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New Zealand Runners Prepare for the Tarawera Ultramarathon Challenge | Instant News

The trail around Rotorua is set to welcome nearly 2,500 runners from across New Zealand for the 13th edition of the Tarawera Ultramarathon next month.

The iconic event, now New Zealand’s largest cross country running event, will bring together runners in four races on Saturday February 13, including distances of 21km, 50km, 102km and 100-mile.

Dave Beeche, Managing Director of The IRONMAN Group Oceania, organizer of the Tarawera Ultramarathon, said the event had strong support from runners from across the country.

“We are very pleased with the support we have received for the 2021 Tarawera Ultramarathon, with nearly 2,500 runners bracing for this enormous challenge,” said Beeche. “While it’s disappointing that we won’t be able to welcome runners from around the world to the event in 2021, we can’t wait to see New Zealand’s best trailers, and our wider trail running community, take courses around Rotorua.

“This event would not have been possible without the continued support of Iwi, the landowner and the local Council and we are grateful that they continue to be a part of the Ultramarathon Tarawera community.

“Last year was very challenging for people across the country and one thing we’ve seen in the last few months is a strong desire from runners to take part in events like the Tarawera Ultramarathon,” he said. “I know I saw an increase in runners on the track as we came out of lockdown and with over 60% of our runners taking part in the event for the first time, it was great to see so many people continue to be active.”

With international travel currently not possible, New Zealanders have taken part in the event, with a 43% increase in local attendance last year. All four distances have seen an increase in local participants for 2021, marked by a 135% increase in entries for the 100 Miler race.

The event was well supported by participants from outside the local community, with Auckland, Wellington and Hamilton being the regions with the most participants.

Race Director Sam Ellis said that the event team is looking forward to welcoming runners back to the Tarawera Ultramarathon.

“The Tarawera Ultramarathon is an extraordinary event that brings together people from all walks of life who share their love of cross-country running,” said Ellis. “With our four different race distances, we are in a great position to welcome those who are new to the track and dip their feet in the 21 km, to those who take on the extraordinary challenge of the 100-Miler.

“We also have competitors in an incredible age range, with our youngest runner just 16 and the oldest 83, cross-country running is a sport open to everyone,” he said. “Regardless of the distance they travel, the Tarawera Ultramarathon is an event that will have every competitor test themselves to the limit. Everyone has their own story, and why, for taking up this challenge and I can’t wait to see them all find the finish line after reaching their goal. “

102km is part of the Ultra-Trail® World Tour, with the 50km, 102km and 100-Miler offering qualifying spots on UTMB, the world’s largest trail race. The 102km and 100-Miler also offer qualification spots in the Western States 100-mile Endurance Run, the oldest 100-mile race in the world.

For more information about the Tarawera Ultra-Marathon, visit www.taraweraultra.co.nz.

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The death of a Melbourne family: Mother Katie Perinovic’s final days before child murder | Instant News

Neighbors pieced together events that took place in the days leading up to the shocking moment of a Melbourne mother who is believed to have killed her three children before committing suicide.

The bodies of Katie Perinovic, her two daughters Claire, 7, and Anna, 5, and son Matthew, 3, were found inside their Tullamarine home, in the northern suburbs of the city, on Thursday afternoon.

Perinovic’s husband, Tomislav, 48, called emergency services and was questioned by police before he was released without charge.

Less than 24 hours before the shocking murder, 42-year-old Perinovic had dropped a bag of prunes at the home of his neighbors on Burgess St, Daniel and Vicky Schembri.

Mr Schembri, who has lived on the street with his wife for 48 years, said Perinovic knocked on the door at 5.30pm on Wednesday. He thanked her, and she said “Bye,” she told NCA Newswire.

Just two days earlier, the Schembris family had heard children play happily in their pop-up pool. “They screamed and screamed and had fun and all that,” he told The Australian.

The Perinovic family.  Photo / Facebook
The Perinovic family. Photo / Facebook

The Perinovics are well known among their neighbors. The children wish Mr Schembri a happy new year. Kevin and Clare Harrison, who live opposite the family, visited on Christmas Day to give gifts to the children.

