Away from party hot spots such as Patong, it's still possible to find peace and quiet in Phuket. Q. I'm flying into Phuket later this year and would like to stay somewhere laidback with good food and interesting cultural experiences. The resort is designed around the tin mining history of Phuket but delivers world-class service. Scheduled island transfers mean guests can travel back to Phuket during their stay and explore Phuket Town for the history, shopping and food, but return to the resort for complete tranquillity. Email your name, address and phone number to firstname.lastname@example.org with Expert in the subject line.
October 16, 2018 02:15 UTC
A brief police pursuit ended in a crash in Concord this afternoon. Photo: Stephen JaquieryA brief police pursuit in Concord this afternoon culminated in a crash near a primary school and two arrests. A police spokeswoman said the silver Honda led officers on a brief chase through the southern Dunedin suburb, before it crashed into another vehicle at the intersection of Mulford St and Samson Rd at 2.40pm, just around the corner from Concord School. Two people were arrested after the crash, the spokeswoman said. St John ambulance had been called but the seriousness of any injuries was unknown.
October 16, 2018 01:52 UTC
Callum Dugan was in a critical condition after the crash on Sparks Rd, Christchurch, about 9am on October 4. A 25-year-old man has died nearly two weeks after his car collided with a truck in Christchurch. A police statement said Callum Richard Dugan, 25, died at Christchurch Hospital on Monday. Dugan was in a critical condition after the crash on Sparks Rd, Halswell, about 9am on October 4. READ MORE: Man critically injured after truck collision in ChristchurchA Givealittle page was set up the day after the crash to raise funds for his family's expenses and bills.
October 16, 2018 01:52 UTC
Windows were smashed as schools became the target for vandals during the holidays. Over the first weekend of the latest school holidays, three primary schools were hit by vandals. READ MORE:* School vandal had damaged schools before* Wave of vandalism in Masterton continues as school dealt thousands in damageSupplied Tauhara Primary School's 'Love Seat' was smashed during the school holidays. In the King Country, Otorohanga South School had 20 windows smashed over the holidays. Taupō Senior Sergeant Phil Edwards confirmed that three Taupō schools were targeted on the first weekend of the school holidays.
October 16, 2018 01:07 UTC
DoC and hunters will cull an initial 6000 animals over the next few weeks to stop the population swelling further and wiping out more native plants. Photo: Stephen JaquieryThe Department of Conservation will this week begin a controversial programme to cull 10,000 Himalayan tahr over the next eight months. DoC and hunters would now work together to cull an initial 6000 animals over the next few weeks, to stop the population swelling further and wiping out more native plants. “This is more than three times the number of animals permitted by the long established Himalayan Tahr Control Plan.”“Urgent action” was required to protect the environment. “Finalising the operational plan has involved input from every organisation with an interest in Himalayan tahr through the Tahr Liaison Group,” she said.
October 16, 2018 01:07 UTC
Stadium seating restoration being consideredANDY JACKSON/STUFF Seats on the southern side of Yarrow Stadium were covered in plastic after rugby spectators complained they left powdery marks on their clothes. Non-recyclable plastic covers on 2000 seats at New Plymouth's Yarrow Stadium is here to stay for "as long as it lasts", it has been revealed. Temporary roofing is installed over the south terrace at Yarrow stadium in New Plymouth. The seating has also had to be covered in plastic because of issues with the seats sticking to peoples clothing. The degrading seats were the latest in a litany of troubles for Yarrow Stadium.
October 16, 2018 00:56 UTC
Maltese club offer Usain Bolt contract to 'spearhead charge to Champions League' CALLUM GODDEGETTY IMAGES Usain Bolt seems bound for another crack at European football after a trial period in Australia. Reigning Maltese top-flight champions Valletta FC are behind the power play to prematurely end Usain Bolt's bid for an A-League contract. READ MORE:* Phoenix 'obliterated' in boot camp* Usain Bolt no A-League marquee* Has Usain Bolt done enough? "How am I going to get drug tested today? "So I asked the lady, 'Why am I getting drug tested when I haven't signed for a club yet?'
October 16, 2018 00:33 UTC
A Marlborough woman who blew more than five times the legal limit has a "very serious" problem with alcohol, a judge says. Blenheim resident Annaliese May Leighton, 30, was caught drink-driving on Main St, in Blenheim, giving a breath test reading of 1315 micrograms of alcohol per litre of breath. He also noted that Leighton's breath alcohol count was "extremely high". "The breath alcohol test makes clear that you are an alcoholic and have a very serious problem in that way," Tuohy said. New legislation made the devices compulsory for repeat drink-drivers, or those with a breath test reading higher than 800mcg.
