sonam_shelar_herald.jpg Sonam Shelar. Photo suppliedPregnant woman Sonam Shelar died after falling from a pier and hitting her head, her grieving husband believes. "It definitely felt really bad because I am her husband and what husband who is going to be a father would do that? "Police were saying that day it was slippery on the pier and she might have fallen into the water," the 32-year-old said. Every day Shelar feels "empty and alone" at home.
December 15, 2018 20:03 UTC
Amy Gianfrancesco fractured her C7 vertebrae, at the base of her neck. Photos: NZ HeraldAmy Gianfrancesco says she'll never again be a "sucker" for Lime scooters after a late night crash on one this week left her with a fractured neck, a lost tooth and severe facial bruising. Gianfrancesco fractured her C7 vertebrae, at the base of her neck, and suffered a concussion - now classified as a mild head injury. Following her ordeal, Gianfrancesco believes there needs to be urgent updates to the safety precautions around Lime scooters. They should bring the speed of them down to 15km/h [manufacturers say the top speed of a Lime scooter is 24km/h].
December 15, 2018 19:30 UTC
A person is dead after being struck by a car near Christchurch this morning. The incident happened on Maddisons Rd in Rolleston just before 5am. The person was initially reported as critically injured, but police advised around 8.10am they had died. A road closure was in place and the Serious Crash Unit was investigating, police said.
December 15, 2018 19:07 UTC
A pedestrian has died after being hit by a car in Rolleston. A pedestrian has died after being hit by a car in Rolleston, about 22 kilometres south-west of Christchurch. A police spokeswoman said the road was blocked and was expected to be closed until just after 8.10am. The Serious Crash Unit is investigating. The incident comes just four days after Selwyn couple, Aalix Sandra Roake, 71, and Richard John Roake, 63, died after colliding with a truck in Rolleston.
December 15, 2018 19:01 UTC
AMR NABIL/AP Statues are seen at the recently uncovered tomb of the Priest of royal Purification during the reign of King Nefer Ir-Ka-Re, named "Wahtye". The tomb belonged to the Priest of royal Purification during the reign of King Nefer Ir-Ka-Re, named "Wahtye". READ MORE:* Archaeologists discover two 3500-year-old tombs in Egypt* Royal goldsmith's 3500-year-old tomb discovered in Egypt* Ancient pharaoh brings buzz and fame to Cairo slumAMR NABIL/AP Mostafa Waziri, secretary general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, speaks inside the tomb. A total of 45 statues carved in rock depicting the tomb occupant and his family were found. AMR NABIL/AP Mustafa Abdo, chief of excavation workers in the recently uncovered tomb.
December 15, 2018 18:45 UTC
International media laud 'nasty' Joseph Parker for controversial KO of Alexander Flores DUNCAN JOHNSTONEGETTY IMAGES Joseph Parker batters Alexander Flores against the ropes in his Christchurch win. Joseph Parker grabbed the international attention he craved with a positive response to his three-round demolition of Alexander Flores in Christchurch. READ MORE:* Parker returns to winning ways* Recap: Parker v Flores* Joshua wants Wilder next* Parker's PPV too much? Talk Sport, another influential UK media outlet, felt Parker "made a huge statement with a savage knockout" that was "crucial" to his future. Boxing Scene felt Parker "came back with a fury", making good on his promise to be "meaner" in the ring.
December 15, 2018 18:33 UTC
Dutch edge Australia to face Belgium in Hockey World Cup finalCHARLES MCQUILLAN/GETTY Jeroen Hertzberger of the Netherlands celebrates after scoring a penalty. The Netherlands have knocked out defending two-time champion Australia in an epic semifinal to meet first-time finalist Belgium in the field hockey World Cup. Jeroen Hertzberger scored for the Dutch, but Daniel Beale's shot was saved by the stick of Dutch goalkeeper Pirmin Blaak. READ MORE* Black Sticks fight back for draw with Spain, advance at Hockey World Cup* Black Sticks fall to World No 2 Argentina 3-0* Black Sticks open Hockey World Cup with win"It's not for nothing (Belgium) are in the World Cup final and were in the Olympic final. The Netherlands will play for a record-tying fourth World Cup title after blowing a 2-0 lead against top-ranked Australia.
