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Barry Colman’s Hotere collection sells for $250,000

Vive Aramoana: Painting by Ralph Hotere fetches $183,000 at auction

Flagship piece, Vive Aramoana (pictured), sells for $183,000.

Record price for painting from Dame Kiri Te Kanawa's collection

SOLD: This Sir Peter Siddell painting fetched a record price last night.

The New Zealand opera singer’s 1998 Sir Peter Siddell oil of Mt Eden village was bought by a private buyer, who paid more than double the previous record for a Siddell painting sold at auction.

Minister considers future of health board chairman after $17 milliion fraud

Health Minister Tony Ryall has confirmed he is considering sacking Otago District Health Board chairman Richard Thomson over the board’s handling of a $17m fraud devised by former IT boss Michael Swann.

In a three-line statement, Mr Ryall said he was writing to the board as he was “considering removing the current chair.”

"I expect accountability in the public health system and we are now following due process," the minister said, adding there would be no further comment.