Ben Smith heading to France to play rugby had an inevitability about it. We just thought it would be a good time to find a new challenge and head over to France," he said. "There is some really good people involved with the Pau club: Conrad Smith, Colin Slade, Carl Hayman and Simon Mannix. new_smithfam.jpg All Black Ben Smith, wife Katie, son Walter (20 months) and daughter Annabelle (3) in Wanaka yesterday. He nearly went to France in 2017 but said at the time he was not quite ready.
December 13, 2018 18:45 UTC
The second of two men charged with murdering Napier man Alex Latimer has abandoned a bid to keep his name secret. SUPPLIED Murdered Napier man Alex Latimer. READ MORE:* Two men charged with Latimer murder* Autopsy confirms body's identity* Alex Latimer 'gentle, compassionate'He abandoned the application this week. MARTY SHARPE/STUFF Police discovered Latimer's body at this property in the remote Te Haroto area after an extensive search. Latimer's body was found after an extensive search at a property in the remote Te Haroto area, on the Napier-Taupō Road.
December 13, 2018 18:45 UTC
Wallabies coach Michael Cheika appears to have survived to fight another day. Wallabies coach Michael Cheika will avoid the axe. Instead, Rugby Australia will appoint Scott Johnson above him as director of rugby, the Daily Telegraph reported. READ MORE:* Cheika's Wallabies fate to be revealed before Christmas* RA board to consider Cheika's tenure as Wallabies coach* What can RA do about a problem like Michael Cheika? ATSUSHI TOMURA/GETTY IMAGES Scott Johnson is set to be appointed in a director of rugby-style role at Rugby Australia.
December 13, 2018 18:39 UTC
It's not because you mature like a good wine or your observations about the world are more astute. She's amazing, worth it and does a good job. Queen of the World (TV One, Sunday) was another insight into the monarch who's served longer, travelled further and met more people. READ MORE:* The story of Queen Elizabeth II's reign* TV review: The Queen and Attenborough talk treesQueen of the World was a montage of Her Majesty, then and now. We're told Queen Liz watched Dr No on board Britannia, but no westerns.
December 13, 2018 17:26 UTC
Canterbury stayer Sulcifera could be aimed at the Wellington Cup if she performs well at Wingatui today. Should the 5yr-old Red Giant mare perform well and receive rating penalties for placing in the race, it could be enough to put her in Wellington Cup contention, Champion said. "We will see how she pulls through and if we are lucky enough to get points, then it might help us get into Wellington Cup. Champion and Murphy also start Sulu Sulu in race 7 and Adriano in race 8. Sweet Orange filly Sulu Sulu has her first start as a 3yr-old in maiden company over 1400m.
Photo: Jonny TurnerRider Corey Campbell is set to show his worth in the saddle on the South's most popular raceday tomorrow. Invercargill's Christmas At The Races meeting at Ascot Park is about as big as it gets for race days in the South. Many believed Campbell should have warmed up for tomorrow's meeting by riding at Ellerslie yesterday in an international jockeys' series. There, trainer Claire Anderton will leg him aboard The Precious One, who looks a horse the Ascot Park punters could cash in on. Campbell has eight rides at Ascot Park tomorrow.
Spankem is set to start favourite for tomorrow's Interdominion Pacing Final in Melbourne.PHOTO: SUPPLIEDInterdominion queen Natalie Rasmussen has not let Cruz Bromac's second-line draw dampen her enthusiasm for tomorrow night's Interdominion pacing final. Rasmussen, the winning trainer and driver of four Interdominion pacing finals, thinks completely differently. Former New Zealander (turned Australian) Tornado Valley and New Zealand representative Speeding Spur have dominated the Interdominion trotting series. An intriguing battle for the lead is set to play out, with Speeding Spur starting from barrier 1 and flying beginner Tornado Valley from barrier 6. Victory for Tornado Valley would cap an amazing rise from Canterbury middle grades to the top of Australasian trotting.
