peter_williams_tvnz.png Broadcaster Peter Williams: "I've had a pretty good run". Photo: NZ HeraldHe's graced our screens for nearly 40 years but tonight Peter Williams said farewell. Williams himself stayed remarkably professional throughout the farewell but choked up slightly as he thanked his colleagues. "Maybe we'll meet again," he finished by saying before walking out to hugs and high-fives from all the staff at the station. He began working at TVNZ in 1979 as a rugby league commentator after starting out at Radio Otago in 1972.
December 16, 2018 06:11 UTC
gettyimages-148906544.jpg Stirling Range National Park, in Western Australia. Photo: Getty ImagesAn elderly woman has been found weak but alive days after she went missing in a national park in Western Australia. Patricia Byrne, 84, was found on Sunday after last being seen on Thursday morning in the Stirling Range National Park which sparked a land and air search effort of Mount Trio. Ms Byrne has been "weakened from the incident" but has been able to speak with her rescuers. More than 40 State Emergency Service volunteers, WA police, park ranges and the tracker dog team had combed the area since Thursday before she was found three days later.
December 16, 2018 06:00 UTC
Motorcycling New Zealand's goal of developing young motorcycling talent has started to pay off going by the results at the Super X Championships in Winton. The world's southern most Super X championship was held at a farm near Winton on Saturday. Sophie Pennicott South Island junior Super X champion Jack Symon, 13, races at the the last leg of the National Super X championships Winton on Saturday. John Hawkins/Stuff Nick Franklin pulls aerial stunts in the freestyle motocross display at the 2018 Winton Super-X championships on Saturday. John Hawkins/Stuff Nick Franklin pulls aerial stunts in the freestyle motocross display at the 2018 Winton Super-X championships on Saturday.
December 16, 2018 05:16 UTC
All proceeds from the event goes towards Organ Donation New Zealand. Christmas Ramble organiser Sharlene Heaphy was pleasantly surprised by her community's kindness on Saturday. Still on the mend, Heaphy signed up to open her house- and its Christmas lights- to the public for a gold coin donation. DOUG FIELD/STUFF Jan Wilkenson, left, and Sally Woodhead enjoy the lights during the Christmas Ramble, co-organised by sisters Sharlene Heaphy and Delwyn Ritchie. All money raised, once counted, will go to the national organ donation.
December 16, 2018 05:15 UTC
punakaiki_blowholes_540e71abec.JPG Punakaiki, an increasingly popular tourist spot on the West Coast. Photo: ODT filesThe ban is among initiatives rolled out by the Buller District Council to help it cope with freedom camping. As well as the ban on freedom camping in the Punakaiki area, the council is redirecting people to four specific overnight sites in a bid to manage congestion and reduce the harmful effects, including human waste and litter being left in scenic spots. The council has also installed signs to encourage campers to act responsibly, and will be appointing a compliance officer. The initiatives are funded through the government's freedom camping fund.
December 16, 2018 05:03 UTC
Rhys Chamberlain Albury School limited statutory manager Genevieve Hollyer, pictured, is pleased with how the school is progressing since she was appointed over a year ago. (file photo)While Scott will manage the last few days at Albury school, Heaphy plans on returning for the next school year, once his neck and back injury have improved. Hollyer has been working with the school board of trustees and Heaphy, and now Scott. Heaphy acknowledged the work of the school's principal release Di Anderson who retires at the end of the year. In September former Highfield School principal Shayne Gallagher died and Rema Leitch has been the acting principal.
Valentina Ivanov represented New Zealand at the youth Olympics earlier this year. Teen tennis sensation Valentina Ivanov has caused a major upset by defeating the New Zealand No 1 Paige Hourigan to win the NZ Champs. Ivanov won a tense final 3-6 6-4 7-5 at the Albany Tennis Centre on Auckland's North Shore on Sunday as she showed great mental strength to keep fighting back. The first set was one that Hourigan won more comfortably the scoreline suggests, as Hourigan was able to overpower her 17-year-old opponent. But the dilemma for Classic tournament director Karl Budge is if he gives it to Hourigan, who is ranked 577 in the world, or the unranked junior, but NZ champion, Ivanov.
State Highway 3, south of New Plymouth, is currently blocked by a tree. (File photo)A tree has fallen across State Highway 3, south of New Plymouth, blocking the road. A police spokesperson said Junction Rd, which is the state highway, was blocked between Mangorei Rd and Hydro Rd. "The road is likely to remain closed until late tonight or early tomorrow," a police media statement said. Motorists have been asked to avoid the area if possible, obey instructions from emergency services at the scene, and follow any sign-posted diversions.
