Canterbury has 1368 new community cases of Covid-19 today and four more virus-related deaths have been reported in the region. The Ministry of Health says there were 9570 new community cases across New Zealand on Wednesday, along with 425 cases in hospital and a further 32 Covid-related deaths. There were 155 new community cases reported in South Canterbury today. The total number of publicly reported deaths of people with Covid-19 in New Zealand is now 1017, while the seven-day rolling average is 17. Of the 425 people with Covid-19 in hospitals across New Zealand, nine are in intensive care, 49 cases are in Canterbury DHB hospitals and eight are in South Canterbury hospitals.
May 18, 2022 13:51 UTC
Police have charged a 50-year-old man in relation to the death of Rikki McCall. Photo / Supplied via ODTPolice have charged a 50-year-old man in relation to the death of Rikki McCall. Photo / Supplied via ODTA man has been charged following an alleged hit-and-run in South Otago. Rikki McCall, 33, was found dead on Owaka Valley Rd, Owaka, near Balclutha, on the night of May 7. Southern CIB Detective Sergeant Scott McMulkin said a 50-year-old man has now been charged with failing to stop and ascertain injury in relation to a fatal crash.
May 18, 2022 13:21 UTC
"Many people dream of a Lotto win," says a recently released Court of Appeal judgment. In this case, a Lotto win seemed, at first, to do just that. "There is a dispute as to whether Angeline or her mother purchased the Lotto ticket," noted the Court of Appeal. The Chinappas rejected that Narain was the winner of the Lotto ticket and appealed the decision. Dunningham found the Chinappas held a 20 per cent share of the house for Narain and concluded that Angeline Narain should be compensated.
May 18, 2022 10:40 UTC
Vegetable growers in Auckland's rural south say drought conditions are playing havoc with their day-to-day operations and will only add to increased prices for consumers. South Auckland's horticulture industry is centred on the Pukekohe Hub, 4359 hectares of some of New Zealand's most fertile and productive land. He said the unusually dry conditions over the past couple of years made it a challenging time for those in the industry. Pukekohe Vegetable Growers Association president Kylie Faulkner said the unusually dry conditions had hit the local horticulture industry hard. The drought in south Auckland and the Waikato over autumn was taking its toll on the region's primary sector and more support was needed, he said.
May 18, 2022 06:28 UTC
READ MORE:* 'Brain drain is under way': Workforce shrinks as young people leave* 'You can't settle down, you can't buy a house. Stuff The potential “brain drain” is making regular headlines, but going overseas is a time-honoured path for Kiwis (file photo). There’s a long history of positive net arrivals, as we encourage new migrants to bring their skills to us. Unsplash Janine Starks says Kiwis heading off on their big OE should avoid joining the work-from-home crowd (file photo). – Janine Starks is the author of www.moneytips.nz and can be contacted at email@example.com.
May 18, 2022 03:43 UTC
The number of reported deaths with Covid is now 1017. The Ministry of Health reported 32 new deaths in a statement released at 1pm on Wednesday, with the total number of reported Covid deaths now sitting at 1017. There were also 9570 new community cases and 425 hospitalisations, including nine in ICU. READ MORE:* Covid-19: Second peak expected to hit as early as June* Covid-19: 9843 new community cases on Tuesday, eight deaths* Covid-19: Shanghai nears zero target needed to ease harshest lockdownBreakfast Most of the deaths occurred in Southeast Asia, Europe and the Americas, according to a WHO report issued on Friday. As of Wednesday morning, 447 people had died with Covid-19 as the underlying cause of death.
May 18, 2022 03:22 UTC
Southern District Health Board medical officer of health Dr Susan Jack. The best protection against a major influenza outbreak was high rates of vaccination, she said. Other people could still pay to get an influenza vaccination which was widely available from GPs and pharmacies. A common misconception was that a person needed a stand-down period between testing positive for Covid-19, and receiving an influenza vaccination. You can also get a Covid booster or vaccination at the same time as your flu vaccine," Jack said.
May 18, 2022 02:57 UTC
Coronet Peak had plenty of snow cover on opening day last year. Coronet Peak had plenty of snow cover on opening day last year. South Island ski fields are gearing up to make some snow as the natural stuff is forecast to fall later this week. Coronet Peak ski area manager Nigel Kerr said if temperatures allowed, the team there would be firing up the snowmaking guns and getting stuck into crew training for both Coronet Peak and the Remarkables staff. Both ski fields had been improving their snowmaking facilities ahead of the ski season.
