Fire substantially damages Auckland's Long Bay College

Fire substantially damages Auckland's Long Bay College1 NEWS Principal Russell Brooke says "we'll deal with it and keep going" after a fire hit a classroom block overnight. Fire has substantially damaged the technology block at Long Bay College, closing the high school in the north of Auckland. READ MORE: Tragic year for Long Bay school communityStation Officer Al Barr from East Coast Bays Fire Station said: " a woodworking building caught fire. SUPPLIED Between 15 and 20 fire trucks were sent to the large blaze at Long Bay College. TOUGH TIMES CONTINUE FOR COLLEGEFour current and ex-Long Bay College pupils and teachers have died in the last two months.

February 23, 2017 17:05 UTC

Juha Saarinen: Vodafone/Sky merger not over yet

There's the reason why the Commerce Commission said no to the mega merger (for New Zealand) between Vodafone and Sky Television. In the short term, that scenario wouldn't benefit anyone apart from Vodafone and Sky TV owners and shareholders. Both Vodafone and Sky TV must've known they're up against global internet-borne competition, but they felt complacent and sat on their hands for years. Both Vodafone and Sky TV must've known they're up against global internet-borne competition, but they felt complacent and sat on their hands for years. This could still happen of course, but only if Vodafone and Sky TV act fast.

February 23, 2017 16:58 UTC

Long Bay College technology block in ruins after early morning fire

Video will play in Play now Don't auto playNever auto playAn Auckland high school has been closed today after a block of classrooms was extensively damaged in an early morning blaze. Long Bay College's art and technology block is in total ruins, with corrugated iron roofing caving in to what remains of the building. "The last time I received an early morning call was the tragedy of our international student who was killed and I don't like it when the phone rings early in the morning. Year 13 student Byron Buys said he has had classes in the block for the past four years. Long Bay principal Russell Brooke earlier described the grim start to the year as a "tough time" as the school faced a triple tragedy.

February 23, 2017 16:40 UTC

Arthur's Pass rocked by earthquakes overnight

Arthur's Pass rocked by earthquakes overnightGEONET A magnitude 4.9 earthquake at Arthur's Pass at 2.35am was followed by a series of aftershocks. The Arthur's Pass area has been rocked by a flurry of earthquakes overnight. Send your newstips, photos and videos to newstips@stuff.co.nzThe first was a magnitude 4.9 quake around 2.35am, at a depth of 8km, 25km southeast of Arthur's Pass. A magnitude 4.3 quake gave the top of the South Island and bottom of the North Island a shake at 3.36am. It was centred 15km east of Seddon at a depth of 13km, and was described as moderate by GeoNet.

February 23, 2017 16:29 UTC

Toby Manhire: Media shivering in Facebook's shadow

The thing has shaken just about everything: commerce, politics, entertainment - in the media it is fast turning newsprint and set-top boxes into adorable antiques. Increasingly, Facebook is the internet, or rather the internet is Facebook. Hell no, I can hear Mark Zuckerberg holler. Mark ZuckerbergWell, Mark, no disrespect and that, but you could start by paying a reasonable whack of tax. As Martin Sorrell said afterwards: "We have been calling for a long time for media owners like Facebook and Google not to mark their own homework."

February 23, 2017 16:07 UTC



Eight more teachers for cluster

Video will play in Play now Don't auto playNever auto playEight extra teachers will help lift Maori and Pacific students' achievement in one of the country's most advanced "Communities of Learning" in West Auckland. It has taken more than two years to become a reality, but the Waitakere Community of Learners now links eight state schools and four Catholic schools with 400 teachers and 6000 students in Henderson. "We have been working towards this from late 2014, but no one actually got paid until April 2016," said cluster leader Shona Smith, deputy principal of Waitakere College. The Community of Learning funds Smith and nine subject lead teachers to spend 40 per cent of their time working with other teachers across the cluster, plus 45 teachers to spend 8 per cent of their time leading others within their schools, plus 40 per cent of a teacher's time for "enquiry time". That's equivalent to eight extra teachers.

February 23, 2017 16:01 UTC

Give families $200 a week, no strings attached: Morgan Foundation researcher

Give families $200 a week, no strings attached: Morgan Foundation researcherSUPPLIED Kristen Rupapera says a universal benefit would mean she could do more with her daughter Jaymie. "It could pay for swimming and dance classes, as well giving us extra money to be able to take her out more. The payment would combine the existing family tax credit, and the Working for Families' in-work tax credit for all families under the Working for Families income threshold. We've got to move to understanding it's not about poor families but about all families and what happens to them when they are in poverty. Give this amount of extra money to some families and it could create more problems.

February 23, 2017 16:00 UTC

35kg of cocaine may have slipped into NZ from Colombia in a multi-million dollar drug trade

By Sam HurleyAs much as 35kg of cocaine may have slipped into the country undetected in a sophisticated drug trade between South America and New Zealand, the Herald can reveal. However, Justice Nicholas Davidson ruled Dixon had imported at least 6kg of cocaine into New Zealand. He added it was "very probable" Dixon imported vast quantities more. "Certainty, beyond reasonable doubt, that 6.27kg was the amount of cocaine imported by Mr Dixon. "Operation Hook", was a New Zealand Police investigation into overseas money transactions associated with drug trafficking.

