By Jaden McLeodVideo will play in Play now Don't auto playNever auto playNew Zealand street artists have been painting the town red. It's all part of the city's Paradox Street Art Festival - officially open to the public this week. The Tauranga festival is the first of its kind for the region. Related Content Video Watch NZH Local Focus: Street art livens up Tauranga CBD Focus video: New Lynn locals desperate Your Views: Readers' LettersMrs Williams, who works in collaboration with her husband, Charles, says there's something special about street art. We were both doing graffiti and street art before that so combining that was just a natural progression of what marriage looks like.
Photo: ReutersNegotiations for an ``upgrade'' to the New Zealand-China free trade agreement will begin next month - a step Prime Minister Bill English said would help boost trade to $30 billion. Mr English said New Zealand was hoping for better access for some exporters under a renegotiated deal. New Zealand has been pushing for an upgrade since Australia signed its free trade agreement in 2015 on better terms than New Zealand's 2008 model. Mr English said the FTA upgrade would help achieve the Government's target of $30 billion in two-way trade by 2020 - up from $23 billion now. Premier Li, speaking through a translator, pointed to the importance of bolstering free trade at a time of a backlash against globalisation and free trade.
A spokesperson was unavailable at edition time to answer questions about the rumoured China Rail funding offer. Other claims about any NRC involvement in the road and rail link job were "outrageous", he said. At its last meeting the council went into confidential mode to revisit discussions the previous council started about a possible understanding with China Rail, Mr Nicolson said. An MoU would only be a "high-level" paper outlining the council's role and the kind of relationship it could have with China Rail, Mr Nicolson said. Mr Peters said that despite any agreements the NRC might make with China, or China Rail with local business, no deal could go ahead without central government approval.
Maitai walkway ban targets mountainbikes, but cycling is okayLUZ ZUNIGA/FAIRFAX NZ No mountainbikes signs have been erected on the Maitai walkway. The controversial ban of cycling along the Maitai River walkway has raised eyebrows again after "no mountainbikes" signs were erected on the track. LUZ ZUNIGA/FAIRFAX NZ The special restriction for mountainbikes signalled on the Maitai walkway, near Clouston Bridge on Nile St. Rutledge raised the wording of the signs to exclude mountainbikes at last year's meeting on December 15. Nelson City parks and facilities asset planner Andrew Petheram replied then that the intention was to exclude mountainbikes on that section of path.
The Herlihys are a prominent shearing family in the region - and Michael was a chip off the old block. "He was always a cheeky little fella, he was always keen to help, loved shearing. You know he really loved shearing and he really loved duck shooting and he's not here anymore, so you know , um it's quite hard really," says his father John Herlihy. Funds went to Lifeline - and to an Auckland family impacted by suicideThey say their community has been really supportive. Where to get help:• Lifeline: 0800 543 354 (available 24/7)• Suicide Crisis Helpline: 0508 828 865 (0508 TAUTOKO) (available 24/7)• Youthline: 0800 376 633• Kidsline: 0800 543 754 (available 24/7)• Whatsup: 0800 942 8787 (1pm to 11pm)• Depression helpline: 0800 111 757 (available 24/7)• Rainbow Youth: (09) 376 4155• Samaritans: 0800 726 666• If it is an emergency and you feel like you or someone else is at risk, call 111.
Defence admits to possible civilian casualties in Afghan raid - but still says authors' book wrongMAARTEN HOLL/FAIRFAX NZ Defence Force chief Lieutenant General Tim Keating has addressed claims made in the book Hit and Run by Nicky Hager and Jon Stephenson. But the Defence Force here has always said the report that found civilian casualties were "unfounded". The Defence Force had camera footage, which was classified, and it was being checked with the coalition to see if it was possible to release it. Keating said the Defence Force had taken the necessary time to look at what was alleged in Hit and Run. The Defence Force was trying to bluff the public.
NZ Muslims are offering clarity on the Islam faith to show it does not condone terrorism. Photo: NZ HeraldMuslims in New Zealand say increasing misconceptions about their religion have pushed them to take action. The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community has organised Wellington's first ever Quran Exhibition for May 6, which will explicitly discuss whether their religion condones or condemns terrorism. "Last year, you might have heard about a Muslim community that bought some land for an Islamic centre in the South Island. The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is also still running its Meet a Muslim initiative, which allows people to ask for a meeting to have their questions answered.
