Eight people have been injured following the incident caused by negligent ski field worker in Georgia, Europe.
Professor Stephen Toope said the 76-year-old Hawking, who died at his home in Cambridge, England today will be missed all over the world.
Eddie Redmayne's portrayal of Hawking in The Theory of Everything got the science giant's tick of approval.
Boris Karpichkov says he was approached by a "common beggar" on Queen St, and had something thrown in his face.
Winston Peters today said the attack on Sergei Skirpal and his daughter was "repugnant".
Ngati Ranana performed at a packed Westminster Abbey today in London, thrilling the Queen, Harry and Meghan, and British PM Theresa May.
May said Sergei and Yulia Skripal were targeted with a military-grade nerve agent that was manufactured in Russia.