New Zealand
Pilotless air taxis now flying openly in New Zealand
Russian spy scandal: Britain reaches out to New Zealand
Efforts to reduce plastic in seas 'meaningless' without knowing where it is from - National
Sun strike cause of fatal motorcycle crash near Palmerston North, coroner rules
Safe containing cash found in Auckland rubbish pile by council contractors
Car stolen at gunpoint in Tokoroa
Taranaki high school student dies of meningococcal disease
Pilotless air taxis now flying openly in New Zealand
2018-04-19 07:01:37 Ride in a pilotless flying taxi, anyone? Larry Page’s Kitty Hawk has been testing such a vehicle in New Zealand since late last year and is coming out of stealth mode, the Silicon Valley company announced recently. “The dreamers from California met the visionaries from New Zealand,” Kitty Hawk said in a press release that lauds New Zealand for having “a government and society with an eye to the horizon   Read More ...
New Zealand Says It Will Now Ban Russian Diplomats Expelled by Allies
2018-03-30 05:24:49 After failing to locate any Russian intelligence agents of its own to expel in the wake of a nerve agent attack on an ex-spy in Britain that has been blamed on Moscow, New Zealand has vowed to prohibit entry to any Russian diplomats kicked out by other countries, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced Thursday. Western countries’ relations with Moscow have soured after Britain blamed the Kremlin for the attempted assassination of former double agent Sergei Skripal   Read More ...
New Zealand puts aside Russia trade plans after nerve attack
2018-03-16 19:54:58 WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) -- New Zealand on Friday put aside plans to pursue a free-trade deal with Russia and joined other nations in condemning the country following the poisoning of a former spy in Britain. New Zealand had come under increasing pressure from allies to denounce Russia following the nerve agent attack on Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury   Read More ...
NZ boy sends message in a bottle. Eight years on, it turns up in Spain
2018-03-13 10:46:09 Standing on the end of Manganese Point in Northland, Jana Joy threw a message in a bottle into the harbour: Eight years later, it washed up on the shore of a Spanish beach. In 2010 her son Julien, who was seven at the time, had penned the message and put it in the glass bottle. His mum was skeptical it would get very far   Read More ...
Hastings District Council review of speed limits goes to hearings committee
2018-03-13 10:23:10 A hearing is due to be held early in May, after Hastings District Council's consultation on changing the speed limits on several roads around the district. A council spokesperson said the council received about 800 submissions on the review - more than 750 from the general public and about 30 from key stakeholders. The review was requested by the public because of urban expansion and more driveways, as well as other road layout safety issues   Read More ...
No miscarriage of justice at stop-go murder trial - Crown
2018-03-13 10:22:59 A police interview with a man later convicted of killing roadworker, George Taiaroa, in 2013 seriously breached his rights, but the Crown says that does not warrant any reduction in his sentence. Lawyers for Quinton Winders went to the Court of Appeal on Tuesday seeking to overturn his conviction and sentence. Winders was sentenced to life imprisonment and ordered to spend at least 17 years behind bars for murdering Mr Taiaroa, who was shot dead while operating a stop-go sign in Waikato   Read More ...
Teen kept in police cells for six nights
2018-03-13 10:22:54 A 15-year-old was held in a police station for six nights because there were no beds at any Oranga Tamariki facility in the country. The Nelson boy's lawyer says he is lodging a complaint with the Children's Commissioner over the incident, and said holding youths in cells should be made illegal. The teenager, who was arrested last Wednesday and charged with burglary, was declined bail at a hearing the next day   Read More ...
Peters raises 'grave concerns' over UK nerve agent attack
2018-03-13 10:22:49 New Zealand has raised "grave concerns" about a nerve agent attack in the United Kingdom, which Britain blames on Russia and is calling for an international investigation. The UK today issued an ultimatum, saying Moscow was "highly likely" to be behind the poisoning of a former spy Sergei Skripal and had till Wednesday to respond. Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters said New Zealand was deeply disturbed at any use of banned chemical substances   Read More ...
