Chris Lynch

VIDEO: New Zealand's biggest Lego show comes to Christchurch 


Monday 18th July, 2016
New Zealand’s biggest Lego festival was held in Christchurch on the weekend. The Christchurch Brick Show attracted thousands of spectators to Horncastle Area. Nothing was off limits, from glow in the dark Lego to animatronic lego puppets. NewstalkZB’s Chris Lynch went along for a look. 

CANTERBURY'S CUTEST DOG COMPETITION!


Tuesday 12th July, 2016

Got a cute dog or a great photo of your dog? Live in Canterbury? Then enter our "Canterbury's cutest Dog Competition" on Chris Lynch's Facebook page! You can enter this competition only once, sending in one photo. The photo must be landscape, and clear. Vertical photos won't be accepted. Winner will be posted online on Chris Lynch's Facebook page on Wednesday 20th July at 7PM. Newstalk ZB's newsroom will judge the competition. (Subject to change at short notice, depending on the day's news)

OPINION: SHOULD GERRY BROWNLEE GO?


Thursday 02nd June, 2016

Heads need to roll and quickly, following more shocking news that Christchurch will have to wait another nine months for the Government led convention centre. Treasury has released yet another scathing report highlighting issues with the project’s definition, budget and benefits.  The last word benefit is telling. How many times do those at the top need to be told of the benefits of a convention centre for Christchurch? Or could it just be that they’re struggling to produce a sound business case? It’s always interesting when the private hotels cry out for them, but are never willing to dig into their own pockets to fund them. Originally, the project was due to be completed next year. However, building work has yet to start. But don’t worry, plenty of people are creaming it while the going is good. $16 million has been spent arranging the convention centre, and that doesn’t include the $60 million already spent on buying up the land.

VIDEO: MASSIVE TORNADO FORMATION OFF THE GREYMOUTH COAST 


Monday 16th May, 2016
Civil Defence is investigating reports of a tornado on the West Coast. Footage emerged this morning of what appeared to be the start of a tornado near the Greymouth Airport. A severe weather warning has been issued as a huge storm batters the area. Civil Defence emergency manager Allan Wilson says they're now looking into reports a tornado could have touched down between Rutherglen and Kumara.Allan Wilson says people should only travel if it's essential.

OPINION: CLIMATE CHANGE PROTESTERS GO TOO FAR


Monday 16th May, 2016

Climate change activists have been at it again, frustrating members of the public with more protests.  Supporters of the 350 Aotearoa movement decided to block customers trying to enter a Dunedin bank. They’ve done this before and were in Auckland today sitting outside a Queen Street bank. But it seems their latest antics in Dunedin have gone too far. The protesters thought it was a good idea to stop elderly people from going about their lawful business, preventing them from entering the bank. Police were called and an officer had to help elderly people into the bank by holding their arms and navigating their way through the protesters. It was a sad sight to see an elderly person, who could barely walk, being escorted by police while student protesters sat there with vacant looks on their faces. Why didn’t police arrest them for obstructing the public in the first place? Perhaps they were keen to limit negative media exposure. The group’s apologised for their actions, but their sorry note is too late. They think that if they cause disruption to everyday New Zealanders, their climate change message will be taken seriously. It’s a strategy that doesn’t work. All it does is create an “us verse them” social environment, alienating protesters from reasonable minded people who might have taken an interest in their views. But is media attention an effective way of causing change? Not really. Once the protesters start repeating their actions, the novelty wears thins. These protesters know that their actions won’t interfere with the operations of the financial institutions they so hate. But they don’t care. Their need to feel worthy takes over. It’s more about having feelings of self-worth, by attaching themselves to a movement that doesn’t actually affect change. Do you think that protesters have the absolute right cause civil disobedience or are their actions counter-productive?

NEWS: KENYA'S PLACE AT GAMES IN JEOPARDY


Saturday 14th May, 2016
Kenya's place at the Olympic Games is in jeopardy, but top kiwi runner Nick Willis believes it will take a huge amount to restore the country's image regardless of whether it cleans up its act. There's the possibility of Kenya being banned from Rio after its anti-doping lab was declared non-compliant by the World Anti-Doping Agency. Regardless, Willis told Newstalk ZB's Chris Lynch there will be suspicions about the Kenyans. "They've had 40 athletes test positive and face suspension since 2012, and currently right now they have 18 athletes serving suspensions. So the image is already tainted." However Nick Willis would be surprised if Kenya is banned from the Olympics and thinks WADA is again trying to convey a strong message. Willis said it looks as if WADA president Sir Craig Reedie is trying to push the Kenyans into action again. "The wording of that suggests that this is just another strong message, they're just following protocol. It would be very, very surprising if they actually were banned from the Olympics."

RADIO TALK HOST NOMINATED FOR TOP AWARD FOR A THIRD YEAR


Tuesday 03rd May, 2016

Newstalk ZB’s Christchurch host Chris Lynch has been nominated for New Zealand radio’s most prestigious award. Chris Lynch and Executive Producer Tyler Adams have been nominated in the category for Best Talkback Presenter in New Zealand at the New Zealand Radio Awards 2016.It’s the third consecutive year Lynch has been nominated. Chris Lynch says “it’s a great honour for him and Tyler, to be finalists among some of New Zealand’s most respected broadcasters, including Newstalk ZB’s longest serving radio host Leighton Smith.” NZME. General Manager Greg Cassidy says “the nomination is a reflection of Chris’ dedication to Newstalk ZB and the content driving by the local and loyal audience.

MUPPETS COMPLETE MISSION IN FIJI  


Friday 22nd April, 2016

Over the past week, Sesame Street Muppets have brought laughter to a thousand children in Fiji who have been impacted by Cyclone Winston. Before I visited schools, I was briefed by Fiji Red Cross' health coordinator on the psychological impact of the cyclone. She told me that two months on, many children are still too frightened to attend school. Others run out of their classrooms, frightened at the first sign of wind and rain. A day before we hit the road, I gave Fiji Red Cross staff members an impromptu performance so they could experience first-hand what children could expect. Much to my surprise, when I brought out Grover and Elmo, they reacted with fits of laughter. The Muppets are quite possibly the easiest ice breaker.

MUPPETS ARRIVE IN FIJI ON A MISSION TO SPREAD JOY 


Monday 18th April, 2016

The world famous Sesame Street Muppets have arrived in Fiji. They’re hoping to put a smile on the faces of children whose schools and villages have been devastated by Tropical Cyclone Winston. Today, Elmo and Grover will meet children who are learning in makeshift tents, as their schools are rebuilt. While it’s important to ensure they’re entertained and escape for a while by laughing along with furry monsters, positive mental health messages and physical health and safety education is top priority for Red Cross.

CAN YOU TELL ME HOW TO GET TO FIJI?


Friday 15th April, 2016

It’s hard to imagine an area in New Zealand being overwhelmed by civil unrest or devastating weather events. We’re fortunate our geographical isolation protects us from the worst of human nature, and with the exception of the Canterbury earthquakes, the worst of mother-nature. However, cyclones and subsequent flooding in Fiji is another reminder that our Pacific neighbour remains vulnerable. Tropical cyclone Winston, was by far the worst disaster to hit Fiji. Over 120,000 children were directly impacted by the second-strongest storm to ever make landfall (second only to Super Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines). Aid agencies do amazing work, stepping in where Governments fail, providing immediate and ongoing assistance to affected people, providing food, clean drinking water and shelter under incredibly difficult circumstances.