No SOS for injured All Blacks as Crusaders brace for BullsGETTY IMAGES Crusaders No 8 Jordan Taufua had a try ruled out when TMO Glenn Newman controversially decided that Tim Bateman had knocked the ball on earlier in the movement. There is zero chance the Crusaders coaches will attempt to coerce their injured All Blacks stars to make an early return. GETTY IMAGES Crusaders assistant coach Brad Mooar was quick to shut down any thought of injured All Blacks being fast-tracked into the side. Forget it, says Crusaders assistant coach Brad Mooar. Last year the Crusaders lost just one Super Rugby game, against the Hurricanes in their final round-robin game in Wellington.
March 18, 2018 03:00 UTC
Firefighters search burning Rotorua houseGOOGLE Firefighters got conflicting reports about whether people could be inside the Brookland Road home. Firefighters were called to a single-storey house on Brookland Road at 2.35pm on Sunday. The fire had taken hold of the home by the time they arrived, fire northern communications shift manager Megan Ruru said. There were reports that people could be in the house, so firefighters did a search - though they were told on arrival that the house appeared to be vacant. The searches showed no-one had been in the house, fire northern communications shift deputy Craig Dally said.
March 18, 2018 02:12 UTC
Womad 2018 - Day 3 at New Plymouth Brooklands ParkSIMON O'CONNOR/STUFF Violons Barbares at Womad 2018The third and final day of Womad has kicked off in New Plymouth with a performance by Lemon Bucket Orkestra on the Bowl stage and Nano Stern on the Gables. ANDY JACKSON/STUFF ANDY JACKSON/STUFF ANDY JACKSON/STUFF ANDY JACKSON/STUFF ANDY JACKSON/STUFF ANDY JACKSON/STUFF SIMON O'CONNOR/STUFF SIMON O'CONNOR/STUFF SIMON O'CONNOR/STUFF ANDY JACKSON/STUFF ANDY JACKSON/STUFF ANDY JACKSON/STUFF ANDY JACKSON/STUFF ANDY JACKSON/STUFF ANDY JACKSON/STUFF ANDY JACKSON/STUFF SIMON O'CONNOR/STUFF SIMON O'CONNOR/STUFF Stephanie Mitchell SIMON O'CONNOR/STUFF SIMON O'CONNOR/STUFF SIMON O'CONNOR/STUFF SIMON O'CONNOR/STUFF Pat Thomas & Kwashibu Area Band perform on the Bowl stage. Locals who know the fowl happenings in the pond around the Bowl Stage would be reluctant to cool off this way. ANDY JACKSON/STUFF ANDY JACKSON/STUFF ANDY JACKSON/STUFF ANDY JACKSON/STUFF ANDY JACKSON/STUFF ANDY JACKSON/STUFF ANDY JACKSON/STUFF ANDY JACKSON/STUFF ANDY JACKSON/STUFF ANDY JACKSON/STUFF ANDY JACKSON/STUFF ANDY JACKSON/STUFF ANDY JACKSON/STUFF GRANT MATTHEW/STUFF ANDY JACKSON/STUFF GRANT MATTHEW/STUFF ANDY JACKSON/STUFF ANDY JACKSON/STUFF ANDY JACKSON/STUFF Grant Matthew Grant Matthew Grant Matthew Grant Matthew Lemon Bucket Orkestra's middle of the crowd finish might just be that moment of Womad 2018. ANDY JACKSON/STUFF ANDY JACKSON/STUFF ANDY JACKSON/STUFF ANDY JACKSON/STUFF ANDY JACKSON/STUFF ANDY JACKSON/STUFF ANDY JACKSON/STUFF ANDY JACKSON/STUFF ANDY JACKSON/STUFF ANDY JACKSON/STUFF ANDY JACKSON/STUFF ANDY JACKSON/STUFF ANDY JACKSON/STUFF ANDY JACKSON/STUFF ANDY JACKSON/STUFF ANDY JACKSON/STUFF ANDY JACKSON/STUFF ANDY JACKSON/STUFF The Thievery Corporation had a huge crowd in the palm of their hands at the Bowl Stage on Friday night.
