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Power consumers connected to the Scanpower network are about to receive a discount on their power bills.

Scanpower has announced that all of its customers will receive a $310 credit.

The credit will appear on power accounts in September or October.


The Road Transport Forum has raised concerns over the latest designs for the Manawatu-Tararua Highway.

Designed to replace the Manawatu Gorge, initial plans were to have two lanes each way for the entire length of the new highway, but the RTF says it is concerned that it will now reduce to two lanes for three kilometres.

The latest plans unveiled by the NZ Transport Agency show the road reducing to one lane in each direction at the summit.

RTF Chief Executive Nick Leggett says the change defies logic, and seems to be a last-minute cost saving measure, and is likely to create a dangerous road.

He says this is the only new roading project on the horizon for the whole of New Zealand, and it would be disappointing to see that a future-proof design was not being considered due to budget.

NZTA says it is only a "preliminary concept", and will listen to feedback and ideas from people before making a final decision.


Today is World Suicide Prevention Day, and a psychology advisor for the NZ Police will hold a free, two hour workshop in Waipukurau tonight.

The Solution Focused Approach to Suicide Prevention workshop aims to give people the tools to take action if they know someone is suicidal.

Those going will also have the opportunity to gain follow-up support to learn more about the solution-focused approach.

The workshop is at the Waipukurau Club from 6pm-8pm tonight. RSVP's can be emailed to emma [dot] burns [at] police [dot] govt [dot] nz.