Graphic: ODT- New Zealand First to enter formal coalition with Labour- Prime Minister elect Jacinda Ardern has thanked Bill English for his service. - New Zealand will hold four Cabinet positions and one parliamentary under-secretary- Winston Peters has been offered deputy prime minister. Ardern's Labour Party was chosen by NZ First leader Winston Peters over National after almost two weeks of negotiations. Peters has been offered Deputy Prime Minister, but is yet to decide whether to take it. She opened her first press conference as prime minister-elect by acknowledging her predecessor in the role, National leader Bill English.
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October 19, 2017 06:00 UTC
Hamilton masseur 'emphatically denies' allegations of indecencyFACEBOOK Keith Dobson, 53, faces 11 charges of indecent assault on six female former clients. Allegations of indecent touching during a massage "flabbergasted" a Hamilton masseur. At his jury trial in Hamilton District Court on Thursday, Dobson said he was "shocked and surprised and flabbergasted" at the first allegations. There were also allegations that Dobson had touched women's genitals. The woman alleged Dobson unnecessarily touched her breasts and chest area, and ran a "lazy hand" over her genitals.
October 19, 2017 05:48 UTC
Woman granted interim name suppressionA Southland woman who ripped off her employer and an organisation she did voluntary work for did it for the "feeling she got", rather than the $30,000 she obtained, a judge has heard. The woman was granted interim name suppression when she appeared in the Invercargill District Court on Thursday, but Judge Murray Hunt warned her it may not continue when she is sentenced on November 30. Among her other offending, she created a false invoice to deceive an organisation she did voluntary work for into paying for product she ordered, the summary says. It was more about the feeling she got from doing it, not about the money, the summary says. She had paid back more than $10,000 and would pay back the balance, the judge was told.
October 19, 2017 05:37 UTC
A Scottish mentalist read my mindCHRIS SKELTON/STUFF Mind reader Colin Cloud has been described as the real life Sherlock Holmes. CHRIS SKELTON/STUFF Colin Cloud has honours in forensic investigation, now he performs as a magic show. CHRIS SKELTON/STUFF Mind reader Colin Cloud is touring New Zealand. After verbally burning me, the mind reader went on to unlock my iPhone. He says he's a master of a "magical art" and hence he's touring with other magicians.
October 19, 2017 05:15 UTC
Canterbury man denies shooting womanDAVID WALKER/STUFF Luke Adam Nickless has appeared in the Christchurch District Court charged with wounding with a firearm with intent to cause grievous bodily harm. A 34-year-old man faces two fresh charges after being arrested last month for alleging shooting a woman at a home in Canterbury. He was held in custody until he was granted bail by a district court judge on October 5. When he appeared again on Thursday, Nickless faced charges of threatening to kill and unlawful possession of a pistol. Police opposed bail because of the new charges, but it was granted again for the remand to December.
October 19, 2017 04:41 UTC
ORC chief executive Peter Bodeker loses jobPeter Bodeker's contract as the Otago Regional Council's chief executive will not be renewed. The Otago Regional Council's chief executive is out of a job after the council decided not to renew his contract. Otago Regional Council chairman Stephen Woodhead announced on Thursday afternoon the council was working through the process of selecting and appointing a chief executive to serve from the end of Peter Bodeker's five-year contract. "We thank Peter for his efforts over the last five years. I would like to thank my directors and staff for their work and efforts under my leadership," Bodeker said.
October 19, 2017 04:07 UTC
Bell ringers rejoice ahead of annual Wellington festivalROSS GIBLIN/STUFF The hidden bellringers of Wellington Cathedral of St Paul disclose their music is all down to memory and method. MONIQUE FORD/STUFF Wellington Cathedral of St Paul in Thorndon is hosting its 13th annual Bell Ringing Festival over Labour Weekend. ROSS GIBLIN/STUFF The majestic bells will ring proudly over the Labour Weekend, as part of the 13th annual Wellington Bell Ringing Festival. The lift will be particularly busy this Labour Weekend as the Wellington Combined Society of Bell Ringers hosts the 13th annual Wellington Bell Ringing Festival. Here, bell ringing is strictly a team sport where ringers are allocated just one bell in the ringing chamber.
October 19, 2017 03:56 UTC
Emotional send-off for Sergeant Wayne TaylorSUPPLIED A private service was held for Sergeant Wayne Taylor at the Papakura Military Camp. Special ops soldier Sergeant Wayne Taylor has been remembered as an outstanding family man whose death has left a huge hole. SUPPLIED Sergeant Wayne Taylor, 42, died during a maritime counter-terrorism training exercise off the Coromandel Peninsula on October 13. READ MORE:* New Zealand Army soldier Sergeant Wayne Taylor's family grieve loss* Soldier killed in ship exercise a 'first class gentleman'Parsons and Taylor served together in Afghanistan. SUPPLIED Soldiers place Sergeant Wayne Taylor's beret and medals on his casket.
