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Bob Weighton, the world’s oldest man, has celebrated his 112th birthday this week.

Mr Weighton was born on March 29th in 1908 and lives in Hampshire, United Kingdom. He has three children of his own, has 10 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren.

Weighton was presented with his certificate by staff at the assisted living home where he lives.

A spokeswoman for Guinness World Records said that because of the COVID-19 outbreak, its officials were not able to reach Weighton.

When he received his award, Weighton said: “I can’t say I was pleased to hear the previous holder had died but I am very pleased that I’ve been able to live so long and make so many friends.”

Kane Tanaka is currently the oldest living person, celebrating her 117th birthday in January.

First, it was hand sanitiser, then bread and toilet paper, now it is cauliflower.

All these items have seen demand increase during COVID-19.

Kiwis have been on social media and complaining to the government after being asked to pay $NZ13 for a single cauliflower during the lockdown.

The hot and dry summer we have had in New Zealand has reduced the supply of the cauliflower. This has increased the price.

Data from Stats NZ shows cauliflower was $2.75 a kilogram in February 2007. This February, just before COVID-19 it was just $4.51.

It is believed that prices will drop again when the weather cools.

The new date for the Tokyo Olympics has been announced.

IOC president Thomas Bach has announced that the Tokyo Olympic Games will start on 23 July, 2021 and run to 8 August.

The Olympics will still be called Tokyo 2020 despite taking place in 2021.

The Paralympic Games, originally due to start on 24 August, 2020, will now take place between 24 August and 5 September, 2021.

The decision to postpone both events was taken to protect the health of the athletes and everyone involved and to support the containment of the Covid-19 virus.

Bach said: “I am confident that, working together with the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, the Japanese Government and all our stakeholders, we can master this unprecedented challenge.

The new dates also took into consideration the rest of the global sports calendar after the men’s football European Championship was postponed to the summer of 2021.

It was the first time in the Olympic Games’ 124-year modern history that they have been delayed. However, they were cancelled altogether in 1916 because of World War One and again in 1940 and 1944 for World War Two.

Netflix have announced a new Roald Dahl series.

The series will be an animated version of Roald Dahl’s Charlie And The Chocolate Factory.

New Zealand Oscar-winning filmmaker Taika Waititi is going to write and direct the series.

Charlie And The Chocolate Factory was published in 1964, and is one of Dahl’s most well-known books.

The story has already been made into two films – with Johnny Depp and Gene Wilder starring as Willy Wonkas.

Netflix says the two series are just the beginning so we look forward to what the future holds.

Indycar racer Sage Karam has won the first race of the virtual INDYCAR iRacing Challenge.

He won the American Red Cross Grand Prix at Watkins Glen International, after starting from pole position.

Karam led for 43 of the 45 laps and beat Felix Rosenqvist by 3.6174 seconds. Will Power finished third.

The INDYCAR iRacing Challenge is a series of 6 online races. They have been developed because of the postponement of races due to coronavirus.

Karam is one of the most experienced iRacing drivers in this field. He has been working at home on his virtual races, practising on his simulator.

Kiwi Scott McLaughlin was completing his first Indycar race. He was strong, finishing fourth.

Future events will be held weekly, each Saturday, through to the 2nd May.

The New Zealand government has increased the minimum wage.

Those affected will receive a $1.20-an-hour increase in their pay. This means the minimum wage increases from $17.70 to $18.90.

Economic experts believe the increase will benefit around 250,000 New Zealand workers.

However, some business owners have criticised the move as many are struggling with the economic impact of COVID-19. Many businesses had called for a delay in the law.

However, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern argued against delaying the minimum wage increase. “We have to keep in mind that what we need people to keep doing is continue to spend and consume,” Ardern said.

A group of wild goats have flooded the Welsh town of Llandudno.

With humans in isolation, the goats like peace and quiet and have the town to themselves.

Mountain goats usually keep to themselves but with no cars around or people, the animals are exploring into the towns.

Some locals have said “there’s no one around at the moment, so they take their chances and go as far as they can. And they are going further and further into the town’’.

There have also been sightings of the goats munching on peoples hedges and trees.

On March the 30th a martial arts expert named Muhammad Rashid broke a Guinness World Record in India.

He used his elbow to crush 256 walnuts in only one minute.

This former World Record was set by Indian martial artist Prabhakar Reddy who had smashed 229 walnuts.

Guinness World Record said Muhammad Rashid smashed 256 walnuts during his December 2019 attempt.

Rashid has set multiple Guinness records before such as breaking walnuts with his head, smashing beverage cans with his elbow and coconuts with his head.

by Milli Banbury 

Air New Zealand has completed its last every London to Los Angles flight.

The Air NZ base at Heathrow, which employs 130 flight attendants, was meant to close in October. The airline had planned to replace the London service with one to New York.

However, due to the impact of coronavirus on air travel, the route is suspended until the end of June. This means the iconic London to LA flight will no longer happen.

Air New Zealand has been flying between Auckland and London for 36 years. The route carried the flagship flight number, NZ1 – or NZ2 if you were flying north.

The final flight was, of course, an emotional time for the crew onboard and staff on the ground.