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. He said the watch was valid from 1am until 1pm, when rainfall amounts may approach warning criteria, especially in the north of the region. Otago could also expect rain - with coastal and inland areas set for a soaking as the cold front moved through. Residents were advised to keep up to date with the latest forecasts in case the watches were upgraded, or further areas were added. MetService also said snow was possible on some southern roads, including the Lindis Pass (State Highway 8), the Crown Range Road and the Milford Road (SH94).
June 02, 2020 22:52 UTC
A US flag burns during a protest near the White House in response to the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Photographer Mandy Bean (53), the former chief reporter of Allied Press’ Gore newspaper The Ensign, lives in Minneapolis. Concerns had been raised about other incidents involving police officers killing African-American men in the area in the past. "There are some really bad cops in Minneapolis," Bean said, although she she believed the city’s police chief, Medaria Arradondo, was a "decent man". "He said yesterday the next generation of officers are being trained differently when it comes to interacting with African-American men."
June 02, 2020 22:52 UTC
It's alleged the officers were grossly negligent in their duty of care, leading to the death of a man in a Taranaki police cell in early hours of June 1, 2019. Three Taranaki police officers have been charged with manslaughter. It has been alleged the officers were grossly negligent in their duty of care to the victim and that this negligence was a causal factor in his death. READ MORE:* Three police officers charged with manslaughter* Taranaki police arrest two for property crimes* Taranaki police cell death still before the coroner, IPCAPolice officers were called to a family harm incident at a Hāwera address about 11.30pm on May 31, 2019. Following the year-long investigation, three Taranaki police officers appeared in New Plymouth District Court on Wednesday.
June 02, 2020 22:52 UTC
Nina Brown. Photo: Geoff SloanNew Zealand's oldest resident, Nina Brown, has died in a Christchurch rest home aged 108. She lived at Windsor Care Retirement Village in Shirley where she died "peacefully" on May 29. She would always tell staff at the village she was "going to be the oldest New Zealander one day". At her 108th birthday party in September, Nina received a hand-written card from Prime Minister Jacinda Arden and cards from Mayor Lianne Dalziel, the Queen and Government House.
June 02, 2020 22:18 UTC
Fly by Wire is perhaps the most insane, adrenaline-fuelled Kiwi ride that you've never heard of. It's perhaps best thought of as a rocket, meets an air force jet - all connected to a wire. Dominion-Post You'll find Fly By Wire at Paekakariki, 30 minutes north of Wellington. The-Dominion-Post KÄpiti Coast Mayor K Guruanthan was one of the first punters on the newly-opened ride Fly by WirePilots will have a chuckle at the name "Fly by Wire". At the moment, there is only one Fly by Wire in the world, but an Australian company is looking to set one up near Brisbane.
June 02, 2020 21:55 UTC
The National Party is raising further questions about whether refugee journalist Behrouz Boochani should have been allowed into New Zealand in the first place. The National Party is surprised New Zealand immigration officials didn't consult their Australian counterparts before granting a visa to refugee author Behrouz Boochani. Immigration New Zealand said it did not seek information from across the ditch before granting the Kurdish-Iranian author a visa. JASON DORDAY/STUFF Iranian writer and refugee Behrouz Boochani in the Gus Fischer gallery in Auckland. The-Press Iranian-Kurdish journalist Behrouz Boochani speaks at the WORD Christchurch at Christchurch Boys High School last year.
June 02, 2020 21:33 UTC
Behrouz Boochani. Photo: Behrouz Boochani / Hoda AfsharThe National Party was surprised New Zealand immigration officials didn't consult with their Australian counterparts before granting a visa to refugee author Behrouz Boochani. "When you apply for a visitor visa you must plan to leave before your visa expires," Smith said. Mayor Lianne Dalziel and refugee journalist Behrouz Boochani upon his arrival in Christchurch in November 2019. "I can confirm that Behrouz Boochani was granted a Limited Visa for the specific purpose of speaking at a conference in Christchurch.
June 02, 2020 20:48 UTC
Coverage by Stuff and The Press of the Christchurch mosque shootings has been recognised with top honours at the International News Media Association (INMA) awards. INMA's 2020 Global Media Award winners were chosen from 922 entries from 262 news brands in 44 countries. Stuff and The Press won the "Best in Show" for the Asia/Pacific region for coverage of the mosque shootings. In this case The Press had won first place for Best Use of Print for its coverage of the March 15 terror attacks. The-Press The Press won praise for its coverage of the March 15 terrorist attack on two Christchurch mosques.
