There are two new cases of Covid-19 in managed facilities in New Zealand on Friday, Health Minister Chris Hipkins says. JOSEPH JOHNSON/Stuff A police officer stands guard outside the coronavirus isolation centre at the Distinction Hotel in Christchurch on Friday morning. Officials also said last Saturday a woman left managed isolation in central Auckland. Hipkins said other than the three who absconded, people in managed isolation were following the rules. His 70 minutes outside managed isolation in central Auckland included a visit to a supermarket.
July 10, 2020 01:09 UTC
"On one hand, we’re saying it's not good to smoke tobacco, and on the other, we’re saying that smoking cannabis is fine." On one hand, we’re saying it's not good to smoke tobacco, and on the other, we’re saying that smoking cannabis is fine. READ MORE:* The five reasons why Kiwis should vote yes in the cannabis referendum* Cannabis policing 'worst waste of taxpayer money', former PM Helen Clark says* Cannabis referendum: Poll shows yes vote leading by 5 pointsMany people liken cannabis to tobacco cigarettes and claim cannabis is less harmful and addictive. CHECKPOINT/RNZ The government and the Drug Foundation say they are committed to keeping the public informed ahead of the cannabis referendum, so that fear mongering and fake news is kept to a minimum. A New Zealand report shows two thirds of construction industry members are worried about the effects of cannabis law reform.
July 10, 2020 00:00 UTC
Harley Kevin Campbell died when his car rolled near the corner of State Highway 75 (Christchurch-Akaroa Rd) and McQueens Spur Rd on July 5. A 27-year-old man from Christchurch died when his car rolled in rural Canterbury. Harley Kevin Campbell from Aranui, Christchurch, died in the single-vehicle crash on the eastern side of Lake Ellesmere on Sunday. The crash happened near the corner of State Highway 75 (Christchurch-Akaroa Rd) and McQueens Spur Rd near Ataahua about 9.30pm. READ MORE:* Three fatal crashes a 'black day' on Canterbury roads* Person flown to hospital after car crashes into Lake Ellesmere in Canterbury* Christchurch man killed in motorcycle crash near AkaroaSenior Sergeant Stephen McDaniel earlier told Stuff that police believed speed was a contributing factor.
July 09, 2020 23:37 UTC
Retail card spending continued to track up in June after its bumper bounce back in May, figures from Statistics NZ show. The continued spending recovery followed a $2.3b bounce back in retail card spending in May as businesses re-opened after the Covid-19 level 4 lockdown, but bank economists are warning retailers face a tough end to the year. Despite the continued spending recovery, retail card spending in the June quarter was $4.5b behind spending in the same three-month period last year, or 20 per cent lower. “The falls this quarter occurred primarily in April and somewhat in May, with June being a return to more usual card spending,” Hicks said. The biggest drop in spending during the June quarter was on hospitality, with spending down 49 per cent as a result of the closure of bars, restaurants and events during the Covid-19 lockdown.
July 09, 2020 23:28 UTC
Scott Gregory comes back into the side at wing. Photo: Getty ImagesThe Highlanders have made some injury enforced changes and again shuffled their front row for their match against the Hurricanes on Sunday. Scott Gregory comes in on the wing for a concussed Ngane Punivai while Jack Whetton is the replacement for Josh Dickson who broke his leg in the game against the Crusaders last week. The side has Ayden Johnstone, Siate Tokolahi and Ash Dixon starting in the front row and Kayne Hammington and Bryn Gatland are the only two back reserves. Highlanders: Michael Collins, Scott Gregory, Rob Thompson, Sio Tomkinson, Jona Nareki, Mitch Hunt, Aaron Smith (co-captain), Marino Mikaele Tu’u, Dillon Hunt, Shannon Frizell, Jack Whetton, Pari Pari Parkinson, Siate Tokolahi, Ash Dxon (co-captain), Ayden Johnstone.
July 09, 2020 23:26 UTC
Demi Moore was all glamour at Paris Fashion Week earlier this year, but it's a different story when she posts on social media from her bathroom. And so it is with actress Demi Moore’s bathroom, but based on what we see, we can’t imagine Arch Digest visiting anytime soon. Yep, Demi’s bathroom is a bit of a shocker, but this is where she has chosen to tell us about her new audio drama, which is also a bit of a shocker. It looks like this is where she is working on her new podcast, because maybe the acoustics are better in the bathroom – but less good with the thick carpet I would suggest. This is clearly a room where Demi comes to relax and chill, but it’s not exactly a spa-like space.
July 09, 2020 23:15 UTC
Are you more concerned about losing weight than about saving for retirement? According to a new survey, Kiwis are spending more time worrying about how to lose a few more kilos than they are by the concept of not having at least $100k in their retirement fund. And 57 per cent of men surveyed said weight loss was also their main goal, with only 19 per cent having retirement planning at the top of their to-do list. Apparently, 46 per cent of Kiwis would rather learn a new language or take up a new instrument than sort out their retirement as well. Photo: Jason Oxenham / NZHNewstalk ZB radio presenter and journalist Kerre McIvor believes retirement should be more of a priority for Kiwis, "especially women".
