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More than 100 Whanganui families have a better chance of living in a warm and dry home thanks to curtain crusader Nelson Lebo and several selfless volunteers.

The Whanganui Curtain Bank gave away 350-plus donated curtains to 81 needy families as well as others being educated about keeping warm this winter.

We had 20 families through in the first hour of opening,” Mr Lebo said. “Overall we gave away 350 curtains in eight days. We are very pleased with that.”

“Everybody deserves to live in a warm and dry home. Apart from non-insulated ceilings the number one source of heat loss in a home is through the windows.”

Mr Lebo said aside from handing out donated curtains the bank’s aims was to impart advice on how to keep homes healthy, such as moisture management and mould prevention.

Mr Lebo said cold and damp homes were a big factor in a number of health complaints, including asthma. Whanganui has the highest number of asthma cases in the country, killing six people in the district each year and hospitalising more than 160.

“One in four Whanganui children are on medication for asthma – the highest rate in the country,” Mr Lebo said. “There is a clear link between housing and poor health.”

Unused curtains from this year’s bank were donated to the Koha Shed and Mr Lebo said he plans to return next year with more trailer-loads of donated curtains.

Anti-bullying film by a group of Whanganui students has won a national competition.

Friends was made by Whanganui High School’s head boy Jack Southee and deputy head boy Nusr Ghamri, along with the school’s student council.

The students made the film as part of Bullying-Free Week, at the end of May, and won first prize in the New Zealand Bullying-Free Week senior short film competition.

The judges of the National competition said the Whanganui High School film was “refreshing”.

“[It] was an outstanding short film with a clear, positive and uplifting message … [it] was led by student voices, and produced to a high professional standard.”

Head boy Jack said when brainstorming the ideas “We wanted to spread a positive message. We wanted to focus on how students should behave, rather than how they shouldn’t.”

The film was shown at school assemblies during Bullying-Free Week, and then Jack and Nusr decided to send it to the short film competition.

Their prize is $500 for the school.

Jack and Nasr have both been keen filmmakers since they were in Year 9. Their first film was a horror film, but recently they’ve turned their attention to making more serious films. This is the second film competition they’ve entered.


Camila Cabello performed her single ‘Crying in the club‘ on Jimmy Fallon’s late night talk show and also performed #Summersong versions of other classics from Adele, Justin Bieber and Whitney Houston to name a few!

She absolutely nailed the covers showing us how she got her spot originally in Fifth Harmony. Of course she smashed her own song as well:

We <3 Camila Cabello!


    Updated 6:53am 27/06: Team New Zealand have only gone and won it! They have beaten Oracle 7-1 to claim the America’s Cup for the first time since 2003. A parade will be held in Auckland to welcome the team home. The 55-second win, sealed by an overall margin of victory of 7-1, also went a long way to erasing the ghosts of 2013 for Team New Zealand.

    And Peter Burling is on top of the world. The young Team New Zealand helmsman has expressed immense satisfaction in returning the America’s Cup to Kiwi shores. As he has been throughout the entire regatta in Bermuda, Burling was at the wheel as Team New Zealand crossed the finish line ahead of Oracle to reclaim the Auld Mug on Monday (Tuesday NZ time).

    Well thank goodness for that, maybe we could change some rules back now eh boys?

    Updated 10:00am 26/06: Team New Zealand have stopped Team USA’s fightback dead in its tracks, responding with back-to-back victories on Sunday (Monday NZ time) to sit just one win away from lifting the America’s Cup.

    Trailing 4-0 following five-straight defeats to the Kiwis, Oracle showed new found speed on Saturday to finally get on the board.

    While it was only one victory, the result stirred memories of that comeback four years ago.

    Team NZ helmsman Peter Burling gives it the thumbs up after winning race eight of the America's Cup final.


    Team NZ helmsman Peter Burling gives it the thumbs up after winning race eight of the America’s Cup final.

