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Marine scientist Dr Riley Elliott to host Blue Planet II Live in Concert
New Zealand's very own shark man, marine scientist Dr. Riley Elliott, will host 'Blue Planet II Live in Concert ' on tonight and tomorrow in Auckland. It's a huge...
Northern Ireland leaders seek calm after violence escalates
Authorities in Northern Ireland sought to restore calm Thursday after Protestant and Catholic youths in Belfast hurled bricks, fireworks and gasoline bombs at police...
Fears vaccine passports will create unfair advantages
Fears a vaccine passport would create unfair advantages for the healthy and wealthy. Emirates is hosting a 'vaccinated only' flight this weekend, where all staff...
Health expert back Government's decision to suspend flights from India
A public health expert is backing the suspension of flights from India, saying it's an absolutely necessary step. The Government is temporarily banning arrivals,...
Kate Hawkesby: Changes on Early Edition
We're experiencing some change here on this programme. Our little all-women show is welcoming a MAN into our ranks. I know, radical. He’s not even part of a diversity...
Ōpōtiki mayor backs calls for banking inquiry into service cuts
National's calling for an inquiry to make sure that vulnerable people haven't been left behind when it comes to banking. Shadow Treasurer Andrew Bayly says losing...
Under-fire US politician Matt Gaetz reportedly sought a preemptive pardon from Trump
Rep. Matt Gaetz sought a preemptive pardon for himself near the end of President Donald Trump's term and made his request known to someone outside the White House...
GPs are willing to help the vaccine rollout
The country's largest Primary Health Organisation ProCare says GPs can help fast-track the Covid-19 vaccine roll out. National has criticised the rollout as being...
'Cruel': NZ-Fiji Business Council wants Pacific Islands travel bubble
Now that a trans-Tasman bubble is close to happening, the Pacific Islands wants to know when we will be able to fly there. Despite Fiji having hardly any Covid-19...
Kate Hawkesby: Documentaries are forcing me into veganism
I’ve got to tell you, I’m running out of stuff I can eat. I feel I’m being forced into veganism. I can explain. Look I’m easily affected by powerful documentaries...
Travel bubble unlikely to lead to hike in domestic travel prices
Domestic travel prices aren't likely to rise considerably when Australian tourists return to our shores. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern yesterday announced New Zealand...
Kiwifruit industry hopes travel bubble will be good news for seasonal workers
With the trans-Tasman bubble now locked in, Kiwifruit Growers Incorporated has its eyes set on the next move. Chief executive Nikki Johnson wants the rules changed,...
Dan Wootton takes aim at cancel culture following Harry and Meghan interview
New Zealand journalist Dan Wootton says there has been a shift in how the media covers Meghan Markle since the bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey. The former...
Kate Hawkesby: Now the bubble is open, who will take the risk?
Not that I want to gloat, again, OK I’m fully gloating, winning two bets in a row against my husband is just a little bit thrilling. The fact he misread the government...
Police chief: Officer kneeling on George Floyd's neck violated policy
The Minneapolis police chief testified Monday that now-fired Officer Derek Chauvin violated departmental policy — and went against “our principles and the values...
Air NZ flights show Australian travel bubble likely kick off in two weeks
With just a few hours until the state of New Zealand's travel bubble is clarified by the Prime Minister, Air New Zealand has increased the amount of flights on its...
Kate Hawkesby: Bring on the trans-Tasman travel bubble!
Remember back when we had the announcement of the announcement of the trans tasman bubble? I won that bet against my husband who bet the PM would name a date. More...
How to get on the property ladder for as little as $100
A new startup company says you can get onto the property ladder for as little as $100. Opoly are a crowdfunding platform, that makes it easier for people to invest...
Uncertainty remains around light rail network in Auckland
There's disappointment Auckland's fresh plan for light rail has turned out not to be a shovel ready project. The Government is starting from scratch, involving...
High-income tax rate for people earning over $180,000 a year kicks in
A man who's worked at the very top of the tax system says the new 39 cent marginal rate won't address the real problem. From today, people earning more than $180,000...
Kate Hawkesby: It’s time to turn back the clocks
As we slide into the Easter weekend, we mustn’t forget clocks go back an hour on Sunday. There goes the long lighter days, the BBQ’s and eating outside, the late...
Kate Hawkesby: Anti-social behaviour's on the rise - where are the Police?
The Police are in the news at the moment for several reasons – one, they have new cars, and two, Napier’s Mayor fears they’re stretched to their limits in her region,...
National's environment spokesman criticises Yellow Pages' business model
Questions are being raised as to why there's still a printed version of Yellow Pages. A campaign to get rid of the books has been launched by a man who found 50...
People on mortgage holidays can still get a helping hand as scheme officially ends
A helping hand for people still on mortgage holidays as the scheme officially comes to an end. The deferral period ends today, a year after the offer was launched,...
Global heads of government call for pandemic treaty
More than 20 heads of government and global agencies called in a commentary published Tuesday for an international treaty for pandemic preparedness that they say...