cupwinners.jpg Over 100,000 people are set to welcome the victorious Team NZ. Photo: ReutersMore than 100,000 Aucklanders look set to welcome home the victorious Team New Zealand on the waterfront next Thursday, possibly on both sides of the harbour. Brett O'Riley, chief executive of Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development, says details will be announced tomorrow once Team NZ confirms when its 71-strong team will return, but current planning is based on most members getting home on Wednesday and Thursday. Team NZ boss Grant Dalton said the plan was for the team to leave Bermuda on Sunday and fly to Dubai, the base of major sponsor Emirates, and then arrive back in New Zealand next Wednesday. Tauranga's mayor Greg Brownless is also planning a welcome-home parade for the America's Cup, with Team NZ helmsman Peter Burling hailing from the city.
June 27, 2017 08:15 UTC
The temperature was an estimated 7 degrees at 2am in Westport's main street. Photo: NZ HeraldA man clad in nothing but a pair of white socks was discovered doing press-ups on Westport's main street in the early hours of this morning. It was about 7degC at the time so definitely too cold to be naked, Const Sherie said. The man, who turned out to be a 28-year-old local, put up a little resistance when Const Sherie arrested him for reasons of public safety. On arrival at the police station the naked man was given a gown.
June 27, 2017 06:56 UTC
Team New Zealand claimed the America's Cup for a third time today after securing a 7-1 series victory over holders Oracle Team USA. They've watched every race live from home & this morning they popped a bottle of champagne as TNZ crossed the finish line. Yandall says there were more bottles of champagne and reruns of the race played in the boardroom at work. By lunchtime today the Squadron had sold more than 300 bottles of champagne, not including those given away for free. Euro Restaurant on Princes Wharf was helping Aucklanders celebrate the win with free champagne today.
June 27, 2017 06:00 UTC
AdvertisementAll, barring 15, of the 41 suburbs analysed saw a less than 10 per cent rise when a property was sold in a good condition. The average sale price across the suburb was $1.65m. Homes.co.nz classified properties as being in a good condition if Auckland data records had marked both its roof or walls as "good". Those which had roofs or walls deemed to be poor, fair, average, or mixed were considered to be in a less than good condition. "The biggest uplift was seen for properties built between 1900 and 1910 with a 49 per cent price premium.
June 27, 2017 04:52 UTC
Photo: NZ HeraldA pen which claims to erase pain with a few clicks has drawn more criticism after coming under fire from New Zealand's consumer watchdog earlier this year. The complainant, V Wood, said they were concerned the company advertising the pen was misleading in claiming to provide pain relief and was preying on vulnerable people, ie those in chronic pain. Brand Developers claimed the pain relief provided, "electro-analgesia", was similar to TENS but had a "more effective, longer-lasting pain killing effect than a regular TENS unit". Consumer NZ has investigated the pen in its March newsletter, with the consumer watchdog acknowledging this type of pain relief was possible. Consumer NZ said there was nothing in the product's 116-page booklet which showed this had been proven in trials.
June 27, 2017 04:41 UTC
At a powhiri for the Lions - Shane Jones (left), Labour MP Kelvin Davis, British High Commissioner Jonathan Sinclair, NZ First leader Winston Peters and Labour MP Peeni Henare. Photo: Peter de GraafFormer Labour MP Shane Jones is expected to announce on Friday that he will stand in Whangarei for NZ First. Jones would not comment on the report and NZ First leader Winston Peters said no candidate selection or confirmation had yet taken place. There has long been speculation Jones was interested in standing again for NZ First - but Jones would not confirm it while he was working for Mfat. Jones' base is in Kerikeri and he previously stood for Labour in the Northland electorate against former National MP John Carter.
June 27, 2017 04:18 UTC
Team New Zealand's secret weapon in winning the America's Cup has been revealed - and it's not what you would expect. An American surfer has emerged as one of the unlikely heroes in the Kiwis' ruthless 7-1 pounding of Oracle Team USA in the Cup final off Bermuda. An impressed Ashby offered him a position running Team New Zealand's visual data program, including all the cameras on the boat, plus drones. He was able to film less than a metre off the water, and right next to the Kiwi boat. He succeeded and his cutting edge drone was able to pace the Kiwi boat in high winds and heavy seas.
