Weighing in at 230kg this monster pumpkin was grown by Max & Julianne Farrell and was big enough to win them NZ’s Big Boy pumpkin competition.
The competition was part of the The Little River Giant Pumpkin Festival which was recently held in Little River, just outside of Christchurch. Altogether there are 13 competitions, including the Big Boy, the Local Big Boy (for pumpkins grown on the Peninsula) and the Wide Girl (for the widest circumference).
Giant vegetable competitions are growing in popularity.
In October last year the UK announced its heaviest ever pumpkin weighing in at 1,176.5 kg.
And still the world record for the heaviest pumpkin holds at 1,190.49 kg for an Atlantic giant grown by Belgian Mathias Willemijns in 2016.
Fighting has broken out between Israel and Palestine in the Middle East. The past few days have seen the worst violence in years.
The United Nations has called for calm on both sides, however, at this stage both sides continue to war with each other.
Tensions in East Jerusalem have risen since the start of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan on 13 April with many clashes between Palestinian groups, Israeli groups and police. Then last week Israeli police stopped Palestinians meeting beside the Al-Aqsa mosque to celebrate the end of Ramadan.
In response rockets were fired by Palestinian militants into Israel. In retaliation Israel carried out air strikes on Gaza -which is ruled by a Palestinian militant group called Hamas.
The United Nations Security Council held an urgent meeting on Monday over the violence.
A History of Violence
The latest fighting is part of the ongoing conflict between Jews and Arabs, which has gone on for generations.
This has largely been over who the land should belong to and how it should be divided up since the creation of the modern state of Israel in 1948.
Jerusalem is often at the centre of protests because the city is very important for religious reasons, and has many of the most important sites for Judaism, Islam and Christianity.
After a war in 1948 the city of Jerusalem ended up being split. Jordan was left in control of East Jerusalem, and Israel in control of West Jerusalem.
But after another war in 1967, Israel took control of the entire city and regards the whole of Jerusalem as its capital city.
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The second Christchurch Call was completed online last week with Jacinda Ardern chairing the meeting.
The Christchurch Call was started in 2019 by Ardern and French President Emmanuel Macron following the 2019 Mosque shootings.
The aim is to get countries and Tech companies working together to eliminate terrorist and violent extremist content online.
Ardern said good progress had been made since the call was launched. She said that “in two years we’ve done important work together, building our common capabilities to respond to crises. Build our resilience and inclusion in our own communities.”
During the meeting Macron welcomed the six new nations who had joined the call, namely the United States, Tunisia, Peru, Estonia, Czech Republic and Croatia.
It was vital that democracies come together to fight extremist content online, he said.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson addressed the Christchurch Call, highlighting his support for the fight against extremist content online. He said that British authorities have removed more than 300,000 items of online terrorist material from the internet over the past decade.
China has become the second country to successfully land a space rover on Mars. The rover is called Zhurong.
The six-wheeled rover landed on the planet just before midnight on Friday night. It had been carried to Mars on the Tianwen-1 spacecraft. This arrived in Mars’ orbit in February and has been orbiting the planet since then.
During that time it has been taking images of the planet’s surface to plan the best place to land.
The trip from the spacecraft to the surface of Mars took 17 minutes.
Chinese scientists will try to get at least 90 days of work out of of the rover – getting it to study the area around it using all the special tech it has.
This weekend saw the first weekend of the trans-Tasman Super Rugby competiton.
Pleasing, from a New Zealand point of view, all the New Zealand teams went through the first round unbeaten. However, two Australian teams could have drawn or won their games with their final kicks, so some of the games were very tight.
The top New Zealand side, the mighty Crusaders, had to work hard to beat the Brumbies. Eventually winning 31-29 with the Brumbies missing a last minute conversion to tie the game.
The Hurricanes were too strong for the Waratahs, winning a high scoring game 64-48. The Blues had a comfortable 50-3 victory over the Rebels while the Highlanders beat the top Australian side 40-19. The final game saw the Chiefs beat the Force 20-19.
Check out the high scoring games between the Hurricanes and the Waratahs.