Here's how long that 'best before' food should lastI recently pulled a jar of Vegemite out of my parents' pantry and discovered it had passed its best before date - by five years. Food items usually have a "best before" or a "use by" date. The best before is a guide – until that date, the product is fully marketable and should hold on to its quality. "Food can be sold and eaten after its best-before date as long as it's been stored properly," said Consumer NZ head of research Jessica Wilson. PicklesAnything that's very salty or very sweet will hold on longer than best before dates suggest.
August 17, 2018 17:02 UTC
Christchurch reinstated as refugee settlement locationSTACY SQUIRES/STUFF Prativa (second from left) and Bishnu Pokhrel, with their daughters, Biplata, 15, Babita, 8, and son Bipul, 3. Immigration Minister Iain Lees-Galloway, joined by Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel, will make an announcement reinstating Christchurch as a settlement location for quota refugees on Saturday. TOM LEE/STUFF Immigration Minister Iain Lees-Galloway has announced Christchurch will be a refugee settlement location again. "It's great news for refugees, New Zealand and Christchurch itself to be re-established as a refugee settlement location," Lees-Galloway said. Christchurch lost its status as a settlement location after the September 2010 earthquake which, coupled with the deadly February 2011 quake, devastated the supply of housing and placed strain on essential services.
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Men talk to men about being menSupplied Alistair Blair, pictured with child and dog, will present men talking about men in Christchurch. Seventy per cent of men disagreed or strongly disagreed. Sixty-eight per cent disagreed or strongly disagreed with that, but the neutral vote was unusually high at 22 per cent. Twenty-seven per cent thought so, but 57 per cent disagreed or strongly disagreed. As for men and their allegedly muted feelings, more than 88 per cent disagreed or strongly disagreed with the idea that "real men" don't talk about them.
August 17, 2018 17:01 UTC
Memory Lane: The two worlds of Gottfried LindauerWARWICK SMITH/STUFF Gottfried Laudauer on the cover of the new book by Joan and Kevin McIntyre of Woodville. Portrait artist Gottfried Lindauer could have had a successful career in any great city of the world. But Gottfried Lindauer, A Life of the Artist and His Work, a handsome biography of 260 pages, 180 in colour, is their most ambitious project yet. READ MORE:* Memory Lane: Having a ball in a brand-new borough* Memory Lane: A famous musician brings his band to townSUPPLIED A 1862 self portrait. In the process, "we met many wonderful people who own Lindauer paintings", they say.
Week in review: Teachers on the marchGEORGE HEARD/STUFF Note the correct use of an apostrophe and the right form of "your" on these signs carried by teachers in Christchurch. Whiteboard jungleThousands of primary and intermediate teachers and their children marched in happy, peaceful groups. Of course it was remarked upon that the striking teachers' signs were free of spelling mistakes and grammatical errors, but a few breached a good taste line by directly naming the Prime Minister's baby in the campaign. The weirdness really started once Bridges called for an inquiry into the leak, which will be led by a Queen's Counsel. This week, the argument was over the second most offensive word, according to Broadcasting Standards Authority research, and whether the President of the United States used it.
Sought-after apartments could buy a big home elsewhereDENISE PIPER/FAIRFAX NZ Real Estate Institute data shows apartments were 11.8 per cent of sales in the June quarter of this year. Apartment sales might be booming, but you can more than double the amount of space you get for your money if you're willing to look in a different part of the country. An Auckland buyer could afford a Christchurch house up to a median 186 sq m, a 248 sq m Invercargill house or a 230 sq m Palmerston North property. Chief data scientist Tom Lintern said Wellington apartments had crossed the $500,000- average value threshold for the first time. Real Estate Institute data shows apartments were 11.8 per cent of sales in the June quarter of this year, compared to 10.4 per cent last year.
New Zealand rugby fans will soon have to make some decisions about how they watch their favourite game. The deal adds to Spark’s growing sports portfolio, which includes next year’s Rugby World Cup, in Japan, and the Women’s Rugby World Cup in 2021. There will be some free content on the new streaming service and other content viewers will have to pay to watch. In the end, the remainder of the Football World Cup games were screened live on free-to-air TV after a deal was reached. Rugby fans will be unforgiving if they miss the chance of witnessing a three-peat of World Cup success by the All Blacks.
August 17, 2018 16:48 UTC
Laura Overton at the Edgar Centre this week as she prepares to play finals in both the club netball and basketball competitions. The Southern Magpies have won the past six netball championships, Overton having finished second twice in her three seasons with Phys Ed. She notably came second at the under-19 national netball championships with the Dunedin team in her first year. A year later, she claimed a bronze medal at the national championships with a personal-best throw of 48.99m. "I really enjoy the team sport like netball and then going to an individual sport like javelin."
