High heels more dangerous than gumboots (just)

New figures from ACC shows high heels and gumboots are the biggest danger when it comes to footwear for Kiwis.

The government agency receives around 1.7 million claims every year but just how we are injuring ourselves may come as a surprise.

According to the figures, based on 2013 statistics, there were a total of 780 claims relating to high heel injuries compared to 741 claims for gumboot-related injuries.

ACC's spokesman Glenn Donovan says "there's probably as many people getting stood on by someone wearing heels as there is by the wearer toppling over".

He also says there are things people can do to reduce their risk of an accident.

"Like removing those trip hazards, simple as mopping up spills as soon as they happen, its making sure electrical wires don't run across the floor, they run along the wall," says Mr Donovan.

There were more than six times more pillow fight injuries than arm wrestling incidents.

And men made more claims than women.

About 700,000 injuries took place in the household last year, according to Mr Donovan, many of them relating to falls.

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Kiwi group takes out international singing comp

A Wellington-based barbershop quartet has won the world championship title in the US.

The Musical Island Boys may have won the gold medal at the international barbershop competitions in Las Vegas, but they'll never forget their humble beginnings at Tawa College.

The group always knew they had a bright future as band member Matt Gifford explained their ambitious goals.

"We've been best friends and been together since in 2002. We set ourselves a goal that one day we'd do this."

And that's exactly what they did. In 2006 the group won the World Under 25 Championships.

"In a world that has so much turbulence and so much trouble right now if everyone just sang the world would be a beautiful place, right?"

Speaking to ONE News from Las Vegas airport today the group says they intend to keep singing internationally.

"We hope to become role models and inspiration to other New Zealand groups you know to strive for the very top of their game."

Musical Island Boys claim top award in Las Vegas. Source: 1 NEWS


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Iconic Bruce McLaren car sold to US buyer

A unique piece of New Zealand motoring history is heading overseas.

The car designed by Kiwi racing legend Bruce McLaren has just been fully restored and is the only model of its kind.

The McLaren M8A made its debut in 1968, Denny Hulme driving it to a Canadian-American Challenge Cup victory.

It was later crashed and fell into disrepair, before being lovingly restored over 15 years. But now it's destined for American shores, sold by the Bruce McLaren Trust for around $1.5 million.

"Our emotions told us yes, we wanted to hang onto it. But our hearts told us no, we needed to let it go," says Duncan Fox, Bruce McLaren trustee.

Once restored, the car became a bit of a headache.

"We were not in a position to race it. We were only in a position to demonstrate it. And the resources required to even do that are beyond us," Mr Fox says.

And efforts to sell it locally fell through.

The new American owner has a collection of McLaren cars. He has told the Bruce McLaren Trust he'll be showing the one he has just bought across the United States, including at McLaren dealerships.

Money from the sale will go to repay debt, and towards a museum honouring McLaren.

The McLaren M8A in action Source: 1 NEWS


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