October 19, 2017 03:42 UTC
Another Mad Butcher store shuts up shopJACKSON THOMAS/STUFF Mad Butcher Point Chevalier is up for sale. Another Mad Butcher store has been put in receivership after the owner died. Point Chevalier Mad Butcher in Auckland was solely owned by Carl Drever, who died in March. READ MORE:* Failed Mad Butcher looking to fundraise $15,000 for unpaid staff* Former Mad Butcher store placed in liquidation facing high costs and low marginsAaron Drever was stripped of his real estate agent licence last year on charges of misconduct or unsatisfactory conduct. About 10 Mad Butcher stores have struck financial difficulties in the past two years.
October 19, 2017 03:22 UTC
Southland woman steals from companyA Southland woman stole more than $100,000 from her employer because she wanted to start her own business. The woman, who has been granted interim name suppression, admitted 11 charges before Judge Murray Hunt in the Gore District Court on Wednesday. The summary of facts, which was read to the court, say the woman began working as an office administrator for the firm in February 2014. On March 13, 2016, a client of the building company made a payment of $8000 for work done by the company but the woman indicated it was a rent payment from her. It would not be possible for the woman to make a reparation payment in a lump sum, he said.
October 19, 2017 03:22 UTC
Action-packed Labour Weekend ahead for TaranakiJANE MATTHEWS/STUFF David Bruce is looking forward to the Scale Ship's Regatta in Hāwera this weekend. Model boats may get a little help from the wind which is predicted to build in Taranaki during Saturday afternoon's build-up to Labour Day. The region's Labour Weekend is looking to be busy with a myriad of events - many outdoors - planned. supplied: Eltham Lions A competitor zooms downhill during the Eltham Lions Club's South Taranaki Trolley Derby (file photo). Meanwhile, thousands of Taranaki Māori are expected to converge on the small south Taranaki township of Manaia for the biennial Taranaki Tū Mai Festival 2017.
October 19, 2017 03:11 UTC
Smart Sensei ready to chase Prom QueenRACE IMAGES A suspension for Chris Johnson means Samantha Wynne will ride Sensei on Saturday. The Christchurch trainer will saddle both Sensei and Savvy Coup in the three-year-old feature for which TAB bookmakers have installed Prom Queen the $1.60 favourite. But Pitman believes that if the Kenny and Lisa Rae and Krystal Williams-trained Prom Queen is off her game, then Dream Ahead colt Sensei could be the beneficiary. "I'd be chuffed if he could run second to Prom Queen. I'd be shocked if Prom Queen didn't see out the 1400m and she'll be very hard to beat, but he'll be competitive."
October 19, 2017 03:00 UTC
Head to Head: Are Kiwi sports fans passionate enough? OPINION: Are New Zealand fans passionate enough to give the Peruvian football team a hostile welcome, as New Zealand Football chief executive Andy Martin has asked? GETTY IMAGES The British and Irish Lions fans gave Kiwis a taste of just how to support a sports team. But the big events do bring out the best in Kiwis, especially the football fans, and even the cricket ones. What about the response from the Lions supporters belting out "Lions, Lions, Lions" on repeat.
October 19, 2017 02:48 UTC
Stephen Moore gets a home farewell test gig against All BlacksMARK KOLBE/GETTY IMAGES Stephen Moore will get to play a test in front of his hometown crowd for one last time, against the All Blacks in Brisbane on Saturday. Michael Cheika has confirmed Wallabies stalwart Stephen Moore will get a hometown farewell in Brisbane against the All Blacks on Saturday. MATT KING/GETTY IMAGES Karmichael Hunt, in action for the Wallabies against Scotland in June, misses out on the Bledisloe Cup test. After relinquishing the Wallabies captaincy in July, Moore is set to retire from international rugby at the end of the year. Reserves: Stephen Moore, Tom Robertson, Allan Alaalatoa, Lukhan Tui, Ned Hanigan, Nick Phipps, Samu Kerevi, Henry Speight.
October 19, 2017 02:37 UTC
Prisoner escapes Auckland City Hospital while under Corrections supervisionCATRIN OWEN/STUFF The prisoner managed to escape from hospital after receiving treatment. (FILE)A female prisoner receiving treatment at Auckland City Hospital has escaped despite being under supervision by Corrections staff. The prisoner, who is on remand for drug offences, had been escorted by corrections officers from Auckland Region Women's Corrections Facility. Auckland City Hospital remains open for patients and visitors, the spokeswoman said. The Corrections spokesman said a full investigation will be carried out into the incident.
October 19, 2017 02:26 UTC