Photo: Getty ImagesPrime Minister Jacinda Ardern says the situation around George Floyd's death, who was killed by police in the United States, is "horrifying". Since the death of George Floyd the hashtag #ArmsDownNZ has trended on Twitter in New Zealand. Justice advocate Julia Whaipooti told Morning Report that the video showing what happened to Floyd resonated with many New Zealanders. However, Ardern told Morning Report the flouting of rules was not an argument to move away from them, rather health evidence and data. University of Otago epidemiologist Professor Michael Baker told Morning Report it was clear to see the 100-person limit was exceeded and there were issues with social distancing.
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Wet and wild weather for the first holiday weekend out of lockdown flooded roads and caused slips in the Coromandel. It meant some took hours-long detours and others stayed on for a night or two extra rather than brave the weather. We earned some money we really weren't anticipating, so that's all good.”Not far south at Hot Water Beach, Vivian Bongard said travellers made the most of the wet weather. Nothing dramatic here, other than a lot of rain.”She said some opted out of battling the rain on the roads. Rebekah Parsons-King/RNZ Wet and wild weather for the first holiday weekend out of lockdown.
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Amanda Lucas and Chris Tock at their new property in South Wairarapa. There has been a flood of interest in South Wairarapa properties, with many attracting offers from Wellington people who realise working from home is now an option. Property Brokers agent Benn Milne said lifestyle choice was the main factor driving Wellington interest and the pandemic had made the Wairarapa option more attractive than ever. Like many areas, the South Wairarapa's property market was extremely suppressed under Alert Level 4, with only three properties sold during April, compared to 20 last year. South Wairarapa Mayor Alex Beijen said the council was considering providing space for remote working in their towns.
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Councillor James Gough, seen during a meeting on the Christchurch City Council's draft annual plan, proposes an "evidence-based weighting system" to prioritise council projects. OPINION: If you were looking for inspiration from the Christchurch City Council’s revised draft annual plan (DAP), you’d have to conclude it’s a rather limp lettuce and a statement of defiance at the public clamour for a zero rates increase. Compare that to Waimakariri, which has slashed its annual rates rise from 4 per cent to just 1.5 per cent. READ MORE:* Water charges in pipeline to help plug Covid-19 hole in Christchurch budget* Zero rates plan scrapped as Christchurch council struggles with Covid-19 fallout* Christchurch rates: Just a little bit more? The council’s revised plan fundamentally fails to take the sting out of rates.
I enforce limits for device use at home but, after a family tragedy last year, my son's life seems to have become dominated by gaming. ANSWER: To see such a drastic change in your son's behaviour suggests he's suffering from a screen addiction. He needs professional help and, unfortunately, you are going to have to work hard to find a specialist to assist with gaming addiction in New Zealand. This is despite the fact that screen addiction is an ever-increasing problem here and ideally we need a residential programme in this country. Sergio Andre/Unsplash Symptoms of screen addiction can include, sleep deprivation, stealing, lying, truanting, lack of motivation, malnutrition, insomnia and depression/anxiety.
But it is also because, when electricity supplies are tighter, electricity prices increase. Droughts mean that sending water through the hydro dams is expensive; that same water could be saved to generate power tomorrow, when things could be even worse. When rainfall does not replace water stored in the lakes, power prices go up. The same water shortage affects power generation and residential water use. It would also provide incentives to build water storage facilities, filling them when water is cheap and selling the water when shortages make water more valuable.
Property listings site Realestate.co.nz has released data for May, showing average asking prices have reached a record level in seven regions of New Zealand. But Central Otago Lakes went against the trend, with a 13 per cent increase in properties for buyers to choose from. The region's average asking price dropped 15.8 per cent year-on-year to $972,073. Nationally, the average asking price was up 10.3 per cent in May compared to the year before. He said it made sense that asking prices would hold up given the resurgence of activity in May after a locked-down April.
Former Prime Minister Helen Clark. Photo: GettyFormer Prime Minister Helen Clark is encouraging Kiwis to vote "yes" in the looming referendum on legalising personal use of cannabis, as part of a new campaign aimed at the large chunk of voters who are undecided. The Drug Foundation is a charity that's mostly government funded. The Cannabis Legislation and Control Bill would make it legal to use or grow cannabis for recreational purposes. The Helen Clark Foundation, a policy think tank based at the Auckland University of Technology, has previously outlined the case for voting yes in the referendum, saying "the status quo is unacceptable".
