In the opening round of the Mitre 10 Cup, Wellington came out on top 34-16 after it led 17-6 at the break. Otago will be kicking itself for its start when Wellington left winger Wes Goosen scored two tries in the opening seven minutes. Otago coach Ben Herring said the team was disappointed with the start, which cost it the game. Herring said Wellington showed what to do when opportunities came along and Otago had to be sharper in this area. Goosen’s tries came from Wellington getting the ball wide and Otago ran out of defenders.
Southland rugby’s lack of size at the under-19 level was again exposed on Saturday in a 46-7 loss to Tasman in a game played in Christchurch. Since New Zealand Rugby introduced its national under-19 competition Southland has worked hard, but has found it difficult to match more powerful and athletic teams. Southland trailed 24-nil at halftime against Tasman before letting in a further 22 second-half points.Southland coach Daryl Thompson described it as another "David and Goliath" battle for his team. The assignment gets even tougher for Southland as it eyes another trip to Christchurch this Saturday to take on another powerhouse team in Canterbury. To put the challenge Southland has into perspective, Canterbury beat Tasman 95-nil in a preseason fixture.
All Black first five-eighth Beauden Barrett runs past Wallaby fullback Israel Folau during the Bledisloe Cup test in Sydney on Saturday night. Photo: Getty ImagesThe All Blacks were determined to draw a "line in the sand" against the Wallabies in the Rugby Championship opener after being impressed by their forwards during the June series against Ireland, captain Kieran Read said. The All Black pack was decisive in the 38-13 rout at Sydney’s Olympic stadium on Saturday night, dominating the set pieces and winning a slew of line-outs from the Wallabies’ throw. "We put a lot of emphasis on [set piece]," Read, who made a strong return after a long lay-off from back surgery, said. "We wanted to attack the set piece because that’s where the game’s won and lost," he said.
Dr Jason Archer, from AbacusBio, and Dr Steve Miller from the American Angus Association at an Angus cattle stud in Kansas. Photo: SuppliedDunedin-based agribusiness consulting company AbacusBio is rebuilding the selection indexes for the American Angus Association, the world’s largest beef cattle society. AbacusBio partner Jason Archer, who has specialised in beef cattle throughout his career, was thrilled the company was chosen for the work. The American Association wanted to upgrade its index, which had been created in 2004. Dr Archer was contacted by Canadian-born Dr Steve Miller, with whom he had done some work previously.
A multimillion-dollar floating hotel has been proposed for Oamaru Harbour. If an application for a resource consent for a floating hotel in Oamaru Harbour is lodged with the Waitaki District Council, an independent commissioner will be appointed to consider the application, council chief executive Fergus Power says. But he added the council ought to be using independent commissioners regularly for harbour matters. "In respect of harbour matters, I believe the council owns a lot of land and I believe independent commissioners are the way to go," he said. "So, I’m freely taking the position I’m obviously not going to be on any hearings panel to do with the hotel.
University of Otago physiotherapy graduate Dr Ricky Bell. Photo: SuppliedUniversity of Otago graduate Dr Ricky Bell says "you don’t have to be Einstein" to realise that current approaches to countering obesity are "simply not working" in this country. Dr Bell, who has lived in or near Kaitaia, Northland, over the past 10 years, said his whanau (tribal family) was proud he had completed the PhD. His research had identified the limitations of the traditional "biomedical model" of obesity, and "the poor efficacy of this mechanistic public health approach for Maori with obesity". And the collaborative research platform had helped identify some of the potential "drivers for obesity in their communities", he said.
Photo: Getty ImagesThe weaker New Zealand dollar is boosting New Zealand commodity prices in local terms, ASB senior rural economist Nathan Penny says. "For us, the fall in the dollar means we can now reconfirm our 2018-19 milk price forecast at $6.50 a kg/ms." However, it was anticipated the weaker New Zealand dollar was enough to offset the fall in dairy auction prices. BNZ senior economist Doug Steel said New Zealand exports were "firmly higher" than a year ago through a mixture of volume expansion and higher prices. Higher prices had been the main driver as lamb production remained generally restrained.
Otago under-19 made too many mistakes to scuttle a juggernaut like Canterbury. His side rallied in the second half and showed some potential out wide when it got good ball. "We came back strong in the second half but they are a pretty slick outfit." • In the co-educational southern regional top-four playoffs, St Kevin’s College beat South Otago High School 21-20, while Gore High School was too strong for St Peter’s College. The winner of that match will host the South Island final, against Rangiora High School, the following weekend.
