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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 dollars of illicit funds ended...
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 lab...
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...
Kate Hawkesby: Labour's stance ignores reality and morality
The Labour Party Summer camp scandal, I think we can safely call it a scandal now, has thrown up many issues. One of which appears to be, at what age is a kid no...
3000 schools stage mass walk-out over gun laws
America has seen a mass walk-out in their schools as students protests against the gun laws that let the Florida school shootings happen. Students and teachers...
Stephen Hawking 'a brilliant scientist who could popularise science with the masses'
It wasn't just his theories - it was Stephen Hawking's ability to explain science to the everyday person which made him so renowned. The renowned astrophysicist...
UK hits Russia with 'wet bus ticket' over nerve attack
Britain has made the first move, and now the ball's back in Russia's court. Prime Minister Theresa May is expelling 23 Russian diplomats after Russia refused to...
WATCH: World's first self-piloted taxi debuts in Christchurch
New Zealand could have self-piloted flying taxis operating within the next six years. That's the lofty aim of California-based company Kitty Hawk, who have been...
Expert: UK handling Russian conflict badly
A Russian expert says Britain is taking the wrong approach to the poisoning of a former Russian spy. It's given Russia until 1pm New Zealand time to show it wasn't...
Kate Hawkesby: Labour youth camp story is hideous on so many levels
The Labour party summer camp story is a hideous one on so many levels. Sexual assault is obviously the major issue here, but there’s so much else going on here...
Trump's sacking of Tillerson 'impulsive'
Donald Trump's sacking of his Secretary of State is being described as impulsive. State department officials have told reporters that Rex Tillerson found out he'd...
Kate Hawkesby: Contracts for women rugby players long overdue
A long overdue coup for women’s rugby yesterday. But is it enough? 30 of this country’s top female rugby players stand to earn 40-45 thousand dollars a year. It’s...
'Slippery slope' for NZ if US gets away with steel tariffs
A trade consultant's warning the Government to carefully consider the implications of US steel and aluminium tariffs. President Donald Trump is using 'national...
Slimby allows homeowners to lease out their backyard
First came Uber and Airbnb, now there's Slimby. An architect is planning a new initiative to build prefab granny flats for people to rent out in their backyards. The...
Drug treatment services struggling to cope with rising meth use: Expert
A drug expert says methamphetamine is becoming far too easy to find in small-town New Zealand, and there aren't enough drug treatment services to cope. A new study...
Kate Hawkesby: Why pet owners get a 'ruff' deal
We had quite a stressful week last week. Our new puppy got sick. We’re still not sure how or what happened, other than x-rays showed she may have ingested something...