Australian fitness guru Ashy Bines sued $150,000 for plagiarismAshy Bines facebook Gold Coast fitness instructor Ashy Bines is under attack for allegedly plagiarizing recipes. A food blogger is threatening legal action against Australian fitness guru Ashy Bines amid claims she stole her recipes. ASHY BINES/FACEBOOK Ashy Bines says she often outsources projects to “experts” and that she may have been “naive” about how thoroughly they checked the origin of recipes. READ MORE:* Plagiarism allegations turn ugly for fitness instructor Ashy Bines* Ashy Bines members claim payments were taken after cancellation* Ashy Bines's 'extremely ignorant' Instagram postBine’s lawyers have denied Dodd’s claims. Following the allegations, Dodd claims Bines never got in touch with her to apologise, and said the alleged rip-off left her unmotivated and reluctant to blog anymore.

December 12, 2017 02:37 UTC

Ian Adrian Yee killed in car and truck crash on Canterbury's Rakaia BridgeNew Zealand Transport Agency Traffic backed up after a crash on State Highway 1 on the Rakaia Bridge. Christchurch man Ian Adrian Yee is dead after a crash between a truck and a car on the Rakaia Bridge. Police were called to a crash involving a car and truck, on State Highway 1 on the Rakaia Bridge, at 2.40pm on Tuesday. Yee, 48, was the sole occupant of the car. At 3.50pm, emergency services were called to a crash on nearby Sharlands Rd.

December 12, 2017 02:29 UTC

Hamilton welcomes Uber as global giant begins search for driversCHRISTEL YARDLEY/STUFF Uber New Zealand general manager Richards Menzies was in Hamilton on Monday to encourage prospective drivers to sign up to the ride-sharing service. Hamilton is welcoming Uber as it begins hiring drivers for the new year. Over 100 prospective drivers attended a "town-hall" - corporate parlance for a meeting - held at Distinction Hotel, Te Rapa, on Monday evening. DOMINICO ZAPATA/STUFF Uber New Zealand hosted a meeting with prospective drivers at a Hamilton hotel on Monday night. "Which I think is an exciting dynamic that I'm excited to bring to Hamilton," Menzies said.

December 12, 2017 02:03 UTC

Bullied boy's mum faces backlash over controversial Facebook postsDisturbing Facebook posts have tainted the feel-good story of a bullied American boy who was inundated with support from celebrities after a video of him went viral. Keaton Jones, a student at Horace Maynard Middle School in Tennessee, is seen crying in the video as he describes how his classmates bully him. The video was posted on Facebook on Friday (US time) by Keaton's mother Kimberly Jones and later removed. KIMBERLY JONES/FACEBOOK Kimberly Jones' video of her son Keaton has touched hearts around the world. He says he was unaware Keaton was repeatedly bullied and the school is doing its best to ensure it doesn't happen again.

December 12, 2017 02:03 UTC

On The Beat: Keeping safe this festive seasonSUPPLIED Counties Manukau South Police's area prevention manager, Inspector Tony Wakelin, says they will be applying tactics to target public place drinking, including employing high-visibility patrols at risk times and locations. We will be applying tactics to target public place drinking, including employing high-visibility patrols at risk times and locations. There are things you can do to help us reduce crime and make Counties Manukau even safer. You can also follow us on our Counties Manukau Police Facebook page, where we have really informative stories and even some light-hearted moments we share: With your help we can ensure Counties Manukau continues to be a great, and safe, place to live.

December 12, 2017 02:03 UTC

Losing focus on 'vulnerable' could cost lives: Bill EnglishCAMERON BURNELL/STUFF. STUFF National leader Bill English says the Government is at risk of losing focus and not lifting children out of poverty. READ MORE:* Ministry for Vulnerable Children no more - Govt removes contentious word* Ministry for Vulnerable Children is changing its name, again* Who named the Ministry for Vulnerable Children, Oranga Tamariki? 123RF The Government's attention needed to be intensely focused on the most vulnerable children, Bill English says. Over time, we hope to see Oranga Tamariki really in a position to lead some of that work as well."

December 12, 2017 02:00 UTC

US man saws his way out of a notorious Indonesian prison in daring jailbreakA US man has escaped from Bali's notorious Kerobokan prison by sawing through the steel bars of his cell. People who've survived Bali's Kerobokan prison have used many terms to describe it: overcrowded, understaffed, drug-filled, brutally violent. An American arrested on a drug charge this summer and sent to Kerobokan escaped from the prison on Monday, the latest person to abscond from the notorious facility. In July 2013, more than 240 prisoners - including a few terrorists - fled an Indonesian prison amid rioting at the facility, on the island of Sumatra, the AP reported. "I've seen people get murdered in there, I've seen people get bashed, I've seen drug overdoses, one guy died in my arms from sickness," Conibeer said.

