Cream of the crop ... Andrew Hore yards Romney and merino entries at the recent Wanaka A&P Show. PHOTO: STEPHEN JAQUIERYWhen Jim Hore got his first stud merino sheep, industry stalwart Bill Gibson told him not to mix bloodlines. Merino wool prices were the best they had been for a long time and long-term contracts could provide stability for farmers into the future. - Fine (16.9-17.8): Gidding Downs (Peter, Margaret and Simon Hore) 1, Cornaig (Peter, Margaret and Simon Hore) 2, Benmore (Bill and Kate Sutherland, Andrew and Deidre Sutherland) 3. - Superfine (15.9-16.8): Otematata (Hug Cameron) 1, Glenshee (Peter, Margaret and Simon Hore) 2, Ben Ohau (Simon and Priscilla Cameron) 3.
New Zealand is facing the possibility of the largest change in taxes since the introduction of GST in 1986. Taxes on wealth, capital gains and unhealthy products have all been keenly debated since the call for submissions on March 1. Sir Michael now says capital gains tax and land taxes will be among the most contentious issues under discussion. Supporters of capital gains and wealth taxes say it is important the rich pay their fair share but direct income from investments is already taxed. In retrospect, National should have cut taxes earlier rather than talking about it, thereby challenging Labour to put them back up.
Highlanders loose forward Elliot Dixon scores a try during his team's Super Rugby match against the Crusaders at Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin on Saturday night. The Highlanders went in at halftime up 14-10 but copped a blow early in the second half, when winger Waisake Naholo was yellow-carded for a high shot on Crusaders loose forward Heiden Bedwell-Curtis. The Highlanders, though, came straight back and went route one, and Coltman went over, scoring just his third try in the Highlanders jersey, in his 74th game. That also led to a second try shortly afterwards to Lima Sopoaga. The game was in the balance when Crusaders replacement halfback Bryn Hall scored a converted try 15 minutes into the second half giving the Highlanders a narrow 19-17 lead.
PHOTO: STEPHEN JAQUIERSince Mycoplasma bovis was detected on their property in July last year, Kerry and Rosie Dwyer have gone through some "very dark moments''. The stress Mr and Mrs Dwyer had endured over the past few months had been immense and wide-ranging in its causes. "Our understanding of agriculture and animal management is not shared by all the people we were dealing with,'' Mr Dwyer said. Sheep breeding was a passion for Mr Dwyer, who has had a Suffolk stud for 41 years. The possibility that his stud sheep might have contracted the disease would have been the "last straw'' but fortunately his flock tested negative.
Oamaru couple Selwyn and Pat Stanger celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary at the Enfield Hall on Saturday afternoon. Photo: Daniel BirchfieldIt was fitting that Oamaru's Selwyn (96) and Pat (93) Stanger (nee McEwan) celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary in the same place they first met. On Saturday afternoon, the couple gathered with more than 60 family members at the Enfield Hall to celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary with an afternoon tea. Mr Stanger said the secret to their long, successful marriage was the ability to "keep going", while Mrs Stanger, originally of Georgetown, believed it was all about making each other happy. Mrs Stanger said she was delighted to be able to share their anniversary with so many close family members.
The trick is to treat your children as individuals, rather than gender stereotypes. This is because these are only behaviour attributes and aren't biologically ring-fenced according to gender. Unfortunately, many promoted approaches to gender neutrality appear biased in one direction - against young boys. At its extreme, gender neutrality appears to be more about emasculating maleness than about neutrality. So, the trick is to treat your children as individuals with their own attributes and relate to them that way.
Two of three improvement notices issued by WorkSafe to the Southern DHB in relation to Lakes District Hospital were lifted on Friday. WorkSafe southern assessments chief inspector Darren Handforth evaluated the hospital on February 8 and found heat stress from working in the building, which had no air conditioning, was likely to be a risk to workers. Subsequently, the DHB was issued with the three improvement notices. "It's a really good outcome and it shows the value of [the regulator and WorkSafe] working together and us being made aware of these things." Its deadline for the final improvement notice, relating to the health and safety representatives, is at the end of next month.
