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Coronavirus warning as eight cities in China locked down
Chinese authorities have moved to lock down multiple cities, home to more than 23 million people, in an unprecedented effort to contain the deadly coronavirus. The...
Kate Hawkesby: Why are we so quick to blame and shame other parents?
COMMENT So my daughter flipped off her bike the other day. She accidentally hit the wrong brake – and slammed the front wheels to a halt instead of the back ones,...
Forestry industry urges government to use wood for new buildings
The forestry industry is calling for the Government to honour its promise to use wood for more government buildings. It's threatening to encourage block voting against...
Maori Council aims to find resolution to stop rising gang violence
The Maori Council is urging a moratorium on unrest between Black Power and the Mongrel Mob. Gang tensions have been increasing in Hawke's Bay and Gisborne over recent...
Rebecca Wright: US Senate approves Trump impeachment trial rules
The US Senate plunged into President Donald Trump's impeachment trial with Republicans abruptly abandoning plans to cram opening arguments into two days but solidly...
Kate Hawkesby: Breastfeed in public? By all means, go right ahead
COMMENT I see whether or not women can breastfeed in public is back in the news again, after an Auckland mum was asked to move into a changing room.. so that she...
Should payday be everyday? Proposal says it could work
While the Government has passed a new law aimed at curbing the trouble with short-term, high-interest payday lenders, there could be a more simple solution. Instead...
Prince Harry and Meghan warn media over publishing photos without consent
Prince Harry's plans for a "more peaceful life" away from the royal spotlight have already been cast into doubt as he joined his wife, Meghan, and son, Archie, in...
Coronavirus threat still low for New Zealand - expert
An expert says it's too soon to be screening passengers to New Zealand for the coronavirus. Nearly 300 cases have been confirmed in China and Australia is now screening...
Kate Hawkesby: Time to call enough with rising gang violence
COMMENT Gangs have always been a political football but I'm wondering whether the old live and let live approach, exhibited by so many these days, is actually working...
The odds of winning Super Rugby's $1 million tipping competition
Kogan Mobile - a relative newcomer to NZ - is offering $1 million if you can correctly pick the result of every game in the first six rounds of the new Super Rugby...
Davos chief welcomes views of President Trump and Greta Thunberg at forum
The head of the World Economic Forum says it's “reassuring" that U.S. President Donald Trump and climate activist Greta Thunberg will both return to its annual meeting...
Kate Hawkesby: Prince Harry's speech hasn't helped matters
Look, I don’t want to keep banging on about them and I had no intention of raising it again this morning. But then Prince, or should I say – just Harry now, came...
Holidaymakers' heartbreak: Rogue travel agents fleece customers
Holidaymakers are being warned about dodgy travel agents after hundreds of customers have had their plans wrecked or have been fleeced by a rogue operator. Auckland...
PPTA: Campaign targeting overseas teachers absolutely necessary
Half a million dollars has been spent on overseas advertising to attract foreign teachers to New Zealand. That includes a $200,000 campaign last year - which the...
NZ Initiative: Nothing unusual about Government Defence Force request
There are questions being asked around how much money the Government wants to purge from the Defence Force. A report obtained under the Official Information Act...
Kate Hawkesby: I was right not to trust Meghan Markle
As much as I'd love to come on here first day back and NOT say 'I told you so...' I have to say, I said at the time (and to much criticism and hate mail, I might...
Expert: Police likely to catch up with those holding onto now illegal guns
There are questions being raised about how successful the gun buyback scheme has been. The buy-back and amnesty ends today after five months of collection events. Massey...
Tim Dower: What's next for gun owners in New Zealand?
So the gun buyback scheme comes to an end today. Basically, and I am simplifying the list here for brevity, any weapon that can fire more than ten rounds in one...
New breathalyser can test for marijuana, when it was last consumed
Hound Labs have invented a new breathalyser that tests for marijuana determining through extreme sensitivity how stoned one might be. The new device is a lot more...
Lonely Planet's advice for how New Zealand can tackle tourism
New Zealand's missed out on claiming any of the top spots in Lonely Planet's best destinations for 2020. Bhutan has been named the number one country to visit next...
Queen's speech lays out Boris Johnson's legislative plans
Prime Minister Boris Johnson signalled an end to Britain's era of Brexit deadlock Thursday, announcing a packed legislative program intended to take the U.K. out...
Tim Dower: Are we at peak tourism? Of course!
I was part of a long line of cars following a camper van up State Highway One yesterday. I'm in no rush, so I don't care that it's rumbling along at about 70 taking...
Louise Nicholas: What employers can learn from Labour Party assault report
A sex abuse victim advocate says employers can learn from the Labour Party sexual assault allegations. A QC investigation did not substantiate assault or harassment...
Researcher: Focus on domestic tourism will protect NZ's environment
Focusing more on domestic tourism could be the key to helping keep New Zealand pure. A report by the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment says the number...