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New Zealand’s best beaches – how to nominate your favorites | Instant News

Wainui Beach, Gisborne. Photo / J Dobson

Don’t miss your chance to nominate your favorite stretch of sand in our search for New Zealand’s Best Beaches 2021

We’re looking for the best beaches in New Zealand and we need your help. We want you to nominate your favorites, tell us why you love this beach and what makes it so special. Send us a photo of your favorite beach, too, and we’ll profile some of your entries over the summer. But hurry up, the nominations close at midnight [Sunday, January 10].

From there, your entries will be counted and the top 10 beaches will be named as our finalists, with the bonus of three wildcard entries chosen by the Herald Travel team.
You can then select one beach from the top 13 beaches to be crowned the ultimate winner.

Meanwhile, here are some of the nominees so far. Don’t see your favorite here? Vote below, or open nzherald.co.nz/bestbeach

May the best beaches win!

Matarangi Beach, Coromandel

This is one of the few beaches that are truly north facing in New Zealand with fine white sand, beautiful clear water. There is a wide variety of sea conditions for all – young shallow swimmers, ocean swimmers, boogie boarders, surfers, kite surfers, paddle surfers. The beach is never overcrowded and apart from that you can often see dolphins passing by.
Sally Waters

Kaiteriteri Beach, Nelson Tasman

I think Kaiteriteri beach is one of the best in New Zealand, known for its unique golden sand and crystal clear waters. An ideal and popular summer spot, it has everything you need for an action-packed day, from sailing, kayaking, bicycle tours and more. Even better, Kaiteriteri has more beautiful and unique beaches that are all located next to each other.
Yulan Black

Aramoana, Dunedin

Pumps up the surf, there’s awesome wildlife (sea lions and penguins) and some really cool cliffs and rocks.
Felix Page

Bark Bay, Abel Tasman National Park

It’s secluded (you have to get there by hiking or by boat), has a sloping white sand beach, with clear, sheltered sea water and deep enough to swim. It’s also supported by a national park, so it’s 99 percent natural.
Zoe Cromwell

Mangawhai Surf Beach, Northland

Mangawhai Surf Beach, Northland.  Photo / John Anggot
Mangawhai Surf Beach, Northland. Photo / John Anggot

Mangawhai is truly magical because the sunsets are amazing, you can surf, you can walk on the cliffs to see amazing bird’s eye views from places that cannot be caught on camera, there is local dune protection. Everyone must experience the Mangawhai miracle.

John Anggot

Cable Bay in Doubtless Bay, Northland

There’s an ice cream shop there, golden sand, blue water, happy people – the perfect place.
Parry Jay

Ruakaka, Northland

Ruakaka Beach, Northland.  Photo / Koby Jonas
Ruakaka Beach, Northland. Photo / Koby Jonas

Soft white sand and clear clear water that stretches for miles make this beach our favorite. Ice cream in “the chilly bin” after a day in the sun is a bonus.
Koby Jonas

Campbells Bay, Kakanui, Waitaki

Campbell Bay, Waitaki.  Photo / Sarah Hailes
Campbell Bay, Waitaki. Photo / Sarah Hailes

It’s great for families, surfers, and dog-friendly. This can keep you busy or treat you as your only friend. Take a walk to All Day Bay and back, or try a small kite. I like it.
Sarah Hailes

Matapouri Beach, Northland

Matapouri Beach, Northland.  Photo / Mark Gibson
Matapouri Beach, Northland. Photo / Mark Gibson

This beach has soft sand, warm water, and small waves perfect for swimming and body boarding. Ample parking makes it easy to prepare for a long day at the beach.
Anushree Sen Gupta

Kano Beach, on Mapoutahi in Otago

Canoe Beach has it all – beautiful for a walk with your dog, caves to walk through at low tide, rope swings, history, pā to hike and watch surfers, lovely long beaches to walk along the other side of the headland. Kano Beach is also great for swimming as it’s sheltered – you can kayak around to Osborne bay, and now there’s even a local brewery in Waitati. Nothing is missing.
Amanda Church

Wainui Beach, Gisborne

Wainui not only greets the sun before anywhere else on mainland New Zealand, it also has a fun and nurturing community, incredible waves and beautiful clear water. There is a rock pool at each end with interesting creatures. The Okitu shop, about half way down, has excellent summer food and the most friendly staff.
J Dobson

