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Christmas chaos: Toughest Covid restrictions extended to more of England
Large parts of southern England will be placed under the country's strictest coronavirus restrictions from this weekend, Britain's health secretary said Thursday,...
Māori Council backs Ihumātao deal, doubts it will set a precedent
There's doubt delivering Ihumātao back into iwi hands will mean more land settlements in the future. The Government announced a deal yesterday to buy the disputed...
Fancy unlimited leave? Tech journalist says it's not as good as it seems
As many of Kiwis prepare for a couple of weeks off, the idea of unlimited holiday leave seems pretty appealing. It's not common here, but companies overseas are...
Tim Dower: Ihumātao deal shows what a weak, unprincipled government we have
Well, what a surprise, we bought Ihumātao. Another $30 million on the taxpayer’s card, but as we all know that’s just the beginning. The only real surprise here...
Pickleball growing in popularity across New Zealand
The game of pickleball is growing across the country, with the sport now gaining international status here in New Zealand. The sport combines many elements of tennis,...
Major snowstorm to hit Northeast USA
A major snowstorm rolled into the Northeast on Wednesday at a key moment in the coronavirus pandemic, days after the start of the U.S. vaccination campaign and in...
Aucklanders get rare chance to see Team New Zealand in action
After years of battles off the water, today's the day we'll finally see Team New Zealand battle it out on the water instead. The Prada Auckland World Series begins...
Tim Dower: Increasing interest rates would help soften house prices
The Government is trying to come up with ways to stop house prices rising, at the spectacular rates we've been seeing. And all the projections seem to point to...
Coca Cola slammed for 'irresponsible advertising' by dentists
Dentists are calling out Coca Cola for irresponsible advertising. They're concerned about an 18 pack sold in supermarkets which reads ‘Share a Coke’ -- along with...
International education providers support letting 500 students into NZ
International education providers say allowing five hundred students into the country each month would work. Education NZ says the Government's dragging the chain...
Tim Dower: There's a serious problem with the safety of trucks
Pretty shocking figures from the blitz police have been doing, on trucks driving down State Highway One. They're running a checkpoint timed to coincide with the...
Political commentator doesn't expect Mallard to apologise at select committee
There are doubts Trevor Mallard will properly apologise when he appears before a select committee today. The Speaker will answer questions about spending more than...
NZ Blood make changes to donor criteria
The blood deferral period for men who have had sex with other men has been reduced from 12 months to just three months today. Sex workers and those who have lived...
Battleground states vote as electors formally choose Biden
Presidential electors in key battleground states cast the votes Monday that will affirm Joe Biden as the nation's next president, a formality that took on added...
Tim Dower: Travel bubble was announced to distract us from Trevor Mallard
The Australia - New Zealand travel bubble will happen, provided there's not a massive change in the Covid situation either side of the ditch. Cabinet has agreed...
Going 'the extra mile': UK, EU keep up Brexit trade talks
Teetering on the brink of a no-deal Brexit departure, Britain and the European Union stepped back from the void Sunday and agreed to continue trade talks, although...
Chess experiences surge in popularity after Netflix show The Queens Gambit
A centuries-old game has surged in popularity thanks to a hit television show, and forced lockdowns. Netflix show The Queens Gambit has seen store shelves stripped...
Tim Dower: Why are we being threatened with another lockdown?
Have we stamped out COVID community transmission in this country, or have we not? Seems the Response Minister is either not confident that we have, or he doesn't...
SpaceX launches Starship on highest test flight, crash-lands
SpaceX launched its shiny, bullet-shaped, straight-out-of-science fiction Starship several miles into the air from a remote corner of Texas on Wednesday, but the...
Push to get consistency around school speed limits
There are fears it will take a death before action is taken on the speed limits in place around schools. The Government is being lobbied to implement a 40 kilometre...
Are cinemas on the way out thanks to Covid?
America's blockbuster backlog will have an effect on New Zealand cinema goers this summer. Warner Brothers has announced its 2021 programme will simultaneously...
Tim Dower: Travel bubble with Australia needs to happen now
Today's Herald front page headline, bursting our bubble. The paper says it'll be February at the earliest before we see a quarantine free travel bubble between...
President Trump's disputed election claims take hold in states
President Donald Trump’s campaign to subvert the will of voters and reverse his reelection loss to Democrat Joe Biden is taking hold among state and local Republicans...
Eat My Lunch wins contract to provide free school lunches to kids
Eat My Lunch has landed the tender for the Government’s Ka Ora Ka Ako Healthy School Lunches Programme. The business delivers lunches for office workers, where...
Covid vaccine: Calls for calm after UK medics suffer allergic reactions
British health experts are attempting to quash public panic about the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine which is currently being rolled-out across the UK, following reports...