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Plane crash couple mourned

Dunedin The Clutha district went quiet yesterday as it mourned the loss of two of its young people. Couple Thomas Evans, 30, and Jenna Craig, 26, were killed in a microlight plane crash near Kaka Point on Sunday. Mr Evans, a farmer, worked on the family farm near Clydevale and played for the Owaka premier rugby team. Coach Steve Clement said Mr Evans...

Tories hark back to Falklands in Gibraltar row

London Theresa May is prepared to go to war over Gibraltar as Margaret Thatcher did over the Falklands, senior Tories claimed yesterday. Former Conservative leader Lord Howard said the Prime Minister would show the same resolve in defending Gibraltar from Spain as her predecessor did in wresting the Falklands back from Argentina following the 1982 invasion, the Daily Mail reported. Defence Secretary...

Woman shocked after ‘black lady’ scrawled on receipt

Auckland A Maori woman says she was shocked after the words "black lady" were scrawled on the receipt for her hot drink order. The woman, who asked to stay anonymous, went to Cypress Cafe in Saint Heliers Bay on Friday with a friend. The friend made the first order for both of them, and food was delivered to their table. When the woman,...

High scores in hockey openers

The first round of competition in the West Coast club hockey produced some high scores in both the men's and women's divisions. In the men's competition on Saturday, Hokitika started their match well against Karoro, with some good passing and structure. As the game progressed, Karoro's Jamie Green, Michael Cook and Connor McLean found chinks in the Hokitika defence and...

St John ‘still investigating’ rescue helicopter mix-up

Brendon McMahon St John has yet to make any public comment about why the West Coast Rescue Helicopter was stood down on Saturday in favour of the Christchurch helicopter leaving a seriously injured motorcyclist lying on the road for up to 90 minutes after a crash near Barrytown. St John was given an opportunity to comment yesterday morning but said it...

Austrian brothers produce armour for Vatican’s Swiss Guards

Vienna Austrian blacksmiths who produce ceremonial suits of armour for the Vatican's Swiss Guards are close to the end of their current deal to do so, and say supplying the suits will not now be an issue for many years to come. One of the drawbacks of the Swiss Guards' medieval uniforms is that the craftsmanship needed to make them is...

Steel pulls away from Mystics

Wellington Southern Steel finally broke the shackles to beat Northern Mystics 74-67 in a free-scoring national premiership netball match in Auckland. Neither side led by more than three points through the first three quarters, with the lead changing hands 10 times. Some key late turnovers turned the match in favour of the visitors, who restricted the Mystics to 14 goals in the final stanza. In...

Dolphin death investigated

The Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) is investigating a dead dolphin found on Blaketown beach, amid concerns it was harmed during fishing and the incident was not reported. Dolphin deaths are not uncommon the Department of Conservation has two other recent ones on its database but since set net bans were introduced they are usually from natural causes. However, MPI is...

Passchendaele massacre

Kurt Bayer It was New Zealand's darkest hour. On just one senseless day, 846 young New Zealand soldiers were slaughtered in a boggy foreign field. It took more than two days to clear the battlefield of the dead and injured. They were cannon-fodder. It was a massacre. Telegrams darkened the doors of almost every home in young New Zealand. Parents, siblings,...

St Bede’s College rowers in trouble again

Hamilton Rowers from St Bede's College are in hot water again after several were sent home from the Maadi Cup regatta for inappropriate social media activity. Fairfax has reported that four boys from St Bede's were sent home for "allegedly harassing a female rower" at the regatta at Lake Karapiro. Schools from all over the country descend on Cambridge for the competitive...
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