75-tonne dredge moved to new site

A gold dredge is towed through Roxburgh as it is moved from the town to Beaumont yesterday. No-one envied a truck driver performing a three-point-turn with a 75-tonne gold dredge in tow in Roxburgh yesterday as the piece of machinery was transported to Beaumont. The dredge, owned by Cold Gold Clutha, was shifted out of the Clutha River at Three Beaches, south of Roxburgh, yesterday morning. The business was "up and down", but the company was optimistic the dredge would pay its way at the new location. The 24m suction dredge collects gold by sifting through dirt, gravel and sand, using steel buckets.

January 20, 2017 17:26 UTC

Coutts passes on tips to young sailors

From the America’s Cup to New Zealand’s youth, Sir Russell Coutts is still making waves. "The good thing is there’s quite a strong core group of young local sailors. "The teams are competitive and I think for people watching that’s the most important thing, that we see some really good racing. "Obviously in terms of America’s Cup I’m way past my years of being involved with that. "So I think that’s a good thing for the sport, it’s bringing more opportunity to the younger sailors, to the Olympic sailors."

January 20, 2017 17:26 UTC

Some deck objections deemed irrelevant

Dozens of public objections to a new deck beside the Dunedin Railway Station, as part of a restaurant development, look set to be ignored. The council has received more than 60 public submissions on Cobb & Co Dunedin’s plans for a 150sq m deck on public land at the northern end of the railway station. The deck has already been granted resource and building consent, but the proposal to occupy public land will be the subject of a public hearing on Monday. "I understand people’s concerns around the Railway Station — it’s part of Otago’s tapestry," she said. Five cherry trees next to the deck would not be disturbed, during or after construction, and would block views of the deck, he said.

January 20, 2017 17:26 UTC

Chopper pilot flying safer skies

As Paul Williams flies his helicopter around Otago, it is unlikely he will be the target of a spear attack. It’s a much tamer existence than some of his previous adrenaline-filled exploits; racing motorcycles at high speeds on the legendary Isle of Man circuit, or flying helicopters in the danger-ridden highlands of Papua New Guinea. So dangerous is the Isle of Man circuit, there have been more than 270 recorded competitor deaths since 1910. Racing on the Isle of Man came with high public interest. There were similarities between flying helicopters and racing motorcycles, he said.

January 20, 2017 17:26 UTC

Brighton search resumes today

The search for a missing person will resume at Brighton Beach at 2pm today. Police and Brighton Surf Lifesaving Club members launched the search after a member of the public witnessed a person near the water’s edge, wearing all black clothing, about 10.40am. As the search continued members of the public gathered near the Brighton Surf Lifesaving Club to watch. Sergeant Richard Panting said three LandSAR teams, a search dog and members of the club continued to search on land. The search will resume this afternoon, when tidal movements are most likely to be favourable.

January 20, 2017 17:26 UTC

Retail growth expected to be solid

The Australian Retailers Association predicted sales growth of 2.3% in the six weeks from November 15 to December 24. Early industry data pointed to another strong quarter of sales growth for both Briscoes and Rebel Sport. Forsyth Barr expected a weak result from menswear to be outweighed by strong sales and earnings growth in womenswear, off a weak base. Industry data in New Zealand pointed to an improved trend in the December quarter with surprisingly strong growth expected to be boosted by categories like bikes and motocross. There was nothing from industry trends or Christmas trading to suggest solid trading would not continue for Restaurant Brand’s final quarter.

January 20, 2017 17:26 UTC

Asthma spike alert as children return to school

As children begin returning to school in the next week, the New Zealand Asthma and Respiratory Foundation has warned parents, caregivers and schools to be prepared for a spike in asthma hospitalisations. Foundation education and research general manager Teresa Demetriou said asthma attacks were particularly common when children went back to school, especially after the long summer holiday. Studies show viral infections were likely to be the main cause in the spike of asthma hospitalisations. "Children need to be taking their preventer medication as prescribed if they have one, and bring their reliever inhaler to school. In 2013, there were 3730 children under 15 in New Zealand, hospitalised for asthma attacks.

January 20, 2017 17:26 UTC

Vilimoni Koroi earns selection for national squad

Vilimoni Koroi. Otago has a new national sevens player — although he is yet to wear the blue and gold jersey. Youngster Vilimoni Koroi was named in the national sevens squad to play in next weekend’s world series tournament in Wellington. He was a stand-out at last month’s Condor schools sevens tournament.He had attended a national sevens training camp earlier this month where he made a big impression with selectors. NZ squadFor Wellington sevensScott Curry (captain), Dylan Collier, DJ Forbes, Iopu Iopu-Aso, Trael Joass, Rocky Khan, Andrew Knewstubb, Vilimoni Koroi, Tim Mikkelson, Sione Molia, Tone Ng Shiu, Sherwin Stowers, Isaac Te Tamaki, Regan Ware.

