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Central suburbs were hit the hardest, experiencing negative growth for the first time in more than a decade. The Waitematā local board area – which included the CBD – dropped by 1.6 percent from 82,866 residents in 2018 to 81,546 in 2023. The Albert-Eden area dropped by 2 percent from 98,622 to 96,630. “Particularly Waitematā and Albert-Eden have declined in population, and we noticed that some of the local boards on the periphery of Auckland, particularly Upper Harbour and Papakura, have increased by over 20 percent,” Goodyear said. “The information we’ve got here does suggest that living on the fringes…

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Major loyalty scheme FlyBuys will come to an end later this year. The scheme allows customers to redeem points for items in its loyalty shop, get petrol discounts and convert their points into New World Dollars. The programme, has been running since 1996 and has about 1.8 million active FlyBuys members. “We’re incredibly proud of what FlyBuys has achieved over the past 28 years. It’s been a privilege to be a part of so many New Zealanders’ lives, helping them save money and enjoy rewards from their favourite brands,” said Lizzy Ryley, chief executive of Loyalty NZ which runs FlyBuys.  …

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James Preston will likely look back on this week as one of best of his life.The 27-year-old has been named in the New Zealand athletics team for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games just days after breaking the late Sir Peter Snell’s 62-year-old NZ record in the 800 metres. Preston said he’s been working hard towards this moment for a long time. “It’s really exciting to get the opportunity to wear the fern on the Olympic stage and get to showcase the effort my team has put in during the build up.”His ticket to Paris shouldn’t have come as a surprise…

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A search and rescue operation is underway in Wellington after a man was reported missing on Wednesday evening.  George Dominic, known as Niko, was last seen at the end of Muritai Road, near Barden’s Gate in Eastbourne at about 5:30pm on Wednesday night.  He’s described as a Pacific Islander in his 40s and was last seen wearing a grey top and dark pants, but police say this may have changed.  Police and Niko’s family say they have concerns for his safety.  Members of the public are being asked to review any CCTV or dashcam footage that may have been captured…

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Copper thieves have once again struck Christchurch’s powerlines overnight, the latest in a spate of dangerous thefts over the last two weeks concerning police.Thieves in the Christchurch suburb of Waltham cut the cables in the night and left live wires exposed, including an incident outside a preschool on Phillip St.Senior Sergeant Roy Appley said anyone walking past could have electrocuted themselves, and warned the crime could leave someone seriously injured.Copper thieves have struck Christchurch’s powerlines again. (Source: Supplied)He said the highly conductive copper is perfect for powerlines, and valuable in larger quantities.”Copper [is] currently being sold for around about $12…

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No more sleeps to go . . . Today Finance Minister Nicola Willis delivers both her and the new government’s first Budget. Ms Willis has already signalled the government’s Budget priorities: delivering meaningful tax reductions; identifying savings across government departments and agencies; improving public services through focused new spending; keeping tight control of government spending; and developing a long-term, sustainable pipeline of infrastructure investments. She also said the government’s priority areas would include health, education and law and order. Check www.odt.co.nz from 2pm onwards for online coverage of the Budget as Ms Willis announces its finer details. Of particular interest…

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There’s calls for companies to stop producing some coloured plastic bottles, like L&P, and if that doesn’t happen for the Government to ban them as they’re too hard to recycle.1News has learnt many councils are sending the coloured PET bottles, which are categorised as a number one plastic, to landfill. That’s despite the fact they’re included in the Government’s new recycling rules introduced in February.There’s nowhere in New Zealand that can recycle the bottles and while some larger councils like Auckland are able to send them offshore, many are struggling with what to do with them.Waste and Recycling Industry Forum…

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Junior doctors are striking for the third time this month today, with 290 Blood Service laboratory workers also walking off the job this week. Te Whatu Ora has accused the unions of knowingly scheduling the strikes at the same time to cause maximum disruption, saying the dual action will compound the impact on patients. Hundreds of operations were postponed in last week’s strike. That included in the days leading up to the industrial action, to make sure there were fewer people in the ward that might be affected by the strike. More surgeries were being deferred today. The blood lab…

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Smith & Caughey’s has known for two years that its stores were running into losses and its operating model would not work, chairperson Tony Caughey says.The department store, which has been in business for about 144 years, told its staff about the proposal to close today.”Two years ago we knew that our current model or arrangement wasn’t going to work,” Caughey told Checkpoint.”We’ve been working for a couple of years to try and find a different model that would work for us and I suppose we stopped doing that when the board voted last week to go down this track.”There…

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The label “hardest working” gets bandied about a lot in the entertainment industry — it can refer to actors, comedians, and musicians alike, writes comedian and Seven Sharp reporter Ben Hurley.It can be a bit of a backhanded compliment, with the subtext being that more naturally talented artists can float through life without effort, and those with fewer God-given gifts must be more conscientious. It can also mean that we have seen a lot of that person or group lately; maybe a nod to being a little overexposed, verging on ubiquity.Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is often referred to as “the…

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