Prime Minister Bill English has announced this morning the rebuild of the Dunedin Hospital, the largest rebuild in New Zealand history, which will cost between $1.2billion -$1.4billion. Mr English said starting again with a complete rebuild of the hospital was the most economically efficient way to go and it was a "step that needs to be taken". A central city site was preferred however, a location has not been decided yet, Mr English said. Health minister Jonathan Coleman said the rebuild would be the largest hospital rebuild in the history of New Zealand. - more to come
August 18, 2017 23:26 UTC
Woman dies after medical event in Christchurch police cellsIt's understood the 48-year-old suffered a medical event. A 48-year-old woman has died in the Christchurch Central Police cells after an apparent medical event. District Commander Superintendent John Price said officers went to wake the woman to give her breakfast about 6am on Friday to find she was unresponsive. "Our staff started doing CPR and then ambulance were called, but unfortunately she wasn't able to be revived," he said. Also to my staff who had to be involved in trying to do CPR … when someone dies, it's still hard on them."
August 18, 2017 23:13 UTC
Photo: GettySixty percent of National voters want personal possession of cannabis decriminalised or made legal, a poll released just weeks before the election reveals. Support is even higher among supporters of other parties — with Labour and New Zealand First voters equally in favour of cannabis law reform. Across all respondents, 65% supported decriminalisation or legalisation, roughly the same proportion as when the poll was conducted last year. Labour also sits at 68% (no change from last year), while Green Party voters are most in favour of reform at 92% (up from 83% last year). Drug Foundation executive director Ross Bell said the polling showed New Zealanders continued to strongly support a change to cannabis law.
August 18, 2017 22:18 UTC
Young twins go short for Daffodil DayLuz Zuniga/Stuff Paige holds up her hair while Chloe's waits for the chop. It was two years in the making for twins Chloe and Paige Nieman and the time had come to sit before the snips. The non-identical sisters from Tapawera Area School decided at just seven-years-old they wanted to grow their hair for children going through chemotherapy. The girls had the day off to have the chop for Daffodil Day at ANZ Richmond in front of a number of supporters. Cancer Society Nelson manager Michelle Hunt said it was amazing how the whole community supported Daffodil Day.
August 18, 2017 21:00 UTC
Because that is exactly what happened to Diesel the three-year-old Siberian Husky cross at the Snow Farm near Wanaka yesterday. Sledding through snow and near white-out conditions is Aimee Stoeckel, of Australia, and her sled dogs during the Wanaka Sled Dog Festival at the Snow Farm yesterday. For the humans, sled dog racing was about enjoying the time alone with their dogs. Wanaka Sled Dog Festival co-ordinator Sarah Campbell said overnight snow on Thursday made the trails interesting but fun yesterday. Racing dogs on snow once a year was something all those involved in sled dog racing looked forward to, Mrs Campbell said.
August 18, 2017 20:15 UTC
Chris Coory of LandSAR, Melissa Bowley, Lauren Rees, Meg Pidegeon and Skyla Bowley (front). Photo: NZ PoliceA group of four people, including a 4-year-old girl, who failed to return from a short walk in bush near Dunedin were found early this morning. Family members reported the group of three 22-year-old women and the young child overdue to police after they failed to return from a short walk in the Silver Peaks Reserve. Police said in a statement that a helicopter using night vision goggles found the group after detecting the light of a cell phone screen. The weather in the area was mild but police believed the group were unprepared for a lengthy stay in the bush and were unlikely to have food and water.
August 18, 2017 20:15 UTC
Barcelona's victims: A snapshot of the worldFACEBOOK Luca Russo was a young engineer with bright prospects. The dead and injured in Barcelona, Spain were a snapshot of the world – men, women and children from nearly three dozen nations – testifying to the huge global appeal of the sun-kissed city. FACEBOOK Bruno Gulotta threw himself between his two young children and the van driven by the Barcelona attacker. One of Italy's two victims in the Barcelona van attack is being mourned as a brilliant young engineer dragged to his death before his girlfriend's eyes. Tucker's wife told NBC News they were having drinks on a patio when her husband, 42, said he was going to the bathroom.
