The bodies of the two people killed in yesterday's glider crash at Mt Tauhara near Taupō have been recovered. Photo: NZ Herald fileThe bodies of the two people killed in yesterday's glider crash at Mt Tauhara near Taupō have been recovered. Specialist teams were helicoptered in today to recover the bodies after the deceased and the glider remained in place overnight. The Tauhara Mountain Trust placed a rahui on the mountain for five days out of respect for the families, it said. "This is effective immediately and the trust asks that the public and whānau respect the rāhui," a statement said.
June 01, 2020 08:26 UTC
A massive crowd turned out in the pouring rain for the Black Lives Matter March for Solidarity protest held in the Cathedral Square, Christchurch. Act Party leader David Seymour has called on the Government to move to alert level 1 immediately after the Black Lives Matter protests made "a mockery" of Covid-19 distancing restrictions. On Monday, thousands of Kiwis around the country marched in solidarity with Black Lives Matter protesters in the United States. ABIGAIL DOUGHERTY/STUFF ACT Party Leader David Seymour said the Government should move to alert level 1 immediately. He complained that film crews and Black Lives Matter Protestors get a pass, leaving job losses and misery for the working class.
June 01, 2020 07:24 UTC
From driving in jandals, to smoking, to shaving, 2.7 million New Zealanders engage in some risky behaviour while behind the wheel, a survey has found. The New Zealand Safe Driving Report 2020, by global comparison site Finder, found 76 per cent of the 1922 respondents admitted to a level of risky behaviour while driving, the equivalent of 2.7 million Kiwis. Sixty-four per cent of respondents admitted to eating while driving, with 37 per cent acknowledging they had driven in jandals. "This means that if you’re texting and driving and run into another car, you’ll need to foot the bill for any damages yourself. Police Assistant Commissioner Lauano Sue Schwalger said people should remember the basics of road safety while driving.
June 01, 2020 06:41 UTC
In Queenstown bookings were up a whopping 960 per cent, to 1177, last week. Kiwis have shaken off weeks of restrictions, hardship and loss to embrace our first holiday weekend under the relative freedoms of alert level 2. It's Queen's Birthday long weekend, the start of winter and, predictably, less than stellar weather. But travellers' confidence was encouraging, she said, the same day Kiwis learned there remained just one active case of Covid-19 within our closed borders. Kiwis started booking domestic trips as soon as level 2 was announced this month - packages at Flight Centre NZ have jumped 124 per cent.
June 01, 2020 05:48 UTC
Protesters in Auckland voice their disgust at the murder of George Floyd in the US by a Minnesota police officer. Thousands of Kiwis have marched in solidarity with Black Lives Matter protesters in the United States. But in New Zealand events were peaceful, despite several thousand people gathering in Auckland, and hundreds more in Christchurch, Dunedin and Wellington. Lawrence Smith/Stuff Hundreds of people gathered in Aotea Square in Auckland in solidarity with Black Lives Matter protesters in the United States. Joe Johnson/Stuff The Black Lives Matter March for Solidarity protest in Christchurch.
June 01, 2020 05:36 UTC
READ MORE:* Cannabis could soon be legalised in New Zealand, and it's up to voters* Government reveals cannabis referendum legalisation details* Let's keep the cannabis debate honestHe is supporting the Yes campaign because it will allow for stricter regulations. "The Bill we are voting on is the Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill. The foundation sees arguments around freeing up police time, increasing tax revenues, and improving access for medicinal cannabis users as some of the stronger motivators for undecided voters. We encourage all New Zealanders to read the Cannabis Control Bill and see for themselves. She said arguments that cannabis users were more likely to develop mental illnesses were not accurate, and the greater impact on users came from legal repercussions.
June 01, 2020 05:26 UTC
Photo: ODTA New Zealand group opposed to rodeos has caused controversy with a series of social media posts with photos of animals and captioned, "I can't breathe". The words "I can't breathe" became a rallying cry against police brutality after the death of another black man, Eric Garner, in 2014 and after he was put in a chokehold by a police officer. On Friday the NZ Anti-Rodeo Coalition published a Facebook post showing a group of men restraining a horse at a New Zealand rodeo event. "I CAN'T BREATHE," one post of a video of calf roping was titled. "Especially after the Ardern Government made a specific promise to ban calf roping and several aversive aspects of rodeo and renegade.
June 01, 2020 04:30 UTC
Dairy farmer Rachel Scrimgeour and her daughter Riannon Pollock are contributing to the Milk for a Cure fundraiser. The Dairy Women's Network campaign, Milk for a Cure, is designed to raise money for the New Zealand not for profit organisation Breast Cancer Cure (BCC). BCC was established solely to find a cure for breast cancer. Milk for a Cure encourages network members to donate a minimum of 1kg of milk solids per month to BCC, equating to roughly $5 per kg. World Milk Day was established by the United Nations to recognise the importance of milk as a global food and celebrate the dairy industry.
