Married at First Sight's Lacey applies to be new host of reality TV channelBRAVO TV Married At First Sight New Zealand's Lacey applies to be Bravo NZ hostGetting married at first sight hasn't dampened Lacey Swanepoel's desire to be on television - the headline-grabbing bride has applied to be the first local host of Bravo New Zealand. The television channel, which screens primarily reality television shows, is currently running a competition to find a Kiwi host. Three Married at First Sight New Zealand participant, Lacey has entered a competition to become a TV host. THREE Married at First Sight New Zealand couple Lacey and Luke on their wedding day. Lacey has been the subject of scrutiny after a fight with her Married at First Sight husband, Luke Cederman, was screened on Monday.
October 18, 2017 02:26 UTC
READER REPORT: How Jacinda Ardern could have taken out the electionCHRISTEL YARDLEY/STUFF Telling people you have a 'vision' is great. She was confident throughout the debates, her appointment bringing new life to the Labour Party and the election campaign. You see, she did well to retain the traditional Labour voters, keeping with left wing policies and not alienating the "die-hard fans" to impress the masses. This is all well and good, until there are no more die-hard Labour voters left - the starting amount minuscule anyway. How many promises could Ardern actually come through on?
October 18, 2017 01:52 UTC
Iconic Dunedin pub The Captain Cook closes doorsHAMISH McNEILLY/STUFF The Captain Cook Hotel in Dunedin has closed until a "suitable" new operator can be found. One of the country's oldest and most iconic bars, The Captain Cook Hotel, has shut its doors. SCOTT CLARKE/STUFF Dunedin's Captain Cook Hotel was refurbished and reopened as a gastro pub in May 2016. HAMISH McNEILLY/STUFF A sign on the Captain Cook Hotel last week said it was "closed for renovation", but its investors have since confirmed it will stay closed until a new operator is found. The Cook was an unlikely spot for a future student bar though because it was outside the campus, he said.
October 18, 2017 01:50 UTC
Rainbow believed New Zealanders deserved to have the opportunity to manufacture the Kiwi brands. Photo: Sally RaeOamaru lolly maker Rainbow Confectionery says it is very disappointed Mondelez did not agree to let Rainbow make its Kiwi branded sweets. The company was "very interested'' in contract manufacturing the full portfolio of Cadburys Kiwi products in New Zealand, Rainbow Confectionery general manager Brent Baillie said. Brent BaillieThere was nothing special about the manufacturing process that through minimal investment Rainbow could not have achieved, he said. Mr Baillie said Rainbow believed New Zealanders deserved to have the opportunity to manufacture the Kiwi brands.
October 18, 2017 01:07 UTC
Chef Sid Sahrawat's birthday surpriseWENDY COLVILLE/HOMED Sid and Chand Sahrawat with daughter Zoya for Homed story on their home bar. What do you give a professional chef for his birthday? Sid Sahrawat, chef and owner of Cassia and SIDART, is a dedicated man. WENDY COLVILLE Chand Sahrawat gave her chef husband Sid a bar for his birthday in hopes of luring him home earlier. WENDY COLVILLE/HOMED Sid was expecting the wine fridge, but not the custom home bar.
October 18, 2017 01:07 UTC
A diver's encounter with a sea lion in Otago Harbour is one of several recent animal episodes that bolster Dunedin’s claim to be the ''wildlife capital of New Zealand''. Now, footage has emerged of a chance encounter with a sea lion in the harbour's waters. The meeting was caught last weekend on camera by Forsyth Barr investment advisor and voluntary divemaster for Dive Otago Tom Bliss, who told Newshub the sea lion is well-known and even has a name, Roger. "You certainly don't see them every weekend that you pop out, it's an amazing experience," Mr Bliss said. He said the encounter occurred near Wellers Rock, and while sea lions had an intimidating reputation, Roger was happy to play around, biting at the exhalation bubbles from the air regulators and chewing the divers' fins.
October 18, 2017 01:02 UTC
NZTA authorise new traffic sign to keep kererū safeSUPPLIED New NZTA signs warn drivers of low flying kererū. Faced with a life-threatening clash between native birds and cars, New Zealand Transport Agency has officially approved a new traffic sign to warn drivers of the low-flying kererū. The signs will be available for native bush corridors, such as roads through the Waitākere Ranges, Auckland, after being legally approved on October 5. STEPHANIE HAMILTON/SUPPLIED Flying kererū will get some protection from new NZTA signs. Advocacy group Kererū Discovery spokesman Tony Stoddard said it was a hard fought victory for NZTA to approve the signs.