Castlepoint, Wairarapa

Castlepoint is a superb coastal formation with a variety of coastal experiences. Wild surfing and calm and safe lagoons. Stunning rock forms, lighthouses and sand dunes. Great fishing, swimming, surfing and kayaking. Stunning views and walking opportunities. Sitting under the lighthouse after dark is also a real experience. This is an authentic Kiwi beach and bach environment, with an annual horse race on the beach.
Melissa de Souza-Correa

Wharariki Beach, Golden Bay

Wharariki Beach, Golden Bay.  Photo / Patel Veerick
Wharariki Beach, Golden Bay. Photo / Patel Veerick

Wharariki only cut Mataī Bay and Castlepoint Northland for me. The three of them were very beautiful. But Wharariki won because it had exposed rocks like Cathedral Cove, providing a unique sight to behold. Has a rock pool for baby seals to swim and play. The distance is far away, which adds to its charm. There is plenty of room for multiple people to enjoy at once. Good surf. You need to take a short walk to access it, which might be considered negative, but people who tend to make an effort to reach it are less likely to litter and wreck the place. There are lots of walks, which can also expose you to a variety of wildlife.
Patel Veerick

Cathedral Cove, Coromandel

Cathedral Cove, Coromandel.  Photo / Mahdi Algargoosh
Cathedral Cove, Coromandel. Photo / Mahdi Algargoosh

Cathedral Cove is a slice of heaven. There are stunning walks to the beach, pristine clear water, waves and waterfalls. It doesn’t get much better than this.
Mahdi Algargoosh |


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Where are New Zealand’s Best Beaches? Nominate your favorites in our national search | Instant News


Whangamatā was named New Zealand’s best beach in 2018. But could it take the top spot again? Photo / Getty Images

We’re looking for the best beaches in the country – and we need your help.

That HeraldsThe Best Beach Series will run through January and it all starts with an entry from Heralds readers, so let us know which beaches you think are the best in New Zealand.

We are a nation of beach lovers, and many of us have favorites – whether it’s an everyday local for morning walks, or a beloved vacation spot you spend a few weeks each year on. But which stretch of sand is the best in the country?

We were last crowned the winner in 2018, with thousands of votes and tough competition seeing Whangamata come top.

“A worthy winner, Whangamata holds a special place for many New Zealanders,” said Best Beach 2018 judge Matt Williams, chief executive of Surf Life Saving NZ’s northern region.

“Much of its valuable status comes from its unique coastal environment. It is a beach that has been widely accessed and guarded by lifeguards at the Waikato Whangamata Surf Life Saving Club Trust since December 1949.”

Will favorite Coromandel claim the crown again this year, or can you help put your favorite beach into the top spot?

Everything is up to you. We want you to nominate your favorites, tell us why you love this beach and what makes it so special.

What is the quality of the sand and waves? Local amenities that make it perfect for the whole whānau? Is it easy to reach? Or does her remoteness add to her charm?

Send us a photo of your favorite beach, too, and we’ll profile some of your entries over the summer.

Nominations are open until the end of Sunday, January 10. From there, your entries will be counted and the top 10 most popular beaches will be named as our finalists, with the bonus of three wildcard entries selected by Heralds Travel team. You can then select one beach from the top 13 beaches to be crowned the ultimate winner.

Any stretch of New Zealand’s coastline can top the list, anywhere in the country, from the tip of Northland to the bottom of Stewart Island. Outlying places can be nominated as big name favorites. The lakeside beach is also worth considering.

While we’re enjoying a much-needed summer vacation, it’s a great time to do some research.

Grab your towel, apply sunscreen and head to the nearest beach to see if it matches our 2018 winners.

Once you’ve had enough of everything your beach has to offer – and yes, ice cream is an important part of the research process – open up nzherald.co.nz/bestbeach to submit your nominations.

May the best beaches win.


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The PM has not nominated a new Leader of Parliament in the Senate | Instant News

ISLAMABAD – With the appointment of Senator Syed Shibli Faraz as Federal Minister for Broadcasting and Information, the Pakistani government of Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has not yet decided who will occupy the central leadership of the House of Representatives in the Senate – the position it previously held.

Prime Minister Imran Khan has so far not submitted nominations for the new Speaker of the House, and for now the newly appointed Information Minister Senator Faraz will continue to work in both positions.

The position of House Speaker in the Senate is considered very significant because he represented the Prime Minister and the government in the upper house of Parliament in the absence of the former.

Background interviews with some Senate Secretariat officials indicate that Prime Minister Imran Khan will be forced to appoint a new House Leader because it will be difficult for one person to keep both offices together, keeping in mind the separate nature of their work.

According to official sources in the Senate Secretariat, anyone from three senators from the ruling party – Mohsin Aziz, Nauman Wazir Khattak and Faisal Javed – could be potential candidates for this position.

