Air New Zealand CEO Christopher Luxon reveals he's leaving the airline after seven years in the top job. Air New Zealand chief executive officer Christopher Luxon resigned on Wednesday evening, hinting at a possible future in politics. Luxon was the highest-paid chief executive of any company on the New Zealand stock exchange last year, earning $4.2 million. "It was on this day seven years ago that Christopher's appointment to the role of chief executive officer of Air New Zealand was announced," Carter said. The board has commenced an international search and expects to be in a position to announce the appointment of a new chief executive in the near future.
June 19, 2019 06:27 UTC
Paul Dwyer in his weekly rugby column has been promising some players who have gone above and beyond for their clubs a bag of Goodies from Speights. He comes good on his promise and has Hayden Finch from Speights deliver the said goodies into the studio to Nathan O'Brien from Dunedin RC and Chris Bell from Zingari RC. Nathan played two full games for Dunedin out of position within 18 hours and Chris reached 250 games for Zingari earlier this year. They talk to Paul about their experiences.
June 19, 2019 06:00 UTC
Auckland is built on one of the densest volcanic fields in the world, with more than 50 vents dotted around the city. It's only a matter of time before Auckland's next volcanic eruption, but what will it look like and how could it impact residents? READ MORE:* Aucklanders could have just five days' warning before a volcanic eruption* Auckland's next big eruption likely to come from a volcano that doesn't yet exist, scientists say* Volcanic eruption could cripple Auckland's transport networkTHE ODDS ARE IN YOUR FAVOURFirst things first: If you're reading this in 2019, the odds are an eruption won't happen in your lifetime. About 50 volcanoes have been produced in the Auckland region over about 200,000 years, or one every 4,000 years on average. The third episode in a three-part series on New Zealand's volcanic history, it simulates a volcanic eruption in Auckland, and the AEM's response to it.
June 19, 2019 05:15 UTC
US boy Braydon Smith had a US$30 gift card to spend as he was walking down an aisle at Academy Sports + Outdoors and saw an axe and a machete. Braydon used the tools in the backyard of his gray mobile home that sits amid winding rural roads, open pastures and plenty of woods to explore. JULIA WALL/RALEIGH NEWS & OBSERVER/TNS Braydon Smith fought off an intruder with a machete. "He grabbed my machete and told me to sit on the ground and get in the closet," Braydon said. Smith told Braydon if someone breaks in with a gun, let them take everything.
June 19, 2019 04:52 UTC
PHOTO: GERARD O’BRIENNew Zealanders shivered through the year's coldest morning today, but few will have experienced the kind of crushing cold of the country's lowest recorded temperatures. Dunedin got down to -4C and Auckland dipped to 5C at the airport and 1C in some inland areas. This is the most intense cold experienced in that district since it was settled. Central Otago residents recalled that the cold snap of 1995 froze livestock to the ground and hens to their perches. The southern city was cut off for days, with snow a metre deep in Roslyn and Maori Hill.
June 19, 2019 04:30 UTC
An artist's impression of a planned expansion of Merivale Mall from Aikmans Rd. Plans for a massive expansion of Christchurch's Merivale Mall will go ahead without any public consultation. The mall's owner, TEL Property Nominees Ltd, wants to almost double the size of the mall, build a three-level car park and 24 homes. SUPPLIED A $10m makeover of Merivale Mall was completed last year. READ MORE:* Christchurch suburban mall plans massive expansion* Revamped Merivale Mall pulls in the fashion store brands* New shops, amenities in Merivale mall $10m makeoverThe expansion was proposed to be built on the existing outdoor car park, with retail and food premises on the ground floor and car parks spread across three levels on top, reaching a height of 12 metres.
June 19, 2019 04:30 UTC
PHOTO: GREGOR RICHARDSONThe future of fossil-laden Foulden Maar near Middlemarch for science appears almost certainly assured, after Malaysian-controlled Australian company Plaman Resources was formally placed in receivership today. Plaman's only known debt was $US20 million ($30.6 million) to investment bank Goldman Sachs, which lent it the money on a two-year term, starting in May last year. However, the OIO noted Plaman's "financial position'' was relevant to the application assessment; and third party submissions were still being accepted on the proposal. "I'm extremely relieved because it has given me a lot of sleepless nights.'' "This has alerted a lot of people to this so maybe the outcome in the end will actually be a good one."
