New Zealand needs to be thinking hard about its toolkit to tackle the deadly coronavirus that has so far taken nine lives, an outbreak specialist says. Michael Baker, a professor of public health at University of Otago, said the coronavirus could be dangerous. Baker said the meeting at the WHO was going to give public health directions to countries at risk. Ministry of Health director of public health Caroline McElnay said the ministry was closely monitoring the international situation and the guidance provided by the WHO. "It is important to mention recent travel from Wuhan and any known contact with someone with severe acute respiratory illness who has been in Wuhan.
January 22, 2020 09:33 UTC
Demolition for the Invercargill CBD development will begin in the car park in the centre of the block. Demolition for the Invercargill CBD redevelopment will start on Thursday. Robyn Edie/Stuff Demolition for the Invercargill CBD development will begin at the Cambridge Arcade. He was troubled that the changes to a finance clause would allow HWCP to begin demolition without enough funds to complete the project. READ MORE:* Planned Invercargill CBD development reaches High Court in Christchurch* The demolition delay for the Invercargill CBD project will cost thousands each week* Workers wait to start demolition for the Invercagill CBD development* Invercargill CBD block demolition halted"I am amazed that the council are prepared to expose ratepayers to such a risk," Thompson said.
January 22, 2020 06:10 UTC
UK holidaymaker Shane Traynor captured this video of a pod of 50 dolphins at Omaha Bay near Leigh. A holidaymaker's video of a pod of at least 50 dolphins chasing fish has made for a spectacular video. Shane Traynor, from Birmingham in the United Kingdom, captured the video in Omaha Bay near Leigh in Auckland's north. He had spent the day sailing with his girlfriend and her family when he captured the video of what appeared to be common dolphins. Common dolphins are regularly sighted near Auckland in spring and summer and move closer to the Bay of Islands in autumn and winter.
January 22, 2020 06:07 UTC
A 21-year-old man who stole a trampoline and used a fake social media profile to scam people out of money has admitted a month-long crime spree in Christchurch. READ MORE:* Christchurch man Steven Jeffery Charles Walshe admits series of police chases* Christchurch teenagers jailed for robberies* Man admits Facebook deceptionsOn July 30 Banks advertised an iPhone XR for sale on a Facebook profile where he used a fake name. Two days later, Banks used his fake Facebook profile to contact the seller of a Samsung phone. The next day, Banks used the stolen tools to secure a loan of $230 at a pawn shop on Ferry Rd. On August 16 Banks stole two sets of headphones from a store in Eastgate shopping mall.
January 22, 2020 05:48 UTC
Photo: Getty ImagesA controversial American dog trainer who is receiving death threats says he will still come to New Zealand to run a seminar, despite a petition against his entry to the country. Gellman, from Rhode Island, uses shock collars and the banned-in-New Zealand prong collars in his training. "Certainly the techniques that have been shown currently and throughout the media globally, is not really the best way to be training dogs." She said there was scientific proof that using harsh punishment to train dogs created more problems, making them fearful and untrusting of people, she said. SPCA said it did not support using pain or distress to train a dog when more humane options were available and more effective.
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January 22, 2020 04:30 UTC
Fewer people on a jobseeker support benefit are receiving meetings with case managers designed to help them get a job, because those case managers are being pulled out to work on emergency hardship grants. The Government allocated funding in the last budget for additional case managers, of which 170 have been hired, increasing to 263 next year. That's why we invested in 263 work focused case managers over 4 years in Budget '19". "MSD hired 170 work focused case managers between July and November last year and they're already making a positive impact. She said that people had more meetings with case managers under the previous government.
January 22, 2020 04:30 UTC
A Belgian tourist's locator beacon led rescuers to him, in a rocky valley in Tongariro National Park. READ MORE:* Woman dies on Tongariro Alpine Crossing* Tongariro Crossing death: Cancer-stricken tourist had the 'most beautiful death'* Disagreements over rescues from Tongariro Crossing* Tourist hikers thought mate turned back on Tongariro Alpine Crossing* More trampers rescued from Central Plateau than any other place in countryHis beacon triggered an alert in Texas, which was passed to New Zealand's Rescue Coordination Centre, and then to Taupō Police. NZ POLICE The man's rescue was one of three Tongariro Alpine Crossing missions for the Greenlea Rescue Helicopter on Tuesday. It was the second of three Tongariro Alpine Crossing rescues for the Greenlea Rescue Helicopter that day. Stuff has previously reported that more injured people are rescued from the Tongariro Crossing than any other trek in the country.
