New Canterbury school could need extra classrooms within five years of opening – reportDON SCOTT/STUFF New subdivisions in Rangiora are expected to add 1800 homes to the area by 2041. A new primary school opening in 2020 may need new classrooms as early as 2025. Rangiora West Primary School will open with 350 year 1 to 8 students in 2020 and ultimately accommodate 600 children. An August report to then-Education Minister Nikki Kaye advised the school could need additional classrooms as soon as 2025. EMMA DANGERFIELD/STUFF Construction of Rangiora West School is due to begin on Pentecost Rd in April.
December 13, 2017 05:15 UTC
More complaints emerge on conditions at water bottling plantSUPPLIED A worker at a water bottling plant in Christchurch apparently welding while straddling on a raised forklift. More complaints have been made about activities at a Christchurch water bottling plant where migrant workers are alleged to be routinely involved in unsafe work practices. ALDEN WILLIAMS/STUFF The former Kaputone wool scour in Christchurch, now home to a water bottling plant. A KiwiRail spokesman said the company was "aware of issues associated with water bottling plant construction staff trespassing in its Belfast yard." The water take was of particular concern given the current dry spell and the larger water bottling plant planned for next door, he said.
December 13, 2017 04:30 UTC
Three people hospitalised after swimming in Mataura RiverRachael Kelly/Stuff The Mataura River. Three people have been hospitalised after swimming in Southland's Mataura river. There were a number of possible exposures, including swimming in the Mataura river, she said. "Environment Southland conducts routine monitoring of popular swimming sites around the region over summer. The results are available on our website, and this includes the Mataura River testing site at Gore.
December 13, 2017 04:30 UTC
Former CTOS trustees finally secure meeting with ministerRobyn Edie/Stuff Former Community Trust of Southland chief executive John Prendergast. A group of former Community Trust of Southland trustees has finally succeeded in organising a meeting with a government minister to outline their concerns over the treatment of John Prendergast. The delegation of former trustees will meet with the Minister of Finance Grant Robertson in Wellington on Friday. If there were personal agendas afoot, the chief executive and community should not be victims of it, the letter said. Prendergast, speaking on Wednesday, said he was happy the minister was meeting with the former trustees on Friday.
December 13, 2017 04:18 UTC
Christchurch ironman Phillips continues dream runSTACY SQUIRES/STUFF Mike Phillips is aiming to compete at Ironman New Zealand in Taupo in March. Last weekend he won the Ironman 70.3 at Taupo, a 3km run, 90km bike ride and 21km run event stripped of the 1.8km swim due to a potentially toxic algae found in Lake Taupo. Phillips has good reason to stay calm under fire from anyone who urges him to peel the cap off another bottle. The victory in Taupo followed him recording the world's fastest ironman time on debut, winning silver at Ironman Barcelona. A good result in Ironman NZ in March could result in a trip to Hawaii for the iconic Ironman world championship race in Kona, Hawaii in October.
December 13, 2017 04:18 UTC
Federated Farmers push for meeting in Southland after disease outbreakJOHN HAWKINS/STUFF Southland Federated Farmers president Allan Baird. Federated Farmers is pushing for a meeting with the Ministry for Primary Industries to ensure the outbreak of Mycoplasma bovis is contained in Southland. The Winton farms, which are owned by one company, have not been named although they are all under a Restricted Place notice under the Biosecurity Act. Southland Federated Farmers president Allan Baird said the meeting with the ministry was likely to happen next week in Winton. On-farm bio security was now a main concern for Federated Farmers, particularly making sure farmers increase the barriers on their farms and follow their standard on-farm hygiene best practice protocols.
December 13, 2017 04:04 UTC
Things you may have missed as the Black Caps swept the West Indies in HamiltonGETTY IMAGES Trent Boult moved to 200 test wickets in the win over the West Indies. The Black Caps swept the floor of the West Indies in their second test win in Hamilton, but these are things you may have missed in that 240 run win. GETTY IMAGES Tim Southee is 14th on the all time list for test runs without a century. No New Zealand batting partnership has come close to Taylor and Williamson for runs scored. Tom Blundell has his first test batting average, after a century on debut, and it's a healthy one at 68 from three innings.
December 13, 2017 03:46 UTC
Alarm raised over doctors' 'culture of entitlement'DOMINICO ZAPATA/STUFF Waikato DHB executive director of corporate services Maureen Chrystall said staff are encouraged to speak out if they are concerned by colleagues' behaviour (file photo). The doctor's behaviour reflects a "culture of entitlement" says a former Waikato Hospital staffer who alleges spending by senior medical staff and managers is rarely queried. The worker, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said clerical staff are discouraged from questioning senior DHB staff over their expense receipts. MARK TAYLOR/STUFF Waikato Hospital management say they have tightened up on staff expenses since Nigel Murray's spending saga. The office worker left the Waikato DHB in 2015 and said subsequent revelations of inappropriate spending by former Waikato DHB chief executive Nigel Murray came as no surprise.
