The housing crisis is on everyone’s doorstep

OPINION: Nelson’s housing crisis affects everyone in our city. Those directly impacted include first-time buyers facing house prices that have almost doubled in five years, single parents struggling to access secure, affordable housing, and retirees on fixed incomes. But as any employer struggling to attract workers to this city will attest, the crisis has ramifications … Read more

Not far to travel for jabs

Lumsden couple Shannon and Danny Douglas, pictured with their daughter Merida (3), received their first doses of the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine yesterday. PHOTO: SUPPLIED A Lumsden family were happy to have the opportunity to get Covid-19 vaccinations at a clinic close to their home. Source link

South Canterbury business wins Organic NZ Award

Pleasant Point blackcurrant growers Tony and Afsaneh Howey have won the People’s Choice 2021 Organic Food Product of the Year Award. Reporter Esther Ashby-Coventry talks to the couple about their growing success. When Tony and Afsaneh Howey purchased their Pleasant Point blackcurrant farm in 2004 they had no idea of the goldmine they had just … Read more

Black Caps abandon tour after security threat

The Black Caps’ cricket tour of Pakistan has been cancelled due to a security threat. The first of three ODI clashes in Rawalpindi was meant to begin at 9.30pm, but the players never made it to ground, being told to stay inside their rooms. Fans were also not allowed into the ground. The series was … Read more

A clean victory: ‘Mesmerising’ soapy video wins $20,000 National Contemporary Art Award

SUPPLIED National Contemporary Art Award judge Karl Chitham with the winning work Palmolive, created by Auckland artist Caryline Boreham. Auckland artist Caryline Boreham​ has won the prestigious $20,000 National Contemporary Art Award for 2021 with a “mesmerising” video work entitled Palmolive. Unlike other years, when the sometimes-controversial award gets announced at a gala ceremony, this … Read more

New sponsorship programme for NZ communities to welcome refugees

New Zealanders wanting to welcome former refugees into their community will be able to apply to take part in a visa sponsorship programme from next month. The sponsorship programme is part of an expanded trial, in which communities across Aotearoa have welcomed whānau from around the world. Welcome signs drawn by school students for refugees at … Read more

Contagion at 10: Steven Soderbergh’s star-studded chiller that proved prescient

CONTAGION (M, 106mins) Directed by Stephen Soderbergh ***** The poster-child for the start of the current pandemic. The movie everyone turned to in the early days of Covid-19 last year. Steven Soderbergh’s frightening 2011 look at a virus that’s “Godzilla, King Kong and Frankenstein all rolled into one”. One allegedly the result of “the wrong … Read more

Concerns Covid-19 vaccine rollout not reaching at risk people

There is concern the vaccine rollout is not reaching people using mental health and addiction services – people who were prioritised by the government for earlier access to the Pfizer jab. Right now 37 percent of the eligible population is fully vaccinated; compared with 19 percent of people using mental health and addiction services. And … Read more

Sisters in Timaru tragedy named

The family was picture perfect. Three little girls with blonde hair and big bright eyes, their parents beaming and adoring in scores of photographs. They had been planning to come to Timaru for some time. They left Pretoria, one of South Africa’s capital cities, to carve out a new chapter in their lives and by … Read more