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
One person died after a crash on State Highway 2 by the Karangahake Gorge at the southern end of the Coromandel Peninsula at about 6.30pm yesterday evening. A police spokesperson said the person sustained serious injuries and was taken to hospital, where they later died. The crash raises the Queen's Birthday weekend holiday road death toll to two. Another person died after a crash involving a cyclist and vehicle, at an intersection along Hoon Hay Road in Christchurch, about 1pm yesterday afternoon. Police said the cyclist was taken to hospital with moderate injuries but their condition deteriorated and died in hospital.
May 31, 2020 03:56 UTC
Whakapapa and Tūroa ski areas will open on July 1, provided there is enough snow, of course. "It's expensive to operate lifts, and there's uncertainty around how much money the mountains will make," she said. Andy Jackson/Stuff Mt Ruapehu skifields are set to open on July 1. Leigh Berry from Ruapehu Mountain Motel and Lodge said Ohakune needed something to happen for the ski season. "Any ski season's going to be better than no ski season."
May 31, 2020 03:56 UTC
Minnesota Governor Tim Walz said the deployment was necessary because outside agitators were using protests over Floyd's death to sow chaos, and that he expected Saturday night's demonstrations to be the fiercest so far. Derek Chauvin is facing murder charges over George Floyd's death. Curfews were imposed in several major cities rocked by civil disturbances in recent days, including Atlanta, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Denver, Cincinnati, Portland, Oregon, and Louisville, Kentucky. Protests also flared on Saturday in Dallas, Chicago, Seattle, Salt Lake City and Cleveland. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti told reporters: "This is no longer a protest.
May 31, 2020 03:22 UTC
A big shake that rocked New Plymouth is "very unlikely" to be connected to the series of quakes that have hit the lower North Island in the last seven days. READ MORE:* Big shake from 4.9 magnitude quake near Taranaki* Three earthquakes rattle central North Island* Earthquake felt in Nelson"This is a very different fault system to the Levin sequence. The first struck near Levin and the second came just one day later. The 5.8 magnitude quake 30 kilometres northwest of Levin on Monday morning was followed by a 5.2 magnitude shake in the same location on Tuesday afternoon. Ben Murphy The 5.8 magnitude earthquake was felt over much of the country, seen here from Waitarere, near Levin.
May 31, 2020 02:54 UTC
Another large quake has hit the country, this time near New Plymouth in the North Island. The 2.35pm quake struck just 10km deep, about 35km north of the city, GeoNet reports. New Plymouth-based New Zealand Herald reporter Jamie Morton described the quake as a short, sharp and violent shake. It comes after the region was rocked by a 4.7 magnitude earthquake at 10.56pm yesterday which was felt by more than 10,000 people. About 180 people reported feeling the earthquake on the website; 140 reported weak shaking and 41 reported light shaking.
May 31, 2020 02:37 UTC
(File photo)The Department of Conservation's (DOC) ambitious tahr control programme is set to resume in July. DOC tahr programme manager James Holborow said it hoped to get the new programme under way in July. "This aerial monitoring survey would have helped us to gain a better understanding of the wider tahr population. "Since July 2019, we have collectively reduced the Himalayan tahr population on public conservation land by 12,000. "We are continuing to engage and work with a range of stakeholders that make up the Himalayan Tahr Plan Implementation Liaison Group," he said.
May 31, 2020 01:55 UTC
Netball's quad-series, which involves the sport's powerhouses Australia, New Zealand and England and was scheduled for September has been cancelled because of the coronavirus outbreak, Netball Australia says. The September series, which also included South Africa, was to be held in Australia and New Zealand. West, however, added that after discussions with Netball New Zealand, both countries were still committed to holding their trans-Tasman Constellation Cup series later this year. The Constellation Cup would be played after both countries completed their own domestic championships. New Zealand upset Australia to win the netball World Cup in England last year.
May 31, 2020 01:52 UTC
Hell Pizza says it has raised its prices in response to "a range of pressures". Hell Pizza has added alcohol to its delivery menu. The Kiwi chain has teamed up with Best Wine Co to deliver beer and wine along with its food. STUFF Hell Pizza made a name for itself with its stunts, but for many they leave a bad taste. “As well as working with Auckland-based Best Wine Co. to deliver the beer and wine, we’re also supporting top-quality local beer and winemakers."
May 31, 2020 01:38 UTC
A Geraldine bakery and café has reopened following lockdown is hoping there will be enough business to survive Covid-19 with no international visitors. “We hope that will be our point of difference going forward,” Craigie said. Mytchall Bransgrove/Stuff The mural by globe-trotting artist Graham Hennessy outside the bakery and café. While contactless deliveries of bakery goods were deemed essential in level four, the shop did not reopen in any capacity until Saturday. Renovations to the floor and ceiling were in progress when the country shifted into alert level two on May 13.
May 31, 2020 01:30 UTC
A woollen teddy bear modelled on New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern has raised nearly $2000 for a children's charity. READ MORE:* Canterbury grandma's 'Jacinda bear' auction raising money for children's charity* The end of the Ashley and Jacinda coronavirus show: 1pm joint press briefings to cease* Thanks for the good times level 3. Heard had raised more than $2000 but has now more than doubled her donation thanks to the Jacinda bear and a second special Covid-19 themed creation. The new owners gifted Ashley bear to a cancer ward. Someone suggested Heard then try a Jacinda bear, and she was glad she did after it raised $1820 on Trade Me.
May 31, 2020 01:18 UTC
There are no new cases of Covid-19 today, the ninth straight day of no new cases. The latest Ministry of Health update, released this afternoon, also confirmed that there is still one active case in New Zealand. The total number of confirmed cases remains at 1154, and the combined total of confirmed and probable cases remains at 1504. The Ministry said that using the app will help to identify, trace, test and isolate any cases of Covid-19. Yesterday was the eighth straight day of no new cases, and there was only one remaining active case.
May 31, 2020 01:07 UTC