Lorde's surprise appearance at a Grey Lynn dance party was just a trick

Video will play in Play now Don't auto playNever auto playAttendees at a Grey Lynn dance party were last night tricked into believing Lorde had shown up to perform. The Kiwi pop star was reported to have shown up at a No Lights No Lycra event in Grey Lynn to perform her song Green Light. The event bills itself as "a weekly hour of dance freedom in total darkness" and is held at the Grey Lynn library on Mondays from 7pm. It had been teasing an appearance by a "special guest" for last night's session. Several attendees believed the special guest was Lorde, who reportedly ended the session by performing her latest single, Green Light.

March 27, 2017 19:04 UTC

NFL approves Oakland Raiders' move to Las Vegas

NFL approves Oakland Raiders' move to Las VegasKELLEY L COX/USA TODAY SPORTS The Oakland Raiders will be moving to Las Vegas. The Oakland Raiders are Vegas-bound. The franchise is to remain in Oakland while a US$1.9 billion (NZ$2.7 billion) stadium for the Raiders and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas' football team is under construction. Goodell: Raiders will continue to be called the Oakland Raiders until they leave Oakland for Vegas, which could be 2 years away. But Davis didn't wait for that possibility, pledging he was committed to taking his franchise to Las Vegas.

March 27, 2017 18:58 UTC

Still work to do for brilliant Williamson

New Zealand's Kane Williamson runs between the wickets during his innings yesterday against South Africa. The New Zealand captain has work to do if the weather continues to flummox the water-logged forecasts. Williamson reached his 17th test century, equalling Martin Crowe's New Zealand record. He became the sixth Kiwi to get 5000 test runs when he pulled Vern Philander for six over square leg. Williamson is the fastest in 110 innings, seven inside Crowe's old mark.

March 27, 2017 18:33 UTC

New apartment block 'possibly' biggest to show off Maori art

Video will play in Play now Don't auto playNever auto playWhat is thought to be the largest New Zealand apartment block to feature extensive Maori art work opened in Auckland this month. The art and carvings are used on the interior and exterior of the new five-level $50 million Newmarket apartment block Hypatia and Helen O'Sullivan, chief executive of apartment developer Ockham Residential, said the 60-unit building on 246 Khyber Pass Rd was unusual for the extent of Maori art on display there. "This is possibly the largest apartment building in Auckland to incorporate indigenous art as part of its fabric," O'Sullivan said. Ockham has worked closely with Maori art designer Reuben Kirkwood the kaiwhakairo or head carver for Ngai Tai Ki Tamaki to make Hypatia one of the most artistic buildings of recent history. Fifty-eight of the 60 Hypatia units have been sold.

March 27, 2017 18:33 UTC

Chris Wood shortlisted for English Championship Player of the Year award

Chris Wood shortlisted for English Championship Player of the Year awardBreakfast British press have linked All Whites striker to Everton for a reported NZ$26m. On the back of his phenomenal season for Leeds United, Kiwi striker Chris Wood has been nominated for the English Championship Player of the Year award. Wood, 25, has been nominated for the award alongside Newcastle United striker Dwight Gayle and Brighton and Hove Albion winger Anthony Knockaert. John Clifton Chris Wood has been shortlisted for English Championship Player of the Year. Wood has scored 24 of Leeds' 52 league goals this season to carry the side to fourth on the Championship table.

March 27, 2017 18:13 UTC

'Conviction' has believable characters, intriguing twists

In "Conviction," Dahl effectively uses the backdrop of the Crown Heights riots that pitted the Hasidic and black communities against each other during 1991 that had ramifications for decades. Racism and anti-Semitism are smoothly woven into the plot as Dahl shows how a violent nature can be formed and that ethical journalism matters and can change lives. Rebekah agrees to look into the case of DeShawn Perkins, who has been in prison for 16 years in the death of his foster parents and foster sister in 1992. Before the murders, DeShawn had been rebelling against his very loving foster parents " a situation well-known in the community and at the tight-knit church the family attended. A formidable view of a changing neighborhood, believable characters and intriguing twists that keep the reader guessing the outcome until the satisfying finale meld for the uber-smart "Conviction."

March 27, 2017 18:11 UTC

One critical after crash near Invercargill

A person is in a critical condition after a crash between a car and a truck in Southland last night. The crash, which happened about 9.15pm, closed State Highway 1 at Woodlands, about 17km northeast of Invercargill. Emergency services attended, and police said the Serious Crash Unit would investigate. The NZTA website shows the road remains closed this morning. Diversions are in place, and motorists are advised to avoid the area.

March 27, 2017 18:04 UTC

Reefton man killed in helicopter crash on the West Coast

Reefton man killed in helicopter crash on the West Coast. The man who died in a helicopter crash on the West Coast was Noel Edward Wilson, known as Grumbles. A Rescue Coordination Centre spokeswoman said they received a distress beacon at 6.45pm on Monday and a search and rescue helicopter was sent to the scene. Wilson's helicopter, a Robinson R22, had crashed into a remote hilly area about 9 kilometres northeast of Reefton. He lived next door to his parents, and lived in Reefton all his life.

