Kiwi golfer Lydia Ko is lost, says veteran Cristie KerrGETTY IMAGES Lydia Ko's game is not in a good place with only her putter keeping her afloat. Veteran golfer Cristie Kerr played two rounds of golf with Lydia Ko in Phoenix and the verdict wasn't pretty. "Her game's not in good shape," two-time major winner Kerr told the Golf Channel. GETTY IMAGES Cristie Kerr said Lydia Ko looked lost on the golf course. READ MORE:* Inbee Park wins Founders Cup* Lydia Ko fails to make cut* Rory wins as Tiger fades* Is Ko making a mistake with coach change?
March 20, 2018 00:45 UTC
Photo: ODT filesLabour MP Liz Craig says she had believed there were processes in place to ensure there was proper supervision and no underage drinking at a Young Labour summer camp during which a man allegedly indecently assaulted some attendees. Craig, a list MP based in Invercargill, had put a photo on Facebook of herself at a table with some camp attendees who were drinking alcohol but said she did not drink herself because she was a non-drinker. Berryman will have the power to make recommendations to the Labour Party, but won’t be looking specifically into the four complaints. The lawyer will also be available for anyone who wishes to come forward about alleged sexual assaults at any previous Labour Party events after some complaints that it had happened before. The party has put in place interim measures, including a halt to all Young Labour events and a ban on alcohol at events attended by underage people.
March 20, 2018 00:26 UTC
Uber plans southern expansion into Queenstown and OtagoLEON NEAL/GETTY Uber, the app-based ride-share service, is coming to Queenstown and Dunedin. Ride-sharing giant Uber is expanding into Otago, with plans to start operating in Dunedin and Queenstown within the next few months. Uber now requires all its drivers to hold the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) endorsements. The company said it aimed to alleviate pressure on the existing transport networks of both Otago centres, particularly during peak tourism times. Queenstown Taxis boss Grant Scannell said Uber was "just another competitor", and he was "not worried" they were coming.
March 19, 2018 23:53 UTC
Post election blues gone as investment and consumer confidence jumpsSUPPLIED People have become more upbeat about the economy according to latest confidence surveys. While Queenstown and Tauranga commercial investors were most confident, Hamilton overtook Auckland and Wellington for the third spot. Overall commercial net confidence increased to 25 per cent, the highest score since December 2016, based on recorded responses from 2212 people. Residential confidence largely matched the commercial sector with Christchurch the only region recording a negative 2 per cent, while overall confidence was net positive 28 per cent. Expectations of house price increases were strongest in Queenstown, Tauranga, with Wellington taking top score at net 38 per cent confidence.
March 19, 2018 23:45 UTC
Driverless cars: Should we keep our hands on the wheel? READ MORE:* The secret site where driverless cars learn to drive* Self-driving electric shuttles to be made in Christchurch* Are driverless cars the saviour of Auckland traffic? * The problem with driverless cars is they aren't programmed to bend road rules"People are using this incident to dismiss driverless cars as unsafe. Autonomous cars get into more collisions, but statistics claim they are almost never the driverless car's fault. DRIVERLESS TESTING IN NZThe first on-road testing of a New Zealand-made driverless vehicle will begin at Christchurch airport in the next few months.
March 19, 2018 23:37 UTC
Victim of school bullying speaks out about frightening experiencesMAHVASH ALI/STUFF A bullied teenager says she is scared of facing her bullies at school. MAHVASH ALI/STUFF Emalie Gibson, centre, with her mum Jessie Gibson,left, and grandmother Judy Gibson, behind. Massey High School said the matter was resolved and it would not comment on individual cases. MAHVASH ALI/STUFF Emalie Gibson stayed at home for more than a week when the bullying got out of hand. Massey High School principal Glen Denham said the school was a "healthy, happy, high-performance school" and had policy of zero tolerance for bullying.
March 19, 2018 23:26 UTC
In Their Prime: Icy adventure awaits Christchurch endurance athletesupplied The New Zealand Antarctic Heritage Trust is hosting a small team on their expedition to cross the Greenland ice cap in May. How about pulling a sled 560 kilometres across the Greenland ice vap? Enter Hollie Woodhouse, endurance athlete and keen explorer. ALDEN WILLIAMS/STUFF Hollie Woodhouse, 34, was selected to join a small team to tackle the Greenland ice cap in May. Watson said Nansen's inaugural crossing of the ice cap revolutionised long-distance polar travel.
March 19, 2018 23:26 UTC
Jacinda Ardern plays down value of NZ's Trump connectionJOHN NICHOLSON/STUFF Chris Liddell's White House rise is no surprise, says a New York-born historian. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has downplayed any suggestion that Chris Liddell's appointment to a top White House job could advantage New Zealand. READ MORE* Christopher Liddell named White House deputy chief* Who is Chris Liddell? ROSA WOODS/STUFF Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has downplayed suggestions Chris Liddell could assist NZ in his new White House role. Otago University politics professor Robert Patman believed New Zealand should adopt a two-track approach to the Trump Administration.
