Canterbury junior driver Ben Hope scored a career highlight when he drove Muscle Mountain to victory in the group 3 New Zealand Trotting Stakes at Addington on Saturday. Muscle Mountain's main rival, Ultimate Stride, challenged him for the lead and the junior driver elected to take a trail behind the blueblood. After a few nervous moments when Muscle Mountain was held up before the home turn, it proved to be a winning move. Sectional times showed Muscle Mountain ran his last 400m in 27.98sec. Muscle Mountain showed poise that several of his rivals could not when breaking runners caused two false starts.
Photos: Adam BurnsEighteenth year; 18 Central Otago vineyards represented. A variety of local wines and a "special historic setting" drew another healthy Easter Sunday crowd to Clyde's annual Wine and Food Festival yesterday. Nearly 3000 people converged on Clyde's historic precinct for the event, which has been running for nearly two decades. Festival convener Louise Joyce, who has run the festival for 14 years, said yesterday's cold and overcast conditions were a change from previous years. Dean Perkins, of Gore, prepares some Spanish chicken and sweetcorn paella at yesterday's Clyde Wine and Food Festival.
PHOTO: SEAN NUGENTAfter an epic cycling journey of more than 20,000km across the globe, former Olympian Rebecca Wardell arrived at her parents' Lake Hawea home on Friday to much applause. Wardell set off from Lake Geneva, Switzerland, about a year ago on an adventure that traversed Europe and Central and Southeast Asia, before arriving in New Zealand and cycling the length of the country. About 30 people joined her on her final stage from Tarras to Lake Hawea, where they arrived about 1.30pm on Friday. The journey also raised thousands of dollars for the Forward Foundation, a New Zealand charity that aims to empower young girls to reach their potential through sport.
Dunedin writer David Howard is headed to Ulyanovsk, Russia, for a writer's residency. PHOTO: GREGOR RICHARDSONBeing restructured out of the University of Otago's philosophy department has had a silver lining for a Dunedin poet. David Howard was forced to look for other opportunities after losing his job as an administrator in the department of philosophy, and found one in a month-long Unesco Cities of Literature residency in Ulyanovsk, Russia. It is the first such residency Ulyanovsk has offered. He had already completed a City of Literature residency in Prague in 2016, and then another residency in Croatia.
The former site of nine sycamore trees in Oamaru's Tyne St that were felled last month. A landscaping plan is being developed by the Waitaki District Council to replace them. PHOTO: DANIEL BIRCHFIELDPlanter boxes in keeping with the "general harbour theme" look likely to be the basis of a landscaping plan to replace the sycamore trees felled in Tyne St in early March. In a letter to residents, provided to the Otago Daily Times, council project manager Joshua Rendell said the stormwater main replacement project was being carried out to provide "much-needed network improvements". The letter went on to say the council had "committed to preparing a landscaping plan for the area", which would be communicated to nearby residents "for comment in due course".
Artist Claire Rye's mural paints a picture of hope for South Dunedin. Two Dunedin artists' work will be installed in Dunedin after they won a national art competition. Keep New Zealand Beautiful's nature murals competition encouraged artists to submit mural designs with an environmental message. Ms Rye's design, How Wetlands Help, is based on the drained wetlands South Dunedin is built on. Ms Rye said South Dunedin had been identified as one of the areas in the city most vulnerable to climate change.
PHOTO: WILD RANGE PHOTOGRAPHYHometown mare Lil Miss Swiss came with a storming finish to cause a big upset in the listed Riverton Cup on Saturday. The South African-born apprentice scored her first group or listed race win and brought up her 50th riding victory in New Zealand. Jonker was not about to celebrate either of those achievements until the judge, Brendon Burke, announced Lil Miss Swiss as the winner. "I was just really happy with her [Lil Miss Swiss'] performance and the way she pushed herself at the end. Jonker asked the mare to make up that ground from the 500m and she angled Lil Miss Swiss to the extreme outside of the track.
