The game of the round will be the pool B clash between Blues and Pirates Old Boys at Les George Oval at 7.30pm. Pirate Old Boys narrowly beat Wyndham 24-21 last week and, in doing so, confirmed its third position in pool B. In other pool B games this round, Waikaka has a tough assignment against Star at the Gore Showgrounds at 7.30pm today, while Riversdale host Wyndham at 4pm today. Waikiwi was the only unbeaten team in the division one competition heading into its round four match against Pioneer last night. Blues B and Star B will meet tonight at Les George 6 o'clock.
The possibility of universal water metering in Tapanui was raised during a West Otago Community Board meeting yesterday as a potential solution to seasonal supply issues in the town, which are increasing. The proposal comes after Agriculture Minister Damien O'Connor pledged last week to continue to monitor marginal drought conditions in the Clutha District, so the Government can step in if required. The council would prepare a range of proposals for the community board to consider "well in advance'' of next summer. These were likely to include universal water metering as an option. Civic case histories, backed up by anecdotal evidence from neighbouring district Central Otago - where metering was in place - suggested metering made consumers more aware of water wastage and the ways in which they used household water, Mr Witt said.
Vehicle rental company GO Rentals has opened a branch at Dunedin Airport (pictured). PHOTO: STEPHEN JAQUIERYNationwide vehicle rental company GO Rentals has opened a second Otago branch, at Dunedin Airport. Mr Dalglish highlighted Otago's economy had continued to grow year-on-year, and both tourism numbers and Dunedin's population were on the rise. Ahead of peak season later in the year, GO Rentals intends to increase its Dunedin fleet size by up to 75%, and increase job numbers at the branch by at least 50%. The new Dunedin Airport branch joins those in Queenstown, Auckland Airport and CBD, Wellington and Christchurch.
In this week's Art Seen, Robyn Maree Pickens looks at exhibitions from Jason Greig, Laurel Project Space, and Fiona Pardington. Myopian Landscape by Jason GreigJason Greig is renowned for his idiosyncratic synergy of historical influences including Goya, Gothic Art, French Symbolism, and pop cultural manifestations of melancholic bleakness. Greig expresses this particular melding of influences in the mediums of print, charcoal drawings and oil paintings. One example by Robyn Walton comprises an old, freestanding, cathode ray TV placed on its side and hitched to an antennae. The two works at Olga are original darkroom prints that diverge from the subsequent bodies of work that Pardington is generally associated with.
Lambs wool continues to be the "star performer'' in the marketplace compared to crossbred adult wool, even with larger volumes coming forward for sale. A large offering of 11,000 bales of mainly end-of-season and lambs wool meant the market finished strongly in sellers' favour for most styles, particularly longer combing lambs wool, PGG Wrightson Wool's South Island sales team said. A limited volume of early season mid-micron also found very solid support, indicating the new season looked well set for finer wool growers in the South Island. A range of prices.-Fegan Farms (2003) Ltd (Milton), five bales crossbred lambs AA, 29.1 micron, 81% yield, 486 greasy, 600 clean; R Ruxton (Outram), 15 bales crossbred A, 36.5 micron, 77.8% yield, 244 greasy, 314 clean; Poly Creek Run Ltd (Palmerston), 13 bales crossbred hogget AA, 35.1 micron, 78.8% yield, 307 greasy, 390 clean; Fairlight Station (Garston), 16 bales crossbred lambs AA, 29.5 micron, 78.8% yield, 478 greasy, 607 clean; DB and JWS Kinney (Ranfurly), 13 bales halfbred lambs AA, 25.6 micron, 72.5% yield, 800 greasy, 1103 clean; Glenayr Ltd (Ranfurly), eight bales crossbred second-shear AA, 37.8 micron, 78.8% yield, 245 greasy, 311 clean.
Imogen Taylor and Dusty settle into their new studio provided by the Frances Hodgkins Fellowship. As the 2019 Frances Hodgkins Fellow, Taylor gets a large studio and office for a year - something she is coming to grips with. But also queer theory and its relationship to modernism and also local New Zealand painting histories. Sapphic Fragments, by Imogen Taylor. Hooded Violet, by Imogen Taylor.
New Zealand's top orienteering event comes to North Otago for the first time over Easter, bringing with it more than 500 competitors. That is followed by the long-distance championships at Kuriheka, near Maheno, that covers distances between 2.1km and 13.1km. The event's website describes the terrain that awaits competitors as "flat-topped farmland between gullies forested in mature manuka and pine''. Another sprint relay takes place at Waitaki Boys' High School on Sunday, before the final relay event at Earthquakes, again near Duntroon, on Monday. She said the event would be tougher than usual, given competitors had not experienced North Otago's terrain before.
