Mourners pay their respects to Grace Millane at a memorial in her honour at Queenstown's lakefront on Tuesday evening. Photo: Daisy HudsonAbout 100 mourners have gathered on the shores of Lake Wakatipu to pay tribute to slain English tourist Grace Millane. People brought flowers, candles and pictures of Miss Millane to the vigil, organised by Queenstown woman Amanda Morris. Local Ngai Tahu members also paid tribute with waiata and a karakia. Miss Millane, who was in Auckland on her OE, was last seen alive on December 1, the day before her 22nd birthday.
December 11, 2018 06:56 UTC
US Assistant Secretary of Defence for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs, Randall Schriver, speaks to reporters in Wellington. Brady has asked for protection from police and Security Intelligence service. Police, Interpol and the Security Intelligence Service have reportedly been involved in the investigation. The Government's recent defence White Paper was explicit in criticising China's militarisation of the South China, sparking a rebuke from China's Ambassador in New Zealand. Schriver was in Wellington for talks with defence officials, including his New Zealand counterpart, Defence Minister Ron Mark.
December 11, 2018 06:11 UTC
Three crews of fire fighters from Hamilton and Pūkete stations brought the Dinsdale house fire under control. A house in Hamilton has been left severely damaged by a fire. Three fire crews from the Hamilton and Pukete stations were called to Newcastle Rd at 5.50pm on Tuesday. Fire and Emergency northern communications shift manager Scott Osmond said the house was "well involved" when crews arrived. Occupants in the house were treated at the scene by ambulance staff as their home smouldered.
December 11, 2018 06:11 UTC
A bill that gives terminally ill people a legal defence for using illicit cannabis products has passed its third reading in Parliament today. The Misuse of Drugs (Medicinal Cannabis) Amendment Bill also gives them a defence to possess utensils for using cannabis. "Today's vote in Parliament clears the way for the creation of a Medicinal Cannabis Scheme that will allow New Zealand companies to manufacture medicinal cannabis products for both the local and international market." "The Government's Misuse of Drugs (Medicinal Cannabis) Amendment Bill which has passed today allows the smoking of loose-leaf cannabis in public and does not provide the details or framework for a permanent medicinal cannabis scheme. "We support medicinal cannabis but strongly oppose the smoking of loose leaf cannabis in public.
December 11, 2018 04:41 UTC
A needle has been found in a strawberry bought at a Timaru supermarket, prompting the store to pull the fruit from the shelves. Foodstuffs NZ has pulled strawberries from Pak'nSave Timaru after a local woman found a needle inside a strawberry. The discovery is the latest in a string of disturbing incidents involving needles in fruit, including a needle found inside a strawberry in a punnet purchased at FreshChoice supermarket in Geraldine. Foreign objects in fresh produce:• December 10: Needle found in strawberry bought at Pak'nSave Timaru. • November 24: Needle found inside a punnet of strawberries purchased at FreshChoice supermarket in Geraldine.
December 11, 2018 03:56 UTC
Police say they are disappointed to have caught more than a dozen drink-drivers in Dunedin over the weekend. Meanwhile, reports of car thefts in South Dunedin continue to roll in. Senior Sergeant Craig Dinnissen, of Dunedin, said more than 1000 cars were stopped at checkpoints across the city at the weekend. "Police will continue to focus efforts over the coming summer months to remove these potentially lethal drivers from the roads," Snr Sgt Dinnissen said. It was the third vehicle stolen from the South Dunedin area in the past week.
December 11, 2018 03:45 UTC
Four people have been injured after a car and bus collided on State Highway 1 south of Oamaru this afternoon. A police spokeswoman said they were called to the crash in SH1 at the intersection with Woolshed Rd about 4.05pmAll of the injured parties were in the car, she said. Emergency services at a crash on SH1 south of Oamaru. Photo: Hamish MacLeanA St John spokeswoman said three people suffered moderate injuries and one minor. A helicopter was initially called to the scene from Dunedin but had been stood down because it was no longer required.
December 11, 2018 03:37 UTC
A Selwyn District Council meeting on Wednesday will consider a recommendation to install chlorination equipment to the Rolleston, Darfield, Arthur's Pass, Upper Selwyn Huts and Lake Coleridge water supplies. SUPPLIED/SELWYN DISTRICT COUNCIL This week's Selwyn District Council meeting will consider adding chlorination infrastructure to Rolleston's water supply. If all Selwyn water supplies were chlorinated, the cost to ratepayers would be about $25 a property. A report into the risk-based approach to be considered at this week's council meeting provides councillors with three choices. All Ashburton District Council water supplies are chlorinated, while Hurunui began chlorinating its water last year.
