Winning ticket sold

A ticket sold at Paper Plus Sylvia Park, Auckland, won $1 million on Lotto First Division on Saturday while Powerball was not struck and will be worth $5.5 million on Wednesday. Strike was also not struck and will be worth $500,000 on Wednesday. The winning Lotto numbers were 17, 19, 23, 29, 31 and 36, with the bonus number 13 and Powerball number 9. The Strike numbers were 17, 29, 36 and 31.

King to face Peters
The National Party has selected Matt King to take on Winston Peters for the Northland electorate at next year's general election. Mr King has lived in Northland most of his life. He is a farmer, fraud investigator, volunteer firefighter with the Okaihau Brigade, and previously a police detective. "I'm a proud Northland boy who has always called this place home, so it's a thrill to be chosen. Now I'm looking forward to hitting the campaign trail and earning the right to be the strong, local voice Northlanders deserve," Mr King says.

Parties finally talk

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Talks between the Maori Party and Mana Party were "a long time coming" Mana leader Hone Harawira said of the talks held in Whangarei on Friday. Executive members of both parties met "but given our history, the talks were cordial and the willingness to try to make something happen was genuine from both sides," Mr Harawira said. "I have no doubt that there are people from both parties who are sceptical about what a working relationship might look like, but if there has been a common thread from the Maori electorates over the past five years, it would be 'I wish you guys would stop fighting one another, I hope you can get together'. So we're going to try our best to find a way we can work together for the betterment of our people. And if it doesn't work, it won't be for want of trying."

Renal patients meet

More than 30 people attended a recent get-together in Kerikeri for remote renal outpatients who require home dialysis. Among the 30 people at the Contact Energy Renal Fund Seminar were 16 patients who shared their experiences of living independently while being prepared for emergencies, especially the affect of power cuts on dialysis equipment. Social isolation was another theme discussed. Contact Energy created the endowment fund to support home-based dialysis in 2009.