Former US President Barack Obama will visit New Zealand in March, it has been confirmed. He will speak at an event hosted by the New Zealand-United States Council on March 22. It is understood Obama's visit is being co-sponsored by Air NZ, Westpac, and MasterCard. Key and Obama played golf together in Hawaii in 2014 and it is understood a rematch is on the agenda for Obama's New Zealand visit - likely in Key's favourite spot of Queenstown. Grice said it was a private visit and Obama would be doing a number of things including connecting with young New Zealanders.
February 25, 2018 01:30 UTC
Earlier allegations of sexual assault and harassment of female law students at the leading law firm have emerged publicly. Photo: Getty ImagesA university law lecturer has made fresh claims of other complaints of excessive drinking and inappropriate sexual behaviour — including allegations of sex between staff and students on a boardroom table — at law firm Russell McVeagh. Earlier allegations of sexual assault and harassment of female law students at the leading law firm have emerged publicly. Allegations about the law firm first emerged publicly last week when former Russell McVeagh staff members told Newsroom about inappropriate sexual behaviour. Long-standing Russell McVeagh chief executive Gary McDiarmid said previously that a full internal investigations took place after the allegations were made, and the subject of the allegations left the firm.
February 25, 2018 01:18 UTC
This game is perfect for anyone new to gaming, or anybody who is interested in artistic approaches to the medium. ★★★★ (four stars)Night in the WoodsNight in the Woods is the first full-length game from independent games studio Infinite Fall, and what an opener it is! Packaged in a lovingly crafted world replete with colourful settings, characters and diversions, this game handles tough themes deftly, resulting in an emotionally engaging, near perfect debut. Character development throughout the game rivals some of the best writing in film and television, and will stick with players well after the game is completed. It makes the game accessible to all players however, which is a strength for a game centred on a compelling story.
February 25, 2018 00:22 UTC
Leah McFall: When you husband is hotter than youAlistair Hughes/Stuff Last week, I realised my husband was hotter than me. I know what's coming, you know what's coming, and I need you to know that it happened to me last week and I'm still here. The day when your husband becomes officially hotter than you are. READ MORE:* Leah McFall: Dinner guests, don't try to help | Stuff.co.nz* Leah McFall: A fandom act of kindness* Leah McFall: Megan Markle, Princess Sparkle* Leah McFall: I have seen the future and it involves scrunchiesI was vacuuming the car at the time. It took 12 minutes and in that entire time, my bottom was sticking outwards and upwards from the car.
February 25, 2018 00:00 UTC
339 tourists stranded by slip in Fiordland are helicoptered outniwa Heavy rain caused a slip to block the road out of Deep Cove on Sunday afternoon, leaving 339 people trapped. Part of Fiordland is cut off and hundreds of tourists are being airlifted out, after torrential rain - 217mm of which fell in six hours - brought down a slip, blocking Deep Cove. Heavy rain caused a slip to block the road out of Deep Cove on Sunday afternoon, leaving 339 people trapped. Deep Cove Outdoor Education Trust member Bob Hughes said there was more than 250mm of rain from about 3am on Sunday. It would move north over the mainland onto the lower North Island by Monday morning.
February 24, 2018 23:43 UTC
Centenarian Gwyneth Evans celebrates 100 years of good livingJOHN BISSET/STUFF Gwyneth Evans marked her 100th birthday with a celebration at The Croft rest home and with her family at the farm she was brought up at in the Paroera Gorge. Gwyneth Evans celebrated her centennial birthday at a pair of celebrations on Saturday. Her nephew Peter Evans and his wife, Jane, were just two of the more than 40 family and friends from three generations who helped to mark the occasion. Gwyneth was an example that good living could indeed be good for you, according to Jane Evans. Family and friends from as far afield as Australia, New Plymouth, Wellington and Christchurch made the effort to travel down to Pareora.
February 24, 2018 23:03 UTC
Spotless cleaners in Australia sacked without redundancy, shown jobs on offer in New ZealandSYLVIE LIBER Helen Hammond, Svetlana Vicoroska, Lynne Davies and Panayota Tzolakidis, who were not offered redundancy after their cleaning jobs in Australia were terminated. Lynne Davies is one of four female cleaners in Australia aged in their 50s who will be sacked this week without any redundancy pay and offered job opportunities in New Zealand. The women who have full-time jobs said the Nowra job offered too few hours, negating the travel time and cost. Most of the job vacancies Spotless listed are in New Zealand and in fields unrelated to cleaning. To simply show them the door, with no redundancy pay, is heartless and immoral," he said.
