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Premieres of four NZ features announced for Film Festival

Press Release – NZ International Film Festival
The New Zealand International Film Festival today revealed the first six films confirmed for the 2013 programme. World premieres of four New Zealand films have been announced, with further titles to be announced in June. Read more »

Alison Maclean to choose NZ’s best shorts for film festival

Press Release – NZ International Film Festival
International filmmaker Alison Maclean has been confirmed as selector for the New Zealand International Film Festival’s New Zealand’s Best Shorts competition for 2013. Read more »

Carol Robertson and Flash second in dog championships

Carol Robertson and Flash

Press Release – Department Of Corrections
Corrections’ drug detector dogs and their handlers have taken out the top two prizes in the National Detector Dog Championships held at Trentham this week. Christchurch Dog Handler Barry Nelsen and Ollie won first prize, while Carol Robertson and Flash from Auckland claimed second prize.

Barry Nelsen and Ollie

The two Corrections teams were competing in the narcotic detection section of the competition against four teams from New Zealand Police and Customs from around the country.

Corrections’ National Manager Detector Dog Services John Gallagher said the awards were competitive and represented the very best in the country’s drug detection dogs.

(Photo by Dept of Corrections)
“The two wins reflect the tough challenges Corrections’ handlers and their dogs face on the job every day.

“The dogs are trained to recognise and seek out even the smallest quantities of various drugs and other contraband items to stop them entering our prisons.

“This gives a high level of assurance to the public in our commitment to keeping our prisons safe and free of contraband. It also assists with out efforts to reduce reoffending,” he said.

The dogs inspect prisoner property and cells as well as searching visitors, their vehicles, and property posted or couriered into New Zealand’s prisons.

Each dog in the competition was assessed for detection capability, agility, obedience and searching.

It is the second time Barry and Carol have been awarded top prizes in the champs: in 2011 Barry and Ollie won the top prize, with Carol and Flash coming third.

Carol also represents Corrections in the successful Dog Squad television programme.


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Hairy Maclary and Friends: July school holiday attraction

Press Release – SWPR
Following sell-out seasons at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the Sydney Opera House, the stage show of Lynley Dodd’s Hairy Maclary and Friends will be springing off the page in the July school holidays in Auckland. Read more »

Richard Clayderman at the Civic in June

Press Release – Skip Ink

Stewart & Tricia Macpherson present
Richard Clayderman
Prince of romance comes out to play
World’s most successful pianist announces Auckland concerts accompanied by strings section Read more »

Shane Bosher leaving Silo in 2014

Press Release – Silo Theatre
After 13 years developing contemporary performance and cultivating new audiences, Shane Bosher has announced his departure as Artistic Director of Silo, finishing his tenure in April 2014. Read more »

Home detention for Auckland man who imported drugs in ornaments

Press Release – New Zealand Customs Service
The vigilance of a freight forwarding company has ultimately led to an Auckland man being sentenced for attempting to import the precursor drug Contac NT.   Read more »

First homes being built at Long Bay: “one of Auckland’s most desirable locations”

Press Release – Todd Property Group
The first homes at Long Bay are on their way to being built with work on the first home now underway. Read more »

Auckland’s online job vacancies up by 8.2 per cent in April

Press Release – Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment
Auckland online job vacancies increased by 8.2 per cent in April, the highest increase in the country, according to the latest Jobs Online report from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment. Read more »

500 Auckland students to learn about agriculture careers

Press Release – Young Farmers
Over 500 students from the greater Auckland region will be heading to Kumeu Showgrounds this Friday to find out what they can do to make a difference in the world. As the world’s population grows so too does the requirement for food production and innovation in the agri-sector. Read more »

Council wants to encourage people to become candidates for election

Press Release – Auckland Council
An awareness campaign and public meetings begin next week to encourage people to consider standing for election to Auckland Council’s governing body and 21 local boards. Read more »

Maori writers feature at Auckland Writers & Readers Festival

Press Release – Auckland Writers and Readers Festival
Some of the country’s most influential Maori writers are supporting the Auckland Writers Festival, which commences this week. Read more »

Fletcher Mills voted wildcard for X Factor NZ

Press Release – TV3
Fletcher Mills has been voted The X Factor NZ Wildcard. The 17-year-old classical music student joins The X Factor Top 13 ahead of this weekend’s first LIVE Shows. Read more »

Tauranga police dog wins national patrol team championship

Press Release – New Zealand Police
Tauranga Police dog Turk and his handler Senior Constable Derek Orchard are this year’s national police patrol dog champions and winners of the Frank Riley Cup. Read more »

Government urged to release report on SkyCity deal

Press Release – AUT University
Professor Max Abbott, director of AUT University’s Gambling and Addictions Research Centre, today called for the Government to release the report it has received about the social and financial costs associated with the SkyCity Convention Centre deal. Read more »

Too many poker machines: poll shows strong support for ‘sinking lid’

Press Release – Problem Gambling Foundation
An overwhelming majority of Aucklanders believe the city has too many pokies and want to see the Council adopt a sinking lid policy according to a new poll being released today. Read more »

16-year-old driver stops when passengers say they don’t want to be killed

News from NZ Police
Police are congratulating a fleeing driver for making the right choice last night after he thought better of trying to evade Police in Auckland because his passengers begged him to stop. Read more »

MOTAT increasing its entry fees; free entry for Super Gold Card holders

Press Release – Museum of Transport and Technology
After holding its entry fees at the same rate for three years, the Museum of Transport and Technology (MOTAT) has announced that it will be restructuring its general admission fees and giving Super Gold Card holders free entry from 1 July 2013. Read more »

$24m investment to redevelop Devonport includes new library, new boardwalk

Press Release – Auckland Council

Exciting capital projects are underway in Devonport, as part of Auckland Council’s $24 million investment in the seaside village. Read more »

Mitre 10 building its 35th Mega store in New Lynn; wants 130 new employees

Press Release – Mitre 10
Construction of Mitre 10’s 35th Mega store is now under way in Auckland’s New Lynn with recruitment for up to 130 new jobs also beginning this month. Read more »

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