Booby-trapped cannabis plot found in Central OtagoARND WIEGMANN A booby-trapped cannabis plot was found by Queenstown police on Monday. Planks of wood with large nails sticking out have been found protecting a Central Otago cannabis plot near a popular children's play area. Police are appealing to the public for information after officers found the plot near Glenorchy, north of Queenstown, on Monday. "Police recovered six plants in the area near the gravel pit at the entrance to Glenorchy and there was evidence that other plants grown there had been harvested," Detective Senior Sergeant Malcolm Inglis said. "This is a popular area where children often play and people regularly walk their dogs; it's really disappointing to see these people put at risk."
Back to bylaw review in search of begging solutionSHANNON STAPLETON The search for a begging solution has come full circle in Palmerston North. Palmerston North City councillors want to investigate a bylaw solution to a perceived begging problem in the city that was rejected a year ago. READ MORE:* Palmerston North begging bylaw back in favour* Patrols proposed to manage beggars in central Palmerston North* Palmerston North beggars could be deemed public nuisancesChief executive Paddy Clifford could not tell councillors how much it would cost, but said he would let them know. A year ago, council staff recommended not using the Nuisance Bylaw to declare beggars "nuisances" as a way to ban them from the streets. Cr Karen Naylor said her idea was to give staff greater scope in exploring a solution, either through a new bylaw or an existing one.
Stephen Belafonte's brother has lifted the lid on the producer's cheating behaviour during his relationship with former Spice Girl Melanie Brown. He said: "Steve and Mel had been arguing and he told her, 'I'm going out to get my d*** sucked'. Later I dropped the girl off and he went back home and got into bed with Melanie." MailOnline have contacted Mel B's and Stephen Belafonte's reps for comment. To minimise the impact of the divorce on the children, TMZ wrote that Stephen and Mel have begun family therapy with their brood.
Police uncovered a booby-trapped cannabis plot. Photo: fileCentral Otago police have uncovered a booby-trapped cannabis plot near Glenorchy. Detective Senior Sergeant Malcolm Inglis said six cannabis plants were recovered from an area near the gravel pit at the entrance of Glenorchy. ``Of real concern to police is that the plot had been booby trapped and was surrounded by planks of wood with large nails sticking up,'' he said. Police were calling on any information which might lead to the discovery of the offenders behind the plot.
By Timothy BrownCentral Otago police have uncovered a booby-trapped cannabis plot near Glenorchy. Detective Senior Sergeant Malcolm Inglis said six cannabis plants were recovered from an area near the gravel pit at the entrance of Glenorchy. "Of real concern to police is that the plot had been booby trapped and was surrounded by planks of wood with large nails sticking up," he said. "The booby traps were hidden in long grass and someone could have easily stood on them causing serious injury." Police were calling on any information which might lead to the discovery of the offenders behind the plot.
Schoolchildren feared dead after avalanche hits Japanese ski resort123RF At least two students and one teacher sustained injuries. Several schoolchildren are feared dead and at least three people have gone missing following an avalanche at a ski resort in Japan's Tochigi prefecture. About 66 students and teachers from several high schools were having mountain-climbing lessons at the Nasu Onsen Family Ski Resort north of Tokyo on Monday morning when the disaster struck, Japanese agency NHK reported. Six schoolchildren showed no vital signs, said authorities, while at least two students and one teacher sustained injuries. Police and rescuers are determining if there are any others buried under the snow.
Avalanche kills seven high school students, instructor at Japan ski resortREUTERS Eight people dead after an avalanche hit a group of high school students and teachers climbing in central Japan. An avalanche killed seven Japanese high school students and an instructor during a mountaineering field trip at a ski resort north of Tokyo, authorities said. Nearly 50 students and instructors were caught by the Monday morning avalanche in the town of Nasu in Tochigi prefecture, about 190 kilometres from the Japanese capital. REUTERS Japan self-defence forces soldiers carry victims after an avalanche hit a group of high school students and teachers climbing near a ski resort in Nasu, north of Tokyo. READ MORE:* No deaths as avalanche sweeps past skiers in French Alps* New Zealander Sam Kerr killed in avalanche in Japan* Ten pulled alive from avalanche hotel in Italian AlpsREUTERS Rescue workers carry victims after an avalanche hit a group of high school students and teachers climbing near a ski resort in Nasu, north of Tokyo.
Kane Williamson has joined Martin Crowe as New Zealand's highest test centurymaker. The New Zealand skipper completed his 17th test century against South Africa at Seddon Park today. He got to his century with an on drive to the boundary off part timer Dean Elgar. In the course of the innings, Williamson also passed 5000 test runs, becoming the sixth New Zealander to the mark, and the fastest. Williamson made his first century on test debut, 131 against India in Ahmedabad in 2010.