UFC: Courageous Kiwi Dan Hooker knocked out by Edson Barboza in Milwaukee MARVIN FRANCESKY SPORTDan Hooker held tough for perhaps too long as the blows rained down from Edson Barboza. But Hooker absorbed it all until he could give no more, with his incredible show of toughness earning praise from several of his peers on social media. UFC president Dana White followed Hooker backstage as he departed the octagon and was left astounded by his grit and resilience. A vicious spinning back-kick to the abdomen at the start of the third left him in all sorts of trouble. It was Hooker's first stoppage defeat in 11 UFC bouts, bringing his overall record to 17-8.
December 16, 2018 04:53 UTC
Joseph Parker's trainer Kevin Barry unleashes verbal blows on Junior Fa MAT KERMEENSKY ARENALow blow controversy as Joseph Parker knocks out Alexander Flores. A frustrated Kevin Barry has unleashed a tirade of verbal blows on Junior Fa (16-0) as talk heats up over a domestic clash against Joseph Parker (25-2). But Barry contradicted himself when he admitted Fa was offered the fight before Flores. But that was also a contradiction of sorts with Flores ranked 176th before the Parker fight. Fa said he and Parker get on fine but he does not get the same vibe from Barry.
December 16, 2018 03:33 UTC
Virginia Pile finished work on her hat about 1.30am on Saturday in time for the the fashion parade later that day at Ascot Park. John Hawkins/Stuff Virginia Pile won the Fashion in the Field competition. In her first year of entering fashion parades, Pile won the competition at the Cromwell races two weeks ago with a red outfit. John Hawkins/Stuff Katie McNamara won the best hat millinery section of Fashion in the Field competition. Pile's win on Saturday gives her entry into the Derby Day fashion parade at the Auckland races on March 2.
December 16, 2018 03:33 UTC
The first batch of honey harvested from hives in Christchurch's residential red zone should have extra sweetness and flavour. Christchurch beekeeper Simon Phillips, of Gold Fern Honey, handed the first tub of "red-zone honey" to Greater Christchurch Regeneration Minister Megan Woods on Sunday. STACY SQUIRES/STUFF Gold Fern beekeeper Simon Phillips collects the first honey from hives in the residential red zone. READ MORE:* Jar of Kiwi mānuka honey will cost you $1800* Honey manufacturing shed goes up in flamesSTACY SQUIRES/STUFF Simon Phillips and Isabelle Davour harvest raw honey from the hive. LINZ supports groups like Gold Fern Honey to develop and trial new activities, including establishing four community gardens, the Life in Vacant Spaces Trust, several sports events and children's days.
December 16, 2018 03:22 UTC
Mia Chang, 3, gives 89-year-old Josie Pinker a gift at the adopt a senior Christmas party at Ultimate Care Aroha. Palmerston North youngsters have helped make the day for older folk at an adopt a senior Christmas party. The adopt a senior programme is run by Nicole Chang and is a gift-giving project for rest homes, where donated goods are given as presents. WARWICK SMITH/STUFF Chloe Chang, right, tries on a hat at the adopt a senior Christmas party, with sister Mia and Mason Jones preparing to hand out the presents. Ultimate Care Aroha resident Josie Pinker, 89, said the event was fantastic, as she sorted through her bag of presents.
December 16, 2018 03:22 UTC
Jane Portman, who has been the principal at Manaia Primary School for four years, will finish up at end of January and head back to the classroom to teach year three students at Halcombe School in Manawatū. Kris Boult Jane Portman has been the principal at Manaia Primary School for four years. "Being a principal is full-on and takes everything you've got, and when your kids start saying 'Hey, mum, when are you going to be home for us? "Getting back to the grassroots is really, really healthy for leaders." She was unsure if she'd go back to being a principal again but was happy with what she'd achieved in her time at Manaia.
December 16, 2018 03:05 UTC
Rocket Lab has made it back into space after unfavourable weather cleared in Hawke's Bay on Sunday. READ MORE:* Rocket Lab called a 'space unicorn' after first successful commercial launch* Rocket Lab successfully launches first commercial rocket* Heavy winds delay world-first rocket launch at Rocket Lab's NZ launch pad* Rocket Lab's Mahia launch site prepared for takeoff"This is a really significant mission for both Rocket Lab and Nasa," a company spokeswoman said. ROCKET LAB Sunday's launch would be Rocket Lab's first with Nasa. Started in 2006 by Aucklander Peter Beck, Rocket Lab developed rocket technology to provide access to orbit for small satellites. ROCKET LAB Rocket Lab's mission control in Mount Wellington controlled all of its global launches.
December 16, 2018 02:54 UTC