Remembering how to dance with Alzheimer's groupGRANT MATTHEW/STUFF Alzheimers Taranaki's Club Day programme includes live music. Alzheimer's Taranaki have been running the Club Day programmes in New Plymouth for 30 years and around 30 people attend each day's programme. GRANT MATTHEW/STUFF Dancing and music all part of the fun at the Alzheimers day programme dance group in New Plymouth. "Any aerobic activity is good for anyone and the emphasis is mainly on having fun and socialising," Robyn Clement, Diversional therapist and co-ordinator for Alzheimer's Taranaki said. Alzheimer's is the most common form of dementia and around two-thirds of people with dementia have Alzheimer's disease.
Samaritan offers to reimburse tourist robbed while hitchhikingPOLICE Recognise this guy? A Good Samaritan is offering to reimburse a Belgian tourist robbed of cash at knifepoint in hopes he will remember Kiwis in a better light. POLICE The car involved is an older model red Nissan Primera with paint damage to the front bonnet and a spoiler on the back. But about five minutes into the journey, 3km south of Matamata, one of the men pulled a knife on the tourist, demanding he hand over cash. Police have also identified the older model red Nissan the men were driving on the day.
Cats can suffer OCD, expert says RUBY NYIKA123rf OCD tends to be more common in pedigree oriental breeds, such as siamese (file photo). Compulsive behaviours are fairly common in anxious cats, cat behaviour specialist Lynne O'Malley said. "The OCD behaviours are a way for cats to cope in their environment. Animal shelters are all too familiar with anxious cats, Waikato SPCA centre manager Laura Vander Kley said. Cats are usually solitary creatures, so being suddenly surrounded by other stressed-out cats can be overwhelming.
Green Party confirms ministersGETTY IMAGES Green Party co-leader James Shaw. Green Party co-leader James Shaw has confirmed who will take up ministerial and undersecretary roles in the Labour-led government. As part of the Greens' support deal with Labour, their roles will be outside of Cabinet. Shaw said Gareth Hughes would be the party's chief musterer (whip) and Marama Davidson will be deputy musterer. "The Green Party's ministers will work hard alongside our team and the rest of the Labour-led government to ensure we make a positive contribution to the lives of New Zealanders by addressing our priority areas of climate change, clean water, and ending poverty," said Shaw.
October 20, 2017 22:09 UTC
Photo ReutersSuicide bombers have attacked two mosques in Afghanistan, killing at least 72 people including children, officials and witnesses said. One bomber walked into a Shi'ite Muslim mosque in the capital Kabul as people were praying on Friday night and detonated an explosive, one of the worshippers there, Mahmood Shah Husaini, said. No group claimed responsibility. But Shi'ite Muslims have suffered a series of attacks in Afghanistan in recent months, many of them claimed by the Sunni Muslim militants of Islamic State. Again, no one immediately claimed responsibility.
October 20, 2017 22:07 UTC
Jacinda Ardern: 'If you have hundreds of thousands of children living in homes without enough to survive, that's a blatant failure.' Photo GettyIncoming prime minister Jacinda Ardern says capitalism has been a "blatant failure" in New Zealand when measured by child poverty. When asked if capitalism had failed low-income New Zealanders, the Labour leader said: "If you have hundreds of thousands of children living in homes without enough to survive, that's a blatant failure. "When you have a market economy, it all comes down to whether or not you acknowledge where the market has failed and where intervention is required. Ardern said her administration, a Labour-NZ First coalition supported by the Greens, would be an active one in addressing the failures of New Zealand's market economy.
October 20, 2017 21:33 UTC
John Hardie in action for the Highlanders. Scotland flanker John Hardie has been suspended by club side Edinburgh and told he will not be selected for next month's autumn test series amid a Scottish Rugby Union investigation. He joined Edinburgh in 2015 and committed his international allegiance to Scotland and has 16 caps, including three at the 2015 World Cup. In a statement, the SRU said: "Scottish Rugby and Edinburgh Rugby confirm Scotland international and Edinburgh forward, John Hardie, has been suspended from duty pending an internal investigation. He was part of the Edinburgh team which beat London Irish 37-14 last weekend.
