For two months in 1932, Greymouth was a town on edge, as a series of increasingly aggressive bombings targeted police while they worked and slept. For two months, Greymouth was a town on edge, traumatised, never knowing when or where the next one may strike. West Coast Recollect Greymouth, pictured here in 1937, five years after the bombingsLopdell was a hard working and ambitious officer. Even some local pub owners, who resented the police crackdowns, weren't happy with the extra attention and higher police presence that the attack had brought. "Nearly all his business is done in the evening when the miners come to town," Lopdell wrote.
June 15, 2019 02:48 UTC
Photo: Supplied via ReutersA fugitive former Catholic priest who fled to Italy and vanished after being indicted on child sex charges in Arizona in 2003 has been found and returned to Arizona, authorities said on Friday. Joseph Henn, 70, was arrested in Rome by Italian police late last month and brought back to Phoenix by US marshals to face charges of child molestation and sexual conduct with a minor, Arizona prosecutors said. At the time of his indictment, Henn was the ninth Phoenix-area priest to face sex abuse charges, part of a sweeping church scandal that began in Boston in 2002. Henn was formally arraigned on the 13 charges on Friday in Maricopa County Superior Court in Phoenix. He was found and arrested by Italian authorities in 2005 and placed under house arrest at the headquarters of his religious order.
June 15, 2019 02:15 UTC
A group of neighbours who spoke out about being "tortured" by full-volume Celine Dion for five years are in good company. North Auckland mum Kate Drennan said she remained haunted by pop rockers No Doubt after a six month stint of waking up to them every morning, courtesy of neighbours two decades ago. Vanessa, a hairdresser from Te Puke, said she had banned Meatloaf from being played in her salon for similar reasons. "Meatloaf would start up first thing in the morning and he would have it on repeat," Vanessa said. On the porch, he would play the ukulele while singing "all night until she let him in in the morning", she wrote.
June 15, 2019 01:41 UTC
Survivors who were drugged, abused and bashed as children in the notorious Australian cult The Family are preparing for a legal fight for compensation after the death of its leader Anne Hamilton-Byrne. Hamilton-Byrne, who considered herself the reincarnation of Jesus Christ, died in a suburban Melbourne nursing home on Thursday aged 97. Her condition had rendered her unable to face further court action by survivors in the last years of her life. Along with her husband, Bill Byrne, Hamilton-Byrne acquired children through adoption scams and imprisoned them at a house beside Lake Eildon. SUPPLIED/SYDNEY MORNING HERALD Dozens of cult children were fed LSD and other drugs, starved and beaten.
June 15, 2019 01:30 UTC
Joy Milmine is recovering at her Hamilton home with her husband Colin after she suffered a broken shoulder while holidaying in Venice. The out-of-control cruise ship MSC Opera had slammed into the much smaller River Countess riverboat. The out-of-control cruise ship MSC Opera had slammed into the much smaller River Countess riverboat. Milmine underwent surgery successfully in Venice on her broken shoulder and was checked out at a New Zealand hospital on Thursday. What went wrong aboard the 13-deck cruise ship is still under investigation, according to international media.
June 15, 2019 01:18 UTC
Cheika helped lure Folau back to rugby with the Waratahs in 2013, winning the Super Rugby title in 2014 together. Photo: Getty ImagesWallabies head coach Michael Cheika has spoken out on Israel Folau for the first time since Rugby Australia axed the code-hopping star. Folau, who was lured back to rugby by Cheika in 2013 after a stint with the NRL, was sacked last month by Rugby Australia for making several homophobic social media posts. A three-person panel found Folau guilty of a high-level breach of its code of conduct, ruling the 30-year-old out for the Wallabies at the upcoming Rugby World Cup in Japan. Tonga has also expressed a desire to have him qualified in time for the 2023 World Cup.
June 15, 2019 01:18 UTC
A North Canterbury are surprised and thrilled to find a $100,000 golden ticket in their packet of Tim Tam biscuits. Kim Nutbrown/Stuff Sam, Isabella and Sapphira Parekura from Rangiora with the winning $100,000 golden ticket from their Tim Tam packet. Kim Nutbrown/Stuff One Rangiora family is over the moon after winning a $100,000 prize in their packet of Tim Tams. Kim Nutbrown/Stuff The Parekura family intend to renovate their house and take an overseas family holiday. Arnott's Tim Tam and Choc marketing manager Matt Grant said more than 100,000 packets of Tim Tam were sold each week in New Zealand.
