72 days ago

A festival of aroha – Let's make Matariki a public holiday in 2021

Stacey Reporter from Stuff

Hi neighbours,

Today, Stuff is launching a campaign to make Matariki a public holiday from 2021.

Plucked from obscurity and given the breath of life, since the turn of the century, Matariki has blossomed into an inclusive, popular event.

Tied to the rising of Matariki, the Pleiades star cluster, in the night sky, the festival marks the start of te Mātahi o te tau, the new year.

Once a casualty of colonisation, Matariki’s comeback has fostered greater use of te reo Māori, and recognition for Māori customary practices.

We believe it is past time to officially acknowledge all Matariki stands for in our national calendar. To learn more about Stuff's campaign, click here

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17 hours ago

Super gran out-planks community gym youngsters at 78

Nicole Mathewson Reporter from Otago News

Jan Wood had never heard of a plank when she joined her local gym 10 years ago. Now she’s smashing records.

The 78-year-old grandmother of 10 surprised her friends at Cromwell’s NRG Health and Fitness by holding a plank – essentially holding a push-position at full stretch – for 21 minutes as part of a September challenge.

She held the gym’s longest plank title for a few days before 66-year-old friend and rival super gran Lesley Garrett “trounced” her by holding a plank for 40 minutes.

After someone topped their time by 45 seconds, they took on the challenge with competitive determination. Read the full story here.

1 day ago

Queenstown man snowboards into town from home after 'weather bomb' hits

Nicole Mathewson Reporter from Otago News

A Queenstown man stepped out of his house, jumped on his snowboard and headed into town after snow "belted down” on Monday.

The snow came from a “weather bomb” or “bomb cyclone”, which brought spring snow to parts of the South Island.

Queenstown man Tom Woodward, who lives in the elevated suburb of Fernhill, said people were cheering as he snowboarded past buses and stuck cars this morning.

How's the weather at your place? Tell us in the comments below.

1 day ago

Get inspired with the Southland Home Show!


The Southland Home Show is on from 3-4 October at ILT Stadium. A visit to the show can help you make qualified decisions, everything to make your house into a home.

Come and see the Resene team on the Resene stand for the latest colour and wallpaper ideas and inspiration. We look forward to seeing you there!
Visit the show!