Old Man’s Beard Must Go

Despite its attractive flowers, Old Man’s Beard is considered the most damaging climbing plant introduced to New Zealand because it smothers the plants and trees it grows on. This makes it a threat to Otago’s biodiversity.

Heavy rain predicted for North Otago and Dunedin

With a heavy rainfall warning in place for North Otago, Otago Regional Council (ORC) are closely monitoring river levels for Otago. The most severe weather is expected over the next 24 hours, with the weather situation easing from late tomorrow morning.

Update on rivers and rainfall

Heavy rainfall warnings are still in place for both Dunedin and North Otago, with MetService advising that periods of heavy rain are likely to continue into the early evening. Caution is advised today as rivers are high, and are likely to stay high even when the rain stops.

Croatia signs Cooperation Agreement

The Republic of Croatia signed a Cooperation Agreement with ESA on 19 February 2018. This agreement will allow Croatia and ESA to create the framework for a more intensive and concrete cooperation related to ESA programmes and activities.

Ensuring fresh air for all

A start-up company from an ESA business incubator is offering affordable air-quality monitors for homes, schools and businesses using technology it developed for the International Space Station.

Surfing complete

Slowed by skimming through the very top of the upper atmosphere, ESA’s ExoMars has lowered itself into a planet-hugging orbit and is about ready to begin sniffing the Red Planet for methane.

Name release – Maungati crash, Canterbury

Police are now in a position to name the person who died following a single vehicle crash on Pareora River Road, Maungati in Canterbury on Sunday morning. He was 18-year-old Jack Roberts, a UK citizen who lived locally. Police extend their sympathies to the family and friends of Mr Roberts, who was the driver of the vehicle.

Name release Otorohanga fatal crash

Police can now release the name of the man who died following a quad bike crash in Mangati Road, near Otorohanga last Thursday 15 February. He was 34-year-old Scott Keith Beal from Pirongia. Police extend their sympathies to his family and friends at this time.

Men in grey or silver car sought after Pita Pit robbery

Police are seeking sightings of a light coloured (grey or silver) people mover, possibly a Honda Odyssey, in relation to the aggravated robbery of the Napier Pita Pit on 18 February 2018. A vehicle fitting this description was seen on Georges Drive, leading up to the robbery.  Two men, possibly Maori or Pacific Islander, were sitting in the front seats of the vehicle.   If anyone has any further information in relation to the robbery or can report any sightings of the vehicle, they are encouraged to contact Detective Sergeant Craig Vining at the Hawke’s Bay Police Station on (06) 831 0700 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Arrest following indecent acts in Queenstown

Queenstown Police today arrested and charged a 37-year-old man with three counts of performing an indecent act intended to insult or offend.  The man is appearing in Queenstown District Court this afternoon. He allegedly gave rides to women waiting for buses or hitchhiking into Queenstown.

Update on Missing Bulls Man, Kevin Hartley

Attribute to Sergeant Andy Brooke, Manawatu SAR Police are assessing the next step in the search for the 54-year-old man Kevin Hartley. He was last seen driving a quad bike from Parewanui Road, Scott’s Ferry to the beach towards the bombing range tower in Santoft Forest on Friday evening last week (16 February).

Missing Canterbury man Blair Tamihana (+ Photos)

Police are currently searching for missing 42-year-old Blair Tamihana who was last seen by his flatmate yesterday at his Williams Street, Kaiapoi address. He is described as being of medium build and 186cm tall.  It’s unclear what clothes he was wearing when he was last seen. His vehicle, a black and silver Toyota Hilux Surf, registration TM9317, is also missing (see image attached: car looks similar to this one).

Serious crash Mangatarata, Waikato

Police and emergency services are on the scene of a crash involving a motorcyclist on Mahuta Road near SH 25 at 8.48pm this evening. At this stage there does not appear to be any other vehicles involved and the motorcycle rider is the only injured party. The serious crash unit have been notified.

UPDATE: Serious crash Mangatarata, Waikato

Police can now confirm a person died in the crash involving a motorcyclist on Mahuta Road near SH25, Mangatarata, at 8:48pm last night. Medical assistance was provided by nearby neighbours until ambulance arrived, unfortunately the man died at the scene. The Serious Crash Unit is investigating the crash.

Tips for fast-tracking your career

Massey University career development consultant Grant Verhoeven and Massey Business School lecturer Dr Luk Swiatek suggest some quick tips toward fast tracking your career in 2018. Their suggestions about how to get your career firing on all cylinders, are based on thousands of hours of running career coaching, leadership development programmes and research. Here are three:

Focus on collaboration at D5 Government Showcase 2017

Better for Business (B4B), a cross-agency programme led by the Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment (MBIE), has partnered with its nine other agencies to showcase a range of breakthrough government services and digital initiatives designed for business at the D5 2018 summit in Wellington.

Lid lifted on unique WW1 stories

More than 30,000 students across the country are set to uncover and explore the fascinating stories of New Zealand soldiers in a new initiative from the First World War Centenary Programme (WW100), says Prime Minister and Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Jacinda Ardern.

First desexing event of 2018 aims to create a better future for cats

The SPCA has worked hard in recent years to address the problem of too many cats being born unwanted and not living a good quality of life. By introducing targeted desexing campaigns, we hope to make a significant impact and lower the high cat populations that lead to thousands of cats and kittens being neglected and abused each year. 

Bay of Plenty receives campus status

The success of the Bay of Plenty District Health Board (DHB) as a teaching and research facility for the University of Auckland’s Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences has resulted in it officially becoming a Clinical Campus.

Police investigating incidents of serious anti-social behaviour in Hastings over the weekend

Statement attributable to Detective Sergeant Craig Vining Hawke’s Bay Police are investigating three serious incidents of anti-social behaviour from over the weekend. At about 11:30am on Saturday 17 February 2018 a 19-year-old man was attacked in Swansea Village, Flaxmere behind the library. The victim and his eight-year-old year old cousin were attacked by three people riding two horses.

Missing person, Bulls

Police are searching for missing 54-year-old Kevin Hartley in the Scotts Ferry beach area, near Bulls. He was last seen driving a quad bike from Parewanui Road to the beach towards the bombing range tower in Santoft Forest on Friday (16 February) evening. The area is a well-known fishing spot locally.

Aggravated robbery, Napier

Hawke’s Bay Police are investigating the aggravated robbery of a Napier restaurant. At around 10.00am today (18 February) a man entered Pita Pit on the corner of Kennedy Road and Georges Drive, armed with a knife. He demanded money from the sole staff member, who placed an amount of cash into his bag.

Cambridge fatality

A man has died following a medical event and a subsequent crash on the Victoria Road on-ramp in Cambridge. Emergency services were called to the scene at 1pm. Police’s thoughts are with the man’s family and friends at this time.

Team Preview: Chiefs

Change in coaching and playing personnel has been extensive for the Chiefs in 2018 but there is a promising look to the side ahead of the Investec Super Rugby campaign.

Lions aim to find more in 2018

Lions captain Warren Whiteley heads into his side’s opening Investec Super Rugby game against the Sharks in Johannesburg on Sunday (NZT) well aware of their need to be better than last year.