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Lucky fans will be the first in the world to hear the Kiwi singer's second album Melodrama. Source: 1 NEWS

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Auckland Transport proposes 30km/h zone for city centre

Auckland Transport (AT) is looking at lowering speeds in the city centre, in a move they say will "improve road safety for the large number of people walking, cycling and living in the area."

They have proposed a 30km/h zone around the CBD which will be consulted on as part of a speed bylaw review in November.

AT says the move is part of its work to improve road safety in Auckland, where one person dies and two are seriously injured on the roads each week.

AT's Group Manager Network Management and Safety, Randhir Karma, says many of the crashes in the city centre involve vulnerable road users.

"Eighty-four per cent of all crashes involve vulnerable road users. Nearly half of the crashes involve people walking and this is not acceptable.

"If a person walking is hit by a vehicle travelling at 30km, the chance of dying is 10 per cent. At 50km, the chance of dying is 80 per cent," he says.

AT say they're currently determining the exact locations for the start of the lower speed limit and what physical changes would need to be implemented.  

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Cast for TV adaptation of Kiwi writer's Booker Prize winning The Luminaries named

The lead cast members in the BBC drama adaption of Eleanor Catton's Man Booker Prize-winning novel The Luminaries have been revealed, with NZ actor Marton Csokas taking a main role. 

Csokas will join play Francis Carver in the television version of the book, BBC Two has confirmed.

He will join Eva Green, who will take on the role of Lydia Wells, and Eve Hewson, who will play Anna Wetherell.

The six-part adaptation of the story - a Victorian mystery tale set during the New Zealand gold rush - was originally announced in 2016.

Catton adapted her own novel for the screenplay and the series will be directed by Australian film-maker Claire McCarthy.

The New Zealand author became the youngest ever winner of the Man Booker Prize - aged 28 - when The Luminaries won in 2013.

The 832-page book was also the longest work to win in the prize's history. 

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Inmate given indefinite sentence for Paremoremo prison attacks

A prisoner who carried out attacks on guards and other inmates at Paremoremo has been sentenced to preventive detention.

Stead Nuku appeared at the High Court in Auckland today on his third strike.

He has been serving sentences at the country's maximum security prison for attacks on a prison guard and an inmate, who suffered a broken arm.

The court heard that on two separate occasions he attacked two fellow inmates while armed with a shank.

Nuku said one of his victims had stolen his CD player and the other had taken his biscuits.

Justice Downs said Nuku stabbed both men about the head.

He said Nuku had gang affiliations and had little motivation to change his violent behaviour.

The sentence of preventive detention means Nuku will not be eligible for parole until he can prove he is no longer a threat to society.

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Corrections believe the attack at Paremoremo Prison was gang-related and unprovoked.
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SPCA Auckland appeals for people to adopt unwanted goats, chickens and roosters

SPCA Auckland has some unusual animals up for adoption as it looks for foster homes to provide temporary shelter for chickens, roosters and goats.

The farm animals have been listed on the SPCA's adopt page and include a goat called Winchester and a rooster called Big Joe.

"There's not one thing we can pinpoint for the increase but we've found we need families. Even if it's just for a few days," an SPCA spokesperson told Stuff.

The SPCA says that fostering an animal for a period of time is free, with the organisation providing the animal's vet treatment and food.

The farm animals need a property that has plenty of space and high fences to keep the animals contained.

Chicken (file picture). Source: rnz.co.nz