Today's Morning Rush is brought to you by Patrice Dougan. Good morning and welcome to today's edition of Morning Rush. Everything you need to know, including the latest, breaking news, sport, entertainment, traffic, travel and weather information. Share your news tips and photos at #MorningRushNZ or email@example.com 9.05am: In a late piece of breaking news - two vehicles have crashed off a Northland road after hitting black ice on a bridge. The incident happened on SH12 near Whirinaki just before 8am, police say. Take care on the roads out there folks. 9.01am: And I'll leave you with one of these fun pics of giant gummy bears street art. Check out more of them here. 8.57am: Wrapping up the blog for today folks. Stay tuned to nzherald.co.nz for the latest breaking news and analysis. Coming up today we're covering Daniel Livingstone's court appearance; the murder trial for the man accused of killing Connor Morris; the latest on event rider Andrew Nicholson's neck injury; And Lee Suckling will give you his take on diversity in the media, which has sparked plenty of debate since Rachel Smalley's column on Friday. 8.55am: Earlier crash in Riccarton causing traffic delays:
8.34am: A judge in the US has ordered a 21-year-old Texas man to marry his girlfriend or get jail time. Josten Bundy got into a fight with his girlfriend's ex-partner, which prompted the judge to ask if his girlfriend was "worth it." 8.32am: Two appeals for funds to help three sisters who survived a Waimate fire which killed their parents and young brother last week have raised $67,365. 8.27am: If you missed it last night, here's another chance to watch a video which emerged of an Auckland rugby referee being pushed violently to the ground by an onlooker after a club rugby game on the North Shore. 8.24am: What with Eddie McGuire defending his description of Victorian Sports Minister John Eren as a "soccer loving Turkish born Mussie" and the controversy over Adam Goodes, our Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy says the spotlight on racism is important. 8.20am: Footballer David Beckham has hit out at critics who said his 4-year-old daughter Harper should not be using a dummy anymore.
8.16am: Jackass star Steve-O has been arrested for climbing a crane. 8.13am: Labour's export growth and trade spokesman David Parker has laid complaints against Foreign Minister Murray McCully after revelations the controversial $11.5 million Saudi sheep deal was opposed by the Treasury. 8.12am: Karl Stead is the country's new Poet Laureate. The Aucklander will keep the title until 2017. 8.10am: Traffic lights are out at Riccarton Rd-Clyde Rd intersection following earlier crash. Temporary traffic management is in place, NZTA says.
Why do people feel they have the right to criticize a parent about their own children without having any facts ?? Everybody who has children knows that when they aren't feeling well or have a fever you do what comforts them best and most of the time it's a pacifier so those who criticize think twice about what you say about other people's children because actually you have no right to criticize me as a parent ...
8.09am: This is still getting people going - yesterday's Modern Etiquette question: I can't afford to buy a house. What are my options? 8.06am: This is pretty amazing, a beautiful rare white humpback whale has been spotted off the coast of Australia.
Traffic signals out at Riccarton Rd/Clyde Rd due to #crash - temporary traffic management will be deployed. Restrictions in place. ^TF— NZTA Canterbury/WC (@NZTACWC) August 10, 2015
7.48am: The eastern end of Hamilton's London St has been cordoned off, and forensic examinations have begun. 7.47am: BREAKING: An elderly man's body has been found in a public toilet in Hamilton. Police have launched a homicide investigation. 7.44am: UPDATE on top event rider Andrew Nicholson - a family statement says he has a neck injury and is undergoing treatment at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford. Eventing journalist and a friend of Nicholson's, Barbara Gale, says there's no clear information on exactly what had happened. "I can only say that knowing Andrew very well over the years, that it can't just be a little knock to keep someone like Andrew Nicholson in hospital." 7.42am: Earlier breakdown citybound on Causeway has been cleared, NZTA says. But motorists can expect delays, with the current travel time to Auckland one hour from Westgate. 7.40am: Soft drink giant Coca-Cola is backing a new solution to obesity - get more exercise and don't worry so much about cutting calories. It's funding scientists to push the message around the world. 7.38am: Travel times into Wellington right now: Melling - CBD 33min; Tawa - CBD 32min; Cobham Drive - CBD 12min 7.35am: One small bite for man, one giant leaf for mankind - astronauts have eaten salad grown in space for the first time.
Crash near the intersection of Riccarton Rd and Clyde Rd two-way traffic maintained delays expected in area. Emergency services on site. ^TF— NZTA Canterbury/WC (@NZTACWC) August 10, 2015
Dear Federal MPs ... I would appreciate it greatly if you [donated] to my Go Fund Me campaign so MY kids can go on a holiday too. I won't be accepting donations from everyday Australians ... they have already paid too much for YOUR kids.Good luck with that one Stephen. 7.24am: NewstalkZB host and Herald columnist Mike Hosking has waded into the flag debate - he says there are some genuine contenders in the 40 shortlisted designs. Watch him here:
Cecil the lion is yours. He is dead ... and you failed to protect him.In his first public comments about the lion's death, he said Zimbabweans should protect their natural resources from what he called foreign vandals. 6.19am: This is getting a lot of interest this morning - a woman says she will no longer eat at Nandos after being told off by staff for bringing food in from a different takeaway outlet. She had brought in a snack-size pack of sushi to tide over her hungry and irritable 5-year-old son. What do you think? 6.16am: The low this morning is -5.2C in Alexandra, with New Plymouth the warmest, sitting at a toasty 5.3C. Wellington is the wettest getting 0.4mm of rain, and Kaikoura the windiest with gusts of 31km/h, according to MetService. 6.13am: Also in overseas news - two people have been killed at an Ikea store in Sweden. A third person is seriously injured. 6.10am: Meanwhile, back here in NZ - a man has been arrested after shots were fired at two Palmerston North police stations last night. He is expected to appear in court later today. 6.05am: In breaking news overnight, top New Zealand event rider Andrew Nicholson is in hospital in Oxford after suffering a neck injury at a British event. He was competing at the Festival of British Eventing at Gatcombe yesterday, and fell at the last fence on the cross-country course. 6.02am: Good morning! It's a cold one out there again this morning guys, so wrap up warm if you're heading out, and we'll get cracking with this morning's news.