The scaffolding is down and the weave-liek facade of Te Whare Hononga – The House That Binds has been revealed for the first time. For months the building, part of the redevelopment fo the Taranaki Cathedral Church of St Mary, has been un a white wrap as its construction was carried out but on Friday it all came down, much to the delight of cathedral dean Jay Ruka. Ruka, of Te Atiawa, Ngāti Mutunga, said he felt amazed and honoured to be part of the new milestone for Taranaki. “The first programme will be a pōwhiri, the tuwhera, and then hopefully we will just get rangatahi to come and learn our history,” he said. READ MORE: Taranaki Māori leaders excited at prospects of 'overdue' Aotearoa New Zealand histories curriculum Whare to bring 'redemption, healing' to Taranaki Cathedral site Taranaki Cathedral's journey to reconciliation continues despite Covid, cost increases “This makes our history more tangible, more understandable for a new generation of people from the … [Read more...] about Unbound: Scaffolding, wrap comes off Te Whare Hononga – The House That Binds
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A teenager has been charged after a suspicious house fire in South Taranaki. Fire and Emergency New Zealand (FENZ) crews responded to the blaze at a Skeet Rd property near Kapuni about 3.30pm on Thursday. No one was injured in the fire. FENZ central shift communications manager Murray Dunbar said the blaze was put out quickly by crews. A second alarm was initially activated due to the location of the fire, but was called off, Dunbar said. The cause of the fire was under investigation. A police media spokesperson said an 18-year-old man was arrested on Thursday night in relation to the fire. He is due to appear in the Palmerston North District Court on October 4. A St John spokesperson said it was notified about the incident, but were stood down as no assistance was required. Taranaki Daily News … [Read more...] about Teen arrested after suspicious house fire in South Taranaki
HBO’s House of the Dragon and Amazon Prime Video’s The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power . Photo-Illustration: Vulture; Photos by HBO and Prime Video In this era of video on demand, most streaming programmers have come to accept the Gospel According to Netflix: Audiences now watch TV shows when it’s convenient for them, and the specific time of day they arrive is irrelevant for streamers. This is why most streaming shows drop new episodes in the middle of the night, U.S. time; since we are all our own network schedulers now, deciding what to watch and when, there’s no reason to “program” new shows and movies for an optimal time of day. But the slightly different release patterns for Prime Video’s The Rings of Power and HBO’s House of the Dragon , along with some new Nielsen numbers, have had me thinking lately about the wisdom of the dogmatic approach pioneered by Netflix — and whether streamers should be thinking more about what time they release their original … [Read more...] about Dragons vs. Elves: Who Has the Better Release Strategy?
The man who was about to interview Salman Rushdie at the Chautauqua Institution last Friday when a would-be murderer ran onstage with a knife is a 73-year-old former telemarketing entrepreneur from Pittsburgh named Henry Reese. He wears bow ties and speaks with a low-key, husky voice and shuns attention. But Reese and his wife, Diane Samuels, are two of the more remarkable ordinary people in America. They’ve transformed a blighted Pittsburgh street into a haven for persecuted writers and artists from around the world. It’s called City of Asylum, and it’s a physical manifestation of the universal value of free expression. This achievement has something to do with what happened on Friday, two and a half hours north of Reese’s home turf. The Chautauqua Institution is an idyllic lakeside community, with an entry gate and streets lined by picturesque Victorians, where paying visitors—a lot of them retirees from the Midwest, more middle class than coastal culture seekers—stay for a summer … [Read more...] about Free Speech Can’t Survive as an Abstraction
Paris: Having turned to French experts to overhaul her struggling business, Victoria Beckham is seeking the highest validation of the fashion world with her first runway show in Paris on Friday. The former Spice Girl, 48 -- who has been away from the catwalk for two years -- joins Paris Fashion Week after a long stint presenting her clothes in New York and a brief dalliance with London. Her sophisticated office and evening wear has been a surprise hit with fashionistas ever since her debut show in 2008, confounding those who expected her to be another celebrity dilettante. But despite having 250 global outlets selling her clothes, 30 million followers on Instagram and one of the most famous husbands in the world, Beckham´s company has always struggled to turn a profit. In a bid to turn things around, she has recruited top French talent: her chairman is Ralph Toledano, ex-president of the French Federation for Haute Couture and Fashion, and her CEO is Marie Leblanc de Reynies, … [Read more...] about Victoria Beckham returns to catwalk as she joins Paris Fashion Week
Bosnia and Herzegovina is preparing for a general election on Sunday, 2 October. Here we explain how the election works, who the main parties and candidates are, and what the likely outcome might be in a country said to have the most complicated system of government in the world. How did Bosnia end up with the world’s most complex administration? The Balkan country of about 3.2 million is facing a difficult set of choices in its ninth general election since the first multi-party vote in 1990. At the time, Bosnia was still a part of the Socialist Federative Republic of Yugoslavia — a communist country that soon crumbled and set off a series of wars and conflicts between 1991 and 1999. As one of the seven independent states that came out of the breakup, Bosnia experienced its own war between 1992 and 1995. Until recently, it was considered the bloodiest conflict in Europe since World War II. Bosnia remains extremely vulnerable to the increased nationalist … [Read more...] about Bosnia election explained: How does it work? Who is running? Who is likely to win?
