Canterbury too classy for home team Tasman in Mitre 10 openerPHOTOPSORT Fullback George Bridge scored the first of Canterbury's tries against Tasman. Canterbury have delivered a decisive early-season statement of intent following a clinical 39-0 Mitre 10 Cup rugby win over Tasman in Nelson. In a rematch of last year's premiership final, defending champions Canterbury were again in dominant form as they eventually outscored Tasman by five tries to none. Canterbury certainly left no-one in any doubt about their overall superiority in an emphatic display at Trafalgar Park. There was plenty of pace, precision and purpose to Canterbury's efforts, both on attack and defence, as Tasman struggled to match Canterbury's intensity.
August 18, 2017 09:29 UTC
QI is a diverting waste of timeSKY TELEVISION Alan Davies and Stephen Fry present mind-boggling information on QI. TUNNEL VISION: If there's a reason for QI (Prime, Tuesdays) then it's to drop those curious pieces of "quite interesting" information into a conversation. Other than that, QI is a diverting waste of time except for host Stephen Fry, who collects the trivia and presides over a largely unknown group of British personalities like he's the Speaker of the House. They've smoked a week's supply of synthetic cannabis beforehand and wouldn't know if Elvis had left the building before them. They stand, applaud and laugh at the same time and wouldn't know Elvis from an impersonator.
August 18, 2017 09:22 UTC
Children's learning not improving under National Standards measurementsNational Standards results have remained mostly static over the past three years, ministry figures show. Children's levels of reading, writing, and maths have failed to improve in the past three years. The results were released on Friday, just days after research from the New Zealand Council for Education Research released survey findings that showed teachers believed National Standards were causing an increase in anxiety for their students. The Result Action Plan would help schools reach targets through Communities of Learning. Ministry of Education acting deputy secretary of early learning and student achievement Pauline Cleaver said Wellington's results were outstanding.
August 18, 2017 09:11 UTC
Parents 'ropeable' after social media experiment backfires at private girls' schoolSTACY SQUIRES/STUFF A source close to the school says parents are "ropeable" about what has happened. She confirmed concerns had been raised with the college by parents and students about this year's social media project. "This style of real-world research has proven to be a valuable resource for St Margaret's College students and parents or caregivers in past years. "We are in partnership with you in addressing the serious implications and potentially devastating results of inappropriate and unkind use of social media by your daughters. The social media project comes amid concerns about new anonymous feedback app Sarahah.
August 18, 2017 08:26 UTC
Explosive belts worn by Cambrils attackers were fakeSpanish police shoot dead five suspects in Cambrils, a city 120 kilometres south of Barcelona, hours after a van mowed down dozens killing at least 13 in the Catalan capital. Explosive belts worn by attackers killed by police in the Catalan resort town of Cambrils were fake, the Spanish region's head Carles Puigdemont told local radio station RAC1 on Friday. Police killed five attackers later that evening in Cambrils to thwart a separate attack, after a speeding Audi injured seven people. The suspects, wearing explosive belts and clutching knives, bailed out and were shot dead by police in the early hours of the morning (New Zealand time). Puigdemont said bomb experts had confirmed the explosive belts were duds.
August 18, 2017 07:52 UTC
Legislation fast-tracks the building of 450 Queenstown homesDASHA KUPRIENKO/STUFF Social Housing Minister Amy Adams says increasing the land available for housing in Queenstown will help "rebalance the market". Special legislation will fast-track a project to build 450 homes in Queenstown. DASHA KUPRIENKO/STUFF The Wakatipu High School site in Queenstown is being considered for new housing built under the Crown Land Programme. Under the CLP 400 new homes had been built on Crown land in Christchurch and another 2700 were being built in Auckland. Ngai Tahu and the Government have also signed a memorandum of understanding to explore options to develop vacant or underutilised parcels of Crown Queenstown land for housing developments.
August 18, 2017 06:56 UTC
All Blacks 'bug' guard: not guilty1 NEWS However, Adrian Gard has been reportedly charged with carrying out a security act without a licence. An All Blacks security guard has been found not guilty of making up claims he found a bugging device at the team's Sydney hotel a year ago. Atkinson did, however, find Gard guilty of a second charge of acting as a security consultant without the proper licence. All Blacks captain Kieran Read had earlier told the court he believed Gard was "honest and loyal". The All Blacks had wanted the investigation into the bug handled internally to avoid the media getting involved.
August 18, 2017 06:54 UTC
'Raw, uncut' election debate to hit ChristchurchDEAN KOZANIC/STUFF No-one mentioned the elephant in the room during 2011's debate. Organisers of Christchurch's party leaders' debate are guaranteeing it will be the "grittiest" of them all. The Press Leaders' Debate has emerged as the most hard-nosed of the election debates because of its traditional soapbox style in front of a heckling audience. SIMON MAUDE/STUFF Labour leader Jacinda Ardern will face National leader Bill English at the Press Leaders' Debate in Christchurch on September 7. HAGEN HOPKINS/GETTY IMAGES National leader Bill English will face Labour leader Jacinda Ardern at the Press Leaders' Debate in Christchurch on September 7.
