Southern Steel champion Wendy Frew hoped she hadn’t offended anyone with her topless photo as she returned to the deep south following her team’s stunning ANZ Premiership triumph over the Central Pulse.
Frew called the photo, which was inspired by All Blacks Sevens star Kurt Baker's snapafter this year's World Cup win in San Francisco, a “bit of banter eh”.
The photo showed the retiring Steel captain sitting on the shoulders of a teammate carrying the trophy with two other teammates holding two netballs to cover her chest.
“Gina (Crampton) and the girls got peer pressured into that so hopefully I didn’t offend anyone,” she said.
“Definitely some celebrations, you can’t not, it was a good occasion, we had lots of family and friends up there so just embrace it.”
That’s me, I’m out,” Frew wrote as the caption on Instagram while tagging Baker.
Wendy Frew celebrates the Steel's ANZ Championship win Kurt Baker style
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The retiring Southern Steel captain hoped she hadn’t upset anyone with her topless photo, following her team’s stunning ANZ Premiership triumph.
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A Southland community's plan to tackle growing gang and drug issues has been welcomed by a leading gang expert.
The Gore District Council is proposing patch bans, increased police visibility and a rural gun security campaign as part of a report tabled for a council meeting tonight.
A report from the council's social capacity and health co-ordinator Bernadette Hunt has been tabled for the meeting called in response to growing community concern about increasing gang numbers.
In the report, Ms Hunt said it was part of a "co-ordinated, planned effort by the Mongrel Mob" to grow its southern presence.
University of Canterbury sociologist Jarrod Gilbert said a collaborative community approach was more likely to make a difference when facing gang issues.
"Any time a community takes an approach that doesn't just rely on the police, although they have an important role to play, but looks to take community initiatives to deal with these types of issues, I think you are going to have far greater success," Dr Gilbert said.
He said the council was taking a mature response to a complex issue.
About $9,200 has been earmarked for initiatives which include establishing a patch ban in retail areas, a meth awareness conference, responsible alcohol programmes and domestic violence campaigns.
Eastern Southland area response manager Senior Sergeant Cynthia Fairley said police worked collaboratively with community leaders to ensure the public was safe.
"The safety of our community is a priority and everyone has a part to play in this," Ms Fairley said.
"Criminal behaviour by anyone in our community will not be tolerated and anyone who has concerns about crime in their neighbourhood should report it to police immediately."
Relive 1 NEWS NOW's live coverage of this Quad Series clash between the Silver Ferns and the England Roses from Spark Arena in Auckland.
FULLTIME - SILVER FERNS 39 ENGLAND ROSES 52
England were just too good for the Silver Ferns in the final quarter. Their defence was key to their win, earning themselves several turnovers at will. England scored 14 points in the final quarter with New Zealand only able to convert five points.
Te Paea Selby-Rickit misses her first shot of the match but gets the rebound and converts her second attempt. NZ get a turnover late in the quarter but appears Maria Folau wasn't aware of how much time was on the clock. A missed chance to close the gap - England lead 38-34.
England have been relentless on defence and secure another turnover. They have been giving the home side real trouble inside the shooting circle. But the Silver Ferns are starting to find their groove - closing the gap.
The scores are level after England make a mistake at the middle of the court to hand the ball back to the Ferns. Ameliaranne Ekenasio has converted one shot with Maria Folau landing a long range goal.
QUARTER 1 - SILVER FERNS 0 ENGLAND ROSES 0
And we are underway with the Silver Ferns with possession to start match. Maria Folau misses her first shot at goal and England get the rebound and move the ball quickly down the court.
A new dawn rises on the Silver Ferns and New Zealand netball with Noeline Taurua taking charge of the side following a disastrous final 10 months under Janine Southby.
Taurua's first test comes in the shape of Commonwealth Games gold medallists England.
New Zealand will be bolstered by the return of legends Casey Kopua, and Laura Langman - who will assume the captaincy as she makes her international comeback.
