Serious crash in New Lynn, AucklandDAVID WALKER/STUFF A St John ambulance transported a person to Auckland Hospital in a critical condition. Police are at the scene of a crash where a motorcyle and car collided at 5.30pm in New Lynn, Auckland. St John confirmed one person has been transported to Auckland Hospital in a critical condition. The road is closed at the intersection of Great North Road and Portage Road and diversions are in place. The scene is being investigated by the Serious Crash Unit.
October 21, 2017 05:37 UTC
Beware the smoke and mirrors around the pot legalisation debateARND WIEGMANN The Green Party has wrangled a referendum out of Jacinda Ardern's Labour Party on legalising recreational marijuana. The anxiety attacks, paranoia, rancid bong smoke, the tatty pot culture, rasta beanies, "tribal" tattoos and all that. The anxiety-attacks, paranoia, rancid bong smoke, the tatty pot culture, rasta beanies, tribal tattoos and all that. Guess they didn't get the Government's 42-year-old pot criminalising memo also known as the Misuse of Drugs Act 1975. It goes like this, I try pot, I like it but I want something stronger, give me some heroin etc.
October 21, 2017 04:18 UTC
Jess Ford says she's heartbroken about the disappearance of fisherman Kieran Lynch, pictured here with their daughter Ava. Photo: SuppliedA young mum says she is heartbroken after searches for her partner, missing fisherman Kieran Lynch, were unsuccessful. Mr Lynch was onboard the vessel with fellow fisherman Jay Cairney, whose body was discovered following extensive land and sea searches. Searches last week resumed for outstanding fisherman 22 year-old Lynch, who had just become a father to a baby girl with partner Jess Ford. After suspecting his "moody" partner was pregnant Mr Lynch went to the store to buy a pregnancy test, she said.
October 21, 2017 04:18 UTC
Three people were injured as a car smashed into the Coast Cafe in Kakanui Friday. Photo: Nate OrrusA car crashed into a Kakanui cafe on Friday night about 10.45pm causing considerable damage to the building and sending three people to the hospital. Half of the vehicle was inside The Coast Cafe on Beach Rd when police arrived at the scene, a police spokeswoman said. St John South Island spokesman Gerard Campbell said three patients with moderate injuries were transported by ambulance to Oamaru Hospital. Police could not immediately confirm whether the driver of the car was spoken to at the scene.
October 21, 2017 03:45 UTC
Jesse Parete of the Steamers breaking through the Otago defense during the Mitre 10 Cup Semi Final match between Bay of Plenty and Otago in Tauranga. Photo:Getty ImagesOtago has been beaten in the Mitre 10 Cup championship semifinal, going down 48-32 to Bay of Plenty in Tauranga. It was a deserved win for the home side which led 22-11 at halftime and scored seven tries to four. Otago made countless mistakes and did not value the ball high enough. Bay of Plenty 48 (Joe Webber 2, Lalakai Foketi 2, Henry Stowers, Terrence Hepetema tries; penalty try; Mike Delany 4 con, pen) Otago 32 (Sam Anderson-Heather, Sione Teu, Vilimoni Koroi, Tei Walden tries, Fletcher Smith 3 con, Josh Ioane 2 pen) Halftime: 22-11 BOP
October 21, 2017 03:33 UTC
West Coast Lotto fans make two-hour trip to buy tickets after local store's machine failsMICHAEL BRADLEY/STUFF Some Reefton residents hoping for a Lotto windfall have been driving to Greymouth or Westport - two-hour return jouneys - to buy tickets as the only local store is having technical problems (file photo). Keen Lotto fans from one West Coast town are making two-hour return trips to buy tickets after their local store's ticketing machine lost connection to the internet. Reefton's This That and Lotto store worker Phyl Hampton on Saturday said the Lotto ticketing system had been down since Friday. Hampton said customers were not happy, with some making the two-hour return drive to Greymouth or Westport to buy their tickets. We've just got retail, but we do sell a lot of Lotto tickets on a Saturday."
October 21, 2017 03:33 UTC
Australian journalist surprised by Jacinda Ardern's accessibilityMAARTEN HOLL/STUFF During her campaign Jacinda Ardern enjoyed popping into Labour's phone bank in Wellington CBD to surprise volunteers. Well, a brief interaction with New Zealand's Prime Minister-designate has left one Australian journalist flabbergasted. Tiger Webb, from Radio National, called Parliament in Wellington to confirm how to pronounce Jacinda Ardern's name. heard variant pronunciations of jacinda ardern, so called her office. "Heard variant pronunciations of Jacinda Ardern, so called her office.