August 18, 2017 06:11 UTC
No charges against Akaroa bus driver after tourist crashGEORGE HEARD/STUFF The bus crashed down a hill near Akaroa, injuring more than 20 passengers. A tourist bus driver who crashed over a cliff on Banks Peninsula, injuring numerous passengers, will not be charged. Raymond Arthur, aged in his 70s, was driving a bus load of tourists towards Akaroa in February. READ MORE:* Coach company's second serious bus crash involving tourists* Akaroa bus driver says his actions saved the lives of passengers* Some passengers believe bus driver passed out before crashing over bank near AkaroaFACEBOOK Travlon Coachlines bus driver Raymond Arthur says his actions saved the lives of 32 people on the bus. A mechanic contracted to the company, James Coakley, pleaded not guilty to charges related to the crash.
August 18, 2017 06:01 UTC
Electric vehicle numbers in Wellington double in a yearCAMERON BURNELL/FAIRFAX NZ. In the 18 months he has owned his electric car, he has saved more than $7800 on petrol. But how friendly can the hilly capital be to an electric car such as Murrell's Nissan Leaf – with only one fast-charging point in the whole city? MONIQUE FORD/STUFF Wellington's first fast-charging electric vehicle station at Z in Vivian St. READ MORE:* NZ guide to the pros and cons of buying an electric vehicle* The idiot's guide to electric cars in NZ* National announce new electric vehicle target for government fleet,CAMERON BURNELL/STUFF Nathan Murrell says his Nissan Leaf is "dirt cheap" to run, and loves Wellington's hills.
August 18, 2017 05:55 UTC
A look at what prompted NZ Rugby to revisit the Aaron Smith caseBRENDON THORNE/GETTY Aaron Smith training ahead of Saturday's Bledisloe match with Australia. ANALYSIS: New Zealand Rugby's decision to re-examine the Aaron Smith case would not have been prompted by the lurid nature of now-public messages, employment lawyers believe. If the independent lawyer hired by NZR to reinvestigate finds Smith brought his employers into greater disrepute than previously thought, it could well be deemed insufficient. HANNAH PETERS/GETTY IMAGES Aaron Smith was caught in a disabled toilet with the woman last year. "Based on information published today New Zealand Rugby believes that it needs to investigate the Aaron Smith matter further and has instructed an independent lawyer to do so," it said.
August 18, 2017 05:37 UTC
Otaki candidates talk housing, water and pensions in LevinDAVID UNWIN/STUFF Labour Party candidate Rob McCann, left, brought a cardboard cutout of Jacinda Ardern on stage. DAVID UNWIN/STUFF The Opportunities Party candidate Jenny Condie has her turn at the mike. "What this Government won't be doing is bringing in a water tax that directly impacts the price of vegetables here in Horowhenua." McCann also used his speech to discuss housing issues, saying Labour would bring in a minimum standard for rental properties. While the party wanted a tax on exported, bottled water, there would be discussions afterwards about taxing other water users, he said.
August 18, 2017 05:26 UTC
The bodies are believed to be those of James (R) and Raymond Fleet. Photo NZ Herald/SuppliedPolice believe the two bodies found in the Mamaku Bush near Rotorua are those of missing uncle and nephew Raymond and James Fleet. A spokesman said although formal identification has not been completed, police believed they were the missing pair. Raymond Fleet (51) and his nephew James (25) had been missing for more than a week. Raymond is understood to have gone missing around the same time and the pair were reported missing on Wednesday, August 9.
Source:Otago Daily Times
August 18, 2017 05:10 UTC
New Zealand man narrowly avoids Spain terror attackSUPPLIED Noeline Holt and her son Glen Holt, who narrowly avoided being in the area terrorists attack in Barcelona, Spain by stopping to change what he was listening to on his phone. A New Zealand man living in Spain narrowly avoided being on the scene of a terror attack as it happened because he had stopped to change radio station on his mobile phone. Wellingtonian Glen Holt was "pretty upset, shaken up" after witnessing the aftermath of the attack, his mother Noeline Holt said. READ MORE:* Full Barcelona attack coverage* Live: Deadly terror attack in Spain* Spain's day of terror* Trump leaps to 'terror' for SpainGlen Holt helped direct traffic away from the area where the attack occurred before meeting up with friends in a safe place. NICHOLAS CARVALHO OCHOA/GETTY IMAGES Medics and police tend to injured people near the scene of a terrorist attack in the Las Ramblas area of Barcelona, Spain.
August 18, 2017 05:04 UTC
Milestones for Southland accountantsJohn Hawkins/STUFF Mervyn Gillick , 95,was the oldest member in attendance at the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand Southland Milestone Members celebration. There was no shortage of experience on hand at a chartered accountants members lunch in Invercargill on Friday. Held by Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, the event honoured Southland members achieving 25, 50, and 60 years of experience. Allan Baxter, Ivan Elder (who was a late withdrawal from the event), Michael Fenton, William Fieldes, Mervyn Gillick, Maurice White, and Neil Wyeth were able to amass 432 combined years of membership. South Island Chartered Accountants ANZ regional manager Colin McDougal said he was amazed by the longevity of the Southland members.
August 18, 2017 05:03 UTC