Passengers on a Qantas flight from Sydney to Perth on Sunday used slides to evacuate the Airbus A330 after it was forced to return as the cabin filled with smoke (file photo). Passengers on a Qantas flight from Sydney to Perth, Australia, on Sunday used slides to evacuate the Airbus A330 after it was forced to return shortly after takeoff. And next thing he (pilot) goes, evacuate, evacuate, evacuate, like in a calm but firm, loud voice,'' said passenger Niamh Champion. *Correction: An earlier version of this story stated the flight was forced to return as the cabin filled with smoke. Qantas says the smoke did not appear in the cabin until the aircraft had landed and was at the gate.
December 15, 2019 08:01 UTC
A woman was swept out to sea after crashing her car and walking into a river on the West Coast, then was washed ashore seven kilometres north, at Awatuna, pictured. "She walked through the paddock and I ran out to her with a towel," said Vercoe, who lives on the West Coast of the South Island. Emergency services launched a search, which was called off after the woman turned up on Vercoe's property. The woman told Vercoe she'd been caught in the undertow, but managed to swim down and pop back up out of it. Sergeant Mark Kirkwood said earlier the woman and boy surviving was "the best outcome we could have hoped for".
December 15, 2019 07:30 UTC
Photo: PolicePolice will renew a search for a missing Swedish hunter who disappeared in May 2017. Search and rescue teams tirelessly looked for the missing hunter, but called off the search after nearly two weeks, after only finding Tornmarck's campsite and sleeping bag. West Coast Search and Rescue Sergeant Mark Kirkwood said it was time to find Tornmarck's remains. All are volunteering for the four-day search, in the punishing West Coast terrain, led by Kirkwood. He wanted to bring some closure to the family and those involved in Tornmarck's search.
Source:Otago Daily Times
December 15, 2019 06:56 UTC
A six-year-old girl is dead after a strong earthquake hit the southern Philippines on Sunday, according to Reuters. AP In this photo provided by the Philippine Red Cross, a Christmas tree and other debris lie on the ground inside a building after a strong earthquake shook Digos, Davao del Sur province, southern Philippines on Sunday. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said the magnitude 6.9 quake struck an area about 6km northwest of Padada town in Davao del Sur province. READ MORE:* Strong undersea 6.9 quake reported off southern Philippines* Six dead, hundreds hurt in southern Philippines quake* Earthquake measuring 6.7 magnitude hits Philippines - USGSIt had a depth of 30km. EMSC The earthquake hit the Philippines about 2.20pm, local time.
December 15, 2019 06:33 UTC
A man who lost two teenage daughters to a fiery crash on Christchurch's Summit Rd wants the road to be made safer. DEAN KOZANIC/STUFF A proposal to limit access to Summit Rd overnight was not supported by most of the public. SUPPLIED Sisters Tayla and Sunmara Alexander died after a fiery Christchurch crash on November 25. TOM KITCHIN/STUFF The crash happened on a tight corner with barriers in place on Summit Rd, near Dyers Pass Rd towards Victoria Park. TOM KITCHIN/STUFF The scene of the crash on Summit Rd, where the car veered off road and down a bank near a barrier.
December 15, 2019 06:30 UTC
Photo: Shawn McAvinueThe National Party is proposing to fine cyclists who do not use separated cycleways. Transport spokesperson Chris Bishop wants to make it mandatory for cyclists to use dedicated lanes if they are there. "Many cyclists do use the cycle path if it's separated from the road but some don't and what we're saying is if it is there, you have to use it," he said. "That's the law in the Netherlands and that's the law in other countries and we think it's a good step forward for New Zealand." Bishop said National would work with the Transport Agency to work out the amount people would be fined for.
Source:Otago Daily Times
December 15, 2019 06:22 UTC
A highly-skilled team will resume the search for a Swedish hunter, two-and-a-half years after he went missing on the West Coast. Sergeant Mark Kirkwood of West Coast Search and Rescue said police would launch a four-day search on January 31. READ MORE:* Search for missing Swedish hunter Hans Tornmarck ends* Searchers find missing Swedish man's campsite* Search for missing Swedish hunterKirkwood said police had been planning a renewed search since March this year. Tornmarck's sister and mother were flying over from Sweden to be on the West Coast during the search. At the time Tornmarck went missing, police said "extensive efforts" had been put into searching in an "extreme, raw and unforgiving environment".
