Pope Francis to create 14 new cardinals in JuneFranco Origlia Pope Francis has chosen 14 men to be the newest cardinals in the church. Pope Francis announced on Sunday he has chosen 14 men to be the newest cardinals in the church, among them his chief aide for helping Rome's homeless and poor, as well as prelates based in Iraq and Pakistan, where Christians are a vulnerable minority. "I am happy to announce that on June 29, I will hold a consistory (ceremony) to make 14 new cardinals," Francis said, in remarks to pilgrims and tourists in St. Peter's Square. READ MORE:* Pope Francis denounces Holocaust 'indifference' amid Polish uproar* Young people give Pope Francis a piece of their mind* Pope Francis avoids the term Rohingya in Myanmar speech* Pope Francis marries couple on papal planeFrancis has repeatedly highlighted the plight of Christians persecuted and even slain for their faith in areas where Islamic fundamentalists have targeted them. The three are all over 80, so will not be eligible to vote for the next pope.
May 20, 2018 11:48 UTC
Sharks win five straight as they beat Bulldogs and hit NRL top-five STEVE ZEMEKGETTY IMAGES Valentine Holmes of the Sharks celebrates a try against the Bulldogs. Sharks prop Andrew Fifita continued his stellar form, running for 171 metres and making 33 tackles. After scores were level at 10-10 at halftime, Jesse Ramien sliced through four defenders to give the Sharks a six-point advantage. Earlier, the Bulldogs struck first when Josh Morris left Ramien grasping at air to bring up his 100th try for Canterbury. The Sharks' enjoyed the ascendancy in the second-half but a Mbye penalty goal got the Dogs back within six, however couldn't find a way to send it into golden point.
May 20, 2018 08:48 UTC
Fifa blunders in congratulating Team Wellington on reaching Club World CupINSTAGRAM/fifaworldcup Fifa congratulated the wrong New Zealand team - Auckland City instead of Team Wellington - after OFC Champions League victory. Fifa made a mighty blunder in congratulating Team Wellington on becoming the third New Zealand team to qualify for the Club World Cup. But Fifa's official Instagram account sent their congratulations to Team Wellington by sharing a photo of Kiwi rivals Auckland City lifting the trophy instead. "The picture is of Auckland City FC not Team Wellington!" Auckland City have qualified for the Club World Cup nine times, including in each of the last seven years, a run that was halted by Team Wellington in this year's semi-finals.
May 20, 2018 08:48 UTC
One dead after Bay of Plenty crash, SH35 closedGOOGLE MAPS One person has died after a collision between a motorbike and a van at Waihau Bay. One person has died after a serious crash between a motorbike and a light van in the eastern Bay of Plenty. The crash occurred at Waihau Bay shortly after 2pm. Another person died following a crash between a motorbike and car near the Kaimai summit around 3.30pm. SH35 WAIHAU BAY, BAY OF PLENTY - SERIOUS CRASH - 4:45PMDue to a serious #crash, the road is CLOSED.
May 20, 2018 07:41 UTC
Drivers incorrectly fined for speeding on Christchurch road for seven yearsSTUFF The 50kmh speed limit on Port Hills Rd was changed to 60kmh in 2011, but the signs were never changed. Seven years worth of speeding fines issued on a Christchurch road could be deemed invalid after police ticketed drivers based on the wrong speed limit. NZTA system manager Pete Connors said the 60kmh speed limit was published in the New Zealand Gazette three weeks after the February 2011 earthquake. NZTA installed new 60kmh signs on Thursday last week. Changing the speed limit signs on Port Hills Rd has added to concerns about safety for cyclists using the road.
