US President Donald Trump has continued his streak of false claims - this time trying to take credit for one of New Zealand's achievements, which has angered Kiwis. We settled the Wild West, won two World Wars, landed American astronauts on the Moon - and one day soon, we will plant our flag on Mars!," he wrote. Trump also claimed that the US settled the Wild West, with the phrase sparking criticism for erasing history and Native Americans. Others were upset about Trump's claim that the US won both the World Wars. In World War 2 the US again tried to remain neutral but joined the war in its final years after the attack on Pearl Harbour.
July 07, 2020 05:26 UTC
The Covid-19 wage subsidy scheme should be kept available for businesses that can make a case for it, a business leader says. READ MORE:* Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern confirms wage subsidy to end in September* Covid-19: Understanding the extension of the Government's wage subsidy scheme* Coronavirus: Prime Minister does not appear keen to extend wage subsidy past September“The issue of business failure hasn’t been talked about enough. “It’s not as simple as saying businesses need the wage subsidy or businesses need an interest free loan,” she said. Ardern confirmed on Sunday the wage subsidy scheme, already extended to September, would not continue. “We've clearly signalled that a wage subsidy is not something that can continue on in the never-never,” she said.
July 07, 2020 05:26 UTC
Hundreds are expected to assemble at Lake Pukaki’s tahr statue on July 19 to form a convoy to Aoraki/Mt Cook. (File)New Zealand Deerstalkers Association chief executive Gwyn Thurlow predicted “hundreds, if not thousands” would get involved in the convoy. It has brought the hunting community together.’’A NZTF petition, urging DOC to halt the 2020-21 tahr cull and review the plan, has so far received more than 40,000 signatures. NZTF president Snow Hewetson said he supported the Tahr Jam event, and was not surprised about the opposition to DOC’s plans. However, Hewetson said there was no urgency for DOC’s cull to take place as the Department had been targeting nanny tahr.
July 07, 2020 05:26 UTC
The five London Plane trees on Tennyson Street in Leamington are among 98 protected trees in the Waipā district. It comes as the Waipā District Council seeks legal advice on whether it can set up agreements with individual property owners, so the owners can maintain the protected trees themselves. Tom Lee/Stuff Waipā Mayor Jim Mylchreest said looking after the trees was important but the council needed advice over whether it was liable for damage caused by protected trees. The council said the advice it has is that the legal liability for the protected trees is with the landowners. The committee will meet again soon to review the legal advice and other options around the maintenance of the protected trees.
July 07, 2020 05:03 UTC
The Electoral Commission thinks posters produced by two well-known New Zealand artists showing a painting of Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern over the word ‘Aroha’ are party advertisements for the Labour Party. The commission investigated the posters after a complaint from the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union and has advised artists Weston Frizzell – the collaborative identity of artists Otis Frizzell and Mike Weston – of its decision. “We explained that in our view, the Aroha posters are party advertisements for the Labour Party when they are displayed in a commercial space, such as a billboard,” the commission spokesperson said. In the absence of that, the Aroha message is broad and general,” the commission's letter to Weston Frizzell said. Weston Frizzell was asked to respond by Friday evening.
July 07, 2020 05:02 UTC
America's Cup defenders in successful start to new training block on AC75. The possibility has been raised of more than one “whistleblower” providing information from inside Team New Zealand’s event arm ACE. A lawyer for America’s Cup Event Limited (ACE) told the High Court in Auckland that the identity of one whistleblower is not known, and may not be the contractor Mayo and Calder. READ MORE:* America's Cup allegations: Reserved decision in team secrets case* America's Cup: NZ's past hosting success should not be forgotten amid latest inquiry* America's Cup allegations: High Court to consider release of sensitive report“We don’t know who that original whistleblower is – the ministry (MBIE) has not said, but they may be the same,” said Salmon. Lawrence Smith/Stuff Team New Zealand chief executive Grant Dalton with the America's Cup in Queen Street during the 2017 victory parade celebrating their win in Bermuda.
July 07, 2020 04:38 UTC
I worked in the restaurant industry for many years in New Zealand and chose to do the same when I first arrived in the UK. Our China Southern return flights to the UK were cancelled, so we had to pay for new flights (about $2,000!). I dialled 111 (UK 111 is a health line) and they told me to stay at home and self-isolate for 14 days. It most likely wasn't Covid-19, but I still couldn't return to work until the end of the two-week period. When it came time to return, my office decided to close all of its branches and we were told to work from home.
July 07, 2020 04:36 UTC
A public meeting will spell out the improvements to sealing a 12km section of the Forgotten World Highway. Planned sealing improvements on the Forgotten World Highway will be given a public airing at a meeting in Whangamomona next week. Sealing the first 2km will start next spring, funded by the Provincial Growth Fund, with the remaining 10km starting in 2021. More preparation work will get underway soon on wayfinding, passing areas, safety improvements, Moki Tunnel, and replacement of the Kahouri Stream bridge and culverts. READ MORE:* Forgotten World Highway a squeeze for tourist vans and trucks* Business report recommends $19.5m improvements for SH43NZTA plans to spend a total of $23m on the road in the coming years to attract tourism and make the route safer, regional relationship director Emma Speight said.
