Photo: SuppliedThe public will finally get a chance to check out the fully restored Christchurch Town Hall when it opens its doors to daily visitors next month. The town hall was repaired and returned to its former glory after being damaged in the earthquakes. The interior of the town hall. A 'Friends of Christchurch Town Hall' volunteer programme is being established to welcome and provide information to visitors to the venue. The Christchurch Town Hall and cafe will be open between 10am and 4pm, Tuesday to Saturday.
July 08, 2020 03:22 UTC
Photo: NZTAThe National Party says it will build a Christchurch to Ashburton expressway if elected in September. National Party leader Todd Muller announced the plan in Ashburton today, saying it aims to drive the region's economy forward and create hundreds of jobs by delivering a new 60km four-lane expressway. The project would see the existing four-lane expressway extended from the Christchurch Southern Motorway through to Ashburton and will include new bridges over the Selwyn, Rakaia, and Ashburton rivers. The project will create important economic stimulus and jobs in the short term while also allowing Canterbury to maximise its future economic potential. If we want our economy to create jobs, having an efficient transport network is essential.
July 08, 2020 02:59 UTC
Photo: Getty ImagesMore than 600,000 animals - from spider monkeys and chimpanzees to reptiles and pigeons - were used for science in the space of two years, new reports show. Just-released data from the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) show a total 314,571 animals were used in 2017, and 301,335 in 2018. The main reasons for using animals was for veterinary research, basic biological research, and teaching, making up around three quarters. Photo: Getty ImagesAny research, testing or teaching using animals must be carried out under the Animal Welfare Act. "The new format of these reports now tells us more than we've ever known about how many animals are used in science," she said.
July 08, 2020 02:37 UTC
Murray Chong has been selected to stand for the New Conservative Party in the New Plymouth electorate for the 2020 general election. Controversial New Plymouth district councillor Murray Chong will again stand for Parliament in September's general election, but this time he’s jumped waka. The outspoken councillor’s selection as the 2020 New Conservative candidate followed weeks of rumours after Chong publicly posted endorsements of the party but refused to confirm whether he would be officially standing. Chong claimed he had only just been confirmed as the New Conservative candidate and hadn’t been allowed to comment before it was made official on Wednesday. Chong said he joined New Conservative because he favoured enabling businesses and families to flourish rather than the personality politics of the current government.
July 08, 2020 02:37 UTC
Highlanders halfback Aaron Smith says he would be surprised if anyone is left standing at the end of Super Rugby Aotearoa. All Blacks hopeful Josh Dickson’s Super Rugby Aotearoa season is over. The injury will be a bitter blow to both the Highlanders and Dickson, who has won more lineouts than anyone in Super Rugby Aotearoa. His loss will put the heat on lock Pari Pari Parkinson to build on his promising start to Super Rugby Aotearoa. Kerry Marshall/Getty-Images New Highlanders lock Geoff Cridge in action for Hawke's Bay against Southland last year.
July 08, 2020 02:36 UTC
A ‘boil water’ notice has been issued for Coromandel Town, and it is expected to take up to four days for the problem to be rectified. Tankers have been ushered into Coromandel to provide water for residents while the town supply remains undrinkable. This caused a ‘boil water’ notice to be issued for Coromandel Town, and it is expected to take until Friday for the problem to be rectified. “Pipe failure, power failure, turbidity in the water because of the rain, and the three came together and caused this issue. It’s no one's fault, but a combination of a number of things happening at once.”Tom Lee/Stuff Tankers have been ushered into Coromandel Town to provide water for residents while the town supply remains undrinkable (file photo).
July 08, 2020 02:26 UTC
Kiwi man Kepa Harris, 29, faces a month eating pizza or subway in Sao Paulo's transit lounge after being denied entry to his connecting flight back to New Zealand. A spokeswoman for Woods' office also this afternoon confirmed Harris' flight shouldn't have been affected by the announcement. He ended up getting stuck there because of Covid-19 and his return flight with Latam Airlines was cancelled in May. However, when contacted today, an Air NZ spokeswoman said the flight from Sydney was still operating and Harris' situation was out of their hands. "We can also see this customer was due to fly on Air New Zealand flight NZ104 between Sydney and Auckland tomorrow – again this flight was booked through Qatar Airways.
