Bell ringers rejoice ahead of annual Wellington festivalROSS GIBLIN/STUFF The hidden bellringers of Wellington Cathedral of St Paul disclose their music is all down to memory and method. MONIQUE FORD/STUFF Wellington Cathedral of St Paul in Thorndon is hosting its 13th annual Bell Ringing Festival over Labour Weekend. ROSS GIBLIN/STUFF The majestic bells will ring proudly over the Labour Weekend, as part of the 13th annual Wellington Bell Ringing Festival. The lift will be particularly busy this Labour Weekend as the Wellington Combined Society of Bell Ringers hosts the 13th annual Wellington Bell Ringing Festival. Here, bell ringing is strictly a team sport where ringers are allocated just one bell in the ringing chamber.
October 19, 2017 03:56 UTC
Emotional send-off for Sergeant Wayne TaylorSUPPLIED A private service was held for Sergeant Wayne Taylor at the Papakura Military Camp. Special ops soldier Sergeant Wayne Taylor has been remembered as an outstanding family man whose death has left a huge hole. SUPPLIED Sergeant Wayne Taylor, 42, died during a maritime counter-terrorism training exercise off the Coromandel Peninsula on October 13. READ MORE:* New Zealand Army soldier Sergeant Wayne Taylor's family grieve loss* Soldier killed in ship exercise a 'first class gentleman'Parsons and Taylor served together in Afghanistan. SUPPLIED Soldiers place Sergeant Wayne Taylor's beret and medals on his casket.
October 19, 2017 03:42 UTC
Southland woman steals from companyA Southland woman stole more than $100,000 from her employer because she wanted to start her own business. The woman, who has been granted interim name suppression, admitted 11 charges before Judge Murray Hunt in the Gore District Court on Wednesday. The summary of facts, which was read to the court, say the woman began working as an office administrator for the firm in February 2014. On March 13, 2016, a client of the building company made a payment of $8000 for work done by the company but the woman indicated it was a rent payment from her. It would not be possible for the woman to make a reparation payment in a lump sum, he said.
October 19, 2017 03:22 UTC
Another Mad Butcher store shuts up shopJACKSON THOMAS/STUFF Mad Butcher Point Chevalier is up for sale. Another Mad Butcher store has been put in receivership after the owner died. Point Chevalier Mad Butcher in Auckland was solely owned by Carl Drever, who died in March. READ MORE:* Failed Mad Butcher looking to fundraise $15,000 for unpaid staff* Former Mad Butcher store placed in liquidation facing high costs and low marginsAaron Drever was stripped of his real estate agent licence last year on charges of misconduct or unsatisfactory conduct. About 10 Mad Butcher stores have struck financial difficulties in the past two years.
October 19, 2017 03:22 UTC
Action-packed Labour Weekend ahead for TaranakiJANE MATTHEWS/STUFF David Bruce is looking forward to the Scale Ship's Regatta in Hāwera this weekend. Model boats may get a little help from the wind which is predicted to build in Taranaki during Saturday afternoon's build-up to Labour Day. The region's Labour Weekend is looking to be busy with a myriad of events - many outdoors - planned. supplied: Eltham Lions A competitor zooms downhill during the Eltham Lions Club's South Taranaki Trolley Derby (file photo). Meanwhile, thousands of Taranaki Māori are expected to converge on the small south Taranaki township of Manaia for the biennial Taranaki Tū Mai Festival 2017.
October 19, 2017 03:11 UTC
Smart Sensei ready to chase Prom QueenRACE IMAGES A suspension for Chris Johnson means Samantha Wynne will ride Sensei on Saturday. The Christchurch trainer will saddle both Sensei and Savvy Coup in the three-year-old feature for which TAB bookmakers have installed Prom Queen the $1.60 favourite. But Pitman believes that if the Kenny and Lisa Rae and Krystal Williams-trained Prom Queen is off her game, then Dream Ahead colt Sensei could be the beneficiary. "I'd be chuffed if he could run second to Prom Queen. I'd be shocked if Prom Queen didn't see out the 1400m and she'll be very hard to beat, but he'll be competitive."
October 19, 2017 03:00 UTC
Head to Head: Are Kiwi sports fans passionate enough? OPINION: Are New Zealand fans passionate enough to give the Peruvian football team a hostile welcome, as New Zealand Football chief executive Andy Martin has asked? GETTY IMAGES The British and Irish Lions fans gave Kiwis a taste of just how to support a sports team. But the big events do bring out the best in Kiwis, especially the football fans, and even the cricket ones. What about the response from the Lions supporters belting out "Lions, Lions, Lions" on repeat.
