There are 16 people employed at the recycling and sorting centre in Te Awamutu. Residents in the Waipā district could also have their recycling bins audited, to see if there’s more advice needed around what can and can’t be recycled. It’s all part of an education initiative Waipā District Council and its recycling contractor, Metalic Sweeping, plan over the coming months. The two will use the new sorting centre in Te Awamutu to demonstrate what happens to recycling once it’s collected from homes. “We don’t have a market for them and we’re asking not to put them into recycling bins,” Braithwaite said.
July 08, 2020 00:33 UTC
National leader Todd Muller says his party will keep critiquing the Covid-19 response despite one of his own MPs leaking patient details. National leader Todd Muller said his MP Hamish Walker is paying “the ultimate price” for his involvement in the leaking of Covid-19 patient information to media and has apologised on behalf of his party. Walker announced he will leave politics over his involvement in a leak of Covid-19 patient information to media. “I sincerely apologise for my actions.”David White/Stuff Former National Party president Michelle Boag has admitted to being the source of the leak. National Party president Peter Goodfellow apologised on behalf of the party’s board.
July 08, 2020 00:24 UTC
Thousands of migrant workers, who are now unemployed in Queenstown, want the chance to work and rebuild their lives. (Video first published on May 22, 2020)The Government has made visa changes to help thousands of migrant workers stranded in New Zealand. Stranded Recognised Seasonal Employers (RSE) and migrant seasonal workers will now be allowed to continue working and supporting themselves with more flexible hours and roles. The number of temporary visas for foreign seasonal workers was set to increase by just over 3000 in the next two years. While local communities have rallied to support RSE workers, government’s delays have caused RSE workers and their employers unnecessary anxiety and cost.”Chapman said out of the 9000 RSE workers still in New Zealand, 4000 are waiting to get home.
July 08, 2020 00:23 UTC
Photo: Supplied via NZHA US passenger jet has been forced to divert and land after it reported a problem with its navigation equipment, with photos revealing the horrifying scale of the damage. When the plane landed, the scale of the damage became clear with photos showing a massive indentation on the plane's nose cone. Delta later announced that the damage was caused when the plane hit a bird. "Delta flight 1076 operating from West Palm Beach to New York-LaGuardia diverted to New York-JFK after encountering a bird," Delta said in a statement. "The flight landed safely and without incident, and maintenance is evaluating the aircraft."
July 08, 2020 00:00 UTC
Briar Mackie has thrown away her sauvignon blanc for Dry July. Timaru banker Briar Mackie is participating in Dry July as an acknowledgement of all the people touched by cancer. John Bisset/Stuff Briar Mackie is undertaking an alcohol free Dry July to raise funds for people with cancer and their families. They wanted to take a break from alcohol, so decided to abstain for all of July, coining it their 'Dry July'. They also wanted to raise money for a family member affected by cancer, so they asked friends and family to sponsor them.
July 07, 2020 23:48 UTC
Photo: Getty ImagesThe libel case brought by Johnny Depp against a UK media outlet has a New Zealand born journalist at its centre. Depp is suing executive editor of the Sun Dan Wootton for a 2018 article which referred to the Hollywood actor as a "wife-beater". Johnny Depp, wearing a face mask, arrives at the High Court in London. The newspaper's lawyers plan to use Heard's allegations of abuse by Depp to defend the "wife beater" claim, AP reports. The Pirates of the Caribbean star strongly denies Heard's claims that he assaulted her during their tempestuous marriage.
July 07, 2020 23:48 UTC
Photo: Getty Images / FileA new study has revealed back seat drivers can be useful and even help people to drive more safely. In spite of the fact most drivers have complained about back seat drivers offering unwanted advice, a new study has found that sometimes it can be useful - but it often depends on whether that advice has been sought or not. Back seat drivers can even help prevent serious accidents says Samuel Charlton, who is a professor of psychology at Waikato University and a co-author of research for the Automobile Association. He told Morning Report there are some things that passengers can do which can help drivers, but the way that it is done is important. Just criticising the driver's driving is not very helpful, Charlton said.
July 07, 2020 23:15 UTC
US President Donald Trump. He continues to be protected from his own disasters in the White House," writes Mary Trump, the daughter of the president's eldest brother, Fred. Unlike any previous time in his life, Donald's failings cannot be hidden or ignored because they threaten us all," she adds. "That was much easier to pull off in the days before photo IDs and computerized records," Mary writes. The book is the first from a member of Trump's family, but several former senior members of Trump's inner circle have shared withering criticism of the president as he seeks reelection.
