Andy Bay Falcons players Fraser Beck (23) and Alex Yarnall (21) and coach Greg Brockbank at the Dunedin Hospital yesterday wearing orange tape in support of Yarnall, who was diagnosed with leukaemia last week. Last Saturday, Alex Yarnall’s basketball team wore orange patches in support of his recent cancer diagnosis — today all the teams will. The 21-year-old Andy Bay Falcons big man was taken to hospital last week with leukaemia. A popular figure in the club, the news had shaken its A grade team and spurred it to wear orange tape — the leukaemia support colour — during last week’s game against the St Kilda Saints. All four remaining A grade teams will wear orange patches on their uniforms, while the Falcons had encouraged supporters to wear something with the colour.
Otago Golfer Duncan Croudis during the New Zealand Open Regional Qualifing at the Balmacewen Golf Club on Monday. Otago has received a boost with the news Duncan Croudis will be available for this year’s national interprovincial tournament on the Mangawhai course in Northland in December. He will compete in all of the Otago trials but cannot accept any prizes until his professional status is revoked. However, a disastrous 81 in the second round cost him dearly and, despite an improved 74 in the final round Croudis failed to gain his card by two shots. As a professional, Croudis accepted prize money at the Charles Tour Harewood Open on October 16 last year.
The media is facing a perfect storm of political pressure, public indifference and reducing revenue. Traditional media are having to cut costs (aka journalists) in order to survive. Many central and local government departments and publicly funded institutions have more communications and public relations staff than there are journalists in media editorial departments. The Official Information Act — designed to make access to public information easier — is being misused by those in power. The press has become an easy scapegoat, derided even by the so-called leader of the "free" world as the "lying media" spreading "fake news".
Scott Stevens. The Queenstown Lakes District Council has voted unanimously to adopt a recommendation to harvest the Coronet Forest early, with Cr Scott Stevens confirming the long-term commitment the decision signals. The 172ha Douglas fir forest on the lower slopes of Coronet Peak was planted between 1984 and 1996. The land is owned by the council, while the forest resource is managed and owned under a joint venture between QLDC and the Central Otago District Council for one rotation of the forest. The council decided to review the forest in 2014 and in 2016 it sought community feedback before agreeing to an early harvest subject to updating the Coronet Forest management plan, which included a revegetation plan.
Electric cars are the way of the future, Pam Jones discovers, when she takes a Pioneer Energy electric car on a two-day spin around Central Otago. Electric cars are the opposite to petrol and diesel vehicles when it comes to in-town versus out-of-town efficiency; electric cars are more efficient running around town than out on the highway. Pioneer has two electric cars — one each in its Alexandra and Wellington offices — and four hybrid cars in its Alexandra office. He says as the price of electric cars comes down — you can now get a second-hand Japanese import for about $10,000 — it makes "more and more sense" to switch to electric cars. The Government has wiped road user charges for electric cars (light vehicles) until the end of 2021 and has a goal through its Electric Vehicles Programme of reaching about 64,000 electric vehicles on the road by then.
Hip-hop dancers from Queen’s High School dance crew The Dominant Minority make a vibrant showing in the heats of the New Zealand Competitive Aerobics Federation Otago and Southland Hip-Hop Regionals at the Dunedin Town Hall last night. The crew won the secondary school section last night, winning the right to compete in the nationals in Christchurch next month.
Swazi New Zealand label owner Davey Hughes, of Levin, models the new LandSAR jackets worn by personnel at Read Marine in Dunedin yesterday. LandSAR Dunedin fundraising co-ordinator Richie Marlow said about 50 of the New Zealand-made jackets had been bought for $35,000 to keep all operational staff warm. Mr Hughes sold the jackets to LandSAR at a heavily discounted rate and funds had been raised through community grants and quiz nights, Mr Marlow said.