BRONZE Medal Alert - ADAM HALL at PyeongChang 2018
2018-03-13 10:17:10 Paralympic Winter Games Kiwi Para skier Adam Hall has just won a bronze medal in the Men’s Super Combined at the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games. This takes New Zealand to two medals overall, following Corey Peters’ bronze on Saturday in the Men’s Downhill Sitting event. This is New Zealand’s 30th winter Paralympic medal and New Zealand’s 220th Paralympic medal overall, summer and winter   Read More ...
FMA rejected 2015 complaint on CBL prospectus
2018-03-13 10:17:04 UPDATE: FMA rejected 2015 complaint CBL prospectus included 'blatant lie', emails show (Updates to add Waterhouse's use of a pseudonym in 5th paragraph) By Sophie Boot. March 13 (BusinessDesk) - The Financial Markets Authority was warned of potential issues at CBL Corp before the insurance services group went public in 2015 but dismissed the complaints from a businessman whose company was caught in a US probe over "fraudulent" insurance sales   Read More ...
Step-dad of woman killed in fatal crash says 'innocent people can't keep dying'
2018-03-13 10:05:01 A man whose step-daughter was killed during a police pursuit says "innocent people can't keep dying". Toni Jarvis' comments come after three people – driver Johnathan Tairakena, his passenger Phillip Stretch and mother Carmen Marie Yanko – died after Tairakena crossed the centre line during a police chase on State Highway 6 at Hope, south of Nelson about 5.40am on Sunday   Read More ...
Aussies seek to banish test batting blues after embarrassing second test collapse
2018-03-13 10:04:46 Australia return to the scene of one of the nation's most embarrassing collapses with a clear message from coach Darren Lehmann: bat better. The tourists headed to Cape Town on Tuesday following a six-wicket loss in Port Elizabeth, where South Africa levelled the four-test series thanks to masterful performances from AB de Villiers and Kagiso Rabada. Rabada, who is set to miss the third and fourth tests through suspension, rocked the visiting batsmen with raw pace and reverse-swing while taking 11-150 at St George's Park   Read More ...
Venus beats Serena in the Williams sisters clash at Indian Wells
2018-03-13 09:43:31 Venus Williams has defeated younger sister Serena 6-3 6-4 in the third round of the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells, her first win in the sibling rivalry since 2014. It was the sisters' earliest meeting since a 17-year-old Venus beat 16-year-old Serena in the second round of the 1998 Australian Open. They played Monday night (Tuesday NZT) for the first time since last year's Australian Open final, when a pregnant Serena won her 23rd grand slam title   Read More ...
Russian spy scandal: Britain reaches out to New Zealand
2018-03-13 09:43:26 New Zealand has condemned a nerve agent attack in Britain and is urging an international investigation after the United Kingdom pointed the finger at Russia. British diplomats took the extraordinary step on Tuesday of briefing New Zealand media on the Salisbury spy attack after its prime minister Theresa May issued an ultimatum to Moscow over the poisoning. The briefing looks to be part of a world wide effort by Britain to stir up condemnation of Moscow over the attack against a back drop of what May labelled a "a well-established pattern of Russian state aggression"   Read More ...
Letter to AG on behalf of villagers in Baghlan
2018-03-13 09:13:41 Hon David Parker. Attorney-General. Parliament Buildings. New Zealand. Re: Investigation into New Zealand Defence Force actions in Afghanistan. Terms of Reference. Dear Sir,1 We write to you further to our previous correspondence of 17 November 2017 and 15 February 2018 regarding “Operation Burnham” and the need for an independent inquiry. We understand that the Government is currently giving active consideration to the initiation of an independent inquiry into Operation Burnham and related matters   Read More ...
Woods says low income people shouldn't subsidise solar power
2018-03-13 09:13:34 Energy Minister Woods says low income people shouldn't subsidise solar power By Pattrick Smellie. March 13 (BusinessDesk) - Energy Minister Megan Woods has told a major electricity industry conference the government is watching to make sure low-income consumers don't end up facing higher electricity costs caused by wealthier people installing solar power units. Commenting for the first time in detail to an industry audience on the electricity sector review promised in last year's coalition government agreement, Woods said the review would focus on whether the current regulatory framework remained appropriate "as we look to the future"   Read More ...
