Glen Wallace received a $200 freedom camping fine last month after sleeping in his vehicle in central Queenstown after a night out drinking with friends. After a huge response on social media and in private messages after the Otago Daily Times covered his story, the Arrowtown web designer has launched a four-week fundraising campaign to pay the fines of others hit with freedom camping fines. He had created a Givealittle page to accept donations and a Facebook page as a point of contact for people keen to be reimbursed for their freedom camping fines. "Whatever funds we raise will go back to the people who have had freedom camping fines in the past six months, so long as they can prove they're a ratepayer or provide proof of address.'' "You can't sleep within 200m of a road - for more than 40 minutes - because it's classed as freedom camping.
A Summerland freight truck in a ditch after it crashed at the bottom of Cluden Hill in the Lindis Pass yesterday morning. PHOTO: SEAN NUGENTThe sixth crash involving a Summerland Express Freight truck in less than 18 months is believed to be under investigation by police. In yesterday’s crash, the B-train truck carrying dangerous goods ran off the road on the Lindis Pass. The police commercial vehicle safety team has investigated the five previous crashes involving the Cromwell company’s trucks. However, he confirmed NZTA was investigating prior allegations of work-time breaches involving Summerland.
Wild Dunedin organisers (from left) Kerry Buchan, Katrina Thompson, Hoani Langsbury, Melina Momma and Rachel Cooper are let loose in Dunedin yesterday. PHOTO: STEPHEN JAQUIERYThe Festival of Nature next week aims to get Dunedin residents exploring their own backyard and connecting with the water around them. Wild Dunedin trustee Rachel Cooper said organisers wanted to get Dunedin residents to explore their city. This year's theme is fresh water, and events emphasise the connectivity between the ice on the mountains and the rivers which flow through the region. There, University of Otago emeritus professor Sir Alan Mark will be presented with the Wild Hero Award for his fresh water work.
A big drop in class could see Sweet Mary rewarded for her good recent form at Forbury Park tonight. Sweet Mary will have her first standing start in the Forbury Park meeting's feature handicap pace over 2700m. Sweet Mary has recovered well from her Winton outing, and will line up at Forbury in good order. "His last-start second before his holiday was to Zadaka at Cromwell, so that is good form considering what he was racing last week.'' His disappointing recent form meant a win would come as a surprise, Mowbray admitted.
Aaron HawkinsAaron Hawkins has joined the Dunedin mayoral race. The two-term Dunedin City councillor said in a statement last evening the Dunedin branch of the Green Party had endorsed his candidacy for both the mayoralty and city council in October's elections. Cr Hawkins, who has stood for the mayoralty in the past three elections, joins Scout Barbour-Evans and Carmen Houlahan as confirmed mayoral candidates. "Our wider campaign aims to have student voices and issues at a local government level, just as much as any other large demographic in our city.'' Mr Heath said student interest in climate change, te ao Maori and city conditions had been "steadily on the rise''.
The weather pattern meant showers were expected to start falling later on Good Friday in Invercargill and Gore, and spread to all the main centres in Otago and Southland on Saturday. On Sunday, the showers would remain everywhere, except Queenstown and Wanaka, where it would be sunny, albeit cool. And on Easter Monday, the rest of the region would follow suit as a narrow ridge of high pressure develops over the lower South Island. The sunny weather could push temperatures up to 18degC in some places and the weather is expected to remain warm and sunny for much of the rest of next week. Temperatures are expected to remain warm around the region - ranging from 16degC to 18degC - and Dunedin and Oamaru can expect sunny weather.
A group of Wanaka residents, including Mark Sinclair (pictured), are organising for those most affected by the Christchurch terror attacks to come to the town for a break in the coming months. PHOTO: SEAN NUGENTThe Wanaka community is coming together to offer those most affected by last month's terror attacks in Christchurch the chance to escape and enjoy some time in the Upper Clutha. "We want to make a difference, whether it is five families, 50 families or a lot more would be fantastic.'' It was not the first time the Wanaka community had come together to offer support for Christchurch after a crisis. Following the 2010 earthquake, a similar initiative offered victims a "break from the quake''.
