Have a taste of the newly-crowned best steak in NZ - how would you like it done?

If you had the choice, how would you like your steak done - blue, rare, or heaven forbid well done?

Shame on you if it's well done.

At Fieldays in Hamilton they're real connoisseurs when it comes to the cow.

And they've been on the hunt for the perfect cut, Seven Sharp reports.

A Swiss breed of cattle reigned supreme in the Steak of Origin competition.

For Lucas de Jong's full report, watch the video above.

A Swiss breed of cattle reigned supreme in the Steak of Origin competition. Source: Seven Sharp


Revamped design for Christchurch's Cathedral Square 'visionary' say business leaders

Regenerate Christchurch's revamped design for Cathedral Square has been labelled "visionary" by business leaders. 

The design shows a series of interconnected green spaces and paved areas, with the focus being an architecturally designed pavilion for the north-east corner. 

Regenerate Christchurch CEO Ivan Iafeta says the pavilions are flexible in their design. 

"They're stunning and elegant, but also lightweight and can be there for as long as the community want them there. So they can be relocated at any point," he said. 

Crown-led anchor projects like Turanga, the central library, and the Convention Centre are already part-way through construction, and will form the north-edges of the Square. The library is expected to open by the end of this year. 

Paul Lonsdale of the Central City Business Association said he's impressed with the design. 

"I just think it's visionary. It's exciting. It has aspects that reflect our culture and heritage. It has an element of big vision. The only thing that's missing is the funding, and the timeline of when they're going to do it." 

He said locking in public investment like this would encourage private development. 

$9.2 million has been set aside for the Square revamp project, half from council and half from the Government. The next step is for council to form an implementation plan, and finalise funding arrangements. 

Meanwhile the Anglican Cathedral itself is facing its own political issues. The joint venture agreement required to begin work is waiting for final sign-off from the church. Some have criticised the time it has taken the church to sign the agreement. 

Philip Burdon of the Great Christchurch Buildings Trust, which has donated $13 million to the restoration of the church, says the church leadership has a responsibility to enable progress. 

"The delay is deeply antagonising to the broader community," he said. 

Greenery, paved public spaces and potential pavilion are in the plans, but progress on the Cathedral itself is stalled. Source: 1 NEWS


Christchurch City Council identifies 29 buildings with same cladding as London's Grenfell Tower

The Christchurch City Council's identified 29 buildings with the highly combustible polyethylene cladding, found to be a fault of London’s deadly Grenfell tower fire.

It comes after Auckland Council yesterday named 25 buildings with the panels, and Wellington City Council revealed it had 18 buildings in the same position.

The Christchurch City Council says most of the buildings it's identified met the expectations in place at the time they were built, but seven buildings had records indicating their cladding did not comply with acceptable solutions.

"We have sent letters to the owners of these buildings for them to seek expert advice," says Robert Wright, head of building consenting.

"None of these buildings have a ‘sleeping use’ so are not considered unsafe," he said.

Mr Wright says one other building has been identified as over seven metres, with no sprinkler system and using ‘FR panels’ to meet the acceptable solutions.

Seventeen buildings in Christchurch were identified with semi-combustible FR panels.

PWC, Spark, TVNZ, certain Auckland Hospital buildings, and Waitakere Stadium are among those found to have the cladding with a flammable polyethylene core in Auckland.

A number of apartments have also been identified.

Auckland Council ensures the buildings aren’t dangerous.

Neither Wellington nor Christchurch Council have publicly named their affected buildings.

FILE - In this Wednesday, June 14, 2017 file photo, smoke rises from Grenfell Tower in London. An inquiry into last year's devastating fire at Grenfell Tower in west London is set to begin on Monday May 21, 2018, with two weeks of tributes to the 71 people who died. The statements from friends and family members are meant to keep the victims at the center of the inquiry. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, file)
Grenfell Tower. Source: Associated Press