White Ferns run through Australia in decider

Chasing 114 to win the series decider, Australia's top order crumbled to be 9 for five within five overs. The collapse followed a similar slide of 12 for six in game two of the series in Geelong last Sunday. "Very similar to Geelong unfortunately, we didn't really learn our lessons well enough. "But we had the double whammy of losing wickets and not being able to get the scoreboard ticking over as well. Lanning said the batters had let their bowling teammates down after the Kiwis were restricted to 8-113.

February 22, 2017 19:18 UTC

McCartney wows pole vault fans at Britomart

Curious rush-hour commuters paused to see what all the fuss was about, before shuffling off to catch their buses and trains home. Surely, McCartney, the surprise bronze medalist at last year's Rio de Janiero Olympics, had never performed in a more bizarre setting than Auckland's Britomart Atrium. "Pole vaulting is still a young sport, especially women's vault, and most New Zealanders won't have been exposed to it before or witnessed a competition, especially this close, where they can see what's going on," said McCartney. Canadian Alysha Newman, a bronze medalist at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games, conquered her warm-up gremlins to dramatically scale 4.40m. McCartney has another chance to challenge that national mark on Sunday, when she contests the International Track Challenge at AUT Millennium in Mairangi Bay.

February 22, 2017 19:08 UTC

Range Rover hints at sports car development

Range Rover hints at sports car developmentSUPPLIED Land Rover design chief Gerry McGovern has hinted that Range Rover could produce a conventional luxury car. SUPPLIED The Range Rover Sport SVR. "If you look at other brands they've come into the SUV territory, why couldn't Land Rover, and Range Rover particularly, go into that territory?" READ MORE:* A new Range Rover is on the way* Reborn Range Rover is 'perfect'* Touch of F-Type in Range Rover Sport HST* How Range Rover created its weirdest car, the Evoque convertibleSUPPLIED New Range Rover Velar. Before Range Rover, there was no such thing, so you didn't have to camouflage the car, just change the name," he said.

February 22, 2017 17:54 UTC

A wage to live on

But Mr Orr is not the only public servant to receive a significant salary, as scrutiny of the State Services Commission website reveals. When wage inflation is at one of its lowest points in history, a 23.4% rise is unacceptable, or should be when Statistics New Zealand figures show wage rises of about 1.5% have been the norm for many workers in this country. The living wage is a non-binding goal designed to put pressure on employers to raise workers' pay above the legal minimum. The living wage is different from the minimum wage, where workers are paid $15.25 an hour, or $31,720 a year. But even the minimum wage seems too hot for some to handle as a few employers claim they cannot afford to pay even the bare minimum required by law.

February 22, 2017 17:34 UTC

Shower proves costly

The 30-year-old appeared in front of Judge Joanna Maze in the Oamaru District Court yesterday to face a charge of being unlawfully in a building, namely shower facilities at the Omarama Top 10 Holiday Park. The police summary of facts stated Cujus walked into the camping ground on January 31. She went into the shower block, which had been closed for cleaning, ignoring the closed signs and going under a rope over the entrance. A staff member, who was in a neighbouring cubicle, challenged Cujus who ignored him and continued to shower. When police caught up with her, Cujus said she had intended to pay for the shower on leaving the camping ground.

February 22, 2017 17:04 UTC

Central Otago rates increases lower than expected

‘‘Sharpening the pencil’’ has left Central Otago with lower-than-expected rates increases for the next year. Deputy mayor Neil Gillespie said the lower rates were partly due to council ‘‘sharpening the pencil’’ on costs. Board rates make up about 19% to 20% for most wards, except for Teviot Valley where it is 16.5%. Mayor Tim Cadogan said the way rates effected people differed ‘‘significantly’’. At the time of its creation, the Cromwell Community Board had delayed plans for the $5.4 million upgrade of its memorial hall, but agreed to proceed this month.

February 22, 2017 17:04 UTC

Sports car crash driver granted diversion

The crashed McLaren outside Queenstown in December last year. The Australian businessman who crashed his $20 million McLaren F1 sports car near Queenstown in December has been granted diversion by police. The owner of several McDonalds franchises in Victoria, Fitzgerald did not appear in court and was remanded at large so police could consider diversion. A Wellington-based police media adviser said Fitzgerald had completed diversion, but would not say what the conditions of his diversion agreement were. Diversion is a process by which police can deal with offenders out of court.

February 22, 2017 17:04 UTC

Wounded soldier sent to Rotorua

Front row: Mess R. Love, J. Fauley, John Mill (first president) and W. Fail (vice-president). Mrs Ferguson said that the man had spent more than a year in the Dunedin Hospital. He had been wounded three times, and, sadly enough, was, in addition, tubercular. It was at length seen fit to send him to Rotorua - unfortunately not a good place for such a subject - thinking it might do him good. Some warm comments were made round the table regarding the case, and members mentioned that it did not stand alone.

