Canterbury sound off at Auckland after abandoned Plunket Shield matchNZC Auckland batsman Matt McEwan was hit by a delivery that reared up four balls before their match against Canterbury was abandoned. Canterbury have accused Auckland of deliberately batting negatively in a feisty abandoned Plunket Shield match. KAI SCHWOERER/GETTY IMAGES Auckland wicketkeeper Ben Horne speaks with umpire John Dempsey during the abandoned Plunket Shield match against Canterbury at Rangiora's Mainpower Oval. He said they deliberately batted negatively to try and have the match abandoned. KAI SCHWOERER/GETTY IMAGES Canterbury skipper Andrew Ellis ducks under a bouncer against Auckland at Rangiora's Mainpower Oval.
March 18, 2018 22:54 UTC
Drunken journey to see glowworms after boozy flightMARK TAYLOR FAIRFAX NZ A reading of 953 micrograms of alcohol per litre of breath led Gang Zhao to the Hamilton District Court on Monday morning. A tourist who got drunk while travelling on a plane to New Zealand was caught by police driving through Otorohanga the next day, at nearly four times the legal driving limit. Carson said it was possible the high altitude of the aircraft Zhao travelled on may have had an impact on the level of his inebriation. It wasn't Zhao's first drink driving incident in New Zealand. She fined Zhao $1500 with $130 in court costs, and disqualified him from driving for nine months.
March 18, 2018 22:52 UTC
Tiwai PointA $4 million deal has been done to send thousands of tonnes of toxic Tiwai smelter waste overseas. Local councils in Southland, the government and the Tiwai aluminium smelter company have been negotiating since the end of last year on how to split the costs. Gore District Council, which brokered the deal, said the smelter company and government would combine to cover three quarters of the $4m cost. The remaining 25 percent would be split between the Gore district, Southland district, Invercargill city and Southland regional councils. Officials have not yet confirmed where the waste will be sent.
March 18, 2018 22:52 UTC
Pedro heads Chelsea into FA Cup semifinals in extra timeMICHAEL REGAN/GETTY IMAGES Pedro of Chelsea kicks the corner flag as he celebrates scoring their second goal during their FA Cup quarterfinal match against Leicester City. Pedro scored with a header in extra time for Chelsea to advance to the FA Cup semifinals with a 2-1 win at Leicester on Sunday (Monday NZ Time). ALEX LIVESEY/GETTY IMAGES Manolo Gabbiadini of Southampton is fouled by Dan Burn of Wigan Athletic for a penalty during the Saints' 2-0 FA Cup quarterfinal victory. Southampton rallied after halftime to defeat third-tier Wigan 2-0 and reach the semifinals in Mark Hughes' first match in charge. Gabbiadini had the chance to make it 2-0 from the penalty spot with just under 20 minutes remaining, but Walton saved his spot kick.
March 18, 2018 22:18 UTC
Kāpiti rail line closed for police pursuitSTUFF The rail lines near Paekakariki. A police chase ended up on foot along Kāpiti Coast railway tracks, stopping trains in the process. A Subaru car was stolen from Palmerston North before being spotted in the Paekākāriki area about 9am on Monday, police said. The three occupants dumped the car and ran along the railway lines and escarpment track north of Paekākāriki with police in pursuit on foot. "Next time I enjoy the views of the Kāpiti Escarpment track hopefully I get to use the walking track."
March 18, 2018 22:16 UTC
Marlon Williams. Photo: suppliedSinger-songwriter Marlon Williams' Dunedin concert in May will now be held at the Town Hall. The concert on May 22 was to have been held at the Glenroy Auditorium. Tickets for Williams’ tour are available from ticketmaster.co.nz. A presale for the new Auckland date begins at midday on March 20, with general tickets available midday from March 22.
March 18, 2018 21:45 UTC
James Shaw. Photo: ODT filesOpposition leader Simon Bridges says a deal with the Green Party over Question Time in the House is not the dawning of a potential National-Green coalition partnership. But the National leader has welcomed the move and says it will help his party hold the Government to account. “I raised this with James Shaw, he understands that and I think he expects nothing less.”But Bridges said the deal was not the start of a National-Green partnership working towards a coalition together. Asked about National standing aside in an electorate to help O’Sullivan win a seat, Bridges said: “We’ve got two-and-a-half years to go.
March 18, 2018 21:22 UTC
Facebook faces backlash as it's outfoxed by Cambridge Analytica over users' dataFacebook's mishandling of personal data has been called "a disgusting breach of privacy" and now politicians want co-founder and chief executive Mark Zuckerberg to front up. Facebook let the data mining firm Cambridge Analytica abscond with data from tens of millions of users - the third time in roughly a year the company appears to have been outfoxed by crafty outsiders in this way. READ MORE:* Facebook bans Trump-affiliated data firm Cambridge Analytica* Facebook to hand over Trump-Russia ads* Facebook: Russia ads reached 126m usersIn the case of Cambridge, Facebook says the main problem involved the transfer of data to a third party - not its collection in the first place. "It's a disgusting abuse of privacy," said Larry Ponemon, founder of the privacy research firm Ponemon Institute. Facebook continued to insist that the Cambridge data collection was not a "data breach" because "everyone involved gave their consent" to share their data.
