A Netball NZ judicial review panel last week ruled Ioane didn't have a case to answer. Given this was an unprecedented step for an umpire to take, Netball NZ is right to hold a judicial hearing into the approach taken by the officials. Netball NZ does not want a situation developing where players are not being adequately prepared for the physical pressure and open contesting of the ball allowed at international level. At a time when Netball NZ is conducting another review into the Silver Ferns programme following a shambolic showing at last month's Commonwealth Games, netball bosses find themselves with another mess to unravel. Netball NZ need to be very deliberate in how they go about it.
May 21, 2018 05:03 UTC
Otago Regional Council chairman suffers strokeSUPPLIED Otago Regional Council chairman Stephen Woodhead is recovering after experiencing a small stroke last week. Otago Regional Council (ORC) chairman Stephen Woodhead has suffered a stroke and is recovering in hospitalChief executive Sarah Gardner said Woodhead suffered a small stroke on May 15. "The effects are limited to his right leg and right arm. He was receiving physiotherapist treatment at the ISIS centre at Wakari Hospital this week, she said. ORC's deputy chair, councillor Gretchen Robertson, was working with the chief executive and fellow councillors to ensure the council's political activities continued as normal, Gardner said.
May 21, 2018 04:56 UTC
Countdown customers embrace life less plasticRNZ Progressive Enterprises recently announced all its stores would be ditching plastic bags by the end of the year. GEORGE HEARD/STUFF Countdown Ferrymead, in Christchurch, is one of 10 Countdown supermarkets to go single-use plastic bag free on Monday. SCOTT HAMMOND/STUFF Shopper Wendy Reynolds says council rubbish bags are not thick enough to support rubbish without the help of smaller plastic bags. SCOTT HAMMOND/STUFF Missy Struthers says she uses plastic bags for rubbish bags, so the ban "contradicts the point". Emergency reusable bag (15c): A 55-micron plastic bag.
May 21, 2018 04:47 UTC
Tributes flow for Australian policeman killed in rafting accident near QueenstownNSW POLICE Detective Senior Constable Joshua Paroci, 31, died in a rafting incident in Queenstown on Saturday. The Australian man who died in a rafting incident near Queenstown was a detective senior constable with the New South Wales police force. READ MORE:* Shotover River section renamed in memory of Queenstown rafting guide* Australian tourist dead after rafting accident near QueenstownNSW police Commissioner Mick Fuller said Paroci would be missed. Challenge Rafting worked closely with Queenstown Rafting, whose general manager, Luke Taylor, said he and his staff were devastated. Queenstown Rafting and Challenge Rafting have voluntarily suspended operations on the river until further notice.
Region's first tri-nations international women's hockey tournament won't be the last JO MCKENZIE-MCLEANJo McKenzie-McLean The Pioneer Energy Women's International Hockey Tri Nations captains at the official welcome to Cromwell at Highlands Motorsport Park on Friday night. Cromwell's first international hockey test series would put Central Otago on the international stage, the mayor told the tri-nations teams at an official welcome. The Vantage Black Sticks, Australia and Japan women's hockey teams were welcomed to Cromwell on Friday at Highlands Motorsport Park ahead of the Pioneer Energy Tri Nations Women's International Hockey Series. Central Otago Hockey Association president Robin Pimm thanked the international players on behalf of the 980 hockey players in the region. Matches for the rest of the week:Monday, 6.30pm Australia v Japan; Tuesday, 6.30pm Black Sticks v Japan; Wednesday, 6.30pm Black Sticks v Australia; Thursday, 6.30pm Australia v Japan; Saturday, 4,30pm Playoff for final; Sunday, 2.30pm final.
Middlemore's Galbraith building confirmed earthquake prone, fix will cost more than $74mJARRED WILLIAMSON/STUFF The Galbraith building houses a birthing unit and two maternity wards as well as ophthalmology clinics, plastic surgery, a blood bank, and radiology services. Middlemore Hospital's Galbraith building has been confirmed earthquake prone, an independent report has found. A seismic assessment released to Counties Manukau Health showed that when compared to a new building with the same use, on the same site, the Galbraith building was 20 per cent of New Building Standard. The Galbraith building houses a birthing unit and two maternity wards as well as ophthalmology clinics, plastic surgery, a blood bank, and radiology services. Gosche said the building, which was more than 50 years old, also had issues with asbestos building materials.
Wintec chief executive investigation 'not sufficiently robust': QCTOM LEE/STUFF Wintec is going to start a second investigation into complaints relating to its chief executive (file photo). Former Wintec staff are pleased a new investigation will be launched into allegations against Wintec chief executive Mark Flowers. Casey found "the 2015 investigation process was not sufficiently robust for the Wintec Council to have confidence in its conclusions", a signed letter released by Wintec states. "I emphasise that I am not expressing a view on whether the conclusions of the 2015 investigation were in fact correct. In order to give assurance it is a responsible organisation, the current Wintec Council has decided this is best revisited."
