Video: Paul McCartney shares 'special moment' clasping a squirming Kiwi bird named 'Bubbalicious'

After belting out three solid hours of hits at Auckland's Mt Smart Stadium last night, Paul McCartney has posted a thank you message to fans clasping New Zealand's iconic feathered wildlife - a kiwi bird named "Bubbalicious". 

In a video message posted to his Facebook page today, the Beatles legend is shown confidently holding a rather resistant kiwi chick from earlier this week.

McCartney thanked his New Zealand fans in the post writing: "Thanks for a brilliant night New Zealand. Here's a special moment from earlier this week. Meet my new friend. #kiwi #OneOnOne"

"This is Bubbalicious," McCartney begins before introducing Bo - a bird-keeper who he clarifies, didn't think up the name.

It's not stated where the footage was taken but, McCartney did post another video message earlier in the week from Hawke's Bay.

Bubbalicious doesn't appear too pleased with the situation as he squirms and squeaks in his hands, but McCartney is undeterred. 

"But there he is, delicious, lovely little kiwi, strong, good weight," McCartney says. 

"We're gonna let you go. We're saving you."

Mr McCartney played to a packed crowd at Auckland's Mt Smart Stadium last night - his first New Zealand show in 24 years.



Prince Jackson says dad Michael would be 'very happy' with his charitable work as he picks up award

Prince Jackson vowed to carry on his father Michael Jackson's charitable legend as he collected the Motif Lifetime Medal of Honor.

The 21-year-old star picked up the youth advocacy award over the weekend at the Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles and promised he would continue the King of Pop's charitable legacy.

He said: "This is a really special moment for me. My dad did some cool things, but his biggest passion was helping others. I learned how important that was from him. We called the foundation Heal LA, because the goal was to further the cause of dad's Heal the World organisation and start locally by helping out at home.

"John and I got together with a few of our friends at school and decided to do little things to help out. All of a sudden, it just got bigger and bigger. We were giving more and hosting more events, and all of these amazing people started helping. Let's heal LA and Heal the World."

And Prince thinks his father "would be very happy" with his charitable efforts.

He shared: "Our generation, they focus on the wrong things, like, 'Who's wearing what? Who's doing what? Who's vacationing where?' There are real problems going on in the world that can be helped not by powerful people but by everyday people who just go in and devote their time.

"You should be decent enough to help out or want to help out your fellow man or woman."

Prince Jackson. Source: Bang Showbiz


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Fluorescent whitebait unleashed near Nelson in native fish conservation effort

A school of brightly coloured whitebait are leading the way to help our native fish.

Dyed pink and orange, they've been sent swimming up a town culvert near Nelson to see if recent improvements are helping.

"They are really easy to spot in the culvert when they're bright pink or brown," said NIWA freshwater ecology technician Peter Williams.

Around 200 unmarked clear whitebait, 200 pink (Rhodamine B stained) whitebait, and 200 orange (Bismarck Brown stained) whitebait were released into the Reservoir Creek culvert in Richmond to battle upstream.

"Seventy-four per cent of New Zealand freshwater fish species are in decline and upstream barriers are stopping them from getting up to their habitat that they need to complete their life cycle," explained Mr Williams.

In April, the Tasman District Council stepped in to help, installing flexible weir baffles.

"Water goes from A to B very quickly in a natural culvert, that's what they're designed to do," said Fish and Wildlife Services' Tim Olley. "What we're looking to do is create resting pools in the culvert, low velocity areas for the fish to burst swim and rest, burst swim and rest, more or less like a stepladder."

The whitebait released have a 136-metre journey up the culvert while being monitored by NIWA, Tasman District Council and F&WS specialists over 48 hours. It's hoped the majority will make it out the other end.

NIWA and the Department of Conservation recently released national fish passage guidelines for keeping waterways swimmable. But freshwater ecologist Mike Joy says tougher rules are needed.

"A lot of these things (have) been put in and very, very little if any measurement of actually if they work or not," Mr Joy said.

"Without a doubt, the solution would be to not allow them to happen in the first place. Under the Freshwater Fisheries Act you're not allowed to impede the passage of native fish, so if you just said, 'No you couldn't do it', you wouldn't have to retrofit these things afterward."

