Stuff Circuit: Meet the investigators behind The ValleyCHRIS MCKEEN/STUFF The Stuff Circuit team, from left, Phil Johnson, Paula Penfold, Eugene Bingham and Toby Longbottom. For the Stuff Circuit team, that wasn't always possible. In the highly-charged streets of Kabul, investigators Paula Penfold, Eugene Bingham and Phil Johnson had a number of run-ins with the authorities. Penfold, Bingham and Toby Longbottom worked for Mediaworks' 3D Investigates before the programme was controversially axed by the broadcaster. The foursome is collectively known as Stuff Circuit, described by Spinoff editor Duncan Greive as "Fairfax's video answer to the Boston Globe's Spotlight team".
August 20, 2017 16:52 UTC
New Zealand Defence Force leaves too many unanswered questionsDEFENCE FORCE The Defence Force declined three years of interview requests for Stuff Circuit's The Valley. EDITORIAL: The New Zealand Defence Force's silence around our 12-year-long deployment to Afghanistan is a disservice to all those who served there. It was only fair to put any claims and any fresh evidence to the Defence Force. The problem was after three years of trying to do just that the Defence Force wasn't prepared to put anyone forward. Not only that, the Defence Force went out of its way to gag people who wanted to talk to the journalists.
August 20, 2017 16:52 UTC
The Block recap: Same old, same oldMEDIAWORKS Andy and Nate won big this week, but they had to pull some seriously late night to do it. It's a common complaint that The Block NZ focuses too much on reality TV gimmicks and doesn't give enough air time to the actual work of renovating a house. READ MORE:* The Block NZ recap: Much ado about nothing* The Block NZ recap: The claws are out* The Block living room reveal: Who scored and who blew it? * The Block focuses on frenzy* The Block NZ recap: The battle of the neon light featuresWhile that money was sorely needed by several teams, as twists go this one didn't make for particularly compelling viewing. The Block NZ, 7.30pm Monday to Wednesday, and 7pm Sunday on Three.
August 20, 2017 08:37 UTC
The magic of Sir Colin Meads in three anecdotes1 NEWS Sir Colin Meads tells a funny story of his pre-game meals to a dietician. OPINION: I am part of that massive category of New Zealanders - people who met Sir Colin Meads and were blown away by the experience. Colin Meads with his book, Meads, during a visit to Thames in 2002. READ MORE:* Sir Colin Meads dies - tributes* ABs legend Meads dies, aged 81* Obituary: The great Pinetree dies* Meads: Uncompromising in black* Quotes, tales that sum up Meads* Meads: An icon of the gameAnd there I was, almost crawling on the ground, trying to get an 'imposing' photo of the great Colin Meads in full story-telling mode, with his new book in the frame. MEADS MAGICThere must be thousands of these kinds of stories that elevate Sir Colin Meads from being a great rugby player to being a great person.
August 20, 2017 06:33 UTC
Crack down on cruel comments on police Facebook pages123rf.com Canterbury police are reassessing the way they post wanted persons on their Facebook page after cases of cyber bullying in post comments. Bullying comments on police Facebook pages across the country, including in Canterbury, sparked calls for better moderation in June. Comments on business Facebook pages could not be turned off, Jones said. "Police have a moderation filter running on all of their Facebook pages that automatically hides comments that contain profanities and bad language. As this was a manual process, "it can take some time" to moderate hundreds of comments, Jones said.
August 20, 2017 06:07 UTC
Hairdressing elite's follical challengeLUZ ZUNIGA/Stuff.co.nz Local stylists showed off their skills during the Regional Hair Stylist of the Year Award competition, at NMIT, on Sunday. Luz Zuniga/Stuff It was a sea of colour and contrasting styles at the competition. However, she had been taking some inspiration by watching her boss Hayleigh Hamilton in action earlier in the day. "It was her that got me here, she's won trophy after trophy – she's pretty insane." Other provisional winners on the day included Renee Sturgeon of NMIT, Jayde Squire from HairCraft and Mary-Ellen Brown of Vivo Hair and Beauty.
August 20, 2017 05:48 UTC
Eco-volunteering resurgence boosts coastal planting projectPIERS FULLER/STUFF Sohaib Bakkali of Lower Hutt wanted to show his son Jibril how to plant trees so that he would be conscious that life is not all about consuming. The Manawa Karioi Ecological Restoration Project in Island Bay is on land that is part of Tapu Te Ranga Marae, both established by kaumatua Bruce Stewart. PIERS FULLER/STUFF Manawa Karioi Ecological Restoration Project is on a 12 hectare block in Island Bay. PIERS FULLER/STUFF Kevin and Mary Thomas help plant manuka at Manawa Karioi Ecological Restoration reserve. Manawa Karioi Society, also founded by Stewart, was formed in 1990 to manage the project and the first seedlings were planted in 1991.
