Mental health support vital for very young, warns expert

By Gabrielle StuartWhen Sarah Maindonald began working as a counsellor 24 years ago, she saw teenagers struggling with mental health issues, but barely ever a child. Now, working across Christchurch primary schools as a counsellor, she regularly sees children aged 9 or younger dealing with anxiety or depression. "We've had young kids who have accessed pornography accidentally on their phones and are quite upset about it. Nationally, primary school principals and the NZ Association of Counsellors are lobbying the Government to fund counsellors in primary schools. Issues at home, like family violence or a split between parents, could make a child more vulnerable to mental health problems, Maindonald said.

January 23, 2017 16:09 UTC

Racing: Last O'Reilly enters the ring

The excitement of yearling sales week will be tinged with sadness for one of the country's leading thoroughbred nurseries. The sons and daughters of deceased champion stallion O'Reilly, who go under the hammer at Karaka next Monday, will be his last to be sold in New Zealand. "Pins has also been magnificent and he continues to produce winners week in and week out." Cambridge Stud will be vying to reclaim the mantle of leading vendor, with a top-quality offering at this year's sale. Before Curraghmore claiming that title in 2013, followed by the recent dominance of Waikato Stud, Cambridge Stud had headed the vendor aggregate list for 31 consecutive years.

January 23, 2017 16:08 UTC

Racing: Frankel success to be continued as Curraghmore returns

The unbelievable Frankel success story should hit another high at Karaka next week. Curraghmore Stud, one of the leading sellers at Karaka in recent years, will offer a colt by Frankel who should attract international attention. Last year the sole Frankel yearling at the Karaka sale fetched $1.3 million, when secured by a syndicate of international buyers. It's a facility and an event that draws people together who love horses and racing and provides the opportunity to socialise and enjoy hospitality of the highest quality. "It's something that we should be proud of and I can't wait for it to happen again this year."

January 23, 2017 16:07 UTC

Neighbours drama as Madeleine West returns as Dee Bliss

Neighbours drama as Madeleine West returns as Dee BlissChannel Eleven Dee returns in Neighbours. Madeleine West has revealed there will be some shock surrounding the return of her character Dee Bliss on Neighbours. "I can't give anything away but I can tell you there will be shock, there will be tears," West said. West reveals she's been fending off the producers' efforts who have been trying to get her to return to the character for a long time. It says a lot about the upcoming storyline that West finally relented to their requests.

January 23, 2017 16:01 UTC

Hull midfielder Mason able to talk after skull fracture

LONDON (AP) " Hull midfielder Ryan Mason has been able to talk about the clash of heads that left him with a fractured skull during a Premier League match at Chelsea. The 25-year-old Englishman underwent surgery after the incident, but Hull said Monday that Mason was in stable condition. Mason was taken to the neurosurgery unit at a hospital close to Stamford Bridge on Sunday after the collision with Chelsea defender Gary Cahill as they went to head the ball. Mason received treatment for almost 10 minutes on the field before departing on a stretcher while receiving oxygen. Cahill, along with Chelsea captain John Terry, reportedly visited Mason in the hospital on Sunday evening.

January 23, 2017 13:41 UTC

London air pollution 'very high' as heavy fog disrupts flights

Cold, still weather in London prompted the mayor to issue a "very high" air pollution alert for the first time yesterday, while thick freezing fog caused numerous flight delays and cancellations at London Heathrow and other area airports. The London air monitoring team at King's College London said pollution in the capital was at "black," the highest level, meaning people should reduce physical exertion outdoors. It said the cold weather and absence of wind allowed emissions across the whole of southeast England to build up over the weekend. The rise in pollution was caused by a combination of traffic pollution and wood burning, it added. It issued a severe weather warning for London and most of southern England as driving conditions were also hazardous and slippery.

January 23, 2017 11:48 UTC

Yankees pitcher Tanaka to sit out World Baseball Classic

TOKYO (AP) " New York Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka says he won't take part in the World Baseball Classic. Speaking at his former stadium in northeastern Japan on Monday, Tanaka said "taking various things into consideration, it would be difficult so I will not participate." The 28-year-old righthander was a member of the Japanese team that won the 2009 WBC. So far, the only Japanese player from Major League Baseball who has committed to playing in the WBC is Houston Astros outfielder Norichika Aoki. Japan, which won the inaugural tournament in 2006, will rely on a team made up of players from Nippon Professional Baseball.

