Two men were rushed to hospital after a police chase on Auckland's North Shore ended with the car careening down a bank and crashing into a house. Both men had outstanding warrants for arrest and police said it was likely further charges would be laid. Police tried to stop the car on Dairy Flat Rd about 1.30am today because of how it was being driven. It barrelled down a bank and hit a house. The crash has closed a section of the State Highway 1, between The Avenue and Gills Rd, causing headaches for peak-hour drivers.
December 14, 2017 20:15 UTC
What is Mazda hiding in its basement? DAVID LINKLATER Luce from 1969 (inspiration for the latest Vision Coupe concept) and 1967 Cosmo - Mazda's first rotary model. There is some semblance of order: classic racing cars near the door, an incredible number of MX-5s in the back corner and concepts opposite. Tucked in the back is the Taiki concept car from 2007 - a Nagare design exercise carried out under then styling-boss Fran von Holzhausen. Amazing also to see spare parts for the iconic 787B racing car lying around.
December 14, 2017 19:42 UTC
Rescue workers at the scene of the crash in Millas, France. Photo: France Bleu Roussillon/Handout via REUTERSFour children were killed and seven seriously injured after a train smashed into a school bus, splitting it in two, outside the town of Perpignan in southwestern France on Thursday, the interior ministry said. "All my thoughts to the victims and their families of this terrible school bus accident," French President Emmanuel Macron said on Twitter. The interior ministry said seven people in the bus, which was carrying students aged 13 to 17, were seriously injured among the 16 aboard. In 2013, a train derailment in central France killed at least six people.
December 14, 2017 19:41 UTC
Rival slams handling of Chris Froome case as 'scandal'GETTY IMAGES Chris Froome, pictured after winning a Vuelta a Espana stage in September, denies cheating. GETTY IMAGES Tony Martin says Froome should have been suspended immediately after he returned a positive test. But rival rider Tony Martin said the UCI's handling of the case was a "scandal". "There is definitely a double standard being applied in the Christopher Froome case. Froome defended himself in an interview with Sky, the broadcaster that owns his cycling team.
December 14, 2017 19:18 UTC
Dawid Malan celebrates his century on day one of the third Ashes test in Perth yesterday. Criticised for electing to bowl in the second test defeat in Adelaide, Root was rewarded this time with three of his batsmen passing 50. "Tomorrow the first hour is crucial for us," Malan told reporters after celebrating his maiden ton in his eighth test. The last of them reprieved lefthander Malan, on 92, off the first delivery with the second new ball from a frustrated Mitchell Starc late in the day. England number three James Vince contributed 25 in a 63-run stand with Stoneman before being caught behind off Hazlewood before lunch.
December 14, 2017 19:07 UTC
A visit to the doctor resulted in a dash to hospital, where testing confirmed serious heart damage. To have significant heart damage at my age is a bit worrying but there are other high performance athletes it happens to. While in hospital Gill discovered one in five people die from his condition. High performance sport is challenging athletes to put their bodies under strain all the time," Hellier said. Athletics NZ high performance director Scott Goodman echoed those sentiments.
December 14, 2017 18:56 UTC
Hollie Smith to headline MarchFestsupplied With Hollie Smith on board, this year's MarchFest has "the strongest line-up in years", organisers say. Hollie Smith is the headline music act for Nelson's Marchfest craft beer festival as part of the "strongest line-up in years", organisers say. Smith, the New Zealand soul singer-songwriter, will be performing at the 11th edition of MarchFest at Founders Heritage Park next year. Smith, who's based in Wellington, received nominations for Best Album and Best Female Artist at the 2016 NZ Music Awards. SCOTT HAMMOND/FAIRFAX NZ Hollie Smith received nominations for Best Album and Best Female Artist at the 2016 NZ Music Awards.
December 14, 2017 18:56 UTC
Families who lost loved ones in 2011’s Christchurch earthquake CTV building collapse are planning to fight even harder to get justice after meeting police. Prof Maan Alkaisi, who lost his wife in the collapse, is not convinced by the arguments put up by police and the Solicitor-general. Police announced they would not be prosecuting the engineers of the CTV building earlier this month. The building collapse killed 115 people, including 65 foreign students. ‘‘After listening to other families it was clear that the police arguments were not convincing,’’ Prof Alkaisi said.