October 18, 2017 00:56 UTC
A man whose Jeep ended up in the Otago Harbour this morning says the accident happened because he swerved to avoid ducklings. Iain Sweetman said he emergency braked while travelling around a blind corner on Portobello Rd so he did not hit the birds. The rear of the Jeep locked and the vehicle spun out and rolled over a bank into the water, Mr Sweetman said. A police spokeswoman said they were called to the incident about 9.10am. Mr Sweetman, who got out of the vehicle on his own, was assessed by St John ambulance staff at the scene.
October 18, 2017 00:53 UTC
Raglan flushes out problem toilet behaviourCHRISTEL YARDLEY/STUFF Raglan hopes to stop any unnecessary wastewater overflows by reminding people of what should and shouldn't go into the toilet. It seems some adults still aren't toilet trained. READ MORE:*No water for prime Raglan real estate*Sewage spill keeps Raglan harbour closed*Council keeps sewage spill on down low in RaglanWaikato District Councillor Lisa Thomson and the Raglan Community Board will set up a street stand on Saturday and Sunday in an attempt to get the message across. "Raglan lights up over summer and what better way to get our message across than target the locals and visitors over Labour weekend," Thomson said. "By making this problem visible at market days and stalls we hope everyone takes on board the messages we're trying to get out there.
October 18, 2017 00:49 UTC
Family's sacrifice helps keep fraudster out of jailSTUFF Kōhanga reo fraudster Frances Edmonds' family is to pay back the money she took. A family's extraordinary offer to pay over $100,000 in reparation for a former kōhanga reo worker who defrauded the funds has been the difference between jail and home detention. Te Kōhanga Reo National Trust is the umbrella organisation of kōhanga reo. Her family watched the sentencing from the back of the court as the judge said, "I salute your family." "I can tell you that their presence and their actions make the difference between you going to jail and not," he told her.
October 18, 2017 00:45 UTC
The Precious One ruled out of 1000 GuineasWILD RANGE PHOTOGRAPHY The Precious One has been robbed of a chance to follow in her dam's hoof prints. Unbeaten filly The Precious One has been denied the opportunity of repeating history at Riccarton next month. Injury has ruled her out of the Group I gavelhouse.com New Zealand 1000 Guineas (1600m), a race her mother The Jewel won in 2002. "The Guineas was our goal and it's absolutely gutting, but that's racing and we don't want to aggravate anything. The Precious One is owned by her breeders Joe, Martin, Ray and Tony Dennis, who also bred and raced The Jewel.
October 18, 2017 00:22 UTC
Planting days add more greenery to landscapesSupplied Volunteers planted hundreds of new plants at Five Springs Farm in Selwyn in Friday. Selwyn's planting day took place at Five Springs Farm on Marshalls Road in Silverstream, which is owned by Richard and Jill Simpson. Supplied Ashburton mayor Donna Favel had a helping hand from Edward Pottinger (left) and Henry Halliday during Sunday's community planting day. Riparian planting (or planting along bodies of water) is an important tool for farmers to help manage the waterways on their farms. Supplied Ashburton District councillor Leen Braam had a young helper during Sunday's planting day.
October 18, 2017 00:11 UTC
National Beautiful Awards taken out by Tuakau groupBRIAR HUBBARD/STUFF Maria Jackson, Shaun Jackson and Jacqui Church celebrate their well-earned award. The group won its category in The Beautiful Awards on the weekend, which is run by Keep New Zealand Beautiful. Co-ordinator of the group Jacqui Church said winning the Community Environmental Initiative Award was a thrilling achievement. BRIAR HUBBARD/STUFF Co-ordinator of the group Jacqui Church said Tuakau was getting cleaner and greener thanks to their hard work. "It's about innovating in communities to make things happen and I think Tuakau does that well.
Kickboxer kicks out man's teeth in street brawlMARK TAYLOR/STUFF Hamilton's Garden Place - the scene of the crime. A trained kickboxer smashed a man's teeth out with a flying roundhouse kick to the head in Hamilton's Garden Place. Barrett and his friends ran off, pausing only to high five another person who had been standing around watching the fracas unfold. However Wilson QC also accepted Barrett had, as his mother had attested in a letter to the court, great personal potential. He had since ceased training at his gym, and had saved $1500 which he had wanted to offer his victim.
Play a touching well-crafted march through WW1Supplied An Awfully Big Adventure, "theatre as it should be", was part of the Nelson Arts Festival 2017. It is an explosion of vibrancy and play. It is uplifting and deeply touching. The actors grab hats and coats and bangy things and silly moustaches and wheely boxes and more. The timing and profound detail of the tech adds to the humorous moments and takes us deeper into those precious moments of truth.