At the height of the Tasman wildfires a random act of curry kindness has left firefighters wondering who to thank. READ MORE:* Marlborough shows its caring side, helping out Nelson/Tasman in its time of need* Nelson bush fire: What you need to know* Nelson bush fire: Further evacuations in Wakefield* Nelson bush fire: What you need to know* Nelson bush fire: New blaze as crews fight 'horrendous' wildfire"Hours later, up comes food." His efforts to thank the donors has brought other kind acts to light, but the curry carriers remain a mystery. Buckendahl finally had a number to text "thank you" to a member from Deg Tegh Fateh Sikh Society Inc in Christchurch. Every Sunday the Sikh society in Christchurch delivered 80 free meals to those in need, including the homeless and community housing residents.
February 22, 2019 03:26 UTC
Believing eels in Lake Taupō to be a bit of a myth, one local skipper was stunned to reel one in. STEPH RANGI/STUFF Pete Boyle with his rare catch from Lake Taup??. He asked what I was doing with it and I said I was going to catch an eel," Boyle said. Department of Conservation media advisor, Steve Brightwell, said a DoC Taupō Trout Fishery spokesperson confirmed eels are uncommon in Lake Taupō, primarily due to natural features such as the Aratiatia Rapids and the Huka Falls preventing elvers access to the lake from the sea. "Occasionally eels are reported in Lake Taupō - possibly due to a local release or arrived through the western diversion of the Tongariro power scheme," Brightwell said.
February 22, 2019 03:22 UTC
A cyclist suffered moderate injuries after colliding with a car in Dunedin this morning. A police spokesman said they received a report at 8.30am regarding a "car vs bike" collision at the intersection of Anzac Ave and Hanover St.Ambulance and police at an accident between a vehicle and cyclist on corner of Hanover St and Anzac Ave this morning. Photo: Peter McIntoshThey came off their red road bike bike and St John ambulance were called along with police. St John spokesman Gerard Campbell said one person with moderate injuries was taken to Dunedin Hospital by ambulance.
February 22, 2019 03:14 UTC
Police are on their way to Kaikōura Beach to investigate reports of an "old bomb". Police are investigating reports of an "old bomb" on the rocks at a Kaikōura beach. A member of the public found the suspected bomb washed up on the beach about 3.15pm on Friday. Kaikōura Museum curator Te Awhina Arahanga said she had not heard of any other cases of old military equipment washing up on local beaches. He uncovered what he suspected was a 4.5kg gold lump, alongside shoes and a gold seal, after following clues left in the book, Arawata Bill.
February 22, 2019 02:51 UTC
Photo: SuppliedThe number of Canterbury children suffering from mental health problems has sky rocketed since the Christchurch earthquakes. But I loved all the cute things Mum would do, like writing quotes on band aids and sticking them on my stuffed toys; reminding me of how brave I was. Diagnosed with PTSD and anxiety disorder, I was put on the antidepressant fluoxetine (Prozac) for 18 months. The earthquakes and PTSD had masked what had been orchestrating more fear in the background. I would need to do specific things, things in threes or fives or simply until I felt like I was secure enough to stop.
February 22, 2019 02:37 UTC
John Richard Murphy is loaded into a police car in Woodville after shooting a man and kidnapping his stepdaughter. A man's desire to control his adult stepdaughter's life spiralled out of control when he kidnapped her and shot her partner. He made his wife and daughter travel to a Dannevirke house, where his 30-year-old stepdaughter was living with a man. The trio then went to take Murphy's stepdaughter from the house, but she grabbed furniture and yelled she did not want to leave. Defence lawyer Paul Murray said Murphy thought his stepdaughter was in danger from the man and went to see her with good intentions.
February 22, 2019 02:03 UTC
Jack Gleeson will be a key bowler for Marist in the two-day club final against United this weekend. CRICKET: Marist will be aiming for a rare three-peat in the Manawatū club two-day final this weekend. United and Marist will play the two-day final on Saturday and Sunday for the third year in a row at Manawaroa Park, Palmerston North, and Marist have won the past two years. United haven't won the two-day competition since the 2005-06 summer and United captain Logan McHardy said no-one in their team was involved then. United has lost their in-form opening bowler Jack Harris, who took 12 wickets in the last, match to injury.
February 22, 2019 01:52 UTC
The aim would be to make Hamilton Gardens a world class tourist attraction, but another debate about admission process could be on the cards. READ MORE:* Hamilton Gardens open Katherine Mansfield inspired garden* $10 Hamilton Gardens entry charge proposal narrowly gets through* Hamilton Gardens at capacity and causing traffic issues in Hamilton"We think it can lift the Gardens to a completely different level, really make it one of the great gardens of the world," Hamilton Gardens director Dr Peter Sergel said. Hamilton Gardens/SUPPLIED An aerial view of a present section of Hamilton Gardens. Hamilton Gardens/SUPPLIED The medieval courtyard will add to the current European cultural repertoire within Hamilton Gardens. "Hamilton Gardens is one of our hero attractions.