October 19, 2017 02:48 UTC
Prisoner escapes Auckland City Hospital while under Corrections supervisionCATRIN OWEN/STUFF The prisoner managed to escape from hospital after receiving treatment. (FILE)A female prisoner receiving treatment at Auckland City Hospital has escaped despite being under supervision by Corrections staff. The prisoner, who is on remand for drug offences, had been escorted by corrections officers from Auckland Region Women's Corrections Facility. Auckland City Hospital remains open for patients and visitors, the spokeswoman said. The Corrections spokesman said a full investigation will be carried out into the incident.
October 19, 2017 02:26 UTC
A mild touch of the cancer: In which David turns 40Supplied David on his 40th birthday (when he had hair. Author and comedian David Downs will be sharing his experience with cancer in this series 'A mild touch of the cancer'. If two parents have blue eyes, then the baby will have blue eyes. If the baby has brown eyes, then something is up – someone has been mucking around with a brown eye. So now basically you have the major blood types – A+, A-, B+, B-, AB+, AB-, O+ and O-.
October 19, 2017 01:52 UTC
Christchurch motorway addition almost ready for trafficNZTA Drone images of where the Western Belfast Bypass joins Johns Rd. Traffic will be switched onto Christchurch's new Western Belfast Bypass in stages from early November. The NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) said the $122 million Western Belfast Bypass project was 95 per cent complete, with contractors set to finish the project in the next few weeks – ahead of schedule. JOHN KIRK-ANDERSON/STUFF Traffic builds up on the northern motorway between Belfast and the Waimakariri River bridge. NZTA Drone images of the Groynes junction overpass of the Western Belfast Bypass.
October 19, 2017 01:41 UTC
Rainbow communities and police join forces to combat discriminationSUPPLIED Constable Nick Preston walked Auckland Pride Parade 2017 hand in hand with Queen La Quisha, left, and Ima Ballsdrop, right. Discussions are underway between Auckland police and rainbow communities to put plans in place for compulsory rainbow communities training for all recruits at the Royal New Zealand Police College (RNZPC). Compulsory training would help police better protect rainbow communities, which includes lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and other sexual minority groups (LGBT). "Discussions are underway for recruits to receive compulsory rainbow communities training, which could bridge this gap," Clayton said. Matheson said compulsory training at RNZPC would be life-changing for rainbow communities and RCAP members were happy to facilitate the training.
October 19, 2017 01:41 UTC
PHOTO: JARRADMAPPTwelve thousand people, three days of competition and shearers and woolhandlers from 32 different countries transformed the ILT Stadium Southland in February during the World Shearing and Woolhandling Championships. Months after the World Shearing and Woolhandling Championships were held in Invercargill, the event is still causing a stir. New Zealand Shearing Foundation and Organising Committee chairman Tom Wilson said he was elated with the accolade. ILT Stadium Southland general manager Nigel Skelt said it was a great night for Southland. NZEA chairwoman Andy Scotland congratulated the World Shearing and Woolhandling Championships and the stadium on their achievements.
Source:Otago Daily Times
October 19, 2017 01:18 UTC
Week-long argument ends with both thumbs bittenKAYCIE O'CONNOR/STUFF Khalid Hamza Ali, 41, was sentenced on a charge of wounding with intent to injure - by biting both of his partner's thumbs - when he appeared in the Hamilton District Court on Thursday. A Hamilton man chomped down on both of his partner's thumbs during a struggle over car keys. Ali and the woman he bit had been in a relationship for about three and a half years when they became embroiled in a week-long argument that took a turn for the worse on Sunday, May 22, last year. At 10.30am the next day the woman was in the kitchen of the home when Ali demanded she drive him to Auckland. As she was attempting to kick him away from her, he then bit her right thumb, causing her to drop the car remote.
October 19, 2017 01:18 UTC
READER REPORT: 'Me Too': Too many times to countCORINNE KUTZ/UNSPLASH I learned very quickly from the men in my life that if I did speak out I would be judged. At university, I woke up at least three times with someone trying to get into my bed uninvited, at various early stages of assault. I thought said young man might want to do something different the next time he picked me up. After a while - I don’t know how long - I managed to say "my friends will be looking for me." It's not a funny subject at all and it's not setting a good example for our young men.
October 19, 2017 01:07 UTC
Skin has evolved for all sorts of reasons123RF Today we have a rainbow nation of skin colours and the genes favouring fairer or darker skin have become mixed across many peoples; the optimum melanin protection has been lost in this racial diversity. The colour of skin is the result of many substances but principally melanin, the more melanin, the darker the skin. Skin is an important source of vitamin D3 and is synthesized by the action of UVR on the skin. Light skin absorbs more UVR than dark skin so in the higher latitudes humans evolved lighter skin to capture sufficient UVR to produce vitamin D.But too much UVR can be dangerous, damaging the skin and causing cancer. They had black hair and dark skin; some migrated north out of equatorial East Africa and as populations moved north over millennia, they experienced natural selection in favour of lighter skins.
October 19, 2017 01:07 UTC