Ms Ardern took it one step further and ruled out ever campaigning on a CGT while she was prime minister. However, Ms Ardern said the Government was not bullied into ditching the CGT by NZ First. Both Ms Ardern and Mr Peters denied this was the case. Although Ms Ardern ruled out a CGT, many of the other TWG's recommendations were still on the table. Ms Ardern told media the TWG's report had cost $1.6million to date and was expected to cost $2million in total.
The Bluff Oyster Festival Trust says it would love to save the Club Hotel building, but questions who would pay for it, as it does not have enough funds. The trust wants to demolish four buildings in Gore St that make up the hotel, a category 2 heritage building on Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga's list. Festival trust member Kylie Fowler said the trust bought the building in 2014 and had tried "everything possible'' to sell it. Trust chairman John Edministin said people were saying what the trust should not do, but nobody made other suggestions. Mr Edministin also said if the trust obtained resource consent, the site changes would potentially increase the number of attendees at the festival by 25%.
Erika FairweatherErika Fairweather has led a strong start by Otago competitors at the national age-group championships. Her 100m freestyle time of 55.60sec achieved more than just the 15-girls grade gold medal too. It took 0.38sec off the national record in the grade and qualified her for the junior world championships in Hungary. Jessica Scott added a second gold medal to Neptune's tally in the 16-girls butterfly. Molly Law's (Neptune) time of 58.21sec set a yet to be ratified 16-girls 100m freestyle record, finishing fourth in her final.
Arati KushwahaA Dunedin artist will head to Austria later this year after beating 800 international applicants for a three-month residency there. Otago Polytechnic Dunedin School of Art graduate Arati Kushwaha has been accepted as the 2019 artist-in-residence with KulturKontakt Austria. It includes a studio, enabling the recipient to become familiar with the Austrian art scene and make contact with Austrian artists. Kushwaha, who graduated with a masters degree in 2018, explores themes of gender, identity, sexuality, femininity, self-induced abortion and destruction. The residency starts in October.
A roar of approval was chorused after Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern yesterday decided not to implement any aspect of the controversial proposal to introduce capital gains taxes (CGT). "All parties in the Government entered into this debate with different perspectives and, after significant discussion, we have ultimately been unable to find a consensus,'' she said on not introducing a capital gains tax. "I genuinely believe there are inequities in our tax system that a capital gains tax in some form could have helped to resolve. He said Ms Ardern's decision meant New Zealand First's Winston Peters would not have a platform "to differentiate himself from Labour'' at next year's election. "We're particularly disappointed that the Tax Working Group's unanimous recommendation to implement a capital gains tax on investment properties isn't going ahead,'' Mr Shaw said in a statement.
Eighteen New Zealand food and beverage brands will jointly sell products in China following a partnership with e-commerce giant Alibaba. The brands have partnered to create New Zealand Food Basket Ltd which will launch Alibaba's first Country Flagship Store on the Tmall Fresh e-commerce platform this week. It would also further strengthen the company's presence in China, a market Alliance Group had been working in since the mid-1990s. In a statement, New Zealand Food Basket chairwoman Nicola O'Rourke said the agreement would significantly improve reach and shorten the supply chain in a way that each brand could not achieve alone. The partnership would also allow New Zealand Food Basket brands to explore other opportunities via Alibaba's New Retail sales channels, she said.
Excelsior centre Taina Tamou tries to fend Athletic Marist winger Simon Lilicama during a Citizens Shield game in Oamaru last month. Excelsior winger Tayne Russell is in support. Old Boys is a perennial powerhouse in the Citizen Shield but faces stiff opposition from Excelsior as well as Valley this season. Hard-running centre Taina Tamou has transferred from Athletic Marist, and talented loose forward Mosese Aho (from Waimate) is making a difference as well. Excelsior plays Maheno in Maheno tonight, while Athletic Marist hosts Kurow and Valley has home advantage against Old Boys tomorrow.
Green Island players combined to tackle Taieri midfielder Kori Rupene at Miller Park on Saturday. "A very good Kaikorai team have exposed some of the flaws in our defensive system. The set piece, which has been a strength for Dunedin over the years, was a real let-down against Kaikorai. Both aspects of Dunedin's game will be in for a stern test against Green Island. Dunedin is hungry for redemption and is feeling "a lot better'' after its tough training session.