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Anderson needs medical clearance to make IPL debut

Corey AndersonWellington, April 16 - Corey Anderson will require clearance from New Zealand Cricket's medical staff before making his Indian Premier League debut, TVNZ reported Wednesday.

The $866,000 allrounder is preparing with his Mumbai Indians team in Abu Dhabi but won't play until New Zealand Cricket is satisfied he's over the dislocated little finger suffered at the World Twenty20 April 1.

Nufarm shuts down plant in New Zealand

Nufarm shuts down plant in New ZealandNufarm, which is a leading agricultural chemicals manufacturer, has said that it is planning to close down its plant in New Zealand.

The company has also said that it is planning to shift its regional production to Victoria. The company believes that consolidating its production will generate annual cost savings of $3 million. The move will result in a loss of 59 jobs at the Otahuhu factory, in Auckland, according to the company.

NZ records fall in house sales

NZ records fall in house salesAccording to the latest figures released, the total housing sale has fellen in New Zealand market.

The data also showed that the median price of homes are increasing in the country. The Real Estate Institute of New Zealand said that the sale of houses in the Western Bay fell during the month of March.

Figures showed that Tauranga housing sales fell 21 per cent to 127 from 163 a year ago. However, the median price increased 11.8 per cent to $388,000 from $347,000. The sales in Mount Maunganui-Papamoa fell 17.9 per cent from 123 to 101 and the median prices increased 5.9 per cent to $450,000 from $425,000.

Wealleans Groundspread fined over fatal accident

Wealleans Groundspread fined over fatal accidentWealleans Groundspread Limited, a Waikato fertiliser spreading company, has been fined and is ordered to pay reparation after a company died in a truck accident in June 2013.

New Zealand housing prices fall in March

New Zealand housing prices fall in MarchAccording to the latest figures released, the housing prices in New Zealand have continued to fall in the month of March as the buyers are discouraged due to restrictions on lending and rising interest rates.

The housing prices have been falling in the country since previous five straight months as the demand is affected by economic factors. The government's Quotable Value's (QV) said that the demand for housing has been affected by increasing interest rates and the limitations on bank lending in the country.

NZ’s tourism industry aiming to grow 70% during next decade

NZ’s tourism industry aiming to grow 70% during next decadeNew Zealand's tourism industry has said that it is targeting a growth of by 70 per cent during the coming decade.

According to official figures, the tourism sector currently contributes $NZ24 billion a year to the economy. The Tourism Industry Association (TIA) said on Monday said that it is aiming to contribute $NZ41 billion to the national economy by the year 2025.

Migration to New Zealand rises 13%

Migration to New Zealand rises 13%According to the latest figures released, New Zealand's inbound net migration has recorded an increase of 13 per cent on an annual basis, which is its highest level in a decade.

China became the biggest source of net migrants for the first time for the country after overtaking Australia and the UK. New Zealand gained a seasonally adjusted 3,500 net new migrants in February, which is the highest number of net new migrants since April 2003 compared to up from 3,100 in January.

Some people have aversion to happiness

Some people have aversion to happinessAs stated by the specialists from University of Wellington in New Zealand, various societies (principally non-Western societies in the Middle East) hold the thought that positive emotions can really prompt not so positive conclusions.

Federer to meet Djokovic in Indian Wells final

Roger-FedererWellington, Mar 16 : Swiss tennis ace Roger Federer has reached the finals of the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells in California on Saturday, closing on the title which he had won four times in the past.

The 17-time Major winner, who won at Indian Wells from 2004-06 and again in 2012, has defeated Alexandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine 6-3, 6-1 and will meet world number two Novak Djokovic in the final after the Serbian player dispatched American John Isner 5-7 7-6 6-1 in the other semifinal.

Antibacterial soap doing more harm than good

Antibacterial soap doing more harm than goodConsumers are again dishing the soil on antibacterial cleanser as studies are cautioning us we shouldn't accept the buildup.

It says there is proof that not just do the items give no additional benefits, they could be doing us more harm.

A magazine not long from now says ads boisterously trumpet the cleansers' microorganisms executing force, effectively playing on our trepidation of germs.

At the same time examination proposes all they are doing is making us impervious to anti-infection agents, a developing issue globally.

Expert warns businesses of post-Office 2003 era consequences

Expert warns businesses of post-Office 2003 era consequencesWellington, Mar. 10 - As Microsoft gears up to end its support for Office 2003 and Windows XP in the coming month, an expert has issued warnings for businesses who could potentially lose access to their Office suite content.

Vice president of the global non-profit Information Systems Audit and Control Association, Marc Vael, said that a lot of companies would have to update their whole office suite, which requires an additional investment that they probably didn't foresee this year.

