Saul (13, of Guyana), Minjae Lee (17, of South Korea), Natthanan Chanthasen-Tam (15, of Thailand) and Leven Wu (17, of China). Photo: Peter McIntoshThe different ways the word ''yes'' can be said was highlighted during roll call at Logan Park High School's Race Unity Day yesterday. The assembly also celebrates the United Nations International Race Relations Day (March 21), and the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (March 21). ''Our students want to focus on unity within diversity, and encourage tolerance and respect within our own global village. ''It was an inspiring example of teenagers from such different backgrounds being able to work together across racial/cultural/religious and language barriers.''
March 20, 2018 15:56 UTC
Photo: Peter McIntoshOutgoing Presbyterian Support Otago (PSO) chief executive Gillian Bremner was thanked yesterday at an event marking almost a quarter century at the helm of the organisation. Mrs Bremner was finishing up her last week in the role before departing for Botswana at the end of April, where husband Graeme had been appointed associate professor at a university in the town of Palapye. Several speakers at the First Church event, including PSO chairman David Richardson, described her as a staunch advocate for the disadvantaged and vulnerable. ''She was a legend for those who needed a hand-up,'' he said. Mrs Bremner said she had no intention of taking it in easy in Palapye, which is near the South African border, where she intended to open a nocturnal wildlife tour business and wedding venue.
March 20, 2018 15:56 UTC
No new poker machines will be allowed in Dunedin. At a full meeting of the Dunedin City Council yesterday, councillors voted unanimously to adopt a city-wide sinking lid for gambling machines as part of changes to its gambling and TAB venue policy. The new policy means the council will not allow an increase in the number of electronic gaming machines in the city. South Dunedin has had a sinking lid policy since 2013 which has led to a 21% reduction in the number of gaming machines. A council report on gambling machines found that despite the number of venues and machines steadily declining, spending rose from $16.4million in 2015 to $16.6million in 2016.
March 20, 2018 15:00 UTC
Photo: NZ HeraldA site for the new Dunedin hospital has been chosen and is being considered by the Cabinet, with a public announcement likely to be made next month. Pete Hodgson, chairman of the committee co-ordinating the rebuild, last night narrowed the area for the potential site of the new hospital to flat land, north of the Octagon and south of the existing hospital. Mr Hodgson has previously said the new hospital would be the biggest building in Dunedin's central business area, and that it might be spread over multiple sites rather than one large site. The group was set up three months ago by Mr Hodgson to assist in site selection and infrastructure planning. With its site selection work done, it yesterday turned its attention to how the new hospital would be heated, Mr Hodgson said.
March 20, 2018 15:00 UTC
Investigators suspect FedEx bomb is tied to Austin bombingsA package bomb that authorities believe is linked to the recent string of Austin bombings exploded early on Tuesday inside of a FedEx distribution centre near San Antonio, leaving one worker with minor injuries. One worker was treated for minor injuries and released, according to statements issued by the Schertz Police Department and FedEx. Lee said that although it is still early in the investigation, "it would be silly for us not to admit that we suspect it's related" to the four Austin bombings that have killed two people and injured four others since March 2. ERIC GAY/AP An ATF vehicle sits in front of a FedEx distribution centre where a package exploded. ERIC GAY/AP Emergency vehicles sit in front of a FedEx distribution centre where a package exploded in Schertz, Texas.
March 20, 2018 14:15 UTC
Former All Black Dylan Mika dead, at 451 NEWS Looking back: Seven test veteran Dylan Mika responds to questions as he's called-up to the All Blacks. Dylan Mika, who played seven tests for the All Blacks and two for Samoa, has died. JASON OXENHAM/GETTY IMAGES Former All Black and Samoa international Dylan Mika, who has died in Auckland from a suspected heart attack. 1 NEWS Dylan Mika dots down for the All Blacks in their 101-3 demolition of Italy at the 1999 Rugby World Cup. MARTIN HUNTER Dylan Mika, right, looms in support of Anton Oliver during an All Blacks test match against France in 1999.
March 20, 2018 08:53 UTC
Christchurch ambulance officers punched, emotionally 'shaken upMARTIN DE RUYTER/STUFF Two ambulance officers were assaulted while treating the patient on Beresford St, New Brighton in Christchurch about 6.30pm on Tuesday. An ambulance officer is in hospital after he was punched several times by a patient. St John district operations manager Dion Rosario said two ambulance officers were assaulted while treating the patient on Beresford St, New Brighton in Christchurch about 6.30pm on Tuesday. He said a male ambulance officer was punched several times. It's not acceptable to be assaulting an ambulance officer."
March 20, 2018 07:41 UTC
Two more fatal crashes bring road toll to 93MARJORIE COOK/Stuf A man has died after a fatal car crash in Northland. (File photo)Two fatal road crashes in the North Island on Tuesday have raised this year's road toll to 93. READ MORE:* Fatal crash on Rangitīkei road* Driven to death: NZ's abysmal road tollThe man was trapped and was freed with the assistance of Fire and Emergency, but he died at the scene. The Serious Crash Unit is investigating. Also on Tuesday, the rapidly increasing road toll caused police and the Transport Agency to release a joint statement calling for drivers to exercise more caution.