March 18, 2018 20:58 UTC
Mark Richardson says being a mum is 'not a job'THREE Mark Richardson says motherhood is not a job but just a fact of life. Mark Richardson is sure to annoy women around the country again after he said motherhood should not be considered a job. READ MORE:* Richardson speaks out on PM Jacinda Ardern's pregnancy: 'I'm happy for them'* Jacinda probes draw pregnant pause from sports commentator Mark Richardson* Jacinda Ardern and Mark Richardson clash over questions about her baby plansBut as Garner began seeking Gillies' services as a babysitter for his son Buster, Richardson became visibly uncomfortable with the job title. https://t.co/I0RRMgMvRdI never thought I'd agree with Mark Richardson but he's correct #motherhood is NOT a job. Oh god I agree with Mark Richardson #endtimes — genohalloran (@genohalloran) March 18, 2018- Stuff
March 18, 2018 20:48 UTC
What Barack Obama has been up to since he left officeEdward Bodkin While on holiday in the British Virgin Islands Barack Obama tried his hand at kitesurfing before being set a challenge by British billionaire businessman Richard Branson. Robert Perry Former president Barack Obama gets to make his own decisions on how to spend his time now. AP Then-President Barack Obama and President-elect Donald Trump shook hands following their meeting in the Oval Office in 2017. Charles Rex Arbogast Former President Barack Obama, right, and former first lady Michelle Obama. ROB CARR/GETTY Former US Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton at Liberty National Golf Club in September, 2017 in Jersey City.
March 18, 2018 20:44 UTC
Friends witness girl, 11, struck and thrown by train at NgāruawhāhiaSTUFF Some of the girl's friends witnessed the harrowing event. The warnings come after the girl was killed on Sunday evening after being struck while running to escape an oncoming freight train. Drivers regularly reported instances of trespassing, bridge jumping and stones being hurled at trains, he said. "It's primarily adults or youths jumping off the bridge, trying to access the bridge or jumping off trains, it's not just children. Right of passageMayor Allan Sanson said people using the rail bridge was a "disaster waiting to happen".
March 18, 2018 20:27 UTC
First Dome Valley kidnapper released on paroleCHRIS SKELTON/STUFF Michelle Blom was convicted and sentenced in the High Court at Auckland in 2017 for her role in the brutal Dome Valley kidnapping. SUPPLIED The victim was found cable-tied, lying on the side of the road in north Auckland's remote Dome Valley. Wayne Blackett then arrived at the Glen Eden home and, along with Torrance and Jones, took the bound woman to Dome Valley in north Auckland. The board heard Blom had "worked very hard" to complete a prison drug treatment programme. The parole board outlined several parole conditions for Blom including no drug and alcohol consumption, continued participation in the drug treatment programme and to submit to drug tests.
March 18, 2018 19:56 UTC
Photo: Getty ImagesAfter a year of wrangling the New Zealand Defence Force has been forced to reveal how much it pays for software from Peter Thiel’s secretive firm Palantir. Billionaire Thiel founded the firm in 2004 and is its largest individual shareholder and chairman. “The Defence Force neither confirms nor denies the existence or non-existence of the information you have requested,” it wrote. The Herald referred the matter to the Ombudsman, citing public interest in knowing the extent of financial links between the armed forces and the controversial firm. “Therefore, the NZDF should not have relied on this provision to withhold the information at issue.”Boshier gave the NZDF until March 29 to advise on how it will release the requested information.
March 18, 2018 19:52 UTC
Flight of the Conchords cancel UK shows after injuryScreenshot Not the greatest start to a tour. Bret McKenzie tumbled down the stairs resulting in two broken bones. A hand injury has forced Kiwi comedy duo Flight of the Conchords to cancel their upcoming UK shows. Jemaine Clement and Bret McKenzie were scheduled to perform Flight of the Conchords Sing Flight of the Conchords tour at the Eventim Apollo on Sunday night (Monday morning NZ time), but cancelled it, and all further shows, after McKenzie fell down some stairs and broke two bones in his hand. Meanwhile, organisers of the upcoming Jim Henson Retrospectacle in Wellington, who've just released more tickets this morning, have sent a message to Bret McKenzie.
March 18, 2018 19:52 UTC
Japan: Secrets of a GeishaSUPPLIED Geisha is the oldest and most mysterious profession in Japan. In the 1920s and 1930 it was estimated there were 80,000 maiko and geisha in business, although today only an estimated 1000 remain. Jenny and Sue spent 12 days in Japan late last year, seeing the highlights of Kyoto, Hiroshima, Tokyo and Takayama. Although there has been concerns the exquisite geisha custom is nearing extinction, the women remain modern-day celebrities in Japan. Come to a Japan Travel Evening hosted by House of Travel Featherston Street, Wellington, on Wednesday, April 11 at 5.45pm.
March 18, 2018 19:41 UTC