Three Russians and one Ukrainian national have been identified as suspects in the 2014 downing of passenger flight MH17, investigators say. There was a direction line of military command between the Ukrainian rebels and the Russian Federation, the investigators said. READ MORE:* Australia, Netherlands accuses Russia of direct role in shooting down MH17* Investigators: Russian military missile downed Flight MH17* Suspects in downing of flight MH17 to be tried in NetherlandsA former rebel leader in eastern Ukraine has denied that the separatists are to blame. One of the named murder suspects also denied that Ukrainian separatists shot down the plane. AFP Wreckage of the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 in a hangar on Gilze-Rijen airbase in the Netherlands.
June 19, 2019 10:35 UTC
Kayne Hammington clears the ball from a ruck for the Highlanders against the Crusaders earlier this season. He agreed with Franks that the Highlanders' scrum is one of the best around. "They probably could have played in the bye week, so to give them an extra week is great timing. A month later in Christchurch the Crusaders comfortably won 43-17. Crusaders team to play Highlanders at Christchurch Stadium on Friday, kick-off 7.35pm is: 15.
June 19, 2019 07:30 UTC
Air New Zealand chief executive Christopher Luxon has resigned. Photo: NZ HeraldAir New Zealand chief executive Christopher Luxon has hinted at a move into politics as he resigned from the national carrier this evening. Luxon will step down from day to day leadership of the airline on September 25, Air NZ said in a statement tonight. From September 25, the departed chief executive will move to advise and support the incoming chairman and new chief executive, Carter said. "The board has commenced an international search and expects to be in a position to announce the appointment of a new chief executive officer in the near future."
June 19, 2019 06:45 UTC
The scene of a serious crash south of WhangareiEmergency services are attending a fatal crash that has closed State Highway 1 in Oakleigh, south of Whangarei. One person died in the two-vehicle crash, which happened around 5.50pm on Wednesday near the intersection of SH1 and Springfield Road in Oakleigh. The Serious Crash Unit has been advised the spokesperson said. NZTA said SH1 had been closed following the crash and commuters should allow an extra 25 minutes for the detour. At 6.45pm it said it expected the stretch of road to remain closed for three hours.
June 19, 2019 06:34 UTC
Air New Zealand CEO Christopher Luxon reveals he's leaving the airline after seven years in the top job. Air New Zealand chief executive officer Christopher Luxon resigned on Wednesday evening, hinting at a possible future in politics. Luxon was the highest-paid chief executive of any company on the New Zealand stock exchange last year, earning $4.2 million. "It was on this day seven years ago that Christopher's appointment to the role of chief executive officer of Air New Zealand was announced," Carter said. The board has commenced an international search and expects to be in a position to announce the appointment of a new chief executive in the near future.
June 19, 2019 06:27 UTC
Paul Dwyer in his weekly rugby column has been promising some players who have gone above and beyond for their clubs a bag of Goodies from Speights. He comes good on his promise and has Hayden Finch from Speights deliver the said goodies into the studio to Nathan O'Brien from Dunedin RC and Chris Bell from Zingari RC. Nathan played two full games for Dunedin out of position within 18 hours and Chris reached 250 games for Zingari earlier this year. They talk to Paul about their experiences.
June 19, 2019 06:00 UTC
Photo: ODT stock imageA driver was injured in another crash involving trucking firm Summerland last night, as a police investigation into claims of illegal hours by a former driver for the embattled company continues. A police spokeswoman said the vehicle was off the road but the driver was not trapped and was out of the truck on the arrival of emergency services. He did not want to comment further on the crash as the NZ Transport Agency was investigating earlier incidents involving the company. "For example, one [of] New Zealand's leading fleet tracking systems, EROAD, has been tracking truck speed in 2700 heavy transport organisations. In March, former Summerland truck driver Vasile Urechiatu, who quit after repeatedly working more than 70 hours a week, came forward to the Otago Daily Times to say he feared he was going to cause a serious crash.
June 19, 2019 05:26 UTC
Auckland is built on one of the densest volcanic fields in the world, with more than 50 vents dotted around the city. It's only a matter of time before Auckland's next volcanic eruption, but what will it look like and how could it impact residents? READ MORE:* Aucklanders could have just five days' warning before a volcanic eruption* Auckland's next big eruption likely to come from a volcano that doesn't yet exist, scientists say* Volcanic eruption could cripple Auckland's transport networkTHE ODDS ARE IN YOUR FAVOURFirst things first: If you're reading this in 2019, the odds are an eruption won't happen in your lifetime. About 50 volcanoes have been produced in the Auckland region over about 200,000 years, or one every 4,000 years on average. The third episode in a three-part series on New Zealand's volcanic history, it simulates a volcanic eruption in Auckland, and the AEM's response to it.
