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NZ dollar predicted to stabilise after last night's drop
Economists predict the New Zealand Dollar will stabilise today, after it plunged overnight. The Kiwi dollar dropped about half a US cent in the space of just a...
Helen Clark confident Ardern, Winston can work together
Helen Clark is confident Prime Minister-in-waiting Jacinda Ardern and Winston Peters will be able to work together. The New Zealand First leader has decided to...
What happens if Winston chooses Labour?
It's the day, the country gets a government. Winston Peters will first tell Bill English and Jacinda Ardern of his choice this afternoon, before then telling the...
Rachel Smalley: What happens if National loses?
So we’ll know today. Winston Peters will reveal who will be the next Prime Minister. And isn't that, in itself absurd. Bill English isn't going to inform us that...
Renewed push to get young people into trades
There's a push to encourage young people to gain skills for the workplace. The WorldSkills competition is wrapping up today in Abu Dhabi. Thirteen Kiwis have been...
Personal vendetta reason Trump wants out of Iran deal - expert
A personal vendetta against Barack Obama is being touted as the reason why Donald Trump is wanting out of the Iran nuclear deal. Trump has pulled away from the...
Rachel Smalley: Taxpayers deserve better than Winston
Peter Dunne has made some really good points in the last 24 hours. The former United Future leader said the situation we’re in at the moment in terms of trying...
New survey shows men aren't taking parental leave they're owed
A recent survey has found new Dads aren't taking parental leave owed to them because they believe there's stigma attached to taking time off work. A Hays recruitment...
Rachel Smalley: Where would we be without grandparents?
How many of you looked after the grand kids over the school holidays and next question have you recovered yet? I’ve spotted lots of grandparents over the last two...
Qantas soon to offer direct flight between Australia and Europe
It'll soon be a hop, skip and a jump for Kiwis to get to Europe via Australia. Qantas has just taken ownership of its first 787-9 Dreamliner in Seattle. NZME aviation...
Even if govt announced today negotiations far from over - expert
Even if a government's announced today negotiations are far from over. Winston Peters is heading into the second day of discussions with his board and fellow New...
Urgent calls for more blood donors
Urgent calls for more blood donors, as thousands of people stop donating every year. The Blood Service is starting its campaign asking people to help fill the gaps...
Rachel Smalley: Winston Peters doesn't belong in any govt
Well, here we go. We’re about to find out what our next Government looks like, and whether Winston’s going with National or going with Labour. It’s perhaps testament...
Farmers devastated by MPI's plan to cull 4000 cattle
Farmers are devastated they have to destroy thousands of cows to stop the spread of mycoplasma bovis. The Ministry for Primary Industries will cull 4000 cows from...
Rachel Smalley: Blaming victims enables Weinsteins of the world
The litany of sexual harassment allegations against Harry Weinstein has dominated the news for days now, and it will for many more. He is a twisted, brute of a...
Warning to parents: School can't replace parenting
Teachers agree some social skills should be taught at school, but say they're not parents. A study by Monash University and ASG Education Programmes has found 66...
The hunt for the perfect sausage is on
The hunt is on for the perfect banger. More than 40 judges have sampled 500 of them and have narrowed it down to 15. Devro Great NZ Sausage competition head judge,...
Rachel Smalley: Would you stop to help?
I was driving to work in the wee hours this morning and I thought I saw a body on the edge of the road. A truck was in front of me, and as it went past this lump,...
Killer to be released on parole for 7th time
Someone who's been there himself says a Parole Board decision to release a killer for a 7th time, will still be a calculated decision. George Trounson will be released...
California wildfires: 17 confirmed dead, thousands evacuated
Strong winds are fuelling the wildfires in northern California. Seventeen of them have burnt through more than 50,000 hectares. Seventeen people have died and...
Catalonia's future hanging in the balance
Catalonia's future hangs in the balance this morning. Their leader Carles Puigdemont is set to formally announce the results of their independence vote this morning...
Rachel Smalley: Is weight loss surgery the solution to obesity?
It’s world obesity day and it’s come with a pretty grim warning. In 8 years from now, obesity will cost the world’s health systems $1.2 trillion. $1.2 trillion....
Fears world famous wineries were destroyed in California wildfires
There are fears world famous wineries have been consumed by wildfires in Northern California. Tens of thousands of hectares of land across the famed Napa and Sonoma...
NZ kids exposed to 27 junk food ads a day - study
Drastic cuts are needed to the number of junk food ads, if children's health is to get any better. A world-first study by Otago and Auckland universities has found...
Rachel Smalley: Mental Health Day important reminder to de-stress
It's World Mental Health Day and the Mental Health Foundation says we need to unlock stress and take a bit of a break from the hustle of life. One way to do that,...