The Holden 48-215 was 'made in Australia especially for Australian conditions, but with the engineering experience and know-how behind all General Motors cars'In the wave of nostalgia about the death of the Holden brand in Australia, something important has been overlooked. READ MORE:* Economy of scale killed Holden in the end* Five countries "Aussie" Holdens actually come from* Holden NZ responds to Australian speculation* Holden demise sparks interest onlineHolden assembled carsThe tariff on imported cars introduced after the war led the firm to negotiate a deal where it assembled (“manufactured”) General Motors cars, often Chevrolets. His son Edward sold out to the Americans in 1931 who renamed the firm General Motors Holden. General Motors was suspiciousBut General Motors’ US president Alfred Sloan wan’t keen. An early advertisement described it as “made in Australia especially for Australian conditions” but with the “engineering experience and know-how behind all General Motors cars”.
February 20, 2020 19:51 UTC
If the answer is yes, then the chances are you could be suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS). 123RF Carpal tunnel can be extremely painful, but successful treatment is possible. READ MORE:* Carpal tunnel, what is it? * Carpal Tunnel Syndrome or The Creepy Dead HandThe symptoms of CTS are due to compression of a big nerve that supplies sensation and power to part of the hand. This nerve is the median nerve and it runs through the wrist in an area known as the carpal tunnel.
February 20, 2020 19:41 UTC
English rock band Elbow will return to New Zealand in June for their first concert here in six years. The five-piece will take to the stage of Auckland's Town Hall for an all-ages show on Thursday, June 4. Supplied Elbow will play Auckland's Town Hall on June 4. Elbow released their eighth studio album, Giants of All Sizes, in October. The album entered the UK albums chart at number one, becoming the band's third chart-topping album.
February 20, 2020 19:41 UTC
Photo: FileTwo more fleeing motorists kept police busy in Christchurch on Thursday night. Police were then led on a "slow" chase through Burnside about 9.15pm. The spokeswoman described it as a "very slow and short fleeing driver incident". It comes after another fleeing driver led police on a pursuit through the city earlier this week. The chase started on Cobham St in Spreydon about 3.20am on Tuesday after a driver failed to stop for police.
February 20, 2020 19:36 UTC
Photo: Getty ImagesDoctors fear the coronavirus Covid-19 will hit New Zealand at the same time as the winter flu season, stretching health services and hospitals to breaking point. "I think our whole public health function in terms of epidemiology, planning, preparedness for epidemics and pandemics has been really undercooked. "Delaying the virus' arrival in New Zealand now could mean that it arrives in New Zealand during our flu season. "This is a time when there are some pretty tough decisions to be made by public health authorities, and often there's no right or wrong. Otago University epidemiologist Michael Baker said he was impressed the Government had "put public health ahead of economic and political pressures".
Air New Zealand has launched one of its best-ever Grabaseat deals, offering Kiwis flights around the country for just $19. The airline giant is releasing 1000 domestic flights for just $19 to all Air New Zealand's 20 destinations, and thousands more across the country from $39. If you fancy a cheap overseas holiday, Grabaseat is launching some of the cheapest flights to Australia ever seen. Air New Zealand is also offering a cut-price tropical getaway for Kiwis, with flights from Auckland to Hawaii's Honolulu available from $299 one way. "These deals will fly off the site, so make sure you're logged into grabaseat.co.nz and ready to book a bargain at 9am."
Rowan Baxter and his family. Mr Baxter died from self-inflicted wounds, and police have confirmed a knife was found at the scene. Ms Baxter's father, Lloyd Clarke, has expressed his grief online, saying he believes his estranged son-in-law is rotting in hell. "The scum rots in hell," Mr Clarke said on social media. Ms Baxter was a trampolining champion, while Mr Baxter had trialled with the New Zealand Warriors NRL squad in the mid-2000s but did not play a first-grade game.
The Christchurch City Council vehicle became stuck after falling into a sinkhole in Linwood. Photo: RNZ/Katie ToddA Christchurch City Council truck ploughed into a 2m wide hole while fixing a burst water main on a street in Christchurch on Thursday. Cox said his back lawn was swamped and his front lawn was a "swimming pool", so he's grateful the council responded to his phone call for help. But one of the staff members who responded was caught out by the sinkhole that formed around the ruptured pipe, with their truck landing nose first. In a statement, a city council spokesperson said more asphalt gave way as the vehicle stopped.