Hawke's Bay witnesses measles alert

Hawke's Bay witnesses measles alertTwo young New Zealand men, who as of late voyaged abroad, have been diagnosed with measles in Hawke's Bay. Both are presently well, out of seclusion and were not hospitalised.

Since 2012, these are the initially affirmed instances of measles in Hawke's Bay.

Medical Officer of Health Caroline McElnay said introduction to other individuals in Hawke's Bay was improbable, yet conceivable.

New Zealand 440/5, lead by 194 at tea

New Zealand 440/5, lead by 194 at teaWellington, Feb 17 - New Zealand were 440 for five, leading by 194 runs at tea on day four of the second and final Test against India here Monday.

Brendon McCullum (228 batting) reached his third double hundred, while B. J. Watling (119) scored his third century. The NZ duo extended their sixth wicket unbeaten partnership to 346 runs. (IANS)

Rahane thanks Sachin, Dravid after maiden Test ton

Ajinkya-RahaneWellington, Feb 15 : India batsman Ajinkya Rahane thanked his role models Rahul Dravid and Sachin Tendukar after scoring his maiden Test century on day two of the second Test against New Zealand here Saturday.

Rahane had missed his first Test hundred by a whisker in South Africa.

"Rahul Dravid is my role model and I have been following him since childhood,” Rahane said after India ended the day leading New Zealand by 222 runs with nine wickets in hand.

23-year-old says cracking SnapChat's new anti-hacker ploy 'no brainer'

Steven-HicksonWellington, Feb. 15 : A 23-year-old PHD student has reportedly said that it took him only half and hour to crack SnapChat's latest security measures.

Steven Hickson , who is studying Computer Science at Georgia Tech, and has briefly worked at the NSA in Maryland, said that it was a 'no brainer' to crack the photo-sharing service's icon identifying puzzle.

According to stuff. co. nz, SnapChat had implement the latest security feature after it admitted that white-hat hackers had breached its user database that exposed millions of usernames and phone numbers exposed to criminals.

Dominant India take control of second Test

Ajinkya RahaneWellington, Feb 15 : Ajinkya Rahane's maiden Test hundred and half-centuries from Shikhar Dhawan (98) and Mahendra Singh Dhoni (68) put India in complete control of the second and final Test at the end of day two against New Zealand at the Basin Reserve here Saturday.

India, who had bowled out New Zealand for 192 in the first innings, scored 438 all out, opening up a 246-run lead. At the close of play, the Kiwis were 24 for one in the second innings and trailed India by 222 runs.

After Ishant Sharma's six-wicket heroics on the first day, Rahane (118) stole the show on day two with his first Test century.

Dhoni, Rahane put India on top

mahendra singh dhoniWellington, Feb 15 : An unbeaten 72-run partnership between Ajinkya Rahane (64 batting) and Mahendra Singh Dhoni (39 batting) took India to 301 for six, 109 runs ahead of New Zealand, in the second and final Test at the Basin Reserve here Saturday.

The only blip in an otherwise near perfect session for India was the fall of Virat Kohli (38).

Though, it was all smooth sailing for the visitors. India were made to work hard for the 100 runs after lunch as New Zealand adopted negative bowling tactics.

Dhawan, Ishant put India ahead in second Test

Dhawan, Ishant put India ahead in second Test Wellington, Feb 14 - India ended day one of the second and final Test at 100 for two after dismissing New Zealand for 192 at the Basin Reserve here Friday.

Shikhar Dhawan (71 not out) and Cheteshwar Pujara (19) stitched an 87-run stand until Pujara was dismissed just before stumps, rounding off a good day for India after Mahendra Singh Dhoni asked the hosts to bat on a grassy pitch.

Ross Taylor ruled out of Basin Reserve Test

Ross-TaylorWellington, Feb 13 : New Zealand's frontline batsman and former skipper Ross Taylor was ruled out for the second Test against India starting Friday since his wife is expecting their second child anytime during the match.

Skipper Brendon McCullum said that batsman Tom Latham and all-rounder Jimmy Neesham will make their debuts.

Latham will come in at No. 4 while Neesham will replace leggie Ish Sodhi as the Kiwis will field a five-man pace attack in their bid for a 2-0 Test win. Kane Williamson will be a part-time off-spinner if required.

McCullum's double ton boosts Kiwis' bid for victory in first Test against India

Brendon-McCullumWellington, Feb 7 : New Zealand is fast moving ahead on their way to victory in the first Test against India at Auckland after the tourists were stopped at a measly 130-4 due to bad light on the second day on Friday.

The hosts' massive first innings of 503 included an epic 224 from captain Brendon McCullum, his second Test double century, after which pace duo Trent Boult and Tim Southee reduced India to 10-3 in reply, including the prized scalps of Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli .


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