June 19, 2019 05:15 UTC
US boy Braydon Smith had a US$30 gift card to spend as he was walking down an aisle at Academy Sports + Outdoors and saw an axe and a machete. Braydon used the tools in the backyard of his gray mobile home that sits amid winding rural roads, open pastures and plenty of woods to explore. JULIA WALL/RALEIGH NEWS & OBSERVER/TNS Braydon Smith fought off an intruder with a machete. "He grabbed my machete and told me to sit on the ground and get in the closet," Braydon said. Smith told Braydon if someone breaks in with a gun, let them take everything.
June 19, 2019 04:52 UTC
The two planes crashed on their approach to Hood Aerodrome. The two pilots killed in a light plane crash near Masterton on Sunday have been named by police. Skydive Wellington pilot Joshua Christensen, 20, and Wairarapa Aero Club member Craig McBride, likely died on impact when their light aircraft collided at an altitude of around 90m near the Hood Aerodrome. The skydiving plane was returning to Hood Aerodrome after dropping off four parachutists who successfully completed their jumps prior to the fatal crash. "We would like to thank the first responders and the wider aviation community for their support at this tragic time."
June 19, 2019 04:41 UTC
Foulden Maar, home to 23 million-year-old fossils was to be mined for stock food. The site included Foulden Maar – a volcanic crater where fish, insects and plants have become fossilised under layers of organic matter. Kimberley Collins, of Save Foulden Maar, told Stuff the focus for the group would now move towards public ownership of the site. "So we can protect Foulden Maar in its entirety and in perpetuity for scientific research." She questioned why the company would take on Foulden Maar if it was having financial difficulties.
PHOTO: GERARD O’BRIENNew Zealanders shivered through the year's coldest morning today, but few will have experienced the kind of crushing cold of the country's lowest recorded temperatures. Dunedin got down to -4C and Auckland dipped to 5C at the airport and 1C in some inland areas. This is the most intense cold experienced in that district since it was settled. Central Otago residents recalled that the cold snap of 1995 froze livestock to the ground and hens to their perches. The southern city was cut off for days, with snow a metre deep in Roslyn and Maori Hill.
June 19, 2019 04:30 UTC
An artist's impression of a planned expansion of Merivale Mall from Aikmans Rd. Plans for a massive expansion of Christchurch's Merivale Mall will go ahead without any public consultation. The mall's owner, TEL Property Nominees Ltd, wants to almost double the size of the mall, build a three-level car park and 24 homes. SUPPLIED A $10m makeover of Merivale Mall was completed last year. READ MORE:* Christchurch suburban mall plans massive expansion* Revamped Merivale Mall pulls in the fashion store brands* New shops, amenities in Merivale mall $10m makeoverThe expansion was proposed to be built on the existing outdoor car park, with retail and food premises on the ground floor and car parks spread across three levels on top, reaching a height of 12 metres.
Traffic is being diverted down Red Beach Rd, Red Beach. A motorbike rider has been left seriously injured after colliding with a car in north Auckland. Auckland Transport said the crash at the intersection of John Dee Cres and Whangaparāoa Rd in Red Beach had originally closed part of the road. Traffic is being diverted down Red Beach Rd but motorists can expect significant delays. The serious crash unit has been advised of the incident.
Richie Mo'unga, left, and George Bridge have strongly rejected the allegations made against them while touring South Africa last month. Crusaders boss Colin Mansbridge is in the same boat as everybody else when it comes to waiting for the results of the investigation into alleged misbehaviour from some of his players. READ MORE* Crusaders investigation drags on* Crusaders' selfie 'gone wrong'* Crusaders make contact over claims* Mo'unga accused of spitting beer over womanThe investigation dragging on has prompted some people to fire up social media and take pot shots at the Christchurch-based franchise for not delivering any news. They are the two named players allegedly involved in off-field incidents during the Crusaders' tour of South Africa last month. Stuff contacted Dyhrberg 10 days after she started the investigation, asking whether she had received, or viewed, any CCTV footage, or could confirm a deadline to the investigation.