July 07, 2020 04:30 UTC
Thousands of migrant workers, who are now unemployed in Queenstown, want the chance to work and rebuild their lives. However, the move will also reduce the duration of all new low-skilled essential skills visas from 12 to six months, for the next 18 months, and will apply to all new lower-skilled essential skills work visa applications. The immediate visa changes include a six-month extension to employer-assisted temporary work visas due to expire by the end of 2020 and will affect the16,500 Essential Skills and Work to Residence visa holders. * Migrant work visa changes 'step in right direction' but MP says not enough detail* Migrant work visa changes to help regions struggling to fill jobsRNZ The dairy industry has been hard hit by the difficulties arising from keeping trained migrant workers. “With more New Zealanders looking for work, some employers will need to adjust to a new situation.
July 07, 2020 04:03 UTC
Many temporary work visa holders in Marlborough were essential wine industry workers during lockdown. Temporary work visa holders caught out by Covid-19 are being offered free immigration advice in Blenheim this week. Straight Up NZ Immigration director Megan Rosene said the businesses had teamed up to give back to Marlborough’s hardworking community of temporary visa holders. Many temporary visa holders were not a position to go home, with flights still not available to regions such as South America. The service was exclusively for temporary visa holders in Marlborough with expired visas who would not qualify for the September 25 extension.
July 07, 2020 03:56 UTC
National Party leader Todd Muller has refused to comment on an incident involving fellow MP Michael Woodhouse and a photo of a toilet seat with Dunedin MP Clare Curran's face on it. Muller was in Dunedin today on his first visit as leader. They included one showing Dunedin-based Mr Woodhouse posing with a blue toilet seat with her face emblazoned on it - a photograph she said traumatised her. ‘‘My focus is on pulling together an economic recovery plan for this country and so is New Zealand’s focus,’’ Mr Muller said. Opposition leader Todd Muller speaks to media at a visit to AD Instruments in Dunedin today.
July 07, 2020 03:45 UTC
Some households in Blenheim have received handwritten flyers of a “derogatory nature” about a fast-food worker. A smear campaign against a fast-food worker in Blenheim is being investigated by police. Flyers of a “derogatory nature” have been left in letter boxes around Blenheim, claiming a restaurant worker has been spitting in customers’ food. “The content of the handwritten flyers was of a derogatory nature, and we believe they were distributed to several mailboxes throughout the Blenheim region,” Lindsay said. Police said the flyers were delivered around Blenheim overnight on Friday, June 26, and the Ministry for Primary Industries was aware of the situation.
July 07, 2020 03:33 UTC
Photo: RNZThe Government is extending temporary work visas by six months, Immigration Minister Iain Lees-Galloway has announced. Under the short-term changes, temporary work visas due to expire by the end of 2020 will be extended by six months, and the 12-month stand down period for migrant workers who were going to have to leave this year will be shifted by six months to February 2021. It was introduced in 2017 and meant that lower-paid workers on temporary work visas had to leave New Zealand for 12 months after holding a work visa for three consecutive years before they could apply for another lower-skilled visa. "New low-skilled work visas will only be granted for six instead of 12 months as our priority is to preserve and prioritise future job opportunities for New Zealanders and give the system more flexibility to respond to labour market developments." Further work would continue on changes to defining lower-skilled/lower-paid employment and a new process for employer-assisted work visas, he said.
July 07, 2020 03:33 UTC
Amanda's Bridal and Fashion owner Mandy Tangney is swapping more than 100 gowns for food to give to Waimate's food bank. A Waimate bridal shop owner is swapping gowns for food in an effort to spin her hard-hit trade over lockdown into a positive for her community. Mandy Tangney, of Amanda’s Bridal and Fashion, is exchanging more than 100 of the dresses she failed to shift after Covid-19 halted the wedding season for non-perishable food, which she will pass on to Waimate’s food bank. “People are going through pretty tough times, so I’m just giving back to my community. “This is about making sure other people are taken care of.”John Bisset/Stuff Tangney will be trading the gowns at the St John Rooms on Shearman St on Saturday.
July 07, 2020 03:11 UTC
King Country farmer Dani Darke is offering companies the opportunity to plant native trees on her farm to help with their carbon credits. One farmer’s novel pitch to big firms to use her land for carbon offset tree planting is being touted as a win-win for both the business and agricultural sectors. The idea has been sparked by King Country farmer Dani Darke who posted a proposal on social media to offer up 10 hectares of her own land to plant native trees. She pitched the idea to Air New Zealand, Genesis Energy, Contact Energy, Z Energy, and anyone else who wanted to participate. SUPPLIED King Country farmer Dani Darke is offering companies the opportunity to plant native trees on her farm to help with their carbon credits.
July 07, 2020 03:11 UTC