October 15, 2018 23:48 UTC
Jami-Lee Ross made a number of claims about the National Party leader in relation to donations. Jami-Lee Ross' tilt at Simon Bridges is not his first attempt to damage a political leader. READ MORE:* Live: Jami-Lee Ross quits National, accuses Simon Bridges of 'corruption'* National Party leader Simon Bridges points finger at Jami-Lee Ross in expenses leak inquiry* National MP Jami-Lee Ross taking leave for 'personal health issues'* Just who is Jami-Lee Ross? SUPPLIED Botany MP Jami-Lee Ross says he will resign his seat and leave the National Party by Friday forcing a by-election in his Botany seat, which he will contest. supplied Jami-Lee Ross supporting fellow east Auckland MP, Pakuranga's Maurice Williamson who admitted "errors of judgement" in 2014.
October 15, 2018 23:34 UTC
Mark Reason: Kiwi youth do the country proud1 NEWS Manu's family and friends gave the centre a special ending to an already-special evening. PHOTOSPORT Kiwis captain Dallin Watene-Zelezniak celebrates at the final whistle. So how is it that they are in charge of a test match between Australia and New Zealand. Watene-Zelezniak was just a few months older when Maguire named him as the new captain of the Kiwis earlier this month. Well, if the 23-year-old Watene-Zelezniak is an example of New Zealand youth, then the whole country is heading in a good direction.
October 15, 2018 23:12 UTC
Alex and Corban's next building challengeSTUFF The Beach Haven site has been vacant for 21 years. ALEX & CORBAN WALLS Alex and Corban in 2015 when they had no idea of the troubles they were about to face. Now they own homewares brand Alex & Corban, which has three stores throughout Auckland, plus Corban has an engineering business, Special Projects. ALEX & CORBAN WALLS The Walls repurposed containers from the Mini showroom in Ponsonby to create a beach house in Whananaki. Follow Alex and Corban's build on Instagram @alexandcorbanALEX & CORBAN WALLS Alex and Corban relax at their beach house in Whananaki in Northland.
October 15, 2018 23:09 UTC
Allen died from complications of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, a type of cancer, the Allen family said in a statement. In early October, Allen had revealed he was being treated for the non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, which he also was treated for in 2009. He had an earlier brush with Hodgkin's lymphoma, another cancer, in the early 1980s before leaving Microsoft. Gates and Ballmer later apologized but the damage was done and Allen left Microsoft, although he remained on the board until 2000. CANCER BATTLESAllen recovered from his cancer after radiation treatment but in 2009 was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, another form of blood cancer.
October 15, 2018 22:52 UTC
Kilistina Moata'ane has been selected for the Black Ferns side. Photo: Gregor RichardsonOtago midfield back Kilisitina Moata’ane has been selected in the Black Ferns side for its end of year tour. She has missed the bulk of the season for Otago because of a ankle injury but has come back in the past couple of weeks. She will play for the Spirit in the Championship final against Wellington in the capital on Saturday. The side is again captained by Fiao'o Faamausili with Kendra Cocksedge and Selica Winiata as vice-captains.
October 15, 2018 22:30 UTC
Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has died at 65AP Seattle Seahawks owner Paul Allen, left, talks with Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll before an NFL football game against the Chicago Bears in Seattle. Paul G. Allen, who co-founded Microsoft with his childhood friend Bill Gates before becoming a billionaire philanthropist who invested in conservation, space travel and professional sports, died Monday. "While most knew Paul Allen as a technologist and philanthropist, for us he was a much-loved brother and uncle, and an exceptional friend," said his sister, Jody Allen, in a statement. The first versions of two classic Microsoft products, Microsoft Word and the Windows operating system, were released in 1983. The Windows operating system is now used on most of the world's desktop computers, and Word is the cornerstone of the company's prevalent Office products.
October 15, 2018 22:18 UTC
Ex-England captain: Supersized All Blacks squad 'smart thinking' by Steve HansenJOSEPH JOHNSON/STUFFSteve Hansen tells why he has selected 51 All Blacks, his feelings about government sponsorship and Matt Todd's inclusionFormer England captain Lawrence Dallaglio has backed the decision to select 51 players in the latest All Blacks squad as "smart thinking" from Steve Hansen ahead of next year's World Cup. All Blacks coach Hansen on Monday revealed the large squad for their upcoming tour to Japan and Europe for tests against Australia, Japan, England, Ireland and Italy. "It's only for four days that we're going to have 51 players," he said. The main squad of 32 will head to Japan to play a dead rubber Bledisloe Cup test against Australia on October 27. Following that match, 22 of the squad will head directly to London to prepare to tackle England on November 11.
October 15, 2018 22:07 UTC