History was made last night when Black Ferns halfback Kendra Cocksedge was named the player of the year and the Black Ferns sevens side was named team of the year at the New Zealand Rugby awards in Auckland. She was also named the New Zealand Rugby women's player of the year. The Black Ferns Sevens team won the award after a top year in which it won gold at the Commonwealth Games and at the Rugby World Cup sevens. Commonwealth gold medal and Rugby World Cup sevens-winning All Blacks sevens coach Clark Laidlaw was named New Zealand Coach of the Year. Scott Curry was named All Blacks Sevens Player of the Year, and Michaela Blyde, who last month was named World Rugby's top women's sevens player, was the Black Ferns Sevens Player of the Year.
At some stage during the next four days Otago needs to score at least 300 runs. It plays Canterbury in a bottom-of-the-table fixture at the University of Otago Oval, and the Volts will be hoping to put their batting woes behind them. The team has really struggled in the Plunket Shield this season, particularly in the first innings. So far the Volts have limped to first innings scores of 108, 190 and 162 for three heavy losses. The Volts have a stronger side this week, with Rutherford returning from New Zealand A duty.
Photo: ODT filesNo-one can begrudge Ben Smith his decision to go to France. He admitted next year is going to be a big year, and that is before he even heads to Pau in France. "There is so much rugby to be played next year I'm not even thinking about playing in France," he said. Smith will be 33 when he arrives in France and will join a club with plenty of people he knows and admires. After that it will be a summer in Europe and then, nearing 34, he may head to Japan or stay put in France.
Four hundred and forty Year 9 and 10 students at Wellington College illustrate the human toll of a pandemic. In the latest issue of the New Zealand Medical Journal, Profs Michael Baker and Nick Wilson reviewed the 1918 influenza outbreak and the lessons to be learned from it today. New Zealand's public health system was dramatically overhauled in the wake of the pandemic and prevention measures put in place. "A research fund would be a fitting living memorial for the victims of the flu pandemic - including health workers and community volunteers," Prof Baker said. Prof Wilson said a pandemic remained a genuine threat to New Zealand - either from new influenza strains or from other new pathogens.
The wall on the Kelvin Hotel where a 24m mural will be revealed in January. Photo: Logan SavoryThe Invercargill Licensing Trust will unveil a mural in January which it believes will provide the city with one of the tallest street murals in New Zealand. Danny OwensThe ILT announced yesterday that it had commissioned street artist Danny (Deow) Owens to create a 24m-high mural at the Kelvin Hotel on the corner of Esk and Kelvin Sts. Mia, whose Southland parents are of Japanese and Filipino descent, provided the inspiration, Mr Owens said. ILT chief executive Chris Ramsay said repainting external walls at the Kelvin Hotel presented a unique opportunity for Mr Owens to unleash his magic with paint.
Sydney's house prices rose nearly 70% between 2012 and late 2017 but since then have declined by about 10%. "We find that movements in New Zealand and Australian house prices tend to be linked," he said. However, Mr Smith noted there are some key differences between the two housing markets. Sydney house price declines have been most acute, down 10% on the peak in July 2017. He said the more sizeable percentage increases in New Zealand house prices were consistent with Australia building more houses on a per-capita basis.
Photo: ODT filesCampers staying illegally at popular Central Otago sites will not be trespassed under a trial monitoring regime this summer, Central Otago District Council councillors have decided. Councillors spent an hour at their monthly meeting on Wednesday discussing a report on the trial regime and acknowledged the complexity of both the trial and any possible future strategy. They were uncertain about whether campers breaching the rules should be trespassed and council staff advised on the legalities and human rights of trespassing people. Linz is also considering whether campers at Lake Dunstan freedom camping sites should pay "a small fee" to stay there this summer. Dr Righarts' report to the council said Linz was considering the charge for the Lowburn, Bendigo, Jacksons and Champagne Gully sites.
It was part of a DairyNZ initiative aimed at empowering pupils to work together to restore local wetlands and waterways. While farm staff helped dig the holes, some pupils did a "pretty good" job of digging them, Mrs Wells said. Mrs Wells spoke to the children about water quality and why it was important to cary out riparian planting. "It's nice for them to hear that people that own the land are trying to be responsible. The message we're trying to give [is] if we don't look after the land, it won't look after us."