August 20, 2017 05:37 UTC
7000 performers due at Polyfest 2017Robyn Edie Polyfest organisers, from left, Tania Carran, Pauline Smith and Mandy Smith gear up for the six-day event at Stadium Southland from Monday to Saturday. The Polyfest event in Invercargill this week is costing $150,000 to put on, with more than 7000 performers from 130 school and community groups due to strut their stuff at Stadium Southland over the next six days. The event, which Polyfest trust co-ordinator Tania Carran said was costing about $150,000 to host, has grown in size and cost over the years, with two people now hired fulltime to organise it. Last year, about 30,000 people watched the Polyfest groups in action and contributed about $20,000 in gold coins. Polyfest Trust co-ordinator Mandy Smith said Polyfest was a beautiful buzz of energy and participation.
August 20, 2017 04:30 UTC
West Coaster, 82, still swimming 140 laps a daySAM STRONG/STUFF Rocky Island can be seen from the Taylorville side of a turbulent Grey River. He's had a quadruple bypass, two spinal fusions and is a type 2 diabetic, but that does not stop an elderly West Coast man from swimming. Alan Walton, 82, swims 140 laps – or 3.5 kilometres – at Greymouth's Westland Recreation Centre every day and says he is not slowing down. SAM STRONG/STUFF West Coaster Alan Walton, 82, thinks swimming is one of the best exercise options for elderly people. SAM STRONG/STUFF Alan Walton, 82, of Taylorville on the West Coast swims 3.5 kilometres a day and logs every session.
August 20, 2017 04:18 UTC
Jacinda Ardern's climate change challengeNZ LABOUR PARTY Jacinda Ardern spoke to a packed Auckland Town Hall. Labour leader Jacinda Ardern has declared climate change the "nuclear free moment" of this generation. CHRIS MCKEEN/STUFF Jacinda Ardern speaks outside the Auckland Town Hall. 1 NEWS Labour leader Jacinda Ardern outlined three policies to help address the country's inflated housing market. 1 NEWS Labour leader Jacinda Ardern says "Labour is committed to revolutionising education" in speech at the party's campaign launch.
August 20, 2017 04:09 UTC
Crews were called to a house fire in Invercargill today. A Fire and Emergency New Zealand spokesman said when the first crew arrived at the scene the rear of a single storey building in Dipton St in Kingswell was burning well. A crew from Kingswell Station was called first about 3.10pm and then a crew from Invercargill Station responded. The fire, which was not being treated as suspicious, was extinguished by the crews about 4pm.
Source:Otago Daily Times
August 20, 2017 04:07 UTC
Photo: FileLabour leader Jacinda Ardern began her speech to the Labour Party campaign launch by marking the death of Sir Colin Meads, "a great New Zealander." Ms Ardern officially kicked off her campaign telling supporters at the Auckland Town Hall that this was Labour's moment and it was time to "be bold and be brave." The campaign was attended by more than 1000 people and opened by singer Holly Smith singing Herbs' song Sensitive to a Smile. Ms Ardern has been leader for three weeks and it was her first major speech to party faithful, buoyed by the surge in the polls since she was elected. She spoke of the Labour Prime Ministers who had gone before her and what they had delivered - from the welfare state and no-nukes policy.
Source:Otago Daily Times
August 20, 2017 03:45 UTC
How to commemorate the land wars? SIMON O'CONNOR/STUFF Rex Ward, 75, wants a memorial to the land wars erected in New Plymouth. It's about the New Zealand land wars, something Ward, 75, admits he knew nothing about. Last year, the Finance Minister, now Prime Minister, Bill English suggested October 28 as a date for commemorating the land wars, Ward said. Ward had been up to Marsland Hill to look at the monument up there, a memorial to the lives lost in the Taranaki land wars, he said.
August 20, 2017 02:37 UTC
Sir Colin Meads obituary - the great Pinetree has fallenAlex Liu/FAIRFAX NZ A look back at the legendary All Blacks career of Sir Colin 'Pinetree' Meads. French half back Pierre Lacroix gets challenged by Colin Meads, left, and Dennis Young at this Christchurch test in 1961. A 1.5 x life-size bronze sculpture of Colin Meads stands in Te Kuiti. PHIL DOYLE/ STUFF Great New Zealander Sir Colin Meads has died. His status with New Zealanders was confirmed when his biography Colin Meads All Black sold a record 58,000 copies.
August 20, 2017 02:26 UTC
Live: All Blacks legend Sir Colin Meads diesThe Meads family, the rugby world and the country mourn Colin Meads - the great All Black who came to embody the rugged New Zealand spirit. PHIL DOYLE/ STUFF Great New Zealander Sir Colin Meads has died.
August 20, 2017 02:11 UTC