Don't believe The Level was on the level

Don't believe The Level was on the levelTUNNEL VISION: The Level is one of those series where you suspend disbelief. Throughout The Level (TV One, Sunday/Thursday), I wondered if it was on the level. It would mean the series wouldn't last the first episode, but I'd be able to show off my scar to admirers. I'm not sure if Life In Pieces can wear the title, but it's first out of the birdcage at the moment. Life In Pieces (TV2, Mondays) focuses on three generations of family who do crazy things that come naturally to Americans.

January 20, 2017 08:33 UTC

Fears for young man's safety

Fears for young man's safetyNZ POLICE/SUPPLIED Quentin Barrett was last seen on January 19. There are fears for the safety of a young man who went missing from his Palmerston North. Quentin Barrett, 19, was last seen at Terrace End on January 19, and police said family and friends had concerns for his safety. He was last seen wearing a black beanie, red basketball shoes, camouflage track pants, a grey t-shirt and possibly a denim jacket with grey sleeves and grey hood. If anyone has seen Barrett they are urged to call police on 06 351 3600 or to contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

January 20, 2017 07:51 UTC

Tennis: Top seeds advance at Australian Open

Five-time finalist Andy Murray is through to the fourth round of the Australian Open for the ninth straight year, beating Sam Querrey 6-4, 6-2, 6-4. Murray, who will next play Mischa Zverev, has lost every final he has contested at Melbourne Park, four of them to Novak Djokovic. Djokovic lost in the second round on Thursday, leaving the opposite side of Murray's draw wide open. Former Australian Open finalist Jo-Wilfried Tsonga is also back in the round of 16 after defeating Jack Sock 7-6 (4), 7-5, 6-7 (8), 6-3. The 22-year-old Canadian broke to open the third set and appeared to be in control, until Vandeweghe changed her approach.

January 20, 2017 07:15 UTC

Michael Venus knocked out of doubles at Australian Open

Michael Venus knocked out of doubles at Australian OpenAndrew Cornaga / www.photosport. Michael Venus is out of the Australian Open after losing in the second round. New Zealand's top men's doubles player Michael Venus and Swedish partner Robert Lindstedt let a huge opportunity to make the third round of the Australian Open slip from their grasp. Against ninth seeds, Ivan Dodig (Croatia) and Marcel Granollers (Spain), the Kiwi and Swede captured the first set 6-4, but dropped the second set 3-6. They gained an early advantage in the third set, then secured several match points, but weren't able to capitalise.

January 20, 2017 07:05 UTC

Opinion: Make room for more of what matters

It's hard to think of much - in the 24 hours after returning from a month-long journey - other than sleep and stuff. I think the friend offered his own recitation of Christmas acquisitions, some of them likely name-brand. Related Content Opinion: Money for jam not a good idea Opinion: The very rich are too mean to share Rachel Stewart: Unwanted male attention? Towards the end of her 10 years living with my friend and her husband, MIL insisted the couple buy her a dog. Maybe someday I'll cull the overseas shopping to make room for more of what matters - sharing truths, tales and laughs.

January 20, 2017 07:00 UTC

Wantaway West Ham footballer has car vandalised outside house

Wantaway West Ham footballer has car vandalised outside houseIan Walton West Ham footballer Dimitri Payet wants to leave London and return to FranceWinston Reid's wantaway West Ham team-mate Dimitri Payet's car was vandalised as a move back to France intensifies. The Frenchman is refusing to play for West Ham and has been training with their under-23 side. John Sibley Dimitri Payet is not having a good time at West Ham. West Ham boss Slaven Bilic is vowing to hold out for the right price having bought Payet for £10.7m, 18 months ago. West Ham, who sit 12th in the Premier League, travel to the Riverside Stadium to play plucky Middlesbrough in their next league match on Saturday [Sunday NZ time].

January 20, 2017 06:29 UTC

Pork Pie celebrates release with nationwide road trip

Pork Pie celebrates release with nationwide road tripSTUDIOCANAL New Zealand The remake of Goodbye Pork Pie is being released on February 2, 2017. Creators of the new Kiwi film Pork Pie are accelerating the film's release with the ultimate road trip, and Kiwis are invited to join the convoy. The release of Pork Pie, the reboot of the 1981 classic Goodbye Pork Pie, will be celebrated week with a convoy of Minis driving the length of the country, and stopping off for several screenings and public appearances. James Rolleston and Dean O'Gorman will travel in a nation-wide Mini convoy to promote their new film Pork Pie, adapted from the Kiwi classic Goodbye Pork Pie. Updates about specific stops, times and meet-and-greet opportunities will be posted to the Pork Pie Facebook page as the road trip commences.

January 20, 2017 06:28 UTC

Man apprehended after alleged attempted robbery

Law enforcement investigate a robbery which occurred just on tea time at Fairfield fish and chip shop. Photo: Christine O'ConnorA man has been apprehended by police, just 30 minutes after he allegedly attempted to rob a takeaway store in Fairfield. She said nothing was stolen, but the man drove off in a vehicle towards Mosgiel. A number of police vehicles were dispatched and the alleged offender was apprehended by 6.20pm. He is being questioned in relation to the attempted robbery.

