A magnitude 4.9 earthquake has been felt in parts of the South this evening. Geonet reports the "light" quake was centred 45km northwest of Te Anau, at a depth of 64km. The Otago Daily Times has heard reports the quake was felt in Queenstown, and Geonet says it may have been felt in other centres, including Alexandra, Gore and Milford Sound. Commenters on the ODT Facebook page have reported feeling the quake in Lawrence, Invercargill, and in parts of Dunedin.
September 22, 2020 09:00 UTC
A scrub fire in Abbotsford this evening is believed to have been caused by children playing in the area. Crews were alerted to the blaze - in scrub under trees near the intersection of Edward and Matthew Sts - just after 6pm. A Fire and Emergency New Zealand spokesman said the fire may have been caused by children playing in the area, and the matter had been referred to police. A "deck monitor", a large water cannon mounted on the roof of one appliance, and two fire hoses were used to extinguish the fire, he said. A police spokeswoman said they had been advised but had initially not attended the scene.
September 22, 2020 07:29 UTC
Prime Minsiter Jacinda ArdernLabour would be able to govern alone, based on the results of the latest 1 News Colmar Brunton poll. The first public political poll in two months landed tonight ahead of the first election debate between Labour Party leader Jacinda Ardern and National Party leader Judith Collins. The results would give Labour 62 seats in October's election, meaning it could govern alone. National leader Judith Collins. In that poll, Labour was on 53 percent and National was down at 32 percent while the Green Party and Act were at 5 percent and NZ First at 2 percent.
September 22, 2020 06:11 UTC
* Election 2020: The dates, times and details for all the leaders' debates* Election 2020: How poor, rural Northland could decide the election* Election 2020: New poll results are in for the hotly contested Auckland Central seat, here's who's in frontTo be elected, the candidate needs to secure the most votes. The Port Waikato electorate replaces the previous electorate of Hunua for the 2020 general election. Christine Cornege/stuff The candidates in the running for the Port Waikato electorate have been finalised. Andrew BaylyNationalAndrew Bayly has been selected as National’s candidate to contest the new Port Waikato electorate at the 2020 Election. Jamie MacGregorAdvance NZ Public PartyMacGregor is the Advance NZ Public Party candidate for the Port Waikato electorate.
September 22, 2020 04:52 UTC
Fire crews attended a garage fire at Kaiwera, near Gore, on Tuesday. The fire is being treated as suspicious. (file photo)A garage was destroyed by fire at a rural property at Kaiwera, in the Gore district, on Tuesday afternoon. A Fire and Emergency New Zealand spokeswoman said the fire was being treated as suspicious and a fire investigator was at the scene. READ MORE:* Gore house fire being treated as suspicious* Family loses everything after fire guts Southland flat* Investigation under way after two suspicious garage fires in ChristchurchIt is the second fire in a week in the Gore district to be treated as suspicious.
September 22, 2020 04:07 UTC
The Government has decided not to appeal a landmark court case that requires it to pay a quake-hit Christchurch couple more than $180,000. The minister responsible for Southern Response, Grant Robertson, says while the Dodds will be paid out straight away, no decision will be made regarding the other cases until after the election. She said the government initially decided to appeal the decision because it was seeking clarity on some questions of law. Asked whether there should be an inquiry into Southern Response, Woods said the government launched an inquiry into the Earthquake Commission because it was an enduring entity that would be needed again. But she said Southern Response differed because once these earthquake claims were paid out, it would no longer exist.
September 22, 2020 03:56 UTC
Les Cooper says truck drivers aren’t paying attention to the stop sign at the intersection of Omaui Rd and the Bluff highway. Bluff resident Les Cooper is worried it's only a matter of time before he sees an accident near his home. His property looks out over the intersection of State Highway 1 and Omaui Rd, where he says trucks consistently fail to stop at the stop sign. Kavinda Herath/Stuff Les Cooper says it’s tricky for trucks to come to a complete stop at the intersection of Omaui Rd and the Bluff highway. “The truck drivers should have more respect for the locals.
September 22, 2020 03:22 UTC
A deadly chemical compound has been detected in synthetic cannabis shipments seized across New Zealand. Photo: FileA deadly drug known for inducing zombie-like behaviour and playing a part in more than 70 Kiwi deaths has been found in the community again, putting authorities on high alert. Scientists detected the chemical compound - called AMB-Fubinaca - in three seized synthetic cannabis samples originating from Northland, the Bay of Plenty and Christchurch. That was what made the three recent detections extremely alarming, High Alert said. High Alert said there were many ways the manufacture of illegal synthetic drugs could go wrong.
