December 12, 2017

Gay Jesus Billboard ruled ‘not offensive’

A complaint about a church in Auckland, New Zealand displaying a billboard questioning whether Jesus was gay has been dismissed on the grounds it wasn't offensive. The St Matthew-in-the-City billboard featured an image of baby Jesus in a manger with a rainbow coloured halo and the words: "It's … [Read more...]

Zac Guildford flees Rarotonga and wants to give up alcohol

All Black Zac Guildford has arrived back in New Zealand after being smuggled aboard a Pacific Blue flight from Rarotonga to Auckland by All Blacks mentalist, Gilbert Enoka. On his return to New Zealand, Enoka sign the MAF form that he was carrying no harmful pests but did not have his bags … [Read more...]

Tui says ‘Yeah Right’ billboard not aimed at Steve Jobs

A Tui billboard that apparently pokes fun at the death of Apple founder Steve Jobs is an unfortunate coincidence, the brewery says - but it won't be coming down until Monday. One of the offending billboards - which reads "Job's done. Yeah Right." - is visible to thousands of commuters on … [Read more...]

35 children hurt in school bus crash

An 8-year-old girl - one of 35 children injured - remains in a critical condition in Auckland's Starship hospital after an empty logging truck slammed into the back of a school bus 20km south of Whakatane in the Bay of Plenty yesterday afternoon. The collision propelled the truck cab and bus 100m … [Read more...]

Snow storm causes chaos in New Zealand

The snow storm that has gripped New Zealand for three days is set to continue for some time yet. Many schools in Wellington and the South Island have been closed. Airports and roads have also been badly affected. Power outages have become commonplace. "There is some way to go here before it is … [Read more...]

Jonathan Kirkpatrick arrested over missing AUT money

Police have arrested Jonathan Kirkpatrick over "accounting discrepancies" totaling more than $500,000 at the Auckland University of Technology. As the matter is before the courts the police will only say that they have arrested a 53 year-old, unemployed man and charged him with theft. Actualy it … [Read more...]

Man decapitates himself test driving hovercraft

A man has been decapitated in front of his partner as he was test-driving a homebuilt hovercraft in Auckland, New Zealand. The 40-year-old had built the hovercraft from a kitset and was testing it for the first time when something went wrong with the engine, causing a blade to strike his … [Read more...]

NRL: Brian McClennan named NZ Warriors coach

Former Kiwis and Leeds rugby league coach Brian McClennan has been named to take the NZ Warriors into the NRL next season. At a press conference in Auckland today, Warriors Chief executive Wayne Scurrah said McClennan, 49, beat candidates from within the club and overseas, including the United … [Read more...]

New Zealand’s ‘strongest man’ jailed for road rage bashing

Dale Shepherd was crowned New Zealand's strongest man last year, but yesterday he was sentenced to 21 months' jail for beating up a motorist in road rage incident. At sentencing in the Auckland District Court yesterday, Judge Duncan Harvey said the beating Shepherd meted out to a 30-year-old … [Read more...]

Wife killer Malcolm Webster jailed for 30 years

Malcolm Webster the who murdered his first wife in a car fire and tried to kill his second in another crash has been jailed for at least 30 years. Former nurse Malcolm Webster, 52, was found guilty in May of murdering Claire Morris in Aberdeenshire in 1994. Webster, of Guildford, Surrey, had … [Read more...]

Swim star divorces parents over love for US olympic champion

A talented teen swimmer has won a legal battle after his parents tried to block his dream of representing New Zealand at the London Olympics. Justin Wright, 17, is in a relationship with United States Olympic champion Rhiannon (Rhi) Jeffrey, 24, after they met at the West Auckland Aquatic Club. … [Read more...]

Jetstar passenger unrinates on other passengers and gets off with warning

A drunk New Zealand passenger on a Jetstar flight from Auckland to Singapore two days ago urinated in the aisle of a Jetstar aircraft spraying one man and soaking a woman's scarf. Passengers were surprised when the offender was allowed to leave the flight in singapore with only a warning. Six … [Read more...]

NRL: Ivan Cleary to coach the Penrith Panthers

Ivan Cleary is to be announced as the new coach of the Penrith Panthers in the NRL today. The New Zealand Warriors have called a press conference later today to make the announcement that their head coach is leaving after six seasons in charge. It is well known that Penrith boss Phil Gould was … [Read more...]

Sonny Bill Williams beats Liava’a on points

All Black and Canterbury Crusaders rugby star Sonny Bill Williams has won a unanimous points decision over Tongan gospel singer Alipate Liava'a in their boxing match at Auckland's Trusts Stadium Arena tonight. The fight labelled 'Fight for Canterbury' went the scheduled six rounds with Sonny … [Read more...]

Gas explosion in Auckland leaves one dead, six injured

A gas explosion in a tunnel on Mt Smart Road where a water main was being connected has left a 48 year-old woman dead and six men injured in the Auckland suburb of Onehunga today. Fire Service assistant area commander Wayne Highet said there were seven confirmed casualties from the blast - one of … [Read more...]