News

Public meetings to update farmers on pasture pests

Brendon McMahon Research into the porina caterpillar along with the manuka beetle now major pasture pests on some parts of the West Coast will be relayed in public meetings throughout the region next week. The findings by Ag Research will set a new standard to guide West Coast farmers in dealing with some of the region's worst pests, and follow years...

Human remains found in car

Wellington Police have confirmed skeletal remains have been found in a car recovered from the bottom of Nelson Harbour last night. Police say items found by the dive squad in their search earlier yesterday indicated the vehicle belonged to Leo Lipp-Neighbours, who went missing seven years ago. Nelson Bays police area commander Inspector Mat Arnold-Kelly said officers were working closely with Mr...

Kylie Minogue honoured for Anglo-Australian relations

London The Duke of Edinburgh has met pop star Kylie Minogue during a private audience in Windsor Castle. Prince Philip, 95, welcomed the much-loved Aussie star to the Queen's Berkshire residence where he presented her with an award honouring her contribution to Anglo-Australian relations. The royal patriarch chatted to the singer in the castle's grand White Drawing Room as he handed over the...

Man put socks on hands before stealing items

A man who put socks on his hands before stealing items from a Westport property must pay for what he took. Clifford James Pascoe, 35, appeared before Judge Noel Walsh in the Westport District Court last week. Police prosecutor Graeme Eden said Pascoe and an associate went to a Westport address on January 19. They put socks on their hands before...

Pink Star diamond sells for $102m

Hong Kong A 59.60-carat pink diamond sold for a record $US71.2 million ($102.05 million) in Hong Kong overnight to local jewellers Chow Tai Fook after a five-minute bidding war between three phone bidders. The "Pink Star", the largest internally flawless fancy vivid pink diamond so far graded by the Gemological Institute of America according to Sotheby's, set "a new record for...

Art in the Town grand finale

The grand finale to the month-long Art in the Town event was well attended at the Left Bank Art Gallery. Prizes to the value of $300 were awarded to the teens and adults section. Organisers say Tracey Collins' adult entry displayed excellent blending techniques, while Yasmin Waters won the teen entry with a superb handling of vibrant colour and...

Black Sticks notch up 1-0 win over Japan

Wellington New Zealand have charged into contention at the women's Festival of Hockey after notching a 1-0 win over Japan. The Black Sticks won a tight encounter in Hastings thanks to Kirsten Pearce's goal in the 20th minute to improve to second on the standings. Australia lead on seven points, followed by New Zealand (six), Japan (five) and the United States (one). With...

Operatunity brings Glenn Miller and Andrews Sisters

Operatunity resident artist Karl Perigo will both MC and sing in Operatunity's upcoming tour of Glenn Miller and the Andrews Sisters when the show hits the stage in Greymouth on May 3. Perigo joined the Operatunity tour Memories are Made of This in 2015. He reluctantly took five weeks off work from his job at Michael Hill and in his...

Move sparks recruiting frenzy

Sydney Wests Tigers captain Aaron Woods suspects every chief executive in Sydney will be scrambling for ways to lure NRL superstar Cooper Cronk to their club in 2018. Canterbury skipper James Graham agrees, saying Cronk's bombshell announcement that he is leaving Melbourne at season's end to live happily ever after with his Sydney-based fiancee "has certainly thrown a spanner in the...

Coalmine assets sale this month

Laura Mills The sale of the Strongman Mine to Birchfield Coal is expected to be finalised this month, with 15 jobs at Reefton also on the line. Failed State-owned enterprise Solid Energy announced in late October it had signed an agreement with the established West Coast coalminer Birchfield to take over the Strongman and Liverpool open-cast mines. Stockton open-cast near Westport was...
The South Today