September 22, 2020 03:11 UTC
Beauden and Hannah Barrett's baby shower. All Blacks star Beauden Barrett was missing from training today in Whakatane, suggesting wife Hannah may have gone into labour. Hannah is almost 40 weeks pregnant with their baby girl. While speaking to media today, Crusaders and All Blacks lock Sam Whitelock may have even slipped the news. "This thing is changing every day, it is not even confirmed that South Africa and Argentina will come over.
September 22, 2020 02:37 UTC
Photo: Getty Images)All pubs, bars, restaurants and other hospitality venues across England must start closing at 10pm from Thursday as Prime Minister Boris Johnson tackles a second wave of Covid-19 infections. Shares in Britain's listed pubs and restaurant groups fell sharply on Monday in anticipation of the move. Britain will face an exponentially growing death rate from Covid-19 within weeks unless urgent action is taken to halt a rapidly spreading second wave of the outbreak, the country's senior medics warned on Monday. The Covid-19 alert level has also moved from Level 3 to Level 4 after the data showed the number of cases was rising rapidly. Level 4 indicates that the virus is in general circulation and transmission is high or rising exponentially.
September 22, 2020 02:15 UTC
Funding from ECan's immediate steps programme will go towards protecting tarns, such as this one, at Glenmore Station. Wetlands, tarns and native bush in the Upper Waitaki will all receive better protection thanks to a $95,000 fund. Members of the Upper Waitaki zone committee made recommendations for funding from Environment Canterbury’s immediate steps fund to go towards six projects. They were the Quailburn bog pine protection ($17,600), Glenmore Station tarns ($7400), Upper Ōhau weed control ($30k), Balmoral wetland protection ($24k) and the Lake Alexandrina Conservation Trust Native Planting ($4600). “We’ve got some pretty unique plant communities on our property which are not found anywhere else.
September 22, 2020 02:15 UTC
Helping to make New Zealand’s truckies healthier – both mentally and physically – is a focus of Mental Health Week (September 21-25). Martin De Ruyter/Stuff Long hours, isolation and traffic conditions can all take a toll of truck drivers’ health, both mentally and physically. Initiatives like the Mental Health Week is a good time to show your support,’’ says Megan Duncan, Teletrac Navman director of marketing for Australasia. Transport operators, pitstop areas, businesses that serve truck drivers are encouraged to print and share an infographic poster highlighting mental health for truck drivers. Topics include mental health (namely stress and depression), alcohol and drugs, and fatigue.
September 22, 2020 02:03 UTC
McCain Foods New Zealand senior plant manager Barto Greeff is giving coal the boot as a fuel source for its boilers in Timaru. The company’s New Zealand senior plant manager Barto Greeff said energy demand is significant at the Washdyke plant, with one of the highest demands coming from pre-treatment of potatoes. “The opportunity to participate in the Energy Transition Accelerator programme is a very exciting development for McCain. “Although PEF technology has been installed in food processing factories around the world, it is new in New Zealand. There is great potential for replication, and similar carbon reduction savings to be achieved across different processing industries.
September 22, 2020 01:52 UTC
Emergency services are fighting a "well-involved" fire in a two-car garage on a property near Gore. A Fire and Emergency New Zealand spokeswoman said they received a call about the Kaiwera fire at about 1pm. While crews had managed to cut the fire off from the house, they were still in attendance at 1.40pmShe said three crews were from Gore, while another two came from Tapanui and Pukerau.
September 22, 2020 01:51 UTC
Lend to Mend hires out dresses for special events across the country. Photo: SuppliedThe change in Covid-19 alert levels has come as a big relief for Christchurch-based business Lend to Mend which hires out designer dresses. Jess Maynard started her designer dress rental business in April 2017, and it took off - that is until the Covid restrictions took a toll on functions throughout New Zealand. "Covid-19 had a significant impact on Lend to Mend with many large events around the country cancelled. Lend to Mend currently stocks designer dresses in sizes 4-16 - and Maynard is working hard to extend this range further.
September 22, 2020 01:41 UTC