Palmerston North woman representing New Zealand at Mrs Universe in China

SuppliedPalmerston North woman Carmela Laylo has won the Mrs Universe New Zealand beauty pageant and will now compete against women from 90 countries at the world final in China.A Palmerston North woman will be taking on the world at an international beauty pageant. Insurance and mortgage specialist Carmela Laylo won the first Mrs Universe New Zealand… Continue Reading →

Auckland fire casts pall over New Zealand’s APEC plans

World Office workers were warned to stay inside and turn off air conditioning as a thick pall of smoke engulfed the centre of New Zealand’s largest city, Oct 22, 2019. (Photo: AFP/Greg Bowker) 23 Oct 2019 09:32AM(Updated: 23 Oct 2019 09:40AM) WELLINGTON: A massive fire at the Auckland venue being built to host the 2021 APEC… Continue Reading →

How to Prep for Trans New Zealand and Trans BC Enduro races, With MTB Race Promoter Megan Rose

Photo courtesy of Megan RosePromoting races is something that folks do because they want to. Either they see the benefit for the larger mountain bike community, or to the trails and towns in a particular location. Once all of the non-volunteer staff are paid, and insurance is covered, there is little profit to be made.… Continue Reading →

Taser use on Northland tractor joyrider ‘unreasonable and excessive’, IPCA rules

PAM OTTAWAYThis small tractor was stolen from Kaiwaka and driven to Wellsford in a late-night joyride. Using a Taser on a teenager who took a tractor for a joyride was an “unreasonable and excessive use of force”, a police watchdog has found. The Independent Police Conduct Authority (IPCA) found the officer’s use of the Taser could have… Continue Reading →

Christchurch residents flock to beaches as temperatures soar

Kiwis across the country went swimming and slapped on sunscreen as temperatures soared past 30 degrees Celsius on Sunday.  Bay of Plenty’s Kawerau was the country’s hottest place, with temperatures hitting 34.6C, while inland Marlborough, Canterbury and Otago were also hot, with temperatures hovering about 30C.  Metservice meteorologist Andrew James said Christchurch Airport reached 31.6C on Sunday… Continue Reading →

NZTA agrees speed limit through Burkes Pass ‘not safe’

STUFFBurkes Pass residents want the 80kmh speed limit through their township reduced to 60kmh.Current speed limits through Burkes Pass are “not safe” the NZ Transport Agency has admitted and are set to be reduced. Residents of the tiny South Canterbury town at the entrance to the Mackenzie Country have been campaigning for several years to have… Continue Reading →

Topp twin Dame Lynda and wife Donna have sold their country retreat

StuffMagnificent Topp Lodge in Staveley, Canterbury, owned by Dame Lynda and Donna Topp, has now been sold.Dame Lynda Bethridge Topp and wife Donna have sold their Canterbury lifestyle block in Staveley. At the time of listing five months ago, the couple said it was time to downsize, with Dame Lynda saying they would be looking for a… Continue Reading →

Convention Centre fire a big blow for New Zealand tourism

STUFFDramatic footage from multiple vantage points of the Auckland fire’s unrelenting burn.The tourism industry is nervously waiting to see how badly it will be hit by further expected delays in opening the fire-damaged SkyCity Convention Centre. Tourism New Zealand estimates close to 77,000 international visitors come here each year to attend business events and the new Auckland… Continue Reading →

Labour Weekend 2019 in Auckland: Free events, markets and Armageddon

Keelan WalkerOnboard the Fa’afaite i te Ao Mā’ohi as part of Tuia 250.Labour Day has been a statutory public holiday in New Zealand since 1900. No Kiwis alive today would remember that first Labour Day, but 119 years on, we still enjoy the benefits of the day off. If you don’t manage to get away this… Continue Reading →