News

Johnson not tempted by Storm vacancy

Wellington Warriors playmaker Shaun Johnson says he has no interest in stepping in for departing Melbourne Storm star Cooper Cronk. Kangaroos halfback Cronk, 33, is moving to Sydney at the end of the year to be with his fiancee, leading to speculation of a bidding war for his services. Johnson, who is set to come off contract at the end of the...

‘Drowning’ US run by an idiot: IS

Washington Isis has directly addressed American citizens and claimed the country is drowning and "being run by an idiot". In the first official remarks by the group referring to Donald Trump since he assumed office, spokesman Abi al-Hassan al-Muhajer unloaded on the president. "America you have drowned and there is no saviour, and you have become prey for the soldiers of the...

Cash must stay: German minister

Berlin Cash is crucial, Germany's economy minister said overnight, defending the role of notes and coins in a debate in Europe about the merits of limiting cash payments to counter terrorism. The European Commission is weighing stricter rules on the use of cash to cut terrorists' funding, and Germany's finance ministry led by conservative Wolfgang Schaeuble has said Berlin could imagine...

Latham to captain Black Caps in Ireland

Auckland Opener Tom Latham will lead New Zealand in their upcoming one-day tri-series against Ireland and Bangladesh in Ireland. It will be the Canterbury lefthander's first captaincy experience in the absence of Kane Williamson, who is tied up in the Indian Premier League, and he becomes New Zealand's 22nd ODI captain. With several players either injured or playhing in the IPL, there are...

Is there really a ‘youth vote’?

Chris Trotter Do young New Zealanders vote in ways that diverge markedly from the voting patterns of older New Zealanders? Does it still make sense to talk about winning the "youth vote"? If it does, which of our political parties stands the best chance? There was a time when people took the notion of a youth vote very seriously indeed. By...

Child approaches investigated

Wellington Police are asking parents to be vigilant after two incidents of unknown men approaching children outside schools in Upper Hutt in the past week. On March 28, a man approached a child outside Upper Hutt Primary School and police say they are reviewing information and following positive lines of inquiry. On Tuesday, a pupil was approached near a primary school in...

Play day at Runanga

WestREAP team leader early childhood education Melissa Diedrichs has some fun with Luca Richardson, two, and his mum Tesha at the group's play day at Runanga School yesterday. Play days were run in rural West Coast communities for children aged from newborn to five and their families, with the purpose of "uplifting" the value of early childhood programmes, Ms...

Buller council may reconsider water reserve access to coalmine

Lee Scanlon of the Westport News The Buller District Council may be reconsidering its decision to allow coalminer Rangitira Developments Ltd (RDL) access to the Westport water reserve. The council has advertised a public-excluded extraordinary meeting next Wednesday to discuss RDL's access arrangement request. Asked for more information, council chief executive Andy Gowland-Douglas replied: "Due to the legal proceedings that Forest and Bird...

Harriers back in action with new president

The Greymouth Harriers Club will hold its season opening day run on Saturday. At the recent annual meeting a new president was elected with Ben Aynsley taking over the reins. Last season the big changes were relocating base to the Greymouth Squash Club in Alexander Street, and re-routing the two and four-person relay course. Numbers during last season were steady every week...

Styles in love with his debut album

London Harry Styles says his upcoming debut solo album is currently his favourite record to listen to. The One Direction singer will release the record's first track, Sign of the Times, tomorrow and said he wrote around 70 songs before narrowing them down, most of which were penned in Jamaica. "I just wanted to not be somewhere that I'd get distracted. It...
The South Today