December 11, 2018 03:33 UTC
Michael Barker with some of the well known products made by Barker Fruit Processors in Geraldine for 50 years. Foreigners are still buying up large despite tightened rules by the Labour-led coalition. There have been 76 investment approvals by the Overseas Investment Office to date this year compared with 77 last year at a net value of $2.5 billion, ahead of last year's $2b. Some activists highlight loss of sovereignty but the investment by a French company in Barker Fruit Processors based at Geraldine in Canterbury has boosted production, exports and profits. Just released figures from the Overseas Investment Office show Andros invested $27 million for an 85 per cent stake more than two years ago.
December 11, 2018 03:11 UTC
Chief Science Advisor to the Justice Sector Ian Lambie launches the Every Four Minutes paper into family violence. Family violence was commonly inter-generational; 80 percent of child and young offenders have experienced family violence, while 87 percent of young offenders aged 14 to 16 years old had previous care and protection concerns. • One in four women from high-income households experience physical and/or sexual intimate partner violence in their lifetime. More than a third of New Zealand women experience physical or sexual violence from their partners or ex-partners, the report says. Justice Under-Secretary Jan Logie received the report, and said it would inform the Government's national strategy and action plan on family violence and sexual violence, which was being developed.
December 11, 2018 02:48 UTC
The Carterton Events Centre was opened in 2011 but the closest conference accommodation is in Masterton. Carterton is proposing to offer up some of its prime land next to its civic buildings for next to nothing in the hope of attracting a large hotel to the middle of town. Given the potential to increase the use of the Carterton Events Centre the nearby location would make sense, she said. suppied The location of the Carterton District Council land on Holloway St that may be offered up to a potential hotel investor. The hotelier wouldn't have to do that because it is right next to an existing events centre."
December 11, 2018 02:37 UTC
Businesswoman Linda Jenkinson is one of the first on the list of Te Aho Tāmaka, a scheme to inspire a new generation of Manawatū success stories. Serial entrepreneur Linda Jenkinson grew up in Hiwinui in Manawatū and has made huge progress on her goal of world domination. Jenkinson is one of eight high achievers Manawatū chosen for Te Aho Tāmaka, a project honouring the region's successes. Jenkinson said it was a compliment to be invited, and she has already been at work in Palmerston North helping businesses to "scale up". WARWICK SMITH/STUFF Former Palmerston North mayor and Local Government Commissioner responsible for the 1989 council reorganisations Sir Brian Elwood.
December 11, 2018 02:37 UTC
Kevin Hart is bringing his Irresponsible Tour to Auckland's Spark Arena on Tuesday night. Kiwis attending Kevin Hart's first New Zealand stand-up show have been advised to leave phones firmly their pockets. Spark Arena says anyone who ignores Hart's zero tolerance policy while in view of the stage "will be asked to leave immediately." PSA: KEVIN HART TICKET HOLDERS - THIS IS A PHONE FREE EVENT! Doors Open 6:30pmShow Start 7:30pmhttps://t.co/3Ug39B277L pic.twitter.com/5PR0LV1QeK — Spark Arena NZ (@SparkArenaNZ) December 10, 2018READ MORE:* Kevin Hart returns to stage after homophobic tweets scandal* Kevin Hart steps down as Oscars host* Kevin Hart to host the 2019 Academy Awards* Kevin Hart issues public apology to wife, family over his 'bad behaviour'JORDAN STRAUSS/AP FILE - In this Dec. 11, 2017 file photo, Kevin Hart arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle" in Los Angeles.
December 11, 2018 02:25 UTC
Two people have been seriously injured in a crash in Southland this afternoon. A police spokeswoman said emergency services were called after a car with two occupants went into a ditch at Opio, near Nightcaps, about 2.30pm. One person was trapped for a time but has been freed. St John said both people were in a serious condition, and a helicopter had been dispatched.
December 11, 2018 02:22 UTC
The Riverbank Market may have to find a new location as soon as 2021. Hutt City Council has started searching for an alternative location for the popular Riverbank Market which runs on Saturdays in a carpark between the river and the central business district. MONIQUE FORD/STUFF The Riverbank Market attracts up to 10,000 people to the Lower Hutt CBD every Saturday. READ MORE:* Stallholders concerned about further changes at Hutt market* Hutt council losing thousands a month on popular Saturday market* Hutt council to recoup $213,000 to manage popular Lower Hutt market* Lower Hutt hopes to lure Wellingtonians north with river-view apartmentsConstant construction and earthmoving activity at the riverbank and work to widen the stopbank would not leave enough room for the market. The Hutt City Council has begun searching for an alternative location but all identified sites would require the market to be downsized.
December 11, 2018 02:03 UTC