March 18, 2018 01:48 UTC
1-year-olds can reason like scientists - new research123rf Yes, your one-year-old is that smart. A team of scientists may have discovered the earliest age at which a person can reason logically: 12 months. "If you have logical reasoning, you can generate conclusions, you can obtain evidence that would be hard to obtain otherwise," he explained this week. So we were driven by the belief that logical reasoning might play an important role in a full picture" of the infant mind. "It is thrilling for us as scientists - using logical reasoning to understand how we reason logically," Halberda said.
March 18, 2018 01:30 UTC
Freedom camping: 'Is this worst local case?' A St Andrews man has come across what he believes may be the worst local case of freedom camping. READ MORE:* Freedom camping: 'We all need to step up'* Freedom camping: 'We're not all bad'* Freedom camping in NZ: 'Deep bush is where it's at'JON BIRD Jon Bird said the campers must have taken a private farm access road to reach the paddock. They were also within sight of freedom campers on Galletly Rd, about 200 metres away. Galletly Rd is popular with freedom campers year round as the large amount of rubbish in the area attests, he said.
March 18, 2018 01:18 UTC
Highlanders co-captain Ben Smith walks fine line by challenging ref in southern derbyGETTY IMAGES Highlanders co-captain Ben Smith convinced referee Nick Briant to consult his TMO Glenn Newman after Crusaders No 8 Jordan Taufua thought he scored a try in Dunedin on Saturday night. If some folks thought Smith was bang out of order, Highlanders coach Aaron Mauger wasn't among them. "I thought he [Smith] was right to ask the question and I praised Nick for listening. Following the tenacious win over the Lions in Jo'burg the previous weekend, a glimmer of sunshine entered the Blues' world. On Friday night the Chiefs ran over the Bulls in the second half to win 41-28 in Hamilton.
March 18, 2018 01:07 UTC
Future of dairies, convenience stores hangs in the balanceDOMINICO ZAPATA/STUFF The owner of Hillcrest Mini Supermarket dairy was hit over the head with a hammer by a robber on Saturday morning. The future of dairies is unclear as tobacco-driven crime skyrockets, the convenience stores association boss says. Some dairy owners have stopped selling cigarettes to try to deter robbers, but are now paying the price. Dave Hooker, the executive director of New Zealand Association of Convenience Stores which mainly represents service stations, said the future of dairies and convenience stores were "at best uncertain and in many cases frightening". CHRISTEL YARDLEY/STUFF Tao Liu says the decision to stop selling cigarettes is costing his business $700 a week.
March 18, 2018 01:02 UTC
Timaru newly weds gets Hurricanes congratulationsJOHN BISSET/STUFF Long-term Timaru couple Mark Wills and Nicole Wood tied the knot on Saturday under the goal posts at the Old Boys club rooms. However for Timaru man, and ardent Hurricanes supporter Mark Wills, that's exactly what happened. JOHN BISSET/STUFF Newlyweds Nicole and Mark Wills. Mark Wills, 29, and Nicole Wills, nee Wood, 30, got married on Saturday afternoon at the Timaru Old Boys rugby ground beneath the goal posts. JOHN BISSET/STUFF Waiting for the bride to arrive are from left, groomsmen, Sam McKillop, Robert Hough and Matt Wills-Waite with groom Mark Wills.
March 18, 2018 00:56 UTC
$12m Powerball win adds to Masterton Lotto shop's stunning record of big prizesGOOGLE MAPS Masterton's Kuripuni Lotto and Post Shop has now sold a handful of winning tickets worth a combined $55m after Saturday's $12m Powerball win. The humble store on Queen St sold Saturday's winning $12 million Powerball ticket. She was expecting a boom in Lotto sales over the coming weeks, as normally happens when the shop is responsible for a "big prize". "My son-in-law rang me and said we sold [Saturday's winning] ticket. "Kuripuni Lotto in Masterton has previously sold the ticket winning the largest Big Wednesday prize and another Powerball First Division winning ticket - so they will be absolutely thrilled to have sold another big winning ticket."
