Foster rolls out the big guns

  Ian Foster has named a strong All Blacks side to face the Springboks in the historic 100th test between the teams in Townsville on Saturday. In the starting front row, Joe Moody retains the number one starting jersey and Nepo Laulala is back in the number three jersey, with Codie Taylor returning at starting … Continued

‘In good condition’ – Road report under microscope

The integrity of a report into Ashburton’s reviled roads have been brought into question by councillors after the network was found to be in good nick. The Ashburton District Council revealed details of Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency’s (NZTA) technical audit, claiming the roads in the district were “well-managed and generally in good condition” despite … Continued

Poor migrant treatment adds labour woes

Migrant families are said to be facing further drawbacks which is contributing to Mid Canterbury’s labour and employment troubles. Ashburton community group Hakatere Multicultural Council says there needs to be greater understanding from the district’s community leaders around some of the issues facing disillusioned migrants who have been “poorly treated” in some instances. Chairman and … Continued

Covid breach fines increased

Breaching Covid-19 restrictions will now mean an increased infringement fee of up to $12,000 for individuals when imposed by a court, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced. Speaking at the daily Covid-19 briefing this afternoon, Ardern said fines for breaches of the Covid-19 Public Health Response Act were being increased because of the view that … Continued