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RealEstate.co.nz sales and marketing head Vanessa Taylor says it's important to look at the bigger picture when comparing annual property prices. Asking prices for Southland properties have risen, but it could be slim pickings with new listings down 9.5 per cent, RealEstate.co.nz data shows. The property trading site has released figures for May, showing that asking prices in Southland increased 10.5 percent compared to May 2019 to reach an average of $380,784. Nationally, average asking prices increased 10.3 percent from May 2019 to reach $724,058. “It is important to look at the big picture when comparing year-on-year prices,” Taylor said.
A new Catlins heritage track is set to receive a double boost, after recent strides were made in both its conservation status and funding prospects. Don SinclairThe Truby King Railway Bridge in Tahakopa will officially join the New Zealand Heritage List on June 12, following a three-year campaign by local historian Don Sinclair. Mr Sinclair said final funding for a 500m heritage track to the 97-year-old logging bridge fragment was also in prospect this week, which he hoped would allow the project to proceed almost immediately. "We’re awaiting a final decision on $11,000 of lottery funding any time now, which would bring the total kitty to about $30,000. Heritage NZ described the remaining fragment as a "testament to the tremendous scope" of Sir Truby’s activities in the Catlins.
The global pandemic has demonstrated how fragile our food systems have become. The fear being that NZ may find itself in a position of food insecurity — where our ability to produce enough good food, sustainably, fails. With that logic, it would seem timely to now invest in food education — because "food literacy" is the crucial ingredient in the fight for fairer food systems. - Central Otago-based Helen Darling has a PhD in public health and has been working in food systems for some time. She is co-founder of FoodTruths.org, a New Zealand based start-up that is reimagining food systems for the betterment of people and planet.
A fire ripped through a house in Queenstown yesterday, leaving all but the garage gutted. Seven crews from across the Lakes area responded to the emergency off Tucker Beach Rd. A Fenz firefighter checks on the remains of a house, off Tucker Beach Rd, in Queenstown, which was destroyed by fire on Monday morning. Helen Hay described how "flames engulfed the entire house" and said "it was frightening" how quickly the fire took hold. Fire and Emergency New Zealand communication shift manager Daniel Reilly said the first crews arrived within 10 minutes.
PHOTO: STEPHEN JAQUIERYBlack ice caused problems for motorists in the South but most of the more serious crashes during Queen’s Birthday weekend were further north. A motorcyclist suffered a broken leg when he came off his bike in Lindis Pass-Tarras Rd, between Cluden Creek Rd and Phillips Rd. "[The driver] hit some black ice, careered across the road and straight into the bank," Senior Constable Peter Scott, of Kurow, said. The first of Dunedin’s crashes yesterday involved a car hitting a barrier on the Southern Motorway about 6.15am. Two further crashes, one in Coast Rd near Warrington at 9am and another in Russell Rd at Seacliff at 9.30am, were also reported.
Puaka Matariki Festival co-ordinator Vicki Lenihan is looking forward to a slightly different event this year. PHOTO: CHRISTINE O’CONNORIt is hoped a temporary move online will encourage more people to get involved in this year’s Puaka Matariki Festival. The annual event will be held online this year to avoid the risk of spreading Covid-19. Festival co-ordinator Vicki Lenihan said the festival’s point was to share lessons learned from people’s ancestors, and moving the festival online was a way of putting that into practice. This year’s festival will run from Monday July 13 to Monday July 20.
The health system, much criticised before the management of Covid-19 suggested that it might not be as bad as is often made out to be, has been under comprehensive review for some months. The manifesto is a bold document, for patient, doctor and the health system alike, as it calls for nothing less than a transformation in how general practice works. The new system has flaws — most notably, doctors are still trying to work out how to make telehealth economically viable — but the GPs’ manifesto rejects any idea of going back to the way things were. They too sought the laudable aim of equity of access, but breaking down long-established barriers is easier said than done. More importantly for the hopes expressed in the GPs’ manifesto, the Simpson report — and the minster yet to finish his deliberations on its findings — will need to share their vision for the future.