PHOTO: ROB KIDDA "hare-brained" armed robber who targeted an isolated North Otago store was trembling for two hours after the hold-up, a court has heard. Judge Kevin Phillips allowed leave for the sentence to be converted to home detention should an appropriate address be available. "Quite clearly he wanted cigarettes, so he made this hare-brained scheme," she said. Aitcheson-Greene's plan was to make the 10-minute drive to target the Kakanui Dairy because he knew it was quiet. Aitcheson-Greene was ordered to pay total reparation of $2254, banned from driving for a year and his Mazda was confiscated.
December 13, 2018 16:18 UTC
The defendant, who had sought a term of home detention, sobbed loudly after Judge Kevin Phillips revealed the custodial outcome. Judge Phillips said the acceptance of guilt came shortly before trial and Matthews explained she wanted her daughters to avoid having to give evidence. For three months, the court heard, the victim had to be slowly reintroduced to food, with very small amounts. The court heard of one incident, featuring the younger girl, in which she left a jersey at home. Judge Phillips said it was only good fortune the victims were not more seriously injured.
December 13, 2018 16:18 UTC
Cantabrians are urged to start training for a 10k run-walk held in the Port Hills in February to remember those who lost their lives in the 2011 earthquake. JOHN KIRK-ANDERSON/STUFF Sport Canterbury chief executive Julyan Falloon says the route offers runners and walkers a chance to look over the city and reflect. JOHN KIRK-ANDERSON/STUFF Press editor Kamala Hayman said the Port Hills offered a sanctuary from the impact of the earthquakes. "The Port Hills have been a sanctuary for me and my family since the quakes. The Run to Remember was cancelled in 2017 due to the Port Hills fires.
December 13, 2018 16:01 UTC
Now open them again and take in these suggestions of some of Christchurch's lesser-known beaches where you could spend those imaginary summer days. JACK FLETCHER/STUFF Nape Nape Beach in North Canterbury is a large and undisturbed beach. Top of the list is Nape Nape Beach. A bush walk above the beach offers a reprieve from the sun, which should ideally appear once summer officially starts on December 22. Anna Christensen Perhaps the best picnic beach near Christchurch is Camp Bay, less than an hour from the city.
December 13, 2018 16:00 UTC
I have three young daughters and one stepdaughter who is older. My stepdaughter is always trying to make me look at her. We all get along well, everyone's happy and stuff, but my stepdaughter comes into my room wearing her underwear or really skimpy clothes and she hangs around trying to be grown up. Don't fool yourself for one minute that she's flirting with you in an adult sense. If you avoid the word flirting, it will help you keep your head straight.
The West Coast has joined the Wasp Wipeout conservation project to rid the region of a "ferocious" wasp population. Wasp Wipeout is a community-led conservation project aimed at significantly reducing German and common wasp populations in the worst affected areas of New Zealand this summer. READ MORE:* Wasp wipeout* Wasp nest muster coming to Nelson* Wiping out wasps a home and away issue* Meet our most disliked wildlifeJoanne Carroll Greymouth Department of Conservation senior biodiversity ranger Darrell Haworth putting up a wasp bait station. DOC senior biodiversity ranger Darrell Haworth said the West Coast had a lot of problems with wasps. DOC has joined up with Conservation Volunteers New Zealand to target specific areas of the West Coast.
God forbid – if you'll pardon the expression – that he learn, by any means whatever, that it is in fact a Christian festival. He would likely be the one child in any class who confidently broadcasts the unwelcome truth, shattering the fantasy enjoyed by children everywhere until some smarty-pants puts them right. It is unpleasant work, broadcasting truth and shattering illusions, but someone's got to do it, and who would that be, if not a mother? Other cultures have their own laws and systems, and none of them, as far as I know, were dictated by mothers. We may reject what teachers tell us in the process, but God – pardon the expression – help us if we contradict mothers is the moral here.
Otago sevens player Julia Gorinski at Otago sevens training at North Ground earlier this week. With Southland not making the tournament after losing at the southern regional qualifiers in Timaru earlier this month, Otago has picked up Saili and Amy du Plessis. Du Plessis is another fleet-footed player who will add some pace to the Otago team. Positions were not that vital in sevens, Latta said, as once the set piece finishes, players have to roam the field. Otago will play Canterbury first up at 11.45am tomorrow, to be followed by a match against Auckland at 2.35pm.
December 13, 2018 15:56 UTC