Cone and the Marlburian: Len Shaw has ice cream business licked PAULA HULBURTPAULA HULBURT/STUFF.CO.NZCone and the MarlburianThe chimes of his trusty ice cream truck have barely faded when children come running from all directions. Marlborough's Mr Whippy, Len Shaw, is ready at the serving hatch, a broad beam and cones at the ready. Because this savvy soft-scoop franchise owner has sold more ice cream than any other Mr Whippy in New Zealand, based on population. Since then, he says, they have gone from "strength to strength", selling more ice cream every year. "This award is all to do with my customers really and I owe them a big 'thank you'," Len says.
August 23, 2017 00:33 UTC
In July the Weekend Herald revealed Mr Murray was on leave while his work expenses were investigated following concerns of unexplained or unauthorised spending. "We are aware of similar concerns being raised across the Waikato DHB area by a range of providers, patients and clinician groups," Pinnacle Incorporated chairman Dr Frank Cullen wrote. "The contrast between our relationship with Waikato DHB and with the other DHBs in the Midlands Alliance [Lakes, Taranaki and Tairawhiti] could not be more striking," Mr Cullen wrote. The letter follows calls last week for Mr Simcock to resign if Mr Murray is found to have inappropriately spent taxpayer money and echoes concerns raised by senior doctor representatives about Mr Murray before he was hired. Mr Murray declined to comment and Mr Simcock said he had not seen the letter.
August 23, 2017 00:22 UTC
Lessons from former presidential videographer Hope HallJENNIFER EDER/STUFF Former presidential videographer Hope Hall, centre, meets Graham Dingle Foundation Marlborough regional manager Kelvin Watt, left, and Kiwi Can quality assurance manager Elena Smith. After six years being a fly on Barack Obama's wall, Hope Hall has learnt a thing or two about stressful situations. As presidential videographer for the former United States president, she has documented his moments beyond press conferences and official visits, from the casual to the deeply personal. JENNIFER EDER/STUFF Hope Hall, centre, spoke about being a good role model at Renwick School, in Marlborough, on Friday. "When you're working for a political figure, especially the US president, there's always a crisis," Hope says.
August 23, 2017 00:22 UTC
Highway man link to fatal house fireLUKE KIRKEBY/FAIRFAX NZ The scene of the fatal house fire. A man seen standing on a highway near the scene of a fatal fire has sparked a police appeal. Police are now looking for a man seen standing on the side of the highway near this area during the early hours of the morning. READ MORE: Three people die in house fire on Napier-Taupo highwayPolice said they understood that the man pulled his car over on the side of the highway, possibly after his car broke down. Police did not elaborate on why they wished to speak to the man.
August 23, 2017 00:11 UTC
The Trump Forest crowdfunding campaign was launched by Christchurch-based men (from left) Adrien Taylor, Dan Price and Jeff Williams. Photo: NZ Herald / SuppliedNew Zealand environmentalists pushing to plant a global forest cheekily dedicated to US President Donald Trump say they've been overwhelmed by worldwide support for their bid. "We launched Trump Forest because we felt powerless about Trump's ignorance. "We know Trump likes his things: Trump Tower, Trump Golf, Trump Vodka and so on. We thought he might like Trump Forest too."
August 23, 2017 00:11 UTC
Minimal extra cash for politicians' promises in Treasury updateMAARTEN HOLL/STUFF Finance Minister Steven Joyce speaking at Treasury's Pre-election Economic and Fiscal Update (PREFU)Treasury has delivered its updated outlook for the Budget, and there is less money to spend in future years than economists expected - and politicians had hoped. A slightly lower overall growth outlook trims the 2019 surplus forecast from $4b down to $3.5b. That was "slightly better than a wash by the end of the forecast period", Joyce said - meaning the sum of surpluses was slightly higher over the next four years. There was little change to the international outlook from the Budget update, China was slightly stronger and Australia a little weaker. But the terms of trade were better and the balance of payments deficit would improve to less than 3 per cent.
August 23, 2017 00:09 UTC
Family of Michelle Robertson work for Rarotonga dialysis aidSupplied Michelle Robertson, left, photographed with her siblings Shannon, Paul and Kerryn at Paul's wedding. Michelle Robertson was always there for her family and friends. Michelle had been on holiday in Rarotonga with her husband Bruce and a group of friends when she became ill. Houghton said a family friend was was talking to Waikato Hospital staff to see what could be done to get a machine to Rarotonga. She attended St Peter's Catholic School and Cambridge High School, and for the last 12 years had worked at Briscoes.
August 23, 2017 00:00 UTC
Christine Brown is going home after face reconstructionSUPPLIED Christine Brown, pictured in the hours after her face reconstruction at Dunedin Hospital, is going home on Wednesday. Christine Brown had a 16 hour face reconstruction last Tuesday and has been recovering at the hospital for the last eight days. ROBYN EDIE/STUFF Invercargill woman Christine Brown and husband Lee Brown, before Christine had a face reconstruction at Dunedin Hospital. He was optimistic the side of Brown's reconstructed face, which had been sagging prior to the surgery, would stay up. Lee Brown said his wife's face was still swollen and she was experiencing some numbness in her face.
