Hamish McNeilly

No plans for Dunedin airport sale

No plans for Dunedin airport sale

Ngai Tahu has expressed interest in taking a stake in Dunedin and Christchurch airports, but the Government says it has "no plans" to sell its shares.

Raids uncover cannabis operations

Raids uncover cannabis operations

The closure of two Dunedin cannabis operations on Thursday sends a clear message to other growers they could be next, police warn.

Pokie funder pulls pin on racing stakes

Pokie funder pulls pin on racing stakes

The largest gaming machine funder of the racing industry is to stop giving money towards stakes, it has been revealed.

How the racing industry joined forces with gaming

How the racing industry joined forces with gaming

When senior members of the racing fraternity anticipated the arrival of gaming machines - "pokies" - they saw only trouble. It was a case of, if you can't beat them, join them, says Murray Acklin, an executive trustee of a gaming trust which recently found itself on the wrong side of a Gambling Commission decision. He spoke to Hamish McNeilly.

Decision against trust

Allegations of inducements to persuade venues to change over to The Trusts Charitable Foundation gaming machines in return for TAB makeovers resurfaced "by way of background" in an appeal by TTCF against a two-day suspension subsequently imposed by the Department of Internal Affairs, heard before the Gambling Commission.

Report says venues were offered inducements

A 2007 Department of Internal Affairs investigation alleges there was an "orchestrated campaign" between a charitable trust and the TAB to secure gaming machine venues, according to a report obtained by the Otago Daily Times under the Official Information Act.

Pilots beach access limited under plan

Pilots beach access limited under plan

A proposed tourism venture would result in limited public access to the Pilots beach reserve in an effort to protect the blue penguin population.

Ngai Tahu leak spurs inquiry

Ngai Tahu has launched an internal investigation following a serious leak of personal staff information.

Police say attack was sexual

The 21-year-old student attacked in her flat by an unknown intruder on Sunday evening was sexually assaulted, police have confirmed.

Few title claims envisaged in South

The repeal of the Foreshore and Seabed Act was unlikely to lead to a flood of customary title claims in the South, a Maori legal advocate said yesterday.