Black Caps take command of second test

Henry Nicholls bats during day four of the second test match between New Zealand and Bangladesh at Hagley Oval. Photo: Getty ImagesA Tim Southee-led New Zealand have taken advantage of a reckless Bangladesh to seize control of the second test in Christchurch. The right-arm swing specialist became the fifth New Zealand bowler to claim 200 test wickets. Wagner (two for 15) claimed a second scalp on the last ball before tea, snaring Sabbir Rahman for a duck. The test was evenly poised when play resumed with New Zealand still 29 runs in arrears at 260 for seven.

January 23, 2017 03:52 UTC

'Huge' tree falls on Alexandra racer's car, no injuries

'Huge' tree falls on Alexandra racer's car, no injuriesJohny Waldron Alexandra racer Johnny Waldron and his team crashed into a falling tree in Fruitlands, near Alexandra, on Sunday as they were coming back from a racing event in Invercargill. An Alexandra-based racing team were shaken up after a 'huge' tree fell on the car as they were coming back from the racing event on Sunday. Johny Waldron Alexandra racer described the fallen tree as huge. "We were just coming down the hill into Fruitlands when all of a sudden we see that huge tree about to fall on us. His Skyline R32 GT-R racing car was on the trailer and suffered little damage.

January 23, 2017 03:51 UTC

Prime Minister Bill English won't reveal general election date ... yet

Prime Minister Bill English is declining to say whether the date for this year's general election will be announced on Tuesday this week after the first Cabinet meeting of the year. "We're still considering that," he said in answer to questions from journalists at Ratana Pa, where he led a delegation of government ministers to the annual celebrations of the religious movement founded by Tahupotiki Wiremu Ratana. An early announcement of the election date would maintain a practice established by English's predecessor, John Key. Key believed the public favoured certainty over the election date rather than the tradition of the ruling party keeping the date close to its chest to keep opposition parties guessing. The Maori Party has been urging Ratana to break its tradition of support for the Labour Party, as the Kingitanga did last year.

January 23, 2017 03:49 UTC

Stags bringing some much-needed cricket to Fitzherbert Park

Stags bringing some much-needed cricket to Fitzherbert ParkDavid Unwin/Fairfax NZ. Fitzherbert Park is in need of a good blow out. That means the only cricket at Fitzherbert Park this summer has been two rounds of club cricket on the outer blocks and the one-day final the weekend before Christmas. Fitzherbert Park has a reputation for usually being a good batting wicket and May wants to produce a hard and fast wicket for the game. The Stags have won their past three games at Fitzherbert Park.

January 23, 2017 03:45 UTC

WikiLeaks targets Trump after tax u-turn

Donald Trump will not be releasing his tax returns despite repeated promises to do so during his election campaign. During the election Trump repeatedly said he would release his tax returns to the public after an audit had been completed, but under questioning today a top aide said it won't happen. "The White House response is that he's not going to release his tax returns. Conway said people don't care about Trump's tax returns and are instead interested in how their own taxes will look during his presidency. "Trump Counselor Kellyanne Conway stated today that Trump will not release his tax returns.

January 23, 2017 03:41 UTC

Lack of hydrants causes issue in Turangi blaze

Lack of hydrants causes issue in Turangi blazeMatt Shand Turangi Volunteer Fire Service station officer Rich Lange. It was not the first fire Turangi Volunteer Fire Brigade station officer Rich Lange had fought in the area and he knows only too well the difficulties of fighting fire there. "With no hydrants, I put the call in to other stations for water trucks right away. Firefighters finished at the blaze early on Monday morning, but have been left exhausted with a large number of callouts for the volunteer brigade. Last year the Turangi Brigade was attending almost one house fire every month and Lange hopes for a quieter year in 2017.

January 23, 2017 03:36 UTC

Christchurch's Sign of the Kiwi reopens in time for 100th anniversary

Christchurch's Sign of the Kiwi reopens in time for 100th anniversaryJOSEPH JOHNSON/ Christchurch's Sign of the Kiwi Cafe has reopened nearly six years after it was damaged in Canterbury's earthquakes. Janice Thornton ran the Sign of the Kiwi cafe for just three days before the September 2010 earthquake. As of midday on Monday, she is back at the helm of the iconic establishment on Christchurch's Summit Rd. READ MORE:* Earthquake damaged Sign of the Kiwi cafe to reopen* Treasured heritage buildings to reopen in 2017* Last touches going on Sign of the Kiwi restoration* Repaired Sign of the Kiwi to reopen as cafe by Christmas* Unexpected message found in Christchurch's Sign of the Kiwi during repairs"The 22nd of February was an awful, awful day . JOSEPH JOHNSON/FAIRFAX NZ Sign of the Kiwi cafe managers Janice Thornton and Eric Devos.

January 23, 2017 03:34 UTC

Alleged Melbourne attacker too 'unwell' to face Melbourne Magistrates Court

Alleged Melbourne attacker too 'unwell' to face Melbourne Magistrates CourtEDDIE JIM/FAIRFAX MEDIA Alleged Bourke Street killer Dimitrious "Jimmy" Gargasoulasen enroute to the Melbourne Magistrates Court. The man alleged to have carried out the deadly rampage through Bourke Street in Melbourne's CBD has been charged with five counts of murder,. The accused man, Dimitrious "Jimmy" Gargasoulas, 26, refused to appear in Melbourne Magistrates Court because he was "unwell". Gargasoulas' defence lawyer told the court her client was unwell and had asked to be excused from attending court. Detectives had been waiting to question Gargasoulas since Friday afternoon, when he allegedly drove a stolen car along Bourke Street and hit dozens of pedestrians.

