Another large quake has hit the country, this time near New Plymouth in the North Island. The 2.35pm quake struck just 10km deep, about 35km north of the city, GeoNet reports. New Plymouth-based New Zealand Herald reporter Jamie Morton described the quake as a short, sharp and violent shake. It comes after the region was rocked by a 4.7 magnitude earthquake at 10.56pm yesterday which was felt by more than 10,000 people. About 180 people reported feeling the earthquake on the website; 140 reported weak shaking and 41 reported light shaking.
May 31, 2020 02:37 UTC
(File photo)The Department of Conservation's (DOC) ambitious tahr control programme is set to resume in July. DOC tahr programme manager James Holborow said it hoped to get the new programme under way in July. "This aerial monitoring survey would have helped us to gain a better understanding of the wider tahr population. "Since July 2019, we have collectively reduced the Himalayan tahr population on public conservation land by 12,000. "We are continuing to engage and work with a range of stakeholders that make up the Himalayan Tahr Plan Implementation Liaison Group," he said.
May 31, 2020 01:55 UTC
Netball's quad-series, which involves the sport's powerhouses Australia, New Zealand and England and was scheduled for September has been cancelled because of the coronavirus outbreak, Netball Australia says. The September series, which also included South Africa, was to be held in Australia and New Zealand. West, however, added that after discussions with Netball New Zealand, both countries were still committed to holding their trans-Tasman Constellation Cup series later this year. The Constellation Cup would be played after both countries completed their own domestic championships. New Zealand upset Australia to win the netball World Cup in England last year.
May 31, 2020 01:52 UTC
Hell Pizza says it has raised its prices in response to "a range of pressures". Hell Pizza has added alcohol to its delivery menu. The Kiwi chain has teamed up with Best Wine Co to deliver beer and wine along with its food. STUFF Hell Pizza made a name for itself with its stunts, but for many they leave a bad taste. “As well as working with Auckland-based Best Wine Co. to deliver the beer and wine, we’re also supporting top-quality local beer and winemakers."
May 31, 2020 01:38 UTC
A Geraldine bakery and café has reopened following lockdown is hoping there will be enough business to survive Covid-19 with no international visitors. “We hope that will be our point of difference going forward,” Craigie said. Mytchall Bransgrove/Stuff The mural by globe-trotting artist Graham Hennessy outside the bakery and café. While contactless deliveries of bakery goods were deemed essential in level four, the shop did not reopen in any capacity until Saturday. Renovations to the floor and ceiling were in progress when the country shifted into alert level two on May 13.
May 31, 2020 01:30 UTC
A woollen teddy bear modelled on New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern has raised nearly $2000 for a children's charity. READ MORE:* Canterbury grandma's 'Jacinda bear' auction raising money for children's charity* The end of the Ashley and Jacinda coronavirus show: 1pm joint press briefings to cease* Thanks for the good times level 3. Heard had raised more than $2000 but has now more than doubled her donation thanks to the Jacinda bear and a second special Covid-19 themed creation. The new owners gifted Ashley bear to a cancer ward. Someone suggested Heard then try a Jacinda bear, and she was glad she did after it raised $1820 on Trade Me.
May 31, 2020 01:18 UTC
There are no new cases of Covid-19 today, the ninth straight day of no new cases. The latest Ministry of Health update, released this afternoon, also confirmed that there is still one active case in New Zealand. The total number of confirmed cases remains at 1154, and the combined total of confirmed and probable cases remains at 1504. The Ministry said that using the app will help to identify, trace, test and isolate any cases of Covid-19. Yesterday was the eighth straight day of no new cases, and there was only one remaining active case.
May 31, 2020 01:07 UTC
Firefighters were able to quickly bring a house fire under control in New Plymouth on Sunday. Matt Rilkoff/Stuff Black smoke from a house fire in New Plymouth on Sunday. Three Fire and Emergency New Zealand crews were quickly at the scene and were able to bring the fire under control. Glenn Jeffrey/Stuff Smoke from the fire was visible around the city. Just before 1pm there were still large quantities of smoke coming from the house.
