Penalty parking tickets poor form, AA says

Penalty parking tickets poor form, AA saysSIMON MAUDE / FAIRFAX NZ AA says motorists should be let off if they can prove they paid. Motorist advocacy group the AA says it is frustrating and "poor form" that parking companies do not let motorists off infringement notices when it can be proved that they paid. "The parking companies will say their terms and conditions clearly state that the receipt must be displayed. READ MORE:* Johnny Moore: When my mum goes to war with Wilson Parking* Budget Buster: How you can get out of paying that parking ticketROSS GIBLIN/FAIRFAX NZ Wilson Parking hits motorists with a $65 fine if they do not display their tickets. On Bond Street in Wellington, Wilson Parking charges $3 per half hour.

February 24, 2017 01:14 UTC

Top cop 'hugely disappointed' over drink-drive conviction

Photo NZ HeraldPolice Commissioner Mike Bush has opened up about a historic drink driving conviction, saying he was - and remains - ''hugely disappointed'' in himself. In his weekly blog that is distributed to the media and all police staff, Bush revealed he had a drink driving conviction. Less than an hour after the blog post was published, Bush sat down with the Herald at the Auckland Central police station. There, he detailed the night he was charged with drink driving. While Bush was open with the Herald about the conviction, it was clear he was not pleased to be speaking about it.

February 24, 2017 01:12 UTC

Two selection issues for Stephen Kearney ahead of Warriors season opener

Two selection issues for Stephen Kearney ahead of Warriors season openerDAVID LONG/ Warriors coach Stephen Kearney considers injury problems facing the team ahead of their 2017 season opener. Stephen Kearney hopes to have close to a full strength side to pick from for round one of the NRL season as he gives the players a weekend off before battle commences. ANDREW CORNAGA/ PHOTOSPORT Stephen Kearney will have an almost a full strength squad to pick from for the Warriors' first NRL game of the season. "Manu has progressed really well the last couple of weeks and Bodene is in the same boat," Kearney said. "Everyone is progressing pretty well, it looks like everyone will be close to being available for round one," Kearney said.

February 23, 2017 23:55 UTC

CBL annual profit falls 14pc as expansion costs weigh

CBL Corp, the NZX-listed company that sells credit surety and financial risk insurance, posted a 14 per cent drop in annual profit, missing its prospectus forecast, due to costs associated with its expansion. Revenue rose 36 per cent to $333.5m, ahead of the $304.7m prospectus forecast. "As a result, CBL expects 2017 to be a strong year with a developing pipeline of new business," the company said. The company's CBL Insurance Europe unit posted a profit of $1.9m, lagging behind its forecast for $2.9m, as it increased investment in resources and infrastructure to support growth. Its European Insurance Services business posted profit of $2.6m, missing its $5.4m forecast.

February 23, 2017 23:48 UTC

Kickboxer Carlos Ulberg says those Bachelor rumours are wrong

The man rumoured to be the new Bachelor says it's not him - and he's not even in the country for tonight's official reveal. Kickboxer and model Carlos Ulberg has been suggested as the chosen man for the third season of Three's controversial dating show The Bachelor NZ. Three is staying tight-lipped until the official unveiling during tonight's episode of The Project, which includes a guest appearance by the new Bachelor. Despite the rumours, Ulberg's agent Mandy Jacobsen told the Herald it wasn't him - and he's not even in the country. Jacobsen said Ulberg - who has also appeared on Maori TV show Game of Bros - was in China competing at a kickboxing event.

February 23, 2017 23:11 UTC

Oscars 2017: What's in the $278,000 goodie bag?

Oscars 2017: What's in the $278,000 goodie bag? Grand Hotel Tremezzo/Facebook The bag includes a getaway at the luxurious $1390-a-night Grand Hotel Tremezzo in Lake Como, Italy. READ MORE:* Five reasons the strange backlash against La La Land is just plain wrong* Wellington couple Karen Tonks and John Gilbert off to the Oscars* Oscars 2017: Who got snubbed and who got a nice surprise? * Oscars 2017: Ten fun facts about the nomineesAlso on the list is a six-day Hawaiian getaway at a luxurious villa on Kauai's South Shore, costing $16,861, and three days at the $1390-a-night Grand Hotel Tremezzo in Lake Como, Italy. Some of the more peculiar products include a case of special Opal apples, which are said to never turn brown after cutting, and a personal kit which teaches how to perform CPR.

February 23, 2017 23:09 UTC

New classrooms for Wanaka school

Wanaka Primary School is to get four new classrooms. Nikki KayeThe Government today announced $1.4 million of new funding for the school, which has an expanding roll. Associate Education Minister Nikki Kaye said the investment recognised the school supported a burgeoning local community. “Wanaka is a pivotal tourist destination and it continues to grow as a residential centre, as it attracts both tourism sector businesses and those wishing to enjoy the area." Projections indicated the community served by Wanaka Primary School would keep growing, and work was already under way to secure a site for another school in the area, she said.

February 23, 2017 23:06 UTC

Car damaged after gravel truck loses load

A gravel truck has lost its load on Taieri Mouth Rd, damaging a following car. Police were called about 8am, when several tonnes of gravel showered off the back of the truck, between Brighton Rd and Daphne Rd. A police spokeswoman said a car received superficial damage from the incident, but no-one was injured. Vehicles are able to pass the area at slow speeds and the council has been called to clear the gravel from the road, she said.