December 13, 2017 03:45 UTC
Rental demand pushes up prices in tight Takaka housing marketALDEN WILLIAMS/FAIRFAX NZ Prices in Takaka increased by 15.3 per cent in the year to September. However the median house value in Takaka remained the lowest of the 11 places listed in the report. The median value in Atawhai was estimated at $637,050 and in Richmond at $576,300. READ MORE:* Spring stokes heat in housing market* Nelson house prices stand firmTakaka also topped the table for percentage price growth over the last quarter, increasing by 3.5 per cent. Motueka recorded the biggest percentage rise in house prices since the peak of 2007, increasing 51.2 per cent to an estimated median value of $490,800.
December 13, 2017 03:22 UTC
Law to ban foreign home buyers to be introduced in Parliament, passed in new yearKevin Stent/Stuff Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Trade Minister David Parker announce the ban on foreign investors in the residential housing marketTrade Minister David Parker will introduce legislation into Parliament tomorrow to ban foreign buyers of existing homes in New Zealand. "Purchases of homes by offshore speculators push first home-buyers and families out of the housing market," Housing Minister Phil Twyford said. They just didn't try and in doing so, they put foreign buyers ahead of New Zealanders." Twyford said all three parties in the coalition had long called for some type of ban on foreign buyers. Once it was the law foreign buyers would have to prove that their purchase had benefit for the country.
December 13, 2017 03:20 UTC
Fleeing meth boss chucks weapons stash in police raidSUPPLIED Dallas Oran Edward Shave, 37, sent friends a "gangster-style" photograph showing off his guns. The heavily-armed boss of a cross-country drug syndicate tried to ditch his arsenal as police closed in on his property. NZ POLICE Blenheim police seized modified firearms from Dallas Edward Oran Shave's property on Dillons Point Rd near Blenheim. NZ POLICE Police estimate Shave's meth ring sold more than 600 grams of meth in five months. Shave usually sent his "courier" Blenheim man James Panapa Hapakuku, 34, to collect up to four ounces of meth at a time.
December 13, 2017 03:11 UTC
Dying man cries tears of joy as Christchurch company offers to pay for funeralIain McGregor Tom Wilson was left $5000 out of pocket when he prepaid his funeral with Poppy Funerals, now Lamb and Hayward has stepped in to ensure he gets the funeral he wanted. A dying Christchurch man left $5000 out of pocket after pre-paying his funeral with Poppy Funerals just got some good news. Christchurch company Lamb and Hayward has offered to pay for his funeral. ALDEN WILLIAMS/STUFF Poppy Funerals owner Jasmin Teague has failed to repay a dying Christchurch man $5000 after he prepaid his funeral. Poppy Funerals director Jasmin Teague closed the company down in October, following several customer complaints.
December 13, 2017 02:48 UTC
Second accuser describes being allegedly raped in her bed by Ashburton manMYTCHALL BRANSGROVE/STUFF A second girl has described how she was allegedly raped in her bed by an Ashburton man. An alleged victim has described how she was told to keep quiet about allegedly being raped by an Ashburton man. On Tuesday afternoon the court was played an interview with the second alleged victim from May 11, 2016. In cross examination on Wednesday morning, defence counsel Craig Ruane asked the second alleged victim about her police interview. Ruane asked.
December 13, 2017 02:39 UTC
Egyptian pop star sentenced to prison for inciting debaucheryShayma Ahmed was arrested days after the release of a music video in which she dances in lingerie and flirts with a classroom full of young men. An Egyptian court jailed a little-known singer for two years on Tuesday for inciting debauchery, judicial sources said, after she appeared in a music video in her underwear and suggestively eating a banana. The singer, 21, who was also fined 10,000 Egyptian pounds (NZ$806), can appeal the verdict to a higher court. The director of the video, Mohamed Gamal, was also fined and sentenced to two years in prison, but in absentia. Both defendants were accused of inciting debauchery and producing a video harming public morality.
December 13, 2017 01:06 UTC
Patrols and police offer top tips on home securitySUPPLIED Keep valuables out of sight to avoid becoming a victim of crime. Police and community patrols are urging residents to be vigilant when going away on holiday to avoid becoming victims of crime. "Don't advertise the fact you're going for months on end and only give access [on social media] to trusted friends and family." Tell the neighbours when you will be away, where you're going, and give them a contact number. Make your home look occupied when you're away by using timers on radios and lights.
December 13, 2017 00:33 UTC