MARKET CLOSE: NZ shares rise on Summerset upgrade
2018-03-13 09:13:30 MARKET CLOSE: NZ shares rise on Summerset upgrade; Synlait gains while Argosy, Strike shed dividends By Paul McBeth. March 13 (BusinessDesk) - New Zealand shares rose, bucking a selloff in most stock markets across Asia, as an analyst upgrade for Summerset Group pushed the retirement village operator to a record high. Synlait Milk gained, while Stride Property and Argosy Property fell after shedding dividend rights   Read More ...
Massive demand for 2029 NZ govt bonds: $5B bid for $2B
2018-03-13 09:13:26 Massive demand for 2029 NZ govt bonds: $5B bid for $2B on offer By Rebecca Howard. March 13 (BusinessDesk) - The New Zealand Debt Management Office's sale of a new April 20, 2029, bond was 2 1/2 times overbid as investors looked to lock in attractive long-term interest rates ahead of what looks to be a gradual rise in global interest rates   Read More ...
Debate flares on whether women's rugby should use a smaller ball than men's
2018-03-13 08:45:48 The Black Ferns' most capped player, Anna Richards, doesn't think there is a statistical reason for women's rugby to use a smaller size ball then men, but says if a good case can be made for it she won't oppose it. New South Wales Rugby boss Andrew Hore has opened up a debate by suggesting the Australian women's new competition, Super W, should use a smaller ball to ramp up excitement levels   Read More ...
Efforts to reduce plastic in seas 'meaningless' without knowing where it is from - National
2018-03-13 08:45:39 A move by New Zealand to join a global campaign that aims to rid the oceans of plastic is little more than "meaningless virtue signalling" without knowing where rubbish comes from, National claims. Associate Environment Minister Eugenie Sage committed the country to the United Nations-led CleanSeas campaign on Monday, a signal that New Zealand wants to be part of the solution to the problem of polluted seas   Read More ...
Story of Kiwi Warriena Wright to feature in new crime series on Snapchat
2018-03-13 08:43:31 The first of episode of a new true crime series on Snapchat launches this week with the story about New Zealander Warriena Wright who died while on a Tinder date with Australian carpet layer Gable Tostee. The new six-episode Snapchat series called True Crime/Uncovered from Conde Nast International launched this week and the first episode is called The Deadly Tinder Date, Variety is reporting   Read More ...
Olympics boxer Paddy Donovan dies in Napier
2018-03-13 08:18:34 A funeral will be held in Napier on Friday for former Commonwealth Games bronze-medal boxer, Hawke's Bay Olympic Games representative, Hawke's Bay Magpies rugby representative and retired accountant and orchardist Paddy Donovan. Mr Donovan (Thomas Patrick Donovan, born in Napier on December 23, 1936) died surrounded by family in Napier on Sunday, aged 81. He won lightweight (57-60kg) bronze medals at the Commonwealth Games, when known as the British Empire Games, in Cardiff in 1958 and Perth in 1962   Read More ...
More assessments needed in cyclone stricken Vanuatu
2018-03-13 08:18:30 Vanuatu disaster authorities have decided to carry out more detailed assessments on islands affected by Cyclone Hola before rolling out any relief supplies. This was the outcome of the latest disaster co-ordination meeting between the government and other stake-holders this afternoon in the capital Port Vila. Islands in the northern and central parts of the country bore the brunt of Cyclone Hola, which got up to category three strength before leaving Vanuatu, with initial assessments showing widespread damage to infrastructure, houses and crops   Read More ...
Strike forces Lyttelton Port closure
2018-03-13 08:18:23 Striking workers have forced Lyttelton Port to close and will cause serious supply shortages, the port company says. The Rail and Maritime Union's 201 members at the port are striking for 13 days after negotiations with Lyttelton Port Company broke down. The port manages more than half of the South Island's container volume and operations manager Paul Monk said the likely impact of the strike bordered on being irresponsible   Read More ...
