School and racehorses a perfect fit for Tristan LarsenJamie Searle/Stuff Tristan Larsen holds last-start winner Melina Lowe. Fourteen-year-old Tristan Larsen gets up bright and early to drive a horse in training before heading off to Southland Boys' High School. Tristan goes to bed at 7.30pm on school nights and is up at 6.30am to drive a horse in speed training. Melina Lowe (race eight) and her half-brother, Arthur Lowe (race nine), have won and been placed at Addington or Forbury Park meetings through the winter. "They're fit and good enough to get money," Kirk Larsen said.
August 24, 2017 00:45 UTC
Spark mobile network recoversSUPPLIED Spark says problems now confined to 3G services in parts of Auckland and Hamilton. Spark says it has largely fixed a fault with its mobile broadband network that affected mobile broadband customers around the country. The fault with its mobile network, which Spark first reported shortly after 11am, had been intermittent, she said. READ MORE:* Spark mobile network still 'patchy' across NZ after earlier outages* Spark blames outage on bad modems* Xtra email hit by unexplained faultWhile the mobile broadband issue had affected customers nationwide, Baguley believed the knock-on impact on calls and texts had been "marginal". Spark mobile customers last experienced significant network issues in January, when a Sunday morning outage caused problems that dragged on until the evening.
August 24, 2017 00:40 UTC
Lyttelton's timeball will drop again daily when restoration finishedALASTAIR DALZELL A Titan Demag AC 160 liftz a Kato 25-tonne crane for the reconstruction of Lyttelton's historic Timeball Station. The $3 million restoration of the Lyttelton Timeball tower is under way following a major crane lift that closed Reserve Tce for the day. JOHN KIRK-ANDERSON/STUFF Lyttelton's Timeball Station before it was wrecked in the February 2011 earthquake. JOHN KIRK-ANDERSON/STUFF The Lyttelton Timeball Station site after the building was demolished. Once the Timeball tower is completed, the timeball will drop again daily as it did before the earthquakes.
August 24, 2017 00:33 UTC
Cold Kiwi homes 'a point of shame'solarei.com/SUPPLIED House designed by Solarei architecture and design practice, using passive solar design principles. "Studies prove cold houses kill people, yet most western countries, including Australia, have higher construction [insulation] R value minimums than us." ecowindows/SUPPLIED A house designed by Moaa Architects, using passive solar design principles. solarei.com/SUPPLIED Another house using passive solar design principles. So he learnt all he could about passive solar design, then built his own house in Raglan.
Rugby final bringing the past and present togetherJackson Thomas/STUFF Eras collide as One Tree Hill College's 1XV rugby team prepare for their first Auckland final, in 40-years. Not typically known as a rugby powerhouse, the One Tree Hill side carved out a terrific season in 2017 finishing with an 11-2 record. One Tree Hill College Principal Nick Coughlan said the school had "more than enough talent" to compete in 1A. "It means a lot to the school and to the boys to have past players around the group also. "People think because of our name that we are not a rugby school but we have proven we can compete and we'll prove it on Saturday."
Candid candidates: Jin An Labour candidate Getting candid: In the lead up to the general election, the North Harbour News goes behind the billboards and party colours to give you a 'first person' insight into the aspiring candidates. SUPPLIED Upper Harbour electorate Labour party candidate Jin An. Give me three words that come to mind when I say 'Upper Harbour'? What do you see as the main issues affecting Upper Harbour? - North Harbour News
Dunedin appears set to bring in a shiny new bylaw to ban freedom campers from staying overnight in the city. These are our suggestions:1.Build a wall, and make freedom campers pay for it. Image: HBO2.Introduce a complete ban on parking anywhere in the city so the freedom campers have nowhere to stop and are forced to drive round and round the block until they expire. Photo: ODT files3.Develop a communications campaign targeted at freedom campers highlighting Dunedin's downsides; its terrible weather, its frumpy, recalcitrant citizens, and the mean streak inherent in the local criminal classes. Hope it is not shared on social media where other tourists might see it.
August 24, 2017 00:11 UTC
Kiwi Facebook users are being warned to ignore a message received via Facebook Messenger, which includes a weird shortened link. Photo: ReutersA new malware attack targeting passwords has been spreading through Facebook and infecting New Zealand users of the social network. Kiwi Facebook users are being warned to ignore a message received via Facebook Messenger, which includes a weird shortened link. "This particular version that's spreading at the moment steals personal information," he said. Mr Cocker also warned people against using the same password for multiple services and networks since, once discovered, it can easily be tried on other websites.