PHOTO: GREGOR RICHARDSONOfficiating at Mass at an Easter service in Broad Bay celebrating 120 years of historic Polish church Mary Queen of Peace Church is Dunedin Bishop the Most Rev Michael Dooley. A morning tea was served with Swieconka, a Polish tradition where baskets of Easter foods are blessed, along with Polish Easter cakes. The church opened on April 16, 1899, in Waihola, south of Dunedin. The majority of worshippers at the time were settlers from Poland. After membership declined, church authorities decided to move the building to Broad Bay on Otago Peninsula, where the Catholic community was without a church.
More than 20 people are dead in Sri Lanka from the six blasts at high-end hotels, authorities have said. The Sri Lankan government blocked access to social media platforms on Sunday, following a string of explosions that claimed more than 207 lives on the holiest day on the Christian calendar. Eranga Jayawardena/AP A Sri Lankan police commando enters a house suspected to be a hideout of militants following a shoot out in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Sunday, April 21, 2019. The Sri Lankan government has taken steps to shut down social media platforms in the past, most recently in March 2018 after communal riots. "While a ban on social media helps to contain the spread of rumors, it also hampers efforts by journalists to push back on them," he said
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Gen Percival, commander of the British and Commonwealth forces in Singapore, had retreated to the bunker four days earlier with key staff. They were among the last to get away, leaving on the day Gen Percival moved command headquarters to the Battlebox. After the surrender, Japanese military were housed in what had been the British administrative building. Gen Percival led the way, Brigadier T.K. To get a feel for what Churchill called "the worst disaster and largest capitulation in British history", a visit to Singapore's Battlebox is a "must".
A trio of young pukanui trees in St Clair, Dunedin. You can see fine local specimens of pohutukawa, kauri, puriri and taraire trees from the north of the North Island, too. It wouldn't have survived outside in a southern winter, but almost all other New Zealand trees would - and actually do - so long as they are planted in the right place. Another promising young pukanui near Cargill’s Castle. The old, spreading pukanui trees dotted around Auckland exude a kind of languid, tropical vibe that's rare in New Zealand plants.
Q What was your purpose when you started working on Headlands: New Stories of Anxiety? When my husband developed anxiety and panic attacks, we didn't know what it was, but we went to the GP like you're meant to. I wanted people with anxiety to see themselves in its pages and to understand they are not alone. Q In your introduction to Headlands, you say the number of people suffering from a diagnosed mood or anxiety disorder is increasing. You could describe anxiety as a disease of runaway fear, and I think its rise is due to a mix of things.
Clinical psychologist Chris Skellett says trust is the new love and we are floundering for lack of it. Photo: Getty ImagesHE believes trust is so foundational to wellbeing, he has written a book about it, When Trust Goes Missing: A Clinical Guide. "Eighteen years ago, I gave a brief paper to a psychology conference in Christchurch about trust and how each and every client can be seen to carry an issue of trust, from depressed clients who don't trust themselves to make a decision, to abuse victims who don't trust people, to anxious or traumatised clients who don't trust the world to be predictable and safe. Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett, authors of The Spirit Level, say a number of studies have also shown a strong link between trust and health - that people with high levels of trust live longer. Skellett breaks the world of trust into three kingdoms, what he calls the "three domains of trust''.
PHOTO: SHARON BENNETT PHOTOGRAPHYGina DempsterThis week is Fashion Revolution Week, marking the anniversary of the Rana Plaza factory collapse, which killed 1138 people and injured many more on April 24, 2013. She is hosting a Dunedin seminar on clothing upcycling to celebrate Fashion Revolution, with presentations from eight upcyclers living in Otago. Clothing upcycling seminarLocal clothing upcyclers from throughout Otakou (Otago) will discuss their practice and display their creations. You too can be part of the Fashion Revolution with 8 #haulternativesYou don't need to buy new clothes to enjoy a haul. Pick the one that most inspires you and create a haulternative video for Fashion Revolution Week (April 22-28, 2019).
As people live longer, more of us are living with one or more chronic conditions for part of our lives. Person-centred care, where healthcare providers respect and respond to individual patient preferences, needs and values, is the latest buzzword. They thought diabetes was self-inflicted, that only people who are lazy, fat and eat rubbish get diabetes. Fourthly, and most importantly for healthcare providers, the people in the study felt they did not have enough information about diabetes. The interviews were carried out in 2012, so we do not know whether things have improved since that time.