July 07, 2020 23:15 UTC
Major work and planning needs to take place to restore Lake Horowhenua to the healthy state it once was. One of New Zealand’s most polluted lakes is set to be exempt from new freshwater standards, with Environment Minister David Parker saying there is no feasible fix. Warwick Smith/Stuff Lake Horowhenua, pictured in December, is extremely polluted due to stormwater, wastewater and farm runoff. Kevin Stent/Stuff Environment Minister David Parker says “the best will in the world” will not get Lake Horowhenua to the freshwater standards being applied across the rest of the country. “This is not an overnight process.”Warwick Smith/Stuff The outlet of a sediment trap into Lake Horowhenua, pictured in December.
July 07, 2020 23:03 UTC
Adam Wilson with his Wallaby pies that he's offering for sale at The Barn in WaimateSignature dish the wallaby pie has returned to the menu in Waimate. “It’s something different, even if we only sell half a dozen a day it’s something to put Waimate on the map,” Andrew Bolton, co-owner of The Barn said. Stuff The pies are made of Waimate wallaby and plum sauce, the same recipe sold in the town 17 years ago. Seventeen years later, the pies are returning in Waimate, this time at The Barn which Bolton owns with five friends. John Bisset/Stuff The Barn are hoping to build up enough demand to have the wallaby meat processed in Waimate.
July 07, 2020 23:03 UTC
Scientists have unravelled the genetic make-up of one of New Zealand's most notorious killers - the stoat. But now that scientists know their DNA secrets of the stoat and the ship rat, they've got a powerful new codebook to use against them. While the ship rat's genome was first assembled five years ago by Dr Florian Pichlmuller, scientists now have a sharper picture thanks to fresh sequencing work by a joint Kiwi and Australian team. Photo: D Mudge / NZHAs with the ship rat's, the stoat genome was created using a trapped animal. Along with possums, rats and stoats are estimated to kill some 25 million native birds every year.
July 07, 2020 22:36 UTC
For America’s poor, the Covid-19 pandemic has delivered a swift and brutal reversal of fortune. Since Covid-19 struck, however, a host of economic statistics–and legions of pundits–have pointed to a resurgence in inequality. Yet if history is a guide, the pandemic could eventually render the distribution of income more egalitarian. Meanwhile, workers on the lower rungs of the income ladder have borne the brunt of job losses. Since antiquity, he argues, only four forces have ever managed to reduce inequality in a sustained way: war, revolution, state failure and pandemic.
July 07, 2020 22:30 UTC
Thunderstorms hit the state of Western Australia during last weekend, bringing stormy conditions to Coral Bay that continued until the morning of Monday, July 6. Footage recorded by local resident Prue Wheeler shows ominous clouds from a storm front as they move over a beach and bring rainfall to the area. Writing on Instagram, Wheeler said: “The sky has been putting on quite a show over the last 15 hours … starting with an incredible sunset last night, a full moon rising, a lightning storm, then this front.”The Bureau of Meteorology, Western Australia said about 40,000 lightning strikes were recorded in the state in one hour on Sunday, July 5. PRUE WHEELER VIA STORYFUL/AP The storm hits a beach in Western Australia. READ MORE:* Chance tropical cyclone expected to form off Australia could affect NZ next week* Fast winds high in atmosphere key to thousands of lightning strikes over North Island* Weak tropical cyclone to affect Queensland, possible minor impact for New Zealand- Storyful via AP
July 07, 2020 22:18 UTC
Corrections has found mistakes were made regarding the logging of community work hours following an investigation centred on an office in Manawatū. Stuff learned in 2019 of concerns regarding the logging of community work hours at the Community Corrections office in Feilding, near Palmerston North, but coronavirus delayed a later investigation. READ MORE:* Community work sentences can be cut due to Covid-19* All in a day's work: Making community work meaningful* Community service work crews have helped build school a new BMX track* Post prison employment programme celebrates its 1000th employee placementA Corrections source said the performance of probations officers was not directly measured on how quickly their offenders completed sentences. Email email@example.comA Corrections spokesman confirmed it had received a complaint involving the logging of community work hours at Feilding Community Corrections. “Where possible, community work is designed to replicate a standard work environment, with the intent of instilling good work ethic for those completing the sentence.”Stuff-co-nz Corrections logo.
July 07, 2020 22:07 UTC
MediaWorks boss Michael Anderson is set to leave the business. MediaWorks owns television and radio assets, including TV station Three and radio brands The Edge and The Rock. "Fast forward to now and we have welcomed QMS into our family and alongside our radio business, they have come together into one building that allows collaboration across our brands." His departure comes with the future of the company's TV arm still up in the air. MediaWorks needs to be a different shaped business to operate in a different world."
July 07, 2020 21:56 UTC