A Brit dad who calls himself a "walking disaster" has got himself stranded in Ibiza after missing not one but four flights. Saz Ismail, from Swadlincote in Staffordshire, managed to miss one flight by five minutes and even book another flight from the wrong Spanish island. The 36-year-old, who says he "shouldn't be allowed" to go abroad on his own, also booked a flight that would have flown into the completely wrong UK airport, reports Staffordshire Live . Saz has now resorted to launching a GoFundMe appeal to try to pay his way home - with limited success so far. He's turned to crowdfunding, but sympathy seems to be in short supply. So far he's managed to raise a paltry £5. Saz said: "My friend Kane wanted to go out to Ibiza and was already out there. "He asked me if I wanted to go on the impromptu so I thought 'why not?' I really like my House and Dance music scene and I had never been before so I thought it would be a good opportunity. Saz has turned to … [Read more...] about Brit stranded in Ibiza after missing four flights needs help from strangers to get home
Train drivers , postal workers and even barristers have been walking out of their jobs over disputes about pay and working conditions in recent months. To add to commuter woes, thousands of bus drivers are about to join them on the picket lines as unions announced an ominous set of “indefinite” strikes. The summer of discontent has spilled over into autumn, as the largest schism in industrial relations in a generation continues in the UK. Rail strikes throughout the summer disrupted thousands of journeys and brought the network to a standstill. But now travellers will have to contend with a double whammy of bus strikes intertwined with the latest rail strike dates. Which areas are affected by bus strikes? Arriva bus services in London and Kent are likely to be severely affected by the upcoming strikes Bus users in London, Kent and East Yorkshire will all experience disruption in September and October. The areas are impacted by three separate rows over … [Read more...] about Why bus drivers are going on strike ‘indefinitely’— and which areas are affected
A few miles down the Mersey from Labour’s conference in Liverpool, striking dockers are furious with their employer and Sir Keir Starmer. The 560 workers, today starting the second week of a fortnight-long stoppage, accuse the profitable Mersey Docks and Harbour Company of breaking promises and refusing to improve a pay offer that would reduce living standards. And they feel abandoned by the leader of a Labour Party formed to represent working people in Parliament. “We were hailed as key workers during the Covid pandemic and now the company’s treating us like peasants because they don’t want to give us a pay matching inflation,” said ship’s foreman Steve Saunderson, 34, on the picket line. The strikers enjoy huge public backing in Liverpool where passing car drivers toot horns and local football heroes Neville Southgate and Jamie Carragher voiced support. The dock workers say the pay rise they've been offered will see them worse off than before ( Image: Daily … [Read more...] about Striking Liverpool dock workers furious as ‘red Tory’ Keir Starmer refuses to meet them
Royal Mail workers have voted for just shy of three weeks of strike days over the course of October and November. The industrial action, which is a wrangle over pay terms and working conditions, could have a huge impact on pre-Christmas shopping and other massive sales. The strikes will come in the form of single days and also rolling action across Royal Mail Group’s network, the Communications Workers Union (CWU) has announced. The CWU said the move revolves around the “outrageous” decision by senior management to withdraw from major national agreements, push ahead with cuts to workers’ terms and conditions, and a “complete side-lining” of the union. Royal Mail strike dates Royal Mail worker strikes in October and November could disrupt Christmas shopping ( Image: Anadolu Agency via Getty Images) Organisers at CWU said there will be 19 days of strike action over the course of the next two months. While the exact dates have not been announced, union … [Read more...] about Royal Mail strikes before Christmas — dates and how your online shopping is affected