Wellbeing gauged

About 10 people told Statistics New Zealand community engagement lead Maria Uluilelata what makes for their personal wellbeing in a session in Whanganui on October 3.
It was one of the last face-to-face sessions, in an attempt to find out what makes for the wellbeing of New Zealanders. Other answers are arriving online.
The information will be bundled with other responses and processed. The answers will feed into new ways for Government to measure wellbeing.

Assault sentence

A man was sentenced by Judge Christopher Field, having been convicted on a charge of male assaults female on Wednesday.
Tama Baty was sentenced to four months' community detention, 100 hours' community work and nine months' supervision in Whanganui District Court.
It was Baty's fifth conviction for violent offending. His last conviction was in 2015.


Burglary term

John Nicholson was sentenced to three months' home detention by Judge Christopher Field in Whanganui District Court on Wednesday. Nicholson was convicted on two burglary charges.

Farmers cautious

The prevalence of Mycoplasma bovis is making dairy farmers extra cautious this mating season.
They are using a range of tactics including due diligence, quarantine, virgin bulls and artificial insemination. to keep their cows and farms safe.
The disease is mainly spread through close physical contact with infected animals, and that makes using bulls which have been exposed to other stock an added risk. More artificial insemination is happening as a result.

Game goes digital

Te Puni Kōkiri is to launch the first Māori language Kī-o-Rahi application.
It brings a traditional Māori game into the digital arena and makes it easier to use te reo Māori on the sports field.
The app will be launched this weekend October 7 at the annual Iwi of Origin Tournament in Auckland.