News

Xero reaches milestone

Auckland Xero, the cloud-based accounting software firm, says it reached a milestone of signing up one million customers just ahead of its March 31 year-end, keeping intact market expectations it will achieve its first-ever profit in 2019. Chief executive Rod Drury declined to give an update on the outlook ahead of the release of the full-year results in May. Subscriber growth...

First drought, now cholera

Mogadishu Deadly cholera is spreading through drought-ravaged Somalia as clean water sources dry up, a top aid official said, deepening a humanitarian crisis in a country that is on the verge of famine. The Horn of Africa nation has recorded more than 18,000 cases of cholera so far this year, up from about 15,000 in all of 2016 and 5000 in...

Late night art gallery heist

Auckland Two valuable paintings have been stolen in an early-morning art heist at a top Auckland gallery. Police confirmed thieves struck in a ram-raid attack on the Parnell gallery between 3.30 and 4am. Both paintings were done by Gottfried Lindauer in 1884, known as Chieftainess Ngatai Raure and Chief Ngatai-Raure. Police say they do not know the exact value of the work, but...

Canadian pair close in on title

Helsinki A surge of energy coursing through their bodies helped Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir produce an electrifying short dance as the Canadians made a winning comeback with a record score at the world figure skating championships overnight. Back at the global meet for the first time since 2013, the 2010 Olympic champions proved they had lost none of the sultry...

Holcim’s ‘chief burner’

AS the Cape Foulwind cement works breathes its last, after almost 60 years of operation, Westport clinker kiln operator, Leanne Aitken, is considering her future. Ms Aitken has been the ‘chief burner’ or central control room operator at the Holcim plant, the only woman in the role at Cape Foulwind and a position achieved elsewhere by few if any other New Zealand women. She took up the position of central control room...

New building on old pub site

Foundations are going down for the first building to go back on the vacant block of land in Richmond Quay, Greymouth, after the recent demolition of the Richmond Hotel and the other remaining dilapidated buildings. Fahey Builders Ltd worker Riah Martin is preparing the foundations for the wash bay area for a car rental garage being built on the...

Fur seal pup taken on joy ride

The Department of Conservation had to shoot a fur seal pup after someone put it on the back of a motorbike while skylarking on the Hokitika beach, and then dumped it away from its mother.

Coast’s Tui Rio-bound

Former Greymouth woman Ruby Tui was last night confirmed in the New Zealand women’s sevens team to compete at the Olympic Games in Rio next month. The 25-year-old, who attended John Paul II High School, has excelled in sport since she was young. Before moving from Greymouth to Christchurch in 2010 to attend university, she played netball for John...

Suburbs bags another league title

A great team performance helped Suburbs stride out to an outstanding 47-6 win over Waro-rakau in the West Coast Rugby League premier grand final yesterday. Both teams had their chances early but ner ves got the better of them early and turnover let the defending team off the hook. Suburbs were just slightly getting the better field position early on, when...

Car ends up in ditch

The driver of a car which crashed on the outskirts of Runanga late last night was taken to hospital with moderate to serious injuries.
The South Today