May 31, 2020 00:56 UTC
Firefighters were able to quickly bring a house fire under control in New Plymouth on Sunday. A man who alerted his neighbours their house was on fire says he is just glad no one was hurt. About 12.30pm on Sunday, black smoke could be seen billowing across New Plymouth from the house fire on Blackmore St in the suburb of Lynmouth. Matt Rilkoff/Stuff Black smoke from the house fire in New Plymouth on Sunday. He said there were working smoke alarms at the property and it was a good reminder for people to check theirs.
May 31, 2020 00:47 UTC
Cracks have appeared in Storey Road, between Cambridge and Te Awamutu in the Waikato, as the peat underneath shrinks because of a lack of moisture. Bumps, cracks and ruts have started to appear on rural roads as a spin-off effect of the country's lingering drought conditions. Low moisture prompted by a dry summer and warm autumn has forced the peat soils underneath some of Waipā's roads to shrink, causing uneven surfaces on top. Waipā District Council has set up road speed reduction signs on the two roads and is asking motorists to be aware of the danger. Lawrence Gullery/Stuff Waipā District Council is reducing speed limits where cracks and ruts have appeared on its rural roads.
May 31, 2020 00:45 UTC
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May 31, 2020 00:22 UTC
Backpacker owners in the Nelson region are coming up with creative ways to stay in business as the international guest market has dried up due to Covid-19. (File photo)Backpacker hostels are being forced to change their business model or close, as guest numbers dive due to the coronavirus pandemic. supplied Dave Enting, 66, owner of The Palace backpacker in Nelson said his June numbers "looked like a disaster". Munro Hotel Group general manager, Garry Munro, said the group's guest numbers were "way lower" than last year. Most visitors at the group's Trailways Hotel in Nelson, The Hotel Nelson, and Delorenzo's apartments, were domestic rather than international, before Covid-19 hit.
May 31, 2020 00:22 UTC
Demonstrators in Buenos Aires take part in a protest against the coronavirus quarantine measures. Photo: GettyGlobal coronavirus cases have surpassed 6 million, according to a Reuters tally, as Latin America reports a grim milestone of 50,000 deaths from the disease. The first 41 cases of coronavirus were confirmed in Wuhan, China, on January 10 and it took the world until April 1 to reach its first million cases. Since then, about 1 million new cases are reported every two weeks, according to a Reuters tally. Despite the continued increase in cases, many countries are opening schools and workplaces following weeks of unprecedented lockdowns that have stemmed the spread of the disease - but also hammered economies and thrown millions out of work.
May 31, 2020 00:11 UTC
Shannon Day and Chenae Loveridge of Humdingers Cakes and Weirdoughs are grateful for the local support post-lockdown. Chenae Loveridge's Humdingers Cakes, and her new sandwich bar Weirdoughs, were almost back to pre-lockdown trading thanks to local support - much like other businesses around the mountain. (File photo)Jeremy Webling, who owns The Arizona burger bar and restaurant Fork n Knife, also appreciated the local support. (File photo)Local support has also been encouraged through the lockdown initiative Save Our Small (SOS) Business, with $102,000 coming into Taranaki via the vouchers. He wanted to help bring in money for small businesses when they had no other way to make it.
May 31, 2020 00:11 UTC
Five firefighting crews from Ashburton and Methven responded to a house fire in Tinwald on Sunday morning. (File photo)The residents of an Ashburton home managed to escape unscathed after a fire destroyed a part of their house. Fire and Emergency New Zealand spokesman Brent Dunn said five crews from Ashburton and Methven stations responded to the fire on Archibald St, in Tinwald, about 5.45am on Sunday. The kitchen and rear section of the single-storey house were well ablaze when firefighters arrived. Dunn said the occupants of the house were home when the fire started, but were able to get outside safely.
May 31, 2020 00:11 UTC