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'Irony beyond belief': UK passports to be made in France
Britain's exit from the EU will mean British passports being made overseas. The UK is replacing its burgundy EU passport with it classic blue and gold British passport...
Disgraced, high-spending DHB boss lost earlier job - and no one checked
It's a case of "I told you so" from a medical trade union over a former DHB chief's excessive spending. A State Services Commission report revealed $120,000 of...
US gun protestors seeing change from senators
The Parkland, Florida mass high school shooting is being seen as a tipping point for gun control in America. Thousands are expected to take to the streets this...
Kate Hawkesby: Zuckerberg's apology is too little, too late
How important is your privacy to you? And if it’s breached, how long should you wait to hear from the people who breached it? Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg broke five...
Dunedin prepares to 'move on' from Cadbury closure
The last Pineapple Lumps are rolling off the assembly line, signalling the end of Cadbury's 150-year legacy in Dunedin. The production line comes to a halt on Friday...
Mike Hosking: I give Obama 4 out of 10
Barack Obama says the fact he hasn't visited the country before is a sign he holds us in high esteem. The former US president has opened up about his thoughts on...
Are Kiwis too trusting with what they post online?
A view this morning that New Zealanders are too trusting with what they post online. This comes amid the Facebook information saga involving Cambridge Analytica,...
Even in a safe environment, former presidents are targets
The secrecy surrounding Barack Obama's visit is down to safety. The former President returns to Auckland today, possibly after a bit more golf this morning following...
Kate Hawkesby: Shane Jones is Winston 2.0
Shane Jones is just the gift that keeps on giving isn’t he? No wonder Winston’s defending him, he’s Winston 2.0. He must be marvelling at his protégé. Bully boy...
Author reveals Prince Charles' unusual demands, premium toilet paper
The author of a damning new biography of Prince Charles says the book was long overdue. In Rebel Prince, Tom Bower has accused the prince of being out of touch,...
Kate Hawkesby: Plunket have cocked up
I’m so gutted by this Plunket story. Mainly because, like lots of new mums I used and loved Plunket when I had my babies. There were measurements of milestones,...
Serious allegations heat up against Nicolas Sarkozy
A serious move by French Police, following serious allegations against a former president. Nicolas Sarkozy has been arrested on allegations he received illegal...
Young kids are aware of their image and reputation - Expert
Kids as young as five are aware about their image and reputation. Research from the University of Pennsylvania suggests by the time they get to school, children...
Billions in illicit funds filtering through New Zealand
New Zealand's reputation as a country without corruption is making us a target for money laundering. Police estimate about $1.3 billion of illicit funds ended up...
Faster browsing anyone? Spark opens 5G network trial
New Zealand is moving closer to faster data connection speeds as trialling begins. Spark has opened a live trial of 5G technology in Wellington, and a 5G trial...
Kate Hawkesby: Meeting Prince Charles was like witnessing a spoilt child
An explosive new book on Prince Charles is released this week, and in it, a bunch of claims about how he likes to live and travel. He’s referred to as particular,...
Russian EU Ambassador shifting the blame in nerve agent saga
Britain's Foreign Secretary says Russia has been stockpiling the deadly nerve agent used to poison a former double agent in England. Boris Johnson also claims it's...
Business technologies progressing quickly in New Zealand
The next generation of business technology is beginning to make itself known as block-chain makes its way to the forefront. We could be facing the prospect of...
Simon Bridges: 'It allows us to better hold the Government to account'
The Green Party has sacrificed the bulk of their questions in Question Time, and handed them over to National. James Shaw says patsy questions from the Government...
Kate Hawkesby: Child abuse is an issue we need to face
Such is the nature of the news cycle that stories blare across the front page and lead the TV or radio news, and then like a meteor, whoosh, they're gone. A 4-month-old...
Kate Hawkesby: Hey Hamilton, you're being udderly ridiculous
What on earth is Hamilton thinking? I mean I love the Tron as much as the next guy, but I watched with bemusement this week as Hamilton’s Mayor float the idea of...
Male pill could change dynamics of contraception
A male contraceptive pill that could hit our shores in a few years' time is expected to change the dynamics of who's responsible for contraception. Australian scientists...
Russia vows swift response to UK's diplomatic expulsion
Russia is vowing a swift response to the UK's expulsion of 23 diplomats. The spies have been expelled after Russia refused to cooperate with the investigation into...
Expert: Tobacco tax clearly hasn't worked
The tobacco tax is hurting those who are most vulnerable and smoking rates among some communities remain stagnant, despite the tax. The government's reviewing the...
Young people could be missing out on learning about relationships
Teenagers could be missing out on learning about relationships - as school interpret sex education guidelines differently. Researchers are gathering in Christchurch...