January 22, 2020 04:29 UTC
A bracelet used to monitor criminals was found dumped in the hedge of MP for Helensville Chris Penk. An electronic monitoring bracelet has been dumped on the property of the National Party's courts spokesman, Chris Penk. Penk's wife Kim Choe, a Newshub journalist who formerly worked for Stuff, found the illegally removed and discarded bracelet in a hedge bordering the couple's Auckland home. READ MORE: Sex offender on the run after cutting off electronic monitoring braceletIt is not known when the bracelet was removed. They are used for extended supervision orders, parole, home detention, electronically monitored bail, temporary release, release to work, and Child Youth and Family monitored offenders.
January 22, 2020 04:07 UTC
A Dunedin couple's 1300km bicycle journey to lay a coffin on Parliament's steps has been stopped 20 metres short after an emotional exchange with security guards. Camilla and Julian Cox travelled 1300km to deliver a letter to Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. The couple say they've been overwhelmed by the support they've received while traveling through South Island settlements, towns and cities. Health Minister David Clark says the Government has already significantly increased Pharmac's budget. Clark said the Government had increased Pharmac's budget from $871 million in 2017 to $1.015 billion.
Source:Otago Daily Times
January 22, 2020 03:56 UTC
10-year-old hero Parker Vaughan saved his little sister Addison Cahill after she got stuck in a La-Z-Boy chair. Her son Parker Vaughan, 10, was sitting on a reclined La-Z-Boy chair when his younger sister Addison Cahill, 21 months, crawled under the chair after the family cat. BEJON HASWELL/ STUFF Young hero Parker Vaughan, 10, helped to rescue his sister Addison Cahill, 21 months, after her head became wedged in a La-Z-Boy. BEJON HASWELL/STUFF Big brother Parker Vaughan, 10, did all the right things when his little sister Addison Cahill, 21 months, had a traumatic encounter with a La-Z-Boy chair. BEJON HASWELL/ STUFF Parker Vaughan, 10, kept a cool head and spoke with emergency services when his sister Addison Cahill, 21 months, got her head stuck in La-Z-Boy chair.
January 22, 2020 03:56 UTC
Armand Pene, 34, is dying from cancer but faces spending his last days under house arrest. A man who "lost it" when diagnosed with terminal cancer looks set to spend his last days under house arrest. Thirty-four-year-old Armand Pene has been given just weeks to live after battling terminal lung cancer for more than a year. However, he was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer in November 2018, after a scan taken after a car crash revealed spots on his lungs. The spots were found to be stage four lung cancer, caused by mouth cancer.
January 22, 2020 03:33 UTC
America's Cup holders Team New Zealand revealed their new custom designed and built test boat Te Kāhu in Auckland on Wednesday. EMIRATES TEAM NZ Team New Zealand's new test boat is craned to the water at their Auckland base. EMIRATES TEAM NZ Team New Zealand are packing up their AC75 Te Aihe for shipping to Italy. EMIRATES TEAM NZ Team New Zealand members at the launch of the syndicate's new test boat. EMIRATES TEAM NZ Get a feel for the speed and power of Te Aihe as the America's Cup defenders train in Auckland.
January 22, 2020 03:22 UTC
"The alleged offender left the property while the caller was on the phone to police," a police spokeswoman said. A Waikato man seriously injured in a motorbike crash was the alleged offender in a family harm incident not long before. "The alleged offender left the property while the caller was on the phone to police," a spokeswoman said. Soon after that, police got a separate report that he had crashed his motorbike into a ditch on Tahuna Ohinewai Rd. The man was flown to Waikato Hospital in serious condition.
January 22, 2020 03:00 UTC
A Tasman woman who was almost killed when a giant tree stump dropped onto her truck is stunned that WorkSafe is refusing to investigate. SUPPLIED/PAMELA COLEMAN Pamela Coleman says she suffered broken ribs, a concussion, and had glass in her knees after the accident. SUPPLIED/PAMELA COLEMAN An enormous tree stump - roughly the size of Coleman's truck - dropped onto her bonnet. Why didn't WorkSafe investigate? Coleman remains shocked that WorkSafe does not consider being hit by a flying tree stump an incident worth investigating.
January 22, 2020 02:48 UTC
A police investigation is underway after swastikas were spray-painted around the Wellington CBD, including outside a synagogue, on Wednesday morning. The graffiti was painted on The Terrace and outside the Wellington Jewish Progressive Congregation on Ghuznee St.Temple Sinai chair Matthew Smith said his community had been left "vulnerable and insecure" following the incident. Supplied The swastikas spray-painted outside the Wellington Jewish Progressive Congregation on Ghuznee St.Smith hoped the graffiti would not go unnoticed. A council spokeswoman said the graffiti was removed quickly, the police informed and security teams and managers of parks and cemeteries notified. Supplied The graffiti was cleaned quickly and the police notified, according to Wellington City Council.
January 22, 2020 02:15 UTC