OPINION: This isn’t an original scenario; a smart friend outlined it on the phone a couple of weeks ago. The question of asking them to pay towards their obligatory 14 days in managed isolation was starting to be discussed. RNZ An epidemiologist wants those returning to this country to be confined to their rooms during Covid-19 quarantine. In short, I think it explains a generally hostile stance in some quarters to returning Kiwis having their fortnight in managed isolation paid for. That would save thousands”; “Let’s ping these returning Kiwis at the border”.
July 10, 2020 06:11 UTC
The Naumi Hotel, where a man in managed isolation allegedly threatened staff. A man in managed isolation has been arrested and charged with allegedly verbally abusing staff at a south Auckland hotel. A 32-year-old man, who has tested positive for Covid-19, will be charged with absconding from Stamford Plaza isolation facility in Auckland to go to a Countdown supermarket on Monday. A woman who allegedly absconded from managed isolation Auckland's Pullman Hotel has been charged for breaching isolation on Sunday. She is expected to appear at the Auckland District Court once she has completed her managed isolation obligations, facing a charge of breaching the Covid-19 Public Health Response Act.
July 10, 2020 05:49 UTC
No-one was hurt in two incidents involving cars south of central Dunedin about 5pm today, emergency services said. A car went on fire in southern Kaikorai Valley Rd, near Burnside, about 5pm, and firefighters extinguished the fire, police helping with traffic control in the area, near Ensor St.Another car broke down in the southbound lane of the Southern Motorway at Fairfield, shortly before 5pm and onlookers reported smoke coming from the vehicle, a police spokeswoman said. Occupants of the car were unhurt, she said. Further details were not immediately available.
July 10, 2020 05:48 UTC
Himalayan tahr are known to have major impacts on conservation land. (File)A High Court decision ordering the Department of Conservation to reconsider its controversial tahr cull programme has been met with support from the organisation that requested its review. The Department of Conservation has been told it must reconsider its tahr culling programme for the next season, in a decision released on Friday. On Wednesday, the High Court in Wellington heard the New Zealand Tahr Foundation’s request for a judicial review of the DOC’s tahr cull programme which it said was “indiscriminate”, and that there had been a lack of consultation. New Zealand Tahr Foundation spokesman Willie Duley praised the decision, saying the foundation had “won the battle, but not the war”.
July 10, 2020 05:40 UTC
Victoria has recorded 288 new coronavirus cases, the biggest daily increase of any state since the pandemic began. Previously, the highest daily state total in Australia was 212 cases recorded in New South Wales on March 27. He said the number of new cases proved the need for parts of the state to re-enter lockdown. They include 16 people at a Dandenong birthday party, who were fined a total of $26,000. "That is a heck of a birthday party to recall."
July 10, 2020 05:15 UTC
Animal rights group Safe wants Share Farmer of the Year Nick Bertram stripped of his title over a series of tweets from 2017. Tararua dairy farmer Nick Bertram says he is a victim of “cancel culture” after being stripped of his Share Farmer of the Year title over a series of offensive tweets. Bertram and his wife, Rose, took out the top prize at the Dairy Industry Awards on Saturday. On Friday evening the New Zealand Dairy Industry Awards Trust announced it had decided to remove the Share Farmer of the Year title from the Bertrams. supplied Share Farmer of the Year Nick Bertram has been stripped of his award.
July 10, 2020 05:11 UTC
Bankruptcy proceedings for Mainzeal director Richard Yan have been halted. READ MORE:* Mainzeal director defending bankruptcy says he can't secure $18m payment* Yan fails to block bankruptcy bid over Mainzeal damages* Dame Shipley and Mainzeal directors fail to overturn $36m penaltiesThe insurer of Shipley, Gomm and Tilby had secured $18m, but Yan resisted putting up security for his $18m share. The key issue was whether the bankruptcy proceedings should be halted ahead of the appeal, and whether Yan should have to provide more security “than the relatively minimal amount he has offered thus far”. Any bankruptcy order made now was likely to be annulled if Yan’s appeal succeeded, and evidence had indicated that Chinese courts would not recognise or enforce a New Zealand bankruptcy order. Judge Andrew did not order Yan to provide any extra security, although “he had “provided very little information as to his current remuneration.
July 10, 2020 05:07 UTC
A man has been arrested at an Auckland Covid-19 isolation hotel after allegedly becoming abusive at staff. Auckland Police Superintendent Steve Kehoe said on Monday night a 21-year-old man who was in managed isolation at a hotel in Māngere was arrested after he allegedly became abusive to staff. The Ministry of Health confirmed to the New Zealand Herald it was at Naumi Hotel, Auckland Airport. The liquor store is roughly a nine-minute walk from the hotel. On Saturday, a woman jumped two fences at the Pullman Hotel in Auckland shortly before 6.20pm but was soon found a couple of blocks away on Anzac Ave.She is due to appear in the Auckland District Court on Monday.
