New playgroup multilingual

Uniting the English and Arabic languages started on day one of the Wild Things Kotuku Multi-Ethnic Playgroup. The playgroup, for mothers and children of refugee and migrant backgrounds, aims to foster both English and Arabic languages while introducing members to the New Zealand early childhood education environment. Playgroup facilitator Nourah Riad and Red Cross case worker Rula Talahma translated the welcoming speeches and blessings into Arabic. Mr Woodhouse said he was excited to hear Dunedin would be named a refugee settlement centre last year, and the playgroup opening was "a really exciting milestone". He acknowledged the efforts of the Red Cross and others involved in the resettlement process, and "the amazing spirit of manaakitanga, of hospitality and welcome, that this city is renowned for".

March 25, 2017 17:03 UTC

Push to fix highway eyesore

PHOTO: BRENDA HARWOODDilapidated and unsightly fencing along State Highway 88 to Port Chalmers is to be replaced or repaired, hopefully in time for next summer's cruise ship season. West Harbour Community Board chairman Steve Walker said the poor state of the fencing had been a concern for local residents and an eyesore for cruise ship passengers for years. The highway had been assessed for road safety improvements as part of the national Safe Roads project. The Safe Roads team planned to meet the West Harbour Community board to discuss the project, Mr Duncan said. The NZTA's national Safe Roads and Roadsides Programme will make safety improvements to more than 90 high-risk rural state highways across the country over six years.

March 25, 2017 17:03 UTC

Lindsay Creek celebration bigger

The Valley Project (from left) volunteer Tess Trotter, community development co-ordinator Anna Parker, intern Mona Bangemann and volunteer co-ordinator Chelsie Parsons. Valley Project community development co-ordinator Anna Parker said things would start with a Discovery Walk at 12pm, which would be "bigger and better'' than last year's. Community organisations including the Dunedin City Council, Otago Regional Council and Keep Dunedin Beautiful would have a presence, volunteer Tess Trotter said. North Dunedin schools including Opoho, Dunedin North Intermediate and Northeast Valley Normal School would have stalls about a variety of ways of "how to care for [Lindsay] Creek'', she said. A youth zone - run by the Dunedin Youth Council - would allow young Dunedinites to write down ideas for caring for the Dunedin environment so they could be presented to the DCC.

March 25, 2017 17:03 UTC

Benefits flow from water tank

Chris Baillie says she is pleased to have a new water tank which was bought with the help of Speight's funding. PHOTO: ANGELA REIDOrokonui Ecosanctuary's new water tank is quite the multi-tasker, servicing chicks, creepy crawlies, ponds, plants and people. Last week Speight's Brewery announced the ecosanctuary was one of five Dunedin not-for-profit groups to win funding from the 2017 Speight's Brewery Environmental Fund. The ecosanctuary put its $1585 grant towards getting the new water tank, which was installed last month. The tank water would also be used to spray weeds, water plants in the nearby nursery and supply drinks for the volunteer staff area.

March 25, 2017 17:03 UTC

Dunedin driver rated tops with customers

Dunedin bus driver Willy Uelese really knows how to look after his passengers. Dunedin bus driver Willy Uelese won the best customer service category at BusGo’s national Bus Roadeo competition. PHOTO: SUPPLIEDAnd it's now official, after Mr Uelese took first place in the customer service category at BusGo's national Bus Roadeo competition. While most of his passengers did not know about the award, his colleagues all did - his Bus Roadeo success had been publicised on the drivers' noticeboard, he said. Go Bus managing director Calum Haslop said the organisation was proud of Mr Uelese and all the company's other finalists and winners.

March 25, 2017 17:03 UTC

Fredericks steps aside from IAAF work, to skip council meet

Coe noted Fredericks had not resigned as a member of the IAAF's ruling council "but stepped aside to let all bodies investigate the matter." Speaking in Kampala, Uganda, where the cross-country world championships will take place on Sunday, Coe said Fredericks had not traveled to Uganda, and would stay away from other IAAF events while he's investigated. Fredericks, a former sprinter from Namibia, denied any wrongdoing after the 2009 payment was revealed by French newspaper Le Monde this month. Papa Massata Diack, a former IAAF marketing consultant, has been banned for life by the IAAF and is being sought for questioning by French authorities. Fredericks said he had a contract with the sports marketing company and the timing of the payment was coincidental.