August 23, 2017 23:26 UTC
Photo: NZ HeraldMotorists will now be able to travel up to 110km/h per hour on some of New Zealand's key expressways. Associate Transport Minister Tim Macindoe said faster speed limits would initially be rolled out to the Tauranga Eastern Link, and parts of the Waikato Expressway. The new speed limit would be in effect on roads that met the criteria by the end of this year. The faster 110km/h speed limit would only apply to stretches of roads built to a standard where the higher speed limit was safe and appropriate, he said. "Our new Roads of National Significance are our safest roads - with no fatalities to date.
August 23, 2017 23:03 UTC
'Accidental Wes Anderson' images on Reddit celebrate the surrealREDDIT REDDIT REDDIT REDDIT REDDIT REDDIT REDDIT REDDIT REDDIT REDDIT REDDIT REDDIT REDDIT supplied REDDIT REDDIT REDDIT REDDIT REDDIT REDDIT Lighthouse in Húsavík, Iceland Swimming Hall in Gotha, Germany Courtyard building, photo by Berlin architecture student Paul Eis Sketch restaurant, London Ratana Church, Raetihi, New Zealand Sunndalsora, Norway Library at Goethe University, Frankfurt Reykjavík, Iceland Homes in Vietnam Piscine Galin, Bordeaux Tin Mal Mosque, Morocco Batumi, Georgia Hotel Belvedere, Switzerland Muizenberg Beach, Cape Town Hotel Saratoga in Havana, Cuba Men's room at The Fabulous Fox Theatre in St. Louis Choi Hung Estate in Hong Kong The Bahamas Inside a tower in Pisa, Italy Chinese restaurant And here is a not-so-accidental scene from a classic Wes Anderson movie - Ralph Fiennes is Gustave H, the concierge in Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel. 1 of 21 « Previous « Previous Next » Next »Leading American movie maker Wes Anderson has inspired thousands of would-be directors, who are posting surreal photos on Reddit, under the sub category Accidental Wes Anderson. REDDIT There's a real sense of movie magic about this image of huts on the waterfront in Suundalsora, Norway. There's a strong sense of symmetry to the majority of the images, while others strongly recollect scenes from classic Wes Anderson movies, such as The Grand Budapest Hotel and The Darjeeling Limited. Visiting this website is like disappearing down a worm hole, with new images added every hour.
August 23, 2017 22:59 UTC
Marina Erakovic loses at US Open qualifyingGETTY IMAGES Marina Erakovic won't be playing the US Open after losing in the opening round of qualifying in New York. Marina Erakovic's US Open tennis hopes have quickly ended in qualifying. The New Zealand women's No 1 lost her first round singles qualifying match in New York on Thursday (NZ time). Erakovic was beaten by teenaged world No 237 Fanny Stollar of Hungary 6-4 6-2 in just over an hour at Flushing Meadows. The Kiwi's ranking has slipped to 175 in a season plagued by injury and poor results.
August 23, 2017 22:41 UTC
Photo: ODT filesOlder Kiwis think more houses should be built but younger generations prefer the idea of restricting ownership to residents. A survey of 2500 people found baby boomers were the most concerned about younger generations getting on the property ladder. Of those surveyed, 63% of baby boomers worried about younger generations getting on the ladder compared to 51% of those in Gen Y. However, 65% of baby boomers believed more houses should be built compared to 50% of those in Gen Y. Canstar general manager Jose George said: "Surprisingly, it was the baby boomers who were more concerned with the lack of opportunity for younger generations.
August 23, 2017 22:38 UTC
Protesters arrested after blocking access to mine in KarangahakeSUPPLIED Protesters block access to the mine in Karangahake. Police have arrested one protester and removed eight who were blocking access to a Karangahake gold mine in the Coromandel. New Talisman is working in the historically mined area, which is now in conservation land, after recently finding substantial gold reserves. "We strongly oppose gold mining in Karangahake," said Dove. "The conservation land is for people and the public and their culture."
August 23, 2017 21:56 UTC
Review: Roomba is effective but expensiveVacuuming the family home has to be one of the most thankless household tasks. For the past few weeks, I've been using a Roomba to do my most-hated chore. The Roomba 980 costs $1600 and is on sale in New Zealand now. Also, the Roomba works like a robot, not a human. While I think the Roomba 980 is great, the price is quite high.
August 23, 2017 21:45 UTC
Drunk driver ploughs into Hamilton propertyPHILLIPA YALDEN/STUFF The male driver came to a stop when he hit the garage. After spending the night at a friend's house, the Claudelands resident arrived home early Thursday to find the front of his property torn up by an alleged drunk driver. READ MORE: Spate of crashes leaves two dead, others criticalThe man was shocked to hear a drunk driver had smacked into his garage. PHILLIPA YALDEN/STUFF A drunk driver crashed into a garage off Te Aroha St in Claudelands. The crash happened at the intersection of Bond St on a relatively straight stretch of Te Aroha St around 2am.
August 23, 2017 21:11 UTC