June 15, 2019 00:56 UTC
Here are five myths about fast food. Studies and surveys show that fast food is most popular among the upper-middle income brackets. MYTH: FAST-CASUAL DINING IS HEALTHIER THAN FAST FOODOne trend to emerge from the backlash against fast food has been fast-casual restaurants, marketed as having healthier food with better-quality ingredients - still served quickly. 123RF For many millions, fast food places generate fierce loyalty for their convenience, value, ritual, shock-and-awe menu items and community. "The simple fact that fast food restaurants and obesity have both increased over time is insufficient proof of this link, as are studies that rely on differences in fast food consumption across individuals, since people who eat more fast food may be prone to other behaviours that affect obesity," the National Bureau of Economic Research notes.
June 15, 2019 00:22 UTC
The cause of a large oil spill in the middle of a Christchurch creek remains a mystery. Environment Canterbury (ECan) Banks Peninsula Gillian Jenkins said an apparent oil spill of about 150 metres in length was discovered on Lodestar Avenue in Wigram on Wednesday. JOHN KIRK-ANDERSON/STUFF ECan and Christchurch City Council (CCC) will work to remove the rest of the oil on Monday. ECan would work with the Christchurch City Council (CCC) on Monday remove the rest of the oil. Anyone who had information about the source of the oil could contact ECan's Incident Response line anonymously on 0800 324 636.
June 15, 2019 00:22 UTC
Photo: Getty ImagesRescuers have found a missing plane that disappeared from radar over the Coromandel and crashed yesterday. The pilot of the two-seater aircraft took off from Whitianga Airport in the Coromandel yesterday morning bound for Ardmore Airport near Manurewa in Auckland. The plane then disappeared from satellite and radar over the Coromandel Forest Park in rugged bushland not far from the town of Coromandel and was reported missing to rescue teams at Maritime NZ at 4.25pm, spokeswoman Stephanie Morison said. A search team with six members had found the plane in the area where it was last reported on radar. Rescue teams had been unable to search from the air because of bad weather yesterday evening, Morison said.
June 15, 2019 00:00 UTC
A 38-year-old man was due to appear in New Plymouth District Court on Saturday following the early morning incident (file photo). A man was arrested in the early hours of Saturday following reports of an assault in Hāwera. Officers were called to High St, which runs through the middle of the South Taranaki town, around 2am on Saturday. There had been reports of an assault and they arrested a 38-year-old man for injuring with intent to injure, a police spokesperson said. The man was due to appear in the New Plymouth District Court on Saturday.
June 15, 2019 00:00 UTC
The Jaguares have sealed second spot on the Super Rugby ladder after a final-round thrashing of the Sunwolves in Buenos Aires on Saturday morning (NZ time). GUSTAVO GARELLO/AP Semisi Masirewa scored a try for the Sunwolves but also spent 10 minutes in the sin bin. But with Australian conference winners the Brumbies three points back and hosting the Reds in Canberra on Saturday night, the Jaguares could have still been overtaken into second spot. Then, when the visitors had a second hooker go off injured and forced the scrums to go uncontested, they had to drop a player for the remaining 33 minutes and the Jaguares took full advantage. AT A GLANCEJaguares 52 (Julian Montoya 2, Sebastian Cancelliere 2, Santiago Carreras, Penalty try, Matias Moroni, Francisco Gorrissen tries; Dominigo Miotti 5 con) Sunwolves 10 (Gerhard van den Heever, Semisi Masirewa tries) HT: 21-10.
June 14, 2019 23:57 UTC
Aerial view of the Cormandel coast, south of Coromandel township. Photo: Getty ImagesPolice have confirmed that one person has died following a light plane crash near the north end of Coromandel Forest Park. Police had been working with RCCNZ and LandSAR to locate the plane since last night. "The plane was located crashed about 10am today by ground search teams," Police said. "The Civil Aviation Authority will investigate the crash."
June 14, 2019 23:37 UTC
ACT Party leader David Seymour said free speech would be a major focus of the party moving forward. The ACT Party will not be changing its name in a highly-touted rebrand this weekend, leader David Seymour has revealed. Speaking on Newshub Nation, Seymour said the ACT Party name has brand value that they wanted to keep. KEVIN STENT/STUFF ACT Party leader David Seymour hopes a swing to the right could help distinguish the party from National. Newshub political reporter Jenna Lynch said the ACT Party had been "absolutely tone-deaf" since the Christchurch terrorist attacks.
June 14, 2019 23:32 UTC
A military exercise will run until about 6pm Saturday (file photo). A military exercise, involving automatic weapons, is underway in north Auckland. The exercise, in the Riverhead Forest, is expected to finish about 6pm Saturday. "The exercise involves the blank firing of automatic weapons," police said in a statement. Some areas of the forest might not be accessible to the public while the exercise was underway, police said.
June 14, 2019 23:26 UTC