Ian MunroWinter can be a dangerous time for youngsters and I’m not talking Covid-19. I’m talking about home-heating, which presents all kinds of risks, writes parenting columnist Ian Munro. Fire is an obvious hazard and we often hear of heroic actions as youngsters are saved from the flames. Sap and ash from whatever you’re burning coats the inside of the chimney and can catch alight. Winter also usually means extra medications in the house.
July 12, 2020 16:30 UTC
Dear Uncle Norm,I'm fed up with enduring sign language translators when politicians pose their moral superiority on the box. You can't think past them. Plus the use of sign translators gives political "virtue signalling" a whole extra dimension. If you are determined on change, read the case of Nataliya Dymtruk, a gutsy sign interpreter for Ukraine's state-run UTI News. UTI immediately abandoned the use of sign translators (and Ms Dymtruk).
July 12, 2020 16:30 UTC
Arthur’s Walk runs up from Portobello Rd. Arthur’s Walk, from the intersection of Portobello Rd and Doon St to Shandon Rd, in Vauxhall. Steep St steps. Falcon St steps. The sections of Falcon St from Kaikorai Valley Rd and Highgate are connected in the middle by steps.
It’s not too late to make your July a little more plastic free. So even though I’m a little late, and definitely not perfect, I’m going to celebrate Plastic Free July with three simple swaps. So if you’ve ever thought about giving Plastic Free July a go, join me in being late to the party. An afternoon of zero waste conversations, demonstrations, yummy food, kids activities and waste free products. Plastic Free Wanda Family Sing-along 11am-12pmWaste Free Fair 1pm-4pm- Gina DempsterPhoto: Abbey Lewis1.
At the heart of it all was the issue that has dogged the Otago Regional Council for decades. Protestors and Hobbs supporters at this week’s extraordinary Otago Regional Council meeting. The meeting was adjourned for half an hour until tensions were only simmering and Andrew Noone could be elected the new regional council chairman. "Young people don’t realise that the Otago Regional Council is the environmental council; that most of the decisions that actually affect them on the ground are made there." New Otago Regional Council chairman Andrew Noone.
Lucy Foreman, 10, Rose Horner, 4, and Alexander Horner, 10, of Auckland, try out the new whisper dishes at King Edward Park. A pair of gold-bronze-painted ‘whisper dishes’ – vertical domes that reflect and focus sound – have been installed 55 metres apart either side of a lake in Hāwera’s King Edward Park. Catherine Groenestein The new 'whisper dishes' in King Edward Park, Hāwera, were blessed by Ngati Ruanui kaumatua Sandy Parata, watched by Hemi Ngarewa, on Friday. South Taranaki District mayor Phil Nixon said the new dishes in the park would add to the vibrancy of the district. The $28,000 cost of installing the whisper dishes was covered by Te Hāwera Community Board together with the Frank and Eunice Rodie Trust, Lysaght Watt Trust, Pelorus Trust and Bizlink.
July 12, 2020 09:00 UTC
Norwich City manager Daniel Farke consoles young fullback Max Aarons after their defeat to West Ham consigned the team to relegation. Photo: ReutersNorwich City were consigned to relegation from the Premier League after a resounding 4-0 defeat by West Ham United on Saturday with Michail Antonio scoring all the goals for the visitors in a virtuoso performance at Carrow Road. The result leaves Norwich, relegated from the Premier League for a record fifth time, bottom on 21 points -- 13 adrift of 17th-placed Watford who beat Newcastle United 2-1. West Ham, who are 16th, moved six points clear of the relegation zone and are above Watford on goal difference. When I scored the first two I could see they (Norwich) were quite open so it was a great opportunity," Antonio told BT Sport.
July 12, 2020 08:15 UTC
Firefighters have contained a fire in an Invercargill sleepout. A Fire and Emergency NZ spokesman said fire crews were called to McMillan St about 7.40pm. Upon arrival they found a fire in an attached sleep out "going well'', he said. By 8.50pm the fire was contained, and crews remained at the scene, he said. It was not believed to be suspicious.
July 12, 2020 07:52 UTC
Two separate crashes on the Kāpiti Coast caused significant congestion for motorists heading back to the capital on Sunday. In the first incident, a ute crashed into a power pole on State Highway 1 at Te Horo, on the Kāpiti Coast. While there were no injuries, the crash caused traffic to congest temporarily between Paraparaumu and Paekākāriki. Meanwhile, after a separate crash on State Highway 1 near Ōhau on Sunday evening, the New Zealand Transport Agency said that traffic heading out of Levin was also heavy. By 7pm traffic had mostly eased between Manakau and Ōtaki, it said.