“Prime Minister Imran Khan has not yet decided on a new appointment and Information Minister Syed Shibli Faraz still holds this position,” Senator Javed told The Nation. He added that it would remain the PM’s decision to decide whether Senator Faraz would continue to work in both positions or a new appointment would be made.

Considering three potential candidates for slots, Senator Aziz belongs to the famous industrialist family from Peshawar and has extensive experience in the trade, trade and banking sectors.

Senator Khattak is from the Nowshera district, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and has extraordinary experience in the fields of energy, engineering and business.

Senator Javed is considered a loyalist of Prime Imran Khan and is considered very close to the prime minister, but he is much younger than the other two MPs.

According to the Senate Secretariat, the Speaker of the Parliament represents the PM in the Senate and is considered a very dominant position in the upper house of Parliament because he has to regulate government business. The House Leader must ensure he is present throughout the entire length of the house.

On the other hand, the Minister of Information as a member of the Cabinet is responsible to the two houses of Parliament – the National Assembly and the Senate – and must answer the questions of lawmakers in the two houses.

Under normal circumstances, the two Parliamentary assemblies are in the same session and the Minister of Information must deal with his ministry in both assemblies, said a Senate Secretariat official.

PTI Senator Aziz agreed that it was difficult work to maintain two positions – the Speaker of the DPR and the Minister of Information – simultaneously.

“Prime Minister Imran Khan’s decision will be the final decision on this issue,” he told The Nation.

According to the Rules of Procedure and Business Conduct in the Senate, 2012, “DPR Leader means the Prime Minister or a member appointed by him to represent the Government and regulate Government business in the Senate when the Prime Minister is not sitting at home.”


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The police nominate three in a fake theft case | Instant News

LAHORE: The Lahore police have paid off an account with a Shahzad citizen by nominating him and two teenagers in a fake theft case.

The complaints of Shahzad’s victims to Mughalpura police and the Dolphins about abuse of power, corruption and impersonation have resulted in an investigation on 15 February 2020. Shahzad is now in Mughalpura Investigation Wing with four days of physical detention will end on Monday (today ).

According to the details, four Dolphin Squad and Hawaldar of Investigation Wing officials, the Mughalpura police station posing as ASI carried out a joint operation and arrested a 15-year-old boy, detained him in illegal cages for seven hours and released him after receiving Rs5,000 bribes and keeping Rs 2,400 recovered from their prey during a physical search as luck.

The joint and covert operation was carried out only to require internet cable operator Yasar Mirza from Mohallah Usmanabad Kuchi Abadi Scheme No. 2, Mughalpura who had acquaintances with Dolphin officials, one of whom was identified as Raza Ali and Hawaldar Salman from Wing Investigation at the Mughalpura police station. Muharrar from the Operations Wing and Hawaldar Salman from the Investigation Wing overturned the police rules only for greed.

On February 13, around 8:00 pm, Yasar Mirza and his accomplices saw the Zunaikh boy while collecting monthly fees from his customers door-to-door in Muhammadpura Jattan and arrested him. Yasar called the Dolphin officer by not calling 15 Emergency Police but by telephone. Four dolphin officials led by Raza Ali rushed to the place and captured the Zunaikh boy. The dolphin officer conducted a thorough search of the boy and took Rs 2,400 from his pocket and moved them to their pockets. They took him to the Mughalpura police station and handed him over to Muharrar Naveed. The boy was kept in a recording room next to Muharrar’s office for at least two hours.

Interestingly, dolphin officials left the police station without making written records in official records relating to handing over the child to Mughalpura police. Likewise, they did not inform their superiors about the arrest via wireless on-site messages.

Meanwhile, Zunaikh’s employer, Shahzad, arrived at the police station and met with Muharrar Naveed who said that he did not know why the boy was detained. Later, Muharrar tried to hand the boy over to SI Shadaqat from Investigation Wing who told him that he shouldn’t put his nose into the affairs of the Operation Wing. Then, Muharrar handed Zunaikh to Hawaldar Salman, posing as ASI, took him to SI Sadaqat’s room and started what was called an investigation. Impersonator Salman, who has strong intimacy with Yasar, advised him to file a written complaint because they could not take care of the child without reason being picked up around 8:00 at night. Yasar submitted his application to Salman at 11.55 tonight. As per the application, the boy had stolen an internet switch, even though he had nothing to do with it.

