NZ@Noon: Attack accused waits in jail

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A Latvian national accused of stabbing two people and a dog will spend another five months in jail before going to trial, and job opportunities are up 30.7 per cent in the Bay of Plenty. These are just two of the stories making headlines around the regions today.

A Latvian national who has been in custody more than eight months since allegedly stabbing two people and a dog at a Flaxmere address will spend up to another five months in jail pending a trial.

Job opportunities are up 30.7 per cent in the Bay of Plenty, with big increases seen in farming, retail and education.

Tears flowed at Kaitaia College on Friday evening, when students and parents gathered for the senior sports and service prize-giving without 16-year-old Georgia Buckingham.

It has been four long decades coming, but master carver Matahi Whakataka Brightwell is happy his sculpture of the great navigator and high priest Ngatoroirangi is finally gaining the recognition that is its due.

Whanganui's historic paddle steamer, The Waimarie, will be back on the water next weekend.

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