National has proposed a review of National Park management plans - and creating a new national park in the Catlins. The party’s discussion document, launched at its BlueGreen Forum in Raglan today, has proposed a range of policies, including a proposed new national park in the Catlins. In conservation, National proposed upping funding for Department of Conservation (DOC) rangers to help them deal with biosecurity incursions - and also encouraged them to help identify potential opportunities for businesses approved to use the conservation estate. NEW NATIONAL PARK AND RESERVESNational further proposed a review of National Park management plans - and creating a new national park in the Catlins. Notably, National proposed updating restrictions around biotechnology to bring the rules in line with the latest science - specifically referencing its benefits in eradicating pests.
February 23, 2019 01:30 UTC
Kaitaia Police said it was working to ensure a thorough understanding of the circumstances surrounding the baby's death. The body of a baby, who died from non-accidental injuries in Kaitaia, has been returned to her whānau, police have confirmed. Northland CIB acting detective inspector Lloyd Schmid said her body was returned to her family on Friday afternoon. READ MORE: A baby has died in Kaitaia, sparking a homicide investigationSchmid confirmed police were conducting a scene examination at a property on Worth St, Kaitaia, where the body was found. CHRISTOPHER HARRIWELL/STUFF Acting detective inspector Lloyd Schmid said she the girl's body was returned to her family on Friday afternoon.
February 23, 2019 01:30 UTC
Wellington Zoo has euthanised four male baboons after their social structure broke down causing serious in-fighting. Wellington Zoo has euthanised four male baboons after their social structure broke down. Habib,14, Osiris, 7, Les,17, and Rafiki,15, were all born at Wellington Zoo. They were the only baboons at the zoo, which has housed baboons since 1967. Wellington Zoo animal welfare committee member Dr Ngaio Beausoleil said it was a tough decision – but the humane one.
February 23, 2019 01:16 UTC
Pope Francis is to make a speech on Sunday, the final day of the conference. Photo: Vatican Media via ReutersThe Roman Catholic Church must repair the "systematic failures" that enabled sexual abuse to take root around the world, and bishops should start policing each other's behaviour, leading cardinals say. Various aspects of the sexual abuse crisis made 2018 the worst year for the pope since his election in 2013. In what appeared to be a reference to the McCarrick case, Cardinal Gracias said bishops should "fraternally correct" each other. Pope Francis ordered a "thorough study" last year of all documents concerning McCarrick.
February 23, 2019 01:07 UTC
A concept model for the Canterbury Stadium, being used to test what is the best fit for the city, is based on a bowl-shaped, 25,000 seat arena. Sports groups, businesses and neighbours are having their say on concept plans for Christchurch's new stadium. A 25,000-seater stadium concept with a plastic roof similar to Dunedin's Forsyth Barr is being consulted on as officials prepare a detailed case for Government funding. CHRISTCHURCH CITY COUNCIL Christchurch City Council (CCC) general manager citizens and community Mary Richardson said people talked about the stadium's "incredible benefits", the investment case was working to quantify them. If the investment case is approved by June, the plan is to start construction in late 2020.
February 23, 2019 00:56 UTC
Photo: ReutersApologising for a workplace climate of bullying, harassment and public humiliation, top officials at the influential rights group Amnesty International have offered to resign in a letter made public. The poor management compounded job pressures for the Amnesty staff of about 2500 who routinely work on cases of detentions, disappearances, killings, torture and other human rights abuses around the world, an external review found. Amnesty's senior leadership team members wrote in their letter that they "take shared responsibility for the climate of tension and mistrust." Efforts by the organisation to address its problems have been "ad hoc, reactive, and inconsistent," the report said, and the senior leadership team was described by staff as out-of-touch, incompetent and callous. The leadership team members signing the letter were the senior directors of research, the secretary-general's office, global fundraising, global operations, people and services, law and policy and campaigns and communications.
February 23, 2019 00:33 UTC
Lime have asked Auckland users to share support by emailing Auckland Mayor Phil Goff and Auckland Councillors. Nearly one million trips had been made on Lime scooters in the past four months, it added. Casey said she wasn't able to find any other emails that were coming through due to the rate at which Lime users' emails were flooding in. Melanie Earley On Saturday morning in Ponsonby, a handful of Lime scooters could still be seen - now they are all gone. The suspension of Lime scooters will be reviewed by Auckland Council on Monday.
