Minister Nathan Guy invited up to see Northland's Big Dry

By Mike DinsdaleAs the region edges towards another drought, Northland MP Winston Peters wants Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy to visit the region as soon as possible to see just how dry things have become. Mr Peters, the NZ First Leader, said he had sent a letter to Mr Guy inviting him to the region to see how dry Northland has turned. Mr Guy was in the region in February 2013 checking out how dry it was then, before declaring a drought. A wider meeting is planned following that," Mr Guy said. "I look forward to an update from these meetings and catching up with some affected Northland farmers in the near future.

January 18, 2017 22:00 UTC

South Canterbury irrigation scheme waits on farmers

South Canterbury irrigation scheme waits on farmers Construction of the new Hunter Downs irrigation scheme, set to bring water to 21,000ha in South Canterbury, could start in May if there's sufficient shareholder support. Tony Benny The drought-prone rolling country south of Timaru, South Canterbury, is step closer to getting irrigation from Hunter Downs Water, as potential users ponder a proposal to bring water to 21,000ha. Hunter Downs Water chairman Andrew Fraser. But before the Hunter Downs scheme can proceed, there has to be enough support from other farmers in the command area. Hunter Downs Water will work in with the Morven Glenavy Ikawai scheme to the south which already takes water from the Waitaki River.

January 18, 2017 21:52 UTC

Woman still missing in Torbay, Auckland as search enters fourth day

Woman still missing in Torbay, Auckland as search enters fourth daySUPPLIED Patricia Wearn, 73, went missing on Monday. The search for missing woman Pat Wearn has now entered its fourth day. READ MORE:* Family of elderly woman missing for two days hopeful she'll be found alive* Elderly woman with Alzheimer's missing in Torbay, Auckland* Big search continues for elderly woman missing in AucklandOn Wednesday, members of the National Police Dive Squad travelled from Wellington to Auckland. DENISE PIPER/FAIRFAX NZ Sergeant Dene Duthie, search and rescue co-ordinator, said officers are continuing to go door-to-door. ZIZI SPARKS/FAIRFAX NZ A specialist dive squad from Wellington searched the waters in Torbay for Patricia Wearn.

January 18, 2017 21:44 UTC

Numbers up for goods seized in airports

Ammunition, large knives and razor blades are among the items confiscated by airport security last year. Lighters and matches were the most common items confiscated. The items were discovered at New Zealand's security-designated airports - Auckland, Queenstown, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin. Liquids such as drinks, perfumes and make-up in containers larger than 100ml or 100g were not classified as dangerous goods, so were not seized. The CAA said the key to getting through airport security quickly was to leave hazardous materials at home, including lithium batteries and e-cigarettes.

January 18, 2017 21:44 UTC

Rugby: Concussion injuries in rugby increase for fifth season running

The Professional Rugby Injury Surveillance Project (PRISP) for the 2015-16 season was published showing an increase in concussion for the fifth season running, the Daily Mail report. Since this surveillance project began in 2002 the injury rate has remained relatively stable however last season has shown a decline in match injuries; lower than any other season. 'The continued rise in the number of reported concussions in the professional game continues to be an area of priority focus for everyone involved in the game. This is reflected in the increase in reported concussions and the excellent compliance with the concussion return to play guidelines from all of our clubs. Clearly, the rise in reported concussions continues to be a top priority for all stakeholders to address, although this does also indicate that education on the issue is having an effect.

January 18, 2017 21:40 UTC

From Korean-only bars to egg attacks in Australia: Tourists share their worst experiences of racism while on holiday

By Caroline McGuire for MailOnlineThere are many benefits to visiting a foreign country - tourists can experience new flavours, learn about different cultures and visit jaw-dropping attractions. Seasoned travellers have been sharing their worst experiences of racism encountered in various countries around the world, in a shocking online thread. AustraliaAustralia is a popular country for tourists of all nationalities, but one woman from Singapore found herself the target of racist attacks when visiting Down Under. A Quora user called Kaleke of Nigerian-Ugandan heritage said: "India is the most racist country I've experienced - although a magnificently beautiful country, with lovely people may I add - the racism was overt and blunt. Eric Johnson said: "I am a black American who decided to study abroad on two separate occasions while in college.

January 18, 2017 21:31 UTC

Drive-in Top Gun still set to soar after ticket doubts

Drive-in Top Gun still set to soar after ticket doubtsTom Cruise gives the thumbs-up for this Friday's screening of Top Gun at the drive-in cinema at New Plymouth Boys High SchoolA charity drive-in screening of 80s action classic Top Gun will go ahead this Friday night - but plans for a Saturday evening showing of animated hit Minions have been axed after poor ticket sales. Fewer than 50 tickets had sold for each event, and the turbulent summer weather has been blamed. Around 30 tickets have been sold for Top Gun, starring Tom Cruise, but organisers hope for many more when it is shown at 9pm on Friday. However, Morrissey said they had decided to cancel the showing of Minions on Saturday to concentrate on Top Gun. Jason Keen, of Lions Club Taranaki, said many people only decided to come to the drive-in movie screenings on the day.

