The biennial Yealands Classic Fighters Airshow has been postponed to September 3 to 5, following Covid-19 “uncertainty”. The Yealands Classic Fighters Airshow was originally set down for Easter weekend, April 2 to 4, but has been pushed back to September 3 to 5. Classic Fighters Airshow director Graham Orphan said this was the first time they had altered the dates of the show. “We have accepted that it would be irresponsible to risk both the ongoing viability of Classic Fighters and the health of our community. Helen Nickisson/Stuff Classic Fighters Airshow director Graham Orphan said the decision to postpone was not something organisers had taken “lightly”.
March 09, 2021 02:26 UTC
The joy of watching korimako (bellbirds) plunging in and out of the water on Tiritiri Matangi island is something that will stay with Michelle Langstone for a long time. Tiritiri Matangi is a 75-minute ferry from Downtown Auckland, and it's home to a flurry of my most favourite things - New Zealand native birds. New Zealand's oldest operating lighthouse is on Tiritiri Matangi, erected in 1865. Photo / ATEEDNew Zealand's oldest operating lighthouse is on Tiritiri Matangi, and if you like a lighthouse, this immaculate specimen is the one for you. CHECKLIST: TIRITIRI MATANGIDETAILSFullers Ferries travel from downtown Auckland to Tiritiri Matangi, with departures available Wednesdays to Sundays during alert level 1 and 2. fullers.co.nzONLINEtiritirimatangi.org.nzaucklandnz.comFor more New Zealand travel ideas and inspiration, go to newfinder.co.nz and newzealand.com
March 09, 2021 02:15 UTC
Sue Bennett, of Bennett Realty, who specialises in the sale of rest homes, hospitals, dementia care units and villages throughout the country for more than 20 years, says there is unprecedented interest in buying them. The interest in buying aged care businesses is “unprecedented” according to the leading broker of aged care businesses. She had sold the most rest homes and aged care businesses in New Zealand, she said. The old days of registered nurses buying rest homes had gone, Bennett said. She will lead a new specialist division at ABC selling aged care businesses.
March 09, 2021 01:52 UTC
Black Caps captain Kane Williamson. Photo: Getty ImagesBlack Caps captain Kane Williamson will miss the upcoming ODI series against Bangladesh as he rests and rehabilitates a troublesome left elbow injury. "Kane's been managing the elbow injury to varying degrees this summer and unfortunately it hasn't improved," Shackel said. Black Caps coach Gary Stead said it was a blow to lose his captain for the three-game ODI series against Bangladesh, but knew it was the right call. "We will certainly miss his class and leadership in the upcoming Bangladesh series, but his omission will no doubt present an opportunity for someone else when the ODI squad is named."
March 09, 2021 01:41 UTC
Immigration NZ has emphasised that Covid-19 Tracer App usage by migrants will not make any difference to their immigration status. This comes after a visa condition introduced following the onset of the coronavirus pandemic for those on temporary visas caused some confusion among the migrant community. In March last year Immigration minister Kris Faafoi imposed a visa condition on temporary entry class visa holders requiring them to comply with Covid-19 regulatory requirements. "Using the Covid Tracer App is not compulsory, and INZ has no role in checking if anyone uses it. INZ is not monitoring if any visa holders are following the rules and it will not be factored into visa applications," a spokeswoman for Immigration NZ said.
March 09, 2021 01:30 UTC
Tiwai Aluminium Smelter. PHOTO: LUISA GIRAOThe government has suspended talks over the Bluff aluminium smelter until it gets environmental commitments over cleaning up its landfill and spent cell-liner waste. It has been negotiating since September over how New Zealand Aluminium Smelters will shut the plant down in late 2024. Now, Finance Minister Grant Robertson has told the majority owner Rio Tinto's chief executive Alf Barrios they needed to provide more information. In a letter released to RNZ and sent last week, Robertson criticised Rio's approach at talks in January.
March 09, 2021 01:30 UTC
Reid O'Leary's suicide "rocked a community" a month before Christmas last year. But inexplicably, a month before Christmas last year, Reid O'Leary "rocked a community" when he died in a suspected suicide. "Reid and I were only 16 months apart," younger sister Eden O'Leary says. Eden O'Leary is running 5km to raise money and awareness after her brother died by suicide last year. • To donate, see https://events.mentalhealth.org.nz/fundraiser/edenwillowoleary?fbclid=IwAR0VPCwqqitsozr2dY4q1g1I-CR6yi0ZrMzI3CadB9s8KoNVMy_v-D5iXBQ or www.instagram.com/earthly_edenwillow/Where to get helpLIFELINE: 0800 543 354 (0800 LIFELINE) or free text 4357 (HELP) (available 24/7) lifeline.org.nz/services/suicide-crisis-helpline.