Search and rescue volunteers were last night searching for the occupants of this car. A police spokeswoman said conditions were mild last night, but police were keen to contact the missing people as soon as possible because they had not expected to be in the area overnight, and because of the child. It was unclear what they were wearing, but the missing people may have been dressed relatively lightly. Volunteers from the Land Search and Rescue group were among the 35 searching last night, in a "full search and rescue operation", but details about the number of searchers were not immediately available, the spokeswoman said. Police last night also appealed to the public for help in their search, and asked any property owners in the area to contact police if they had seen the missing people.
Today, the 28-year-old, originally from Cape Town, but based in Dunedin, will graduate with a postgraduate diploma in accounting. maclaggan_05_27062012.jpg The scene where the car hit black ice and skidded into a power pole in Maclaggan St in June 2012. During the first months of his recovery he relied on a series of systems to retain a sense of normalcy. When he began to become bored at an Auckland casino job he realised "higher thought" might be possible after all. So he thought he would get them.Mr Kliegl had started his diploma last year.
The new plan says ED will remain open and staffed twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. The plan also recommends considering whether to have a general practitioner "co-located with ED to assist with triage". Whether there was enough funding to run the system as developed under the plan would be reviewed, Mr Swann said. Subsequent years’ funding will be reviewed annually and determined as the plan, whose progress will be reviewed quarterly, is put in place. Waitaki Mayor Gary Kircher said if patients’ experiences at the hospital or in the community improved, that would mean the plan was working.
Telecommunications company Spark managed only a small increase in its operating profit in the year ended June but chairman Mark Verbiest said the results were in line with expectations. The profit was helped by the $20millon sale gain from the sale of surplus land at Mayoral Dr, in Auckland. "Critically, this has translated into mobile service revenue growth of 4% on the pcp. Overall, this looks like a solid to strong mobile result for Spark as management noted its share of mobile service revenue remained stable at 37.8%." At a glance• Operating profit up 3% to more than $1 billion, including $20million sale proceeds.
Justine Smyth will take over as chairwoman of Spark when current chairman Mark Verbiest retires later this year. Spark chairman Mark Verbiest will retire later this year and be replaced by director Justine Smyth. Mr Verbiest, who has been on the board since 2011, said he had best practice governance succession planning in mind when he decided to retire. More than half of the current board, including Mr Verbiest, was appointed when Spark was demerged with Chorus in 2011. She paid tribute to the "enormous contribution" Mr Verbiest had made to Spark and, through the company, to New Zealand.
Waitaki District Health Services chief executive Robert Gonzales stands beside Oamaru Hospital’s Siemens Somatom Emotion 16-slice CT scanner, installed in 2008 as part of a $1.8million upgrade of the radiology department. Six times as many CT scans will be performed at Oamaru Hospital now a new deal has been struck with the Southern District Health Board. This week, Waitaki District Health Services (WDHS) announced the hospital was now funded for 624 scans a year — 12 scans a week — a jump from just two scans a week previously. WDHS chief executive Robert Gonzales said "about a dozen of the most common" scans were performed at the hospital. "I am keen to see as many services delivered here as possible ... rather than what’s been happening, which is that they are delivered in Dunedin because it props up what they are doing.
A Logan Park High School pupil found her extra work creating fashion garments while studying for NCEA had some real benefits. Lorna Ryan (17) was last night awarded a scholarship to Otago Polytechnic for next year, a scholarship she said she definitely planned to take up. Lorna (above) won the scholarship at the polytechnic’s School of Design Secondary Schools Awards Exhibition for year 12 and 13 pupils. Otago Polytechnic academic leader of fashion Dr Margo Barton said the design was "quirky, wearable and really out there at the same time". Lorna said she was "surprised, and really, really happy".
The Dunedin City Council will launch a full review of the water scare that led to residents of the central city and North Dunedin having to boil water for four days. Some restaurants and cafes were forced to close while the boil water notice was in place. On Tuesday, it was confirmed millions of litres of raw, untreated water released from the Ross Creek Reservoir had entered the city’s drinking water network through a pipe previously thought to be decommissioned. Yesterday afternoon council chief executive Sue Bidrose said it was with "an enormous sense of relief" she could announce the boil water notice was lifted. That was "really good news" for anyone who drank the untreated water before it was shut off on Tuesday.