Precision key in Steinway piano move to Theatre Royal

Precision key in Steinway piano move to Theatre RoyalMARION VAN DIJK/ Bob Bickerton was a little anxious about a $250,000 Steinway piano's move to Nelson's Theatre Royal. Moving a $250,000 Steinway piano is a tricky operation involving many layers of protective wrapping, a lot of muscle power and a fair bit of anxiety. MARION VAN DIJK Piano mover Paora Batt of Amoova, reflects on a job well done after helping to shift the Sturgeon Steinway piano from Old St John's to the Theatre Royal. "The only downside with the Theatre Royal is its acoustics, which are designed and are very good for theatre work," Bickerton said. Adam Chamber Music Festival is on from Saturday February 3 to Saturday February 11 with a gala dinner on February 2.

January 23, 2017 05:50 UTC

Man severely beaten by hitchhiker

A man who stopped to offer a ride to a hitchhiker was savagely beaten and left on the side of the road as his attacker took off with his vehicle. Police are investigating the incident, which occurred on State Highway 2, near Wairoa, on Sunday night. The man, in his 60s, was on his way from Gisborne to Napier when he stopped to pick up a hitchhiker about 10.30pm, Fairfax reported. The driver's stepson said his stepfather suffered severe injuries and was due to undergo eye and facial surgery. However, family members said they were not expecting their father to get out of hospital soon.

January 23, 2017 05:42 UTC

Industry sources say Amber Sherlock isn't well-liked and is 'awful' to work with

The publication claims they spoke with 'well-placed industry sources', with one revealing that 41-year-old Amber 'is not well-liked in the newsroom'. Earlier this month, Amber caused a storm after a video showing her having a meltdown over colleague Julie Snook's white top was leaked to the media, the Daily Mail reports. In the 'Jacketgate' video, Amber demanded that 29-year-old Julie go and put on a black jacket. The clip has caused a headache for Channel 9, which is reportedly still searching for the person who leaked the footage. Meanwhile, Amber has returned to her hosting duties, presenting the weather on the 6pm bulletin of Nine News.

January 23, 2017 05:09 UTC

Shock downgrade highlights damaging weather

A shock earnings downgrade from New Zealand's biggest manuka honey maker, Comvita, has highlighted the damaging impact the current unsettled weather is having on the sector. The company expects a honey crop of 380 tonnes in the 2017 year, compared to an average harvest of 974 tonnes. The company's share price closed down 17 per cent at $6.50 on the news, wiping $56.5m off its market capitalisation. Comvita is by far the biggest player in the manuka honey sector, but the other smaller operators across the country were also suffering because of the bad weather, UMF Honey Association's John Rawcliffe said. It also manufactures medical grade manuka honey for the treatment or severe wounds and burns.

January 23, 2017 05:01 UTC

Opinion: Protests give hope for next generation

When your daughter and your mokopuna (granddaughter) march with their mother, down Queen St for women's equality, it gives me great hope for tomorrow's generation. Back then it was the Ron and Nancy ceremony with old Blue Eyes Frank Sinatra singing their praises. Perhaps they see the Trump Dream Team as something nightmares are made of, and like the growing global voice of hope for equality who are awakening and marching, hope Washington will also wake up from the nightmare. Not according to my daughter, her mum and my moko - and Meryl Streep, who say "Love Trumps Hate". Then, the voice of discontent across the divided states of America - and across the world will holler louder than ever.

January 23, 2017 05:01 UTC

Train hits 2-tonne container blown on to track

Photo: ODT filesA shipping container weighing about 2.3 tonnes was blown on to the main trunk railway from a container stack at Otahuhu in the weekend storm - and was hit by a train just after midnight. Auckland Transport spokesman Mark Hannan said the commuter train was returning to its depot when it hit the container at 12.08am on Sunday. But Greg Dearsly, of the NZ Institute of Safety Management, said the incident dramatised the risks of stacking containers in high piles without securing them against high winds. A WorkSafe spokesman said 12 containers also blew over in the storm at the Wiri container terminal, also without any injuries. The container that blew on to the railway line is believed to have come from a yard operated by CSL Containers on the eastern side of the railway line just north of the Otahuhu train station.

January 23, 2017 04:58 UTC

Older mothers: The birth of the 'retirement baby'

Older mothers: The birth of the 'retirement baby'123RF Are 'retirement babies' the logical progression from a generation of exhausted career women? Older mothers are more likely to have pre-eclampsia, diabetes and bleeding. Older mothers are also at increased risk of premature delivery - fine at 34-36 weeks, he says, but at 24-26 weeks it could mean lifelong health problems or worse. He sees that attitude less now, but points out that children of older parents do have an omnipresent awareness of mortality. "It balances the desire to achieve a live healthy birth with a healthy mum during pregnancy."

