Monthly Archive:: April 2014


Redwood Programmer Wins Comedy Fest

A Redwood programmer has won the South Island leg of the national RAW Comedy Quest stand-up competition without uttering a single word. Thane Pullan beat seven other finalists at a packed Twisted Hop in Woolston to win a spot in the national finals of the RAW Comedy

Cyclists spooked into riding footpaths

Worried Christchurch cyclists are using footpaths instead of biking on busy roads after the death of student nurse Sharla Haerewa. Haerewa, 22, was killed after she was hit by a truck while cycling on Lincoln Rd to work. Several cyclists who spoke to The Press said they

Danger to playwright refuted

The Iranian Embassy rejects Court Theatre claims that reviews of an upcoming play could “quite literally” endanger the life of its Iranian playwright. The Court issued invitations for Nassim Soleimanpour’s White Rabbit Red Rabbit, which opens today, with a warning: “Urgent: All media and press agents have

Call to make Sumner footpaths safer

Concerned Sumner residents have called on the Christchurch City Council for urgent repairs to their walkways after an elderly tourist fell and injured herself. Aneke van Dam, a tourist in her 80s, broke her prescription glasses in the fall and had to be treated for bad facial

UC student scoops gold at world champs

First-year engineering student Georgia Groen scooped five medals at the Barefoot Waterski World Championships, and defended her title as the world’s best women’s trick skier. The 17-year-old broke New Zealand records in the tricks and slalom categories at last month’s champs in Mulwala, Australia, and took silver

Ratepayers to pay for cycle event clean-up

Christchurch ratepayers will foot the bill for cleaning up graffiti from January’s elite road cycling champs. Graffiti spans the width of Dyers Pass Rd and includes messages of support to athletes such as “Go Jo”, “Bennett”, and “Go Jack”. Cashmere Residents Association chairman Rik Tindall said the

Teen artist inspired by sub-Antarctic trip

West Melton 14-year-old Henry Turner is exhibiting 16 artworks inspired by an adventure to the remote sub-Antarctic Islands. His trip to the islands, 700km southeast of New Zealand, was paid for by an Enderby Trust Scholarship. Normally restricted to artists over 18 years of age, an exception

Resilient Kiwis fly in face of danger

Kiwis have not been put off air travel by the Malaysia Airlines tragedy, say local travel agents. An international search for the remains of MH370 continues after it disappeared with 239 people on board more than four weeks ago. Flight Centre New Zealand product general manager Simon