Taranaki leaders are looking forward to moving to level 1. Coronavirus alert level one can't come soon enough for New Plymouth MP Jonathan Young, and he's not the only one in Taranaki champing at the bit. Restrictions on gatherings will be removed and all current Covid-19 rules applying to businesses and services will lift under alert level 1, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced. The Government has been under increasing pressure to drop levels, including from Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters. New Plymouth mayor Neil Holdom said it was time for Kiwis to pat themselves on the back.
June 03, 2020 05:03 UTC
The Akaroa Lighthouse. Photo: Newsline / CCCThe machinery inside a well known Canterbury lighthouse is set to be revealed in all its glory. A heritage incentive grant of $4872 has been given to the Akaroa Lighthouse Preservation Society, a registered charity, so visitors can view the original machinery inside the Akaroa Lighthouse. The lighthouse is currently closed, but the society plans to re-open it after the improvements have been carried out. The society plans to hold a 40th anniversary celebration in October to mark the lighthouse's move to its current location.
June 03, 2020 03:45 UTC
Recidivist conman Gordon Bayne was sentenced at the Auckland District Court. (FILE PHOTO)A recidivist concrete con-man who ripped off customers to the tune of thousands of dollars has been jailed. However, following that meeting with the OA, he applied for consent to be self-employed operating a concrete business. At the sentencing, Judge Thomas said Bayne deliberately and illegally ran the concrete business using different aliases in an attempt to shield from the OA. Judge Thomas acknowledged these charges weren't about the losses towards the customers but the judgment creditors.
June 03, 2020 03:45 UTC
American-born Geraldine resident Mark Bourassa hopes the violent protests in his homeland over the death of George Floyd at the hands of police will "awaken" change. Minneapolis resident Floyd died from asphyxiation while handcuffed and lying face down on the ground, a police officer kneeling on his neck. He said his own parents disliked native Americans and were overtly racist about coloured and black people. Where they lived, there were few African-Americans but a number of Native Americans, he said. He draws parallels between Native Americans in the USA, and Maori in New Zealand.
New River Estuary, in Invercargill, will benefit from a funding boost to clean up the country's waterways. The dream for Southlanders to swim safely in local spots during summer may soon be a reality thanks to a $700 million national funding boost. The Action for Healthy Waterways Package, announced by the Government on Thursday, will create new jobs and benefit the value of New Zealand's agriculture export and tourism offerings, as well as cleaning up waterways. Clean water and sustainable farming is entwined with the economic success of the sector, it isn’t one or the other." Supplied Labour MP Dr Liz Craig welcomed the funding to clean up waterways.
A popular dairy in Dunedin's student quarter has pulled golliwogs from sale. A photo supplied to Stuff showed the knitted dolls were wrapped in plastic and for sale as recently as Monday. But as the Black Lives Matter protests gain traction around the world, the owners have come under increasing pressure to pull the controversial dolls from sale. The sale of the dolls were highlighted in an online story by student magazine Critic, with some threatening to boycott the popular store. Race relations professor at Massey University, Paul Spoonley, said he found it "surprising and very disappointing" that Kiwis still did not understand how offensive golliwogs were.
Image: MetServiceThe first major cold snap of the winter is expected to hit much of the southern region on Friday and Saturday, bringing snow down to 400 metres. ‘‘Another period of rain or showers and strong southerlies is forecast for many areas over the weekend. ‘‘Snow is forecast down to 400 metres over southern New Zealand on Saturday, likely affecting many of the South Island mountains and passes.’’MetService said snow was possible on the Lindis Pass (State Highway 8), the Crown Range Road linking Queenstown and Wanaka, and the Milford Road (SH94). A MetService spokesman said a cold front was forecast to move northwards across the South Island, bringing a cold southerly change and rain to many places - particularly in Southland, where a "heavy rain watch" was now in force. Otago could also expect rain - with coastal and inland areas set for a soaking as the cold front moved through.