January 23, 2017 04:46 UTC

'Labour has to step up' for Maori, Turia says

'Labour has to step up' for Maori, Turia saysWARWICK SMITH/FAIRFAX NZ Dame Tariana Turia says the Labour Party is doing little for the people of Ratana. Former Maori Party co-leader Dame Tariana Turia says the people of Ratana continue to support Labour despite the party having done little for them. From left: Mana Party leader Hone Harawira, Maori Party candidate for Te Tai Hauauru Howie Tamati, Maori Party co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell and Maori Party president Tuku Morgan. "So these people have been intensely loyal to Labour and Labour has to step up. At the anniversary of Maori King Tuheitia's coronation last year he surprised many Maori when he said he could no longer support the Labour Party and would instead be throwing his support behind the Maori Party.

January 23, 2017 04:43 UTC

Watercare boss concerned about stormwater

In the email, Mr Jaduram was critical of the council's approach to stormwater. ``Council is allowing developments to occur knowing full well that there is no adequate stormwater system and that additional stormwater discharges to a Watercare combined sewerage system is going to result in more frequent spillages,'' Jaduram said. The Watercare boss stands by his comments to Mr Lee regarding the use of stormwater detention tanks, but declined to be interviewed on the issues he raised. Mr Lee said Mr Jaduram's email was revealing, honest and courageous for a public servant. What we are doing is dumping enormous amounts of raw sewage into Waitemata Harbour,'' Mr Lee said.

January 23, 2017 04:32 UTC

Pedestrians robbed at gunpoint in Christchurch

Four pedestrians were robbed at gunpoint in the early hours of this morning. Police say the group were walking in Rose St, in Christchurch, when a red sedan-type car pulled up ahead of them. Two people, described as wearing dark clothing, climbed out and approached the group on the footpath while two others remained in the car. Police say a gun was then pointed at the pedestrians, who had their phones and bank cards stolen. Police are making further inquiries and ask anyone who witnessed the incident to contact Acting Detective Sergeant Brad Greenstreet at Christchurch Police on (03) 363-7400.

January 23, 2017 04:26 UTC

Double-bunking arrangements for trans prisoners are under review

Double-bunking arrangements for trans prisoners are under reviewFAIRFAX NZ Transgender double bunking arrangements are under review. Jail officials are reviewing accommodation arrangements for transgender prisoners, who for now won't have to share cells with non trans inmates. Since introducing the controversial double-bunking policy in 2010, trans prisoners have been forced to share cells with other inmates. "While the review is under way, transgender prisoners are not to be double-bunked with non-transgender prisoners. Presently, there are two transgender prisoners double-bunked with each other, while two were in double-bunked cells by themselves.

January 23, 2017 04:23 UTC

Otira slip: SH73 partly open tomorrow

State Highway 73 will reopen to single lane traffic past the Otira slip tomorrow, but with delays, and the rail line is expected to open on Wednesday. The NZ Transport Agency said its contractors had made good progress over the weekend clearing the significant slip that buried the highway and railway line near Deception Point, between Aickens and Otira. NZTA journey manager Lee Wright said the slip was far larger than initial estimates, and was now put at between 40,000 and 50,000 cubic metres. Kiwi Rail said it was hoping to reopen the Midland Line on Wednesday, although that was highly weather dependent. Intercity will put on a temporary bus service from tomorrow, through the Lewis Pass.

January 23, 2017 04:23 UTC

Man fires Nerf guns at McDonald's

A young Hokitika man apparently unhappy with standards at McDonald's in Greymouth jumped on to the counter and fired two Nerf guns during a bizarre incident on Saturday. Greymouth prevention sergeant Paul Watson said the 22-year-old fired foam rubber bullets from a children's toy gun while yelling comments about the standard of the food on offer, at about 3.30pm. He then scarpered but was found by police a short while later and charged with disorderly behaviour.

January 23, 2017 04:17 UTC

Oliver Hudson has weighed in on rumours his sister Kate Hudson is dating Brad Pitt

Amidst rumours that Kate Hudson and Brad Pitt are now dating, Kate's brother had a bit of fun, giving a hilarious glimpse into their new home life. During an Instagram clip, Oliver Hudson teased that it's been hard seeing his movie star sibling date Brad Pitt, the Daily Mail reports. Related Content Angelina Jolie Pitt and Brad Pitt reach agreement in divorce Brad Pitt's unexpected Golden Globes moment Angelina Jolie says Brad Pitt is 'terrified the public will learn the truth' about their marriageHe then said: "And Pa just keeps saying 'All right!! It's Brad Pitt!!' It was reported by Star magazine that she might be the woman who came between the Fury star and Angelina Jolie.

January 23, 2017 04:10 UTC

More TV networks follow Netflix into binge-watching

watching-tv.png Netflix has highlighted growing competition from rivals that are adopting the strategy of releasing an entire season at once instead of in weekly episodes. The move poses a direct challenge to Netflix and a way for more traditional networks to reach for younger, digital-savvy consumers who insist on watching on their own schedules. In its earnings report this week, Netflix highlighted growing competition from rivals that are adopting the strategy. "In short, it's becoming an internet TV world, which presents both challenges and opportunities for Netflix as we strive to earn screen time," Netflix said. Netflix popularised binge viewing with the 2013 release of the entire season of House of Cards.

January 23, 2017 04:02 UTC

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