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1 hr ago | The New Zealand Herald

Infratil sells Aust energy assets for A$605m

Infratil, the infrastructure investor, has sold its Australian energy assets to Snowy Hydro for A$605 million, plus an adjustment for final working capital. The Wellington-based company sold Lumo Energy and Direct Connect Australia after reviewing its ownership of the assets in May, and the deal is expected to complete at the end of this month, Infratil said in a statement late on Friday.

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5 hrs ago | The New Zealand Herald

Wanaka road death: 'Maybe he was asleep'

A Dutch pedestrian killed when he was hit by a taxi in Wanaka at the weekend may have been lying on the road at the time, police say. He was treated at the scene by Wanaka ambulance staff and an on-call doctor before being transported to the Wanaka Medical Centre.

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8 hrs ago | The New Zealand Herald

Cunliffe unveils sovereign wealth fund policy

A Labour Government would establish a sovereign wealth fund to invest in new businesses, including clean energy projects using dividend cash from the remaining stakes in mixed ownership model companies and higher oil and gas royalties, leader David Cunliffe says. Mr Cunliffe this morning unveiled his party's 'NZ Inc' policy which he said would "drive growth, boost clean technology and protect our strategic assets to achieve our goal of a smarter, cleaner, fairer economy".

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9 hrs ago | The New Zealand Herald

Buzz grows as Fiji election nears

Nadi taxi driver Vinod Kumar says he "cannot wait" to have his say on who will form the next Fijian government. The 55-year-old grandfather, whose son Shanil lives and works in Auckland, is "90 per cent sure" he will be voting for Frank Bainimarama and his Fiji First party when the polls open on Wednesday.

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13 hrs ago | Sydney Morning Herald

Climate activism's new frontier is targeting fossil fuel investors

In mid-July, the peak body of the Uniting Church in Australia voted to sell its investments in fossil fuels. The decision was available online for anyone who cared to peruse the church's minutes, but it didn't issue a media release until a month and a half later, on the last Friday afternoon in August.

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17 hrs ago | Suria

Australia commits 600 troops to anti-IS...

Prime Minister Tony Abbott said on Sunday Australia would deploy 600 troops to the United Arab Emirates to join the US-led international coalition gearing up for war against Islamic State jihadists. Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott speaks during a press conference in Kuala Lumpur, on September 6, 2014 - by Mohd Rasfan Abbott's announcement comes two days after Canberra lifted its terror alert level to "high" on growing concern about Australian jihadists returning from fighting in Iraq and Syria.

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Sat Sep 13, 2014

Southland Times

Accelerating prices hit family budget

A survey by customer satisfaction firm Canstar Blue of more than 4000 New Zealanders found Kiwi motorists spent an average of $53.27 a week on fuel forcing many to make savings on medical and dental expenses and health insurance . The Canstar numbers are consistent with AA figures that show Kiwis spend between $2000 and $3000 a year on petrol.

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Taranaki Daily News

If I were prime minister

Mexican-born Arturo Pelayo is one of New Zealand's newest permanent residents but he's already making his mark on this country he calls home. The 31-year-old's idea to create a Cloud-based registry of vacant spaces that could be ''reimagined'' for other uses, including pop-up markets and community activities, was voted the best idea by readers in our ''If I were Prime Minister'' reader project.

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Fiji Times

Under attack

Paula Kunawace, 15, travelled all the way from Tailevu to be part of the FijiFirst family fun day at Valelevu in Nasinu yesterday. Picture: JOVESA NAISUA WITH three days left before the anticipated general election, the government and ruling FijiFirst party continued to be at the centre of scathing attacks in Lautoka and Ba yesterday.

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The Age

Danger zone: Matupit villagers in front of Mount Tavurvur volcano near Rabaul, Papua New Guinea.

When the volcano Mount Tavurvur in Papua New Guinea erupted two weeks ago, the locals had good reason to be concerned. Twenty years ago on Friday, the nearby town of Rabaul, the provincial capital on East New Britain, was devastated by a massive eruption after the subsequent rain of dust destroyed banks, buildings and the airport.