January 23, 2017 10:20 UTC

Abu Dhabi win caps career turnaround for Fleetwood

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) " It was the summer of 2015 and Tommy Fleetwood had climbed inside the world's top 50 for the first time in his career when he tried to change is swing. But things started to improve in the second half of 2016, with Fleetwood earning regular top-20 finishes on the European Tour. On Sunday, the 26-year-old Fleetwood topped what could be the strongest field of the year on the European Tour to win the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship by a shot. He hit 66 greens in regulation in Abu Dhabi and his driving " long for a 5-foot-11 player with his slender frame " was back to its best, with 70 percent accuracy and averaging 302.93 yards. "Me and Ian make little goals, and one of them (in Abu Dhabi) was to smile.

January 23, 2017 09:50 UTC

Henry Nicholls content despite missing maiden test century

Henry Nicholls content despite missing maiden test centuryNZN VIDEO Henry Nicholls gets praise from skipper Kane Williamson. Henry Nicholls was philosophical after an opportunity to celebrate his maiden test century on home soil was dashed by a classic case of the "nervous nineties" at Hagley Oval. "It's disappointing missing the two runs, but great to contribute and get us to a lead batting with the lower order," the 25-year-old said, after his runs helped give the Black Caps a 65-run first innings lead. PHOTOSPORT Henry Nicholls was dismissed within reach of a maiden test ton on Monday. Captain Kane Williamson singled out Nicholls' contribution after he added a vital 57 for the ninth-wicket with Neil Wagner.

January 23, 2017 09:01 UTC

Watch NZH Local Focus: Hawke's Bay's driest January since 1950

Video will play in Play now Don't auto playNever auto playRain may have been in the air for one day - but it's been a long, hot, windy summer season - and Hawke's Bay is tinder dry. Farmer Bruno Chambers says: "The few drops today, they didn't even wash the car, no it won't be enough to do anything." MetService figures show January rainfall so far is the lowest for that month since 1950. Hawke's Bay Regional Council Climate Scientist Dr Kathleen Kozyniak says since November, rainfall has been below the monthly average. Fire bans are in place and Hawke's Bay Regional Council is managing 34 different water bans on irrigation - impacting not only on farmers - but on everyone in the district.

January 23, 2017 08:54 UTC

Liam Hehir: History won't judge Barack Obama as the success he threatened to be

Liam Hehir: History won't judge Barack Obama as the success he threatened to beAP Barack Obama leaves office to mixed reviews. For the past eight years, his life has been dominated by the various catastrophes and other uncontrollable events that demand the attention of the American president. No doubt Barack Obama will take some time and relax before getting down to the lucrative business of writing his presidential memoirs. Obama ran for the presidency campaigning against American involvement in "wars of choice" like Iraq. He was even awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in anticipation of the more peaceful times his presidency would bring.

January 23, 2017 08:32 UTC

Two new Rolleston schools ready to open

Two new Rolleston schools ready to openJOSEPH JOHNSON/FAIRFAX NZ Rolleston College will be the Canterbury town's first secondary school. The booming Canterbury town will get its first secondary school, Rolleston College, and its fifth primary school, Lemonwood Grove School. SUPPLIED Rolleston College principal Steve Saville is ready for the new school to open on January 30. Rolleston College principal Steve Saville took up his new role in October 2015. Saville said the college had five major learning spaces, with a series of flexible learning spaces within those areas.

January 23, 2017 07:55 UTC

Happy honeymooners McCaw and Flynn post first pic

A week after their big day, newlyweds Richie McCaw and Gemma Flynn have shared their first photo with the public while on honeymoon. Dressed in shorts and T-shirt and singlet, Gemma shared the photo of the pair on social media tonight. It appears the newly weds are pictured at Big Hill Track, in Arrowtown, Otago. One person commented: ``Can't beat a good mission up Big Hill Track!'' ``She needs to change her profile to Gemma McCaw.''

January 23, 2017 07:48 UTC

Sick Auckland mum Caroline Gray forced to pay fee to transfer plane ticket to husband

"They said 'yeah, yeah, yeah' we'll be able to change that for you, and even said they'd waive the change fee. But then they mentioned 'you only need to pay for the fare difference'. "To change the name on a booking, customers are charged a change fee and the fare difference. Under the circumstances we have offered to waive the change fees, which is around $170, and apply only the fare difference. The fare difference is the difference between the price the customer paid and the updated price of the fare at a later date.

January 23, 2017 07:30 UTC

Taking a sledgehammer to homelessness

Taking a sledgehammer to homelessnessRobyn Edie/Fairfax NZ NZ First MP Ria Bond started renovation work on the room last week, stripping out the gib board before working on re-insulating the room. Invercargill politician Ria Bond is literally taking a hammer to the issue of homelessness in Southland. For Bond, the problem of homelessness in New Zealand is a topic close to her heart. Bond said the problem of homelessness wasn't confined to just the big cities, but was a reality in regions such as Southland. "Some people think there's no homelessness down here, but we need to take our blinkers off.

January 23, 2017 07:13 UTC

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