    However, the current version of Team NZ proved they are made of much sterner stuff, winning race seven by 12 seconds before recording an emphatic 30-second victory in race eight to force match point at 6-1 in the first-to-seven series.

    Oracle now find themselves in the exact same position they were in San Francisco and while slightly subdued, skipper Jimmy Spithill was predictably still talking up the prospect of staging another epic fightback.

    But with more and more mistakes creeping into their game, and Team NZ continuing to excel in the light conditions, it is hard to see the Kiwis letting go of this one.

    They produced a flawless display in race eight, recording 100 per cent flytime after Peter Burling ran circles around Spithill in the startbox to leave Oracle on the ropes.

    35th America’s Cup match
    Race 7: Emirates Team New Zealand beat Oracle Team USA by 12 secs
    Race 8: Emirates Team New Zealand beat Oracle Team USA
    Team New Zealand lead the first-to-seven series 6-1

    Update 10:00am 25/06: Team New Zealand aren’t panicked by their recent loss against the Oracle today. With Race five in the bag they were ready for a repeat in Race 6, but with minor penalties conceded they lost out to the Oracle. Coach Murray Jones said he was confident his crew would learn from their mistakes. Coming off the five-day break, Oracle showed a heap of improvement in their speed and handling. However, Team NZ gifted the result to the defenders through their own errors.

    Update 11:37am 23/06: Team New Zealand are currently in the lead of the Americas cup having 3 points to nil. They are resting with a four day break but will be back, fighting fit on Sunday 5am NZT ready to verse the Oracle again.

    The Oracle supremo Sir Russell Coutts has spoken to German magazine Yacht saying the finals are unevenly matched in Emirate’s favour.  With Emirates leading the defenders 3-0 in the race to seven wins, Coutts said, “We have seen so many exciting races in the Challenger Playoffs, it is unfortunate that this is not the case in the finals.”


    Defender: Oracle Team USA

    Challengers: Artemis Racing, Emirates Team New Zealand (Click for team breakdown), Groupama Team France, Land Rover BAR and SoftBank Team Japan

    Race schedule & Results:

    Race 1 – 17th June:

    1. Oracle Team USA
    2. Artemis Racing
    3. Land Rover BAR
    4. Soft Bank Team Japan
    5. Emirates Team New Zealand
    6. Groupama Team France

    Race 2 – 17th June:

    1. Artemis Racing
    2. Emirates Team New Zealand
    3. Oracle Team USA
    4. Softbank Team Japan
    5. Groupama Team Japan
    6. Land Rover BAR

    Race 3 – 18th June:

    1. Emirates Team New Zealand
    2. Land Rover BAR
    3. Softbank Team Japan
    4. Artemis Racing
    5. Oracle Team USA
    6. Groupama Team France

    Race 4 – 18th June:

    1. Emirates Team New Zealand
    2. Oracle Team USA

    Race 5 – 25th June:

    1. Emirates Team New Zealand
    2. Oracle Team USA

    Race 6 – 25th June:

    1. Oracle Team USA
    2. Emirates Team New Zealand

    Race 7 – 26th June:

    1. Emirates Team New Zealand (Winning by 12 seconds!)
    2. Oracle Team USA

    Race 8 – 26th June:

    1. Emirates Team New Zealand.
    2. Oracle Team USA

    Race 9 – 27th June:

      Dates and times of the Lions tour 2017:

      Saturday 3rd June versus New Zealand provincial Barbarians @ Toll Stadium Whangarei, kick off 7:35pm.

      Result: NZ 7 Lions 13

      – Lions winning 1-0 versus NZ.


      Wednesday 7th June versus Auckland Blues @ Eden Park Auckland, kick off 7:35pm.

      Result: Blues 22 Lions 16

      – Tied between Lions and NZ 1-1.


      Saturday 10th June versus Christchurch Crusaders @ AMI Stadium Christchurch, kick off 7:35pm.

      Result: Crusaders 3 Lions 12

      -Lions winning 2 – 1.