July 09, 2020 22:52 UTC
Standing at the saddle below Canterbury's Mt Alma, Tom heard a “whumph”. Supplied Tom's climbing partner walking towards a saddle below Mt Alma. Supplied Climber Tom suffered serious leg injuries when he was caught in an avalanche on Mt Alma in June. His climbing partner used a “barrel roll” to free himself from the avalanche higher up. Supplied Looking back up at the 300m Mt Alma avalanche, where Tom stopped.
July 09, 2020 22:44 UTC
Christchurch City Council says Light of All Nations church in Tankerville Rd, Hoon Hay has only reached a noise level leading to an excessive noise notice being issued once. Neighbour Rona Clayton (right) wants the noise level required before action can be taken by noise control to be lowered in this case because of how close the units are to the church. In residential areas, the noise level allowed from 10pm until 7am is between 40dB and 65dB. Ms Weston said no sound equipment has been seized from the church because this noise level has not been reached. Light of All Nations church.
July 09, 2020 22:41 UTC
I’ve been a skydiving instructor now for 17 years. I came back to New Zealand in 2011, just after the earthquake and set up Skydiving Kiwis and since then, we’ve been doing commercial skydiving with tandem skydiving and also student training and advanced sports skydiving training as well. Where did the idea of jumping out of a helicopter onto Sumner Beach come from and what will people experience? The only injury that I’ve really had was at the Copenhagen World Freestyle Challenge and that was in 2016. What does your family think of your skydiving and what you do for a living?
July 09, 2020 22:30 UTC
Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon speaks during an event at Seoul City Hall. Photo: ReutersOne of South Korea's most prominent elected officials, the longtime mayor of its capital, was found dead, police said on Friday (local time), after he was reported missing by his daughter amid a criminal probe of an alleged impropriety. After a search involving hundreds of police, Mayor Park Won-soon's body was found at Mt Bugak in northern Seoul around midnight, near where his phone signal had last been detected, the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency said. Search operation for Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon in Seoul. Formerly a prominent human rights activist and lawyer, as mayor of the capital he pursued a slew of policies promoting gender equality.
July 09, 2020 22:18 UTC
Photos: SuppliedThousands of dollars of jewellery items that may have been stolen have been recovered from second-hand shops in central Christchurch. They also warn those thinking of selling stolen items to pawn shops that police are watching. Detective Sergeant Fisher said police want to track down the owners of the jewellery to ask if the items were stolen from them. The items police want to return to their original owners were recovered by police between the end of May and the end of June, said Detective Sergeant Fisher. Anyone who thinks the items recovered by police belong to them or someone they know should phone 105 and ask to speak to Detective Sergeant Fisher.
July 09, 2020 21:56 UTC
Paramedic Dean Brown is the brains behind an app named 'Triage Plus' which would eradicate issues with providing real-time information to agencies and services during mass casualty events. He said the events emphasised New Zealand’s ongoing problems with providing real-time information to agencies from the scene of mass incidents. He said a similar system would have made a “huge difference” during the 2011 earthquake and the mosque attack. The first version of the app will be available in August and we’re going to run the trials in September. Then we will look to refine the app using feedback from the trials and move from there.”To view all of the award finalists’ ideas and vote for your favourite, visit: https://tsbgoodstuff.co.nz/peoples-choice/.
July 09, 2020 21:45 UTC
A leading United States pathology expert says Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is showing President Donald Trump how to respond to the coronavirus pandemic. Dr. Judy Melinek is calling for New Zealand’s Covid-19 response to be the standard by which all other countries are measured, adding that her home country should be taking notes. The New York Times best-selling author arrived in Auckland on Wednesday and is currently in managed isolation at the Sudima Hotel. “In my medical opinion, New Zealand’s response to Covid-19 is that standard by which all other countries will be compared,” she said. Globally, there have been plenty of glowing endorsements about New Zealand’s response to Covid-19, though there are those who believe the lockdown measures went too far.
July 09, 2020 21:35 UTC
Auckland Westpac Rescue Helicopter. Photo / ARHTAn intensive care doctor is outraged health officials are giving rescue helicopter trusts a daily list of Covid-19 patients, saying it's completely unnecessary. National MP Hamish Walker resigned after leaking the list of names and addresses he got from Michelle Boag, the acting chief executive of the Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust (ARHT). It's now led to questions over whether too many people have access to the sensitive patient information. RNZ has spoken to the head of another rescue helicopter trust who confirmed they had also been receiving a daily list of Covid-19 patients.
July 09, 2020 21:33 UTC