January 23, 2017 03:19 UTC

The Inbetweeners stars Joe Thomas and Hannah Tointon are 'engaged after seven years of dating'

However it seems that Joe Thomas and Hannah Tointon have taken their relationship to the next level in real life too, after it was reported they were engaged on Sunday according to Daily Mail. MailOnline has contacted representatives of Joe and Hannah for comment. Talking at the Evening Standard British Film Awards shortly after their move, Fresh Meat star Joe did admit that their first home together was a little rough around the edges. He confessed to the magazine: 'I always try to impress my girlfriend Hannah by any means I can and I'm very protective about her. While the hugely popular series The Inbetweeners wrapped in 2010, Joe went on to star in the two movie spin-offs that followed, without Hannah by his side.

January 23, 2017 03:04 UTC

One dead and another missing after inflatable boat flips off Kapiti Coast

One dead and another missing after inflatable boat flips off Kapiti CoastMONIQUE FORD/FAIRFAX Kapiti Coast residents watch on as the search continues for the second passenger of a boat which flipped in the waters off Otaki. One person is dead and another is still missing after a small boat capsized off the Kapiti Coast, near the Otaki River mouth. Locals gathered just north of the river mouth said the area was a popular fishing and kayaking spot. JOHN WEEKES/FAIRFAX NZ A helicopter searches the coastline at Otaki for a missing person after a small inflatable boat capsized. Low tide at the Otaki River entrance was at 1.15pm and high tide was at 7.18pm.

January 23, 2017 02:46 UTC

Is this the hottest rugby prospect going around?

Is this the hottest rugby prospect going around? Alan Apted Siave Togoiu, the hottest prospect in Auckland and New Zealand rugby at the moment. Siave Togoiu might just be one of the hottest rugby prospects in Auckland, if not New Zealand right now. Poluleuligaga, a former Samoa, Auckland and Blues halfback, says he has never seen such a frenzy before. "Siave is the hottest rugby prospect in New Zealand right now.

January 23, 2017 02:39 UTC

Accused driver in Melbourne CBD car rampage, Dimitrious Gargasoulas, charged with murder

By Megan PalinVideo will play in Play now Don't auto playNever auto playDimitrious "Jimmy" Gargasoulas has been charged with murder in relation to Melbourne's Bourke Street massacre. DEVELOPING: Bourke Street suspect Dimitrious Gargasoulas arrives at police headquarters after being released from hospital. Related Content Melbourne rampage: The Hakin family torn apart by car rampage Video Watch: Melbourne horror pictures Melbourne rampage: Victoria bail system to be overhauled after tragedy"They are critical. Mr Si was a devoted husband and a loving father, brother and son, his wife Melinda said in a statement. Gargasoulas had been driving erratically around Melbourne after allegedly stabbing his brother, who is also in hospital, much earlier that morning.

January 23, 2017 02:34 UTC

How the mighty Lakers have fallen

Once mighty LA Lakers endure biggest loss in franchise historyJEROME MIRON/USA SPORTS TODAY Dallas Maverick Pierre Jackson (55) guards Los Angeles Laker Jordan Clarkson (6). The Dallas Mavericks have blitzed Los Angeles in the second quarter and handed the Lakers the worst loss in franchise history, 122-73. Los Angeles dropped to 3-11 this season when playing without starting point guard D'Angelo Russell, who sustained knee and calf injuries in Los Angeles' win over the Indiana Pacers on Friday. The Lakers put up little resistance in the third quarter as Dallas grew its lead to 37 points. Los Angeles shot a paltry 14.3 per cent from beyond the arc, making just 3-of-21 attempts.

January 23, 2017 02:21 UTC

Upper Motueka plan change a debacle - Fish and Game

Upper Motueka plan change a debacle - Fish and GameSupplied The Upper Motueka River where it flows through the Tapawera Plains during the dry summer of 2014. A war of words over water has culminated with the Tasman District Council increasing allocation from the Upper Motueka River despite opposition from landowners, irrigators and Fish and Game. Tapawera Plains irrigators draw 524 litres per second of riverside groundwater from the Upper Motueka River, upstream of the Wangapeka confluence, and there's a waiting list for more. Further irrigation rationing stages could be implemented during the Upper Motueka River's permit renewals in 2019. Markham said the NPSFW was considered during the development of Plan Change 52.

January 23, 2017 02:08 UTC

George Michael 'was hooked on sex drug' claims former lover Paul Stag

By Charlie MooreVideo will play in Play now Don't auto playNever auto playGeorge Michael was addicted to a sex drug which led to his death, his former lover has claimed. singer would text him with the code word "champagne" when he wanted the drug and they would meet up and have sex. He said: "He was incredibly sexually active and in his mind drugs equalled sex and sex equalled drugs. Related Content Shop owners angry at George Michael shrine The police have not accused me insists George Michael's lover Video Watch: George Michael music legendHe added that the singer once offered him £200 (NZ$345) for supplying the drug, which he transferred in little shampoo bottles. Mr Stag, who runs three porn studios and met George in 2004 through a gay magazine, said he couldn't remember ever having sex with George when the singer wasn't on the drug.

January 23, 2017 02:06 UTC