March 25, 2017 16:41 UTC

Rugby: Lions blitz Southern Kings

A five-try first half blitz has set the Lions on their way to a 42-19 bonus- point win over the Southern Kings in Super Rugby at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Saturday. The Kings, who never looked capable of ending their unwanted record of never beating a fellow South African franchise, scored inside the opening minute through Andisa Ntsila and saw debutant Yaw Penxe and fullback Malcolm Jaer also cross over for tries. But Tambwe, with another easy cross over, and Kriel added to the Lions' try tally to make it a convincing 35-12 at half-time. The second half was just three minutes old when Jaer reduced the deficit as he stepped into a narrow gap to score after which the Lions seemed to loose momentum. But with four minutes left, they broke out from a line out for Kriel to set up Vorster for a potentially important bonus point.

March 25, 2017 16:30 UTC

Hernia mesh complication 'like torture' for Christchurch grandfather

Hernia mesh complication 'like torture' for Christchurch grandfatherDAVID WALKER/ Since having his hernia operation, John Pritchard has been in constant pain. DAVID WALKER/FAIRFAX NZ John Pritchard (right) has suffered horrendous complications following hernia surgery using surgical mesh. READ MORE:* Surgical mesh patients 'totally failed'* Kiwi mum's surgical mesh nightmare* Jonathan Milne: 'Lonely road'* Call for Government to monitor surgical mesh use* Kiwi woman forced to pay for operationAn operation was booked for the following day and deemed a success. DAVID WALKER/FAIRFAX NZ John Pritchard says the pain after surgical mesh was used during a hernia repair was "like torture". Chronic pain following hernia repair occurred in "less than 10 percent of patients," according to a NZAGS position statement.

March 25, 2017 16:12 UTC

The truth Facebook hides

Around the same time, I was diagnosed with depression, not that many of my 1302 Facebook "friends" will know that. That's despite at least one in six New Zealand adults being diagnosed with a mental illness at some point in their lives. That's 217 of my Facebook friends. "No one thinks less of you for taking medicine and no one thinks less of you for dealing with a mental illness. Because of this, we need to look out for ourselves and each other by creating our own support networks with family, whanau, friends, even Facebook "friends".

March 25, 2017 16:09 UTC

Fears for missing woman Kim Bambus at Piha

Video will play in Play now Don't auto playNever auto playSearchers will today continue scouring the rugged terrain and treacherous seas of Piha for a missing young woman. Kim Bambus, 21, told her friends she was going for a run at the west coast Auckland beach on Friday morning but she never returned. Helicopters also scanned the coastline, while Bambus' family and friends anxiously waited at the track's entrance hoping for news. Related Content Search for missing woman Kim Bambus near Piha called off until tomorrow Young Auckland woman Kim Bambus missing after going for a run at Piha Video Watch: Young Auckland woman Kim Bambus missing at Piha"She's awesome," Storm said. Police are asking anyone who may have seen Bambus to contact Auckland Police on (09) 302 6400.

March 25, 2017 16:04 UTC

Sarah, Sam and Toni take over at the Hits

Toni Street's breakfast radio show is expanding, just six weeks after it launched in Auckland. The Sarah, Sam and Toni show on The Hits will broadcast across most of the North Island, from April 10, taking over from former Hits' hosts Polly Gillespie and Grant Kereama. Meanwhile, Seven Sharp host Street says she's excited for more listeners to start their day with herself, Sarah Gandy and Sam Wallace. McClung said the trio have brought "an exciting fresh burst of fun, energy and warmth to breakfast radio in New Zealand". ​The Hits morning schedule:Northland 95.6FM Sarah, Sam and ToniAuckland 97.4FM Sarah, Sam and ToniWaikato 98.6FM Sarah, Sam and ToniBay Of Plenty 95FM Sarah, Sam and ToniRotorua 97.5FM Sarah, Sam and ToniTaupo 96.8FM Sarah, Sam and ToniHawkes Bay 89.5FM Adam and SarahGisborne 90.9FM Sarah, Sam and ToniManawatu 97.8FM Sarah, Sam and ToniWanganui 89.6FM Sarah, Sam and ToniTaranaki 90FM Sarah, Sam and ToniKapiti/Horowhenua 92.7FM Sarah, Sam and ToniWellington 90.1FM Sarah, Sam and ToniWairarapa 90.3FM Sarah, Sam and ToniNelson 89.6FM Scott RadovanovichMarlborough 96.9FM Scott RadovanovichChristchurch 97.7FM Dave FitzgeraldAshburton 89.3FM Dave FitzgeraldWest Coast 90.7FM Israel BaiTimaru 94.7FM & 98.7FM Josh MacOamaru 98.4FM Callum and PDunedin 89.4FM Callum and PQueenstown 90.4FM FergSouthland 98.8FM James and Liv- Herald on Sunday

