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HEATHER DU PLESSIS-ALLAN DRIVE
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Government announces review into greyhound racing following welfare pleas
The Government has announced a review into the New Zealand greyhound racing industry. The review will look into the work being done on animal welfare and safety...
More than 67,000 animals bred for testing at Otago University - but simply killed
In 2019, the University of Otago bred more than 67,000 animals that it then killed without using for any scientific purpose. That year, the university was responsible...
Pfizer CEO says third virus jab may be needed, plus annual booster
The CEO of Pfizer believes people will need a third dose of the Covid-19 vaccine six to 12 months after their first round. During a panel discussion hosted by CNBC,...
Travel writer advises Aussies to avoid Auckland when bubble opens
Risk-adverse Aussies are being told to avoid Auckland when the bubble opens - least they get trapped in a lockdown. The trans-Tasman bubble takes flight first thing...
'Gangland America': Mayor warns Auckland becoming 'Wild West'
Auckland Mayor Phil Goff says worsening gang warfare is putting innocent people at risk and he warns the city cannot go down the track of "gangland America". His...
Heather du Plessis-Allan: Will gang shootings lead to arming of police?
The gang shootings of the last week suggest to me that we are creeping ever closer to the inevitable need to arm the police. I take no pleasure in saying that. It’s...
No one will wear military uniform for Prince Philip's funeral
The Queen has been forced to step in and mediate a family squabble over who wears what to Prince Philip's funeral. With one close member of the royal family no longer...
China tells its tech giants to heed 'warning' in Alibaba's record fine
The A-list of China's tech industry was summoned before the country's powerful regulators on Tuesday for a dressing down over antitrust behaviour, just days after...
House prices defy new LVR rules to hit fresh records in March
Home buyers appear to shrugged off the arrival of new loan to value ratio (LVR) rules as house prices soared again in March. Median house prices for residential...
Covid killed the video star: Auckland's last video store to close
Auckland's last video store has called it quits. The Video Shop in Meadowbank will close next month. The shop has been trading since 1983, and at its peak had five...
Sensible Sentencing Trust want answers over murderer's death in prison
The Sensible Sentencing Trust is asking Corrections hard questions about the reported death of a prisoner who murdered a Dunedin teen. It's believed Venod Skantha...
Joint Head of MIQ says it's too early to say if security guard lied about tests
There is disappointment from officials over how long an MIQ worker with Covid-19 went without a test. Officials have admitted the Grand Millennium security guard...
Silver Ferns captain to miss start of ANZ Premiership season due to fatigue
Another one of New Zealand's most high-profile national sports captains is taking a break due to fatigue. Silver Ferns captain Ameliaranne Ekenasio will miss the...
Government unveils new proposals to meet Smokefree 2025
A fresh approach is needed if New Zealand is to become smokefree by 2025. Associate Health Minister Dr Ayesha Verrall has released new proposals to achieve the goal. They...
Heather du Plessis-Allan: Government is taking the piss when it comes to MIQ
This situation at the border has now got to the point where the government is frankly taking the piss. Not only is it repeatedly allowing basic errors to occur...
The Huddle: Should PM have shamed security guard over lying?
The MIQ security guard at the centre of our latest border outbreak avoided two appointments for Covid vaccination and lied about being tested. The guard hadn't...
Judith Collins refuses to confirm if she told off Simon Bridges
National's proposing a new law to get more houses built - but leadership rumblings continue to dominate the discussion. Leader Judith Collins has drafted a member's...
OCR on hold at 0.25 pc - Reserve Bank still prepared to cut if required
The Reserve Bank has left the official cash rate on hold at 0.25 per cent and said it is still prepared to go lower if required. In a Monetary Policy Review today...
Mum launches petition to allow teenage boys to play netball
Netball New Zealand are responding to a petition calling on them to make it easier for boys in high school to play netball. They're launching a "male participation...
Two Pasifika teams set to join revamped Super Rugby comp
In a significant step forward for Pacific Island rugby, Moana Pasifika and the Fijian Drua have been granted conditional licences to join a planned new professional...
Hipkins defends Covid vaccine clinics giving the jab to people outside of priority groups
Covid-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins has confirmed some people will be jumping the queue, and while he doesn't know the numbers, he believes it's a minority. Only...
Exclusive: People outside Covid vaccine priority list can get the jab at Auckland clinic
Border workers, frontline healthcare staff and their families are the priority group for the Covid-19 vaccine rollout in New Zealand. However, Newstalk ZB can reveal...
Heather du Plessis-Allan: Judith Collins is right to tell Simon Bridges to pull his head in
It’s doing the rounds that last night Judith Collins told Simon Bridges to pull his head in, and if that's true, then she’s right to do that - because they are hurting...
Officer who fatally shot Black man during traffic stop in Minnesota resigns
A white police officer who fatally shot a Black man during a traffic stop in a Minneapolis suburb resigned Tuesday, as did the city's police chief — moves that the...
Agriculture Minister explains reasoning behind live export ban
The Government is stopping controversial exports of live cattle, despite almost certain disapproval from China. Banning export shipments will be transitioned over...