Check out the Kiwi mum's fitness programme that has caught Kate Middleton's eye

An enterprising Kiwi mum has a high profile fan in Kate Middleton, after creating a fitness programme then turning it into a business.

Kelly Rennie created the Busy Mums Programme after she returned to Nelson from the UK with her five-month-old daughter Neveah.

"I was a single Mum, with a five-month-old. And I didn't have a job," Ms Rennie explains.

Unable to afford a gym, the enterprising mum decided to turn Facebook into a gym.

"But it works better than a gym because people don't need to go to a gym, they can do it within their own home. And I think that's the most exciting part," she said.

Ms Rennie knew she was on to a good thing when her programme got the royal seal of approval, after receiving a letter of thanks for sending a fitness guide to Kate Middleton.

"It was official, with the official royal stamps, it was her just saying a personal thank you. For us it meant she'd actually looked through it.

"She'd possibly taken action with it. So yeah, it was a real honour," Ms Rennie said.

The recognition proving that getting healthy and happy can simply be a case of keeping mum.

Kelly Rennie created the Busy Mums Programme for people like her. Source: Seven Sharp



'I have made a mistake' says Otago University proctor who removed cannabis bongs from student flat

University of Otago proctor Dave Scott has admitted he was wrong to enter a student flat unannounced and confiscate bongs used for smoking cannabis but says he doesn't believe doing so makes him a criminal.

Mr Scott took it upon himself to uplift water pipes and bongs from a student flat earlier this month after he let himself in to deliver some pamphlets, the student magazine Critic said, rnz reported earlier today.

Criminal lawyer Michael Bott told Morning Report Dave said Mr Scott's behaviour is unlawful, and could be seen as an act of burglary.

Mr Scott told a press conference this afternoon that with the benefit of hindsight he was wrong to enter the flat.

"I'm a human and I have made an error of judgment on this occasion [and]  I've apologised to the flat in question this afternoon for what I did," he said.

"I have made a mistake here and I am willing to learn from it."

He said he was trying to deal with the situation without involving police.

When asked if he broke the law, he said he was not above scrutiny and was wrong.

"Does that make me a criminal? I don't believe so," he said.

"This was a situation that could have been dealt with differently."

University of Otago Vice Chancellor Professor Harlene Hayne said in a statement the university continues to have full confidence in Mr Scott.   

"I have discussed the Proctor's actions with him, and he agrees this will not happen again," Professor Hayne said.

"In my experience of the Proctor on so many occasions he always has the students' best interests at heart, and he has worked extremely hard to ensure students are treated fairly while they are here," she said.

She added that the University remains a place where students can "spread their wings in a safe and supportive environment."

"In doing that, we recognise the fundamental importance of respecting students' rights."

Professor Hayne said: "In this case he took steps in what he saw as the best interests of the students involved but which has caused understandable concern to others.  

"The University is clear that the Proctor does not have powers to enter private premises and he has accepted that it was a misjudgement to do so on this occasion."

Meanwhile a petition on Change.org, started by Josh Smythe, Otago University Student's Association recreation officer, calls for Mr Scott to resign.

By early evening it had garnered more than 1300 signatures.

"We are submitting this demand for the resignation of Dave Scott and an official condemnation of his methods from the University of Otago," Mr Smythe wrote.

"The reasons for this demand is straightforward - we feel that he has abused his position of power within our community as the disciplinary representative of the university. He has committed potentially illegal acts, broken the trust of this community..." he wrote.

"Entering flats through the back door unannounced, whilst knowingly occupying such a powerful role, is unacceptable....

"He should be building bridges, not smashing bongs."

Otago University proctor Dave Scott. Source: rnz.co.nz

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North Otago store robbed at gunpoint

A shop in the north Otago town of Kakanui has been robbed at gunpoint today.

Police say a man entered the Kakanui Store on High Street with what was believed to be a firearm at 2:55pm.

The man was wearing a dark jacket while his face was disguised by black cloth and sunglasses.

Anyone with information on the robbery is urged to contact Oamaru Police on 03-433 1400, or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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Man had no idea he had knife stuck in his head after fight

A man in South Africa survived being stabbed in the face with a knife that was stuck in his head for over three days.

The amazing case was documented in a study published by the British Medical Journal yesterday by doctors Dairui Dai, Silke Meyer, Lars Christian Kaltheuner and Frank Plani.

In it the 25-year-old patient said at first he didn't even know he had been stabbed with the nearly 11cm long knife.

The stabbing happened when he tried to help a friend who was being attacked.

"After the fight I went home trying to clean up so I can take a nap," he said.

"My friends showed up [and] took me to the hospital.

"We had little argument because… I didn’t feel that I was [stabbed]."

When he finally walked into a clinic in Soweto the next day, the man complained only of a headache and bit of pain when moving his left eye.

After an X-ray revealed the blade of a knife lodged in his head the seriousness of his injuries then became apparent.

He was then taken to the Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital emergency department where it was another 24 hours before a plan of action was decided upon by doctors.

It was 84 hours after the attack before the knife was carefully removed from his head in surgery.

"Don’t play hero when someone is carrying a knife or a gun," the victim warned others after the successful surgery. 

British Medical Journal x-rays. Source: British Medical Journal


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Two teens, 15 and 17, charged after robbery and assault of elderly man in Kerikeri

A 15-year-old boy has been charged with receiving a stolen vehicle after a police pursuit in the Far North this morning, while a 17-year-old has been charged with the robbery and assault of an elderly man in Kerikeri.

Police say the teenager was spotted driving in a stolen red Suzuki Swift near Mangamuka and a pursuit took place.

The stolen vehicle was the same one police had been seeking following the alleged robbery and assault of an 82-year-old male in Kerikeri on Friday 21st September.

Earlier today, police arrested and charged a 17-year-old man over Friday's aggravated robbery incident.

He will appear in the Kaikohe District Court tomorrow.

Inquiries into that incident are ongoing and Detective Senior Sergeant Rhys Johnston says police are still seeking a second person in connection to the aggravated robbery.

Police also advise that the elderly victim has been discharged from hospital and is recovering at home.

The man's car has sustained considerable damage and is unlikely to be roadworthy, Police say.

The 15-year-old boy will appear in the Youth Court later this week, charged with receiving the stolen vehicle and a number of driving charges.

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