Three people sought over $13.5m meth bust
2018-03-13 08:18:19 Police are looking for three people believed to be connected to the importation of 13.5kg of methamphetamine. The drugs, which are estimated to have a street value of $13.5 million, were discovered in heavy machinery at Auckland Airport several weeks ago. A 22-year-old Waikato man and a 48-year-old Auckland woman have already been charged in relation to the drugs. Detective Inspector Paul Newman said police were still looking for three others   Read More ...
Gunpoint carjacking in Tokoroa
2018-03-13 08:18:11 A woman was carjacked at gunpoint in the Waikato today. Two men, believed to be in their mid to late teens and wearing dark hoodies, forced the woman out of her car about 1pm in Stanley Street in Tokoroa. Police said one of the young men pointed a gun at the woman. The men drove off, heading north towards Billah Street in the town   Read More ...
Rental shortage puts squeeze on the vulnerable
2018-03-13 08:18:07 First-home buyers are being blamed for a shortage of rental properties in Whanganui that has left some of the city's most vulnerable residents scrambling to put a roof over their heads. Emergency and social housing is crowded and people have been resorting to sleeping in cars while landlords are being picky and ramping up rents. Single parent Loren Darby had no idea of the struggle that awaited her when the property she rented was sold late last year   Read More ...
Labour Must Refer Youth Wing Incident to Police
2018-03-13 08:17:24 ACT Leader David Seymour has challenged the Labour Party to refer allegations that minors were drinking alcohol at a Young Labour camp to Police. Section 241(1) of the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012 stipulates that a "person who supplies alcohol to a minor commits an offence”. "In 2012, Labour MPs were incensed over National’s supposedly weak approach to the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Bill, including provisions relating to the supply of alcohol to minors”, says Mr Seymour   Read More ...
Zespri shares halted for vote on constitutional changes
2018-03-13 08:17:20 Zespri shares halted for vote on constitutional changes By Jonathan Underhill. March 13 (BusinessDesk) - Shares of Zespri Group will be halted for two days pending a vote on constitutional changes aimed at strengthening grower ownership and control of New Zealand's statutory kiwifruit exporter. Shareholders will vote at a special meeting in Mt Maunganui tomorrow on a series of resolutions that will impose a cap on the number of shares they can hold relative to trays of kiwifruit produced, and phase out dividends for non-producing shareholders over seven years   Read More ...
Lawyer, agent failed Chinese buyers ordered to pay $847k
2018-03-13 08:17:18 Lawyer, agent failed Chinese buyers ordered to pay $847k for avoiding foreign land regime By Pattrick Smellie. March 13 (BusinessDesk) - Four Chinese investors who bought a cliff-top mansion in Auckland without getting Overseas Investment Office permission were failed by both their New Zealand legal adviser and real estate agent, according to a High Court judgment highlighted by the OIO today   Read More ...
NZX-listed takeover activity hits decade-high in 2017
2018-03-13 08:17:14 NZX-listed takeover activity hits decade-high in 2017, set to persist this year: Bell Gully By Paul McBeth. March 13 (BusinessDesk) - The New Zealand stock market marked eight formal takeovers last year in its busiest year for a decade, and law firm Bell Gully expects that activity will persist in 2018. Of the eight takeovers mounted, only three were successful, and one is still to be decided   Read More ...
NZ dollar sticks to tight range ahead of US CPI data
2018-03-13 08:17:12 NZ dollar sticks to tight range ahead of US CPI data By Rebecca Howard. March 13 (BusinessDesk) - The New Zealand dollar was little changed, holding in a tight range in jittery markets ahead of US inflation data due later in the global trading day. The kiwi traded at 73.12 US cents as at 5pm in Wellington from 72.93 US cents as at 8am in Wellington and from 73   Read More ...