June 02, 2020 20:48 UTC
Further water restrictions are in the pipeline as Auckland dams fall to critical levelsA leading water organisation believes recycling wastewater for drinking could help solve water shortages - if people were happy to drink it. Auckland is currently facing its worst drought on record – leading to unprecedented bans on outdoor water use – and is looking overseas for answers. The practice has been in place since 2002 and the water quality from the plants exceeds the WHO standards for drinking water. “I was personally involved in this in the late 1990s where we looked at recycling wastewater for dairy pastures in the Waikato,” he said. David White/Stuff Unprecedented bans on outdoor water use have been introduced and further bans could impact the economy.
June 02, 2020 20:37 UTC
An Auckland dairy was transformed to look like 1990s Dunedin for the filming of a series about the Bain family murders. The crew for the Warner Bros production Black Hands were caught filming at the Calliope Superette in Auckland's North Shore on Tuesday. The show stars Joel Tobeck, newcomer Richard Crouchley as David Bain and is directed by David Stubbs. Stuff David Bain at his home in Christchurch after the Government's compensation announcement. Journalist and narrator Martin van Beynen spent years researching, writing and recording the podcast series, released in 2017.
June 02, 2020 19:41 UTC
Rangiora Bunnings is one of seven that will close by the end of June as a result of Covid-19. Bunnings Warehouse has confirmed the closure of seven stores by the end of June, affecting 145 staff. The final decision to close stores had been driven by the trading environment that resulted from Covid-19 and from other factors including lease arrangements, individual store performance and location, Bunnings New Zealand director Jacqui Coombes said. The seven stores were expected to close by the end of June, so staff would be employed at the stores for another four weeks to help pack down the stores, she said. Bunnings closed three smaller format stores at Te Aroha, Waikenae and Paeroa following a review late last year.
June 02, 2020 18:56 UTC
Australian Ambassador to the US Arthur Sinodinos said on Tuesday he was "aware of the treatment" inflicted on Amelia Brace and Tim Myers. Brace was clubbed with a truncheon and Myers hit with a riot shield while covering peaceful protests in Washington DC's Lafayette Square on Monday. "We are providing consular support to the Australian citizens involved and my team will continue to check on their wellbeing," Sinodinos said. "We are in discussion with the State Department and they have offered assistance to identify where the complaint should be targeted. Brace and Myers were shot with rubber bullets and struggled to breathe after tear gas was fired at the crowd.
June 02, 2020 18:56 UTC
Neighbourly's Local Likes campaign asks people to highlight a business nearby that they love and let others in their neighbourhoods know. Now we've got freedom to head out and shop, now is the time to put your money where your mouth is and support local, business leaders say. Neighbourly's Local Likes campaign is asking people to highlight a business nearby that they love and let others in their neighbourhoods know. UNSPLASH Local businesses need foot-traffic and online traffic and money going through the tills. Visit www.neighbourly.co.nz/locallikes to nominate your favourite local business, with two $100 vouchers to be won each week over the next eight weeks.
It is not feasible to immediately stop extracting and using fossil fuels. But over time, we need to displace fossil fuels with low-carbon renewable energy sources. The aim of governments, local and national, should be to encourage reduced use of fossil fuels by supporting renewable energy systems. A steel mill in Sweden uses "green hydrogen", produced by using renewable electricity to split water into hydrogen and oxygen. The costs and benefits of changeThere are many alternatives to fossil fuels with far lower carbon footprints.
Fresh from LA, Avatar star Cliff Curtis spoke to west Auckland students about the film industry and the future of Māori cinema. The film industry roared into life too, after 56 film workers from the United States were waved through New Zealand’s strict border restrictions to quarantine at Wellington’s QT hotel after they had chartered a flight from Los Angeles, a coronavirus hotspot. Supplied The sequels to Avatar will be made in New Zealand thanks to a generous Government subsidy. PIKI FILMS/YouTube Taika Waititi's film Hunt for the Wilderpeople is still the highest grossing Kiwi film ever made. It’s true that Wellington in particular has benefited from having so much film production work carried out there.