August 18, 2017 19:32 UTC
Oamaru Adventure Park director Alan McLay hopes the old quarry at Oamaru Harbour will become the jumping off point for a zipline across the harbour. A zipline across Oamaru Harbour next year remains a possibility but where it might land is yet to be decided, Oamaru Adventure Park Ltd director Greg Martin says. "It’s not going to be open this year, but I’d like to think it will be open next summer ... I think that’s still realistic," Mr Martin told the Otago Daily Times this week. Oamaru Adventure Park director Alan McLay said that when he was mayor, he "looked seriously" at a bungy jumping operation over the old quarry to attract younger tourists.
August 18, 2017 18:22 UTC
Mick Byrne, the former All Blacks skills coach now with the Wallabies, says he was not surprised by the rustiness of his old team during the British and Irish Lions series. "He’s not going to travel that far to come and see me and I wasn’t going to go that far to see him," Byrne said of Hansen. "I feel it’s extra special," he said. "But it’s extra special for me — and this is not being corny — [because I’ve spent] the last four weeks with these guys. I think the extra special part is waiting to see these guys out on the field.
August 18, 2017 18:17 UTC
Search and Rescue check out the vehicle where missing walkers started from om the Silver Stream Valley Rd on Friday night. Trapped by high waters, a 24-year-old woman will spend a second night out in the Barrier Range, to the west of Lake Ohau. Police sent Search and Rescue personnel out to find the woman on Thursday and at 10pm she was located safe and well, but trapped by high waters. A police spokeswoman said the woman was at the South Temple Hut. The woman would be trapped by the Temple Stream South Branch, as well as, potentially, sidestreams and the North Branch.
August 18, 2017 18:17 UTC
One of the protest organisers, fourth-year student Ella Rose-Haig, said up to 1000 people had attended the event. Under the plan, the number of papers at the school will be reduced from 65 to 33, and 12 full-time-equivalent positions cut. Hundreds marched across the campus in opposition to a plan cut staff and papers at the School of Physical Education, Sport and Exercise Sciences. "The school’s current financial position is not sustainable, so we need to change our focus and resourcing to meet the future with certainty and confidence," Prof Barker said. "Students will be involved in the development of this new curriculum," Prof Barker said.
Dunedin woman Pam McKinlay is hoping more than 200 electric vehicles owners will assemble in Dunedin in September to set a New Zealand record for the most electric vehicles at the same place at the same time. Otago was second in New Zealand behind Auckland in having the highest number of EVs registered per 1000 people, with more than 240EVs in the region. The event is part of Dunedin’s Great Big EV Day Out gala, coinciding with National Drive Electric Week. There would be information booths to talk attendees through range and connectivity questions and electric vehicles would be available to test drive. As at December 31 last year of the 4.8 million vehicles registered in New Zealand 2503 were pure EVs and 16,520 were hybrids.
Salt Bar and Restaurant co-owner Alex Aerakis jokes about a street near his business in Dunedin being closed longer than expected. Further delays stalling the reopening of a section of the Esplanade at St Clair is "a niggle" but the project will be great for the area when completed, a Dunedin business owner says. The joked referred to a section of the Esplanade being dug up to lay sewerage and gas pipes to an apartment development along the seafront. Mr Aerakis said despite the delay, the building project would be great for the area once finished. Workers were laying paving stones yesterday and were planning to get the road reopened on Thursday, he said.
Beleaguered manufacturer and distributor Steel & Tube has delivered a disappointing full-year result, at the bottom end of its downgraded guidance. Steel & Tube shares were down less than 1% to $2.28 following the announcement. Steel & Tube chairwoman Susan Paterson said an $80million acquisition programme during the past four years had seen business grow, while costs and working capital requirements increased alongside the expansion. Steel & Tube chief executive Dave Taylor said investment into the S&T Plastics plant secured several contracts, valued about $27 million, which would run through to early 2018. Forsyth Barr broker Damian Foster said Steel & Tube had materially cut its dividend, down by 29% to 16c.
The charismatic new leader of the formerly beleaguered Labour Party will launch the party’s campaign in Auckland tomorrow. There has been undoubtedly been a ‘‘Jacindarella effect’’ from the installation of Ms Ardern at the top of the party. He will be worried he is facing defeat again after Labour rolled Andrew Little and replaced him with Ms Ardern. Not only did Ms Ardern rise to the challenge, but her deputy is well-regarded Maori MP Kelvin Davis, known to be more to the right of the party. Ms Ardern has indicated Labour still wants to increase taxes and charges, even with the suggested return of the earlier discarded capital gains tax.