February 23, 2017 22:28 UTC

NRL: Key Warriors duo Manu Vatuvei and Bodene Thompson in doubt for season opener

Video will play in Play now Don't auto playNever auto playThe Warriors are facing the prospect of being without both veteran wing Manu Vatuvei and back-rower Bodene Thompson for next week's NRL season opener against Newcastle. The pair missed both of the Warriors preseason trial matches through injury and remain in doubt to take the field at Mt Smart Stadium next Sunday. "Manu, he's progressed really well the last couple of weeks but he hasn't had a trial and Bodene is on the same boat so they're the two main guys (in doubt)." Kearney may be tempted to throw either Bunty Afoa or impressive 18-year-old Isaiah Papalii in if Thompson is not fit to face the Knights. Halfback Shaun Johnson did not take part in the team session today but trained in the gym although there are no concerns over the No7's fitness.

February 23, 2017 22:26 UTC

Police Commissioner Mike Bush admits drink driving conviction

Police Commissioner Mike Bush admits drink driving convictionDAVID WHITE/FAIRFAX NZ Police Commissioner Mike Bush has admitted a drink driving conviction. Police Commissioner Mike Bush has admitted a historic drink driving conviction. Bush released a public statement on Friday morning after months of questioning by the Stuff Circuit investigation team. In a letter to Stuff Circuit, Bush said Police could not supply detail on the prosecution because it was covered by the Clean Slate Act. HOW THE CONVICTION WAS REVEALED BY STUFF CIRCUITStuff Circuit was told last year that a senior police officer had a conviction for drink driving.

February 23, 2017 22:26 UTC

We're drinking stronger booze more often

New Zealanders are drinking stronger beer and more often than they were last year, according to Statistics New Zealand figures out today. Low-strength beer was down while beer with the mid-range alcohol content, between 4.35 and 5 per cent, rose by 6.4 per cent. The total volume of all alcoholic drinks rose 4.2 per cent in 2016, with beer (3.7 per cent), wine (4.7 per cent), and spirits (7.7 per cent) volumes all up. This contrasts with 2015 when there was little overall change in the total volume available, and a 2 per cent fall in 2014. "This is 500ml of 5 per cent alcohol beer, or two glasses of wine per person."

February 23, 2017 22:26 UTC

Vibrant Curiosity in Nelson habour as superyacht berths

Vibrant Curiosity in Nelson habour as superyacht berthsCharles Anderson The Vibrant Curiosity berthed at Wakefield Quay in Nelson this morning. While luxurious ships in Tasman Bay has become a regular feature this summer, the sight of super-yacht Vibrant Curiosity attracted plenty of early morning attention when it sailed through The Cut on Friday. The 85m, 2,822-ton vessel is owned by German entrepreneur Reinhold Wurth and was tied up at Port Nelson's Coastal Berth on Wakefield Quay for a one-day stopover. Built in 2009 and flying under the Union Jack flag of Great Britain, Vibrant Curiosity is reported to have cost $111 million, sleeps 14 guests in seven cabins while boasting space for 26 crew members. It had previously been spotted around Auckland in recent weeks, with Napier being its most recent port of call before arriving in Nelson on Friday morning.

February 23, 2017 22:24 UTC

Struggling Leicester City sacks coach

Photo: ReutersPremier League champions Leicester City have sacked manager Claudio Ranieri, nine months after he clinched one of football's most remarkable triumphs but with the team now hovering above the relegation zone. "Leicester City Football Club has tonight (Thursday) parted company with its first team manager, Claudio Ranieri," the club said in a statement. His status as the most successful Leicester City manager of all time is without question," it added. "After all that Claudio Ranieri has done for Leicester City, to sack him now is inexplicable, unforgivable and gut-wrenchingly sad," Lineker said on Twitter. His skilful management, powers of motivation and measured approach have been reflective of the rich experience we always knew he would bring to Leicester City.

February 23, 2017 22:17 UTC

Cricketer found not guilty in rape trial

Northern Districts cricketer Scott Kuggeleijn has been found not guilty of rape in the Hamilton District Court. His family applauded the decision in the public gallery after the jury unanimously delivered a not guilty verdict. The jury has retired earlier today in the Hamilton District Court rape trial. Judge Wilson told the jury to focus on the definition of consent in its deliberations. He said the jury of six men and six women must decide whether there was permission or mutual agreement in the act of sexual intercourse.

February 23, 2017 21:49 UTC

Spectacle in store for Air Force's 80th

The Black Falcons are an aerobatic team which fly T-6C Texan planes whose pilots are the best of the best. Photo: RNZAFIt will be a plane-spotter's paradise at Ohakea this weekend, with the Royal New Zealand Air Force Black Falcons performing publicly for the first time. The Royal New Zealand Air Force 2017 Air Tattoo is being held on Saturday and Sunday, celebrating the 80th anniversary of our Air Force. The Black Falcons are an aerobatic team which fly T-6C Texan planes. Another trick to look out for is the roll back where the five planes fly in close formation and then peel off backwards one by one.

February 23, 2017 21:29 UTC

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