February 22, 2017 17:04 UTC

ORC mulls office site

The council's preferred head office site is in part of a Dunedin City Council-owned off-street car parking area at 15 Dowling St. This purchase was made as part of an earlier ORC head office initiative, that was not taken further. He said the harbour site was larger than the car parking site, and he would not use the term ''land swap'' to describe any future arrangements. Mr Lee said at that stage he was ''not opposed'' to the ORC establishing its head office in part of the car parking site, and it would ''certainly bring benefits to the area''. The ORC hopes to establish, by March 2019, a three-level 3000sqm head office building with vehicle parking.

February 22, 2017 17:04 UTC

International growth lifts Meridian

Meridian Energy is benefiting from a growth in international revenue, driven by growth in Powershop, more wind and better wholesale and large-scale generation pricing. Craigs Investment Partners broker Chris Timms said operating earnings for Meridian were up $20million on the previous corresponding period, of which $14million was due to international. The New Zealand energy margin came in at $438million, up $9million on the pcp, directly in line with his forecast. Meridian chief executive Mark Binns said it was pleasing Meridian lifted its New Zealand earnings, despite tough conditions, and to see the performance lift in Australia. Meridian would pay an ordinary dividend of 5.33c per share, 4.5% higher than last year, and imputed to 88%.

February 22, 2017 17:04 UTC

'Fairies' to race down NZ

Cromwell women Melanie Kees (left) and Shelley Cornish prepare to hit the road for the $10 Queenstown Challenge for Cure Kids. ''We feel blessed to have healthy kids,'' Mrs Cornish said. ''I couldn't imagine going through what some of these [Cure Kids] parents go through.'' Teams have to raise $10,000 to enter and get themselves to Auckland to the starting line; the entry fee helps Cure Kids' work. All Challenge competitors are given $10 to survive on during the three-day event, with Cure Kids providing accommodation, dinners and breakfasts.

February 22, 2017 17:04 UTC

Brown taking head coach role in his stride

The short stint of Brown, Highlanders head coach, officially starts at Forsyth Barr Stadium tomorrow as the Highlanders take on Chiefs in the opening round of Super Rugby. Brown has had three years as assistant coach but this year - before heading to Japan to be the assistant coach of the Cherry Blossoms - he is the man in charge. You've got to make sure your whole environment is running smoothly and I still have to do my role as attack coach. Brown has named his first side and has picked two new caps to start the game. It will be Malakai Fekitoa's 50th game for the team tomorrow night.

February 22, 2017 17:04 UTC

Meeting called both farcical and constructive

A meeting between Dunedin's leaders and Mondelez International over the Cadbury factory was labelled a ''farce'' by a union representative and ''constructive'' by Dunedin Mayor Dave Cull. Mr Cull issued a statement last night saying the meeting was ''constructive'' and talked about the ''exciting'' prospect of an expanded Cadbury World. In a statement after the meeting, Mondelez responded to the union's comments saying it was consulting employees and unions in a ''fair and transparent manner''. Mr Cull said the overarching concern was for the ''wellbeing of staff, from production workers to salaried staff''. The statement said there was ``some confusion'' at the end of the meeting about media access to the ``private meeting''.

February 22, 2017 17:04 UTC

Aramoana wharf rebuild plan runs into opposition

Conservationists are calling on the Dunedin City Council to pull its support for the rebuilding of the Aramoana wharf. The wharf, considered ''unsafe and deteriorating'', was partially demolished late last year, after the council approved a restoration plan being pursued by the Aramoana Pilot Wharf Restoration Charitable Trust. However, Bradley Curnow and Adrian Hall, both Aramoana residents and members of the Aramoana Conservation Charitable Trust, presented counter-arguments to this week's Dunedin City Council public forum. ''Organised tourism and the Aramoana ecological area just do not compute. Andrew Noone, a Aramoana Pilot Wharf Restoration Charitable Trust member, said yesterday the trust was waiting for the Doc concession process to begin to address the concerns and put its case for the restoration.

February 22, 2017 17:04 UTC

Council agrees to car charging sites

Central Otago is embracing the ''way of the future'' by providing land for the installation of three electric car charging stations in the district. The Central Otago District Council decided yesterday to allow Chargenet to establish the units in Tarras, Alexandra and Ranfurly. The council offered sites on Thompson St, in Alexandra, and Charlemont St, in Ranfurly, next to Graham Electrical Ltd.Cr Stu Duncan, of Maniototo, said the proposed Ranfurly spot was popular for supermarket parking, so he would talk to council staff about potential alternative sites. Council chief financial officer Bernard Murphy said the council would review the company's use of the sites regularly so it did not have an advantage over local businesses. Council staff will now continue discussions with the company.

February 22, 2017 17:04 UTC

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