New Zealand icon Ross Taylor, who retired from international cricket earlier this year, released his autobiography on Thursday. In the book, titled "Black & White", Taylor opened up about instances of racism that he faced through his playing career. He spoke about how it would crop up in dressing room banter and in comments from some staff members and officials. For much of my career I've been an anomaly, a brown face in a vanilla line-up," Stuff.co.nz quoted him as writing in his book. "That has its challenges, many of which aren't readily apparent to your teammates or the cricketing public," Taylor wrote.
August 11, 2022 07:18 UTC
Video / NZ HeraldThere are 4818 new cases of Covid-19 today and a further 24 Covid-related deaths have been reported by health officials. In the past seven days there have been an average of 12 deaths confirmed each day as being attributable to Covid-19. The weekly average of Covid-19 hospitalisations today is 617; this time last week it was 748. The seven-day rolling average of cases today is 4750, last Thursday it was 6142. The variant's second wave continues to recede with community cases, hospitalisations and deaths all falling.
August 11, 2022 07:14 UTC
Rodin Cars, a performance carmaker based in the South Island, has detailed the mighty FZero hypercar. Power will come from a bespoke twin-turbo 4.0-litre V10 engine, along with a crankshaft-mounted electric motor, paired with an eight-speed semi-automatic transmission. Supplied The bespoke V10 revs to 10,000rpm and, combined with an electric motor, produces 865kW. SUPPLIED The Rodin FZED has been developed and built in New Zealand and offers owners an F1-style experience for much less money. Of course, the FZero won’t be the first high-performance car to be concieved in New Zealand.
August 11, 2022 05:31 UTC
Sam Uffindell isn’t being taken out by the Left, he is being sacrificed by the Right. Christopher Luxon and Nicola Willis want the MP for Tauranga gone much, much more than any fanciful confection of hysterical Woke Warriors. You are quite correct, however, Martyn, in urging the Left to keep its focus on the manifold injustices afflicting the weak and vulnerable members of New Zealand society. You are right, too, in pointing out that turning a single, flawed, individual into a scapegoat is an infantile response – morally and politically. Sam Uffindell’s “crime” was that he failed to inform the voters of Tauranga that he had once been cruel.
August 11, 2022 05:31 UTC
Recently retired Test batter and former captain Ross Taylor says in an autobiography released on Thursday (August 11) said that he experienced racism during his 16-year career in New Zealand cricket. Taylor, who is of Samoan heritage, describes racist locker room "banter" and casually racist comments from some New Zealand team officials. “Cricket in New Zealand is a pretty white sport,” Taylor writes in his book, entitled ‘Black & White’. “In all probability a (white New Zealander) listening to those sorts of comments would think Oh, that's okay, it’s just a bit of banter’,” Taylor said. Taylor said former coach Mike Hesson, who guided the New Zealand men’s team for six years from 2012, once told him my cleaner’s Samoan.
August 11, 2022 05:06 UTC
Photo: ODT filesQueenstown Airport turned into a pseudo backpackers last Friday, after Air New Zealand cancelled its last flight of the day. Queenstown Airport chief executive Glen Sowry said, ordinarily, those flights could be turned around to depart within an hour. Air NZ staff then scrambled to find accommodation for the passengers, but given the late hour, and capacity issues in the resort, could not. When she finally got to the front of the line, she apologised to Air NZ staff who, she said, were doing a "great job". The Air NZ spokeswoman said that was not unusual, given the "range of options for customers to choose from".
August 11, 2022 04:34 UTC
So, now we know for sure. The “protesters” who defiled the grounds of parliament and who (according to their own account) intended to create in three of our major cities “maximum disruption and inconvenience” to other citizens, are not interested in democracy – indeed, quite the contrary. Their objective, quite ...
August 11, 2022 04:26 UTC
Photo / ODTA man who murdered a Dunedin woman while her toddler was next door has been refused parole, although the reasons remain slightly hazy. Gareth Lawrence Smither (50) has been behind bars since he killed Karen Jacobs in 1997. As a result, Smither had been transferred to Waikeria Prison in Waikato but board chairman Sir Ron Young was still not convinced by the release plan. Smither had been assessed as presenting an above-average risk of sexual reoffending and a low-average risk of violence. Sir Ron requested a new forensic report ahead of the next parole hearing in December.