January 20, 2017 05:41 UTC

Is skipping zones the best for everyone?

Is skipping zones the best for everyone? For one Southland mum, she's doing what many others have done before and made the best decision for her family. But isn't it the right of every parent to decide was is best for their children, despite the zoning rules? Then there's the bussing row that erupted last year when many Southland primary schools refused children access onto school buses. A host of Southland primary schools subsequently refused to give that permission and last year mediation was under way to resolve the issue.

January 20, 2017 05:34 UTC

St Clair one of NZ's top 10 family beaches

St Clair beach has been included in an AA list of New Zealand's top 10 favourite family beaches. New Zealand's favourite family beaches have been revealed with Dunedin's St Clair beach landing itself a spot in the top 10. St Clair beach is near a playground, the St Clair Hot Salt Water Pool and is close to the esplanade, which has several restaurants and shops. St Clair was popular for both surfers and paddlers. Top 10 family favourites are:*St Clair Beach, Otago*Te Tii Bay, Paihia*Matapouri Bay, Northland*Cheltenham Beach, Auckland*Long Bay Regional Park, Auckland*Oriental Bay Beach, Wellington*Kaiteriteri Beach, Nelson/Tasman*Caroline Bay, Timaru*Sumner, Christchurch*Rabbit Island, Nelson

January 20, 2017 05:15 UTC

Boring tui songs reflect challenges of urban living

Boring tui songs reflect challenges of urban livingPhoto: Rosie Ross A boring two-tone tui has been annoying city dwellers. For tui living in cities, the daily grind means they have more boring tunes than their forest cousins, as many Aucklanders have noted. A study, led by PhD student Sam Hill finds tui in forests have more complex songs (Austral Ecology, January 4). Earlier research, led by her student Miriam Ludbrook, found urban tui are often loud to compete with traffic noise, as well as having a simple song. So, the science doesn't back the idea put forward on social media of a predictable pattern of two-tone urban tui singers.

January 20, 2017 04:53 UTC

Video shows pedestrians in Melbourne running for their lives from out of control vehicle

Video will play in Play now Don't auto playNever auto playPedestrians running for their lives from an out of control vehicle in Melbourne narrowly escaped death by diving into a convenience store. The video, shared on social media, shows a number of people entering the store seconds before a maroon sedan speeds past along the footpath. The footage is believed to have been captured on CCTV cameras along Swanston Street. Earlier, mobile phone footage from central Melbourne shows the same vehicle driving erratically in circles inside one of the city's busiest intersections. The footage, broadcast on Sky News on Friday afternoon, shows the driver of the vehicle circling outside Flinders Street Station as pedestrians and other vehicles do their best to avoid a collision.

January 20, 2017 04:36 UTC

Taranaki students win $5000 Methanex scholarships

Taranaki students win $5000 Methanex scholarshipsMark Harris Engineering scholarship recipients Paul Stephenson and Charlie Boon at Methanex New Zealand's Motunui site. Two Taranaki students have each received $5000 Methanex New Zealand engineering scholarships. Former New Plymouth Boys' High School students Charlie Boon and Paul Stephenson, who are now in their third year of engineering study at Canterbury University, collected their Future Leaders in Engineering awards on Friday afternoon. The scholarships support the development of skilled labour and recruit talent into the industry. They are for second year university students who are entering their third year of study at a NZ university.

January 20, 2017 04:33 UTC

Australian senator slammed for Twitter comment

Video will play in Play now Don't auto playNever auto playAn Australian senator has been slammed for a comment he made on social media less than an hour after a person was killed and pedestrians injured in Melbourne this afternoon. Senator David Leyonhjelm, who represents New South Wales for the Liberal Democratic Party, shared a story from the Herald Sun about the breaking news. "It's feared at least one pedestrian has been hit in the Bourke St Mall by a rogue car diving erratically. — David Leyonhjelm (@DavidLeyonhjelm) January 20, 2017Leyonhjelm commented on his Twitter page: "Probably one of those semi-automatic assault cars.'' Another unimpressed user said: "David Leyonhjelm thinks the Bourke St mall deaths are comedic, what a complete tosser.''

January 20, 2017 04:15 UTC

Witnesses describe horror as they saw pedestrians 'flying in the air' as erratic car drove through Melbourne CBD

Witnesses have described their horror at seeing bodies "flying" into the air as a car drove erratically through Bourke Street Mall in Melbourne this afternoon. One man, Hank Kerr, told The Guardian he saw "people flying everywhere" as he sat on the tram when he saw the incident unfold. "We saw this car on the footpath," he told journalist Calla Wahlquist. It's feared at least one pedestrian has been hit in Bourke Street Mall by a car driving erratically. Another witness, known as Chris, told Sky News there was "just a hell of a lot of blood.

January 20, 2017 03:58 UTC

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