Chiefs players celebrate with Cortez Ratima after he scored a try against the Crusaders. Super Rugby Pacific’s second edition should be considered open season after the Chiefs turned predictions on their head to stun the Crusaders 31-10 in Christchurch on opening night. That the Crusaders conceded 24 unanswered points to be held scoreless at home underlines the one-sided nature of the second half. Those chances rapidly disappeared for the Crusaders in the second half, though, to bring the defending champions back down to earth with a thud. Chiefs 31 (Brodie Retallick, Sam Cane, Alex Nankivell, Cortez Ratima tries, Damian McKenzie 4 cons, pen), Crusaders 10 (David Havili try; Richie Mo’unga con, drop goal).
National Southland MP Joseph Mooney at Coronet Peak, one of many attractions in his electorate reliant on migrant labour. Several businesses had signs in their windows looking for staff, and a worryingly large number of hospitality venues were opening for reduced hours because of workforce issues. Again, Otago has historically been an over-achiever in this area: pre-pandemic migrant workers made up about 12% of the province’s overall workforce, much higher than the national average of 5%. Just before the recess the education and workforce select committee, of which Ms Simmonds is a member, released its self-initiated report into migrant exploitation. So far as Ms Simmonds was concerned though, the worker protection Bill would not at all meet the identified need ... even though she "very tentatively" voted for it at first reading.5 months ago Otago Daily Times
High Alert says it "strongly recommends" that people do not take any yellow powder or tablets at this time. Photo: SuppliedA highly potent and potentially deadly opioid drug called metonitazene has been found in yellow powder believed to be from crushed tablets in circulation in New Zealand. Drug Information and Alerts Aotearoa New Zealand website High Alert announced the discovery of metonitazene on its website today, stating it is "likely to cause serious harm". High Alert says it "strongly recommends" that people do not take any yellow powder or tablets at this time. "These tablets/powder have an unknown dosage and taking them could lead to serious harm, including death," the High Alert statement said.5 months ago Otago Daily Times
Photo: File / Getty ImagesA Christchurch doctor says primary care wait times in the city are the worst he has seen. Mental health may be contributing factorDoctor Jeremy Baker is also an Ōtautahi-based GP who has a special interest in mental health. He wondered if heightened stress and concerns caused by the pandemic was fuelling higher primary care demand too. With lockdowns and Covid-related disruptions putting more people on edge, there had also been an increased demand for mental health services, he said. There was room out in the communities to be giving people more mental health awareness, he said.5 months ago Otago Daily Times
Rural Manawatū is home to Highden Temple (pictured), near Palmerston North. Under a new protocol adopted in November 2021, Temple Training teachers did not engage sexually with participants, he said. ISTA participants are required to sign a covenant, which includes the statement: "I agree to take full responsibility for the nature of my experience". It has previously held courses in Auckland and Tauranga but has used Highden Temple near Palmerston North as its New Zealand base since 2017. As well as being a venue for ISTA programmes, Highden Temple runs its own six-week "Temple Trainings", under the auspices of ISTA facilitator Bruce Lyon.5 months ago Otago Daily Times
Some Majestic Princess passengers would have spent up to eight hours onshore in the Bay of Island tourist towns on Wednesday. “We’ve already got Covid in our community, it is not from the cruise ships,” Stratford said. “I am not overly worried about cruise ships in that regard, because basically we have open borders now . “Relative to cruise ships, that is a much bigger number.”Baker described the number of people infected on Majestic Princess as “quite a major outbreak”. While cruise ships were like a “small floating town”, they would have limited healthcare facilities.4 months ago Otago Daily Times
Photo: RNZNational is being accused of "reciting tobacco industry spin" and using "zombie arguments" in its opposition to the government's latest efforts to curb the use of tobacco. "I think a lot of these are what we call 'zombie arguments', put up by the tobacco industry. Associate Health Minister Dr Ayesha Verrall dismissed Willis' concerns, calling them "tobacco industry spin". "National can't point to any evidence of their claims about ram-raids and a black market other reciting tobacco industry spin." "The margin of profit… is so small these days because of the tax and the cut that the tobacco industry takes… National has got it wrong."3 months ago Otago Daily Times
Steve Bannon, former White House chief strategist under former President Donald Trump, was sentenced to four months in prison for contempt of Congress. Photo: ReutersSteve Bannon, a one-time adviser to former President Donald Trump, was sentenced by a judge on Friday to four months in prison for refusing to cooperate with lawmakers investigating last year's US Capitol attack. Bannon, 68, served as Trump's chief White House strategist during 2017 before a falling out between them that was later patched up. "Today was my judgment day by the judge," Bannon told reporters. Bannon, who pleaded not guilty, could face up to 15 years in prison if convicted on those charges.5 months ago Otago Daily Times