July 12, 2020 07:18 UTC
A "dedicated" managed site has been established for those returning under the Australian Immigration Act arrangement. Photo: Getty ImagesA special isolation facility has been established for deportees from Australia. An all-of-Government COVID-19 response team spokeswoman confirmed there would be a "dedicated" managed site for those returning under the Australian Immigration Act arrangement. "This facility is set to begin operating this week and will remain in use for as long as necessary to safely manage those coming back as they complete their 14-days in managed isolation," the response team spokeswoman said. "The risk assessment of deportees is carried out by Police and Corrections with other agencies as necessary, in accordance with the usual returning deportees process."
July 12, 2020 07:07 UTC
Raymond Elise's Australian visa has been cancelled and he is now stranded in a detention centre. A new managed isolation facility will start operating this week, housing Kiwis deported from Australia. The dedicated facility was being set up as deportation numbers return to normal, an all-of-government Covid-19 response team spokesperson said. Kiwis stuck in detention centres on the other side of the Tasman have been pleading to come home as the state of Victoria becomes a hotspot for coronavirus. In a letter to the Australian Border Force to explain why they were protesting, the men said they felt forgotten and unimportant.
July 12, 2020 06:56 UTC
New Zealand UFC fighter Israel Adesanya has followed superstar Conor McGregor, in being made a cover boy for the newest edition of UFC 4, by game-maker EA Sports. World middleweight champion Adesanya “The Last Stylebender” and American UFC welterweight Jorge “Gamebred” Masvidal both feature on the latest cover, after McGregor was on the front of UFC 3. READ MORE:* Why Israel Adesanya won't be 'another statistic' as he navigates life at top of UFC* Kiwi UFC stars tip triumphant return for Conor McGregor against Donald Cerrone* UFC Auckland: Dan Hooker's main event opportunity in New Zealand a dream come true“I am the face of the new wave of UFC fighters, so it feels right to represent the sport on this new generation UFC game,” said UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya. “I look forward to my fans playing as me as much as I have enjoyed playing as myself.”EA SPORTS Kiwi UFC fighter Israel Adesanya as a video game figure. Players can develop and customize characters through a unified progression system across all modes to go from unknown amateur to UFC superstar in the new Career Mode.
July 12, 2020 06:56 UTC
Former Tiwai Point Aluminium Smelter general manager Tom Campbell says the closure of the plant could have been avoided if commercial common sense was used. A former general manager of the Tiwai Point Aluminium Smelter believes its closure would not be on the horizon if the relationship between electricity generators and the smelter was seen as a partnership, rather than being ‘’almost hostile’’. READ MORE:* Tiwai Point aluminium smelter to close, 1000 jobs to go* Tiwai Point aluminium smelter suffers $46m loss* Campaign being launched to save Tiwai aluminium smelterThe Tiwai smelter was one of the more efficient plants in the world which produced the highest purity aluminium, had high labour productivity and was ‘’by no means’’ the oldest plant. Robyn Edie Rio Tinto owned Tiwai Point aluminium smelter, based near Invercargill, announced on Thursday the plant will close at the end of August 2021. ‘’That’s what makes me angry ... in my view it’s a lack of willingness from the [electricity] generators to act with commercial common-sense.
July 12, 2020 05:37 UTC
New Zealand Heritage Properties archaeologist Megan Lawrence with an old tobacco smoking pipe found during demolition of the Invercargill CBD. A small but ornate tobacco smoking pipe, in the form of a monkey in a head dress, has been salvaged during demolition of the Invercargill CBD. New Zealand Heritage Properties archaeologist Megan Lawrence said its small team were monitoring the earthworks and demolition of pre-1900 or heritage buildings during the demolition and earthworks. READ MORE:* Invercargill city block demolition unearths historic bricks, attracts art* First facade in Invercargill CBD demolition work comes downThey recorded any finds, took photos and collected samples and artefacts for future analysis. Other things found so far included leather shoes, foundations and piles, old brick sumps, wells, and old signs.
July 12, 2020 05:26 UTC
It was a win for the Child Cancer Foundation having a fundraiser house built and it will be a big win for the new homeowners who bag the Brightwater build at its upcoming auction. Child Cancer Foundation central development manager Tony Fitzgerald said the funds raised from the sale of the home would go a long way towards helping support families during the tough child cancer journey. Braden Fastier Franne, left, and Kristine Urbano, parents of cancer survivor Frank, 8, with his sister Katrina, 15 months, at the Child Cancer Foundation house open day in Brightwater. The Urbano family never anticipated needing help from the Child Cancer Foundation until October 2018 when Frank was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia. Braden Fastier The Homes by Orange house has a double garage, three bedrooms, two bathrooms, an al fresco dining area and vast views.
July 12, 2020 05:26 UTC