A vessel lost power off Seacliff yesterday morning and had to be towed to Port Chalmers. A police spokeswoman said they received word about 11.40am of a craft having lost power about 150m off the coast near Seacliff, north of Dunedin. There was no immediate threat to those on board, she said. Nearby vessels were asked to assist via Maritime Radio before the Otago Harbour Pilot came to the rescue and towed the boat back to Port Chalmers.
Highlanders winger Tevita Li runs the ball up during a training session at Logan Park earlier this week. PHOTO: PETER MCINTOSHHighlanders winger Tevita Li looks poised to get a little help on the flank this weekend. The franchise yesterday confirmed it has called in former Highlanders winger Patrick Osborne as a short-term replacement. Fijian winger Tevita Nabura succumbed to a knee injury in early February and was ruled out for the season. "It is a little bit frustrating because we are not too far away,'' Li said.
"The coalition Government supports the overall intent of the Messara Report and is committed to reforms,'' Peters said. It passed its first reading in Parliament, but was scrapped by Peters after the release of the Messara Report. The NZRB will be relieved by Peters' move to enact an information charge. It will continue to enact recommendations in the Messara Report and allow further change recommended by RITA. RITA will have a legislative mandate that encompasses change management as well as the current business-as-usual functions and powers of the NZRB,'' Peters said.
PHOTO: RICHARD DAVISONSome Tapanui residents are unhappy with council plans to give roadside trees near their homes the chop. Elsewhere in the township, news of specific trees' likely removal was met with approval, and even enthusiasm. Residents on Sherwood Pl said they would be "delighted'' to see a "problematic'' 10m silver birch tree removed from the street's central reserve. He said opinion would vary on specific trees and their value, and urged the board to consider public consultation before proceeding. The board requested council staff conduct a public consultation process on the removal of specific trees in time for its next meeting, on May email@example.com
Chief District Court Judge Jan-Marie Doogue confirmed two community magistrates (CMs) would begin sitting around the region from the start of next month. The magistrates have the power to deal with more serious matters than justices of the peace and their introduction is designed to free up district court judges to deal with more complex cases. Judge Doogue said CMs Simon Heale and Sally O'Brien - both of Christchurch - would work in the lower South Island. Their duties will begin in Dunedin and Invercargill District Courts about three times a month. "Community magistrates have proved their worth in the district court and expanding their geographical coverage provides more flexibility for assigning judges into more complex or high-demand areas throughout New Zealand,'' Judge Doogue said.
Tributes and gifts to Dunedin's Muslim community in the wake of the Christchurch mosque shootings are finding new purpose. Hundreds lined the street outside the mosque in support of the Muslim community and many more left flowers, cards, pictures and even trees. The Muslim community was overwhelmed by the outpouring of support from the Dunedin community as a whole. Playing with soft toys left outside the Al Huda mosque in Dunedin after last month's terror attacks is Yusuf Bilal Barekzai (2). Most of the teddy bears and toys left outside the mosque had been collected by Muslim children.
Showing respect for people who are resilient in the face of sexual violence is one of the aims of the Thursdays in Black movement, organised in Dunedin by Tanya Findlater (left) and Kayli Taylor. PHOTO: PETER MCINTOSHAs allegations of sexual assaults continue to surface from Knox College, a University of Otago campus-based group is working to combat attitudes that permit rape and violence. It encourages people to take a stand against sexual violence by wearing black on Thursdays and holding events raising awareness of sexual violence and its impact. One event, run with the group Students Against Sexual Violence, to be held at the end of this month could be particularly confronting. Miss Taylor said the exhibition was about challenging the myth that sexual violence happened in dark alleyways.
David TombsRecognising Jesus as a victim of sexual abuse — in accordance with the theory of a University of Otago theologian — could have major benefits when it come to how society perceives survivors, the head of a support group says. Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse Aotearoa Otago branch manager Dugal Armour said the theory, espoused by Prof David Tombs, emphasised sexual abuse had gone on "for millennia". Mr Armour, whose group helps 40 people in the Otago area, said there was a lot of denial within the church about sexual abuse. He believed Prof Tomb’s work was valuable. He had discussed Prof Tombs’ theory with male survivors of abuse, and said it was "quite widely accepted" by the people he had spoken to.