February 23, 2017 15:56 UTC

Stuff's wedding of the week: Whytney and Andrew

Stuff's wedding of the week: Whytney and AndrewNyssa Hird/ Define Me Photography Nyssa Hird/ Define Me Photography Nyssa Hird/ Define Me Photography Nyssa Hird/ Define Me Photography Nyssa Hird/ Define Me Photography Nyssa Hird/ Define Me Photography Nyssa Hird/ Define Me Photography Nyssa Hird/ Define Me Photography Nyssa Hird/ Define Me Photography Nyssa Hird/ Define Me Photography Nyssa Hird/ Define Me Photography The look of love. Nyssa Hird/ Define Me Photography Whytney and Andrew's wedding bands. Nyssa Hird/ Define Me Photography Whytney with her sister. Nyssa Hird/ Define Me Photography The four-tier wedding cake. Our photographer was the lovely Nyssa Hird from Define Me Photography, and she was 8½ months pregnant at our wedding!

February 23, 2017 15:56 UTC

Traffic finally flows on to $630m Kapiti Expressway as road quietly opens overnight

Traffic finally flows on to $630m Kapiti Expressway as road quietly opens overnightMAARTEN HOLL/FAIRFAX NZ The Kapiti Coast Express Day opened up 5km of the new road to the public. The $630 million first section of the Kapiti expressway, north of Wellington, was opened to traffic just after 4am on Friday morning. READ MORE:* Bones broken on new driveways* Limits to drop on roads around expressway* Expressway built from recycling* No Christmas present for expresswayKapiti resident Maree Gately drove the expressway on its opening day and was pleased at how speedily it got her from A to B. MARK COOTE/SUPPLIED The Mackays to Peka Peka section of the Kapiti expressway, from Poplar Ave, with a pedestrian overbridge. Traffic is flowing well on the new MacKays to Peka Peka expressway this morning.

February 23, 2017 15:50 UTC

Marlborough cyclists battle mother nature for Kaikoura earthquake fund

Marlborough cyclists battle mother nature for Kaikoura earthquake fundSCOTT HAMMOND/FAIRFAX NZ Marlborough cyclists Leatham Landon-Lane, left, Callum Saunders and Nick Blakiston endured a weather bomb during their ride to raise funds for the Kaikoura earthquake fund. However, Marlborough cyclists, Nick Blakiston, Leatham Landon-Lane and Callum Saunders forgot to factor in the summer's unpredictable weather patterns. The trio cycled back into Blenheim after five days and 600 kilometres enduring howling headwinds, torrential rain and swollen rivers. Their fundraising efforts, for the Kaikoura earthquake relief fund, have so far brought in more than $2200, Nick says. The last leg into Blenheim on State Highway 6 in another burst of torrential rain was an exercise of mind over matter, he says.

February 23, 2017 15:00 UTC

Low-cost Norwegian Air promises bargain flights to Europe

Norwegian Air announced Thursday that it's opening new flight crew bases and plans to hire pilots and flight attendants at Rhode Island's T.F. Green Airport and Stewart International Airport in Newburgh, New York, about 60 miles north of New York City. "Everyone would rather fly out of here than schlep to Boston," said Rhode Island Democratic Gov. Norwegian Air's move creates the first year-round international flights for the Rhode Island airport after years of expanding runways, building hotels and making a commuter-train connection. They have accused Norwegian Air of getting around Norway's labor and tax laws by operating new flights with a subsidiary based in Ireland called Norwegian Air International.

February 23, 2017 12:14 UTC

Roma's American president losing patience over stadium delay

ROME (AP) " Roma's American president is starting to lose patience with city officials over long-delayed plans for a new stadium. Ahead of a meeting between municipal authorities and club officials Friday, James Pallotta issued a statement saying the team expects "a massively positive result" from the encounter. Pallotta adds "the alternative would be catastrophic for the future of AS Roma, Italian football, the city of Rome, and quite frankly for future business in Italy." The mostly privately financed 1.6 billion euro ($1.7 billion) project received another setback this week when cultural authorities announced plans to declare the proposed stadium site " an abandoned hippodrome " as a site of "particularly important interest." The project in Tor di Valle, halfway between downtown and Leonardo Da Vinci Airport, also includes three office towers.

February 23, 2017 11:02 UTC

Rieko Ioane scores a hat-trick as Blues thump Melbourne Rebels in Super Rugby opener

Rieko Ioane scores a hat-trick as Blues thump Melbourne Rebels in Super Rugby openerBRENDON RATNAYAKE/PHOTOSPORT Rieko Ioane scored a hat-trick as the Blues thumped the Rebels with a bonus point win to open the Super Rugby season. The Melbourne Rebels were certainly left stunned by the 56-18 pounding. READ MORE:* Recap: Blues v Melbourne Rebels* Tips for Super Rugby round one* Five Kiwi players on Super mission* Which NZ Super teams start hot? His intercept just before halftime swung the momentum the Blues way, and his second try embarrassed three defenders. Wellington first five-eighth Jackson Garden-Bachop endured an indifferent Super Rugby debut for the Rebels.

February 23, 2017 10:45 UTC

Blues rout Rebels in Super Rugby opener

BLUES 56 REBELS 18Feet need to be kept firmly on the ground and thoughts of a Blues' revival put on hold for now for, but it will be hard after the Blues opened their campaign with a thumping Super Rugby win. It was his contribution that both settled and sparked the Blues - let them see they were the better team. Related Content Live updates: Rebels v Blues, Super Rugby opener Crusaders with six new faces for Super Rugby opener Hurricanes drop Barrett, Coles to bench for Super Rugby openerThey used the boot to win territory and possession while undermining the confidence of the Rebels and then they switched to ball in hand attack after they had inflicted the initial damage. The Blues, given their recent away record, would have been just to have come home with the win. They scored a record number of points in Australia and annihilated the Rebels the way only good teams can.

February 23, 2017 10:30 UTC



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