Meanwhile, Hawaldar Salman demanded Rs10,000 to free the boy. He told Shahzad that many police, including four Dolphin officials were involved in arresting him and the money requested by him was not much higher to accommodate all officials. The boy was released around 3am on Friday after the boy and his employer signed their signatures and thumbs on Razi Nama (reconciliation deed). Shahzad succeeded in softening the heart of Hawaldar Salman, who did not lift his hue and wept over paying Rp5,000 in bribes.

Salman got a false complaint from Yasar and a reconciliation deed from a boy and his employer to save his skin and others and furthermore made the police boss fool him by handing over his letters if the victim filed a complaint against them on charges of imitating breast milk, abusing force, keeping in confinement illegal and take bribes.

When contacted, Muharrar Naveed, who was on duty the night of the incident, said that he had referred the matter to the officer whose name crossed his mind. When asked why he referred the matter to the Investigation Wing rather than the Operational Wing, he had no answer.

It was said that an investigation into the incident had begun, but Shahzad did not know what had happened to the criminals in police uniform to date.

This time the cable operator Yasar Mirza filed an FIR (No. 524/2020) against several unidentified persons for stealing 700 meter long cable wire on March 31, 2020. Then, he recorded a video of Shahzad and two of his employees Zunaikh and Haider working on lines in their area , synchronize the time he (Yasar) has mentioned in the FIR. Yasar approached Mughalpura Investigation SI inch Arshad Mahmood and produced a video with a claim that the three had stolen a 700 meter long fiber wire.

The investigation in charge of Mughalpura SI Arshad Mahmood assigned ASI Kashif to investigate the case as soon as possible. ASI Kashif did not call on Shahzad, Zunaikh and Haider to record their statements in their defense. Instead, he carried out the raid on April 22, 2020, capturing Shahzad, Zunaikh and Haider, slapping their faces and calling their names in public. Yasar and his accomplices, who accompanied ASI Kashif, damaged part of Shahzad’s bicycle and ASI did not prohibit them from doing so.

ASI Kashif brought the three to the Mughalpura police station and immediately appointed them as thieves at the FIR who had been registered against strangers for Yasar’s complaints. The good fortune of the three victims was that another cable operator Gosha was accidentally captured in a video that was also present there because his employees also worked on the site. After being told, Gosha reached the police station and told ASI Kashif that the wire drawn by Shahzad in the video was his and Shahzad did it at his request because his children could not do it. But ASI Kashif did not heed his statement.

Following a large-scale investigation order, ASI Kashif along with the police beat the three to satisfy the investigations responsible and placed them behind bars.

When contacted, ASI Kashif claimed that he had nominated the three in zimni and arrested them on the SP’s instructions. He had no answer when asked why he did not call all three to clear their positions in their defense.

On April 25, DIG Lahore Investigation, Dr. Inam Waheed was told about the whole story which ensured that justice would be carried out. Unfortunately, Arshad Mahmood’s big investigation became angry when he learned that the victims had managed to approach the DIG Investigation for justice. After that he sprayed a volley of violations at Shahzad as he approached the officers. He abused it in Punjabi. Then, at his command, the police slapped him repeatedly.

SP Civil Line Investigation Assad-ur-Rehman was also notified of the incident which ensured that he would personally hear the victim Shahzad who was in custody of the investigation wing on physical detention for three days which would end on Monday (today). Two other victims were given bail after a day’s detention by the court.

Answering the question, many cable operators have confirmed that an expert along with the team needs five to six hours to hang a 700 meter long fiber wire and that the removal requires at least 10 hours. They raised questions about why Yasar did not call the police on the spot to arrest Shahzad and the other two were returned. They say that the whole incident implies that Yasar worked closely with the police. Furthermore, Mughalpura Operations police are still committed to obliging Yasar Mirza at any cost, the reason best known to the SP Civil Lines or SHO concerned. Yasar and his accomplices persecuted Nazeer Hussain, father of one of the three victims mentioned above, Haider, and threatened him with dire consequences on April 14, 2020. Haider and his brother Haroon called 15 Emergency at 19:23, as a result of where Mughalpura police took the defendants Yasar and the sons of Nazeer, Haider and Haroon to the police station. Ironically, the police detained the two brothers and the defendant Yasar Mirza under Section 107/151. In other words, the Mughalpura police once again rescued Yasar from the FIR which was expected to be related to the persecution, life threat and the display of weapons by misusing Section 107 / 151. Complaints from the victims had been submitted, but to no avail.

This issue was brought to the SP Civil Lines Dost Muhammad’s notice for justice, but he did not respond.

Mughalpura police have summoned reporter Nazeer and defendant Yasar at 5:00 pm on Monday (today).


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