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Kate Hawkesby: Trump will regret how he ended his presidency
Well it’s all on this morning, unfolding as we speak. The undoing of President Trump's tenure in the White House, the swearing in of Joe Biden is but moments away. It's...
How the White House changeover from Trump to Biden will work
The White House will be overhauled before Joe Biden moves in, completely refurnished with the change of presidents. Donald Trump has left the White House and Washington...
Democratic strategist says Joe Biden will hit the ground running
Joe Biden is about to be sworn is as the 46th President of the United States. He's arrived at the US Capitol in Washington DC for his inauguration ceremony - and...
British company creates wristband that tells your boss if you're unhappy
A wristband created by a British health technology firm is helping people track the wellbeing of their friends, family and employees in lockdown. The gadget,...
Why 2021 might be the year to ask for a pay rise
Firms are more optimistic about the economy this year, and more willing for hiring and investment. That's according to one recruiter who says that 2021 might be...
Mitch McConnell says Trump 'provoked' Capitol siege, mob 'fed lies'
Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday explicitly blamed President Donald Trump for the deadly riot at the Capitol, saying the mob was “fed lies” and...
Kate Hawkesby: I’m not surprised analysis shows media bias for the cannabis referendum
'Significant Media Bias During Cannabis Referendum’, imagine my surprise in seeing that headline after new analysis was carried out on how the media covered the...
72 tennis players in lockdown ahead of Australian Open
The number of players in hard quarantine swelled to 72 ahead of the Australian Open after a fifth positive coronavirus test was returned from the charter flights...
Innovation encouraged for NZ to become predator-free by 2050
A call for the country's best brains to come up with some innovation to speed up our goal of eradicating stoats, possums and rats from New Zealand. This is the...
Doctors sound alarm over NZ's heavy drinking culture
Hazardous drinking rates jumped over the Covid-19 lockdown last year, says Alcohol Healthwatch executive director Dr Nicki Jackson. Her claims are backed up by...
Concern over rising cost of public transport
There are worrying holes in Auckland Transport's new annual fare plan. About half of bus and rail services are getting a price hike of around four per cent, which...
Kate Hawkesby: It's a fine line between being grateful and complacent for our freedom
I thought a lot over summer – as I’m sure many of us did, just how lucky we are to be able to get out and about, attend concerts and festivals, mingle with each...
Australian Open: Quarantining tennis players voice 'unequal practice' frustrations
Instead of training for up to five hours a day as they prepare for the Australian Open, 72 players find themselves unable to leave their hotel rooms under quarantine...
UK plans to give all adults first vaccine dose by September
The U.K. government plans to offer a first dose of COVID-19 vaccine to every adult by September as the nation's health care system battles the worst crisis in its...
Kate Hawkesby: It's hard to have a holiday when you're a parent
Well before I started it, I thought what a lovely long holiday I have stretching in front of me. And then we had Christmas and the frenzy that is Christmas, with...
Survey highlights extent of workplace bullying in NZ
An alarming glimpse into New Zealand's workplace culture. The Council of Trade Unions has conducted a survey that's found 42 percent of New Zealanders have experienced...
Public health expert calls for pre-flight hotel quarantine, shift MIQ out of Auckland
A top public health expert is calling for tougher measures to keep New Zealand Covid free, including a five-day hotel quarantine before travellers board international...
Christmas chaos: Toughest Covid restrictions extended to more of England
Large parts of southern England will be placed under the country's strictest coronavirus restrictions from this weekend, Britain's health secretary said Thursday,...
Māori Council backs Ihumātao deal, doubts it will set a precedent
There's doubt delivering Ihumātao back into iwi hands will mean more land settlements in the future. The Government announced a deal yesterday to buy the disputed...
Fancy unlimited leave? Tech journalist says it's not as good as it seems
As many of Kiwis prepare for a couple of weeks off, the idea of unlimited holiday leave seems pretty appealing. It's not common here, but companies overseas are...
Tim Dower: Ihumātao deal shows what a weak, unprincipled government we have
Well, what a surprise, we bought Ihumātao. Another $30 million on the taxpayer’s card, but as we all know that’s just the beginning. The only real surprise here...
Pickleball growing in popularity across New Zealand
The game of pickleball is growing across the country, with the sport now gaining international status here in New Zealand. The sport combines many elements of tennis,...
Major snowstorm to hit Northeast USA
A major snowstorm rolled into the Northeast on Wednesday at a key moment in the coronavirus pandemic, days after the start of the U.S. vaccination campaign and in...
Aucklanders get rare chance to see Team New Zealand in action
After years of battles off the water, today's the day we'll finally see Team New Zealand battle it out on the water instead. The Prada Auckland World Series begins...
Tim Dower: Increasing interest rates would help soften house prices
The Government is trying to come up with ways to stop house prices rising, at the spectacular rates we've been seeing. And all the projections seem to point to...