Away with the ferries: The quiet boat making a big noise in the transport world

Behind their sunnies, Jeremy Ward​ and Fraser Foot​ are beaming with pride at the entrance of Ika Rere’s passenger cabin as they help transport officials, politicians and media aboard. The two are responsible for resurrecting boat building in Wellington and are about to launch the first fully electric passenger ferry in the Southern Hemisphere. “I … Read more

Eateries to close or go contactless

A popular North Otago restaurant is among the hospitality businesses to decide against adopting vaccine mandates and at least two more are set to close over the stance. Before the traffic light system comes into force on Friday, the Otago Daily Times has learned of three hospitality businesses in Otago that have decided against implementing … Read more

British family ‘ecstatic’ to finally apply for residency under new one-off residence visa

“I swear I’ve never grinned as much in my life,” says Michelle Shaw about the moment they finally knew their family were set to be New Zealand residents. The Shaw family. Photo: RNZ / Nate McKinnon Michelle, husband Mic and their children Scarlett – aged 14 years old, and Jarrad, 19, are poised to be … Read more

Huakina Ready And Waiting For Whānau Ora Support Teams

Wednesday, 1 December 2021, 7:23 amPress Release: Whanau Ora Commissioning Agency Huakina Development Trust Tumuaki Maria Clarke can’t wait for the arrival of the Whānau Ora Vaccination Battalion support crew to Pukekohe. The mobile teams from west Auckland have been supporting vaccinations in Manurewa and Papakura, and are heading further south to Pukekohe today. “We … Read more

Collaboration solves big problems

At an Otago Medical Research Foundation Club Otago lunch earlier this year, an evolutionary viral geneticist, Jemma Geoghegan, educated us about how Covid-19 virus gene tracing can help control the spread of infection. She showed what can be achieved when basic scientists, epidemiologists, administrators, politicians and the public work as a team to achieve a … Read more

Football Ferns substitutes strike late as they finish the year with a win over South Korea

Two late goals from two substitutes have delivered the Football Ferns their first win inside 90 minutes since before the 2019 Fifa Women’s World Cup. Paige Satchell and Gabi Rennie both benefited from the creativity of Olivia Chance in the national women’s football team’s 2-0 win over South Korea on Tuesday. Goalkeeper Vic Esson was … Read more

Murder, suicide, or a new identity? The mysterious disappearance of Richard Hinkley

Richard Hinkley vanished on Christmas Day 2015. He hasn’t been heard from since. Now police are making a fresh appeal for information about his disappearance. SAM SHERWOOD reports. Walking into Richard Hinkley’s two-bedroom flat on the fringe of Christchurch’s city centre, police found few clues to account for his disappearance. The 49-year-old, who had been … Read more

Eleven people who died with Delta were unvaccinated

The Ministry of Health has released further information on deaths associated with Covid-19. Covid-19 deaths include all cases that died who were classified as an active case of Covid-19 at the time of death. In some of these cases, the underlying cause of death may have been unrelated to Covid-19. The Ministry’s clinical criteria for … Read more