Name suppression lifted for Invercargill murder accusedName suppression has been lifted for teen accused of murder in Invercargill. An Invercargill teenager accused of murder can now be named. She had earlier been unsuccessful in her bid for continued name suppression in the High Court at Invercargill and did not appeal the decision. Seven people have been charged with murder but two cannot be named due to court orders. All seven defendants are scheduled to appear in the High Court at Invercargill court for a case review on August 29.
August 18, 2017 04:51 UTC
Warriors bidder Paul Davys caught up in childcare centre license controversyCHOICEKIDS/SCREENGRAB Paul Davys (left) and Peter Brown are directors of ChoiceKids childcare centre. An Auckland businessman eyeing up the New Zealand Warriors is embroiled in a legal stoush over a childcare centre. Paul Davys, who co-owns ChoiceKids Ormiston in south Auckland, is in talks to purchase the stricken rugby league franchise. However, Davys' childcare centre has been shut down by the Ministry of Education, who moved to prosecute after it was found to be operating without a licence. He felt he did everything right in the process and his legal team were involved, he said.
August 18, 2017 04:35 UTC
Venison approaches record prices as US appetite growsLinda Chalmers Venison dishes are increasing on United States menus and driving up prices. New Zealand venison prices are reaching record highs on the back of continuing strong demand in the North American market. Venison schedule prices have lifted 17 per cent from a year ago to reach more than $9 per kilogram, Deer Industry New Zealand P2P programme manager Innes Moffat said. Deer farmers are benefiting from their investment and from sticking with the deer industry through some leaner times. "That's using an increased volume of New Zealand venison that would have been destined for the specialty game sector in Europe."
August 18, 2017 04:30 UTC
Incubator Powerhouse liquidates HydroWorksDAVID WALKER/STUFF HydroWorks chief executive Andrew Rodwell was brought in 18 months ago and discovered significant challenges. Failure to repay Powerhouse Ventures a $1.4 million loan at 48 per cent interest has seen Christchurch-based turbine maker HydroWorks placed into interim liquidation. The Powerhouse loan to 23-per cent owned HydroWorks included a 120 per cent penalty rate. According to a Powerhouse spokesman, HydroWorks had failed to address inefficiencies and wanted Powerhouse to invest more money. Instead, Powerhouse was only prepared to provide a short term high interest loan to tide over HydroWorks and keep creditors at bay.
August 18, 2017 04:15 UTC
Two people were injured when their car collided with a power pole near Mataura this afternoon. A police spokeswoman said the accident happened at Old Coach Rd (State Highway 93) near Heaps Rd about 1.45pm. St John South Island communications adviser Gerard Campbell said a helicopter transported two patients with moderate injuries to Southland Hospital in Invercargill. The highway was closed for a time but the NZ Transport Agency advises that the road is now clear.
August 18, 2017 03:56 UTC
$1 million win for Blenheim familySUPPLIED The winning ticket for Wednesday's draw netted a Blenheim family syndicate $1 million. Playing the same lottery numbers week in, week out for almost thirty years has finally paid off for a family syndicate, to the tune of $1 million. The Blenheim family has played the same numbers since Lotto started and scored big with a first division win on Wednesday. The family syndicate was headed by two main players, who did not want to be identified. READ MORE:* Million-dollar Lotto win goes to Blenheim* Lotto win for customer at New World Blenheim in Marlborough* Cambridge winner takes $1 million Lotto first division prize"She just kept yelling 'we've won Lotto, we've won!'
August 18, 2017 03:45 UTC
Christoph Schumacher: Prosperity without equality is nothing to be proud of CHRISTOPH SCHUMACHER123RF The incomes of wealthy New Zealanders have doubled in the two decades since 1985, while the incomes of the poor have stagnated. This is according to the oft-cited Legatum Prosperity Index. On face value, we do look superb – not to mention our proud heritage of egalitarianism. Given that we have just topped the global prosperity rankings, you might argue that it was the right thing to do. As a country we shouldn't be happy that only a small section of society is enjoying these new heights of prosperity.
August 18, 2017 03:45 UTC
New Zealand and Australia's greatest food fightsKieran Scott Both Australia and New Zealand may be wrong about their claim on pavlova. New Zealand and Australia fight over cricket, rugby, football, actors, and food is certainly contentious too. History is littered with to-ing and fro-ing over who could lay claim to our favourite foods, with home kitchens on both sides of the ditch churning similar treats out for decades. Baking Industry Association president Kevin Gilbert says not one country could lay claim to the pie. ANZAC BISCUITSGilbert said he would like New Zealand to be able to claim the Anzac biscuit for New Zealand, but it was likely "between the two of us".
