Auckland Zoo welcomes two adorable cotton-top tamarins

Auckland Zoo has welcomed two new additions - a pair of critically-endangered cotton-top tamarins.

Primate team leader Amy Robbins says both babies and parents are doing well after they were born on Tuesday about 7pm.

"We're all buzzing about the new arrivals," she said.

"It's exciting to have our cotton top parents starting to build their troop, and being a critically endangered species makes the babies' arrival even more special."

The parents are from Germany and South America, and mum usually does the feeding while dad carries them.

They share an enclosure with three female agouti.

Auckland Zoo has welcomed two critically-endangered cotton-top tamarins.
Auckland Zoo has welcomed two critically-endangered cotton-top tamarins. Source: Supplied

Dannevirke residents advised to boil water supply

Dannevirke residents are being warned to boil their water after an equipment failure.

Tararua District Council issued the precautionary boil water notice yesterday.

As a result of the failure, the water is being drawn directly from the river and though it is being chlorinated, it needs to be boiled before being consumed.

Residents were also warned that the water may be cloudy or milky in appearance.

The notice advised residents to boil water before drinking, making ice, food preparation, brushing teeth or preparing infant formulas.

Those with compromised immune systems were advised to seek medical advice. 

Tap water (file picture). Source: 1 NEWS


Minimum wage being raised for public servants

The 2000 lowest paid public servants are getting a pay rise with the Government announcing the minimum wage for core public service employees is being increased.

Public service employees will now be paid at least $20.55 an hour, which works out to be $42,744 a year, Minister of State Services Chris Hipkins announced today.

The wage increase will be implemented with a one-off adjustment in pay with effect by September 1.

The majority of the workers who will benefit work in administration, welfare, contact centres and as assistant customs officers across 13 government departments,

"This decision is about supporting fair pay and employment conditions for a decent standard of living for all New Zealanders," Mr Hipkins said.

"This Government strongly believes that every worker should be in a situation where the pay they receive means they can at least make ends meet."

Many workers at government department contact centres will benefit from the rise. Source: 1 NEWS