoothly in all weathers.

'I'm simply a victim' - Marshall

'I'm simply a victim' - Marshall

One of two men accused of assaulting Justin Marshall claims the ex-All Black threw the first punch - but Marshall says he's not to blame.

Reserve Bank hikes OCR

Reserve Bank hikes OCR

Reserve Bank governor Graeme Wheeler has lifted the official cash rate for the second time in as many months, saying non-tradable inflationary pressures were "becoming apparent" in an economy that's picking up pace and he's watching the impact of a strong kiwi dollar on import prices.

Greens links rankled with Jones

Greens links rankled with Jones

Departing Labour MP Shane Jones' antipathy for the Green Party went so deep he once told Labour's leadership he would not be a minister if he was "second fiddle" to Green co-leader Russel Norman as deputy prime minister or in a senior economic role.

Corpses reveal desperate bids to escape ferry

Corpses reveal desperate bids to escape ferry

South Korean divers swam though dark, cold waters into a sunken ferry, feeling for children's bodies with their hands in a maze of cabins, corridors and upturned decks as they searched for hundreds of missing.

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