October 20, 2017 21:33 UTC
GETTY IMAGES Prince Harry's been seen out in public with Meghan Markle more than once in recent months. READ MORE:* Meghan Markle has commenced her princess transformation* Meghan Markle reportedly quits Suits, leading to royal engagement rumours* Prince Harry and girlfriend Meghan Markle set to move in togetherStill, it's hard to overlook the fact that any engagement will ultimately be ruled by law - and royal convention. Royal engagements have followed a similar protocol for 70 years, since the Queen married Prince Philip. MARK BLINCH/REUTERS Prince Harry and his girlfriend actress Meghan Markle at the Invictus Games in Toronto. THE OFFICIAL INTERVIEWIt seems likely that Prince Harry would do an official engagement interview on television, as his brother and father did before him.
October 20, 2017 21:22 UTC
Formula 1 young gun Max Verstappen signs Red Bull extensionGETTY IMAGES Max Verstappen has re-signed with Red Bull through to 2020. Max Verstappen has signed a new contract with Red Bull which keeps him with the team until 2020. "We are delighted that Max has agreed to extend his contract with Red Bull Racing," team boss Christian Horner said. "Red Bull has always shown their faith and belief in me," Verstappen said on the team's website. The news of Verstappen's signing comes on the heels of McLaren re-signing two- time champion Fernando Alonso for the 2018 season.
October 20, 2017 21:22 UTC
Photo GettyThe last man to coach Australia to World Cup glory - Rod Macqueen - believes the Wallabies finally have a team to stand up to the All Blacks. And he reckons the window is open for a drought-breaking victory in tonight's Bledisloe dead rubber in Brisbane with two New Zealand superstars sidelined - five-eighth Beauden Barrett (concussion) and lock Brodie Retallick (personal reasons). "It's difficult to predict a win because they have an uncanny ability of bringing in players who do well. The All Blacks have held the Bledisloe Cup since 2003. World Cup-winning Wallabies scrum-half Nick Farr-Jones questioned whether Australia had the mental toughness to finally upset the All Blacks at Suncorp Stadium.
October 20, 2017 21:22 UTC
Authorities will attempt to recover a fishing vessel that capsized and sank off the Queensland coast with six crewmen on board. Queensland Police used sonar equipment to locate the vessel about two to three nautical miles off Round Hill Headland on Friday afternoon. Families of the missing men on Friday chartered two vessels to join authorities in their efforts to locate the men's bodies. Four sailors have meanwhile revealed how they came to the rescue of Mr McDornan. Exhausted, injured and wearing only a pair of boardshorts, Mr McDornan spent hours treading water after the vessel sank to the sea floor.
October 20, 2017 21:11 UTC
Looking back: 30 years since Waitara lost its 'life blood' with the freezing works closureANDY JACKSON/STUFF Taranaki man Johnston Noble is arguably one of the country's longest serving freezing workers, after beginning his career in 1960. It's been 30 years since the freezing works in the Taranaki town of Waitara shut its doors for the final time. Supplied What Borthwicks freezing works in Waitara looked like in 1910. A job at the freezing works back then was considered to be one you had for life. ARCHIVE An external view of the Borthwicks freezing works plant after the 1979 fire.
October 20, 2017 20:37 UTC
Culinary journey from Southland to the riches of MacauLucy Hindmarsh Grant Baird in the almost-finished lobby of The 13 hotel in Macau. Not surprisingly, 56-year old Baird has found himself frantically busy flitting between three offices, one each in Hong Kong and Macau, another in Paris. My wife and teenage daughter Jessica in Hong Kong are always on about how much time I'm away working. They must have liked me because soon I was running one of their overseas interests, a restaurant in Hong Kong. "I rang the local B&B there from Hong Kong and said I wanted to hire all their 10 units.
October 20, 2017 20:26 UTC
Today looks to be the pick of the weather for gardening and holidaymaking this Labour Day weekend. In the North Island, the east stands out as the sunny place to be tomorrow, with a few showers elsewhere. The South Island is in for varying amounts of the wet stuff. On Monday the upper half of the North Island is in for a bout of northerly rain, but further south, fine weather is expected. In the South Island, rain and showers are predicted for the west, with isolated showers in eastern districts.
October 20, 2017 20:03 UTC
Bodene Thompson trades Warriors for Leigh CenturionsGETTY IMAGES Bodene Thompson is leaving the Warriors after three seasons to join the Leigh Centurions. Bodene Thompson has left the Warriors and is heading to the United Kingdom to join Leigh Centurions on a two-year contract. "Bodene is a hard running, tough tackling edge player which is pretty much everything you want from someone in that position," Jukes said. "The fans will surely enjoy watching Bodene ply his trade in the great jersey of Leigh Centurions." Thompson headed back to New Zealand in 2015, and made 58 appearances across three seasons with the Warriors.
October 20, 2017 19:52 UTC