January 20, 2017 17:26 UTC

Quick result in attempted robbery

A detective leaves Fairfield Takeaways, which was the target of an attempted robbery last night. A little under 30 minutes after a man allegedly attempted to rob a takeaway store in Fairfield last night, he was apprehended by police. A New Zealand Police spokeswoman said the man entered Fairfield Takeaways, on the corner of Main Rd and Hartley St, about 5.55pm and tried to take money from the store. The man was reported to be disguised, with a partially covered face, wearing a hat, a jacket and long pants of unknown colours. He was being questioned by police late last night, in relation to the attempted robbery.

January 20, 2017 17:26 UTC

Eye on river levels due to weather alert

The Otago Regional Council will be keeping a close eye on river levels this weekend, in light of a severe weather watch issued by the MetService. A deep low is forecast to cross the South Island and there is a possibility heavy rain may approach warning levels in the North Otago, Dunedin and Clutha areas tonight and tomorrow morning. He also advised Otago residents to keep up to date with the latest weather forecasts and river levels. The council has a 24-hour-duty flood manager monitoring river and lake levels. Information on river and lake levels is available on the ORC’s Waterinfo website, www.water.orc.govt.nz, and through the Flow Phone, 0800 426-463.

January 20, 2017 17:26 UTC

Growing pains as resort booms

w-wanakagrowth2.jpg The growing number of residents and tourists has meant at times traffic on Wanaka’s Ardmore St has to slow to a crawl. Wanaka ward councillor and Queenstown-Lakes district deputy mayor Calum MacLeod wants residents and the council to consider making part of the street car-free. Calum MacLeod has a surprising answer for people in Wanaka when they tell him they do not want the town turning into another Queenstown. A lack of parking, traffic congestion on Ardmore St, long waits for boat ramps and walking and biking tracks at capacity were just some of the issues Wanaka faced, he said. "It’s the stuff on the edges really ... the parking, the tracks, the traffic, where people are starting to see the strain on the town."

January 20, 2017 17:26 UTC

Driver to be charged after deadly-rampage in Melbourne CBD

Police said Dimitrious Gargasoulas known as James 'Jimmy' Gargasoulas, 26, will be charged in relation to multiple homicides and some other charges. The driver was under police guard in St Vincent's Hospital as homicide squad detectives head a major ­inquiry into the tragedy, News.com.au reported. There were chaotic scenes at the city's four hospitals as emergency services were stretched to breaking point and Melbourne put in lockdown. Related Content Accused driver in Melbourne CBD car rampage that killed four people was out on bail Video Watch: Melbourne terror Melbourne tragedy impacts rest of cityThe injured ranged in age from the infant to a man in his forties. "Our prayers and deepest sympathy are with the victims and their families, of this vicious criminal attack in Bourke St, Melbourne today," he said on Twitter.

January 20, 2017 16:55 UTC

Beck Eleven: Getting Grandma to bed

Beck Eleven: Getting Grandma to bedBeck Eleven Beck's Grandma: 97 years old and poor at going to bed. As a kid, Mum would put me to bed but I'd get up and watch television through the crack in the lounge door until I got caught. When Grandma and Grandpa looked after me, the only way to get me to bed was for them to lead me in an "elephant procession". My bedtime routine is roughly thus: decide to go to bed, brush teeth if can be bothered, if not, feel guilty but still go to bed. Next time I might see if I can lure her to bed early by starting an elephant procession.

January 20, 2017 16:04 UTC

Weekend Herald editorial: Trump deserves to start with good will

Every new President of the United States has the right to start with a clean slate and the good will of opponents and critics. The outgoing President said as much to Americans in his farewell speech last weekend. If Barrack Obama can put aside all the personal and political slights he has received from Trump and wish him well, surely anyone can. Putin, like Trump, wants to make his country "great, again". Trump talks of building up US military might but he is also less interested in deploying it anywhere unless US security is directly threatened.

January 20, 2017 16:04 UTC

Weird Science: Meet Trump's flying namesake

The new moth, officially described as Neopalpa donaldtrumpi, stands out with yellowish-white scales present on the head in adults. Trump's flying namesake was announced only a month following the recently described species of basslet named after predecessor President Barack Obama. Related Content Weird Science: Not into music? It's a condition Weird Science: In Oz, feral cats are everywhere Weird Science: The Incredible BlobIt's long been associated with anger and coarseness but profanity can have another, more positive connotation. The researchers have developed a way of braiding multiple molecular strands enabling tighter and more complex knots to be made than has previously been possible.

January 20, 2017 16:03 UTC

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