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Jeziel Andersen | Drive announcer

It’s beautiful and green, with gushing waterfalls and, of course, kiwis. So what’s making news in the land of the long white cloud this week?

  • New Zealand’s first wiener dog derby took place on the weekend in windy Wellington

It’s exactly how you would picture it. A whole bunch of sausages dogs racing. It was such a success they say it could be New Zealand’s 2017 Melbourne cup.


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  • The New Plymouth District Council has had a light bulb moment

Their idea is to turn a local dump/recycle centre into a great shopping centre.

The Shopping experience will include “an education centre, outdoor planted areas, a cafe, op-shops as well as ‘high-end retail stores’, kid’s area and a men’s shed and repair workshop”.

But locals are claiming no one wants to shop at a smelly dump. Fear not, says the council — they have $1.2 million set aside just to sort that smell out.


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  • Waimauku gas station was robbed but it turns out Kiwi criminals could be the nicest in the world

Two offenders smashed their way into a local gas station looking for cigarettes but they must have felt bad after finding none in the cabinets, leaving behind their birth certificate and bank statements.


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There you have it…all the stories you never thought you cared about. That’s Across the Ditch for you.

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