March 19, 2018 23:13 UTC
Freedom camping: Make 'leave no trace' the main rule123RF The Act is not currently providing for all the groups it was supposed to cover included campers in tents. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.orgREAD MORE:* Freedom camping: 'We all need to step up'* Freedom camping: 'Forgive us the past and work on the future'* Freedom camping: It's time to bring the rest of the world up to speedThe aim of these surveys was to assess the current feeling towards freedom camping from both parties, as well as to gauge support for an alternative scheme to certified self-containment. Inconsistencies between councils were also failing to provide for several, and in some cases, all groups mentioned in the Act, by blanket banning freedom camping in their areas, when the Freedom Camping Act in fact specifically states that they may not. MEGAN HUNT Napier's new freedom camping site on Marine Parade is popular with visitors but a concern for accommodation providers. The Responsible Campers Scheme seeks to address the people doing the camping, rather than the mode of camping, said Osborne.
March 19, 2018 23:03 UTC
Anthony Joshua v Joseph Parker: 12 essentials for 12 roundsPHOTOSPORT Joseph Parker fighting Anthony Joshua is arguably the biggest one-off sports event of the year for Kiwis. There are certainly many considerations hanging over the world heavyweight unification fight between New Zealand's Joseph Parker and Britain's Anthony Joshua. JUSTIN SETTERFIELD/GETTY IMAGES There will be no lack of leather when Anthony Joshua and Joseph Parker fight in Cardiff in a world heavyweight unification bout. There are four major organisations – the World Boxing Association (WBA), International Boxing Federation (IBF), World Boxing Organisation (WBO) and World Boxing Council (WBC). FIONA GOODALL/PHOTOSPORT Carlos Takam gave both Joseph Parker and Anthony Joshua plenty of trouble but couldn't beat them.
March 19, 2018 22:41 UTC
Rare underwater footage of minke whale captured in AntarcticaANTHONY POWELL/VIMEO In what is believed to be the first underwater footage of its species captured in the area, a minke whale exhales at the surface in the icy Ross Sea. A team of marine scientists are counting their blessings after capturing rare underwater footage of a minke whale in the Ross Sea off Antarctica – while on a trip to study killer whales. DR REGINA EISERT Minke whales are thought to number 180,000 in the icy waters of the Ross Sea. Dr Regina Eisert/Anthony Powell Scientists were researching killer whales when they captured what is thought to be the first underwater footage of a minke whale in the Ross Sea. Little is known about Antarctic minke whales, which can grow up to 10m long and weigh nine tonnes.
March 19, 2018 22:38 UTC
Naked Samoans planning magical reunion for 20 year anniversaryThe Naked Samoans are back for their first show in 12 years. When Iaheto Ah Hi realised he was going to tread the boards with his friends again, he cried. He describes being reunited with his Naked Samoans crew for their upcoming show as "magic", which is fitting, since it involves actual magic tricks. It's been 20 years since the Naked Samoans' first gig, which led the guys to making films like Sione's Wedding. The Naked Samoans Do Magic is on at The Civic from March 22 to 25, with tickets available at Eventfinda.
March 19, 2018 22:30 UTC
Officers search for the suspect at a Wilson carpark. Photo: Gerard O'BrienDunedin police have arrested a man after he allegedly pointed a BB gun at a passing police car in South Dunedin this morning. The male driver pointed a hand-held BB gun at a passing police car. The officers in the police car did not see the incident, but the witness followed the vehicle to the Wilson carpark, opposite New World, on Cumberland St, where a hunt began for the occupants. Police located the BB gun in the car and the man was arrested nearby.
March 19, 2018 22:07 UTC
Facebook shares plunge amid Cambridge Analytica data falloutFacebook plunged to its worst loss in four years on Monday and led a rout in technology companies. The social media company's stock fell following reports that a data mining firm working for the Trump campaign improperly obtained data on 50 million Facebook users. The drop in Facebook stock came after the New York Times and the Guardian reported that the firm, Cambridge Analytica, was able to tap the profiles of more than 50 million Facebook users without their permission. Facebook said late on Friday that it suspended Cambridge Analytica and its parent company. Facebook also said it recently received a report that Cambridge Analytica hadn't deleted all of the data it obtained from Facebook, something Facebook said the company claimed to have done.
March 19, 2018 21:22 UTC
Enjoy the warm weather today - temperatures are forecast to plummet as a southerly storm slowly moves up the country. Temperatures going southToday most of the South Island's east coast and the entire North Island are in for a fine day. However, Dunedin was set to drop from a maximum high of 26degC today, a maximum high of 20degC tomorrow and just 13degC on Thursday, with stong or gale-force southerlies. The system will move into the North Island late tomorrow into Thursday and even Auckland's West Coast could be in for 3-4.5m swells. These swells will be accompanied by an easterly flow moving over the North Island.
March 19, 2018 21:22 UTC