Close on 150 young athletes from around Mid Canterbury competed at the district's annual Primary Schools Sports Association Triathlon. Now in its 10th year, the recently held triathlon is aimed at primary school age pupils to give them a taste of multi sport.
February 22, 2019 07:41 UTC
Coastal baches have been at Taylors Mistake since the 1890s but after years of wrangling, their future may be resolved once and for all. The future of Christchurch's famed Taylors Mistake baches looks to be assured for decades to come after councillors recommended they be allowed to remain for 35 years. The baches have dotted the shorelines around Taylors Mistake, Hobsons Bay and Boulder Bay since the 1890s. Taylors Mistake Association president Brent Gilpin welcomed the recommendation as a "step in the right direction". DOUG RICHARDSON Some Taylors Mistake baches are in precarious positions.
February 22, 2019 07:05 UTC
Photo: Supplied via NZMEA Whangarei flat is on fire with smoke billowing 15 metres high - and residents are being warned to lock themselves inside their homes because "someone's running around with a knife". "Police told everyone to lock themselves inside because someone is running around with a knife. Police confirmed they were searching for an occupant of the house but could not say whether they was armed. The resident said flames were leaping into the air with "really black smoke" from an old bungalow-style house. A Fire and Emergency NZ (FENZ) spokesman said crews were in attendance to try to extinguish the blaze.
February 22, 2019 06:56 UTC
Labour MP and former TV host Tamati Coffey announces he and his partner are expecting a baby in July. A Fijian parliamentarian has told Labour's Tāmati Coffey that news he's expecting a baby with his male partner is "bizarre". Coffey, the MP for Waiariki, announced at Auckland's Big Gay Out on February 10 that he and long-term partner Tim Smith were expecting a child together. SUPPLIED Tamati Coffey is the Labour MP for Waiariki electorate. He and partner Tim Smith are expecting a child together.
February 22, 2019 06:56 UTC
Police have arrested a man who allegedly fled on foot after a fire broke out in Woodhill, Whangarei. A man has been arrested after a fire broke out in Northland following a domestic disturbance. Whangarei police were called to the incident, at a residential property on Maunu Rd in Woodhill, at 6.30pm on Friday. Part of Maunu Rd had been closed but was expected to re-open later on Friday. "We would like to thank residents in Maunu Rd and the surrounding areas for their cooperation as we worked to locate the man."
February 22, 2019 06:52 UTC
A tour of the Christchurch red zone, which lies empty while decisions on its future use are considered. (Video first published in June 2018)Philippa King feels she is a guardian of Christchurch's red zone. JOSEPH JOHNSON/STUFF Philippa King lives on the boundary of the Avonside red zone and has watched her suburb slowly disappear. JOSEPH JOHNSON/STUFF Children admire photographs of their neighbourhood at the opening of the Thx 4 the Memories exhibition in a reserve on the edge of the red zone. She also loves being surrounded by trees and nature on the edge of the red zone.
February 22, 2019 06:33 UTC
Wellington Phoenix lock in hometown product Louis Fenton for two more years PHILLIP ROLLOSTUFFWellington Phoenix player Louis Fenton is looking to revive his promising football career after an injury plagued past five years. Louis Fenton's consistent performances with Wellington Phoenix have been rewarded, with the hometown product signing a two-year extension that goes beyond the club's current licence. "I'm very happy to be staying at my hometown club," Fenton said. Confirmation of Fenton's two-year extension comes four days after the Phoenix exercised the club option on Steven Taylor's one-plus-one contract. Expiring after 2020-21: Louis Fenton.
February 22, 2019 05:03 UTC
Twenty morning rush-hour bus services across Wellington will be cancelled for up to six months as Metlink scales back timetables in response to a driver shortage. The region's public transport operator signalled earlier this week it would need to suspend some buses as it dealt with a crippling driver shortage at NZ Bus. KEVIN STENT/STUFF Greater Wellington Regional Council chief executive Greg Campbell said the changes would at least provide commuters with some certainty. KEVIN STENT/STUFF The Greater Wellington Regional Council fronted a select committee in October at Parliament over the bus debacle. The council was working with NZ Bus to increase its driver numbers, but expected the cancellations to be in place for about six months.