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The New Zealand Herald

Michele Hewitson interview: Ben Bayly

Fame wasn't this chef's aim on My Kitchen Rules: he wanted to add an extra ingredient to his success at two stellar Auckland restaurants Ben Bayly's plain start as a chef, baking banana cakes in his mum's Te Awamutu kitchen, has kept his approach to food practical: No 8 wire with some magic thrown in. Photo / Peter Meecham The Cuisine magazine chef of the year and My Kitchen Rules judge, Ben Bayly, said: "Are we not going to have a photo together, Michele?" He was taking the mickey out of me for having taken the mickey out of him about now being a celebrity chef.

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Illawarra Mercury

'Australians also see Abbott as a terror'

Labor's Parliamentary Secretary has broken her party's stance of bipartisan support for raising the terror alert , branding Prime Minister Tony Abbott a "terror" and criticising the Coalition's domestic policies. The West Australian MP Alannah MacTiernan took to Twitter late on Friday night tweeting: "The Jihadi threat is real but many Australians also see Abbott as a terror as he takes a wrecking ball to our social infrastructure".

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KCCI-TV Des Moines

Australia raises terror alert level to 'high'

Australia has raised its terror alert level to "high" for the first time since the national alert system was introduced in 2003. According to the four-level system, a reading of "high" means a terrorist attack "is likely," however the country's Prime Minister Tony Abbott said no specific threat had been made.

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Fri Sep 12, 2014

Stourbridgenews.co.uk

Top tucker served Down Under

"How about we cook a kangaroo tail for afternoon tea, Pete?" suggests my charismatic aboriginal host Neville, as I cast a fishing rod into the river and keep an eye out for crocodiles. It seems a strange choice for a pastime usually associated with sandwiches and cakes, but having developed a taste for 'roo burger' on a previous trip Down Under, this is one bush tucker trial I won't be turning down.

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Science Daily

No innocent bystander: Cartilage contributes to arthritis

Cartilage plays an active role in the destruction and remodeling of joints seen in rheumatoid arthritis, rather than being an 'innocent bystander' as previously thought, researchers report. Dr Tommy Liu and colleagues have discovered cartilage plays an active role in rheumatoid arthritis and is not an 'innocent bystander' as previously thought.

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Sydney Morning Herald

Another woman's child

What does it take to have a baby for somebody else and then give it away? Dawn Barker meets three Australian women who decided to become altruistic surrogates. The saga of Gammy, the baby with Down syndrome left behind with his surrogate mother in Thailand, has highlighted the psychological and ethical complexities of the booming overseas commercial surrogacy industry.

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The New Zealand Herald

'Rare' Parnell clifftop land on market for $10.25m

Developers have demolished a clifftop house on one of Auckland's most expensive streets, laid pristine ready lawn on the site and put the vacant section on the market with an asking price of $10.25 million. The Parnell section at 20 Crescent Rd, which offers panoramic views of Rangitoto Island and the Waitemata Harbour, is located just around the corner from the private home of Prime Minister John Key.

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The New Zealand Herald

Killer Helen Milner's portrait 'distasteful' - artist apologises to family

An artist has apologised for upsetting the family of a murder victim after the killer's portrait was entered in a national art award. The artwork, showing Christchurch murderer Helen Milner - dubbed the Black Widow - is one of 49 on display at the Wallace Arts Centre in Auckland.

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Reuters

Nurse who took Australian royal prank call committed suicide, inquest rules

A nurse found dead in her lodgings after answering a prank call from two Australian radio presenters about Kate Middleton's first pregnancy two years ago committed suicide, an inquest ruled on Friday. Indian-born Jacintha Saldanha, 46, was found hanging in December 2012, three days after she answered the call from Mel Greig and Michael Christian in which they had pretended to be Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles.

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Thanh Nein News

Peter Tan Hoang, 36, was shot to death on September 7 in a park in Sydney.

The Vietnamese Australian found dead in Sydney's Croydon Park on September 7 has been identified as a major gambler with alleged links to organized crime. Peter Tan Hoang, 36, a.k.a. Peter Minh Nguyen, was found at the park early morning with multiple gunshot wounds, local newspaper reported.

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