June 19, 2019 04:18 UTC
Stephen Angus Bruce has been sentenced to two years and two months in prison after shooting a woman in the leg. (file photo)A woman who was moving out of a flat was shot in the leg during an argument with her flatmate. Judge Raoul Neave said it would be a long time, if ever, before the woman completely recovered. Court, Police, Christchurch Court, Charges, Christchurch District Court, Christchurch High Court"It may take much longer for the psychological damage you inflicted to be repaired." "You became so enraged that you obtained a firearm and shot her in the leg," the judge said.
June 19, 2019 04:07 UTC
It's probably a legitimate work expense. If you keep your personal and work expenses completely separate, as employment lawyer Peter Cullen advises, in most cases no lines will be crossed. It's a legitimate work expense. But even if you are very mindful of separating personal and work expenses, Baucher says it can still be a veritable minefield. SUPPLIED Employment lawyer Peter Cullen says the best way to prevent expense fraud is to keep your personal and work expenses separate.
June 19, 2019 03:56 UTC
Kevin Snee is currently chief executive at Hawke's Bay DHB, but will shift to Waikato in August (file photo). READ MORE:* Surgeon, health expert, familiar face: Waikato DHB announces new deputy commissioners* Waikato DHB commissioner seeks new chief executive* Health Minister David Clark sacks Waikato DHB boardWaikato's commissioner, Dr Karen Poutasi, re-started the search for a new DHB boss just days after replacing the board in early May 2019. MARK TAYLOR/STUFF Waikato DHB hasn't had a permanent chief executive since October 2017 (file photo). Snee trained as a public health physician and general practitioner in the United Kingdom, a Waikato DHB statement said. Waikato DHB has the fifth largest population of the country's DHBs, according to the most recent annual report.
June 19, 2019 03:33 UTC
They say it is too early to tell how their discovery may change the probabilities of when the next big, possibly magnitude 8-plus, Alpine Fault quake is due. PAUL GORMAN/STUFF GNS senior earthquake scientist Dr Rob Langridge inspects the fault zone in the Inchbonnie trench across the Alpine Fault. Google Maps The "big bend" in the Alpine Fault between about Springs Junction and Lake Rotoroa, near St Arnaud. GNS SCIENCE GNS Science earthquake geologists studying layers in the trench across the Alpine Fault at Calf Paddock near Springs Junction. The two quakes they had found evidence for were the big quake in 1717 and the more recent quake, sometime between 1740 and 1840, he said.
June 19, 2019 03:33 UTC
Charleen Carstairs with her partner Daniel Skeggs, whose body was found this morning after a jet boat accident a month ago. Photo: SuppliedThe body of a man has been found after he went missing in a jet-boating incident on the West Coast last month. Police said a fisherman found the body of 29-year-old Daniel Shane McLellan-Skeggs, of Christchurch, early this morning on a Kakapotahi beach. Mr McLellan-Skeggs went missing following a jet boating incident on the West Coast on May 17, police said. A local helicopter crew had managed to rescue one of the men involved in the crash but McLellan-Skeggs could not be found.
June 19, 2019 03:11 UTC
Qantas is set to unveil major changes to its Frequent Flyer scheme, in what it has described as "the biggest overhaul to the airline's loyalty programme in its 32 year history". Qantas Loyalty chief executive Olivia Wirth and Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce will announce the changes at a press conference in Sydney, Australia on Thursday morning. 123RF Qantas' loyalty division made a A$372 million profit last year. As well as from booking flights, Qantas' 12 million loyalty members can earn points shopping at retailers and for any spending on co-branded credit cards. For example, Qantas will operate a flight from Melbourne to Tokyo in October where an entire A380s will be available to book with frequent flyer points.
June 19, 2019 02:48 UTC
Hamilton City Council received a letter in May outlining key projects now listed as "unlikely" as the New Zealand Transport Agency reprioritises its spending. Hamilton and NZTA entered into a number of partnerships to get road safety improvements going in Hamilton. Other projects, including some city intersections, public transport projects and walking and cycling routes are out of the frame. TOM LEE/STUFF Growth and Infrastructure committee chairman Dave Macpherson said NZTA supported city road projects then pulled funding (file photo). Hamilton does differ from other councils, he said, in that NZTA backed its Access Hamilton Transport Improvement Plan.
June 19, 2019 02:37 UTC
It would be interesting to see examples of what immigrants regard as racist behaviour. I have heard over the years from immigrants of all races that on the surface New Zealanders are warm and friendly but they are also very private. My English friend is white and speaks more like me than many other immigrants. We are reasonably well-educated, white, middle-class Kiwis with all that these tags imply and we are made to feel not of our chosen place at times. Are New Zealanders not as welcoming as we think we are?
June 19, 2019 02:15 UTC