Picking on the pests a mark of island's worth
A new conservation park on Great Barrier Island and a pest eradication programme in the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park have been announced to kick off Conservation Week.
Conservation Minister Nick Smith and Auckland Central MP Nikki Kaye announced $190,000 for a three-year programme to rid the 327-hectare Rakitu Island of rats, which were a threat to native wildlife.
Ms Kaye said upgrading Great Barrier Island recognised that it was a "national treasure".
Candidates aplenty seek to fill Dalziel's shoes
Labour has announced the six contenders vying to become its candidate for the Christchurch East by-election.
James Caygill, the son of former finance minister David Caygill, Karen Hayes, Christina Laalaai-Tausa, Tina Lomax, Deon Swiggs and Poto Williams are seeking selection for the contest to replace Lianne Dalziel, who is bidding to become Christchurch mayor.
A series of meetings will be held ahead of a formal selection meeting on September 21.
Cunliffe promises big news at Blackball meeting
After visiting all New Zealand's main centres over the past week, the Labour Party goes back to where it all began tonight, with the penultimate meeting in the leadership campaign at the Blackball Workingmen's Club on the West Coast.
David Cunliffe promised he would deliver a "very personal message" about his family, with relevance to the coast, but refused to elaborate.
The final meeting is at Addington Raceway in Christchurch tomorrow.
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