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Rachel Smalley: The Greens are now facing political oblivion
What a stunning result in the Colmar Brunton poll. Stunning. Support for Labour has soared to 37% - its highest level in a decade, and Jacinda Ardern is neck in...
Victims of bullying getting younger
Victims of bullying appear to be getting younger in New Zealand, due to the rise in cellphones, apps and the internet. A new app popular among children called Sara-Nah...
Barcelona attack: Driver intent on causing 'maximum harm'
Confirmation that 13 people have been killed in Barcelona. A van has ploughed into crowds in the Las Ramblas [rum bliss] tourist area, resulting in carnage. Police...
One person arrested in connection with Barcelona attack
Thirteen have been killed and at least 50 more injured in a van attack in Barcelona. One person has been arrested, after crowds were ploughed into in the popular...
Rachel Smalley: All Black airport tryst saga a shambles
All Black Aaron Smith's alleged toilet tryst is back in the headlines. The story published by Daily Mail Australia appears to show some private messages Aaron Smith...
What will the world look like in 2050?
The global population is tipped to surge 24 per cent by 2050, from 7.5 billion to 9.8 billion. According to IKEA's latest sustainability report, People and Planet...
Aussie PM 'livid' over axing of Australia Day
Melbourne's Yarra Council has picked a fight with the Australian government over its decision to no longer refer to January 26 as Australia Day. The Council says...
Dunedin water woes hurting businesses
The water contamination crisis afflicting the Dunedin area is hitting businesses particularly hard. A boil water notice remains in place, and some shops and cafes...
Rebecca Wright: Hate groups energised after Charlottesville
White pride groups in the US are vowing to hold another rally in Virginia despite last week's hate attack in Charlottesville which left a woman dead. She was killed...
Rachel Smalley: Anti-gay preacher is inciting violence - he must be referred to police
You may have read the story about the pastor in West Auckland who's taken aim at the gay community and Jacinda Ardern as a woman leader. This is the WestCity Bible...
Bruce Hawker: Bishop's comments on trust a distraction
Distraction techniques from a government in trouble across the Tasman. That's the take in Australia, after Foreign Minister Julie Bishop's comments that she'd find...
Rachel Smalley: Cathedral keeps Christchurch trapped in tragedy
Six and a half years ago I walked along Kilmore Street on the edge of Christchurch’s CBD until I reached Gloucester. I knew when I turned left into Colombo Street,...
Sky Tower architect wants contemporary cathedral built out of ruins
The Anglican synod has proposed gifting the Christchurch Cathedral to the government, making it a public building. The cathedral has been derelict since the 2011...
Phil Twyford: Labour will build at least 1000 state homes a year
The Salvation Army says New Zealand needs to increase its number of social houses from 82,000 to over 100,000 in the next decade - half of which need to be in Auckland. The...
Australian deputy PM latest casualty of citizenship saga
Barnaby Joyce is the latest casualty of Australia's dual citizenship saga. The Deputy Prime Minister has been referred to the high court after allegations made...
E-therapy - the future of mental health care?
The government has announced how it will spend $100 million on mental health in this year's Budget, with a focus on building resilience in young people. One particular...
Trump under fire for failing to condemn white supremacy
US President Donald Trump is under fire for his limp response to the Charlottesville racial attack. Politicians across the board are criticising the President for...
Putting young offenders into bootcamp will give them 'a sense of purpose'
The head of New Zealand's military-style high school believes putting kids into boot-camp can give them a sense of pride. National wants to send the country's worst...
Rachel Smalley: Bootcamp for serious young offenders will work - it has to
National's plans to target serious young offenders - Justice Minister Amy Adams wants to boot-camp them, and fine parents who let their wayward teens roam the streets...
Egg sandwiches pulled from UK shelves over contamination scare
Egg sandwiches and salads are being pulled off the shelves in the UK due to a contamination scare. Around 700,000 eggs imported into the UK from the Netherlands...
Nadine Higgins: What's the issue with Hosking hosting political debates?
I debated whether or not to talk about this this morning, mainly because I currently happen to be on the same station as the guy I’m about to talk about. But...
Skype used as part of prison rehabilitation
Allowing a video-calling service for prisoners to keep in touch with family, would help the country's nearly over-flowing prisons. The use of Skype is being suggested...
Would you get in a pilotless plane?
Now that driverless cars are already on our roads, aircraft manufacturers are beginning to test planes without a pilot. But would you board one? A recent study...
Craft beer movement set to keep growing
The craft beer movement looks set to keep brewing for a while. The latest ANZ Craft Beer report shows there are 194 craft breweries in New Zealand and over 1600...
Nadine Higgins: Will Metiria falling on her sword save the Greens?
Wow. The 3 news political poll last night showed how much the game has changed in the past two weeks didn’t it? Pundits are calling it a poll-quake. Jacindamania...