The cast of The Lord of the Rings has reunited over the weekend for Reunited Apart, Josh Gad's quarantine-friendly chat series on YouTube. Youtube The cast of The Lord of the Rings has reunited over the weekend for Reunited Apart, Josh Gad's quarantine-friendly chat series on YouTube. READ MORE:* 'The Lord of the Rings' cast will reunite in lockdown this weekend* The Goonies cast reunite for epic virtual hangout, thanks to Josh Gad* Lord of the Rings TV: Filming starts February, here's what we know so far* Amazon reveals the main cast for Lord of the Rings TV seriesFinally, Sean Bean, John Rhys-Davies, Karl Urban, Liv Tyler and Miranda Otto connected and the reunited cast reenacted a couple of iconic scenes from the trilogy. SUPPLIED The entire main cast of The Lord of the Rings virtually reunited over the weekend. Amazon's Lord of the Rings series adaption was set to start filming in New Zealand until COVID-19 put a stop to things.
June 01, 2020 02:26 UTC
Pedro Sanchez. Photo: Getty ImagesSpain's prime minister has said the country needed 15 more days of lockdown until June 21 "to finish with the pandemic once and for all". He would ask parliament to approve a final two-week extension to the stay home rule. From June 21 a national state of emergency will end and with it the lockdown, allowing citizens to move freely in their regions. Despite opposition to the most recent lockdown extension from parties on the right and demonstrations across Spain, Sanchez has struck a deal with a Catalan separatist party Esquerra Republicana de Catalunya (ERC) which should guarantee his minority government secures enough support to extend the lockdown.
June 01, 2020 02:03 UTC
Mechanic Shaun Bloemen has been so busy in the last couple of weeks, he has been struggling to keep up with the demand. After weeks of no income, builders and tradies are enjoying being back at work, while realising things may get harder down the track. READ MORE:* Trailwalking fundraiser to be held in Taranaki* A half century of dance teaching recognised with QSM* Relieved and grateful builders back on site in Blenheim''At the moment we're struggling to keep up, so definitely busy, busy, busy. ''I guess with builders and tradies there's been a pause and then get back into it. I don't think there's too many people around who aren't busy.
June 01, 2020 02:03 UTC
FORD MUSTANG HIGH PERFORMANCE 2.3LBase price: $67,990$67,990 Powertrain and economy: 2.3-litre turbo-petrol four-cylinder, 236kW/448Nm, 10-speed automatic, RWD, combined economy 9.6L/100km, CO2 220g/km (source: RightCar). Damien O'Carroll/Stuff-co-nz The fade-out stripes aren't the only throwback to the 1980s here, the Mustang High Performance also packs a turbo too. READ MORE:* A four-cylinder Mustang is now the coolest one* Mountune pushes Focus ST close to Supra power* Can a real Ford Mustang have a four-cylinder engine? Ah, the legendary Mustang SVO that was the height of non-V8 powered Mustang performance and was actually faster than the V8 Mustang (not that being faster than an emission controls-strangled 80s V8 is actually a huge challenge...). Damien O'Carroll/Stuff-co-nz Stickier Pirelli P-Zero tyres and a subtle boot lid lip are also featured on the High Performance.
June 01, 2020 01:41 UTC
Photo: Getty ImagesFor the 10th consecutive day, New Zealand has recorded no new cases of coronavirus. In a statement this afternoon, the Ministry of Health said only one case remained active, and no one needs hospital level care. The total number of confirmed cases of Covid-19 remains at 1154 (the number that is reported to the World Health Organisation). The combined total of confirmed and probable cases remains at 1504. TESTING CONTINUESThe ministry said its laboratories yesterday completed 626 tests, bringing the total number of tests completed to date to 281,609.
June 01, 2020 01:30 UTC
South Canterbury dairy farmer John Gregan is one of many relieved the industry's traditional moving day went ahead this year. Fears the coronavirus outbreak would put a halt to their traditional moving day proved unfounded as dairy farmers upped sticks in their droves at the weekend. READ MORE:* Coronavirus: Dairy farmers' moving day to go ahead with strict Covid-19 controls* Coronavirus: Farming at level 3 to look little different* Dairy farmers worried lockdown will put brakes on traditional moving dayUp until five weeks ago, farmers were unsure if the day would get the green light. STUFF Dairy farmers worried their traditional moving day won't go ahead this year. He said the weather for this year's Moving Day was "bloody beautiful" and capped off a very good season.
June 01, 2020 01:07 UTC
For the 10th day in a row New Zealand has no new cases of Covid-19, and for the fourth consecutive day the Ministry of Health is reporting just one remaining active case. The sole remaining active case is a person in their 50s and is linked to the St Margaret's Hospital and Rest Home cluster in Auckland. With just the one active case, New Zealand has been on the brink of becoming the first country in the world significantly affected by Covid-19 to eliminate all cases. READ MORE:* Coronavirus: No new cases but still one remaining active Covid-19 case* Coronavirus: No new Covid-19 cases reported for an 8th day, still one active case* Coronavirus: Just one active Covid-19 case in NZ, no new cases on FridayThe number of Covid-19 tests completed on Sunday fell to 626, the lowest number since mid-March. When probable cases are added to that the total number of cases comes to 1504.