Sam WhitelockAll Blacks lock Sam Whitelock has lauded the big engines of his Wallaby counterparts, as he prepares to enter the record books when he runs out against Australia this weekend. Rob and I have played a lot of games against each other," Whitelock said. Whitelock, who made his test debut in 2010, stressed the All Blacks would have no trouble getting up for tonight despite their long-term domination of Australia. He was flattered by the comment from All Black team-mate TJ Perenara that he hated playing against Whitelock in domestic rugby. All Blacks: Ben Smith, Waisake Naholo, Jack Goodhue, Ryan Crotty, Rieko Ioane, Beauden Barrett, Aaron Smith, Kieran Read (captain), Sam Cane, Liam Squire, Sam Whitelock, Brodie Retallick, Owen Franks, Codie Taylor, Joe Moody.
Liam Squire will wear the No 6 jersey for the All Blacks tonight and he is joined in the All Black squad by Highlanders team-mates Shannon Frizell and Jackson Hemopo. Four into one position does not go but Mauger said the players all wanted to be in the Highlanders and competition only drove the side. It is no secret we like to play at speed and we have a pack for that," Mauger said. It was not a worry for the Highlanders to have so many good players in the same position. Look at Elliot Dixon, he is an eight, who can play blindside and can also play seven.
For students separated from their pooch pals, a squad of local dogs are available for sessions of furry stress relief. The programme is a spin-off of the SPCA dog squad which for 25 years has been taking volunteers’ dogs to children’s wards and rest-homes. Student Finnbar Grieve had participated every week since it started and yesterday was no different. University of Otago student Finnbar Grieve (19) chills with friendly dogs (from left) Martin, Eddie and Lochie at the OUSA Clubs and Societies Centre yesterday. Photo: Peter McIntoshThe Auckland psychology and linguistics student said part of the reason he went was he missed his family Dalmatian back home.
University of Otago humanities pro-vice-chancellor Prof Tony Ballantyne turns the sod at a ceremony to mark a new phase in a planned music, theatre and performing arts development. Photo: Peter McIntoshThe University of Otago’s new $26 million music, theatre and performing arts development will further boost Dunedin’s reputation as an "outstanding centre of culture and learning", Prof Tony Ballantyne says. The planned development included constructing a two-storey recording studio and performing arts centre. An artist’s impression of the entrance to the University of Otago’s planned $26 million music, theatre and performing arts development in Union St, Dunedin. The university’s existing recording studio at 180 Albany St was built in 1967 to house the New Zealand Broadcasting Corporation.
Julie MuirWorksafe has decided to prosecute following an incident when an All Waste employee was injured after falling into a hopper at the Cromwell Transfer Station. A WorkSafe statement said charges had been laid "against one party in relation to the incident", but did not name the party. The health and safety report classified the incident with council contractor All Waste as a "notifiable incident". It involved an employee sustaining "a significant injury" from a fall into the hopper at the Cromwell Transfer Station on June 26, 2017.A preliminary report had been received from All Waste’s parent company, Trojan Holdings, the council report said. No injury resulted but Delta Utility Services was contacted immediately and "made safe" the situation and tested all recently upgraded streetlights, the council report said.
Cutting-edge technology allowing emergency services to "go beyond the line of sight" using drones has been showcased in Alexandra this week. The demonstration took place at the Alexandra Airport and Centre for Space Science Technology. Photo: Alexia JohnstonMr Read said the mesh network used internet-protocol radio, which sent data at 100 megabits per second up to 160km. He said it was "marvellous" the technology was showcased "in good old Central Otago". "A lot of the stuff we take for granted is extraordinarily rare in the rest of the world."
August 17, 2018 16:41 UTC
Readers believe health money is distributed unfairly due to media coverage of funding decisions, new University of Otago research suggests. Researchers Aaron Chester, Erin Penno and Robin Gauld examined how media covered issues arising from Population Based Funding Formula (PBFF) — a census-based calculation which attempts to distribute health funding equitably — over a 13-year period. Coverage of PBFF issues was predominantly in the South Island, with the Otago Daily Times singled out by researchers for its strong focus on policy issues affecting the region. The authors called for greater transparency in the PBFF model, and greater use of independent comment about the formula by the media. The PBFF is reviewed every five years by the Ministry of Health, most recently in firstname.lastname@example.org
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