“We sat with them for a while and Tom was on the floor playing with little Matthew in the car we gave him,” she told The Australian. “He helped the girls unpack their pieces. We just laughed and joked about things.”

On Thursday afternoon, the children died, after an act that sent shockwaves into a usually deserted community.

“Investigators are not sure the 48-year-old man was involved in the incident and police are not looking for anyone further on the matter,” police said on Thursday afternoon.

“Killing Squad investigators have formed the initial view that the 42-year-old woman was responsible for all four deaths and once their investigation is complete, a report will be provided for consideration by the coroner.”

Locals are now trying to find out if there is any clue as to what they saw and heard about the family hours earlier.

One of the local parents who arrived back from the village trip at around 4pm on Wednesday told the Herald Sun that they saw Perinovic visiting another house on the street and talking to the owner of the house named Freddie in an act that now looks extraordinary.

A woman leaves flowers outside Perinovic's house.  Photo / NCA NewsWire
A woman leaves flowers outside Perinovic’s house. Photo / NCA NewsWire

A young mother living around the corner told Herald Sun that she had returned from morning coffee with friends on Thursday morning when she heard a very loud scream coming from Burgess St.

He is now convinced that the agitated cry at around 11.45am was Perinovic. About half an hour later, the mother said, she heard sirens.


Marie Groves’ family friend said she last saw Perinovic when the mother of three visited her home in November for a party.

Groves said Perinovic appeared “very quiet and reserved”.

“On November 29, I invited her to meet and help celebrate my daughter’s birthday with my children,” Groves told NCA NewsWire on Thursday morning.

“She was only there for a short time … her two older daughters were very much like mine, they chatted and laughed – typical of seven year olds, they are pretty kids.

“On that day he seemed a little aloof – that’s not unusual – he was very quiet … come to think of it maybe that’s a clue?”

Groves said he didn’t really know Perinovic’s husband, Tomislav, because he “worked around the clock.”

Groves, who has developed a close bond with Perinovic as their children grew up together, said the last time he saw his neighbor was before Christmas, when he also seemed “a little quieter than usual”.

Police at the scene today.  Photo / NCA NewsWire
Police at the scene today. Photo / NCA NewsWire

However, he added, nothing seemed out of the ordinary.

Schembris said Perinovic moved into the next house about 25 years ago before he met his future wife.

“Once they got married, she got pregnant,” said Schembri, adding that Perinovic looked “happy”.

Schembris said they used to see children who were “very active” all the time playing and riding their bikes on the road. The oldest, Claire, is getting dance lessons and the youngest is starting school.

Claire and Anna both attended St Christopher’s Elementary School on the outskirts of West Airport.

“Now, in heaven,” said Schembri. “They are very good children.”

The first indication he had that something was wrong on Thursday was seeing emergency services rushing onto the streets.

“We saw Tom sitting in a chair with his hands behind his back,” she said.

“She was quiet – numb.

“And then they took him to the police car.”

A tribute outside the Melbourne home in which a mother and three children died.  Photo / News Corp Australia
A tribute outside the Melbourne home in which a mother and three children died. Photo / News Corp Australia

Schembri said his heart broke thinking about the three children wishing him a happy new year, eating sweets, two weeks ago. “How could this happen?” she says.


Perinovic’s former colleague, who is a physiotherapist, told the Herald Sun that they were devastated to learn of the death.

It is known that he left the Glenroy Physiotherapy clinic unexpectedly about three months ago.

Acting Deputy Commissioner Robert Hill said police will work to support the families of those involved and ensure they get the help they need.

“I know there will be many people in society who are struggling to understand and accept this tragedy,” he said.

Perinovic in particular "drawn" in the weeks preceding the tragedy.  Photo / Facebook
Perinovic was especially “withdrawn” in the weeks preceding the tragedy. Photo / Facebook

“It is also a very difficult time for the police and paramedics, who responded to and attended the scene yesterday.

“This is a very heart wrenching experience for all parties.”

Lee, a team manager at the West Meadows paramedic unit, also laid flowers at the scene and took a moment to reflect outside the home.