February 22, 2019 01:19 UTC
Photo: Mountain SceneThe blame game has begun over Queenstown’s botched speed limit trials. Police are having to trawl through years of speeding tickets after informing the council several reduced speed limit trials around the district were unenforceable. Six roads around the district, including Arthurs Point Road, plus Arrowtown, will revert to their original speeds. “It’s very disappointing.”He says Arrowtowners were happy with the reduced speed limit, and the trial was a “valuable” chance to try it out. “It was extremely successful, from an Arrowtown point of view.
February 22, 2019 01:18 UTC
Six Nations: Manu Tuilagi poised to quit England for rich $3.8m Racing 92 moveGETTY IMAGES Manu Tuilagi could be set to wave goodbye to England rugby to take up a $3.8 million deal with Racing 92. Manu Tuilagi will be free to play for England at the World Cup in Japan despite being on the verge of completing a $3.8 million three-year deal to join the French Top 14 side Racing 92. The Rugby World Cup runs from September 20 to November 2 and as Tuilagi would not technically be at an overseas club during that period, it is understood he would not be in breach of the professional game agreement between the RFU and Premiership clubs. Tuilagi visited Racing's training centre in Paris last week, two days after helping England defeat France in the Six-Nations match at Twickenham. Owen Farrell, the England captain, said the decision was for Tuilagi alone.
February 22, 2019 01:07 UTC
Against this backdrop the Tax Working Group has come up with a proposal which, in my view, is neither fair nor effective. In short, the group proposes taxing the capital gain on all assets, except for the family home and personal possessions. Personally, I agree that some contribution or tax should be paid when and where capital gains are made. READ MORE:* Capital gains tax could mean higher rents, lower house prices* Tax Working Group: Capital gains tax complexity benefits accountants and lawyers* Capital gains tax: Business, unions, accountants and anti-poverty campaigners weigh inBut to propose that this gain is taxed at 33 per cent without recognising that these investments already contribute to the overall economy isn't "keeping it simple" – it's just plain stupid. Not taxing capital gains on property investment helped create the issue of there being a lack of funds for productive investments.
February 22, 2019 00:56 UTC
Leading the pack is a massive ridge of high pressure, when the jet stream pushes north, that's allowing warm air to surge into Britain, Norway and Sweden. The previous record stood for 122 years - since 1897, the same year "King Dick" Richard Seddon was New Zealand's prime minister. This comes just a week after Berlin set its record high temperature for February at 16.6C. "The number of warm days have doubled between 1960 and 2017 across the European land area," the agency said in a March report. It defines warm days as one that would have been warmer than 90 per cent of all other days in the past.
February 22, 2019 00:22 UTC
Four men have appeared in court on drugs and money laundering charges after $5 million worth of methamphetamine was seized by police. Four men have been arrested after allegedly attempting to import more than $5 million worth of methamphetamine from the US into New Zealand, hidden inside cooking appliances. A 50-year-old New Zealand national, a 33-year-old Chinese national, a 60-year-old Canadian national and a 19-year-old US national were facing a raft of drug and money laundering charges, police said on Friday. Their arrests came after New Zealand Customs staff detected 5kg of methamphetamine hidden inside a cooking appliance in late December. NZ POLICE The meth was being imported into New Zealand in cooking appliances, such as this hot dog grill.
February 22, 2019 00:22 UTC
Dane Coles will wear the Hurricanes' No 2 jersey for the first time since the 2017 Super Rugby semifinal loss to the Lions in Johannesburg. GETTY IMAGES Hurricanes captain Dane Coles is back to fitness and ready to lead his team again in Christchurch. MATT DUNCAN/STUFF Hurricanes and All Blacks hooker Dane Coles spent a lot of time running water over the last two seasons. GETTY IMAGES Dane Coles made his last Hurricanes start in the 2017 semifinal loss to the Lions in Johannesburg. GETTY IMAGES Chris Boyd, left, was Hurricanes coach when Dane Coles last started a Super Rugby game for the team.
February 22, 2019 00:12 UTC
UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker has fired back at Israel Adesanya to further ignite their inevitable trans-Tasman super fight. GETTY IMAGES Israel Adesanya had a jibe at Robert Whittaker following his victory over Anderson Silva in Melbourne. "I think that Adesanya isn't as good as he thinks he is," Whittaker told the GrangeTV podcast. AP PHOTO Israel Adesanya has been calling for a fight with UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker. "The times Adesanya's looked very good is against people that don't have the greatest striking," Whittaker told GrangeTV.
February 22, 2019 00:11 UTC