May 21, 2018 04:14 UTC
Faith in Taranaki: Jesus and the #metoo movementCHRIS McKEEN/STUFF Alison Mau is one of those leading the #metoo movement in New Zealaand. Sadly the newspaper columns and social media spread a different message, how these Taranaki people loathe and despise each other. These views come as Weasel words! This permeates the toxic use of the internet to spread weasel words about other people. Though we often fail to use them, Christians were given the tools to build the common good: to love God and each other as much as we love ourselves.
May 21, 2018 03:56 UTC
Royal Wedding: Ratings prove it was television on an 'epic scale'How Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's big day unfolded, from the celebrity arrivals to the carriage procession watch by thousands on the streets of Windsor. BRIAN LAWLESS/AP Record numbers of Kiwis tuned to see the Royal wedding of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry. READ MORE:* Stuff's ultimate guide to the Royal Wedding: Here's how to celebrate the big day* The Royal Wedding: Where to watch the marriage of Meghan and Harry* Could this be the last royal wedding of its kind? Hannah McKay TVNZ was the people's choice to watch the royal wedding on Saturday night. Three's Kiwi presenters, Samantha Hayes and Ryan Bridge, hosted Newshub's Royal Wedding Special.
May 21, 2018 03:45 UTC
All Blacks preparing to unleash revamped game on the fast-chasing rugby worldANTHONY AU-YEUNG/GETTY IMAGES Could we see the All Blacks dip into their bag of tricks against France? 1 NEWS With line speed seen as one of the best tool to shut down the All Blacks, Barrett says Steve Hansen and co have a few things prepared. "Obviously the coaches have been watching Super Rugby for a while now, and northern hemisphere rugby. GETTY IMAGES What has Steve Hansen and the ABs coaches come up with? The camp continues until Tuesday evening when players will be despatched to rejoin their Super Rugby sides.
May 21, 2018 03:35 UTC
Australian sex cult leader selling his 'holy grounds'ROBERT PEARCE/STUFF William Kamm, outside court during his trial in 2005. Convicted Australian cult leader William "Little Pebble" Kamm is selling the "sacred" property where he claims the Virgin Mary told him to repopulate the Earth with two 15-year-old girls. Kamm, who now calls himself William Costellia, founded the Order of Saint Charbel on the New South Wales' south coast in the 1980s and preached a doomsday Christian message. He spent nine years in jail for having sex with two teenage girls before being paroled in November 2014. He blamed the "authorities and media", along with his extended detention orders, for forcing him to sell the property.
May 21, 2018 03:22 UTC
Jordie Barrett among the contenders to replace injured Hurricanes centre Matt Proctor HAMISH BIDWELLGETTY IMAGES We'll see if Jordie Barrett pops up at centre this week. Maybe it'll be Jordie Barrett this time. Laumape will be back at second five-eighth, when the Hurricanes meet the Crusaders in Christchurch on Friday, but it's centre where the vacancy exists now. Fifita, Baeuden and Jordie Barrett, TJ Perenara, Laumape, Milner-Skudder, Ardie Savea and Jeff To'omaga-Allen get back from the camp on Wednesday, ahead the top-of-the-table clash in Christchurch. It remains to be seen what plans the Hurricanes hatch, given Jordie Barrett popped up in a lineout the last time they played in Christchurch.
May 21, 2018 03:22 UTC
Funding for Waikato research in to dogs' ability to sniff out cancerWAIKATO UNIVERSITY Waikato University senior psychology lecturer Dr Timothy Edwards and his dog Tui. A Waikato University academic has secured a six-figure grant to study whether dogs can detect lung cancer from breath and saliva samples. Edwards' work examining how scent-detection dogs can be used for lung cancer screening was given a kickstart in 2017 when he received a $30,000 grant from the Waikato Medical Research Foundation. READ MORE:* Waikato study examines kava's effects on driving* Waikato health projects get funding boost* Mental health research for Maori begins"Because of the Waikato Medical Research funding, we can now hit the ground running," Edwards said. The hope is Edwards' research can help the development of machine-based sensor technology.
May 21, 2018 03:11 UTC
National housing scandal brewingTOM LEE/STUFF Residents of the failed Bella Vista Homes have been told they cannot return. CHRISTEL YARDLEY/STUFF Danny Cancian, Bella Vista Homes director. An over-reliance on producer statements by council code compliance assessors is where the wheels truly fall off. "Consequently, a dependency on producer statements and product appraisals has built up, which, in the view of the Overview Group, is less than satisfactory." Under the consented plans for Bella Vista Homes, the foundations of the houses were to be a RibRaft system.
May 21, 2018 02:26 UTC
M bovis: Leave it to the farmers to manageDOMINICO ZAPATA/STUFF Prime minister Jacinda Ardern, Federated farmers national president Katie Milne and Agriculture minister Damien O'Connor visit the Waikato farm infected with Mycoplasma bovis. OPINION: As I write this on May 20, New Zealand is at a crucial point in deciding how to manage Mycoplasma bovis. Elsewhere in the world, governments do not try to manage Mycoplasma bovis. With hindsight, it seems that the battle between Mycoplasma bovis and MPI was always going to be a victory for Mycoplasma bovis. Coming back to the immediate issues of Mycoplasma bovis, the key constraint going forward may well be for the Government itself to recognise that it does not have the capacity to either eradicate or manage Mycoplasma bovis.
May 21, 2018 02:15 UTC