May 20, 2018 07:41 UTC
Sport Waikato working on getting Matamata moving by 2025 KELLEY TANTAUsupplied Refurbishing old facilities was a key aspect in the Moving Waikato 2025 strategy, Sport Waikato chief executive Matthew Cooper said. Statistics released by a National Healthy Survey show that, in 2007, 54 per cent of the region's adult population met the Physical Activity Guidelines of 30 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity five times a week. Launched in 2015, Moving Waikato 2025 is a 10-year plan developed in collaboration and consultation with key partners regionally and nationally. Sport Waikato statistics showed that, in 2015, there were 131 clubs providing the delivery of sport, recreation and physical activity in the Matamata-Piako district. Refurbishing old facilities was a key aspect in the Moving Waikato 2025 strategy, Sport Waikato chief executive Matthew Cooper said.
May 20, 2018 06:56 UTC
Matt Dufty pearler sparks Dragons who consolidate top spot by edging Raiders MATT ENCARNACIONGETTY IMAGES Matt Dufty inspired the Dragons to another victory to consolidate top spot in the NRL. St George Illawarra coach Paul McGregor thought youngster Matt Dufty might drop his head when he dropped the ball early against Canberra. READ MORE:* Recap: Dragons v Raiders* Puncher facing two-week ban* Ponga stars but Knights lose to Titans* Is Luke Warriors' MVP? Canberra had a couple of shots on the Dragons line to force golden point late, however Widdop sealed a seven-point win with a 77th-minute field goal. The Raiders were leading 12-10 when Dragons hooker Cameron McInnes scooted out of dummy half and hit a surging Jack de Belin, who found a supporting Dufty before kicking ahead for Widdop.
May 20, 2018 06:22 UTC
Posthumous court win against major Wellington landlordSupplied Tynan Kelly has died but his mother went on to win the court case that they started together against his former landlord, Portfolio Property Management. Tynan Kelly has died, but that hasn't stopped him landing a win against his former Wellington landlord. In a reserved judgement at Wellington District Court, Judge Chris Tuohy listed a series of wrong-doings at the hands of Portfolio Property Management, directed and owned by Relph. The hearing was after an appeal against a Tenancy Tribunal judgement in the High Court, which sent it back to Wellington District Court for a re-hearing. Portfolio Property Management has been approached for comment.
May 20, 2018 06:00 UTC
Volunteers plant 1500 trees in Marahau slip sitesLUZ ZUNIGA About 100 volunteers joined the Abel Tasman Tree Collective planting project in Marahau on Sunday, including Robert Palzer , Mazzy Russell and Sala Robertson..Around 100 volunteers, including the Agriculture Minister, got stuck in to plant 1500 trees in storm-damaged Marahau, near Nelson. The Abel Tasman Tree Collective hosted its inaugural planting event on Sunday at two sites in Marahau which were affected by ex-cyclone Gita. About 100 volunteers from Marahau and surrounds and Nelson city spent two hours planting the trees on slip-sites which drained into the Marahau wetland and the Marahau River. LUZ ZUNIGA The Minister of Agriculture and Biosecurity Damien O'Connor was among those who planted native seedlings on slip sites at Marahau. LUZ ZUNIGA Stewart Robertson, of the Abel Tasman Tree Collective, was very pleased with the response from volunteers.
May 20, 2018 06:00 UTC
Fabian Coulthard wins Supercars race at Winton as Kiwis dominateDANIEL KALISZ/GETTY IMAGES V for victory from Fabian Coulthard who won the latest V8 Supercars race on Sunday. Supercars championship leader Scott McLaughlin has been upstaged by teammate and fellow Kiwi driver Fabian Coulthard in the second race of the Winton Supersprint in Victoria. DANIEL KALISZ/GETTY IMAGES Scott McLaughlin celebrates with his team mate Fabian Coulthard after taking pole position on Saturday. DANIEL KALISZ/GETTY IMAGES Fabian Coulthard drives the #12 Shell V-Power Racing Team Ford Falcon FGX during race 13 for the Supercars Winton SuperSprint. AT A GLANCESupercars championship standings: Scott McLaughlin 1487 points, Shane van Gisbergen 1356, Craig Lowndes 1188, David Reynolds 1169, Jamie Whincup 1123.