August 18, 2017 03:38 UTC
Health board rules are of no use to votersWARWICK SMITH/STUFF MidCentral DHB board member Karen Naylor questioned the need for members to inform the board chairwoman before speaking to the media. EDITORIAL: It's interesting to be told by MidCentral District Health Board chairwoman Dot McKinnon that communication rules are not about control. It's heartening that two board members dared to question this during discussions about media protocols and a code of conduct for board members. If board members are discouraged from saying what they think, it's difficult for voters to make informed decisions.The interests of democracy are served through the airing of a plurality of opinions. Board members become even less relevant to the community if they generally toe the party line.
August 18, 2017 03:33 UTC
Man arrested in relation to Red Cross burglaryMarion Van Dijk/Stuff Nelson Police have arrested a man in relation to the Red Cross Service Centre burglary in July. Nelson Police have arrested a man in relation to the Red Cross Service Centre burglary in July. A 41-year-old man appeared in Nelson District Court on Friday facing burglary charges and was held in custody until his reappearance on August 22. During the burglary at the Red Cross centre in July, a 12-seater transit van, a large amount of emergency equipment, hand-held radios, generators and tools that belonged to a contractor who was working on the site were taken. Police said they had carried out several search warrants in the Nelson area in relation to the burglary and had found stolen items, including an AED defibrillator machine.
August 18, 2017 03:33 UTC
Amy AdamsExtending the Crown Land Programme to Queenstown will help rebalance the market in the resort, Social Housing Minister Amy Adams said while announcing the move today. She said increasing the land available for housing would help rebalance the market, and the the Government was focused on bringing more surplus Crown land into the market. "We want to explore vacant or underutilised Crown land within walking distance to Queenstown's town centre that can be developed into social, affordable and market housing." "Before any Crown land in Queenstown can be sold for housing, it is subject to a right of first refusal in favour of Ngai Tahu under the Ngai Tahu Claims Settlement Act 1998. What is the Crown Land Programme?
August 18, 2017 03:30 UTC
The Dunedin City Council has lifted its boil water notice after the third straight day of clear tests. ''As hoped, based on test results and expert advice we were able to lift the boil water notice at 3pm today,'' Dr Bidrose said. Council Infrastructure Networks general manager Ruth Stokes said it was important people in affected areas flushed out their water systems before they resumed drinking water from the tap. The council then issued a boil water notice covering a large swath of the inner city and north end, dispatched freshwater tankers, and began flushing the network. The council yesterday said results from tests showed the water released from the Ross Creek Reservoir into the city’s drinking water network on Monday was, at worst, within swimming water standards, and not likely to cause illness.
August 18, 2017 03:20 UTC
Baker and Forsman's power evident in Taupo trialsTrish Dunell Group I winner Lizzie L'Amour impressed at Friday's Taupo trials. Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman were well-represented in two Taupo trials on Friday and dominated with their spring hopefuls. The premiership-winning Cambridge duo produced Saint Emilion and Lizzie L'Amour to win their respective 1100m heats while a number of other Group I hopefuls on display also furthered their preparations in fine style. The Zabeel mare Lizzie L'Amour returned an encouraging performance to claim the second heat under Opie Bosson in her first appearance since winning the New Zealand Stakes. The race fit Amarula was second with Miss Wilson third ahead of Sofia Rosa and the Melbourne-bound colt Summer Passage.
August 18, 2017 03:11 UTC
Onehunga chef through to finals of international competitionSHANI WILLIAMS/STUFF Onehunga resident William Mordido has been shortlisted to compete in the prestigious S.Pellegrino Young Chef 2018 competition. A family fish dish has helped an Auckland man get one step closer to being named the world's best young chef. Mt Roskill resident William Mordido is among three New Zealanders who will head to Melbourne in September for the Pacific region semifinals of S.Pellegrino's prestigious Young Chef 2018 competition. The 24-year-old was selected for Young Chef 2018 from thousands of entrants from more than 90 different countries in June last year - after he created his signature dish for the judges. So, I put my own twist on it and turned it into my signature dish.
August 18, 2017 03:00 UTC
READER REPORT: Will Labour help me live longer? What I would like to know is, will part of this budget be allocated to help me live longer? Will part of this budget fund rare disease treatments that are currently woefully underfunded by the Government through its drug buying agency, Pharmac? In 2014 I was diagnosed with the rare and fatal Pompe disease. I want to know what the other political parties will do for me and the funding of rare disease medicines.
August 18, 2017 03:00 UTC