January 18, 2017 20:59 UTC

Bare-bummed Aussie arrested after 'moon' on Queenstown street

Bare-bummed Aussie arrested after 'moon' on Queenstown streetMARION VAN DIJK/FAIRFAX NZ A police spokeswoman said the 29-year-old male had been drinking since early Wednesday and was arrested on Beech St about 8.40pm that evening. A brazen Australian tourist who allegedly pulled down his pants to "moon" people has been arrested in Queenstown. A police spokeswoman said the 29-year-old male had been drinking since early Wednesday and was arrested on Beach St about 8.40pm that evening. READ MORE:* Queenstown residents find random man in bed* Queenstown police on hunt for ear-biter* Six-man stoush leads to arrest in QueenstownHe was let off with a pre-charge warning. The man was not arrested but given a warning for the incident, she said.

January 18, 2017 20:57 UTC

Donald Trump-themed Law & Order episode in limbo

Donald Trump-themed Law & Order episode in limboFairfax An upcoming episode of Law & Order SVU inspired by Donald Trump and the events leading up to US presidential election has been delayed yet again. The US network NBC has delayed an episode of Law & Order which ripped Donald Trump "from the headlines" in the show's signature style has now been pushed from the schedule twice. The episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit stars actor Gary Cole as a Donald Trump-like businessman who is running for public office. JONATHAN ERNST/REUTERS US President-elect Donald Trump speaks to diplomats at the Presidential Inaugural Committee Chairman's Global Dinner in Washington. Supplied NBC has pulled an episode of Law & Order: SVU, which stars Mariska Hargitay (pictured) inspired by Donald Trump that was to have aired two weeks before the US election.

January 18, 2017 20:49 UTC

Grazing trial uncovers big gains

An on-farm grazing trial has shown Whangarei beef farmers James and Kate Donaldson that rotational grazing on vulnerable soils has significant productivity, profitability and environmental advantages over set-stocking. The results showed up previous misconceptions about grazing management on wet, vulnerable soils. James said they were surprised by the big productivity gains made under the rotational grazing system and they would be changing the way they managed their vulnerable soils in the future. They couple found rotational grazing mitigated the detrimental effects of intensification, reducing pugging and increasing drymatter production. They ran 22 yearling bulls on the set-stocked block and 24 yearling bulls on the rotational grazing system - which incorporated 19 paddocks on a 58-day rotation in winter and a 24-day rotation in spring.

January 18, 2017 20:30 UTC

Wild ride for passengers

Who could blame the pilot for wanting a cup of tea and a lie down after landing in such hairy conditions at Wellington Airport this morning? An early morning Jet Star flight JQ251 from Auckland took two attempts to land in the capital as winds of nearly 120 kph barrelled through the runway. A video has emerged of grateful passengers on board the domestic flight clapping the pilot for his skill in getting the plane down safely. Planespotters watched as the aircraft aborted its first attempt due to the wild weather. Nervousness was replaced by relief with spontaneous applause ringing out in the cabin as the plane touched down.

January 18, 2017 20:21 UTC

The summer weather 'bomb low' in pictures

The summer weather 'bomb low' in picturesSTUFF.CO.NZ Torrential rains and severe winds have battered the South Island and lower North Island. As the forecast "bomb low" weather system moved in, it made for dramatic skies, big waves and wind damage. READ MORE:* LIVE: NZ's 'bomb low': Gale-force winds, torrential rain as low hits* What is a weather bomb? It's actually called a "bomb low"* Bomb low weather arrives* Arthur's, Lewis Pass closed due to flooding, slips* Rainfall explained: Is 400 millimetres really that much? SUPPLIED The 'weather bomb' hit Wellington as commuters made their way to work.

January 18, 2017 20:21 UTC

American Airlines to sell restricted 'basic economy' ticket, just don't bring a bag

American Airlines to sell restricted 'basic economy' ticket, just don't bring a bagIf you want to get the cheapest fare on American Airlines, you'll soon have to leave that rolling carry-on bag at home. The idea behind the stripped-down ticket is to better compete with discount airlines for travellers on a tight budget. 123RF No carry-on bags will be allowed in overhead compartment under American Airlines stripped-down fare. Delta Air Lines already offers a basic-economy ticket on about 40 per cent of its US routes and plans to cover them all by year-end and expand it to international flights. The airline's president, Robert Isom, said in a memo to employees that flight attendants won't monitor whether basic-economy ticket holders try to put their personal item in the overhead bins.

January 18, 2017 20:15 UTC

Retired USWNT midfielder Heather O'Reilly heads to Arsenal

Retired U.S. women's national team midfielder Heather O'Reilly has signed an 18-month deal with Arsenal. O'Reilly won three Olympic gold medals and the 2015 World Cup over a 15-year career with the national team before her retirement from international play last September. She finished her national team career with 231 international appearances, ranking her seventh in team history. She has 47 career goals with the team, 12th on the team's career list, and 55 assists, tied for fifth on the all-time list. She also played for the Boston Breakers and FC Kansas City of the National Women's Soccer League.

January 18, 2017 20:15 UTC

Emoji bug causing iPhones to crash

Emoji bug causing iPhones to crashSEAN GALLUP/GETTY IMAGES The prank also works if the characters are sent embedded in a Contacts file. A combination of emoji characters sent as a message is crashing and freezing iPhones. Late last year, a bug in the form of a corrupted video was crashing iPhones. In 2015, it was discovered that messages containing certain Arabic characters were causing problems with iPhones. READ MORE:* Apple discovers iOS texting bug that causes iPhones to crash* Prank video crashing Apple smartphones- Stuff

January 18, 2017 20:10 UTC

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