February 20, 2020 19:18 UTC
Tall Blacks guard Shea Ili drives past Boomers guard Kyle Adnam in Brisbane last night. Photo: Getty ImagesThe Tall Blacks have claimed a rare victory over Australia, toppling their trans-Tasman rivals 108-98 in Brisbane. In a clash between two heavily depleted sides, the Tall Blacks rode a dominant second quarter to victory, winning it 25-15 to take 52-46 halftime lead, and never relinquishing the advantage. The closest Australia got was within five points, with 80 seconds remaining, but a Rob Loe triple ensured the Tall Blacks would seal a promising victory. The game doubled as a qualifier for the 2021 Asia Cup, but considering the other two teams in the Tall Blacks' pool are Guam - who the Tall Blacks play on Sunday - and Hong Kong, who the Tall Blacks utterly destroyed in their World Cup qualifiers, Australia and New Zealand were always going to qualify without raising a sweat.
February 20, 2020 18:56 UTC
Donald Trump loyalist and ally Roger Stone was sentenced Thursday (local time) to more than three years in federal prison, following an extraordinary move by Attorney General William Barr to back off his Justice Department's original sentencing recommendation. Trump took to Twitter to denounce as a "miscarriage of justice" the initial recommendation by Justice Department prosecutors that Stone receive at least seven years in prison. After Stone's attorney, Seth Ginsberg, repeated the defence team's plea that Stone get no prison time, Stone declined to address the court. MANUEL BALCE CENETA/AP Roger Stone has been sentenced to 40 months in prison. Credico also testified during Stone's trial that Stone repeatedly told him to "do a Frank Pentangeli", a reference to a character in The Godfather: Part II who lies before Congress.
February 20, 2020 17:51 UTC
Eddie Jones overstepped the mark in England's media conference ahead of their Six Nations test with Ireland. Former Wallabies coach Eddie Jones was forced to apologise after making a bizarre remark about racism that has invited renewed scrutiny of his England regime. An English Rugby Football Union spokesman said: "Eddie made an off-the-cuff comment during the press conference which was not intended to cause any offence. The Australian has been in a combative mood since his appearances first began last Thursday and a week later he continued to adopt a bellicose tone. Jones' crass joke is the latest twist in a Six Nations that has seen his methods place his four-year stewardship under pressure.
February 20, 2020 17:26 UTC
More than 20,000 people are expected to attend Electric Avenue, Christchurch's largest outdoor music festival. Their sunny indie pop is just one of the 30 acts performing over 12 hours at the Electric Avenue music festival in Christchurch on Saturday, February 22. READ MORE:* Ben Harper and Peking Duk to perform at Electric Avenue* Electric Avenue Music Festival 2020* Electric Avenue returns to Hagley ParkA spokesman for festival organisers Team Event said the festival site is twice as big as last year and was the "biggest Electric Avenue" to date. Supplied Ben Harper and The Innocent Criminals will be performing at Electric Avenue in Hagley Park on Saturday, February 22, 2020. Callam Mitchell, whose company runs Electric Avenue, declined to comment about Friday's drug testing.
February 20, 2020 16:52 UTC
Members of Generate KiwiSaver who had their data stolen by hackers are considering their legal options. READ MORE:* Generate to replace IDs, waive fees for hacked KiwiSaver members* $500 gone from bank account, Generate KiwiSaver member blames hack* KiwiSaver provider Generate members given warning to watch bank accounts after hack"When this happened, I was really upset. Campbell has set up a Facebook group, Generate KiwiSaver Victims, for others who have been affected. Many of the Generate members in the group have discussed changing KiwiSaver provider. He said Generate had advised what they should do if they did not want to become victims of identity theft.
Homeowners are fed up with raucous parties in Airbnb rentals destroying their peace and quiet. READ MORE:* Airbnb wants national rules for short term rental accommodation* Motel owners struggle to compete with Airbnb* Airbnb cannibalises employee accommodation in TekapoCHRIS MARSHALL/STUFF Kristing Loggenberg in her back garden. One resident in the Ngauruhoe Street/Waipahihi Ave area said noisy parties occurred about once a month at large houses used for short term leases near them. CHRIS MARSHALL/STUFF Parties in short term lease houses are disturbing some neighbours in Wharewaka. Airbnb policy states: "If a party is negatively impacting neighbours and we receive complaints, we'll take appropriate action.
Akira Ioane, pictured in action for the NZ Maori, made one appearance for the All Blacks in late 2017. READ MORE:* Barrett to miss derby* Highlanders picking Hunt's brain* Hurricanes lose wing Ben Lam to French club Bordeaux* Brumbies desperate to end NZ Super Rugby hoodoo against unbeaten ChiefsANDREW CORNAGA/PHOTOSPORT Hoskins Sotutu has impressed Blues coach Leon MacDonald. Sotutu is going pretty well, and clearly coach Leon MacDonald, who said he only had room for one No 8 on tour, believes he's got more to offer. What are NZ Rugby doing to help the Blues? It's probably no coincidence Leon MacDonald was appointed head coach a few months later, with Tana Umaga demoted to assistant.