The head of Queenstown's council says Mayor Jim Boult won't stand down as he fights legal action over the collapse of Stonewood Homes. Mayor Jim Boult and Stonewood founder Brent Mettrick are embroiled in a legal battle following the filing of a statement of claim in the High Court at Christchurch. Queenstown Lakes District Council chief executive Mike Theelen said it was not a council-related matter and did not affect Mr Boult in his capacity as mayor. ''Therefore he won't be standing down and council won't be making any further comment at this time.'' Mr Boult said he will ''vigorously defend'' any suggestions he did not fulfil his duties as a director.
New Zealand's annual Rich List reflects accumulated wealth beyond $100 billion for the first time. A dozen people or families in the South, with business interests or strong links to Otago and Southland, made the National Business Review list. Dunedin civil construction company's Fulton family came in first at $450 million. Queenstown tourism and property investor Sir John Davies, a former mayor of the town, made the list with $130 million. American Peter Thiel, a New Zealand citizen, with a lakefront property near Wanaka, was fourth on the Rich List, at $3.6 billion.
National Party leader Simon BridgesThe leaking of National Party leader Simon Bridges' travel expenses has made for multiple news reports this week. He has spent time, energy and, it appears, considerable taxpayer funds trying to convince the electorate it should like him. His problem is the electorate appears quite capable of forming its own opinion on who it wants to see on its smartphone screens day in and day out. A leader who must convince the electorate to like them appears doomed to fail, no matter their qualities. It may be that no amount of travel expenditure will convince New Zealand Simon Bridges is their man.
Southern councils will receive about $1.5million from the Government to address freedom camping issues at ''hot spots'' in time for the coming summer. A similar amount will go to councils on the West Coast, as the Government releases the findings of the Responsible Camping Working Group and backs projects to help manage freedom campers for the 2018-19 season. The fund, for the development of tourism-related infrastructure such as car parks, freedom camping facilities, sewerage and water works and transport projects, has already given out $14.2million and will announce further grants in the next few weeks. As well as suggesting an education campaign for campers this summer, the working group's report recommends various legislative reviews of camping rules, including to ensure consistency in camping rules across the country, by establishing four ''camping zones'', to be defined nationally and applied locally. The report recommends considering instant fines for those who break the rules, and also suggests using technology such as reports from smartphone data to help manage freedom camping.
Nigel SkeltIt's confirmed - the New Zealand Breakers will play an Australian National Basketball League (ANBL) game in Invercargill in November. Invercargill has previously hosted pre-season Breakers games, but this year's showdown with Melbourne United on Friday, November 16, will be the first ANBL game to be played in Invercargill. The Breakers will also play a competition game at ILT Stadium Southland during the 2019-20 season as part of a two-year deal. Confirmation the Breakers will play in Invercargill came hard on the heels of the Southland Sharks winning the New Zealand National Basketball League this month. There will be a strong Sharks connection to the game, with Jarrad Weeks in the Breakers squad and Sharks coach Judd Flavell an assistant coach with the Breakers.
A plan to preserve the plane that brought The Beatles to New Zealand was unveiled in Wanaka yesterday. PHOTO: MARK PRICEThe Lockheed Electra turboprop formed the backdrop for several well-known photos of The Beatles as they were greeted at the start of their 1964 "invasion'' of New Zealand. The Electra is now being used by Buffalo Airways in Canada to waterbomb forest fires. Mr Brennan found the DC-10 - the only Air New Zealand DC-10 that has not been scrapped - parked and deteriorating at Havana Airport, Cuba. The Bring Our Birds Home charitable trust formed to fund the venture has raised $30,000 so far, and Mr Brennan now plans to ramp up fundraising.
Liz NiddRecord median house prices were struck in Dunedin, Queenstown and Clutha during July, as demand continued to outstrip supply in the South. All regions, except Auckland booked price gains, but volumes sold remained flat against last year in many regions, data released yesterday by the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand said. Infometrics economist Mieke Welvaert said the volume of July house sales ''held just above levels'' of last year, but indicators suggested sales were likely to track downward over coming quarters. Overall, the July data reinforced recent trends in the housing market and regional housing markets were running at very different speeds, she said. ''We expect that the nationwide housing market will continue to tread water over the remainder of the year as regional house price growth converges with the more subdued Auckland housing market,'' she said in a statement.