February 22, 2019 04:59 UTC
Police were called to Centre City New World after someone allegedly pulled a knife on a staff member. Photo: Gregor RichardsonShoppers and staff held down at least one shoplifter after someone pulled a knife on a worker at Centre City New World this afternoon, police say. Police were called to the supermarket at 4.45pm after reports a shoplifter threatened a worker with a knife. Foodstuffs NZ head of external relations Antoinette Laird confirmed there was an "incident" at one of its Dunedin New World stores. "The matter is with the police now and we have no further comment."
February 22, 2019 04:52 UTC
Newton School cancelled its walking bus this year because it was too dangerous. Photo: RNZAuckland Transport will hold pit stops to try to to educate the "lycra louts" who have led to a school cancelling its walking bus. The school cancelled its walking bus this year because it was too dangerous. Staff would provide parents with high vis vests and accompany them and their children on their walk to school, he said. The only meaningful safety improvement would be Auckland Transport widening the congested piece of cycleway, he said.
February 22, 2019 04:52 UTC
Lime scooters are set to be removed from Dunedin streets over safety issues. Photo: James HallDunedin is to follow in Auckland's footsteps and withdraw Lime e-scooters with immediate effect. The decision was confirmed by Dunedin City Council community services general manager Simon Pickford late this afternoon, following a meeting with Lime's Dunedin representatives earlier today. Mr Pickford said Lime's Dunedin representatives had volunteered to follow Auckland's example and remove the scooters from Dunedin streets. The scooters would not be able to return to Dunedin streets until issues in Auckland were resolved to the satisfaction of Auckland Council.
February 22, 2019 04:41 UTC
Items have allegedly been moved and taken from the graves of infants at the Papakura South cemetery. Toys, trinkets and sentimental items have been disappearing from children's graves in Papakura. The Papakura South Cemetery on Gatland Rd has been targeted by alleged thieves twice in the past week. READ MORE:* Work underway to fix sinking burial plots at Settlement Rd* Papakura South Cemetery to get a $240,000 makeover* South Auckland children's cemetery vandal found not guilty"One family ... lost a precious cultural adornment. In 2015 another Papakura cemetery was vandalised when headstones and decorations from the graves of children and babies were pulled out and thrown around the grounds.
February 22, 2019 04:22 UTC
Education Minister Chris Hipkins. Photo: NZ HeraldA petition against the proposed merger of all of New Zealand's polytechnics and institutes of technology into one national tertiary organisation has already garnered more than 3000 signatures. Invercargill City Councillor Alex Crackett launched online the petition "Save Southland's SIT" earlier this week. She asked students from the Spouthern Institute of Technology (SIT) and residents to sign the petition to draw attention to the situation and plans to deliver the petition to Education Minister Chris Hipkins. The proposal has not been well received in the South, with Otago Polytechnic also opposing the proposal.
February 22, 2019 04:18 UTC
Kiwi cyclist Patrick Bevin 'itching' to make return at UAE TourGETTY IMAGES Patrick Bevin celebrates a stage victory on stage two of the Tour Down Under. New Zealand cyclist Patrick Bevin will mark his return to racing at next week's UAE Tour, after finally recovering from the injuries he sustained in a nasty crash at the Tour Down Under last month. The 27-year-old will spearhead CCC Team's general classification assault during the week-long stage race, with young Polish sprinter Jakub Mareczko tasked with chasing stage victories. Bevin was on the cusp of a maiden World Tour stage race victory when he led the Tour Down Under for four days, only to have his hopes dashed when he crashed at high speed with approximately 10km left on the penultimate stage. Kiwi riders Sam Bewley and Jack Bauer (Mitchelton-Scott) will also be in action at the UAE Tour.
February 22, 2019 04:18 UTC
Invercargill businesswoman Carla Forbes has launched a Stand up for SIT campaign opposing the Government's proposed polytechnic merger. An Invercargill businesswoman has launched a Stand Up For SIT campaign in opposition to the Government's proposed national polytechnic merger. Under the proposal, SIT would merge with 15 other training providers to become a centrally managed, single entity called New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology. Any show of support, from a car toot to a shop front covered in Stand Up For SIT campaign material, was welcome. Earlier this week, Invercargill city councillor Alex Crackett launched an online petition to Save Southland's SIT.
February 22, 2019 03:57 UTC