February 23, 2019 00:17 UTC
In any case, Trump vowed on Friday to veto the measure if it passes both chambers and gets to his desk. We have too many smart people that want border security, so I can't imagine that it could survive a veto," Trump told reporters in the Oval Office. He called on all members of Congress - Democrats and Republicans - to support the resolution terminating Trump’s emergency declaration, saying it tramples on congressional authority and would set a dangerous precedent. Trump declared the national emergency last week after Congress declined to fulfill his request for $5.7 billion this year to help build the wall. Officials have said that the administration found nearly $US7 billion ($NZ10.2 billion) to reallocate to the wall, including about $3.6 billion from the military construction budget.
February 23, 2019 00:11 UTC
Asked to clarify if he was considering calling for another referendum, Corbyn said: "That's the point we're discussing now in the party." McDonnell said Labour is "moving towards" a second referendum on Brexit. He said an amendment calling for a public vote which is being tabled for debate next week by lawmakers "could be a solution". May has ruled out staging a second vote, saying parliament should respect the 2016 referendum when 52% of Britons who cast a vote chose to leave the EU. But supporters of a second referendum say it is the only way to break the deadlock in parliament by asking for the people to decide.
February 23, 2019 00:00 UTC
West Indies captain Jason Holder celebrates dismissing Tom Curran of England during the 2nd ODI at Kensington Oval. Shimron Hetmyer and Sheldon Cottrell played the starring roles as West Indies beat England by 26 runs to level the five-match series of one-day internationals 1-1 on Saturday (NZ time). Put into bat by England, West Indies chalked up 289-6 in their 50 overs at Kensington Oval in Barbados with middle-order batsman Hetmyer smashing an unbeaten 104 from 83 balls. AP West Indies' Shimron Hetmyer celebrates his century. GETTY IMAGES Sheldon Cottrell celebrates dismissing England captain Eoin Morgan.
February 22, 2019 23:48 UTC
Photo: ReutersGrammy-winning singer R. Kelly has been charged with criminal sexual abuse of at least three teenagers under age 17, the local state's attorney said, following years of allegations against the 52-year-old R&B singer. Kelly, whose real name is Robert Kelly, faces three to seven years in prison on each count, Foxx said. She made the remarks after the six-hour documentary Surviving R. Kelly was aired on Lifetime television. An attorney for R. Kelly did not immediately return a call or email seeking comment. SOCIAL MEDIA ERUPTSThe Surviving R. Kelly documentary in January this year set off a furor on social media.
February 22, 2019 23:48 UTC
Manson won the premier men's single scull final at the New Zealand rowing championships at Lake Ruataniwha on Saturday. Bronze went to Jordan Parry in 6:59.12ROWING NZ Mahe Drysdale has won gold at the last two Olympic Games. The two are battling for the right to represent New Zealand in the single scull at next year's Tokyo Olympics. PHOTOSPORT Emma Twigg won the premier women's single scull final. Emma Twigg's quest to finally win an Olympic medal received a boost when she captured the women's single scull title.
February 22, 2019 23:45 UTC
NZ Warriors show promising signs in trial win over Melbourne Storm JACKSON THOMASGETTY Adam Keighran was two from two off the tee on Friday, against the Storm. ANALYSIS: One trial down, one win in the books for the Warriors as they open season 2019 with a 12-6 win over the Melbourne Storm, in Geelong. Here's five of the big takeaways from the first-up win on Friday. Roache fit and firingIn his first game of rugby league since August 2017, Warriors hooker Nate Roache returned with a bang. And here's hoping the Warriors catch the bug again off the back of the win in Melbourne.
February 22, 2019 23:03 UTC
Playing a memory game at the Senior-Link activity centre are Daisy Madden, Karin Madsen, co-ordinator Geraldine Tait, Rosemary Cory, activity co-ordinator Gaynor Propsting, Andrew Smith and Ross James, while volunteers make tea in the background. The activity centre meets twice a week, providing a day's worth of activity and social interaction for whoever turns up. Makarita Huihui watches as her friends debate the options in a trivia game played at the Senior-Link activity centre. Senior-Link co-ordinators Gaynor Propsting and Geraldine Tait have set up the day's activities, helped by a dedicated group of volunteers. Ian Bartlett talks with Senior-Link co-ordinator Geraldine Tait.
February 22, 2019 23:01 UTC
READ MORE: Weekend brings rain, cold southerly gales, even some snowOn Saturday morning, MetService meteorologist Stephen Glassey said most of the rain was clearing off the North Island to the east. On Sunday, most of the North Island is expected to get some rain, with some heavy falls forecast. It's a similar story for the south and east of the South Island, but the west is expected to be mainly fine. Cold southerly gales are expected in the east of the South Island on Sunday, spreading into the North Island. On Sunday, snow could lower to 1200m in the north of the South Island.
February 22, 2019 22:32 UTC