Speaking to NCA NewsWire, he said about five of his paramedics responded to Thursday’s horror and were “shaken”.

“The loss of three children is affecting everyone including our staff,” he said.

“This isn’t normal … yes we have a troublesome element in our roles, but incidents like this are rare.”

Claire, 7, and Anna, 5, died in a murder-suicide allegation.  Photo / Facebook
Claire, 7, and Anna, 5, died in a murder-suicide allegation. Photo / Facebook

On Fridays, mourners lay flowers and cards on the property.

One child, Anabelle, left a handwritten note on the gate moments before detectives left the scene with a brown evidence bag.

“To Claire, Anna, Matt, and Katie. You are always very kind, loving, caring and Claire is always my best friend (best friend forever). Love from Anabelle,” read the note.

Investigations are continuing.

Where to get help:

Life line: 0800 543354 (available 24/7)
Suicide Crisis Helpline: 0508 828 865 (0508 SUPPORT) (available 24/7)
Youth service: (06) 3555 906
Youthline: 0800 376 633
Kidsline: 0800 543754 (available 24/7)
What is wrong: 0800 942 8787 (13.00 to 23.00)
Depression helpline: 0800 111757 (available 24/7)
Rainbow Youth: (09) 376 4155
Suicide Prevention CASPER

If it’s an emergency and you think you or someone else is at risk, call 111.


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ACC Confirmed As Main Sponsor For New Zealand Primary Healthcare Awards | He Tohu Mauri Ora | Instant News

The Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) will again be the main sponsor for New Zealand’s first national primary health care award.

ACC sponsors a patient safety award, which celebrates excellence in safe practice. This award recognizes individuals or teams for outstanding innovation and leadership in patient safety and increases awareness and support for the safety of all patients in all health care settings.

New Zealand Primary Healthcare Award second year | He Tohu Mauri Ora is now open, and applications will be accepted until 22:00, 17 January 2021. The awards are given to general practitioners, primary care and community teams, midwives, nurses, practice managers, pharmacists and industry opportunities to showcase New Zealand who’s in primary health care.

“ACC is proud to continue to support this award. Celebrating excellence in community care is a way of thanking healthcare professionals for achieving safe health outcomes for New Zealanders, “ACC Chief Clinical Officer John Robson said.

“We are very excited to recognize the excellent work that has been done to reduce patient injury in the ACC Patient Safety Award category.”

Health Media Ltd and the New Zealand Pharmaceutical Union, host of the award, are delighted that ACC has once again pledged its support for the award, which rewards innovation, collaboration and results in the primary health care sector.

The winners of this year’s ACC patient safety awards are: Every Patient, Every Time – making you safer when visiting your GP / Pharmacy, Safety in Practice team, Auckland and Waitematā DHBs.

Who will be the winner in 2021 ?!

People can find out by attending the awards night – a sparkling black tie dinner held at the Cordis Auckland hotel on 15 May 2021. The event will be attended by health care professionals, representatives from government agencies and pharmaceutical companies.

2021 gold sponsor awards are: The Pharmacy Guild of New Zealand Inc, Pharmaceutical Society of New Zealand, ProPharma, Green Cross Health, Douglas Pharmaceuticals, Habit Health, Medtech, Medispace, Spark Health, College of Nurses Aotearoa NZ, Blue Star, Southern Cross Health Insurance, Boehringer Ingelheim, BDO, Ministry of Health and GenPro.

For more information on awards and to purchase tickets to the gala awards night: visit nzphawards.co.nz

About Health Media

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The All Patient Healthcare Handbook and Information Sheet. It also provides accredited E-Learning services for New Zealand Doctor and Pharmacy Today customers. Health Media works to connect readers with each other and with businesses and organizations that wish to communicate with them. As a result of this commitment, its products have been New Zealand’s leading provider of health sector news, opinion and education for more than two decades.

About the New Zealand Pharmaceutical Union

The guild provides support and services to community pharmacy owners. It is committed to ensuring members are aware of their professional and financial potential in today’s challenging business environment. The union provides leadership in all issues facing the community pharmacy sector and provides members with a wide range of business services and tools.