February 24, 2018 22:49 UTC
The Colosseum is lit up in red to draw attention to the persecution of Christians around the world in Rome. Photo: ReutersRome's ancient Colosseum was lit in red on Saturday (local time) in solidarity with persecuted Christians, particularly Asia Bibi, a woman condemned to death under Pakistan's blasphemy laws. Human rights groups such as Amnesty International say the blasphemy law is increasingly exploited by religious extremists as well as ordinary Pakistanis to settle personal scores. The law does not define blasphemy and evidence might not be reproduced in court for fear of committing a fresh offence. At the Rome gathering, her husband Ashiq Masih said his wife was innocent of blasphemy.
February 24, 2018 22:41 UTC
If players collect opponents around the head or neck, they will walk. Super Rugby referees are under instruction to penalise and produce cards for high shots. What might've been acceptable once, isn't now, and rugby's administrators would be negligent if they let players' heads remain fair game. Admired on both sides of the Tasman, for his deeds in rugby and rugby league, the Reds coach's post-match comments were best-described as antiquated. Many people will remember players such as Mark Carroll and Paul Harragon trying to take each other's heads off, up in Newcastle.
February 24, 2018 22:41 UTC
Duncan McGregor's Originals jersey is proudly on show at New Zealand Rugby headquarters and takes pride of place in a gleaming display cabinet in Wellington. The Original's name will forever be associated with one explosive claim: that he gave away team secrets before a test against Wales in Cardiff. The Originals lost only one of their 35 matches - going down 3-0 to Wales - on their marathon five-month tour. McGregor went on to become a life member of that code. Thanks to the generosity of several South Canterbury people and both the New Zealand Rugby Union and New Zealand Rugby League, McGregor got a head stone in 2005, acknowledging his remarkable feats.
February 24, 2018 22:41 UTC
My Field Marshal breaks Have Faith In Me's record to win Miracle MileASHLEA BRENNAN Anthony Butt drives My Field Marshal to an upset victory in the Miracle Mile. My Field Marshal ran the fastest mile in Australasian history to secure the A$750,000 ($806,887 NZD) Miracle Mile at Menangle on Saturday night. The pair have combined to win dozens of Group I races, including at least 25 in Australia previously, but this was their first Miracle Mile. It used to be hard just to get in it, and it still is," Tim Butt said. My Field Marshal is raced by his Mosgiel breeders, Syd and Shona Brown, who were on course in Sydney.
February 24, 2018 22:30 UTC
Ireland's Jacob Stockdale scores a try. It's a credit to this team, that's two dramatic finishes," Ireland centre Chris Farrell, man of the match in his Six Nations debut, said in a pitchside interview. After starting the tournament hampered by injuries, Wales welcomed back three British and Irish Lions while Ireland lost three of their own. Their ability to effortlessly change the point of attack was dizzying for the visitors' defence as smart breaks from Keith Earls and Rob Kearney, followed by more intense forward pressure put flanker Dan Leavy in for his first Six Nations try. But Wales were not done and a converted Aaron Shingler try - their first sniff at the Irish line in the second period - cut the deficit to a one-score game.
February 24, 2018 22:07 UTC
A crowd of about 200 attended the fundraising music festival Lobofest at Brighton, south of Dunedin, yesterday. It is the third year the private festival has been run by local businessman and musician Ed Loboski. Fifteen bands performed for the appreciative crowd on yesterday afternoon and in to the evening. The money raised by the festival is given to the Dunedin Musos Club.
February 24, 2018 21:56 UTC
Oprah Winfrey put to rest any lingering questions about a potential 2020 bid for the presidency, declaring on a late-night talk show on Thursday (local time) that she was "definitely not running." The media mogul, appearing on Jimmy Kimmel Live, was emphatic in her response to host Kimmel's question about whether she would run. I am definitely not running for president," Winfrey said over cries of "no" from the studio audience. Trump has several times said he hoped he would face Winfrey as an opponent in the 2020 presidential race. Trump tweeted: “Just watched a very insecure Oprah Winfrey, who at one point I knew very well, interview a panel of people on 60 Minutes.
February 24, 2018 21:33 UTC
Missing hunter, aged 74, found on Stewart IslandMARY-JO TOHILL A rescue helicopter has been sent to Stewart Island after a hunting party let off a locator beacon. (File photo)A 74-year-old hunter who was missing on Stewart Island has been found. The man was found by Stewart Island LandSAR staff around 6pm on Sunday on the coast of the Port Adventure area. The party of four had been out hunting but one man, aged 74, had not returned to the hut, she said. A helicopter dropped search volunteers to the search area in the morning and further volunteers made their way by boat.
February 24, 2018 21:22 UTC