Highlanders coach Aaron Mauger said he was really pleased with the win and the ability of his side to soak up pressure from the Crusaders and then hit back. The Crusaders really came to play and offered some very good parts of their game. But I thought we showed some real composure through certain parts of the game which allowed us to control it," Mauger said. But we got in there and the energy was really good, the body language was good, chests were out and they were ready to get back into the second half. I thought our collision was a lot better and our body height was good going into rucks."
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At home on the farm ... Jenny Atkinson has won a record six national barrel racing titles. PHOTO: STEPHEN JAQUIERYWhen Jenny Atkinson won her record sixth national barrel racing title this month, it was a poignant moment. Mrs Atkinson (44) dedicated the win at the national rodeo finals to her mother, Ann, Ashford, who died in July last year. While she loved the competitive aspect, probably the best thing about barrel racing and rodeos was the family aspect and ``amazing'' camaraderie, she said. Brooke was riding her mother's back-up barrel racing horse Bear and would be competing at some jackpot rodeos this season.
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Wellington's new influencersWETA/SUPPLIED Greg Broadmore is leading a team at Weta Gameshop that are developing games in mixed reality. Sir Richard Taylor, Rod Drury, Sir Peter Jackson, Sam Morgan; the stories of the people who reinvigorated Wellington's economy have been well told. KAROLINE TUCKEY/STUFF Libby Hakaraia says Otaki's new film festival could become the Sundance of the Southern Hemisphere. Libby Hakaraia, Māoriland Film FestivalLibby Hakaraia dreams of creating a film festival for indigenous filmmakers in Otaki with similar allure as the Sundance Film Festival, and as the Māoriland Film Festival enters its fifth year it looks like she's on track. The film has the backing of the New Zealand Film Commission as well as international funders.
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Is New Zealand's maternity care system at breaking point? We're told New Zealand has world-class maternity care. Today, Stuff launches an open-ended investigation into maternity care. Maternity care is an emotive topic, and a hotly-contested political space. Our interviews have revealed deep concern for women's health and a prevailing sense that maternity care is at breaking point.
The incident at Custom Nails was reported by a passing pedestrian about 9pm. It was not known if anything was taken. Photo: James HallPolice attended a Moray Pl business on Saturday night after a large glass door was smashed. The incident at Custom Nails was reported by a passing pedestrian about 9pm. It was not known if anything was taken.
About 350 adults and children marched through the small town to protest the proposed downgrade of the Lumsden Maternity Centre. Farmers Alastair and Tessa Hamilton, of Lumsden, who took part in the march with their 4-week-old baby Nicholas and have used the centre, were worried about what it meant for their future family. About 350 people marched through Lumsden's streets on Saturday to protest the proposed downgrade of the Lumsden Maternity Centre. The protest route started at the town's community hall in Hill St, went along Garden St and finished at the maternity centre. Farmers Alastair and Tessa Hamilton of Lumsden wanted to see the Lumsden Maternity Centre stay the same.
When the sedan remains stationary, despite traffic moving forward, the filming driver honks their horn four times. The sedan shifts into the right-hand turning lane as the other driver pulls alongside and begins remonstrating with the litter-bug motorist. The following driver is met with abuse, and an angry and vulgar reply. The driver who captured the video reported the incident to police the same day using its Community Roadwatch form. The offending driver did "not sound stable at all", the following driver said.
St Patrick's Day, a southern rugby derby at Forsyth Barr Stadium and warm weather created a perfect storm of public disorder in Dunedin at the weekend. Three people ended up in Dunedin Hospital - two with injuries sustained following two separate assaults, and one after falling from a roof in Butts Rd. Shortly after this photo was taken the crowd was dispersed by police after reports of three assaults. Mr Steel said the man was taken by ambulance to Dunedin Hospital with moderate injuries. A hush fell across many North Dunedin streets as the southern rugby derby kicked off between the Highlanders and the Crusaders at Forsyth Barr Stadium at 7.35pm.
Winner of the Northburn 100 50km race, Laurie Harding, of Wanaka, said his victory was "ridiculous". The 50km race was part of the Northburn 100 Ultra Mountain Run, an extreme running event held at Northburn Station, near Cromwell, over the weekend. The three major races - the 50km, 100km and 100miler - are known by runners all around the globe. It was Harding's first 50km race. Winner of the Northburn 100 Ultra Mountain Run 50km race Laurie Harding celebrates his victory.
Raising reservations about the efforts devoted to protecting reservesMURRAY WILSON/STUFF Willowbank Reserve, once earmaked for sale, was retained once the community rose up to defend it. OPINION: Palmerston North people are very protective about their parks and reserves. Councillors supported the proposal whole-heartedly, commending staff for their efforts to ensure everyone affected knew what was going on and record their feedback, and praising the community trust for its efforts. It is ironic, perhaps, that former mayor Naylor is now working for the community trust and is on the receiving end of council processes. Council property manager John Brenkley was gloomy about the prospects of solving the problems within a few weeks.
Many NZ species on the reboundBob Brockie Exactly 15,459 birds were counted in the Great Kererū Count last year. We're told that thousands of New Zealand animal species face extinction. The cape was made a protected reserve in 1915 and, since then, bird numbers there have climbed to about 5000. They report that from being a rarely seen bird a few years ago, tūī have become the sixth most common bird in NZ gardens today. Some conservationists over-state their case when they claim that thousands of New Zealand species are in immediate risk of extinction.
Motorists wait as a bus unloads Bayfield High School pupils on the Andersons Bay causeway last week. PHOTO: Peter McIntoshA "medium-term temporary'' solution to the Andersons Bay causeway bus stop issue will be in place within the next three weeks, the Dunedin City Council has confirmed. The DCC worked with the ORC to create a new and safer temporary stop on the causeway, which began operating last week. However, many residents using Portobello Rd complained the new temporary stop blocked traffic flows on the road. "That will give us the opportunity to look at [long-term] bus stop locations, to ensure people can access them safely.''
creek_day.jpg Billie Fraser (8) attempts to net creatures in Lindsay Creek as part of CreekFest in Chingford Park yesterday. Photo: Gregor RichardsonMany members of the Northeast Valley community came together yesterday for one day of education, art, music and science. Warm weather and a relaxed atmosphere helped attract more than 2000 people to the Valley Project's CreekFest in and around Chingford Park, yesterday. Valley Project community development co-ordinator Anna Parker said the event was a huge success and highlighted the passion residents in Northeast Valley had for their community. CreekFest was about bringing the community together to celebrate what was special about both its people and environment, Ms Parker said.
We must earn the right to rest easyA rockfall tsunami scene from the Norwegian movie, The Wave, inspired by the Tafjorden disaster of 1934. This is a point we've made before, but stands repeating. The British astronomer-broadcaster visited Invercargill in the 1980s and, since we asked, had reassuring words about the odds of such calamity. Christchurch was looking like a pretty placid place to be prior to the earthquakes of 2010/11. Meanwhile, we cannot relax to the point of sedation given the potential for ... well tsunami for starters.
New Zealand an honest broker with a big role in shaping AsiaJARRED WILLIAMSON/STUFF Jacinda-mania put New Zealand's elections on the news pages of Asian countries for the first time. A recurring theme was New Zealand's role as an "honest broker". "New Zealand must be a key player in shaping Asia while recognising Asia will shape New Zealand." SUPPLIED Executive director of the Asia New Zealand Foundation Simon Draper. Simon Draper is the executive director of the Asia New Zealand Foundation.