December 12, 2017 01:27 UTC

The public campaign to get euthanasia legislation over line has begun with a plea; "get it to select committee". Rosa Woods MPs and law reform campaigner, Matt Vickers, gather on the Parliament steps for the Euthanasia Public Campaign launch. However, hard battle lines were already being drawn and ACT leader David Seymour had a fight ahead of him to persuade enough MPs to vote for his euthanasia bill. Franklin sought to derail a press conference held by Seymour and campaigner Matt Vickers, to campaign for support for Seymour's euthanasia bill. For MPs, it's personalThe bill will be a conscience vote, which means MPs can vote individually rather than according to party lines.

December 12, 2017 01:23 UTC

Insider tip: Sri LankaSUPPLIED Sigiriya (Lion's Rock), a 200-metre high citadel nestled amidst the jungle. The curry, dahl and spiced rice are endless in Sri Lanka, especially in Unawatuna, a small village in the south. We took a scenic train from Unawatuna to Nuwara Eliya, past the tea plantations and through the jungle. We visited the tea plantations and then enjoyed high tea at the Grand Hotel. My favourite was Sigiriya (Lion's Rock), a 200-metre high citadel nestled amidst the jungle.

December 12, 2017 01:07 UTC

Decision on preferred alternative route to Manawatū Gorge delayedGRANT MATTHEW/STUFF An aerial view of one of the new larger slips on the highway. A decision on a preferred alternative route to the Manawatū Gorge has been delayed. READ MORE:* New Manawatū Gorge footage shows extent of damage to the highway* Health services in Tararua improving after strain from Manawatū Gorge closure* Increase in crashes on alternative routes to Manawatū Gorge* Councils push for southern gorge alternative, truckies' groupThe transport agency now aims to assess the shortlisted options in the first quarter of 2018 and announce its preferred route soon after. GRANT MATTHEW/STUFF We find out what's happening in the Manawatū Gorge, which has been closed since April. In a statement, Smith said it was important to confirm an alternative route as fast as possible, given the economic effects of the closure.

December 12, 2017 01:07 UTC

'It's just so dangerous': Squalid conditions reported at water bottling plantSUPPLIED A worker at the Cloud Ocean Water construction site apparently straddling a forklift whilst welding. The lightly regulated water bottling industry allows water to be extracted and bottled for a negligible cost. Cloud Ocean Water has applied for a consent to use the water for bottling, which is being processed by ECan. Because water cannot be priced, the public recoups little from water bottling operations, other than minor administration costs. Cloud Ocean Water, for example, paid $2277 for its resource consent application allowing access to billions of litres of water.

December 12, 2017 00:56 UTC

Waca fear factor is an Australian mythGETTY IMAGES The Waca may be the ground where Joe Root and the English batsmen have the best chance of getting on top of the Australian bowlers. So much of the aura that surrounds the Waca relates to how it once was, not what it now is. The upshot is that the pitch has become more placid and less quick - and, when you disentangle truth from myth, essentially just another Australian cricket wicket. Over the past 10 seasons, the second-innings average at the Waca is the highest of any Australian ground. If England are to avoid saying adieu to the Waca with an eighth straight defeat there, they must play the pitch, not the myth.

December 12, 2017 00:33 UTC

The Dunedin City Council is getting into the festive spirit by offering free parking in the CBD for two days before Christmas. The free parking would apply at close to 300 on-street carparks on Friday 22 and Saturday 23 December, Peter Hanlin, Team Leader – Compliance, Animal and Parking Services, said. Mr Hanlin said it was being offered ''in the spirit of Christmas'', and parking officers would ride reindeer scooters and carry Santa sacks with lollies to hand out to children as well. The free parking would apply to on-street meters marked with a sticker, and people would have to adhere to maximum time limits. If a vehicle overstayed an infringement notice would still be issued.

December 12, 2017 00:11 UTC

Sunshine wages: fact or fiction? Marlborough is one of the sunniest regions in New Zealand, but are the region's workers sacrificing salary for the extra sunshine? But a business consultant believes the so-called "sunshine wages" of Marlborough, and the top of the south, are a myth. Smale said Marlborough had one of the lowest average wages in New Zealand in the 1990s, but even that was not down to employers paying less. "I think it's actually in our favour because we still have the sunshine, and job-for-job, the wages aren't lower here," Smale said.

December 11, 2017 23:48 UTC

SIS criticised by government watchdog over 'unlawfully accessing' informationFAIRFAXNZ SIS director Rebecca KitteridgeThe Security Intelligence Service unlawfully accessed information obtained by border security agencies to keep tabs on people entering the country, the country's security watchdog says. David White Inspector General of intelligence and security Cheryl GwynSIS director general Rebecca Kitteridge says the information related to people entering New Zealand - information that is critical for the work done by the agency. But Gwyn's criticism raises questions about what should be done with the information obtained by the SIS during the period in question - up till mid 2016. In her annual report, released Tuesday, Gwyn says that information was accessed unlawfully by the SIS. On that I have a different view, as set out in the review report.

December 11, 2017 23:48 UTC