A raid on a trailer-sailer yacht and yet another instance of missing garden gear were among the assortment of burglaries and break-ins reported to Southern police this week. Senior Sergeant Trevor Thomson, of Dunedin, said a yacht cradled on its boat trailer, which was parked in Perth St, Oamaru, was targeted. Police received a report late last week, that a garden hose and its storage reel were taken from a Queens Dr home in St Kilda, Dunedin, Snr Sgt Thomson said. The incidents come after two pot plants were reported stolen from homes in St Kilda earlier this month, while a similar spate of botanical burglaries were reported in nearby St Clair in 2011. Also reported to police this week was the theft of the front indicator lights from a Mercedes Benz parked in driveway in Stenhope Cres, Corstorphine.
A man who assaulted three supermarket staff members in quick succession after a two-day bender has been jailed for eight months. His friends were followed out of the store by a 62-year-old staff member, who suspected they had been shoplifting. The defendant and his associates continued walking towards King Edward St with two more supermarket employees in pursuit. When they reached Glasgow St, Wereta threatened to ''smash'' the two men. As the man staggered backwards and regained his balance, the drunk defendant followed it up with a kick to the stomach.
St Mary’s Primary School pupil Sam Clark (8), son of teacher Lyn Clark, leads the strike march in Balclutha yesterday. Opoho School teacher Sandor Toth led a chanting 500-strong march down Portsmouth Dr in Dunedin. In Invercargill, more than 400 teachers gathered at Stadium Southland. Donovan Park Primary School principal Peter Hopwood said he was amazed by the turnout. NZEI representative Suz Little, from Remarkables Primary School, said they were there for their pupils.
The reported profit was up 11% to $67.5million from $60.8million in the pcp. Ms Kinnaird said the result was boosted by one-off gains on sales of $5.4million. Heartland declared a second-half dividend of 5.5c per share, bringing the total dividend to 9cps. The bank expected reported profit for the 2019 financial year to be in the range of $75million to $77million. As part of the restructure, Heartland was also seeking a foreign exempt listing on the ASX.
Gary Stead speaks to media after being announced as the new Black Caps coach at a New Zealand Cricket press conference in Auckland yesterday. ''I think I'll need a bit of time to get in a bit closer,'' Stead said. ''But I can skirt around the edges and say, 'well, where are the small gains we can make, because you can always make small gains'. Stead, who played five tests for New Zealand in 1999, will start in the role on September 3 and has been given a head start. It seems a little odd New Zealand Cricket could not wait a couple of weeks for Stead to be part of that process, but the right-hander was happy with the teams he has inherited.
''It wasn't really a focus for me and I think that was a good thing,'' she said. ''I could just play how I wanted to play for the Steel and obviously we got some good results there. ''It's nice to be back, but just because you're in the squad doesn't mean you're going to be playing. While her form has continued to get better this season, she was quick to deflect the praise. All three were also included in the Silver Ferns Development Squad, alongside Steel defender Courtney Elliott.
But unfortunately I've begun to notice that many social media posts advocating a vegan diet portray anyone who doesn't stick to a rigidly animal-free diet as immoral, impure and unethical. I grew up as the oldest of nine children, with only one parent working and a never-ending onslaught of bills. In fact, the only truly vegan meals in my childhood were served when my mother wrapped up hunks of raw swede for us to take to school, on account of the cupboard being otherwise bare. Proponents of veganism will argue that the vegan diet isn't expensive. We need to make sure that veganism doesn't alienate those who aren't Western, white and affluent.
"It showcases the talent you have here in Dunedin really well.'' It's especially important as Don Giovanni is the most difficult and challenging of Mozart's "big four'' operas. "The modern understanding of Don Giovanni suggests he is a man who loves only himself: for him all women are prey.'' After performing in Don Giovanni, Jon is heading to Wales with the Kiri Te Kanawa Foundation. Drummond says while Opera Otago still finds it challenging to raise funds, it is succeeding and has plans for the future.
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