      Tuesday 13th June versus Otago Highlanders @ Forsyth Barr Stadium, kick off 7:35pm.

      Result: Highlanders 23 Lions 22

      – Tied between Lions and NZ 2 – 2.


      Saturday June 17th versus New Zealand Maori @ Rotorua International Stadium, kick off 7:35pm.
      Result: Maori 10 Lions 32

      – Lions winning 3 – 2.


      Tuesday 20th June versus Waikato Chiefs @ FMG Stadium Waikato, Hamilton, kick off 7:35pm.

      Result: Chiefs 6 Lions 34

      – Lions winning 4 – 2.


      Saturday 24th June versus All Blacks @ Eden Park Auckland, kick off 7:35pm.

      Result: All Blacks 30 Lions 15

      – Lions winning overall 4 – 3


      Tuesday 27th June versus Wellington Hurricanes @ Westpac Stadium Wellington, kick off 7:35pm.


      Saturday 1st July versus All Blacks @ Westpac Stadium Wellington, kick off 7:35pm.


      Saturday 8th July versus All Blacks @ Eden Park Auckland, kick off 7:35pm.


      Current Top Scorers of the Lions tour:

      Player Try Kick Conv. Pts.
      R2fRSPlg Leigh Halfpenny 0 9 2 31
      R2fRSPlg Dan Biggar 0 3 5 19
      R2fRSPlg Owen Farrell 0 5 2 19
      nz Beauden Barrett 0 3 3 15
      auckland-blues Rieko Ioane 3 0 0 15
      auckland-blues Ihaia West 1 1 1 10
      R2fRSPlg Jack Nowell 2 0 0 10
      highlanders Lima Sopoaga 0 2 1 8
      chiefs Stephen Donald 0 2 0 6
      R2fRSPlg Anthony Watson 1 0 0 5

      One Direction fans rejoice – pop heartthrob Harry Styles is coming to our shores in 2017 for the first time as a solo artist.

      Harry Styles Live in NZ
      Auckland, Spark Arena | Saturday, December 2

      Tickets have sold out, but keep listening to Ski to see when you can win yourself tickets to this very special event!

      Future is coming to NZ this September on the ‘Nobody Safe’ tour with special guest David Dallas, presented by Live Nation.

      It’s all going down Thursday the 28th of September at Spark Arena in Auckland.

      General on sale tickets are here.

      With 13 gold and platinum singles, 6 top selling studio albums, 12 mixtapes and 33 music videos Future’s rank in the game is unmatched – this will definitely be a gig you don’t wanna miss!

      They’ve sold out London’s O2 Arena and collaborated with Demi Lovato and Shawn Mendes. Now, they’re hitting Auckland for one show at The Power Station on Saturday the 23rd of September.

      The Vamps Live in NZ
      23rd Sept | The Power Station

      Get your tickets via Ticketmaster.

      Our fave kiwi electro-pop princess Theia has announced her first headline tour of New Zealand to celebrate the release of her highly-anticipated debut EP!

      Theia and her band will play in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.

      Support Acts include; DJ Alsiha, Arcee Rapper, DJ Mali and Missy G.

      ·         Neck of the Woods, Auckland – Thursday, July 6

      ·         Meow, Wellington – Friday, July 7

      ·         Blue Smoke, Christchurch – Saturday, July 8

      Tickets on sale now from

      CHELMSFORD, ENGLAND - AUGUST 20: Sia performs at V Festival at Hylands Park on August 20, 2016 in Chelmsford, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)

      SIA is hitting New Zealand’s waters with her awesome NOSTALGIC for the Present Tour, for one show at Auckland’s Mt Smart Stadium Tuesday December 5th.

      SIA Live
      Mount Smart Stadium, Auckland
      December 5th 2017

      SIA has shot to super-stardom, becoming one of the most influential and prolific artists in the world!  A multi-platinum artist, songwriter and international icon.

      Don’t miss your chance to see one of the worlds best. Plus very special guests to be unveiled soon!