Hops on Harbour Beer Festival beard and facial hair competition judge Damian Roche, of Ipswich, Queensland, ponders the competition ahead of judging on Saturday afternoon. Photo: Daniel BirchfieldSomeone with the nickname the "Paramedic Barber" sounds better suited to the world of professional wrestling than making an appearance at an Oamaru beer festival. Australian Damian Roche winged his way over from Ipswich, Queensland, to judge the beard and facial hair competition at the inaugural Hops on Harbour Beer Festival in Harbour St on Saturday. An experienced judge with a fine beard to boot, he works full-time as a paramedic and does barbering on the side. He said he looked for several key elements when assessing a beard.
Highlanders coach Aaron Mauger said he was really pleased with the win and the ability of his side to soak up pressure from the Crusaders and then hit back. The Crusaders really came to play and offered some very good parts of their game. But I thought we showed some real composure through certain parts of the game which allowed us to control it," Mauger said. But we got in there and the energy was really good, the body language was good, chests were out and they were ready to get back into the second half. I thought our collision was a lot better and our body height was good going into rucks."
At home on the farm ... Jenny Atkinson has won a record six national barrel racing titles. PHOTO: STEPHEN JAQUIERYWhen Jenny Atkinson won her record sixth national barrel racing title this month, it was a poignant moment. Mrs Atkinson (44) dedicated the win at the national rodeo finals to her mother, Ann, Ashford, who died in July last year. While she loved the competitive aspect, probably the best thing about barrel racing and rodeos was the family aspect and ``amazing'' camaraderie, she said. Brooke was riding her mother's back-up barrel racing horse Bear and would be competing at some jackpot rodeos this season.
Wellington's new influencersWETA/SUPPLIED Greg Broadmore is leading a team at Weta Gameshop that are developing games in mixed reality. Sir Richard Taylor, Rod Drury, Sir Peter Jackson, Sam Morgan; the stories of the people who reinvigorated Wellington's economy have been well told. KAROLINE TUCKEY/STUFF Libby Hakaraia says Otaki's new film festival could become the Sundance of the Southern Hemisphere. Libby Hakaraia, Māoriland Film FestivalLibby Hakaraia dreams of creating a film festival for indigenous filmmakers in Otaki with similar allure as the Sundance Film Festival, and as the Māoriland Film Festival enters its fifth year it looks like she's on track. The film has the backing of the New Zealand Film Commission as well as international funders.
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Is New Zealand's maternity care system at breaking point? We're told New Zealand has world-class maternity care. Today, Stuff launches an open-ended investigation into maternity care. Maternity care is an emotive topic, and a hotly-contested political space. Our interviews have revealed deep concern for women's health and a prevailing sense that maternity care is at breaking point.
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The incident at Custom Nails was reported by a passing pedestrian about 9pm. It was not known if anything was taken. Photo: James HallPolice attended a Moray Pl business on Saturday night after a large glass door was smashed. The incident at Custom Nails was reported by a passing pedestrian about 9pm. It was not known if anything was taken.
About 350 adults and children marched through the small town to protest the proposed downgrade of the Lumsden Maternity Centre. Farmers Alastair and Tessa Hamilton, of Lumsden, who took part in the march with their 4-week-old baby Nicholas and have used the centre, were worried about what it meant for their future family. About 350 people marched through Lumsden's streets on Saturday to protest the proposed downgrade of the Lumsden Maternity Centre. The protest route started at the town's community hall in Hill St, went along Garden St and finished at the maternity centre. Farmers Alastair and Tessa Hamilton of Lumsden wanted to see the Lumsden Maternity Centre stay the same.
When the sedan remains stationary, despite traffic moving forward, the filming driver honks their horn four times. The sedan shifts into the right-hand turning lane as the other driver pulls alongside and begins remonstrating with the litter-bug motorist. The following driver is met with abuse, and an angry and vulgar reply. The driver who captured the video reported the incident to police the same day using its Community Roadwatch form. The offending driver did "not sound stable at all", the following driver said.