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Tim Dower: Christmas is a time for gratitude
Something came to my mind yesterday as I was re-watching one of those brilliant Nigel Latta documentaries. You might have seen The Curious Mind when it was on air,...
Trampolines proving popular on Trademe leading up to Xmas
Trampolines and bikes appear to be on plenty of wish lists this Christmas. Spokeswoman Millie Silvester told Tim Dower outdoor equipment is a popular search term...
National calls for punishment against Wally Haumaha
There are concerns about the standard of behaviour the Wally Haumaha scandal sends to officers around the country. National is continuing to call for his head after...
Travelers face chaos as drones shut London's Gatwick airport
LISTEN ABOVE AS UK CORRESPONDENT JAMES RANSLEY SPEAKS TO TIM DOWER Tens of thousands of passengers were delayed, diverted or stuck on planes Thursday as the only...
Genesis and Team NZ partner up for America's Cup
Genesis has been confirmed as the official energy sponsor for Emirates Team New Zealand in the lead up to the America's Cup. This appointment sees the company repeat...
Tim Dower: UN migrant compact smacks of a cover-up
Winston Peters is at the UN this morning, casting New Zealand's vote in favour of the UN Compact on Migration. This is the supposedly non-binding, non-interfering...
'Unwarranted' fears over UN migration compact due to 'immigration controversy'
A lawyer says the fear that New Zealand is set to be flooded with immigrants as a result of the Government signing a global immigration agreement is "unwarranted". Foreign...
Questions remain over Southern Response scandal
Southern Response chairman Ross Butler has fallen on his sword following a damning report which detailed how the organisation hired investigators to spy on Canterbury...
Tim Dower: Parliament's smartest man is leaving
The funniest and probably the smartest man in Parliament is leaving. Chris Finlayson has served 13 years, most notably as Attorney General and Treaty Negotiations...
Hamilton to Auckland rail service gets the green light
A passenger rail service between Hamilton and Auckland could be up and running by March 2020, after the NZ Transport Agency approved a business case for the startup...
NZ Post adds 600 staff to cope with Christmas rush
An increase in online shopping has seen a record amount of parcels through the post this December. Today is the last day to send standard post or Christmas cards...
Farmers applauded as M.bovis threat weakens
The government believes it is on track to eradicate M.bovis from the country. The battle against the cow disease continues with the number of slaughtered cows climbing...
Law Society report gives 'blueprint' for stamping out 'unacceptable behaviour'
Female lawyers have been subjected to "sexual objectification" for decades and new rules are needed to address unacceptable behaviour, a review has concluded. The...
$1.4b road plan only 'part of the puzzle' - road safety charity
Many of New Zealand's most dangerous roads will be made safer over the next three years under a $1.4 billion Government plan to reduce the number of road deaths...
The dangers of not getting enough sleep
A sleep expert says 30 per cent of people get less than six hours of sleep per night and that is having a huge impact on our health and productivity. Sleep expert, Jennifer...
Kate Hawkesby: What a year it's been!
Today’s my last day for the year. This has been an interesting experiment this little show. I didn’t know what to expect when I started back in January, back...
PM plans to change phone number after controversial Sroubek text
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says she may need to change her mobile number after receiving a text from Karel Sroubek supporter, Richie Hardcore commending the decision to...
Kate Hawkesby: Will 2018 be the year that kills comedy?
I saw yesterday, that a comedian in Britain cancelled a charity comedy show he was asked to perform, at a university, after students asked him to sign a behaviour...
Fees-free gives students chance to 'try education out' - Tertiary Education Union
The Government is potentially spending up to $53 million a year on its flagship fees-free policy for students that have either withdrawn from or failed tertiary...
Rents set to rise as govt removes rental property tax breaks
There is concern that rents will rise after the government removes tax breaks for rental properties that are making a loss. Statistics from Inland Revenue reveal...
Kate Hawkesby: There's nothing relaxing about Christmas
COMMENT: So we're inching ever closer to what should be the most relaxing time of year - although it never is, is it? Pressure comes from all quarters around Christmas,...
Chloe Swarbrick: Medical cannabis bill 'most progressive' yet
A bill that gives terminally ill people a legal defence for using illicit cannabis products has passed its third reading in Parliament. The Misuse of Drugs (Medicinal...
Kate Hawkesby: We must recognise the importance of emotional intelligence
Pleasing news that finally something I’ve forever believed in looks like it is becoming officially scientifically true. New research shows emotional intelligence...
Doubts there are enough teachers to make second language bill work
Teaching our children a second language could improve their educational performance and cultural understanding. National MP Nikki Kaye has received cross-party...
Andrew Little's warning over Grace Millane accused
Justice Minister Andrew Little is urging people to follow name suppression laws in the Grace Millane murder trial, saying "if we want justice to be done for the...