July 10, 2020 04:52 UTC
A man charged with murdering a gang member who was fatally shot in Auckland can now be named. Clifford Umuhuri, 47, of Whakatāne, died on a central Auckland street after a mad dash to hospital following a shooting in another part of the city, on June 1. He was arrested and charged with Umuhuri’s murder on June 18 and denied the killing at the High Court in Auckland on July 8. READ MORE:* St Johns homicide: Not guilty plea to murdering Clifford Umuhuri* Auckland shooting: Clifford Umuhuri's alleged killer in courtGEORGE BLOCK/STUFF CCTV footage of the minutes before a body was found in downtown Auckland, after a shooting across town. The man previously denied the aggravated robbery charge and his lawyer indicated he would also deny murder.
July 10, 2020 04:52 UTC
PHOTO: ODT FILESThe Government and Rio Tinto are being urged to explore all avenues to keep the Tiwai Point Aluminium Smelter open "before irretrievable steps are taken". Southland Mayoral Forum chairman Gore District Mayor Tracy Hicks made the statement following yesterday’s announcement the mining giant would close the smelter next year. Rio Tinto said plans to wind-down the smelter were a result of it no longer being considered viable, due to its high energy costs and a challenging outlook for the aluminium industry. However, the mayoral forum would work with regional economic development agency, Great South to explore ways to "enhance partnerships" with Government to ensure Southland "is a vibrant, welcoming place". The mayoral forum wanted a direct connection to any discussions had between Government and Rio Tinto, he said.
July 10, 2020 04:30 UTC
On Friday New Zealand Army Staff Sergeant Jeremy Boyd was presented with a Chief of Defence Force Commendation by Chief of Defence Force Air Marshal Kevin Short at a ceremony in Wellington. Timaru man Jeremy Boyd has been recognised by the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) for his work as a medic in Iraq in 2018. On Friday Staff Sergeant Boyd, who decided he wanted to join the Army as a little boy in Timaru, was presented with a Chief of Defence Force Commendation by Chief of Defence Force Air Marshal Kevin Short, at a ceremony in Wellington. “Staff Sergeant Boyd brought great credit on himself and enhanced the reputation of the New Zealand Defence Force.”Staff Sergeant Boyd, based at Linton Military Camp as a senior instructor in the Defence Health Organisation, said he was humbled to receive the award. Staff Sergeant Boyd joined the New Zealand Army as a medic in 1999.
July 10, 2020 04:30 UTC
China's embassy in Kazakhstan has warned its citizens to take precautions against an outbreak of pneumonia in the country that it says is more lethal than COVID-19. Pneumonia in Kazakhstan had killed 1772 people in the first half of the year, with 628 deaths in June alone, including Chinese citizens, the embassy said. "The mortality rate of the disease is much higher than that of pneumonia caused by the novel coronavirus," it said. The embassy said Kazakhstan's health ministry and other health institutions were now carrying out a "comparative study", but no conclusions had yet been made. According to a Tuesday report by Kazinform, the state news agency of Kazakhstan, the number of pneumonia cases "increased 2.2 times in June as compared to the same period of 2019".
July 10, 2020 04:18 UTC
Martin McVicar appearing via audio visual link at the Hamilton District Court after allegedly leaving isolation from a Hamilton hotel. Photo: New Zealand Herald / Christine CornegeA Queenstown man who allegedly escaped from hotel quarantine in Hamilton has been remanded in custody. The man was arrested after he allegedly cut through a fence to break out of a managed isolation facility in Hamilton. The 52-year-old man was arrested after allegedly breaking out of a managed isolation facility in Hamilton. Air Commodore Darren Webb confirmed they had spoken to a liquor store on Te Rapa Road and it had cleaned its premises as a result of the inquiries.
July 10, 2020 03:45 UTC
Genevieve Westcott has been hailed a trailblazer in journalism in New Zealand. Photo: NZH fileOne of the country's most well-known faces on television current affairs and considered a trailblazer in journalism has died. Genevieve Westcott, former journalist and television presenter, was hugely popular and a well-known face on New Zealand screens in the 1980s and 1990s. During a career that spanned more than 20 years, Westcott won several accolades and awards for journalistic excellence; including for Best Television Current Affairs and Best Television Investigative Reporting. "She was a trailblazer in journalism and for women in journalism.
July 10, 2020 03:33 UTC
Genevieve Westcott, an award-winning and “gutsy” journalist, has died aged 65. During her reporting career, Westcott worked for TV3’s 60 Minutes, 20/20 and A Current Affair programmes. Newshub said she was remembered as a “gutsy” journalist, the “queen of the door knock" and a pioneering broadcaster. Former 60 Minutes reporter Paula Penfold, now with Stuff Circuit, said Westcott’s style left a lasting impact for New Zealand journalism. “What I admired about her was she brought a whole new style to New Zealand journalism,” Penfold said.
July 10, 2020 03:33 UTC