December 14, 2017 18:56 UTC
The Black Ferns after winning the team of the year award at last night's NZ Rugby Awards. Photo: Getty ImagesWhat a year it has been for the Black Ferns. World Rugby breakthrough player of the year Ioane accepted the Tom French Memorial Maori player award after scoring 10 tries for the Blues. Canterbury's Ruby Tui was named Black Ferns sevens player of the year. During the evening, Black Ferns skipper Fiao'o Fa'amausili was presented with a greenstone mere, in recognition of her 50th test milestone, achieved during the World Cup campaign, making her the most capped Black Fern of all time.
December 14, 2017 18:45 UTC
Lighting, 24-hour activity and fumes were just some of the reasons Mosgiel residents challenged a proposed BP station redevelopment yesterday. The facility would be open 24 hours, as opposed to the current facility which closes at 11pm. The proposal initially received eight opposing and two supporting submissions, but one of the supporting submissions was later withdrawn. The current facility was tired, outdated and had insufficient pump numbers which led to queueing, he said. A BP station had been at the site since at least the 1970s, and it seemed there was a service station there since the 1940s, he said.
Paradise Ziplines owner Chris Russell (right) and operations boss Dave Anderson. Photos: Louise Scott/Paul TaylorA new high-flying adventure activity launches in Glenorchy near Queenstown on Monday. Paradise Ziplines is an eight-line, 1km zipline experience criss-crossing steep cliffs and cool blue pools on Rees Valley Station. The line crosses rivers and cliffs on the Rees Valley Station. Mr Russell was excited they were ready for punters and already had plans to add a bungy jump.
The developers of a proposed subdivision near Alexandra want to turn a derelict vineyard into a landscape that is "aesthetically pleasing" a hearing panel has heard. "This is not outstanding iconic pristine Central Otago landscape, but rather a barren wasteland. "I still have a concern in terms of traffic safety—children will logically be moving to Dunstan Rd across the [Otago Central] rail trail." Some residents who live near the proposed subdivision spoke at the hearing.Most of the residents were not completely for or against the subdivision, but said they had concerns about wastewater and domestic water. Alexandra Clyde and Districts Business Group chairman Barry Hambleton submitted that the subdivision could help Central Otago businesses and make the area more attractive.
Tania Vince (37) bit a police officer’s hand while she was being processed at the station. Photo: Rob KiddA Mosgiel woman went berserk when noise control staff turned up to her home to confiscate a stereo, a court has heard. Tania Lee Vince (37) was arrested during the June 24 incident and reacted by biting and spitting at police officers. Security staff turned up with police following a noise complaint at 3.45pm that day and once the stereo had been seized, the drama commenced. The debacle progressed when they reached the station, where Vince lay on the floor refusing to move.
December 14, 2017 16:41 UTC
The sense of light overcoming darkness is just so powerful in the middle of a bleak winter. Jesus said "I am the Light of the world. This is why a good deal of what we do at Christmas, even in the southern hemisphere, is connected to light — even though we have so much of it ourselves at Christmas time. Lights on Christmas trees, lights on our houses, candles on banners, real candles that we light, all fit in with the theme of the coming of light at Christmas with the birth of Jesus. The dramatic breaking in of light in a time of darkness when Christmas is celebrated in the northern hemisphere reminds us of the power of light.
December 14, 2017 16:27 UTC
The other was the old adage about employees and growing good mushrooms — keep them in the dark and feed them on, well, you know. This office is known as Siberia for good reason, being a little isolated and a trifle chilly at times. Photo: Jessica Wilson/The StarA plea has arrived from Laurie Brenssell for information on the Rocklands Sheep Station on the Outram-Middlemarch Road. The Otago Witness of January 22, 1891, reported on "The Rocklands Station Case" involving "John Campbell alias Christie alias Crawford" and "Henry Tatam alias John Harry William Tatam alias Bennett". 10 days — and yesterday they were suggesting the 25th around Otago could be getting very warm with a northwesterly wind.
December 14, 2017 16:27 UTC