July 08, 2020 02:03 UTC
STUFF Health Minister Chris Hipkins reveals man with Covid-19 left managed isolation and went to a supermarket. A 32-year-old man, who has tested positive for Covid-19, will be charged with absconding from a managed isolation facility in Auckland to go to a supermarket. Ryan Anderson/Stuff The Countdown supermarket on Auckland’s Victoria St West was closed after the man’s visit was discovered. CCTV was reviewed and substantial searches carried out in the area before the man returned to the isolation facility, Webb said. Ryan Anderson/Stuff Josh and Liz van Berkel visited Countdown not long after the man, and used the self-service around 8.30pm on Tuesday night.
July 08, 2020 01:19 UTC
Builderscrack, an online jobs board for building work, says there was a near-30 per cent jump in work posted on its website in June. Richard Low, managing director of Flooring Xtra, said sales for carpet and wood flooring had been exceptionally strong, even online enquiries over lockdown. UNSPLASH Flooring Xtra says carpet and hard flooring retailers are ‘’flat out’’. Stuart Masson, branch manager at Plumbing World Lower Hutt, said retail sales had been going ‘’ballistic’’ since lockdown. But once existing projects are finished, most economists are expecting building work to slow, particularly in commercial construction.
July 08, 2020 01:07 UTC
Photo: Geoff SloanA $282,000 fund to enable people to under take community projects and events in Christchurch's red zones is open for applications. The Red Zones Transitional Use Fund is open to individuals, community organisations and social enterprises to help new projects in the Ōtākaro Avon River Corridor, Southshore, South New Brighton, Brooklands and the Port Hills regeneration areas. It could also be used to support regeneration plans and more permanent uses for the areas. People and groups can apply at any time until the fund is fully allocated. Applicants must have a transitional land use approved from Land Information New Zealand before they apply for funding
July 08, 2020 00:56 UTC
"Inquiries have established the man went to Countdown on Victoria St West on foot and purchased items at a self-service checkout, before returning to the hotel around 8pm. Tests are being provided for Countdown supermarket staff. The security guard does not have the power to police and apprehend, but the guard can communicate and observe, he said. Defence Force staff, private security staff, aviation security staff and hotel staff were all being used at the moment and had been so far successful. The store is closed for cleaning and a security guard standing in the doorway turning people away.
July 08, 2020 00:45 UTC
Pent up demand from Chinese consumers for fresh New Zealand crayfish has sent export volumes soaring to levels not seen since 2015. Auckland Airport air cargo data for May shows more than 300 tonnes of live crayfish were exported to China, up 53 per cent on the same month last year. “Up to 90 per cent of New Zealand’s lobster exports are sent to overseas markets as air cargo. supplied Auckland Airport aeronautical commercial general manager Scott Tasker says the crayfish industry was boosted by the addition of air cargo capacity to China in May. New Zealand’s $320 million crayfish industry was hit hard by the Chinese lockdown.
July 08, 2020 00:33 UTC
There are 16 people employed at the recycling and sorting centre in Te Awamutu. Residents in the Waipā district could also have their recycling bins audited, to see if there’s more advice needed around what can and can’t be recycled. It’s all part of an education initiative Waipā District Council and its recycling contractor, Metalic Sweeping, plan over the coming months. The two will use the new sorting centre in Te Awamutu to demonstrate what happens to recycling once it’s collected from homes. “We don’t have a market for them and we’re asking not to put them into recycling bins,” Braithwaite said.
July 08, 2020 00:33 UTC
National leader Todd Muller says his party will keep critiquing the Covid-19 response despite one of his own MPs leaking patient details. National leader Todd Muller said his MP Hamish Walker is paying “the ultimate price” for his involvement in the leaking of Covid-19 patient information to media and has apologised on behalf of his party. Walker announced he will leave politics over his involvement in a leak of Covid-19 patient information to media. “I sincerely apologise for my actions.”David White/Stuff Former National Party president Michelle Boag has admitted to being the source of the leak. National Party president Peter Goodfellow apologised on behalf of the party’s board.
July 08, 2020 00:24 UTC