October 21, 2017 01:52 UTC
Property Council worried tighter immigration will hit labour marketJOHN EDENS/STUFF Property Council of New Zealand chief executive Connal Townsend is worried about immigration restrictions. The property sector will be a key enabler if the incoming coalition government is to succeed in reaching its housing goals. The big challenge will be to accelerate building for the 100,000 homes Labour has said it wants to build, according to Connal Townsend, the chief executive of the Property Council, which represents commercial property owners. He warned restrictions on immigration would make a tight labour market worse. The Property Council was watching tax policy closely, and favoured NZ First's policy of making seismic strengthening tax deductible.
October 21, 2017 01:18 UTC
Queensland police have recommended no criminal charges be laid over the Dreamworld ride disaster, but park employees and the Gold Coast theme park's owners still face potential prosecution. In a report to the Queensland coroner, police say no Dreamworld staff should be prosecuted for the incident nearly a year ago, in which a ride malfunctioned, killing four people. "Police have recommended no criminal charges be laid, but obviously that's only a recommendation, the coroner may come back with suggestions relating to prosecution," the spokesman told AAP. However, the laws are not retrospective, so would not apply to the Dreamworld tragedy. Queensland Coroner James McDougall told media last year that he hoped an inquest would be held this year, however it now seems the earliest any inquest would be held is 2018.
October 21, 2017 01:18 UTC
New Zealand squash pro Paul Coll bows out in quarterfinalsPSA New Zealand squash player Paul Coll. World squash No 10 Paul Coll saw his title defence at the 2017 Channel VAS Championships in England come to an end in the quarterfinals at the hands Ali Farag of Egypt. Coll was beaten 9-11 4-11 7-11 in the last eight of the US$100,000 tournament in 45 minutes with the World No 5 Egyptian controlling the game from start to finish. "I was very pleased with the way I controlled the pace because if it gets out of hand against Paul then I would have no chance. READ MORE: Coll moves into quarterfinals"He's so good at getting to the ball so I was trying to hold as much as possible and mix the pace up.
October 21, 2017 00:52 UTC
Are these the dumbest fashion crimes? Image: Topshop. Image: Topshop. READ MORE:* An open letter to Topshop about its clear plastic jeans* The worst three items of clothing we've seen this week* Crimes of fashion and how we should avoid themImage: Nordstrom. (@kimklookbook) on Sep 6, 2016 at 8:45am PDTLast year Kim Kardashian stepped out in these questionable plastic boots.
October 21, 2017 00:45 UTC
Photographer captures art lovers who 'match' the art workSTEFAN DRASCHAN/TUMBLR Stefan Draschan is a photographer who loves to hang about in museums, taking photos people viewing the art. When the viewers match the artwork, he captures the moment. You have to admire the patience of France-based photographer Stefan Draschan. He has spent literally hours waiting for the right viewer to stop and admire the painting in his focus. Draschan has taken most of the photos in museums in Paris, Berlin and Vienna and has said they have not been staged.
October 21, 2017 00:11 UTC
WARNING: Graphic contentPolice have confirmed they are investigating superstar magician David Blaine after accusations of rape were leveled against him from former model Natasha Prince. Prince claims the magician raped her in a private home in London in 2004 at 21 years old. "He was nice to me," Prince told The Daily Beast. Prince said Blaine sent her a text message the next day inviting her to his friend's place for drinks. One incident alledegly involved Blaine following her into a bathroom and he reportedly told her, "You were really good in bed."
Source:New Zealand Herald
October 20, 2017 23:37 UTC
Donald Trump's administration congratulates Jacinda Ardern1 NEWS Her dramatic rise to the top job has grabbed the headlines across the Tasman. US President Donald Trump's administration has congratulated incoming Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. A statement by the US Department of State issued on Friday congratulated New Zealand and Ardern on the formation of the next government. KEVIN LAMARQUE/REUTERS Trump's administration says it looks forward to working with Jacinda Ardern. ROSS GIBLIN/STUFF Jacinda Ardern has already talked to the leaders of Australia and the UK.
October 20, 2017 23:03 UTC
Shock over deck railing collapse at Marlborough Sounds hotelCHRISTINE CORNEGE/STUFF Four men were on the deck outside the Portage Resort Hotel's restaurant and bar in the Marlborough Sounds when a rail collapsed on Friday night. A group of men fell off a Marlborough Sounds hotel deck "like a pack of cards" after a railing collapsed, a witness says. The four men were outside the bar at the Portage Resort Hotel on Friday evening when a railing gave way, leaving two of them with moderate injuries, and one with serious injuries. Two others had moderate injuries and one minor (file photo). Eatwell is a well-known local character and the largest private landowner on the Queen Charlotte Track in the Marlborough Sounds.
October 20, 2017 22:58 UTC