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Shane Reti concedes he may lose electorate seat
Dr Shane Reti's not ready to claim victory in the Whangarei seat just yet. The National MP - rather surprisingly - is teetering on a knife-edge, with preliminary...
US Justice Department files landmark antitrust case against Google
The Justice Department on Tuesday sued Google for abusing its dominance in online search and advertising — the government’s most significant attempt to protect competition...
Tough virus rules imposed on Manchester after talks collapse
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson imposed strict coronavirus restrictions on England's second-largest urban area Tuesday, after talks with officials in Greater...
Kate Hawkesby: Will Trump's mudslinging campaign get him across the line?
We may have thought our election campaign looked dirty at times, with the odd sneer or raised eyebrow, but compare it to the US. Actually you can't compare it. The...
Burst trans-Tasman bubble causes division across Australia
The controversy around the trans-Tasman bubble has pushed relations between Melbourne and Canberra to another low. About 100 travellers from New Zealand, who were...
Politicians advised to take a leaf out of Chloe Swarbrick's handbook
Politicians are being advised to take a leaf out of Chloe Swarbrick's handbook. An energetic and innovative approach by Chloe Swarbrick is thought to be the reason...
Kate Hawkesby: What does Auckland Central's swing left mean for the cannabis vote?
I can't help wondering and actually worrying, whether the swing left in Auckland Central, the jump in votes for the Greens as a party, and the tide of support for...
'Fingers will be pointed' - Don Brash on National's caucus meeting
A former National leader says this morning's party caucus meeting will be like a "wake", as 20 outgoing MPs say their good-byes. MPs will meet behind closed doors...
European leaders face off as a second wave engulfs continent
As coronavirus cases spike across the continent, European governments are facing a new obstacle in their efforts to enforce restrictions -- with several major cities...
Bledisloe Cup: Australian media stunned by All Blacks rookie Caleb Clarke
It was an all too familiar sight - the Wallabies imploding in a test at Eden Park - but this time at the hands of an unheralded tormentor in chief. That was the...
ACT's deputy leader committed to repaying voters faith in party
ACT's Deputy Leader says the party will be focused on holding the incoming government to account. In 2017, the party received just 13,000 votes - this year it was...
Political commentator on National's horror election results
A political commentator thinks some National voters went red because they felt stuck, with nowhere else to go. After a tumultuous year with three leadership changes,...
Kate Hawkesby: National votes certainly went to Labour to keep Greens out
Despite the PM acknowledging this was a Covid election, her side kick Grant Robertson said even without Covid, they'd have won big.. because of all their delivery...
Barry Soper on the latest poll, debate as campaigning wraps up
The final day of campaigning before the election has seen a surprising admission from Jacinda Ardern. She has confirmed she will quit unless Labour's voted back...
Kate Hawkesby: Whichever way you vote, just make sure you do
As the election campaign wraps up and we head to the polls tomorrow, those of us who haven’t already voted should remember how lucky we are we get to do so. Being...
Kiwis get airborne in first trans-Tasman bubble flight
There's excitement at Auckland Airport as people get their first chance for quarantine-free travel to Australia since the outbreak of Covid 19 in March. From today,...
Queen Elizabeth II makes first public appearance since March
Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday local time carried out her first public engagement outside of a royal residence since early March when the coronavirus pandemic started...
South Africa set to miss first three weekends of Rugby Championship
South Africa Rugby doesn't appear too stressed over a likely bank account hit. SANSAAR has apparently given an extension until tomorrow night to make a final call...
Thousands of people sign up to take an experimental Covid-19 vaccine
People are putting their lives on the line to help test a Covid-19 vaccine. Tens of thousands have signed up for human challenge trials, with the hope of developing...
Kate Hawkesby: Is Judith Collins National's sacrificial lamb?
Someone texted me yesterday with a theory that Judith Collins is a sacrificial lamb. They said she’s been after the National leader job for years, and that the...
Dr Shane Reti on obesity: 'It's up to the individual'
National says the State has a role to play in obesity, but it's up to people to decide which choices they make. Leader Judith Collins has copped criticism from...
Apple unveils iPhone 12, reveals NZ pricing
Computing giant Apple has finally revealed the next additions to the iPhone line-up alongside other devices during an online event. In a big break from tradition...
Britain’s government defends new virus restrictions
Britain’s government on Tuesday defended its new three-tier system of COVID-19 risks and restrictions, but critics suggested it was too little, too late amid reports...
Who will get first access to Covid-19 vaccines?
The Government has signed its first purchase agreement for Covid-19 vaccines. It is a deal that would get New Zealand around 1.5 million vaccines, or enough for...
We need to stop "individualising" obesity, health lecturer says
Are fat people being discriminated against? National leader Judith Collins has been slammed for comments saying obesity is a personal problem and not an "epidemic". Massey...