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Has 'black lung' returned to miners?

The first cases in 30 years of a debilitating coal miners' disease called 'black lung' have been reported in Queensland.

There are reports that a coal miners' disease called "black lung" has re-emerged for the first time in decades.

Charge her up and go

Sytse Tacoma with the electric motorbike he built, which can reach 100kmh in four seconds.

"They had a big array of all these fluids for the bikes and I've got a charger and a plug, and that's it."

Plea to get convention centre off ground

Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee said a Treasury report criticising rebuild projects was "absolutely appalling''.

Tourism boss says Government should look at other options for convention centre.

Zuckerberg's huge gift to charity

Mark Zuckerberg posted this photo to Facebook with his daughter Max and wife Priscilla with an open letter.

As the Facebook chief and his wife welcome their baby, they promise to give away 99 per cent of their Facebook shares.

Wild pigs feast on prime lamb

Wild boars roaming Rerekapa Station in remote Taranaki backcountry  are killing Aren Roche's lambs.

Hunters breeding and releasing pigs on a remote North Taranaki station are threatening farmers' livelihoods.

Fast Forward: Voice of the Te Kowhai community

Te Kowhai resident Amanda Schaake decided to do something about the unreliable internet connection in her community.

The Te Kowhai internet information evening was the final installment in a project kick-started by Amanda Schaake.

Wellington City Council to sponsor Lions?

The Wellington Lions mascot Leo the Lion in what could be his new attire for next season.

Council may require some home ITM Cup games to be played away from the Cake Tin.

Whitebaiters head home happy

Whitebaiter Denise Guckert at the Wairau Diversion, near Blenheim.

"We have had reports of one person catching 250 kilograms in a single season."

Victoria's Secret mints a billionaire

Model Gigi Hadid walks the runway during the 2015 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show.

He quit school early and worked as a velcro salesman but now he's a made a fortune.

Kiwis donate nearly $2.8 billion a year

Charitable giving has held up well since the outpouring of generosity following the Christchurch earthquakes, according to Liz Gibbs, chief executive of Philanthropy New Zealand, and Andrew Barnes, chief executive of Perpetual Guardian.

New Zealand ranks third in the world for charitable giving, but much of it comes from the proceeds of gambling.

Housing NZ boss joins Metlifecare

Housing NZ chief executive Glen Sowry (left) and Housing Minister Nick Smith survey the damage to one of the organisation's earthquake damaged houses in Christchurch in 2013.

One of the public sector's top bosses is set for a big pay rise in his new job.

Fonterra punished farmers

Fonterra bought the Studholme factory when New Zealand Dairies went bust and then paid the farmers that had supplied it less for their milk.

Fonterra was wrong to put 20 South Canterbury farmers on less attractive contracts, High Court says.

Dairy prices begin recovery

After three consecutive falls, dairy prices have begun their recovery.

Dairy prices rose 3.6 per cent at the GlobalDairyTrade auction overnight.

Council told not to tidy station


Rangitikei District Council told they would be trespassed if they attempted to tidy Marton train station.

Sacked over Facebook post

Clementine Ford: Why should they get away with it? Why should there be no consequences at all for them?

"He is responsible for his actions. He is responsible for the things he writes and the attitudes he holds."

Farmer's emotional response to calf abuse video

Waikato farmer responds to footage showing calf abuse

"We're not murderers ... we're honest family people making an honest living."

Beware the risks of going guarantor

Guaranteeing part of your offspring's home loan can help them get onto the property ladder.

Personal guarantees can lead to a place in the village of the insolvent.

Veolia possible City Care suitor

City Care operates around the country, including cleaning waterways in Christchurch. A water sector expert says it could be a good buy for a national or global firm wanting to expand.

Australian water infrastructure firm Veolia fits the profile for a buyer of City Care, a sector expert says.

Greenhouses ripped to shreds

Selmes Garden Centre worker Kyann Lingham works in one of the double-skinned greenhouses that protect young plants from frost.

"We haven't got our hand out begging for money, we just want people to come and buy their Christmas presents here."

Grandfather killed in tar explosion

Corboy Earthmovers Ltd in Te Kawa near Kihikihi where a man was killed in a workplace explosion on Monday.

Terry Milne was a family man, through and through, says his devastated wife.

Council quiet on loan

Prime Minister John Key opened CallActive House on October 1, 2013, along with then Wellington City councillor John Morrison, and CallActive CEO Rick Allan.

Wellington council panel made call to loan $300,000 in failed bid to buy jobs in We

Sacked for being too fat

Ranui Parahi's weight exceeded the maximum allowed on a forklift.

Forklift driver's weight may have created workplace safety issue, tribunal rules.

Offers of work for CallActive staff

Prime Minister John Key opened CallActive House on October 1, 2013, along with then Wellington City Councillor John Morrison, and CallActive CEO Rick Allan.

Christmas offer for Wellington call centre workers left in lurch after CallActive collapse.

Down Cow employee sacked

Two Waikato firms have been implicated in undercover video footage released by the Farmwatch organisation in the ill treatment of bobby calves.

Managing director Sheryl Cleaver said the employee filmed abusing calves at the slaughterhouse was no longer with the company.

Frozen yoghurt firms face charges

Yoghurt Story's website says it has stores in Auckland, Whangarei, Wellington, Hamilton, Mt Maunganui, Christchurch, Dunedin, Nelson and Queenstown as well as international stores.

Two companies facing charges relating to allegedly promoting frozen yoghurt products which did not contain yoghurt and making false health claims.

NZ at forefront of drone technology

VorTech created a propeller drone, inspired by academic research into the future of wind turbines.

A drone which can withstand bad weather on film sets has won an emerging technology competition.

Travel insurance tales of caution

Overseas holidays without insurance can be an invitation for trouble

OPINION: An overseas holiday can be laced with risks, which is where your insurance comes in.

Bridge Street officially renamed Anzac Parade

Hamilton Mayor Julie Hardaker and former city councillor Peter Bos pull a ribbon to officially unveil the new Anzac Parade sign in Hamilton.

After several reincarnations, Hamilton's Bridge Street has been renamed Anzac Parade.

Water use project to cost $636,000

The Opihi River is in the catchment zone for a publicly-funded water resources model.

The Irrigation Acceleration fund and Environment Canterbury (ECan) are spending $636,000 on a water use model for South Canterbury.

Auckland hotels in short supply

The 140-apartment Adina hotel opened in Auckland's Britomart precinct on Tuesday.

But city's hotel room rates are not yet high enough to attract new hotel construction, Hospitality Association says.

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