Waikato rapper comes home for final New Zealand showsEMMA JAMES/FAIRFAX NZ Kiwi hip hop artist Diaz Grimm, outside the Cambridge Town Hall, where he first performed in 2008. A Cambridge hip hop artist on the edge of an international breakthrough will be concluding his New Zealand tour with two shows in his home town. Diaz Grimm played the Cambridge Town Hall for his very first public performance in 2008 and his choice to farewell New Zealand in the same town hall is no coincidence. Supplied The Cambridge performer will be based in Canada at the end of his New Zealand tour. Tickets to Diaz Grimm's shows at Cambridge Town Hall on December 22 and 23 are available at DiazGrimm.com or The Stables Bar & Grill, 72 Alpha St.- Stuff
December 13, 2017 23:37 UTC
Inland Revenue to lease new building owned by HorizonsMURRAY WILSON/STUFF It's now a car park, but in a couple of years this site will be home to a modern three-storey office building housing Inland Revenue. The IRD's 220 staff will switch from their home on the corner of Ashley and Ferguson streets to a state-of-the-art office development on Victoria Ave, owned by Horizons Regional Council. The new building's site is now a gravel-covered car park next to the council's office building, but work is slated to begin on a three-storey complex in March. An IRD spokesman said the department's lease at its Ashley St office expires then. The NZ Transport Agency is also based in the Ashley St building.
December 13, 2017 23:15 UTC
Man tags his way into custodyAMANDA CROPP/STUFF The cells in Christchurch's new Justice Precinct have been tagged already. A 26-year-old facing a lot of burglary and theft charges, picked the wrong day to get bored and creative in his holding cell at Christchurch's sparkly new Justice Precinct. He was applying for release on electronically monitored bail while the case waits for a Crown case review hearing in a couple of months' time. Court escort staff reported to the Crown that, while waiting in custody for the hearing, he tagged all around the holding cell. The case was then called before a Christchurch District Court judge and his lawyer put forward his argument for release.
December 13, 2017 23:15 UTC
Manchester City break English record as Winston Reid and West Ham United hold ArsenalGETTY IMAGES Sergio Aguero celebrates scoring for Manchester City in rout of Swansea. Another win, another record for rampant Premier League leaders Manchester City. By winning 4-0 at Swansea on Wednesday (Thursday NZ time), City racked up their 15th straight victory - a feat never achieved in the 129-year history of England's top division. City are unbeaten after 17 games and have now scored 52 goals, the latest coming at Liberty Stadium through David Silva (2), Kevin De Bruyne and Sergio Aguero against last-placed Swansea. And Wayne Rooney scored Everton's winner to grab a 1-0 victory at Newcastle United.
December 13, 2017 22:44 UTC
These are the best nature photos of 2017NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC 2017 National Geographic 'Nature' Photographer of the Year. Bojan, from Singapore, has beaten 11,000 other entries to be named 2017 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year. JAYAPRAKASH JOGHEE BOJAN Photograph by Jayaprakash Joghee Bojan, 2017 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year. KARIM ILIYA Photograph by Karim Iliya, 2017 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year. JIM OBESTER Photograph by Jim Obester, 2017 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year.
December 13, 2017 22:41 UTC
Domestic violence charity founder wins Local Hero AwardMatthew Cattin/STUFF I Got Your Back Pack founder Anita Hinton. For around two years, the 31-year-old has quietly gone about her business, running I Got Your Back Pack - a charity distributing backpacks of essential items to women, men and children in crisis due to domestic violence. Her efforts - which have seen more than 1300 backpacks distributed to Women's Refuge centres across the country - have now earned her a Kiwibank Local Hero Award. SUPPLIED I Got Your Back Pack founder Anita Hinton with Auckland Mayor Phil Goff and Kiwibank Acting CEO Mark Stephen at the Kiwibank Local Hero Awards. Hinton started the charity in 2015 while studying science at Massey and raising her daughter.
December 13, 2017 22:38 UTC
READER REPORT: Disabled lives are worth living - euthanasia implies otherwiseJohn Ottley Claire Freeman is a tetraplegic who was encouraged to consider the option of euthanasia. She's glad she decided against it and says the proposed End of Life Bill does not place enough value on disabled people's lives. WHERE TO GET HELPLifeline (open 24/7) - 0800 543 354Depression Helpline (open 24/7) - 0800 111 757Healthline (open 24/7) - 0800 611 116Samaritans (open 24/7) - 0800 726 666Suicide Crisis Helpline (open 24/7) - 0508 828 865 (0508 TAUTOKO). Kidsline (open 24/7) - 0800 543 754. Your local Rural Support Trust - 0800 787 254 (0800 RURAL HELP)Alcohol Drug Helpline (open 24/7) - 0800 787 797.