Electricity retailers working to further EV uptake
2018-03-13 08:17:09 in New Zealand. Electric vehicles provide one of the best opportunities for New Zealand to deliver on its climate change goals, and electricity companies are right on board, says the Electricity Retailers’ Association of New Zealand (ERANZ). The opportunity for EVs and the imperative to collaborate is one of the topics for discussion at the key industry conference Downstream in Auckland today and tomorrow   Read More ...
FMA rejected a 2015 complaint on CBL prospectus
2018-03-13 08:17:06 FMA rejected 2015 complaint CBL prospectus included 'blatant lie', emails show By Sophie Boot. March 13 (BusinessDesk) - The Financial Markets Authority was warned of potential issues at CBL Corp before the insurance services group went public in 2015 but dismissed the complaints from a businessman whose company was caught in a US probe over "fraudulent" insurance sales. The FMA didn't pursue Geoff Waterhouse's 2015 claim that CBL's prospectus contained "a blatant lie", one of many complaints about CBL he levelled to regulators, including the FMA and the Reserve Bank   Read More ...
E tū: cleaners at meat works muzzled
2018-03-13 08:17:01 Press Release – E tu Union. E tū: cleaners at meat works muzzled. Cleaning contractor, ISS has gagged the cleaners at Auckland Meat Processors, to stop them speaking out against cuts to a third of the plant’s cleaning staff. AMP is owned by Wilson Hellaby which the cleaners have been told is behind the cuts. Five of the 15-strong cleaning team received letters last week telling them they are now redundant and offering them redeployment options   Read More ...
Sun strike cause of fatal motorcycle crash near Palmerston North, coroner rules
2018-03-13 07:42:46 A motorcyclist who died when he collided with a ute towing a trailer did not see the stationary vehicle until it was too late due to sun strike, a coroner has ruled. Bernard Nicholas Dekker died on State Highway 56 at the intersection of Walkers Rd, near Longburn, in March 2015. Coroner Carla na Nagara released her findings on Tuesday and said Dekker had been riding his motorbike when, due to sun strike, he failed to see a vehicle in front of him   Read More ...
Whitecliffe Art School sold to Vancouver-based entrepreneur Feroz Ali
2018-03-13 07:41:12 Fiji-born entrepreneur Feroz Ali has bought New Zealand's biggest privately owned art school, the Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design. Ali, who lived in New Zealand for 26 years but is now based in Canada, plans to expand the college into new fields including information technology and teacher training. He has also registered a new company, Skill New Zealand Ltd, which will offer training in trades related to infrastructure, aquaculture and tourism in Northland and farming and the racing industry in the lower North Island   Read More ...
NZ joins condemnation of nerve agent attack
2018-03-13 07:12:39 NZ joins condemnation of nerve agent attack. Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters says the New Zealand Government has grave concerns over the use of a chemical nerve agent in the United Kingdom resulting in critically serious injuries to some of those exposed. “We share and support the concerns expressed by other nations about such use of chemical weapons   Read More ...
Battle for tea-time electricity looms
2018-03-13 07:12:35 Battle for tea-time electricity looms as electric cars gain popularity By Pattrick Smellie. March 13 (BusinessDesk) - Electric vehicles recharging at home will start competing with households cooking dinner and watching TV, creating strain on existing electricity networks and forcing change to the way power is currently priced, say two new reports on the issue. Auckland-based network company Vector warns that the sheer volume of electricity required to recharge a car with a long-distance battery at a suburban location will place a strain on existing networks and force costly upgrades once EVs become popular   Read More ...
Tensions between traditional and extended company reporting
2018-03-13 07:12:31 Tensions between traditional and extended company reporting laid bare in new report By Pattrick Smellie. March 13 (BusinessDesk) - Some three-quarters of the chief financial officers of New Zealand public companies are either unaware of or not interested in emerging methods for extending reporting beyond traditional financial indicators, according to research by the McGuinness Institute. Conducted for the External Reporting Board, an independent Crown entity responsible for setting standards of corporate reporting in New Zealand, the research found that only 23 percent of the 92 CFOs who responded to the survey were using an externally developed EER reporting framework, and that the vast majority either did not know about or appeared to be "not interested" in them   Read More ...