March 20, 2018 07:39 UTC
Champion mountainbiker eyes Canberra Josh Burnett has won a mountainbike event in Rotorua and will be finishing the week competing in Canberra. Shoot wins award Librarians pick up second place in an international competition for their Kardashian-inspired photo shoot. Govt keen to phase out set nets The Southland commercial fishing industry may be encouraged to voluntary close off certain fisheries to set nets in an effort to protect endangered species
March 20, 2018 06:33 UTC
Invercargill Library team wins award for Kardashian-inspired shootSupplied The Keeping up with the Librarians image created by the team. The Invercargill librarians who made headlines around the world with a Kardashian-inspired photoshoot have picked up second place in an international competition. Invercargill Libraries and Archives digital and communications manager Bonnie Mager described the win as "pretty crazy". READ MORE:* Invercargill City Library's 'synchronised book shelving' a hit during Rio Olympics* Not-all-that-grand designs for the Invercargill Public Library* Invercargill Public Library to roll out robotsThe team recreated a front-page magazine image of Hollywood reality TV stars the Kardashians in an effort to engage younger generations and create a sense of relevance for libraries in the digital age. The library team was yet to find out which of them would travel to the conference, Mager said.
March 20, 2018 06:22 UTC
Anna Peterson delivers at the death as White Ferns seal series against West IndiesNZCRICKETWhite Ferns off-spinner Anna Paterson steps up to bowl a match-winning final over against the West Indies. The White Ferns have clinched the Twenty20 series against the West Indies after prevailing in a final-ball thriller in New Plymouth. The result ensured the White Ferns took an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match series. READ MORE:* Records tumble in White Ferns win* Egan: Otago Volts need sorting out* Wagner's goosebumps at Eden ParkDevine smashed three sixes on the way to 41 off just 18 deliveries before she was bowled by Hayley Matthews. But, in similar circumstances to the first match, the White Ferns built pressure with tight death bowling.
March 20, 2018 05:45 UTC
Pets to be allowed on Wellington public transportROBERT KITCHIN/STUFF Sophie MacDonald will soon be allowed to take her dog Rufus with her on Wellington's buses and trains, with the regional council poised to allow pets on public transport. Pets may soon be allowed to ride Wellington buses, trains and ferries. READ MORE:* Dog lover petitions Wellington authorities to allow pooches on public transport* Wellington vet suggests council allow dogs on trains, buses* Should pets be allowed on public transit? STUFF/MONIQUE FORD If dogs are allowed on public transport in New York and Paris, they ought to be okay in Wellington, Croft says. Previously, domestic pets could not ride on Wellington's Metlink public transport services, despite it being an "on-going concern" for some users.
March 20, 2018 05:37 UTC
Ardern's comments won't affect current oil exploration permitsNew Zealand Oil and Gas spokesman John PaganiPotentially lucrative plans to prospect for oil and gas off the South Canterbury coast remain in play, despite concerns about a Government moratorium. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has been clear that she wants to look at the future of the country's oil and gas industry. On Monday, she said she was "actively considering" a halt to oil exploration, but has since back-tracked, saying she was considering a halt to the next block offer. SUPPLIED The Barque Prospect, sitting inside the Clipper Licence, the area New Zealand Oil and Gas has a permit to explore for oil and gas. Whatever the outcome, New Zealand Oil and Gas spokesman John Pagani told Stuff it did not appear to affect current permits.
March 20, 2018 05:26 UTC
Theatre trust 'shackled' by additional debt to councilColin Smith The Nelson Theatre Trust already owed $1.5 million to the Nelson City Council. The trust that runs the Theatre Royal has been given an additional $600,000 loan from the council. Nelson Historic Theatre Trust already owed $1.5 million to the Nelson City Council and the $632,256 loan it was granted brings the total debt owed to the council to over $2.1mil. Nelson City Council's Audit, Risk and Finance subcommittee on Tuesday took on additional debt from the trust. Taking on the extra debt would increase interest payments to the council to $60,000 a year to council.
March 20, 2018 05:15 UTC
Jacinda Ardern is the Helen Key of politicsTVNZ BREAKFAST On television Tuesday, Jacinda Ardern had that prime ministerial countenance which comes after a difficult week. OPINION: There comes a time for every prime minister when the very multi-dimensional gnarliness of the job makes them tense up. Jacinda Ardern is nearing that point, relatively early in her premiership. In some ways she is a blend of the two long-term predecessors of her era, Helen Clark and John Key. And, she offered in evidence of New Zealand's correctness on the matter, she had received a Friday night text message from the British Prime Minister Theresa May thanking her for her support.
March 20, 2018 05:03 UTC