Breca Wanaka tests swim-runnersMarjorie Cook Jeff McGrath and Merv Hunger complete a swim across Stevenson's Arm at Lake Wanaka. New Plymouth adventure racers Jeff McGrath and Merv Hunger won the 54km Breca Wanaka swimrun race at Lake Wanaka on March 18, in a time of seven hours 39 minutes. The 54km race is graded as "hard" while the shorter 19.4km "sprint" course has a difficulty grading of "medium". The sprint course was also slightly longer than in 2017, but the Auckland winners Carl O'Donnell and Matt Stanford were able to knock it out in 2:20. Breca Swim Run organisers Ben de Rivaz and Hannah Grave, of the United Kingdom, have introduced a second New Zealand race to their international series.
March 19, 2018 04:07 UTC
Cannabis crackdown uncovers 10,000 marijuana plants, 30 guns and $50,000 cashNZDF Personnel from the New Zealand Defence Force and New Zealand Police scan the bush for cannabis plants from anNH90 helicopter. About 10,000 cannabis plants have been seized as part of an annual police operation supported by the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF). At a single West Coast property, 500 cannabis plants and 1.3 kilograms of dried head and leaf were found. NZDF Personnel from the New Zealand Defence Force and New Zealand Police scan the bush for cannabis plants from an NH90 helicopter. But more importantly, about 10,000 cannabis plants have been destroyed and will no longer be marketed in our communities, especially to our young people."
March 19, 2018 03:45 UTC
Ways in which motherhood is exactly like workTHREE Mark Richardson says motherhood is not a job but just a fact of life. OPINION: Recently, a TV host whose name isn't worth repeating in this piece took exception to language that conflated paid and unpaid work. When you're self-employed, if you're sick or want to have a holiday, then you don't earn. Motherhood is like this, except that when you're sick, not only do you not earn, but you still have to work anyway. They're drawn by sharp things, filthy things, things that could electrocute, heights, and other inventive ways to die that are hard to foresee.
March 19, 2018 03:32 UTC
Bundee Aki shows his Irish credentials by leading rendition of Fields of AthenryAP Ireland's Bundee Aki runs with ball against England on Sunday. Bundee Aki is certainly embracing his newfound Irish heritage, leading his team-mates in a rousing rendition of Fields of Athenry. The Auckland-born centre was captured on video celebrating Ireland's Grand Slam Six Nations triumph by singing the classic Irish folk song. Other players seen in the video include Conor Murray, Peter O'Mahony and Jonathan Sexton. Aki left the Chiefs and New Zealand Rugby in 2014 for a big-money move to Irish club Connacht, before making his debut for Ireland, and their Kiwi coach Joe Schmidt, in 2017.
March 19, 2018 03:11 UTC
Watch live: Jacinda Ardern's post-Cabinet press conferencePrime Minister Jacinda Ardern will hold her weekly post-Cabinet press conference at 4pm. She is expected to address her comments earlier on Monday that the Government were "actively considering" stopping all oil exploration. Ardern delayed a state visit in order to personally receive a petition from Greenpeace calling for an end to the practice. KEVIN STENT/STUFF Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern will address media at 4pm. The weekly press conference takes place in the Beehive following Cabinet earlier in the day.
Government pockets $37 million in unclaimed tenancy bondsSTUFF As the housing crisis continues to put a squeeze on capital renters, many are finding it difficult to reclaim their bonds. The Government pocketed more than $37 million in unclaimed tenancy bonds in the past two years, some dating back to before 1989. READ MORE:* Tens of millions in unclaimed tenancy bonds reclaimed* Rental squeeze: 'Sometimes you have to sweeten that deal'* What's squeezing the life out of New Zealand's rental market? Outstanding unclaimed bonds dating to 1986 were vested with the government in 2016, where it was treated as general income, resulting in $32.6m from more than 121,000 bonds being taken. ROSA WOODS/STUFF Renters United organiser Robert Whitaker says the money collected from unclaimed tenancy bonds should be put towards advocacy bodies to improve the lives of renters.
Westside Stories: Reclaiming Rāhui Pōkeka - a town's proud historyCHRISTEL YARDLEY/STUFF Te Aue Wirihana Flavell would fish coal from the bottom of the Waikato River. Another version is that Rāhui Pōkeka denotes a place of rest where warriors could rest and practice the arts of war. Like Flavell, Te Atairehia Te Wara Rapana and Te Huritau Muru also grew up at Waahi Paa. It will give the town the chance to reclaim the Rāhui Pōkeka that once was, without the outside influences. Huntly's historyHuntly was originally called Rāhui Pōkeka until 1870, when the district postmaster re-named it Huntly, after his hometown in Huntly.