May 20, 2018 05:52 UTC
Separate lightning strikes for a pair of Queenstown bound flightsSUPPLIED An Air New Zealand A320 made an unscheduled landing at Christchurch Airport this afternoon after being struck by lightning. A passenger on an Air New Zealand flight hit by lightning praises the crew for how they handled the nightmare. It was one of two Air New Zealand flights bound for Queenstown that were diverted to Christchurch due to lightning. Lightning strikes were not uncommon, she said. Pilots were trained for such scenarios and aircraft were designed to cope with lightning strikes.
Speed a possible factor in crash that killed Ashburton man TJ WalkerJOSEPH JOHNSON/STUFF TJ Walker, 24, died in crash that also injured three others on Wakanui Rd in Ashburton. The man killed when a car flipped, smashed into a fence and caught fire was 24-year-old TJ Walker. JOSEPH JOHNSON/STUFF Police are investigating the crash, which happened on a suburban Ashburton street at 3am on Saturday. JOSEPH JOHNSON/STUFF Ashburton Fire and Emergency NZ chief Alan Burgess says eight firefighters from two crews attended the crash. We will do everything we can to find out how this crash happened and prevent a similar one happening again."
Christchurch man Michael McGrath missing for a yearIAIN MCGREGOR/Stuff Michael McGrath's family sat down with Stuff in 2017 to discuss his disappearance. SUPPLIED Michael Craig McGrath went missing on May 21, 2017. READ MORE:* Missing Christchurch man Michael McGrath's family have lost hope he's alive* Almost 100 days and no sign of Michael McGrath* Prison guard at centre of inquiry around missing builder Michael McGrath selling his home* Police continue dump search for clues about Michael McGrath's disappearance* Friend says he was last to see missing Christchurch builder* Items found at landfill in search for clues about McGrath* Prison guard remains under cloud as McGrath search nears 40th dayIn the days to come, police would ramp up their investigation into Michael McGrath's disappearance, dubbed Operation Renovation because he was renovating his home. JOSEPH JOHNSON/STUFF Michael McGrath left his home without his blue 1994 Subaru Legacy. SUPPLIED Missing man Michael McGrath at Halswell New World on Friday, May 19, 2017.
Residents' fears over drugs at housing complex near high schoolKEVIN STENT/STUFF Housing New Zealand's Rolleston St flats are located within hundreds of metres of Wellington High School and Massey University in Mt Cook. Claims of dealers selling drugs to Wellington High School pupils out of inner city Housing New Zealand flats are being monitored by police amid residents' concerns over crime in Mt Cook. The Rolleston St flats in Mt Cook are near the school, which has 1250 pupils. KEVIN STENT/STUFF Late last term four boys were stood down from Wellington High School after buying drugs from the nearby Rolleston St flats. The school had no bigger problem with drugs than any other school, he said.
May 20, 2018 05:37 UTC
Black Sticks women hammered 4-1 by Australia in gold medal rematchCLARE TOIA-BAILEY/PHOTOSPORT Australia celebrate one of their four goals in their comfortable win over New Zealand. New Zealand's Commonwealth Games women's hockey gold medallists thudded back to earth, suffering a 4-1 defeat to Australia to continue their winless start to the Tri-Nations tournament in Cromwell. A day after conceding a late winner to Japan, who beat them 2-1, the Black Sticks were no match for the team they beat 4-1 in the Gold Coast gold medal match last month. READ MORE:* Black Sticks want more gold* Black Sticks women lose* Lulu Tuilotolava to debutBlack Sticks head coach Sean Dancer - standing in for Mark Hager for the tournament - was unimpressed. The Black Sticks are without five players from their Commonwealth Games victory: Stacey Michelsen, Sam Charlton, Liz Thompson and Amy Robinson all injured and Pippa Hayward retired.
May 20, 2018 04:52 UTC