June 27, 2017 04:07 UTC
Fire crews from Ranfuly and Naseby attended the blaze. Photo: Pam JonesA fire has severely damaged a Ranfurly home in Central Otago. Crews were called to the house in Thomas St about 2.30pm today and the blaze took about 20 minutes to put out. Two fire units from Ranfurly and one from Naseby attended, as well as police from Omakau. Ranfurly Volunteer Fire Brigade senior station officer Greg Baddock said no one was inside the house at the time.
June 27, 2017 03:54 UTC
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June 27, 2017 03:11 UTC
To the first of many questions, he said: "It's never our intent to injure someone outside the laws. It wasn't my intention to hurt anyone and play outside the rules. "I guess people have their opinions on it - all I can say is that it wasn't my intention to target his planted foot. Asked whether the All Blacks were told to target Murray, he said: "We weren't told to do anything. My timing was off and I rolled into his planted foot and that's what I believe happened, if that's clear enough."
June 27, 2017 02:56 UTC
Photo: Greymouth StarA massive early morning blaze engulfed the covered timber yard at the Ngahere sawmill but a firefighting effort by six brigades pulled the fire back from the brink and saved the main sawmill. Volunteers fought the fire on several fronts to stop it spreading into the main mill equipment and confining the damage to the covered timber yard, which was destroyed. Flames also spread east towards State highway 7, through the covered timber discharge area and towards stacks of timber. "We managed to save the mill the most important part because the yard wasn't going anywhere. By daylight the brigades had the blaze under control but remained on the scene throughout the morning to dampen down any hot spots.
June 27, 2017 02:26 UTC
A man who interrupted the dying moments of Saturday's test match between the All Blacks and British Lions by streaking is facing a criminal charge. The Herald can reveal that the man, a 23-year-old from Ruakaka, will appear in the Auckland District Court on Friday. A video of the man filmed from the stands shows him undressing and making a run for it. AdvertisementHe burst onto the field after the Lions scored a try in the final moments of the game, before the conversion kick could be taken. Police could not comment further on the matter as it was before the courts.
June 27, 2017 01:56 UTC
Grant Dalton must be a contender for Business Leader of the year. In business terms you might call the revival of Team New Zealand a turn-around story. Another business leader, Sir Ralph Norris, told Newstalk ZB this morning that Dalton was "very deserving of a knighthood". He described how he handed over the running of the Team New Zealand to Dalton after 2003 - effectively putting him in charge of the business. "He's been passionate, he's been determined and I don't think we'd be here today if it wasn't for Grant Dalton."
June 27, 2017 01:52 UTC
Firefighters from the Wanaka Volunteer Fire Brigade gear up to enter the Base Backpackers. Photo: Tim MillerFirefighters quickly contained a fire at the Base Backpackers in Wanaka this afternoon. The fire, which is thought to have started in a laundry room, was brought quickly under control by the building's sprinkler system and the firefighters. Chief fire officer Bruno Gallaway said it appeared the fire had started in the backpackers laundry room but was contained due to the sprinkler system. "By the time our guys got up there it was already pretty wet so the sprinklers had already gone off, it shows how valuable a good sprinkler system is.
June 27, 2017 01:52 UTC
Day after day in Bermuda, Peter Burling has fronted press conferences and spoken of the "incredibly steep learning curve" Team New Zealand were on in this America's Cup. And while Emirates Team New Zealand rocketed up the learning curve all the way to Cup glory, the country learnt along with them. We learned that when the windward rudder elevator pops out of the water, to hold your breath and hope for the best. We learned that when the worst happens, Sean Regan's shore team will be there to pick up the pieces and that these ordinary men and women can perform miracles when pressed. And to always pay full credit to the shore team.
June 27, 2017 01:30 UTC