March 09, 2021 01:07 UTC
"I was really confident that Whanganui really wanted this and Whanganui bought tickets! The second of their Taste Whanganui events was postponed this weekend but the pair are confident about this weekend's Sound Valley Festival. "Whanganui is really ready for some of these events," Damosso said. Sound Valley Music Festival includes some of NZ's top names in the lineup. The process was just so easy compared with just the months of meetings and planning for the last two events," Damosso said.
March 09, 2021 01:07 UTC
Three of the four poets who contributed to Counting the Beats, a second Geraldine anthology, from left Jan Vernon, Steve Dakin and Jan Hill. (Absent: Simon Snow)Poetry is not all about words that rhyme, they tell a story, are humorous, or express a feeling and some are songs too, three Geraldine poets say. Counting the Beats, a second Geraldine anthology, comprises four Geraldine poets’ work, three who were in the first anthology, Jan Vernon, Jan Hill and Simon Snow, with the addition of newcomer to the anthology Steve Dakin. The latest collection of poems took a number of years to get to the publishing stage with Hill editing. The poets will be at Bay Hill Books for the authors' event of Counting the Beats at 5.30pm on March 23.
March 09, 2021 00:56 UTC
A sprinter as a kid, 19-year-old Camryn Smart has moved up to the 400m distance and is now ranked No.2 in the country, behind her best friend and flatmate Izzy Neal. Camryn Smart is proving herself as one of NZ's top 400m runners this summer – helped by a rivalry with her flatmate, and some competition from her Olympian running mum. For Camryn Smart – daughter of 1996 Olympic 800m finalist Toni Hodgkinson and national decathlete and 400m hurdler Alistair Smart – it's pretty special having Dad on the stopwatch while she chases down Mum at training on Moteuka’s grass track. Supplied/Newsroom Camryn Smart (right) with her parents, former NZ athletics champions Alistair Smart and Toni Hodgkinson. Tim O'Connell/Nelson Mail Riley Smart, Toni Hodgkinson and Camryn Smart.
March 09, 2021 00:33 UTC
Judith Collins leads the National caucus to a media conference following their disastrous election showing. Photo: RNZNational Party President Peter Goodfellow has emailed party members saying a review into the party's disastrous election campaign found "the disunity, leaks and poor behaviour" were the key factors in that result. It is expected that at least a summary of the review will be released publicly this week, but the full review is likely to be kept in-house. Another source said that nobody came out of it looking good, but it should be shown to party MPs or the lessons in it would not be learned. He said it found many contributing factors to the poor election result: "Chief among them the disunity, leaks and poor behaviour that severely impacted public perception of National as an alternative to the Labour Government.
March 09, 2021 00:22 UTC
Police and forensic staff examine the scene where Phillip Macpherson was killed in Pukemiro in March 2019. Hanuere Fisher-Williams told the court he had gone out onto the street after being told his younger brother Alazay was being beaten up two men. He bumped into Macpherson who he knew thorough his neighbor and they had got into a "bit of a scuffle" when Macpherson told him he should "make him squeal like he had made his dog squeal". An emotional Sonia Macpherson told the court she was with her 6-year-old daughter at her father's house on Robert Ave in Pukemiro on March 1, where her brother Phillip also lived. She grabbed some knives and went to get in her car, but Shand took it instead to get Macpherson.
March 09, 2021 00:11 UTC
The pranksters paid four royal experts to comment on the interview three days before it was released. Photo / Josh Pieters & Archie MannersFour royal commentators were fooled into participating in interviews about the Sussexes tell-all chat with Oprah, despite not having seen the interview. The prank, orchestrated by YouTube creators Josh Pieters and Archie Manners, duped the experts into agreeing to interviews about Meghan under the guise of a fake production company. The video was titled: "We proved royal experts lie about Harry and Meghan." Fitzwilliams said it was "not a balanced interview" and accused Winfrey of being "totally sympathetic" to Meghan.
March 09, 2021 00:00 UTC
Contacts of the air crew member who tested positive for Covid-19 on Sunday are being advised by public health staff of the steps they need to take. Therefore, the wider public health risk is low, the MoH said. The total number of active cases in New Zealand is 79. The total number of tests processed by laboratories to date is 1,786,704. The seven-day rolling average up to yesterday is 9399 tests processed.
March 08, 2021 23:48 UTC
The Prime Minister has rejected a suggestion she's picking and choosing favourable media and topics after cancelling her regular slot with Newstalk ZB's Mike Hosking. Ardern appeared on both morning breakfast television shows and was on RNZ's Morning Report this morning. — Guyon Espiner (@GuyonEspiner) March 8, 2021The Newstalk ZB Breakfast slot has been a regular segment for more than 30 years until Ardern cancelled it. "And in that time they wouldn't have had regular slots on say Newshub, or say Breakfast television. Ardern said she would not be substituting the time with major news networks with time on social media.
March 08, 2021 23:41 UTC