March 27, 2017 17:52 UTC

World's fastest police car is a Bugatti Veyron

World's fastest police car is a Bugatti VeyronIn Dubai, the police force has just been presented with a certificate by Guinness World Records for having the world's fastest police car in service. DUBAI POLICE/YouTube Chances of out running the police in Dubai, pretty slim. The flagship of the fleet is the Veyron, with a staggering top speed of 407 kilometres per hour. Click here to view Dubai's supercar police fleetTWITTER This Bugatti Veyron has been named the world's fastest police car in service. The second fastest police car is the Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4, which is owned by the Italian force.

March 27, 2017 17:48 UTC

Man City fined $44,000 for players' misconduct in game

LONDON (AP) " The English Football Association has fined Manchester City 35,000 pounds ($44,000) for the misconduct of players during a Premier League game against Liverpool. City last week pleaded guilty to a charge of failing to ensure its players conducted themselves in an orderly manner during the 1-1 draw at Etihad Stadium on March 19. City players protested after Liverpool was awarded a penalty early in the second half. They continued complaining after James Milner struck from the spot to give Liverpool the lead, delaying the restart of the game. The fine was announced by the FA on Monday following a regulatory commission hearing.

March 27, 2017 17:37 UTC

Store opening Thursday

Photo: ODT filesThe doors of Queenstown's new Warehouse store will open on Thursday. The Five Mile retail centre store has a floor area of about 3900sq m, about 25% bigger than the Remarkables Park store on the other side of Frankton Flats. The listed company, New Zealand's largest retailer, has added 12 full-time equivalent jobs in Queenstown and the opening hours have been extended an extra four hours. The opening hours will be 7am to midnight. Queenstown store manager Mark Dooley said the old Warehouse closed on Sunday``It's gone relatively smoothly moving our stock from one store to another.

March 27, 2017 17:06 UTC

US tourist killed in London would not have borne ill feelings towards attacker - family

US tourist killed in London would not have borne ill feelings towards attacker - familyREUTERS Dimmon Payne, father of Westminster Bridge attack victim Melissa Cochran attends a news conference in London. The family of US tourist Kurt Cochran who was killed in last week's assault on the British parliament said he would not have borne any ill feelings towards the attacker. Melissa remains in hospital where she is recovering from a cut to the head, a broken rib and badly injured leg. REUTERS Family members of Westminster Bridge attack victims Melissa and Kurt Cochran speak during a news conference at New Scotland Yard. "We're thankful in a sense that everyone can know what an amazing person he really was," she said.

March 27, 2017 17:06 UTC

Traps placed around cannabis

Photo GettyDetectives have uncovered a booby-trapped cannabis plot near Glenorchy, in an area regularly used by children and tourists. Six cannabis plants, almost ready for harvest, were found by members of Otago Lakes-Central CIB yesterday as part of their ongoing cannabis recovery operations. ``We have seen a lot of cannabis plantations before, but very, very few have man-traps,'' Det Snr Sgt Inglis said. ``There was a number of plants ready to be cropped.'' No arrests were made, but Sgt Reynolds said police were following several positive lines of inquiry.

March 27, 2017 17:04 UTC

Proposal to cap eatery regulation fee hours

Lichelle GuyanThe Waitaki District Council will consider a proposal to cap fees for businesses as it covers costs from implementing and regulating the Food Act 2014. Council regulatory services manager Lichelle Guyan's report to the council this week proposes a mixed fee model that would cap the hourly fees council officers could charge at four hours. The council proposal to cover costs from implementing and regulating the Food Act 2014 split costs evenly between ratepayers and businesses, but would mean an estimated average 69% fee rise for Waitaki eateries. Bevan Smith, of Riverstone Kitchen, wrote in favour of a flat fee over hourly fees, which he said could lead to ``inflated fee blowouts''. In her report to the council, Mrs Guyan wrote ``verification fees capped at four hours may provide a level of comfort when planning compliance costs''.

March 27, 2017 17:03 UTC

Electric bike use growing on trails

Electric bike riders (from left) Jenny Martin, Herb and Fiona Isherwood, of Auckland, and Dale and Roger Schick, of Dargaville, take a break in Ranfurly from cycling the Otago Central Rail Trail. They are part of an increasing number of cyclists using electric bikes on the trail. PHOTO: PAM JONESThe use of electric bikes is up in Central Otago and there is nothing lazy or untoward about it, cycle trail operators say. The electric cycles, or e-bikes, had been well received on the Otago Central Rail Trail and their use was increasing, Mr Randall said. Mr O'Connor said he understood that in European cities and cycle trails, e-bikes made up about 50% of cycles used.

March 27, 2017 17:03 UTC

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