March 18, 2018 00:51 UTC
Businesses feeling the pinch after State Highway 1 reopeningSCOTT HAMMOND/Stuff.co.nz Business was booming after SH3 became the main route through the South Island following the Kaikoura earthquakes, but there has been a huge downturn since SH1 reopened. Business owners along the alternate route of State Highway 63 connecting Picton and Christchurch, said they felt the pinch the moment the coastal road reopened in December. St Arnaud Alpine Store owner Elaine Richards noticed the traffic volume drop immediately and said the reopening of State Highway 1 had created difficulties for the business. SCOTT HAMMOND/FAIRFAX NZ St Arnaud Alpine Store owner Elaine Richards said business along State Highway 63 has been slow since SH1 reopened in December. SCOTT HAMMOND/STUFF People are still stopping off to get coffee and food from Emma Gonzalez's food cart but not to the same extent.
Jonathan Sexton finally gets a Grand Slam after missing 2009GETTY IMAGES Jonathan Sexton, left, lifts The Triple Crown Trophy as Ireland's players celebrate winning the Six Nations. Sexton and especially his fellow senior Ireland team-mates finally won the Six Nations Grand Slam they craved when they beat England 24-15 at Twickenham on Saturday (Sunday NZT). The Grand Slam was kept alive in the first round when the flyhalf slotted a long-range dropped goal deep in injury time to overcome France 15-13 in Paris. Sexton was around when Ireland won its last Grand Slam 2009, along with Kearney, who was the starting fullback, and Rory Best, the backup hooker. "He just didn't want to do it the same way as ROG,'' Schmidt said in reference to Ronan O'Gara winning the 2009 Grand Slam on a dropped goal.
Winter coughs and aches could pack nasty punch in WaikatoAntonio Gravante 123RF Northern hemisphere countries have been hit with a deadly flu season due to the prevalence of a life-threatening flu strain, A (H3N2). Waikato DHB bosses have started contingency plans for this year's flu season and will add 26 new beds to a vacant floor of Waikato Hospital's Menzies building. Northern hemisphere countries have been hit with a deadly flu season due to the prevalence of a life-threatening flu strain, A (H3N2). Best predictions were the influenza A (H3N2) would come to New Zealand as it was here toward the end of last winter, Turner said. New Zealand gets periodic whooping cough every four to five years and right now we are seeing a lot of whooping cough."
Man seriously injured in car and motorcycle crashGeorge Heard/Stuff Police have been called to the scene of a car and motorcycle crash in the Waikato (file photo). A motorcyclist has broken his leg in a crash in the Waikato. The 32-year-old man is conscious, but is in a serious to moderate condition, Hamilton Senior Sergeant Simon Cherry said. Cherry suspected the man had been taken to Waikato Hospital. The motorcycle and car collided on Bush Rd, Turua at 11.40am.
March 18, 2018 00:11 UTC
Eddie Jones' credibility 'damaged' by Six Nations slumpASSOCIATED PRESS England coach Eddie Jones is magnanimous in defeat, explaining his side let Ireland get away from them at Twickenham. OPINION: From saviour to busted flush is a road countless coaches have taken, and Eddie Jones has a monumental task to stay off that path. However unfair it might be to characterise Jones as a leader with a best-before date, his credibility is damaged. HENRY BROWNE/ GETTY IMAGES Eddie Jones' coaching future is under scrutiny after England suffer three successive Six Nations losses. HENRY BROWNE/ GETTY IMAGES Hands-on Eddie Jones at an England training session.
March 18, 2018 00:00 UTC
Blues coach Tana Umaga blasts side after sub-par effort: 'It's not good enough'SKY SPORT A few moments of brilliance from the Blues weren't enough to overcome the Stormers in Cape Town. And the Blues were left playing a familiar game of catchup by a performance that lacked any of those aforementioned attributes. GETTY IMAGES Blues coach Tana Umaga was less than impressed by his team's showing in Newlands. "Our ability to stay in the game was good," added Umaga. "We aren't happy with where we're at," added Umaga.
March 17, 2018 23:55 UTC