A community space could be on the way for Hanley’s Farm if the Queenstown Lakes District Council agrees to underwrite about $1million to extend the size of the planned school’s hall. Vanessa van Uden, a Hanley’s Farm Primary School establishment board of trustees member, said the school planned to open in February 2022. "This isn’t about extra classrooms, or a hall big enough [for pupils], it’s about providing a space for a community — itinerant lessons, small meetings, dance classes, large functions. "The current rate in the Queenstown area, pre-Covid-19, is approximately $3800/sq m, so it is estimated that it will cost $950,000 for the provision of additional space. Should the funding be forthcoming, the hall could be expanded and then be able to be divided into flexible rooms for community and school use.
Wanaka property developer Northlake Investments Ltd has lost its appeal against a conviction for discharging a contaminant into water. The appeal was heard by Judge Karen Clark in the High Court at Invercargill in November, and her judgement was released last week. At its district court trial, Northlake argued it took the reasonable precautions of a prudent developer to prevent the discharge. Judge Clark noted the district court judge was "ultimately satisfied Northlake had not taken all reasonable precautions or appropriate preventive measures". Other grounds for appeal included the steps taken by Northlake and its contractor to avoid the problem.
The Otago Premier Schools competition is set to start on June 20 but there should be less travel for most school players. The premier competition will start two weeks before premier club rugby begins in Dunedin. The 12 teams will be split into a top six and bottom six at the start of the season based on last year’s results. Other school grades may start on June 27 depending on demand and the make-up of the region-wide under-18 grade is still being worked through. There will hopefully be a country hub and a hub with teams from Dunedin and Oamaru.
He suspects he has been recognised more for his role with the Maniototo community speaker system. When a Maniototo event requires a sound system, it is Mr Mason who is called on to deliver, set up and often operate the non-profit-making equipment. The first sound system was bought by a small trust for $750 in 1973 and it has been developed to now be valued at more than $100,000. "What makes the community speaker system special is that because it’s community owned we are able to put it to these functions at very cheap prices — in fact, in some cases it’s just a donation. He has represented New Zealand as a bagpiper at such events as the Royal Tattoo at Windsor Castle and the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, and he teaches the bagpipes to local pupils.
PHOTOS: PETER MCINTOSHRoofer John Meegan starts laying the first of 6500 roof slates on the 150-year-old Chingford Stables in North East Valley, Dunedin. The original slates had deteriorated and are being replaced with new ones from the Iberian Peninsula which match the original colours and shapes. Mr Meegan is a specialist slate craftsman who has been laying slate for nearly 50 years. The stables had a category 1 historic listing with Heritage NZ, which was looking into the origin of the original slates, a Dunedin City Council spokeswoman said. The original slates might have come from an old quarry near Timaru.
Fr Gerard Aynsley welcomes back parishioners to St Patrick’s Basilica in Dunedin yesterday during their first celebration of Mass since the Covid-19 lockdown. PHOTO: GERARD O’BRIENPeople were beaming with joy as they entered St Patrick’s Basilica in South Dunedin yesterday to celebrate Mass, Fr Gerard Aynsley says. The Mercy Parish-Whanau Aroha priest said Mass was some way off normal — chairs were separated and people signed in and out and could not mingle — but parishioners appreciated being back. Yesterday’s Mass was the first for the church since the Covid-19 lockdown was imposed in March. Churches were livestreaming services during lockdown and that is continuing post-lockdown.
Dunedin twins Alison Lewis (left) and Jane Bloore enjoy a stroll through the upper Dunedin Botanic Garden on a sunny autumn day yesterday. He said "climate drivers" might evolve late in winter or during spring, and there was potential for an Indian Ocean Dipole event and oceanic La Nina conditions, which could cause a change in temperature and rainfall patterns. "Although more westerly winds than normal are expected, the change in climate drivers could lead to periodic easterly quarter winds, particularly later in the winter season. In Southland and inland Otago, temperatures were equally likely to be near average or above average for the next three months; rainfall totals, soil moisture levels and river flows were most likely to be near normal. In coastal Otago, temperatures were most likely to be above average, and rainfall totals, soil moisture levels and river flows were most likely to be below normal.
We don’t know everything that happened before George Floyd was on the ground. But because there’s video, we have a reasonable sense of what happened afterwards. This degree of tension, even though the four Minneapolis officers involved in Floyd’s arrest had been quickly fired and state and federal investigations had been initiated. They don’t work, either, if escalated until others grow weary of the disruption and turn away from the cause. They don’t work, ultimately, without attention to the ballot box.