December 13, 2017 22:33 UTC
Superyachts in the balance in Auckland Cup callEMIRATES TEAM NZ What an option for the America's Cup syndicate bases on Auckland's waterfront looks like in digital form. Superyachts will simply stop coming to Auckland if the Government's choice for America's Cup bases goes ahead, say key marine industry leaders. EMIRATES TEAM NZ A digital impression of the 2021 America's Cup village proposed for Auckland. READ MORE:* Second Italian Am Cup challenger emerges* Burling named best foiling sailor* Johnstone: RWC 2011 lessons for 2021 Cup* Cluster option favourable for Auckland Council* Bermuda counts Cup cashEven if the other option – preferred by Cup holders Emirates Team New Zealand – is successful, there still remains an issue of where to berth the invasion of superyachts expected in Auckland between now and the America's Cup. And if superyachts don't come, that throws the maths out for the entire America's Cup campaign."
December 13, 2017 19:41 UTC
The Apprentice star Omarosa Manigault Newman resigns from Donald Trump's White HouseDANNY MOLOSHOK / REUTERS The Apprentice star Omarosa Manigault Newman will leave the White House in January. Former The Apprentice star Omarosa Manigault Newman is leaving Donald Trump's White House team. Newman, who found fame on the first season of the reality television show in 2004, joined the administration as director of communications for the White House Office of Public Liaison in January. In September, the New York Times reported White House chief of staff John Kelly had put Newman on a "no-fly list" of aides who he did not consider fit to attend serious meetings. READ MORE:* Trump's worst moments on The Apprentice* Donald Trump mocks Arnold Schwarzenegger's 'The New Celebrity Apprentice'* Arnold Schwarzenegger's Celebrity Apprentice axed from primetime* New Celebrity Apprentice - Meet the new boss, same as the old bossNewman was the breakout star of Donald Trump's show, The Apprentice, thanks to her controversial game-playing, which led to her being names both the "woman America loved to hate" and E!
December 13, 2017 19:26 UTC
SPCA waiting on forensic evidence in investigation of live-bait useSTUFF Brendon Cole, pictured with his greyhounds in 2008, is under investigation for using live bait to train his dogs. An investigation into a top Manawatū greyhound trainer using live bait to train his dogs could stretch into the new year. SPCA chief executive Andrea Midgen said investigators were waiting for forensic evidence taken from Brendon Cole's property to go under the microscope. Greyhound Racing New Zealand guidelines only allow artificial lures. In September, they jointly claimed Greyhound Racing New Zealand's breeder of the year award.
December 13, 2017 19:18 UTC
New Zealand rowing great Simon Dickie has passed away suddenly at the age of 66. Dickie was a cox who won three Olympic medals; part of a rare group of New Zealanders to accomplish that feat. Earl recalled Dickie as being one of the coxswains who was respected by all the rowers he worked alongside. Earl admits that the death came as a shock, with Dickie having been busy with planning and taking part in reunions over the past few days. Dickie is one of just 12 New Zealanders to have won three or more medals at the Olympic Games.
December 13, 2017 19:18 UTC
Departing Otago midfielder Tei Walden in action against North Harbour this year. Photo: Getty ImagesOtago has lost one of its most experienced players with midfielder Tei Walden leaving the province for Taranaki. Walden (24) comes from Taranaki and was head boy at Francis Douglas Memorial College before heading south to study at the University of Otago. Tei Walden is part of the Highlanders leadership group and is also well respected by fellow players. Prop Craig Millar has linked with the Sunwolves Super Rugby team and is expected to join up with a Japanese top league side after the Super Rugby season finishes.
December 13, 2017 18:56 UTC
Salma Hayek says rebuffing Weinstein led to a nightmare1 NEWS Film producer Weinstein is facing multiple allegations of sexual misconduct by Hollywood actresses. In an op-ed, Salma Hayek says that her refusals of Harvey Weinstein's advances led to a nightmare experience making the 2002 Frida Kahlo biopic Frida. GETTY Salma Hayek says Harvey Weinstein was "my monster" for years. * Could a law to bring down the mob be used in Weinstein case* Harvey Weinstein: Why was Hollywood silent for so long? DIMITRIOS KAMBOURIS/GETTY IMAGES Harvey Weinstein insisted Hayek film a nude scene.
December 13, 2017 18:41 UTC
Rohit Sharma double-hundred heroics for wife Ritika as India defeat Sri LankaALTAF QADRI/ AP Stand-in India captain Rohit Sharma hugs wife Ritika Sajdeh after claiming victory over Sri Lanka in the second ODI. The knock was a key one for India after they lost the first match in the series, and came on Sharma's wedding anniversary to wife Ritika. "I'm happy my wife is here with me on this special day," Sharma said after the match. Chasing an improbable 393, Sri Lanka made a poor start and lost openers Danushka Gunathilaka (16) and Upul Tharanga (7) early. Sharma's two earlier double hundreds were 209 against Australia in Bengaluru in 2013 and 264 against Sri Lanka in Kolkata in 2014.
December 13, 2017 17:20 UTC
The West Indies test cricket team has come and been bowled over. Because of the success of overseas twenty/20 leagues and because of the small crowds at test matches in most of the world - England, India and Australia can be exceptions - the future of test cricket is questioned regularly. Test cricket has so many subtleties, is so testing in so many ways, that it is superior. Test cricket is also built on strong historic foundations. In the meantime, New Zealand sports followers should revel in the complexities and skills of test cricket.
December 13, 2017 16:18 UTC