August 10, 2022 23:40 UTC
The National Party even shared it. On July 8, the National Party released a statement. The National Party statement was based on a poll from MYOB, an Australian business services company, released on the same day. 'Makings of a real crisis': More than 1 million Kiwis actively considering leaving NZ, data shows https://t.co/H3Kcbwn6nJ — Newshub (@NewshubNZ) July 7, 2022It was also shared by the National Party with the headline “ONE MILLION KIWIS SET TO LEAVE”. (As an aside, another entirely unrelated poll from November 2020 suggested that a million overseas New Zealanders were considering coming home.)
August 10, 2022 22:48 UTC
A travel blogger has documented on social media her disappointment at the vegan meal options, or rather lack of any, on a recent Air Canada flight. She filmed the "meals" offered to her on the trip (language warning on video) - a bottle of water, and, well that's about it. "POV: You are on an Air Canada flight for over 10 hours and order vegan meals," the video begins. Her first "meal" is a bottle of water, the second shows a napkin with nothing on it. Advertisement"Oh I flew business class for 14 hrs and they forgot to serve me breakfast and they had the worst flight attendant in business," was one comment.
August 10, 2022 22:31 UTC
Triggering the sudden mood change was an unexpected easing in the American CPI inflation rate. Analysts had expected the American headline inflation rate to ease from 9.7% in June to 8.7% in July. So their 'core' inflation rate (headline, less food and energy) is unchanged at 5.9% year-on-year. China's annual inflation rate rose to 2.7% in July from 2.5% in June, but this was below market forecasts of 2.9% for July. Germany confirmed its July CPI inflation rate and it held at 7.5%, 8.5% on an EU harmonised basis.
August 10, 2022 22:00 UTC
Photo: RNZTelecommunications company Spark has been warned by the Commerce Commission after some customers were charged for a service they did not need. Spark has refunded around $15 million to nearly 113,000 customers after they were charged for a wire maintenance service between 2014 and early 2021. Spark also made misleading representations through invoicing customers for the service, which had no use or benefit, she said. The Commission said for affected customers who were still Spark customers, refunds were applied as credit to their accounts. Customers no longer with the provider could have the refunds sent to a nominated bank account, donated or transferred to another customer's Spark account.
August 10, 2022 21:40 UTC
In a new study, researchers from the University of Konstanz in Germany discovered that spiders, specifically the jumping spider species Evarcha arcuata, experience moments of rapidly shifting eye movement while they sleep—a sign that indicates they may be dreaming. These twitches are similar to that of other animals who experience REM sleep, the phase in slumber in which dreaming occurs. To find more concrete proof of a dream state, the ecologists will continue to observe spiders, experimenting with rousing spiders from slumber to ascertain how much they depend on sleep or if they are just resting their eyes. While the research is still ongoing, the study has raised interesting questions about sleep’s purpose and evolution, reflecting how humans and animals may be more alike than previously thought. Read more about it at The Wall Street Journal.
August 10, 2022 21:02 UTC
A man allegedly used fake documents to secure a job as a doctor at one of the country’s busiest hospitals where he saw dozens of patients. Stuff understands the man worked in the respiratory department at Middlemore Hospital in south Auckland for several months, before it was recently discovered he was not in fact a registered doctor. Te Whatu Ora Counties Manukau has confirmed it filed a complaint to police who are understood to be investigating. A spokesman for the organisation says the man was employed in February “on the basis of documentation that was not authentic”. He worked in a “clinical research position”, was no longer employed by Te Whatu Ora Counties Manukau and a complaint has been made to the police, the spokesman says.
August 10, 2022 19:30 UTC
I believe that National will seize upon this moment and force Sam to resign so that they can virtue signal their own right wing values of zero crime tolerance. I don’t like lynch mobs of any type and Trial by Twitter is the ugliest mob of them all. Luxon will tell media in Te Puke that Sam Uffindell is leaving for Hawaii. The woke feel morally superior, National get to virtue signal their own hard line and then use that to justify the even harder solutions they are pushing. If we’ve finished destroying Sam Uffindell, can we do ASB next?
August 10, 2022 19:30 UTC