August 22, 2017 23:48 UTC
Photo: ODTThe Ministry for Primary Industries "strongly suspects" a cattle disease has spread to Otago. MPI said in a statement this morning that blood results from a third South Island farm, in the Oamaru area, showed some animals had been infected with the bacterial cattle disease Mycoplasma bovis. Mr Gwyn said at this time, there was no clear evidence the disease was on those other properties. "Buying, selling and moving stock is a common practice in farming and it was always possible further infected properties would be found. "Along with the animal industry bodies, we remain committed to continuing the biosecurity response, finding any infected properties, controlling the disease and, if possible, eradicating it from the country.
August 22, 2017 22:47 UTC
Bowling club celebrates big milestoneJOHN BISSET/STUFF Seadown Indoor Bowls Club president Jeff Hewson joined the club in 1973, straight out of high school, when membership was between 40 and 50. The club now has 11 members and is gearing up for its 60-year celebrations next month. It was 1973 when Jeff Hewson joined the Seadown Indoor Bowling Club. "A lot don't think they would enjoy indoor bowls but it's a challenge. Anyone keen to get involved is encouraged to contact Seadown Indoor Bowls secretary Wendy Marr via email firstname.lastname@example.org.
August 22, 2017 22:41 UTC
Neville Ian Anderson died in September 2014 after being crushed by a quad bike which rolled while he was working on Cullen Farm, Clarendon, near Milton. In her findings into the death, coroner Brigitte Windley issued a number of recommendations to improve quad bike safety and address a "persistent concern''. "Despite the public attention quad bike deaths have received, and the ongoing work done by government agencies such as WorkSafe and ACC ... quad bike deaths were reported to have reached a record high in 2016,'' she said. Ms Windley detailed other government initiatives rolled out in Australia to incentivise the farming community towards safer quad bike use. "It is imperative that we examine proposals that may improve quad bike safety and reduce quad bike trauma and death,'' she said.
August 22, 2017 22:41 UTC
Disappointment for New Zealand's Rose of Tralee hopefulDomnick Walsh Niamh O'Sullivan, New Zealand's 2017 Rose of Tralee hopeful, on stage with host Daithi O Se in the Rose of Tralee International Festival Dome during the final in Ireland on Tuesday night. Domnick Walsh The winner - a delighted Jennifer Byrne was selected as the 2017 Rose of Tralee in the Rose of Tralee International Festival Dome on Tuesday 22 August 2017 (Wednesday morning, New Zealand time). READ MORE* New Zealand Rose of Tralee set to take part in international competition* Irish-born Niamh O'Sullivan finally enters Rose of Tralee after moving to New Zealand - and wins local heat* Call goes out for Taranaki Rose of Tralee entrantsBuhler helps organise the Taranaki Rose of Tralee competition which O'Sullivan, who is originally from the little town of Clonakilty in Cork, had entered to "meet people with similar values". Domnick Walsh Photography Rose from New Zealand, Niamh O'Sullivan, with Rose Bud Molly at the Rose of Tralee competition in Ireland. Its centrepiece is the the Rose of Tralee event, which seeks to find the young woman who best matches the attributes relayed in the song Rose of Tralee: "lovely and fair".
August 22, 2017 22:37 UTC
Australian legend Paul Kelly to tour New ZealandLife is definitely fine for singer-songwriter Paul Kelly, who is coming to NZ for a three date tour in November and December. Cassandra Hannagan Paul Kelly performs at the 2015 Byron Bay Bluesfest in Australia. READ MORE:* The Paul Kelly Interview* The Paul Kelly Story* Paul Kelly still making gravyKelly has composed music for film and TV, as well as collaborating with artists like Mark Seymour and our own Neil Finn. Brendon Thorne Neil Finn and Paul Kelly perform during the 28th Annual ARIA Awards 2014 in Australia. Kelly will be joined on tour by Kiwi band The Eastern, from Lyttleton, and Australian blues and roots duo, Busby Marou.
August 22, 2017 22:18 UTC
Dunedin police are hunting for a "suspicious man" seen entering properties in a notorious student party street early this morning. The man - who was wearing overalls and an orange construction workers vest - was spotted by Campus Watch staff in Hyde St about 2am today, Senior Sergeant Ben Butterfield said. "A suspicious male was seen entering properties by Campus Watch," Snr Sgt Butterfield said. The man was believed to have fled the area in a blue Toyota Surf or similar vehicle. - Dunedin police (03) 471-4800, Crimestoppers 0800 555 111.
August 22, 2017 22:18 UTC
Keeping the faith in Dunsandel ChurchMATTHEW SALMONS/STUFF Dunsandel's old church has long been a SH1 curio, but the heritage era building is now set to again welcome the faithful after a long hiatus. Joe Hogervorst says it was divine intervention which led to his purchase of Dunsandels' Old Church on SH1 and he's bringing faith back to the heritage site. Matthew Salmons/Stuff Joe Hogervorst and Mike Noonan outside the Old Church in Dunsandel. Matthew Salmons/Stuff The recently sold church on SH1, Dunsandel. "Luckily we've got a buyer who wants to keep it as a church, so it will remain an icon for Dunsandel," Noonan said.
August 22, 2017 22:07 UTC