22 days ago

KEA Kids News: Young Kiwi dog trainer heading to the greatest dog show on earth

The team Reporter from Stuff

In todays news, Māreikura Nepia, 10, checks out who's best in show at the Black Hawk National Dog Show, the biggest in New Zealand.

KEA Kids News is current affairs for kids by kids. Our young reporters find stories that connect with 7 to 11-year-olds to help tackle tough issues in ways you can share with your whole family. Find out more here.

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3 hours ago

Where are the speeding hot spots in Marlborough?

Alice Angeloni Reporter from Marlborough Express

Police are "extremely disappointed" by the number of drivers speeding past Marlborough Girls' College in Blenheim.

Police stationed at Nelson St last week, stung 288 drivers with speeding fines in four hours.

Do you know of other speeding hot spots in the region?

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12 hours ago

It was kinda a pay-it forward kinda thing…

AMI Insurance

When Sharlene Clements heard thieves had stolen a car belonging to Denise Pearson and her son Reuben, who lives with cerebral palsy, Sharlene jumped straight to their aid. She immediately offered them a wheelchair-modified van that had been given to her business in a life-changing act of kindness.

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4 days ago

Tree Notice Issues

Adrienne from Hope

This week I received a notice from Network Tasman telling me to have a roadside tree trimmed because it has stretched itself close to the powerlines. A complete and reasonable request which I had meant to do in winter but couldn't get my expert arborist to do it. Problem is, thanks to government legislation under Electricity (Hazards from Trees) Regulations 2003 I am now required to notify Network Tasman 3 days prior to the work being done but, horrifyingly, I can't use my own arborist, I am only allowed to use an arborist certified by Network Tasman. I look for a list of arborists permitted but what do I see - there is only one - Treescape. I immediately smell a rat. If there is only one certified company in this region then I can be charged whatever they want to. There is no guarantee that they will prune the tree to a standard I wish for either. I then began looking throughout NZ to find out what the situation is elsewhere and what do I spy - Treescape's name coming up everywhere. In many other places they are also the only option. Next stop - the Commerce Commission because this is appalling. This is anti-competitive and stinks of cronyism. If I do not use Treescape (who incidentally operate via a call centre and have not got in touch with me in the 4 days since I phoned and they took my details), I can be fined by the Govt up to $10,000. Has anyone else experienced this issue and have the same concerns? I am feeling a bit like NZ is morphing into something akin to the old Soviet Union.