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How Iceland has beaten Covid-19
The bars and restaurants are full. People are out enjoying themselves. Spectacular geological attractions are wide open to tourists. Anyone visiting Iceland right...
Funding plea to continue the private investigation into the murder of Scott Guy
Friends of widowed Kylee Guy are fundraising for the family to continue a private investigation into the murder of Scott Guy. Kylee Guy's husband was found shot...
Mary Trump's scathing book claims Trump paid someone to take his exams
Donald Trump's niece Mary Trump levels scathing criticism at the President in her forthcoming book, accusing him of being a "sociopath" and charging that Trump's...
Tim Dower: Latest quarantine absconder should be punished
It's only right that the man who sauntered out of hotel quarantine for a wander around Auckland and a bit of shopping will be facing charges. At worst, the 32-year-old...
Peter Dunne on Hamish Walker saga: 'MPs need more education'
Political parties and Parliament are being criticised for failing to mentor new Members of Parliament. Hamish Walker has only been an MP for two and a half years...
Public outcry over changes made to Mt Ruapehu parking
There has been a public outcry over changes made to Mt Ruapehu parking. Ruapehu Alpine Lifts has introduced a new online booking system, available from July 22. The...
Millions of Melbourne residents brace for the return of lockdown
Nearly five million residents of greater Melbourne and the Mitchell Shire are set to enter a very different world from midnight Wednesday, with a new six-week lockdown...
Tim Dower: Can National repair the damage before September?
Ten weeks is a long time in politics and by September 19th we may well have forgotten about this covid privacy scandal. But is ten weeks long enough for the National...
Liam Hehir on Hamish Walker privacy breach: 'An appalling act of judgement'
It's unclear whether Hamish Walker broke the law when he shared the personal details of Covid-19 patients with the media. The Clutha-Southland MP was given the information...
Victoria - NSW border closure sparks 'confusion and anger'
New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian has sought to silence fears about new virus cases coming in from Victoria. Asked whether she was worried about new cases...
Marketing expert says Stuff's Facebook boycott a risky move
News company Stuff is joining hundreds of companies worldwide in a social media boycott. Stuff is trialing a complete withdrawal from Facebook and Instagram over...
Dogs could be allowed back into Blenheim's CBD
The Marlborough District Council could be letting the dogs out. A 2012 bylaw prohibiting pooches in the CBD is being reviewed. Council member Jamie Arbuckle told...
Upper Hutt Mayor hopeful overseas returnees will benefit the country
The Mayor of Upper Hutt says people returning from overseas will benefit the country. Thousands of New Zealanders are still flocking home from overseas because of...
Employers welcome cashflow loan scheme extension
Welcome relief for employers doing it tough in Labour's new economic recovery plan. The Small Business Loan Cashflow Scheme is being extended until the end of the...
Hot dog eating record set during 4th of July celebrations
Sports fans are hungrier than ever for competition on TV, and the annual Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest served it up Saturday in New York. Joey Chestnut...
Tim Dower: It's too early in the election for Labour's victory lap
There are still more than 10 weeks till the election, and for my money that means it's a bit early for a victory lap. But that's what it felt like watching footage...
Social distancing disappears as UK reopens pubs
Drunk people can't properly socially distance, a UK police officer warned after finishing a late shift Saturday -- the first day that pubs reopened in England after...
Bill to support victims of legally insane offenders passes first reading
There are hopes a Bill to better support victims of legally insane offenders will pass into law quickly - now that its passed its first reading. The Bill seeks to...
Political commentator reacts to David Clark's resignation
David Clark's resignation was finalised during a "casual" conversation with the Prime Minister. Clark yesterday announced he was stepping aside from his role as...
Marketing expert praises Team New Zealand’s handling of crisis
A marketing expert says Team New Zealand is following the textbook, when it comes to crisis communications. The Government has stopped any further payments, as it...
UK extends immigration rights for 3 million eligible Hong Kongers
Britain announced Wednesday that it was extending residency rights for up to 3 million Hong Kongers eligible for the British National Overseas passport, stressing...
Kate Hawkesby: Pure and simple - David Clark's demotion is an election ploy
COMMENT No matter which way they try to spin it, only one thing happened yesterday – the electioneering began in proper. Sacking David Clark, which is what this...
US criticised for hoarding Covid-19 drug remdesivir
Public health experts on Wednesday criticized the U.S. for securing a large supply of the only drug licensed so far to treat COVID-19. The U.S. government announced...
Pacific businesses struggling to survive impact of Covid-19
A quarter of businesses in the Pacific are not confident they'll survive Covid-19. The islands have avoided the worst of the outbreak healthwise, but nine out of...
Nikki Kaye: National will undo Labour's tertiary reforms if elected
The National Party says it will undo parts of the government's tertiary reform package within 100 days of power. New Zealand's 16 polytechs are set to merge into...