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Punjab’s most populous city hosts major events | Instant News

ISLAMABAD: The populated city of Punjab will host the big event of the 14th Asian Games which will be held in the near future.

A summit, chaired by Prime Minister Imran Khan, was held here on Monday to discuss and finalize arrangements for a regional sports extravaganza. ‘The News’ has learned from well placed sources that it was decided in principle to host all majors. events in the densely populated cities of Punjab with Lahore as its focal point.

Islamabad hosted the Olympics in 1989 and 2004. This time, however, the federal capital will only be one of the host cities, likely hosting two to three events. Several events can also be staged in Peshawar. But the majority of the 27 sports (25 to be determined by the South Asian Olympic Committee and two by the hosts) will be held in Lahore, Sialkot and Faisalabad.

Prime Minister Imran Khan pledged all possible support for organizing the Olympics in an appropriate manner. Apart from Army Chief of Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa, the meeting was also attended by the Inter-Provincial Coordinating Minister Dr Fehmida Mirza, Pakistan Olympic Association President Lt. Gen. (r) Arif Hasan, and Pakistan Sports Council Director General Dr Arshad Mahmood.

It is believed that it is up to the national Olympic committee to finalize the Olympic dates in consultation with the South Asian Olympic Committee. The meeting also considered the overall expenditure to be spent on organizing the 14th Asian Games. It is believed that nearly 45 percent of total expenditure will come from granting media rights and through sponsorship.

‘The News’ is also aware that a steering committee will be formed in the next few weeks to begin preparations for the South Asian Games.


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Best Street Artist in New Zealand Goes to Auckland this Celebration Weekend | Instant News

Auckland International Singer Festival 2021
January 29 – February 1, 2021
Auckland Viaduct Seaport and Shores

A lineup of 8 local street performers who have performed around the world, from Edinburgh to the Middle East, will be performing on the streets of Auckland during Anniversary Weekend from 29 January – 1 February as part of Auckland International Singer Festival 2021.

The best of the best street performers will show off their impressive skills all weekend, with energetic shows of Mexican wrestling, hula-hoops, contortion, fire stunts, magical illusions, acrobatics, and more!

The eight chapters in 4 days are:

  • Basketball Jones – Spin and juggle a basketball, playing with fire on a ten-foot unicycle; Basketball Jones has wowed audiences in more than twenty countries.
  • Bexley Hoops – Incredibly captivating and endearing, Bexley’s hula-hoop skills must be seen to be believed! Combination of dance, contortion, comedy, and lots of hooping.
  • Jaguar – New Zealand’s best and only masked Mexican wrestler brings a thrilling and interactive street comedy show to the Auckland audience.
  • Circus Rock ‘n Roll Vinyl Burns – A world-class juggling action and magical self-deprecating illusion combined with physical comedy with live rock guitar songs and 80s high rock tunes.
  • Tripp Hazzard – Tripp Hazzard is an internationally renowned acrobat, entertainer and ring master, keeping the magic of the circus alive.
  • Mulletman & Mim
    – This mighty duo will show off their years of experience with acrobatics, juggling, contortion, and lotta cheeks!
  • Mr. Penguin – An energetic and crazy journey full of goofy moments, incredible juggling feats, including ice axes and leaf blower, and lots of hilarious audience interactions.
  • Sailor Paz – Pascal is an accomplished player and acrobat originally from Switzerland, with many talents including aerial rope and rope, acrobatics, fire eating, cycling and ax throwing. The perfect accompaniment to harbor yacht races.

Get all your friends and family together and head to Auckland’s waterfront for many amazing shows. Make sure to bring sunscreen and a hat, and plenty of cash for the performers.

The full show schedule and location will be available at:

Auckland International Singer Festival 2021
Fri 29 Jan – Mon 1 Feb 2021
Shows start from 12pm at various locations in Auckland’s Viaduct Harbor and the Waterfront

High resolution imagery available here

The Festival is proudly supported by the Auckland Council, Waitemata Local Council, Panuku Development Auckland.

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