Abi Huddleston watches as her 10-month-old dog, Mae, demonstrates her ability to bark during the Chatto Creek Bark Up on Friday night. Photos: Alexia JohnstonMasters and their pooches flocked to Chatto Creek on Friday night in a bid to claim the title of top dog. About 18 men and women took part in the 31st annual Chatto Creek Bark Up at the Chatto Creek Tavern, including defending champion, Logan Sinclair, of Mt Ida Station. If a dog did not bark, its owner had to get on the table and drink from a dog bowl. Chatto Creek publican Lesley Middlemass said the annual event was a highlight on the pub’s calendar, which she always looked forward to.
The Stampede will have to work hard to retain the title it has held for the past three years. Stampede veteran Matthew Schneider opened the scoring on Saturday when he snapped in a goal midway through the first period. Max Macharg put the Stampede further ahead early in the second period when he beat the keeper in a one-on-one. The equaliser came three minutes from the end, forcing the game into overtime.The final goal completed a mighty comeback for the Admirals. They have never won the tournament, while the Stampede is chasing its sixth title and fourth in a row.
Foreign ownership of New Zealand homes has been a flashpoint for many people as they watch house prices soar in Auckland and Queenstown. But it is the perceived foreign ownership of houses which has been the touchstone for parties making up the coalition Government — Labour, New Zealand First and the Greens. Each of the parties has, over the years, vehemently opposed foreign ownership in one form or another. Taking away foreign investment in one area, such as buying existing homes, seems likely to discourage foreign investors in building new dwellings. The select committee process heard from developers claiming they could not proceed with their projects because foreign investment had dried up.
Peek inside The Block NZ judge Jason Bonham's bachelor padInterior designer and The Block NZ judge Jason Bonham’s home is a reflection of his sociable, generous lifestyle. Every client that interior designer and The Block NZ judge Jason Bonham works with "takes a little piece of his soul" and he's OK with that. JANE USSHER Jason stands on his deck and looks out across Cox’s Bay Reserve: “The view is incredibly calming and restful. Just like on The Block NZ, there were budget blow-outs and dramas, notably the installation of the floor. - Jason Bonham- NZ House & Garden
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Crazy Rich Asians is not us, say SingaporeansHailed as a watershed moment for Asian American representation in Hollywood, the new romantic comedy Crazy Rich Asians has been given a less enthusiastic reception in Singapore, the setting of the colourful tale of glamour and excess. Crazy Rich Asians opens in New Zealand cinemas on August 30. READ MORE:* Coldplay didn't want 'Yellow' to feature in 'Crazy Rich Asians'* An insider's guide to Crazy Rich Asians* Major Hollywood feature film searches for Kiwi actorsThe organisers said that the lettering had melted in the "extreme heat." AP Stars of Crazy Rich Asians at their film premiere. "I did yearn to see more minority Singaporeans in the film and Singapore's multicultural diversity to be celebrated, especially given that [Crazy Rich Asians] was marketed as a win for representation."
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This home's owners never want to leaveCOLLEEN O'HANLONTo step inside this house is something of an experience; it's not what you'd expect from its sleek exterior and rural Wairarapa setting. READ MORE:* An amazing 1970s-inspired reno* Tiny house, tiny budget* At home with Ethically KateThe structure is a little unexpected too. A Corten steel wall above the fireplace was rusted by throwing the steel into the garden for a few months. The couple commute daily to their jobs in Wellington, although Gaylene is sometimes able to work from home. "The plan is to leave this house as little as possible," says Gaylene.
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Alison Storey: Be master of your own fitness journeySTUFF National athletics champion Melissa Moon. Personal trainer Alison Storey's weekly column, Storey on Sport, answers your questions on fitness and wellbeing. Q: I'm training for a Masters sports event and it will be in quite hot conditions. -Waikato's Alison Storey is a personal trainer who has represented New Zealand in beach volleyball, rowing and rhythmic gymnastics. She has been awarded New Zealand Personal Trainer of the Year twice and runs Storey Sport, a mobile personal and sports training business which provides a range of services that optimise the fitness and wellbeing of its clients.
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