Fire closes medical centre and pharmacy

Video will play in Play now Don't auto playNever auto playA fire in Rotorua's CBD has seen Lakes Prime Care and the neighbouring pharmacy evacuated and the road closed. A Fire Communications spokesman said an alarm was activated at 2.20pm at Lakes Prime Care. Lakes Prime Care director Dr Mike Tustin said when the alarm went off staff got everyone out of the building quickly. Smoke started billowing out of the ceiling above TRG Imaging next to Lakes Prime Care, he said. Dr Tustin said Lakes Prime Care would be closed for the rest of the day.

April 30, 2017 04:25 UTC

Tourism roars past dairy as NZ's biggest export earner

New Zealand's tourism boom has propelled the industry past dairy as the top export earner as the number of visitors increased by one million in the past six years. For the year ending December last year total exports of dairy and related products were $12.05 billion, accounting for 17.2 per cent of all exports. These compare to 18.2 per cent and 16.9 per cent respectively for 2015,The next largest export is meat, all the way back on 8.4 per cent of total exports, leaving tourism and dairy well out in front. In 1997 total visitor spending was $3.85b, according to the International Visitor Spending survey. The ASB said total spending did not rise in a smooth line, with a growth period between 1997 and late 2001, when it was around $7b.

April 30, 2017 03:56 UTC

Government would seek 'commercial return' if NZVIF reinvented

Government would seek 'commercial return' if NZVIF reinventedSUPPLIED NZVIF boss Richard Dellabarca hopes to hear back from ministers on NZVIF's future by the end of June. There is also speculation a rule change could allow NZVIF to invest directly in high-growth companies, rather than through venture capital funds. One reason for the shortage of Series A capital was that Kiwi venture capital funds – including funds in which NZVIF made its early investments – had not achieved a track record of profitability, he said. Colin McKinnon, chief executive of the Venture Capital Association, has voiced concerns about NZVIF competing against the private venture capital funds it was originally set up to encourage. "Capital from the Venture Investment Fund should be returned to the investors, who are the New Zealand taxpayer.

April 30, 2017 03:33 UTC

Live NRL updates: New Zealand Warriors v Sydney Roosters

Video will play in Play now Don't auto playNever auto playLive updates of the New Zealand Warriors' NRL clash with the Sydney Roosters from Mount Smart Stadium in Auckland. The Warriors sit in 12th place on the NRL ladder through eight games, six points behind the Roosters who are in fifth spot. The Warriors won both of the clashes between the two teams last year, and with Solomone Kata out injured, the Warriors will give a debut to young winger Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad. - NZ Herald

April 30, 2017 03:22 UTC

Plane loses wheel, skids down runway

Plane loses wheel, skids down runwayOther The aircraft managed to safely land at Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport. A small plane in the US has skidded down the runway after it lost a wheel on takeoff. The plane, with four passengers on board, was forced to make an emergency landing at Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport on Friday (Saturday NZT). No-one was hurt when the small plane made the emergency landing in the US. Shortly after takeoff from an airport in Belize, the pilot was notified that a wheel had fallen off the plane.

April 30, 2017 03:22 UTC

Mark Zuckerberg drops in on Ohio family for dinner

Mark Zuckerberg drops in on Ohio family for dinnerSTEPHEN LAM/REUTERS Mark Zuckerberg is planning to visit every US state. A family in the US state of Ohio says they learned just 20 minutes before dinner this week that a planned mystery guest would be Facebook founder and billionaire Mark Zuckerberg. The Vindicator of Youngstown reports Zuckerberg dined on Friday with the Moore family in Newton Falls, about 90km southeast of Cleveland. Zuckerberg had asked his staff to find Democrats who voted for President Donald Trump, the newspaper reported. Zuckerberg's project, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, says he visited Youngstown's Eastern Gateway Community College on Friday and met with people recovering from opioid addiction in Dayton on Saturday.

April 30, 2017 03:11 UTC

Labour MP Sue Moroney to step down at 2017 election

Labour MP Sue Moroney to step down at 2017 electionCHRISTEL YARDLEY/FAIRFAX NZ Hamilton-based Labour MP Sue Moroney will stand down in September. Labour's Sue Moroney will say goodbye to Parliament at election time. CHRISTEL YARDLEY/FAIRFAX NZ Sue Moroney gets a hug from a supporter on Sunday at a panel discussion about a commuter train service between Hamilton and Auckland. Delivering to Parliament the petition for a commuter train between Hamilton and Auckland will be her final act as an MP. National MP for Hamilton West Tim Macindoe​ was at the same event, and said Moroney was a "tough opponent".

April 30, 2017 03:04 UTC

Creek solution found after four years of council talks

Creek solution found after four years of council talksRICKY WILSON/FAIRFAX NZ Kingwell Drive resident Pauline Davis feeds fish and eels in Murphy's Creek. A working group of residents, businesses, iwi members and scientists worked on a solution for a year, after the Cawthron Institute told the council it had alienated the community. READ MORE:* Residents fight to protect creek* Residents want action to save their creekIt was the first time the Marlborough District Council used the scientific institute to liaise with residents, after discussions proved fruitless. It then worked on formulating a decision-making structure for the council, before the working group was set up in 2016. Chamber of Commerce representative Vicki Nalder, who also sat on the working group, said she was pleased with the outcome.

