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Would-be homeowners face banks pulling pre-approvals

Otago Daily Times News Feed - Tue, 01/18/2022 - 09:13
Photo: RNZ Potential home buyers are being warned they could face their pre-approvals being declined or withdrawn for months to come.
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Traffic light system may need changing as Omicron looms: Bloomfield

Otago Daily Times News Feed - Tue, 01/18/2022 - 09:12
Further advice around the need to strengthen or adjust the traffic light settings was currently being prepared. Photo: Getty Images The Ministry of Health is looking at whether to tweak the traffic light system in the face of Omicron, says the Director-General of Health.
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Sleepless nights for Tongan families

Otago Daily Times News Feed - Tue, 01/18/2022 - 09:03
The Rev Lakepa Finau and his daughter, Mele Finau Huakau, of Oamaru, are feeling helpless as they have been unable to contact family in Tonga since Saturday’s volcanic eruption. PHOTO: RUBY HEYWARD Anguish extended into another day for people desperate to hear their family members in disaster-afflicted Tonga are safe.
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No vax, no French Open for Djokovic as rules tighten

Otago Daily Times News Feed - Tue, 01/18/2022 - 09:02
An unvaccinated Novak Djokovic at Dubai Airport on Monday after a federal court upheld the Australian government's decision to cancel his visa to play in the Australian Open. Photo: Reuters Novak Djokovic risks being frozen out of tennis as he chases a record 21st Grand Slam title, with rules on travellers who are unvaccinated against Covid-19 tightening in the third year of the pandemic and some tournaments reconsidering exemptions.
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Tonga distress signal prompts UN concern

Otago Daily Times News Feed - Tue, 01/18/2022 - 09:01
A plume rises over Tonga after underwater volcano Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai erupted on Saturday. Photo: National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT) via REUTERS A distress signal has been detected in an isolated, low-lying group of islands in the Tonga archipelago following a massive volcanic eruption and tsunami, the United Nations says, prompting particular concern for its inhabitants.
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91 possible traffic light breaches in Canterbury-West Coast

Otago Daily Times News Feed - Tue, 01/18/2022 - 08:59
Canterbury recorded the highest number of possible Covid-19 traffic light system breaches in New Zealand over the holiday period.
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Tonga distress signal prompts UN concern

Otago Daily Times News Feed - Tue, 01/18/2022 - 08:55
A plume rises over Tonga after underwater volcano Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai erupted on Saturday. Photo: National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT) via REUTERS A distress signal has been detected in an isolated, low-lying group of islands in the Tonga archipelago following a massive volcanic eruption and tsunami, the United Nations says, prompting particular concern for its inhabitants.
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Toxic algae found at fourth Southland river

Otago Daily Times News Feed - Tue, 01/18/2022 - 08:37
Benthic cyanobacteria. Photo: Supplied People are being urged to be vigilant after toxic algae was discovered in a fourth Southland river.
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No vax, no French Open for Djokovic as rules tighten

Otago Daily Times News Feed - Tue, 01/18/2022 - 08:33
An unvaccinated Novak Djokovic at Dubai Airport on Monday after a federal court upheld the Australian government's decision to cancel his visa to play in the Australian Open. Photo: Reuters Novak Djokovic risks being frozen out of tennis as he chases a record 21st Grand Slam title, with rules on travellers who are unvaccinated against Covid-19 tightening in the third year of the pandemic and some tournaments reconsidering exemptions.
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'A sense of entitlement': Conviction for jet-boating lockdown breach

Otago Daily Times News Feed - Tue, 01/18/2022 - 08:20
The Makarora River. Photo: Getty Images A Lake Hawea man has been fined $500 for going jet-boating near Makarora during last year’s Covid-19 lockdown.
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Alleged Christchurch bar assault lands Kainga Ora comms adviser in court

Otago Daily Times News Feed - Tue, 01/18/2022 - 08:15
A Government communications adviser is before the courts after an alleged attack at a Christchurch bar on Christmas Eve where he cut another man's ear with a glass.
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Thousands stolen in break-in

Otago Daily Times News Feed - Tue, 01/18/2022 - 08:05
Thrive Alexandra owner Gagan Sharma outside his store, which was broken into on Saturday night and between $12,000 and $13,000 in cash taken. PHOTO: TRACIE BARRETT Police are investigating a break-in and theft of a safe containing a large sum of money from an Alexandra business at the weekend and the possibility it may be related to an earlier break-in at the owner’s home.
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Assaulting police charge

Otago Daily Times News Feed - Tue, 01/18/2022 - 08:00
A woman has been charged with assaulting a police officer in Oamaru.
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Review: Kiwi actor has a ball leading Star Wars spin-off

Otago Daily Times News Feed - Tue, 01/18/2022 - 04:30
Temuera Morrison as the titular bounty hunter turned wannabe crime lord. Photo: Supplied As part of its “owning absolutely everything” policy, Disney spent $4billion to buy Star Wars from George Lucas, and even if all of its new Star Wars movie projects keep inexplicably falling over of late, it’s determined to get value for money from somewhere. Luckily, there’s television!
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Two Watts brothers part of group from South in national trials

Otago Daily Times News Feed - Tue, 01/18/2022 - 04:30
A handful of players with origins in the South will get a chance to impress the national selectors at the start of a huge year for New Zealand softball.
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Rare transition from sim-racing for Allan

Otago Daily Times News Feed - Tue, 01/18/2022 - 04:30
  For parents of teens who despair of the time their offspring spend in the virtual world, Hugo Allan is proof that time is not necessarily wasted.
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Evans leads overall after two wins

Otago Daily Times News Feed - Tue, 01/18/2022 - 04:30
Simon Evans shows his style at Highlands at the weekend. PHOTO: BRUCE JENKINS Simon Evans has emerged the early leader in the Toyota 86 racing series.
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Doc rejects claim EV push compromising safety

Otago Daily Times News Feed - Tue, 01/18/2022 - 04:30
It was focused on replacing its passenger fleet with electric vehicles (EVs). Photo: Getty Images The Department of Conservation is disputing a suggestion it has left its fleet of utes to dangerously deteriorate because of a focus on electric vehicles.
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Testimonies contradictory

Otago Daily Times News Feed - Tue, 01/18/2022 - 04:30
A neighbourly feud was dismissed in court after the truth could not be found in the two differing testimonies.
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