March 25, 2017 16:02 UTC

Serco bans Brian Tamaki's son-in-law from South Auckland prison

Serco bans Brian Tamaki's son-in-law from South Auckland prisonChris Skelton/FAIRFAX NZ The Man Up programme helping rehabilitate inmates has been shut out of prisonSerco has banned Brian Tamaki's son-in-law from offering a Destiny Church outreach programme at its South Auckland prison. The surprise move has upset former inmates who benefited from the programme, and prompted a case manager at Kohuora Auckland South Corrections Facility to resign in protest. Warren is the national director of Man Up, a Destiny programme which is focused on empowering men to be better fathers and partners. LAWRENCE SMITH/FAIRFAX NZ Kohuora Auckland South Corrections Facility opened in 2015, and is managed by private operator Serco. LAWRENCE SMITH/FAIRFAX NZ A Serco staff member resigned amid concerns the decision to ban Man Up unfairly targeted Destiny Church.

March 25, 2017 16:01 UTC

Asylum seekers locked up in Auckland prison – New Zealand's own Manus Island

Asylum seekers locked up in Auckland prison – New Zealand's own Manus IslandFAIRFAX NZ Following revelations of "fight clubs" at Auckland's Mt Eden Prison, an asylum seeker was found to have been forced into taking part. READ MORE:* Parents and newborn baby intercepted in desperate long-range boat bid to reach NZ* Why NZ should spend $17m helping Syrian refugees* Detention no place for asylum seekers* NZ's extra asylum seekers* People-smuggling boat 'credible risk and threat' to NZPHIL WALTER/GETTY IMAGES Prison is no place for asylum seekers, who are often traumatised and vulnerable, advocates say. Immigration's Northern compliance manager Alistair Murray says asylum seekers can be detained if there is a concern about their identity. Every 28 days an asylum seeker's status is assessed and if necessary a new warrant of commitment is issued. Murray would not comment on the number of asylum seekers who were found to be a threat to society.

March 25, 2017 16:01 UTC

It could be raining more than just hits at Adele's final gig in Auckland tonight

Russell Blackstock is a senior reporter at the Weekend Herald and Herald on Sunday. But there were no weather worries last night at Mt Smart, as the Grammy-award winning artist unleashed her vast catalogue of hits to her adoring fans. While the crowd was lapping up the music, at the nearby Auckland International Airport some travellers were ruing the timing of Adele's trip to New Zealand. The flight was meant to leave Auckland yesterday at 12.55am, but is now expected to leave today at 7pm. Last night's Adele gig was not the only huge event that attracted tens of thousands of people.

March 25, 2017 16:01 UTC

Marc my words, it's a Ridge too far

Marc my words, it's a Ridge too farSIMON O'CONNOR/ Chad Smith (yellow) and Greg (Larry) Taylor (blue) are doing a mate vs mate challenge for Fresh Up. An unlikely pair of mates from Taranaki have been selected from a nationwide search to emulate the 1990s made-for-TV rivalry of Marc Ellis and Matthew Ridge. SIMON O'CONNOR / Fairfax NZ Chad Smith and Greg "Larry" Taylor will go head to head on live TV. SIMON O'CONNOR / Fairfax NZ Taylor will be hoping to turn the tables and get Smith on his knees during the curry eating challenge. "Yeah, it's going to ruin the night," Taylor agreed.

March 25, 2017 15:56 UTC

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