Black ice is one of the big winter driving dangers in certain regions like Central Otago. (File photo)Police have warned motorists in Dunedin to be mindful of the weather conditions after two crashes happened less than an hour apart likely due to black ice. “Motorists in Dunedin are being reminded to slow down and drive to the conditions,” police said in a statement. “Black ice is believed to be a factor in both crashes and a grit truck has been dispatched.”READ MORE:* Ice causes 34 crashes in one day* Icy roads cause multiple crashes in Central Otago* Motorists urged to take extra care on icy roadsBlack ice is one of the big winter driving issues in certain regions like Central Otago. Because it starts as a watery surface, black ice is very hard to spot because it's extremely thin - it might look like a harmless puddle.
May 31, 2020 09:56 UTC
A man in his early twenties will appear in court on Monday on charges of escaping police custody. A 21-year-old man who scaled a barbed-wire fence to escape police custody in Auckland three days ago has been arrested overnight. Cody Evans evaded police at Papakura District Court cell block after he was arrested for traffic-related offences on Thursday, inspector Alison Brand earlier said. He was located and arrested on Sunday night, police said in a statement on Monday morning. Evans would appear in court on Monday on charges of escaping custody.
May 31, 2020 09:56 UTC
Police block off Ponsonby Rd after a serious crash. A crash involving a vehicle and a pedestrian has one person seriously injured on Auckland's Ponsonby Rd. The incident happened about 7:15pm on Sunday near the intersection Hopetoun St in Ponsonby. Police said initial indications suggest one person has been seriously injured and the Serious Crash Unit has been called to the scene. Brad Flahive/Stuff An officer of the Serious Crash Unit investigates vehicle at the scene of the Ponsonby Rd crash.
May 31, 2020 08:11 UTC
Businesses along Victoria St in central Christchurch are struggling to attract customers following lockdown and now have extensive roadworks to deal with. Alden Williams/Stuff Victoria St in Christchurch has been dug up as the storm water drains are replaced. Alden Williams/Stuff Workers put up a sign directing drivers to parking near Victoria St on Tuesday. June 2018 – Property investor Glen Stapley says the uncertainty over what will happen to Victoria St is affecting the confidence of potential tenants. January 2020 – Fulton Hogan is awarded a $13.3m contract to do the Victoria St work and work planned for Hereford St in the central city.
May 31, 2020 07:52 UTC
Father Simon Story during the 9.30am mass at St Joseph's Church on Sunday. It was a tentative but good return to mass at New Plymouth's St Joseph's Church on Sunday, as the limit on gatherings in New Zealand went up from 10 to 100. "It's just nice to be able to start up again after lockdown and gain some momentum again and routine," Story said. The move has also been a positive one for the wedding industry, Louise Campbell from Taranaki Weddings said, but there were still a lot of rules to follow for those tying the knot under level 2. Campbell urged couples and brides to support local vendors and shops, including for last year's couples to nominate their vendors for the upcoming Taranaki Wedding Industry Awards.
May 31, 2020 05:15 UTC
Southern Institute of Technology, Invercargill campus enrolments decrease by more than 100 full-time equivalent studentsDespite the Covid-19 pandemic, the Southern Institute of Technology has increased the number of enrolments from the previous year. SIT's overall enrolments across all campuses including its online service SIT2LRN were at 3853 full time equivalent students as of May 18, 2020, an increase of more than 100 students from the previous year. SIT had 3745 full-time equivalent students as of May 19, 2019.International numbers also increased from 610 to 670 full-time equivalent students. Its Telford campus saw almost double the number of enrolments, while its Invercargill campus decreased by more than a 100 students. Southern Institute of Technology limited held its first meeting under its New Zealand Institute of Technology last week.
May 31, 2020 05:15 UTC
Taranaki Air Ambulance Trust pilot Eloise Campbell flew the Beechcraft King Air C90A on 61 flights to hospitals in the North and South Islands during April. A year after losing an aircraft in a crash Taranaki's dedicated air ambulance service is flying more missions than ever under a new operator with a more powerful plane, the trust which manages the operation says. Taranaki Air Ambulance Trust spokesman David Drummond said in the past 12 months the trust had "never been busier." READ MORE:* Taranaki air ambulance stoush heads to court for alleged contract breach* Former Taranaki air ambulance operator in dispute with charitable trust as new partnership formed* Taranaki Air Ambulance's crash-landed plane for sale - on Trade MeThe relationship between the trust and the Napier-based Skyline Aviation had been positive since the company began flights using a Beechcraft King Air C90A in late 2019, he said. Taranaki-Daily-News Taranaki Air Ambulance trustee David Drummond said the service had been "busier than ever" in the past year.
May 31, 2020 05:03 UTC