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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...
Air New Zealand halts flights to Melbourne for two weeks
Air New Zealand has been forced to cancel flights to Melbourne for two weeks as the Australian Government fights the spread of Covid-19 within the local community. The...
Kate Hawkesby: Something needs to be done to stop vaping at schools
I wasn’t surprised to read how many of us are still texting and driving, a third of us, according to a new study, still do it. And that figure is just respondents...
How one family has managed to only throw out one bag of rubbish a year
The global movement Plastic Free July begins today. Millions take part to see if they can reduce single use plastic use for a month - a task easier said than done. However,...
Milestone of 26 weeks' paid parental leave has been reached
Campaigners for 26 weeks of paid parental leave are now setting their sights on higher payments and more leave for partners. From tomorrow, a working parent will...
EU reopens its borders to 14 nations but not to US tourists
The European Union will reopen its borders to travelers from 14 countries, and possibly China soon, the bloc announced Tuesday, but most Americans have been refused...
America's Cup cash, safety saga: Govt threat to withhold public money
Concerns over the financial management of the America's Cup are so serious that the Government has been threatening to withhold the next tranche of taxpayer funding,...
Kate Hawkesby: National's sweating it - anyone missing Simon Bridges?
COMMENT: National is reshuffling its caucus after Paula Bennett's departure, and this is really only of interest to trainspotters, the wider public I doubt will...
How Covid-19 has changed our coffee habits
Covid-19 is making a huge ripple through the coffee industry. A new Rabobank report shows people are brewing up at home, rather than buying from coffee shops. An...
Former cop backs frontline police wearing body cameras
A former cop hopes the idea of frontline police wearing body cameras, gets revisited. Last week three Taranaki police officers entered not guilty pleas to a charge...
Slower speed limits rolled out on 600 roads in Auckland today
Lower speed limits will come into force on more than 600 roads across Auckland today, including the central city. Most speed limits will go down from 50km/h to...
Kate Hawkesby: Paula Bennett will be a huge loss to politics
COMMENT It's a shame Paula Bennett is leaving. She's good talent, works hard and has good institutional knowledge. You don't want too much of that leaving the...
Infectious diseases expert: NZ can be confident of no community transmission
New Zealand will keep seeing cases of Covid-19 until the rest of the world stamps it out. There are 20 active cases of the virus staying in managed isolation -...
Tax experts weigh in on the Green's wealth tax plans
The Green Party wants to ensure everyone who's not in full-time paid work gets at least $325 a week. The poverty action plan is the party's first policy ahead of...
Why Chiefs were 'furious' over crucial Crusaders ruling
Chiefs coach Warren Gatland says the disputed lineout call from referee James Doleman was the "difference" as his side went down to the Crusaders in Christchurch. Gatland...
UK eyes holidays abroad as lockdown slowly eases
text by Tamara Hardingham-Gill, CNN Back in May, Baltic states Lithuania, Estonia and Latvia opened their borders to each other, creating Europe's first pandemic...
Kate Hawkesby: Enough of 'being kind' to returnees refusing to take Covid 19 tests
An empty slogan like "be kind" was never going to last, and now the rubber's hitting the road, I see that kindness is a distant memory in the rearview mirror. Kiwis...
Jason Pine: FIFA Women's World Cup will be great for NZ
The eyes of the world will be on us for the next Women's football World Cup. New Zealand and Australia will host the event in 2023. The FIFA Council has voted...
Tim Dower: We have to consider the consequences of assisted dying
A new study has been looking into the social consequences we might see fanning out from the End of Life Choice Bill. We vote on this at the election, along with...
Survey: Most Kiwis plan on taking a local holiday this year
Nine out of 10 of us say we'll be taking a New Zealand holiday this year. And according to a MYOB survey, a quarter have named Queenstown as the place they'll spend...
Study into assisted dying says more research needed into social consequences
On Election Day, New Zealand will not only be choosing a new Government, but will also vote on the assisted dying referendum. But a study by AUT's School of Nursing...
Major incident declared after thousands flock to UK beaches in sweltering heat
Officials in southern England have declared a "major incident" after thousands of people flocked to local beaches. Bournemouth and Sandbanks, in Dorset, were hit...
World’s first treatment app for problem gamblers launched
A first-of-its-kind phone application has been developed with the aim of curbing compulsive gambling behaviour. Its aim is to reduce or stop the high number of...