June 03, 2020 03:22 UTC
Rebecca Wright-Meldrum, pictured with the cigarette, allegedly murder Angela Blackmoore in 1995. The woman accused of killing pregnant Christchurch mother Angela Blackmoore quarter of a century ago was one of her friends. The-Press Angela Blackmoore and her partner Laurie Anderson had recently learned she was pregnant. IAIN MCGREGOR/Stuff Young mother Angela Blackmoore was stabbed 39 times in the kitchen-dining area of her Christchurch home in 1995. The-Press Jeremy Powell pictured at his 21st birthday, a month after he killed Angela Blackmoore.
June 03, 2020 03:11 UTC
An Invercargill woman who died in 2018 drank up to two litres of coke a day. An Invercargill man says his partner, who died from an epileptic seizure in 2018, was addicted to Coca-Cola drinking up to two litres a day. Children in England could be banned from buying energy drinks under plans being considered by the government. Supplied Invercargill woman Natasha Harris' death in 2010 was linked to excessive coke consumption. In 2010, Invercargill woman Natasha Harris' death was linked to excessive coke consumption.
June 03, 2020 03:00 UTC
Former Blues rugby midfielder Matt Johnson is battling for his life after open heart surgery. Wilma McCorkindale/Stuff Buxton Popoaliâi suffered rheumatic heart disease growing up in Porirua. For Popoali'i, rheumatic fever not only cut short a promising rugby career, it nearly cost him his life. Popoali'i's aorta was replaced and one heart valve is now made of metal. While his heart is functioning properly, he will require daily medication and blood thinners for the rest of his life.
June 03, 2020 03:00 UTC
Working from home and being stylish and not normally concepts that go together. And let's face it, the busier you get with your workload, the messier your desk (and home) get. I like to think my home office is a little bit stylish – it's a black glass-topped desk in a corner of my black-walled living room. It may be the corner of the living room, a mezzanine area, a place under the stairs or beneath a gabled roof. “It’s not that we need more space at home, just more dedicated and separate work or study spaces.
June 03, 2020 02:37 UTC
Photo: Arts CanterburyA Christchurch art gallery has apologised and pulled down controversial art after complaints the works appropriated Māori culture. Windsor Gallery has removed Rhonye McIlroy's art, which included a painting of a white woman with a moko kauae, bare breasted, wearing bondage. Moa was one of many who complained to the gallery after the images emerged on social media this week. Windsor Gallery spokesman Cameron Taylor said they had assumed McIlroy had done her groundwork before hiring the gallery to exhibit her artworks. "Please leave moko - facial moko - for Māori - that is what makes Māori unique," he said.
June 03, 2020 02:26 UTC
What does alert level 1 look like? Under alert level 1, Covid-19 is considered contained in New Zealand, according to the Government's Unite against Covid website. In level 1 people and businesses should be "vigilant" and prepared to quickly move into higher alert levels, Ardern said. Ardern said in alert level 1 it was a matter of being prepared to contact trace successfully in the event of a case being confirmed. Restrictions on restaurants will be relaxed under alert level 1.
June 03, 2020 02:26 UTC
All Blacks and Crusaders hooker Codie Taylor wants people to "stand together and look at each other as equals''. All Blacks Codie Taylor and Josh Ioane have made a public stand against racism by posting a “black square’’ on their social media accounts. Sydney Seshibedi/Getty-Images One-test All Black Josh Ioane has made a stand against racism in the wake of the death of George Floyd. I have been following the George Floyd (situation),’’ Ioane said. Asked if he had experienced racism, Taylor, 29, replied: “I probably have.
June 03, 2020 02:03 UTC
The top of the south is already suffering the fallout from Covid-19, with unemployment doubling since the beginning of lockdown. Nelson City Council Mayor Rachel Reese addressed councillors about the situation during an Annual Plan meeting at council chambers on Wednesday. "I've been told that is the highest rate of unemployment rise in New Zealand. She said while under normal circumstances unemployment figures for under-30s would be around 30 per cent, since March 20 those figures were now approaching 45 per cent. Martin De Ruyter/Stuff Reese made her comments at a meeting of the Nelson City Council, where deliberations were being made on the 2020/21 Annual Plan.
June 03, 2020 01:52 UTC