NZ@Noon: Quake may force closure of school pool

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Taika Brooking and Mikayla Wason swimming in Carlton School pool last year.
Taika Brooking and Mikayla Wason swimming in Carlton School pool last year.

A Whanganui school pool may be forced to close as a result of last week's earthquake, and failed Rotorua mayoral candidate Dr Reynold Macpherson has withdrawn his petition to the court over the election results. These are just two of the stories making headlines around the regions today.

The covered pool at Carlton School was damaged during the 7.8 earthquake that was felt in Whanganui last Monday and may be forced to close.

Failed mayoral candidate Dr Reynold Macpherson has withdrawn his petition to the district court contesting the result of October's mayoral election.

Businesses in Whangarei's CBD are playing musical chairs for cheaper, flexible leases amid a stagnant retail sector as 43 premises remain vacant.

As thousands celebrated 90 years of Rush Munro's over the weekend, the company is looking to the future with plans to begin exporting their renowned product.

The first cruise ship to stay overnight in Tauranga has arrived. The Celebrity Solstice cruised into port about 7am today and is not expected to leave until 8.30am tomorrow.

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