April 30, 2017 03:00 UTC

13 Reasons Why: 'I saw enough to be haunted by that image forever'

13 Reasons Why: 'I saw enough to be haunted by that image forever'COMMENT: Wow. Never has a TV show rocked me to the core like the last episode of Netflix's 13 Reasons Why. READ MORE:* 13 Reasons Why glorifies suicide in the worst way* Writer of Netflix's 13 Reasons Why pens essay defending graphic suicide scene* Hutt Valley mum opens up about daughter's suicide in wake of TV show '13 Reasons Why'* Controversial Netflix drama 13 Reasons Why on cusp of securing second seasonFor those who aren't aware of the controversial series, 13 Reasons Why is centred around a pretty 17-year-old, Hannah Baker (Australian actress Katherine Langford). As one character states in the series, "Well, we ALL killed Hannah Baker" and this is wrong, Hannah Baker killed Hannah Baker. In USA Today, Jaclyn Grimm writes: "I've dealt with depression and suicidal thoughts since middle school, about the young age of 13 Reasons Why's audience.

April 30, 2017 03:00 UTC

Interesting week of reminders around racing's highs and lows

Interesting week of reminders around racing's highs and lowsBruce Mercer Popular jockey Craig Grylls scored a black-type double aboard Mime and Sweet Leader at the Cambridge Jockey Club's meeting. The past week has unearthed interesting and surprising moments and announcements, giving a reminder of the ups and downs of a demanding industryOne: Contrasting fortunes highlight the vagaries jockeys face. Craig Grylls had a day to cherish at Te Rapa on Saturday. Mime is pencilled in for a trip to Queensland next month following her determined win in Saturday's Group II Travis Stakes (2000m) at Te Rapa. Also Brisbane-bound is fellow Te Rapa winner Splurge, victorious in the open sprint.

April 30, 2017 02:48 UTC

Labour MP Sue Moroney to retire from politics

Labour MP Sue Moroney has announced her retirement from politics - a day before the expected release of the party's list rankings. The overall percentage of party vote and number of seats won determines how many candidates are elected from a party's list. Neither Prime Minister Bill English or Labour leader Andrew Little are contesting electorates and will be number one on their party's list. Labour's six MPs in Maori seats have opted to go off the list and stake their re-election on winning their electorate. Those seats are unpredictable because of a newly-formed alliance between the Maori Party and Mana and the Kingitanga Movement's endorsement of the Maori Party.

April 30, 2017 02:29 UTC

How military technology helped fuel NZ's tourism boom

''It's fantastic and that's been the fuel for the tourism boom we've seen over the last couple of years,'' said Littlewood. Littlewood, whose company is New Zealand's biggest by market capitalisation, said this country's tourism industry had got itself sorted out. Adrian Littlewood, Auckland Airport chief executive''It doesn't take a long time for an airline to make a decision to send an aircraft to New Zealand - passengers immediately turn up. The airport along with Air New Zealand, Tourism Holdings and Christchurch Airport commissioned consultants McKinsey to investigate funding. The report proposed a National Tourism Infrastructure Levy, made up of a 2 per cent national bed levy across the accommodation sector and a $5 increase to the border levy, to raise $65m a year.

April 30, 2017 02:15 UTC

One of K-Pop's biggest stars G-Dragon to perform in Auckland

By Lincoln TanG-Dragon, one of the biggest names in K-Pop, is set to perform in Auckland as part of a world tour. The Korean pop star and leader of idol group Bigbang will be going on a solo tour beginning June 10 this year, his agency YG Entertainment said. He will perform at the Spark Arena on August 16 according to a schedule released on the agency's website. The tour will kick off with the "G-Dragon 2017 Concert: Act III, M.O.T.T.E" in World Cup Stadium in Sangam-dong, Seoul. G-Dragon, whose real name is Kwon Ji-yong, was born on August 18, 1988, and the Auckland performance will be his last show before he turns 29.

April 30, 2017 01:18 UTC

Harry Styles promoters take on scalpers

Harry Styles. Photo GettyPop superstar Harry Styles is coming to New Zealand and promoters have gone out of their way to make sure ticket scalpers don't get the chance to cash in on his visit. But with the likes of Adele, J Cole and Ariana Grande's shows all being plagued by ticket scalping issues, promoters are attempting to get ahead of the problem. ``Any ticket holder not able to provide the required purchase and identification documents will be denied entry to the venue,'' Frontier says. The crackdown comes after Consumer NZ partnered with counterparts in Australia and the UK to combat ticket scalping.

April 30, 2017 00:33 UTC

Emma Watson once confused Jimmy Fallon for Jimmy Kimmel

Jimmy Fallon, who currently hosts The Tonight Show, inadvertently left Emma Watson red faced years ago, but it was her own mistake that led to the embarrassing moment. "The trauma, the post-traumatic stress of my last performance on the Jimmy Fallon show," she admitted. "Last time you were on the show, we just had met, and you couldn't be nicer and sweeter and gosh I'm a fan of yours," Fallon told her. "And I said, that's Jimmy Kimmel - the first time we met," Fallon told her as the both of them burst out laughing. While the two of them can laugh about it now, Watson revealed her confusion between Jimmy Kimmel Live and The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon was extremely traumatic.

April 30, 2017 00:22 UTC

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