June 01, 2020 00:45 UTC
Police clash with protesters in the streets of New York City last night. Photo: Getty ImagesA tanker truck drove into a throng of protesters on a closed interstate near Minneapolis. In Santa Monica, California, on Sunday, hundreds of protesters marched peacefully down Ocean Avenue, parallel to the city's famed beaches. A line of police officers stood at the entrance to the Santa Monica Pier, local KTLA-TV said. The arrest of Derek Chauvin, the police officer seen kneeling on Floyd's neck, has failed to satisfy protesters.
June 01, 2020 00:45 UTC
Karin Burger catches the ball as Matt Watere defends her as the Silver Ferns' played against the New Zealand Men last year. Photo: Getty ImagesThe world champion Silver Ferns may play against men again this year to help fill a void in their international netball schedule. The Ferns lost two games to a New Zealand men's invitational team last year before going on to winning the Netball World Cup in Liverpool. "We're looking at all our options, but obviously the Cadbury series was really a successful event for us last year with Fiji, the men, the All Stars and the Silver Ferns," Hansen said. "We're thinking along those lines and looking at what options there might be to ensure that we're able to deliver a full international season for the Silver Ferns one way or another."
June 01, 2020 00:45 UTC
queenstown_house_fire.jpg Fire fighters inspect the house that burnt in Queenstown. Photo: Matthew McKewA Queenstown house has been extensively damaged in an early morning blaze. "There were no injuries as a result of the fire and all persons were accounted for. Firefighters extinguished the blaze by 8.30am, but it was "contained well before then". Three pumps responded from Queenstown, one from Frankton, one from Arrowtown, with two further support vehicles.
June 01, 2020 00:33 UTC
A Queenstown house has been extensively damaged in an early morning blaze. "There were no injuries as a result of the fire and all persons were accounted for. "The fire is not being treated as suspicious, however the cause is yet to be determined and a fire investigator is on scene as we speak." Three pumps responded from Queenstown, one from Frankton, one from Arrowtown, with two further support vehicles. A fire command unit was alerted in Alexandra but was stood down before arriving.
June 01, 2020 00:11 UTC
Art Green introduces the Oxfam Trailwalker campaign, which is being held in Taranaki in 2021. A large charity walking and running event is to be held in Taranaki for the next three years. The Oxfam Trailwalker, which raises money for Oxfam's humanitarian work, will be held in New Plymouth from 2021. The first Taranaki event, which usually attracts about 1000 entrants, as well as 1500 supporters, will be held from March 20-21. Artur Francisco/Oxfam/Supplied The Oxfam Trailwalker charity event will be held in Taranaki from 2021 until 2023.
June 01, 2020 00:00 UTC
Carl Meyer found this feijoa, allegedly shaped like a kiwi. Or just call it a feijoa shaped like a kiwi. One lucky bidder has snaffled the flightless bird-shaped fruit with a winning offer of $50. Carl Meyer, of Wellington, listed the curious fruit on Trade Me after picking it on a recent Ōtaki retreat. It's $50 going to charity that otherwise wouldn't have."
May 31, 2020 23:48 UTC
Violence has escalated in the US as protests over the death of George Floyd continue across the country. US President Trump blamed far-left anarchists for a flare-up of street violence amid nationwide protests against police brutality, even as critics denounced him for stoking divisiveness at a moment when Covid-19 and economic ruin are already causing upheaval across the country. The 46-year-old black man died after a police officer knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes. Just as with the coronavirus outbreak, competing political narratives have emerged over the root cause of the civil unrest. Nate Smallwood/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review via AP A police vehicle burns in Pittsburgh, Saturday, May 30, 2020, during a protest over the death of George Floyd who died in Minneapolis police custody on May 25.
May 31, 2020 23:46 UTC
Chants of “No Justice, No Peace” and “Black Lives Matter” are ringing out across central Auckland, as thousands of people take part in Black Lives Matter protest events across New Zealand. Abigail Dougherty/Stuff Protesters gather in central Auckland, before the Black Lives Matter march gets underway. Not-For-Syndication Parris Goebel, pictured in Northern Uganda with World Vision, is encouraging Kiwis to show solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. However, more than 100 Black Lives Matter protesters were marching from Frank Kitts Park to Parliament in Wellington on Monday afternoon. Dominic Lipinski/PA A woman is led away by police during a Black Lives Matter protest outside the US Embassy in London Sunday, May 31, 2020.
May 31, 2020 23:23 UTC