The time to cash in and earn some decent money overseas or look to move on to something else. elliot_dixon_highlanders_3_0.jpg Elliot DixonHis namesake, Aaron Smith, signed a four-year deal in late 2015 to stay with New Zealand Rugby and the Highlanders. Smith, who turned 30 last month, has been at the franchise since 2011, and may decide to move on and go overseas. He signed a deal last season to keep him at the Highlanders until 2020 but may move before that. Whitelock was set to head to Japan earlier this season but getting back into the black jersey led to him staying put.
They are all members of the carrot family, a huge group of flowering plants also known as the Umbelliferae, Apiaceae, parsley or parsnip family. Most members of the carrot family are aromatic herbs with alternately arranged, divided leaves that widen at the base and clasp around the stem. The carrot family is well represented in the New Zealand flora. With the exception of our native celery, Apium prostratum, you won't find candidates for your vege patch among our eccentric branch of the family. Gingidia montana: sometimes called New Zealand aniseed, this species has glossy, divided leaves and white, lacy flowers.
Development of Shotover Country, Queenstown. Photo: Craig BaxterA large development including 30 homes and a restaurant is planned for a Queenstown suburb struggling with rush-hour traffic. Shotover Country Ltd has applied for subdivision consent and land use consent for the proposed development, to be built on green space on either side of Stalker Rd, in Lower Shotover. Shotover Country Ltd's development manager Kristan Stalker said the land had "always been primed to be developed". "It will provide services in Shotover Country that aren't currently available ... a bit of a local hub."
The development of a smaller ‘‘metro-style’’ version of Christchurch’s Margaret Mahy playground (pictured) could be fast-tracked on Dunedin’s waterfront, the Dunedin City Council says. PHOTO: STEPHEN JAQUIERYDunedin may finally be in line for a "destination playground", as reported in the Otago Daily Times this week. But perhaps a larger destination playground would better serve the city if it were located somewhere else. Dunedin is probably financially capable of planning, financing, building and enjoying just one destination playground over the next several decades. The Dunedin City Council's decision to go public with their ideas around the proposed playground should be commended.
Members of the Lake Hawea community head to a Queenstown Lakes District Council meeting yesterday to express their opposition to the 400-lot special housing area proposed for the town. The meeting approved the development.PHOTO: MARK PRICEA controversial special housing area (SHA) at Lake Hawea has been given the green light by the Queenstown Lakes District Council. At its meeting yesterday the council recommended the 400-lot development go to the Government for final approval. The meeting was attended by more than 40 members of the Lake Hawea community, some holding placards such as "Hawea Voices Matter" and "Democracy before SHA". "You can be sure the burden of the proposal will not fall on you," he told the Lake Hawea residents.
The Otago under-21 team is hoping to build on an improved showing and maybe create a little history. The team has traditionally struggled at the national under-21 tournament, but last summer it won a couple of games. Central Districts won the tournament last season. Women's U-21 tournamentAuckland, December 15-21Otago: Ella Brown (captain), Emma Black, Tayla Brown, Eden Carson, Harriett Cuttance, Olivia Gain, Georgia Heffernan, Kate Heffernan, Bella James, Marina Lamplough, Molly Loe, Megan Meltzer, Olivia West. Otago’s drawTomorrow, v Wellington, one-dayerDecember 16, v Northern Districts, one-dayerDecember 17, v Canterbury, one-dayerDecember 19, v Auckland, one-dayerDecember 20, v Central Districts, twenty20December 20, v Wellington, twenty20December 21, v Canterbury, twenty20
PHOTO: SUPPLIED Some people see contradictions in Otago Fish & Game engaging in forthright conservation to represent the interests of anglers and hunters. To label Fish & Game as anti-farming, or anti anything else for that matter, entirely misses the point. When Fish & Game weighs into debate over freshwater resources it is simply acting in line with its statutory role and functions. In Otago, Fish & Game has historically sought to settle conflict through dialogue, the sharing of ideas and compromise. - Nigel Paragreen is an environmental officer with the Otago Fish & Game Council.