It's not all positives for the Silver Ferns with star defender Temalisi Fakahokotau ruled out for the rest of the year with a ruptured ACL.
New Zealand: Karin Burger, Gina Crampton, Aliyah Dunn, Ameliaranne Ekenasio, Maria Folau, Katrina Grant, Laura Langman (c), Te Paea Selby-Rickit, Sam Sinclair, Michaela Sokolich-Beatson, Elisapeta Toeava, Jane Watson.
England: Ama Agbeze (c), Jade Clarke, Kadeen Corbin, Sasha Corbin, Jodie Gibson, Layla Guscoth, Serena Guthrie, Jo Harten, Natalie Haythornthwaite, Helen Housby, Geva Mentor, Chelsea Pitman.
Female students are calling for trades classes to be offered at their Southland all-girls school.
Currently, Southland Girls High School does not offer woodwork or metalwork programmes in their school curriculum, making it difficult for students interested in learning the trade to try their hand at the subject, Stuff reports.
Southland Girls High School principal Yvonne Browning said the school is "not adverse to (offering the classes) at all" but there are issues surrounding the school's ability to do so, including funding constraints, health and safety and staffing numbers.
Ms Browning said school isn't the only area to expose female students to the trades.
"I don't think you have to be at school to be able to do it," she said. "It's not imperative to do it at school."
However, Otago Girls' High School, which has been offering hard materials courses for over two decades, says the classes are popular among students.
"We see the skills the girls develop through hard materials technology as really enhancing their educational experience with critical thinking, creativity and communication key," said principal Linda Miller.
Ministry of Education spokeswoman Pauline Cleaver said parents or caregivers can "provide feedback and input into their local school on the curriculum" and "should approach their school if they have concerns about their school's curriculum".
Caitlin Bassett's retention as Australian netball captain came down to a team vote, coach Lisa Alexander has confirmed.
In an unexpected revelation ahead of the Quad Series starting in Auckland on Saturday, Alexander said the Diamonds canvassed players via a 3-2-1 voting system on a semi-regular basis to determine their skipper.
Veteran goal shoot Bassett had won the most recent election after a new-look squad gathered to prepare for the series which also features England, New Zealand and Australia's opening opponents, South Africa.
It had been widely assumed Bassett was simply retained as skipper from their most recent campaign, April's Commonwealth Games.
However, Alexander said each player had been asked to cast their votes openly to keep accountability high and allow players to clear the air.
Questions about the voting method only emerged after New Zealand's newly- appointed coach Noeline Taurua this week revealed a voting system to unearth a captain.
Returning midcourt veteran Laura Langman topped the ballot and was unveiled today.
New coach Noeline Taurua let the players choose their leader.
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Alexander wasn't surprised successful Sunshine Coast Lightning mentor Taurua had gone down the democratic path as it was commonly used in Australian netball circles.
"We've been doing that ourselves for a long time," she told AAP.
"Noeline is getting the opinions of her players and seeing where they stand and how they'll work together. It's a smart thing to do and will only benefit them."
Langman was named captain after a team vote led by new coach Noeline Taurua.
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Alexander said the public nature of Australia's voting system meant nothing gets hidden between players.
The newly-elected captain or a teammate who falls short in the process can seek immediate feedback.
For example, not all of the Diamonds players voted for 30-year-old Bassett, she said.
"There are athletes that she'll know she needs to reconnect with or talk with and say 'what is it about what I'm doing that you're not happy with?
"So they can have those genuine conversations which are really important for us to move forward as a high performance team."
Alexander is relishing the prospect of a tightly-fought Quad Series.
She admits the match against England in Newcastle on Wednesday is in the back of her mind, having gone down by a solitary goal to the Roses in the final of the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.
However, she was reluctant to look too far beyond Saturday's opponents South Africa, coached by her long-serving Diamonds predecessor Norma Plummer.
"I'm a huge admirer of Norma, we go back such a long way," Alexander said.
"She's competitive like I am and there's no way she'll coach a team that will lie down."
Kelly Jury defends Caitlin Bassett