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Govt told to go further with plans for electrification of public sector car fleet
There's confidence shifting the Government fleet to electric vehicles will make a measurable difference to the climate. 16,000 vehicles are in line to be switched...
UK touts success as they prepare for Pfizer vaccine rollout
Britain became the first country in the world to authorize a rigorously tested COVID-19 vaccine and could be dispensing shots within days — a historic step toward...
Kate Hawkesby: The all-inclusive guide to having a woke Christmas
Not that I want to sound cynical, because that report that said constant cynicism could increase your risk of heart disease is at the forefront of my mind, but I'm...
Lesley Murdoch previews first Black Caps test of the season
Will Young will become New Zealand test cricketer number 280 in the first test against the West Indies in Hamilton tomorrow. Long touted as one of the unluckiest...
CDC says 14-day Covid-19 quarantine can be shortened to 7 to 10 days
Covid-19 quarantine periods can be as short as seven to 10 days for some people, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday, but a 14-day quarantine...
Kate Hawkesby: Since when did Term 4 of schools become so stressful for parents?
I have no idea why at this time of year, schools take it upon themselves to make life extra hectic for families. I mean, have we not got enough to contend with?...
Netherlands mask mandate goes into effect
The Dutch government is mandating the use of of face masks in all publicly accessible, covered places from today. The mandate applies in stores, public transportation...
Helena Bonham Carter backs calls for disclaimer before The Crown
The debate over whether Netflix hit The Crown should have some kind of factual disclaimer has taken another turn. Helena Bonham Carter, the actress who plays Princess...
Strong economic rebound makes negative rates unlikely - ASB
ASB's latest Quarterly Economic Forecast predicts just a 3 per cent annual GDP decline by year end – a significantly better outlook than the 6 or 7 per cent predicted...
Judith Collins: Government's climate emergency vote another 'virtue signal'
Today's Parliamentary vote on a climate change emergency is likely to go down party lines. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern will introduce a motion to Parliament to...
HR boss says doubling sick leave is not necessary
Plans to double sick leave isn't a necessary move. The Government is officially pushing ahead with plans to double workers' sick leave from five to 10 days a year. Prime...
Support for congestion charge to combat rush-hour traffic in Auckland
Business and trucking groups are welcoming a proposal to charge commuters to come into central Auckland. Officials have floated replacing the regional fuel tax with...
China crisis: Australian PM told to 'slap himself'
The editor of China's state-run English language newspaper has posted an incendiary piece calling Prime Minister Scott Morrison "ridiculously arrogant" and saying...
White Island eruption charges: Govt agency GNS Science defiant over prosecution
Some families who lost loved ones in the Whakaari/White Island eruption have welcomed news of charges being laid over the tragedy. However, one family believe their...
Kate Hawkesby: The Bad Taste Food Awards are fascinating
The bad food taste awards dished up by consumer yesterday were fascinating, weren’t they? I always find it interesting what purports to be healthy but isn’t, what...
Kate Hawkesby: Will calls for another cannabis referendum be taken seriously?
God bless the 20 year old Young Greens activist who wants a citizen initiated referendum on the decriminalisation of cannabis. All he’s doing is highlighting how...
'Children cannot wait': Government slammed for 'unjustifiably slow' welfare reform
Child advocates are slamming the Government for its "unjustifiably slow" action on welfare reform, with a new report finding just four of 126 recommendations have...
Epilepsy NZ wants answers from coronial inquest on drug change
Epilepsy New Zealand hopes this week's coronial inquest into six unexplained epilepsy deaths changes the way the disorder is treated. It comes after New Zealand's...
French protesters decry bill outlawing use of police images
Tens of thousands of critics of a proposed security law that would restrict the filming of police officers protested across France on Saturday, and officers in Paris...
'Horrendous': F1 driver's miraculous survival as car explodes
The Bahrain Grand Prix was red-flagged on the first lap after a horrific moment that saw Romain Grosjean's Haas engulfed in a fireball after colliding with the barriers. Grosjean...
Busy weekend ahead for Eden Park
Eden Park could the busiest stadium in the world this weekend. It's hosting the Black Caps - West Indies T20 season-opener tonight and the Mitre 10 Cup rugby final...
Popular shoe company Allbirds taking different approach to Black Friday
A call for shoppers to be more sustainability conscious this Black Friday. Today retailers across the country will be lowering stock prices for the annual shopping...
Produce prices could increase as result of Pacific seasonal workers
Produce prices could go up, because horticulture businesses have to cover the cost of MIQ for Recognised Seasonal Employees. It's one of the Government requirements...
Kate Hawkesby: Is it for parents or schools to teach about healthy eating?
My daughter is learning about nutrition at school at the moment, looking at how we are what we eat, how much of our health is dependent on what we consume. And while...
Houseplant craze leads to crazy bidding wars on TradeMe
A bidding war has broken out for a rare house plant, treasured for its white stains. More than 300 bids ended with around $6,500 being paid for a variegated monstera...