December 15, 2019 05:15 UTC
Senior paceman Peter Siddle looms as a smokey for the Boxing Day test with selectors forced into making their first change for the summer in the wake of Josh Hazlewood's injury. "He did a really good job in the Ashes, he's bowling very well for Victoria and it's at the MCG where he's played a lot of cricket. GETTY IMAGES Peter Siddle reacts after dropping Joe Root. RYAN PIERSE/GETTY Peter Siddle bowls during the Ashes in September. Being a Boxing Day Test he'll be jumping out of his skin to play."
December 15, 2019 05:03 UTC
John Ross puts an engagement ring on his fiance Natasha Stella at the Feilding Christmas parade. It may be just days before Santa comes to town, but Christmas has come early for one Manawatū couple. Shock filled the streets and Natasha Stella's face as her partner John Ross dropped to one knee while the last float at Feilding's Christmas parade stuttered past. Ross decided he would propose two months ago, but he didn't consider doing it at the Christmas parade until Saturday. Lytton Street School recreated the quintessential Kiwi Christmas, a barbecue and picnic, while North Street School's winter themed Christmas truck also turned heads.
December 15, 2019 04:52 UTC
Researchers around the world have been developing prosthetics that closely mimic the part of the human body they would replace. This goes beyond the cosmetic and even the functional; these are bionic body parts that can touch and feel, and even learn new things. "Participants can feel over 100 different locations and types of sensation coming from their missing hand," Clark said. Would there, then, be a difference in the way that bionic body parts would work for an amputee vs. a paralysed person? Similarly, the neural interface we use can capture or convey hundreds of different electrical signals from or to the brain," Clark said.
December 15, 2019 04:41 UTC
"So just a quick little thank you for leaving me the opportunity of stealing your package," the note read. ST PAUL POLICE DEPT A thief made off with a package from the doorstep of a home and left behind something unusual: a thank you note. In the US city of Hopkins, police had three reports of packages stolen on the same block around the same time. In the US, 11 million homeowners have had a package stolen in the past year, according a study from research firm Edelman Intelligence. Until this week, Smith had never had a package stolen - maybe, she said, because she usually has packages sent to a secure address.
December 15, 2019 04:41 UTC
Southland sent arguably its strongest ever lineup to the national provincial sevens tournament in Tauranga at the weekend with hope to push past last year's top eight finish. The oddsmakers favoured a Southland win and Southland again started well through the likes of captain Leigh Bristowe and Kooman to hold a 7-5 lead at the halftime break. The loss put a line through Southland's Cup title hopes, although the tournament was not over completely for Southland. He developed a potent combination with Kooman and both are now attracting interest from the national sevens selectors, as has Josh Moorby. Soon after Southland's 2019 campaign came to an end on Sunday Cavanagh was already looking excitedly at 2020 given the progress of various players.
December 15, 2019 04:07 UTC
Police have charged two men near Wellington with possession of methamphetamine for supply after finding a stash worth about $400,000. Two 19-year-old Wairarapa men were arrested on Thursday after police found 500 grams of the drug - about 5000 street doses - at a Porirua address. A police statement said the sting would significantly disrupt supply to Wairarapa and harm to the community. Detective Inspector Darrin Thomson said the investigation was ongoing. The men will appear at Porirua District Court on Friday.
December 15, 2019 03:33 UTC
Flames leap from the roof of a building in central Hamilton as firefighters direct water from above onto the blaze. Brian King Flames leap from the roof of a building in central Hamilton as firefighters direct water from above onto the blaze. Bee Rye A fire has started in a central Hamilton building"There has been people working inside the building [Munns] when the fire started." Jo Lines-MacKenzie Emergency services fight a fire in a central Hamilton building. ELLEN O'DWYER A fire in central Hamilton on Sunday afternoon
December 15, 2019 03:16 UTC
Grease stars Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta have reprised the roles that made them famous 41 years ago. On Saturday, Newton-John shared a picture of herself and Travolta dressed as Sandy and Danny from the 1978 movie musical to on her Instgram. OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN/INSTAGRAM Olivia Newton-John and John TravoltaIn the pic, Travolta is wearing a black leather T-Birds style jacket, while Newton-John wears Sandy's demure, sunflower yellow circle skirt and cardigan. In November, Newton-John's final Grease ensemble fetched an unprecedented NZ$630k at auction, with proceeds going to the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness & Research Centre in Australia. INSTAGRAM Olivian Neton-John in a costume simmiler to her Bad Girl Sandy costum from the final scenes of Grease, discusses the film with fans and her co-star John Travolta.
December 15, 2019 02:51 UTC