READER REPORT: How monkey bars help your child's brainFILE PHOTO Monkey bars are a great way for children to develop their motor skills and visual hand eye-co-ordination. The articles all discuss the importance of fine motor skills and how too much touch screen technology is probably to blame. FILE PHOTO Monkey bars help children develop their core strength which is crucial for their later development. The monkey bars also have an enormous effect on the child's confidence and emotional development. Their little bodies really need movement; all movement is good movement not only for their bodies but also for their brains.
Matamata College suspends students following video footage of assaultsANDY JACKSON/Fairfax NZ Police say those encouraging an assault or posting a video of an assault online are just as responsible as those engaged in the actual assault. Police are appalled at the lack of judgement of teenagers who filmed and encouraged a serious assault. The attack was one of three in recent weeks, involving Matamata College students in the Waikato. In one case, the girls fought but it ended quickly, only to lead to a more serious assault involving the same girls the following day. A statement from the college on behalf of principal Alan Munro and the college board of trustees said some students had been suspended as a result of the assaults.
Canadian men admit ATM 'skimming', likely going to jailTETSURO MITOMO/STUFF Canadian tourists Hoang Nguyen, 39, and his nephew Quang Nguyen, 28, set up a camera and card reader on two Christchurch ATMs. (FILE SHOT)They want to go home, but instead they're likely to go to jail. Two Canadian men from Quebec pleaded guilty to charges of trying to "skim" Westpac ATM's to obtain bankcard and PIN information. READ MORE: Two card skimmers arrested in ChristchurchThe men arrived in New Zealand on February 26, 2018 on three-month visitor's visas. Between that date and March 3, the men installed a camera onto the Westpac ATM machine in Seaview Mall, New Brighton.
Scaffolding employees rehired after business went into liqudationROSS GIBLIN/STUFF Six scaffolding worker who lost their jobs just before Christmas have been rehired by another company. A number of employees who lost their jobs when a Taranaki scaffolding company was put into liquidation have been rehired by an out-of-town company that bought the business. READ MORE:* Director of scaffolding company facing tax-related charges* Scaffolding company put in liquidation six days before ChristmasHe said they planned to drop the resources arm of the business to solely focus on scaffolding and rigging as that was the company's specialist area. The group, which also purchased the defunct company's assets, will operate under Chain Scaffolding Limited and have rehired six workers who lost their jobs when the business went under just before Christmas. IRD also filed a claim in relation to the same outstanding taxes for CRL to amount of $475,322, which included a preferential claim of $303,952.
March 19, 2018 02:37 UTC
Spark conducts 'first NZ live trial' of 5GTom Pullar-Strecker/Stuff Spark says we'll be 'wowed' by 5GSpark boss Simon Moutter and Communications Minister Clare Curran – accompanied by a security robot – have kicked off New Zealand's first live trial of 5G mobile technology. TOM PULLAR-STRECKER/STUFF Security robots could benefit from 5G technology as it would allow them to stream footage faster in higher definition. Moutter said 5G – the next big step up from 4G mobile technology – would transform the way people lived and worked. A single, shared 5G network was being considered in the United States because of network security concerns, it noted. "All cellular mobile network operators have indicated their desire to build their own 5G network and compete at the infrastructure level.
March 19, 2018 02:14 UTC
Three other people were injured in the crash involving two cars north of Christchurch yesterday morning. Acting principal of Shirley Boys' High School Tim Grocott confirmed the 16-year-old male killed in the crash, Dexter Barham, was a former student at the school. A current student at the school was also involved in the crash and was currently in hospital with a head injury. Counselling and support was being offered to students, Grocott said. The incident was "absolutely awful", Grocott said, and was "very upsetting" for the school community".
Source:Otago Daily Times
March 19, 2018 02:03 UTC
Two vehicles stolen last week in Queenstown have been recovered in the area at the weekend. Senior Sergeant Paula Enoka, of Queenstown, said one car was located while being driven through the resort's CBD. Police could not say where the car had been stolen from. Meanwhile, a Nissan Safari stolen from Lake Hayes Estate was found abandoned in the Shotover Delta with minor damage. Snr Sgt Enoka said it was a good reminder for people to lock their cars, close their garage doors, and "remain security conscious''.
Source:Otago Daily Times
March 19, 2018 01:41 UTC
Brenda Warren adapts to new life following mini gastric bypass surgeryJOHN BISSET/STUFF Timaru woman Brenda Warren is feeling more energetic and getting out more following mini gastric bypass surgery. Brenda Warren's life has changed dramatically following mini gastric bypass surgery in November and on Sunday she celebrated those changes at the City 2 Surf fun run and walk in Christchurch. The Timaru woman says she has lost 29kg since the single anastomosis gastric bypass at St George's Hospital, in Christchurch. The surgery, also known as a mini gastric bypass, reduced the size of her stomach by separating a tube-like pouch of stomach from the rest of her stomach. JOHN BISSET/STUFF Timaru woman Brenda Warren says she has more energy following a mini gastric bypass surgery in November.
March 19, 2018 01:41 UTC