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HEATHER DU PLESSIS-ALLAN DRIVE
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Pharmac backs down over change of epilepsy drugs
Pharmac says it's acting responsibly in the wake of concerns over a drug brand switch for epilepsy medication. They have backed down on a drug brand switch for...
Home deliveries of booze slammed by Alcohol Healthwatch
Home deliveries of alcohol is a backward step for the country's harmful drinking culture, says Alcohol Healthwatch executive director Dr Nicki Jackson.Several companies,...
Andrew Dickens: NZ First - nutters or geniuses?
After a completely bonkers week, let us for a moment consider the strange and complicated beast that is New Zealand First. The little party that everybody loves...
Manus Island refugee Behrouz Boochani lands in Christchurch
An award-winning author detained on Manus Island by Australia for six years has touched down in Christchurch. It's the first time Iranian-Kurdish writer, film-maker...
More Gloriavale residents leaving but struggling to survive
It's the small community on the west coast that captures everybody's attention, but is the cult of Gloriavale slowly unravelling? Two large families have left the...
NZ house prices set a new record, topping $600,000
New Zealand house prices set a new annual record, up 8.2 per cent from a median $561,500 to $607,500. Latest Real Estate Institute data showed that was the first...
Government considering merging RNZ, TVNZ
The Broadcasting Minister says the Government's still working through media funding options. RNZ reports the Government's preferred option for public broadcasting...
System for prison mail changed after Christchurch attack blunder
Corrections are making changes to the management of prisoner mail after letters from the Christchurch terror attack accused were published on a website. An independent...
Epilepsy patients 'terrified' after Pharmac switches funding
An epilepsy patient who's been forced to change medication says she's 'terrified'. Medsafe has received reports of complications after Pharmac switched the funded...
Diplomats deliver new evidence in first public impeachment hearing
For the first time, the Democrats’ case for President Donald Trump’s impeachment streamed from Americans’ TVs Wednesday, including a new contention that he was overheard...
Andrew Dickens: Will Kiwis be informed enough for 2020's referenda?
I’m worried that too many New Zealanders will not be informed enough for the raft of referendums coming our way next year I was listening to Kerre McIvor’s talkback...
Prosecution wraps up case in Grace Millane murder trial
Warning: Contains graphic and sexual content. The man accused of murdering Grace Millane broke down during a second interview with police and admitted his Tinder...
Sue Chetwin stepping down from Consumer NZ role
Pick any consumer issue over the last decade - the cost of sunscreen, insurance, our electricity – and chances are you will have heard Sue Chetwin. Chetwin, as...
Good news, millennials: Avocado prices hit three year low
Replace that breakfast bacon with some smashed avocado. New figures from Stats NZ show avocados are at their cheapest average price since February 2017. They were...
Breastfeeding ban confirmed for Wellington City Council pools
Wellington City Council has confirmed it will ban mothers from breastfeeding babies in the water at pools, saying the feeding poses a contamination risk. Earlier...
Reserve Bank's decision to keep OCR the same surprises economists
The New Zealand dollar and wholesale interest rates spiked higher after the Reserve Bank left its official cash rate (OCR) unchanged at 1 per cent. Market expectations...
Australia wildfires: Damage contained by threat remains high
Forecasters have warned NSW's bushfire risk is not over, and while conditions may have eased from yesterday's scorching highs, there are worrying signs on the horizon. Temperatures...
Govt reveals new system for arranged marriages, partnership visas
The Government is introducing a new system for foreigners in arranged marriages to make it easier for those in genuine partnerships to apply for partnership visas. It...
Dickens: Budget inquiry shows how out of touch parliamentarians are
There are times when the way people who work in the Beehive think and operate completely confounds me. They're in some alternate universe. The gnomes of parliament...
Woman describes date with accused day after Millane's death
Warning: Contains graphic and sexual content. The man accused of Grace Millane's murder provided a false alibi to police and when he realised he was a suspect asked...
Govt sending 21 firefighters to battle 'devastating' Queensland fires
The New Zealand Government is sending 21 firefighters to Australia to help fight the more than 100 "devastating" fires that are ranging in Queensland and other parts...
Phil Goff unsatisfied by leaked report into future of Auckland's ports
Auckland's mayor is rubbishing the handling of a report recommending moving the city's port. A Government-commissioned working group has recommended moving operations...
School changes: New agencies, panels to take over zoning, complaints
Schools will lose the power to set their own zoning schemes under a new system which will replace the 30-year-old self-governing regime. Education Minister Chris...
Australia wildfires: Blaze reaches Sydney's north shore
Key points:• A state of emergency has been declared in New South Wales;• Greater Sydney, Greater Hunter and Illawarra/Shoalhaven face "catastrophic fire danger";•...
PR expert: More companies likely to commit to carbon neutrality
Can companies really become carbon neutral, or is it just a publicity stunt? Qantas is the latest company to say it aims to become carbon zero. The airline says...