June 01, 2020 04:18 UTC
One of New Zealand's largest food distributors is being investigated for potentially breaching the terms of the government's coronavirus wage subsidy. Staff were asked to sign a contract variation during the pandemic, cutting their hours and pay by 20 per cent until June 22. A Bidfood Palmerston North worker was the first of four employees to tell Stuff the company was underpaying staff. He said staff felt pressured into signing the contract variation as management often emphasised it would stave off redundancies. Struckmann said he had made it clear to managers, and the inspectorate, the terms of the contract variation must be honoured, and he took the complaints and employer responsibilities seriously.
June 01, 2020 04:09 UTC
Hundreds of people gathered in Dunedin's Octagon to show their solidarity with the "Black Lives Matter" movement in the United States and to decry racism. The peaceful protest was one of several in New Zealand this afternoon, following the death of African-American George Floyd when he was being arrested in Minneapolis. Dunedin protest organisers, conscious of Covid-19 restrictions, made efforts to keep people in groups of 30 and to space them out. Several brought with them placards that read "Black lives matter" and "I can't breathe" and one said "Good night, alt-right". One of the speakers, Edward Ennion, said the people at the protest were unified in sorrow and anger about lives lost needlessly.
June 01, 2020 04:06 UTC
Aoraki Alternative Education student Devlin Harris, 15, sits in the driver seat while Ben Murdoch, 16, left, and Brayden Wilson, 15, push the buggy they have been working on. There's 12 young people at Aoraki Alternative Education (AAE), though there were 20 at the start of the year. Mytchall Bransgrove/Stuff Arlene Jensen-Eden, 15, skids on one of the bikes donated to Aoraki Alternative Education. Mytchall Bransgrove/Stuff Aoraki Alternative Education student Devlin Harris, 15, works on the beach buggy engine. Mytchall Bransgrove/Stuff Aoraki Alternative Education art tutor Polly Rowe discusses Arlene Jensen-Eden's, 15, work as Chardonnay Houlahan, 14, continues with her's.
June 01, 2020 03:22 UTC
Amber Joyce, left, has bought the business Miss Stage from founder Angela Strang. Joyce has bought the house-staging business Miss Stage, which stages homes to make them more presentable when selling, from founder Angela Strang. After working part-time, Joyce would now have job flexibility to help fit around her children aged 4 and 7. "I feel proud to be handing over [the business] to someone who will keep it going and growing," Strang said. The business consists of one mover, two stylists and 17 house loads of furnishings overseen by the boss.
June 01, 2020 03:22 UTC
Manawatū tourism operators River Valley Lodge are promoting adventures popular with Kiwis, such as multi-day rafting trips. WARWICK SMITH/STUFFThe wider Manawatū has much at stake, and plenty to gain, from an expected surge in domestic tourism. With international borders closed and a tourism industry bleeding from the coronavirus crisis, Kiwis are being urged to explore their own backyard. Rangitīkei tourism operator River Valley Lodge, which offers horse treks and white-water rafting, normally has 11,000 guests a year. River Valley Lodge reopened last week, but activities wouldn't resume until October.
June 01, 2020 03:11 UTC
Not being able to say goodbye to their mother when she died during lockdown was really hard for John Greaves and his siblings, who finally farewelled the matriach of their family on Monday. John Greaves said his mother, Doris Greaves - nee Bailey, died at Strathallan Life Care Rest Home on May 1 while New Zealand was under Covid-19 alert level 3 conditions. Greaves last saw his mother at the Strathallan Life Care Rest Home a few weeks before lockdown. The rest home kept the family up to date with her progress and sent them photos. The family grew up in Temuka but none of the siblings live in the region now.
June 01, 2020 03:11 UTC
A Wellington couple’s holiday weekend jaunt to Taupō has ended in tragedy after a paid glider flight crashed into a mountain, killing a woman and the pilot. The 43-year-old woman and the Taupō pilot, a man in his 70s, both died when the glider struck Mt Tauhara, about six kilometres out of Tāupo, on Sunday afternoon. The woman who died and her husband had been visiting Taupō for the long holiday weekend from their home in Wellington. The husband took the first trip up in the glider piloted by a local Taupō man, Bay of Plenty Police area commander for Taupō, Inspector Warwick Morehu told Stuff. A rahui has been placed on the mountain for five days, ending sunrise on Saturday out of respect for the families, the Tauhara Mountain Trust said.
June 01, 2020 02:48 UTC