May 18, 2022 02:57 UTC
Passengers on a Qatar Airways flight that was supposed to depart Auckland on Sunday evening are facing their third night in a hotel, with the airline offering "no information" as to what happened. At roughly the time the flight was due to take-off, they were told to make their way back through the airport to the Qatar Airways check-in desk. At the Qatar Airways check-in desk, they were told to go outside and wait for a bus that would take them to hotels. On Monday, Howell said the hotel receptionist told passengers they needed to check out, with another bus set to pick them up at 2pm. Qatar Airways has been approached for comment.
May 18, 2022 01:37 UTC
Reports that Highlanders halfback Folau Fakatava is now eligible to play for the All BlacksReports that Highlanders halfback Folau Fakatava is now eligible to play for the All BlacksHighlanders halfback Folau Fakatava [Photo:Stuff.co.nz]There are reports by New Zealand media that Highlanders halfback Folau Fakatava has been given the green light to be selected for the All Blacks in their series against Ireland in July. Tongan-born Fakatava had been deemed ineligible for the All Blacks in 2022, despite having been eligible to play for them since late 2020 and throughout 2021, due to World Rugby shifting from a three-year residential period for test eligibility to a five-year period. Fakatava’s availability increases the competition for the All Blacks’ halfback spots, with Aaron Smith, Brad Weber, TJ Perenara and Finlay Christie all used in 2021. The Waratahs will take on the Highlanders at 3.35pm Sunday while the Fijian Drua meet the Crusaders at 7.05pm Friday. In other matches, the Reds will take on Moana Pasifika at 9.45pm Friday, the Chiefs will play the Force at 4.35pm Saturday, the Rebels will face the Hurricanes at 7.05pm Saturday and the Blues will meet the Brumbies at 9.45pm Saturday.
May 18, 2022 01:22 UTC
PHOTO: LINDA ROBERTSONWhite Ferns and Otago Sparks wicketkeeper-batter Katey Martin has pulled stumps on a decorated international and domestic cricket career spanning 21 years. Her 19-year international career makes her the longest serving modern day New Zealand cricketer, while her 169 domestic one-day games is a New Zealand record for men and women. “I also want to thank New Zealand Cricket, the New Zealand Cricket Players Association and Otago Cricket for their support over my entire career. Throughout her career, Martin has enjoyed watching women’s cricket evolve and is excited to see the next phase of this growth take shape. A record for NZ domestic one-day cricket for men or women.
May 18, 2022 00:46 UTC
Electrification is a hot topic right now, with many countries searching for ways toas Putin’s war atrocities in Ukraine worsen by the day. Fortunately, many of the solutions to reduce long-term fossil fuel financialThis is a re-post from the Citizens' Climate Lobby blog ...
May 18, 2022 00:43 UTC
Christel Yardley/Stuff The next Covid-19 peak is predicted to coincide with a return of winter illness, placing additional stress on hospitals. John Minchillo/AP “Even at the most obvious level, the multilateral system was found wanting. In producing this report, Unprecedented and Unfinished – Covid-19 and Implications for National and Global Policy” , the ISC’s purpose was fourfold. It is clear the multilateral system needs to find a way to operate more effectively for the global good. Even at the most obvious level, the multilateral system was found wanting.
May 17, 2022 23:52 UTC
During the siege, Russian forces launched lethal airstrikes on a maternity hospital and a theatre where civilians had taken shelter. It could also free up Russian forces to fight elsewhere in the Donbas, the eastern industrial heartland that the Kremlin is bent on capturing. The Russian victory, though, is mostly symbolic, said Phillips O'Brien, professor of strategic studies at the University of St Andrews in Scotland. But because the Azovstal defenders' "incredible resistance" tied down Russian troops, Ukraine can also claim that it came out on top. Ukraine has accused Russian forces of torturing and killing civilians.
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May 17, 2022 22:19 UTC
Activists staged a “guerilla projection” in Wellington on Monday, after the New Zealand capital’s mayor banned a planned illumination of a prominent building in the Palestinian colors. The Michael Fowler Centre, a concert and convention hall in central Wellington, was lit up with the colors of Ukraine’s flag days after Russian forces invaded in February. #Wellington Mayor Andy Foster vetoed a plan to light up the Michael Fowler Centre in the colours of the #Palestinianflag after the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade expressed concerns about Israeli sensitivities. “Mayor Foster with advice from MFAT stopped us from lighting up the Michael Fowler Centre with the Palestinian colors. Despite the ban in Wellington, Palestine solidarity events did proceed on public property in Auckland and Christchurch.
May 17, 2022 20:09 UTC