The future of New Zealand’s native fish looks very bleak as scientists presented findings at a parliamentary select committee today. Source: 1 NEWS

Tasman District Council resource scientist Trevor James, who is also a member of the country's Fish Passage Advisory Group, agrees that "the best culvert is actually a bridge".

"So that's correct, but in the world of reality bridges are expensive - they have to be certified to take a lot of load all that sort of thing," he said.

He'd like to see all councils step up monitoring of fish passages after installation.

"Roading engineers contract out every year, every second year to monitor the culverts from an engineering point of view," he explained. "It would only be a small add-on to actually assess for fish passage."

NIWA says the guidelines have been well received by councils so far and the monitoring at the Reservoir Creek culvert will help other councils find cost-effective solutions for the future.

They’ve been seen swimming up a town culvert near Nelson to see if conservation efforts are working Source: 1 NEWS

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Pink bids fond farewell to most of NZ- except for one bar in Auckland's Ponsonby

Pop superstar Pink's short but scathing review of an Auckland bar has garnered it widespread attention - and a few keyboard critics who appear to have never set foot in New Zealand.

"Man I've been to some cool bars around the world, and Dead shot on Ponsonby road is not one of them," she said in a tweet to her nearly 32 million followers late last night.

Manager Heather Garland spoke to Seven Sharp.

“One of the crew came in earlier in the day and spoke to Brian over the bar and he told them we just couldn’t take a group that big, and offered to find them somewhere else," she said.

“But they showed up anyway and we couldn’t fit them in.”

Garland said they simply couldn’t cater for 30 people.

“They just went on their way and we didn’t realise there was a problem.”

The put down came shortly after a more gracious tweet focusing on Aotearoa in general.

"Thank you Auckland! Dunedin! New Zealand! What a heavenly trip we've had! You gave me life!!!" she wrote, adding the hashtag #gratitude.

Pink arrived in New Zealand earlier this month, performing before 37,000 at Dunedin's Forsyth Bar Stadium before travelling with her partner and children up to Auckland for an additional six shows.

She celebrated her 39th birthday in Auckland over the weekend, posting photos on Instagram of her Auckland penthouse decked out with balloons and of her holding two "birthday brew drinks" while out on the town.

She eventually found her way to Deadshot, a speakeasy-style bar in Ponsonby. Her one-sentence review was liked nearly 3000 times in the first 10 hours it was on Twitter and received over 100 replies, most from other parts of the world. Many fans replied with suggestions for bars in their own cities, but a few took it a step further.

"Oh my god! I Will never go in To this bar if you my hero @Pink you don't like it!!!!" wrote one Twitter user who resides in France.

Another user took issue with her criticism: "Using your celeb to crush a business, nice".

The pop star did eventually find a bar that she described as "the perfect place in Auckland", but she didn't name it.

"They were closing when we came in, but the bartender had a fire lit, and booze to sell, so he welcomed all 16 of us to celebrate the end of a truly magical journey through New Zealand," she wrote on Instagram overnight. "Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for showing all of us (including my dad and stepmom who flew from Philadelphia) the best time of our lives. Smitten."

Pop star Pink performs in Dunedin on September 1, 2018.
Pop star Pink performs in Dunedin on September 1, 2018. Source: Getty

The pop star wasn’t happy her group wasn’t allowed into Deadshot, and let her millions of followers know. Source: Seven Sharp


Auckland police's Barbershop in Blue group perform soulful rendition of Pōkarekare Ana - 'Gave me goosebumps!'

Four Auckland policemen have shown off their barbershop singing skills in a new video posted online to celebrate Māori Language Week.

The Barbershop in Blue quartet made their debut back in April singing the Temptations classic My Girl.

Today they uploaded what is sure to be their latest hit, performing a soulful rendition of Pōkarekare Ana.

The video has already racked up nearly 5000 views and received glowing praise since being posted to Facebook this evening.

"Fabulous - thank you for that - gave me goosebumps!" Jan Overington wrote.

Their full performance can be watched in the video above.