December 15, 2018 18:00 UTC
Rugby's 2019 burning questions: How many players will leave New Zealand after the World Cup? ROBERT VAN ROYENHAGEN HOPKINS/GETTY IMAGES Ben Smith is off to France after the 2019 Rugby World Cup. Another year of code is in the bag, but a Rugby World Cup year is on the horizon. He told Stuff earlier this year he would consider leaving after the World Cup. When it comes to stocking their cupboards post 2019, NZR could grant non-playing sabbaticals in a bid to secure players for the second half of the next World Cup cycle.
December 15, 2018 16:09 UTC
Victoria Azarenka aiming to launch big 2019 in New Zealand DAVID LONGGetty Images Victoria Azarenka says she didn't play at the high level she demands from herself in 2018. To get some of the best players in the world to play at the ASB Classic sometimes needs a bit of luck, or in the player's case bad like. READ MORE* Mattek-Sands gets Classic wildcard* Erakovic knew it was the end* Victoria Azarenka pumped for second Auckland visit* Victoria Azarenka pulls out of ASB ClassicThat fight meant she wasn't able to leave California, so had to pull out of playing at the Classic earlier this year. From a New Zealand point of view, the big tennis news last week was the retirement of Marina Erakovic at the age of 30. There's a strong connection between Azarenka and Erakovic as they won a junior grand slam together in 2005 and Azarenka paid tribute to the Kiwi's career, on and off the court.
Waverley, Arrowtown big hits in Tom Doak's Confidential Guide to NZ golf courses PHIL HAMILTONPhil Hamilton Waverley has superb terrain for golf. Little-known Waverley and Arrowtown are the big winners in legendary architect Tom Doak's latest guide to New Zealand golf courses. READ MORE:* Wilkinson birdies eight straight* NZ courses transformed - Doak* NZ's greatest hits* NZ golf turning into little America"The over-riding memory of a round at Arrowtown is the feeling of golf as it was meant to be: charismatic, curious, understated, inexpensive and a little light-hearted," he wrote." Waverley, a small country course in south Taranaki, found itself rated higher than many of the country's high-profile resort courses. "One of the real disappointments of New Zealand golf, this is a very flat course with shallow, useless bunkers and four par-3's played across water.
Rugby's 2019 burning questions: What will the All Blacks midfield look like at the Rugby World Cup? PAUL CULLY1 NEWSJohn Campbell sits down with All Blacks coach Steve Hansen to discuss his decision to step down after next year’s World Cup. Another year of code is in the bag, but a Rugby World Cup year is on the horizon. An obvious area of contention - what will Steve Hansen's midfield look like come the World Cup? OPINION: The midfield is probably the area that will cause the most debate among the All Blacks selectors in 2019.
READ MORE:* Dr Tom: Recharge and smell the grass again* Dr Tom: The importance of having a vision* Dr Tom: Coping with anxietyThere is a myth that suicides increase during the festive season but research in the United States and Austria shows it decreases. Analytical thinking is like a road map in our heads and is necessary. A much more relaxed mode of thinking is called free-flow thinking. Move into free-flow thinking, play it by ear, go with the flow, see how it goes, enjoy the surprises of where you may end up. Dr Tom Mulholland is a GP with 30 years' experience in New Zealand.
Where else can you sit in the pilot's seat and fly a Mosquito through the Norwegian fiords, sinking enemy battleships? exhibition, and learn what it was like for the 450 airmen shot down in Europe during World War 2. SUPPLIED The museum is ocated at the former Wigram air force base, about 11km from the centre of Christchurch. BEST TIME TO GOAll the exhibits are indoors so it makes for a great rainy day option. Some people might still prefer a fine day in order to explore the former air base outside.
Tyrone Cooke has been petitioning Immigration NZ to let him stay in the country and was granted residency without even applying for it. A man has avoided deportation by gaining residency, even though he never applied for it. London-born Tyrone Cooke had been awaiting for Ministerial intervention on his declined work visa application since July 2018. "We expect a decision on the request to be made prior to Christmas," Carley said in relation to the work visa intervention. Cooke had lodged his work visa application under the essential skills policy.
Emma Keeling: Tis the season to be racist in English football EMMA KEELINGCLIVE ROSE/GETTY IMAGES Manchester City's Raheem Sterling copped plenty of abuse from Chelsea fans. When the whistle has blown on the rugby season and you can spend hours desperately clicking through the channels in case an All Blacks replay is on. But I should warn you, it's a bit racist. And btw, grandpa told the press he didn't shout racist things, just called him a Manc c... so it's not as if he did anything out of the ordinary on a typical day in English football stands. Now we are really warming into our international football-stride, do we need a plan in case slightly racist fans go really feral?