Head to head: Should we bother with sports awards? ANDREW CORNAGA/ PHOTOSPORT.NZ Beauden Barrett was the Player of the Year at the World Rugby awards yet wasn't nominated in the NZ Rugby awards. OPINION: Are sports awards worthy recognition for the best of the best or a waste of time? If sporting codes want to host an annual awards ceremony, and most do, good on them. We'll never know because awards are all about name recognition, profile, snob appeal and personality in the end.
December 14, 2017 00:22 UTC
The 'Jacinda skirt' is helping artist deal with Trump presidencyThe woman behind the 'Jacinda skirt' has added more designs to keep up with demand. Her biggest sellers are the Jacinda t-shirt and Jacinda skirt, but pillows, phone cases and duvet covers are also available. Laura Stark Laura Stark, whose sales of Jacinda Ardern merchandise have spiked. "I thought the onsesie with my face on it was bad, but at least no one would wear it in public," joked Jacinda Ardern. Stark is not the only artist to advertise Jacinda Ardern merchandise on Redbubble.
December 14, 2017 00:16 UTC
Drone filmmaker creates mini series of New Zealand landscapesWill Lindsley Filmmaker Will Lindsley captured his five-month tour of NZ with high-end drone and timelapse equipment. When Will Lindsley was forced to leave New Zealand before he got his hands on a drone he felt would do the country's epic landscapes justice, he knew he'd be back. WILL LINDSLEY/MAN AND DRONE Drone technology has enabled Will to realise his dreams of creating adventure-style films. All the while, drone technology kept "getting better and better" and, this year, he invested in a DJI Inspire 2 drone to create a mini series of New Zealand landscapes which he hoped would help raise the bar for drone filmmaking. A post shared by Man and Drone 📍NZ 🇳🇿 (@mananddrone) on Jun 26, 2017 at 11:20pm PDT- Stuff
December 14, 2017 00:00 UTC
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
Machines: The bold, critically-acclaimed documentary about povertyAutlook Filmsales Machines debuts on Sky TV's Sky Arts channel on December 16Rahul Jain's movie career was nearly over before it started. To his amazement, he not only achieved that, but the resulting tale – Machines – has screened to critical acclaim around the globe. Machines' director Rahul Jain admits he crossed a line when he filmed sleeping workers. Born in New Delhi, he remembers his maternal grandfather owning a factory very like the Gujarat one showcased in the documentary. Rahul Jain admits workers were initially suspicious of his filming because they knew he had ties to the factory's owners.
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
This is the man the owner of the Park Minimart and Takeaways believes stole the pie. Photo: SuppliedA Mt Maunganui shop assistant has been confronted by a man claiming to have a bomb, demanding a pie. She said the shirtless man told her son he was homeless and demanded a pie. When her son refused, the offender threatened him, saying he had bomb in his bag. The store owner said her son handed over a pie and the offender wandered off.
December 13, 2017 20:26 UTC
McLean shot Mr Duggan in the right upper chest and again in the forearm. A violent struggle ensued during which Mr Duggan managed to smash McLean's head into the gravel. Mr Duggan wrestled the baton from his attacker and beat him over the head while he was being strangled. Police arrived to find Mr Duggan bleeding profusely and Mrs McLean dead inside the house. On the way there the defendant told them: “the kids would hate him forever and he would be inside for at least 20 years”.
December 13, 2017 20:15 UTC
Photo ReutersPrime Minister Theresa May's government was defeated on Wednesday, when lawmakers forced through changes to its Brexit blueprint that ministers said could endanger Britain's departure from the European Union. Since then she has struggled to assert her authority over a Conservative Party which is deeply divided over the best route out of the EU. Earlier, May had tried to persuade lawmakers to vote with the government for her Brexit blueprint, saying Grieve's amendment would put added time pressure on a government which wants to make Britain ready to leave the EU in March 2019. Raab said that could convince the EU that Britain would not walk away from a bad deal. "Actually if that looked likely we'd end up with worse terms, and we'd be positively incentivising the EU to give us worse terms," he told parliament.
December 13, 2017 19:52 UTC
Gareth Morgan will continue as leader while the party considers who will be at the forefront of the next election campaign. Photo: Peter McIntoshThe Opportunities Party (TOP) will contest the next election but founder Gareth Morgan will not be leading it. Senior party members were heartened that in just 10 months, more than 60,000 people voted for Top at the September election. Morgan will continue as leader while the party considers who will be at the forefront of the next election campaign. ''With a strong group of candidates and supporters it is proper to pass that torch on to someone else prior to the next election," said Morgan.
December 13, 2017 19:52 UTC