March 3 2021
Kia Ora, Aotearoa!


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No lockdown rethink until Friday

After another day of zero Covid-19 cases, Chris Hipkins says the earliest alert level 3 in Auckland could lift would be Friday, when Cabinet meets to discuss it.

58m ago

Police dogs carried to safety after fleeing driver hits police car

Two police dogs were carried over broken glass by their handler after a fleeing driver smashed into several vehicles.


Rookie agent's first sale is a big one

It was an emotional moment for the owners who sold their humble bach at Whangarei Heads after 52 years. But it went for $1.505 million.


'Cancel culture' winning for Nats - pollster

16m ago

Gay man punched, stomped on by men yelling homophobic slurs


Live: White Ferns v England - first T20


Australia's attorney-general denies raping 16-year-old

One of theAustralia's most senior government ministers has denied allegations that he raped a girl in 1988 without specifying the exact allegations.

1m ago

Rare birds to be sent back to island despite stoat threat

Ten shore plovers are being held at wildlife sanctuaries after three were killed by a stoat, but will have to return soon due to a lack of space.

35m ago

Rena wreck to become a protected reef

The site of the Rena wreck is to become a protected reef as the Mōtītī Protection Area is established.

37m ago

Police accuse wrong man of swimming 200m during chase

editors' picks

Quiz: Afternoon trivia challenge


NZ Rugby boss says 'sorry' to Black Ferns

45m ago

Government Facebook post says KFC worker was not required to isolate

Life & Style

Bombshell bullying complaint against Meghan revealed before Oprah interview


Jemaine Clement breaks down as he recalls racism his grandma faced


Getting emotional while whale-watching in Kaikōura


Dad desperate to hold son for first time

A Kiribati expatriate who has called NZ home for the past 10 years is struggling to get his son a Kiwi passport.


Destiny Church leaders fleeing lockdown 'completely irresponsible'

Chris Hipkins says Brian and Hannah Tamaki "sneaking" out of Auckland hours before level 3 came into force put others at risk unnecessarily.


The Govt must be clearer about dealing with Covid-19 rule-breakers

OPINION: We should beware of employing public anger or suspicion as a compliance tool, and let the police and courts do their jobs.

Travel Troubles

Horror at bed-bug infested DOC hut

Possibly the "toughest bed bugs known to mankind" have infested a DOC hut on the Rakiura Track.


'Global leader in mammal extinctions': Another 12 Australian animals now extinct

The Australian environment minister has updated the nation's threatened species list to reveal another dozen animals have been declared extinct.


Biden carves out a different Middle East policy

The new US president's administration has shown it is willing to back up words with actions in dealing with both Iran and Saudi Arabia.


Amazon changes app logo after comparisons to Adolf Hitler's mustache

App icon reportedly tweaked because previous image looked like the fascist dictator's toothbrush mustache.


Why Trump’s secret Covid-19 jab was a massive missed opportunity

ANALYSIS: Donald Trump’s status as a Republican folk hero makes him the perfect person to sell the vaccine to sceptical conservatives. It’s a role he has rejected.

Travel news

'A runway on the blue ice': An Icelandair 767 takes off from Antarctica

The 32,000km round trip to transport 30 Norwegian scientists from Antarctica back to Oslo involves six pilots, 13 crew and one flight engineer.

Travel news

The underrated regions travellers are flocking to

While most regions are suffering without international tourists, four have bucked the trend.

Travel news

We may not have to wear masks on planes forever. But should we?

Travel Troubles

'Completely unacceptable': UK holiday firm tries to ban 'undesirable guests' with Irish surnames

Travel Troubles

'Extremely perilous': Family warned for camping on edge of dangerous UK cliff


Access denied: Air NZ's safety plan to layover crew in Hawaii not allowed

The carrier wanted crew flying North American routes to layover in Honolulu to reduce Covid risks.


Faafoi hopeful Google and Facebook will negotiate with NZ media

Minister indicates regulation possible if internet giants don't agree to help fund media.


'Gun for hire' director sentenced

Michael Reps' given community sentence for Pegasus Markets deception.


H&M continues to underpay staff citing delays in wage subsidy

Swedish retail giant is paying staff just 60 per cent of their wages during the Alert Level 3 lockdown.


Five tips designed to help business owners survive and thrive in 2021

OPINION: While there is no silver bullet, we’ve distilled what we've learnt down to this snapshot of ideas.


Fail fast and what it means to me - how to deal with the fact you made the 'wrong' call

OPINION: Each day you make about 35,000 decisions. Most are automatic. Then there are those moments in life where we’re faced with a decision that just isn’t clear cut.


Revenue reduced, contracts lost – so this firm responded by boosting staff training


Here we go again into lockdown - but is the Government to blame?


Five ways for SMEs to better manage finances in a post-Covid world

Climate Change

Shifting transport modes - think faster

Swifter ideas are needed to make alternatives to car travel more attractive, says Auckland reporter Todd Niall.

Climate Change

No, your steak and chops aren't carbon-neutral, says govt

New government report challenges an industry study concluding our beef and lamb farms are nearly carbon-neutral.


Chathams marine heatwave tests forecast

Pou Tiaki

Steps made to establish Māori Wards

The Matamata-Piako District Council is looking at establishing Māori Wards for the 2022 election.

37m ago
Climate Change

Iwi braces for impact of climate change

From solar power farms to nurseries and tribal reservoirs, Waikato-Tainui is making plans to cope with a changed Earth.


Jemaine Clements' tears over grandma

Te reo was his grandmother's first language, but she would be hit for speaking it at school.

Pou Tiaki

The man bringing council and iwi together with talk and careful listening

Muna Wharawhara is a believer in the power of honest conversations. And now's the time for Hamilton to have one about its past and future, he says.

Pou Tiaki

Auckland marae leaders feel mounting pressure during lockdown

Leaders say testing should be prioritised in Māori communities regardless of symptoms or contact with Covid-19 cases, to create a sense of safety.


Community board's backflip on street name after 12 days

Harry Martin Lane’s​ time as a street in the Wainuiomata shopping precinct was shorter than its namesake’s one-year tenure as mayor.

Pou Tiaki

Queer ethnic youth face rejection from community – report

Cultural expectations of marriage and children are pushing ethnic youth to remain silent about their identity, AUT Uni research says.


Muslim community wants royal commission's March 15 recomendations fast-tracked

New Zealand’s Muslim community is calling for deadlines to be set to ensure the Government make's meaningful changes following the Christchurch terror attack.


Black Ferns stars shocked to learn RWC delayed

For four years the Black Ferns players have dreamed of a Rugby World Cup on home soil. Now they must wait until 2022.


I've loved racing for 35 years, now it revolts me

OPINION: The grotesque carryings-on in Ireland were the straws that broke the camel's back, if not the backs of those poor dead horses.

32m ago

Wild Crusaders prop Joe Moody takes telling off on the chin

Combat Sports

Paul Gallen jabs Lucas Browne as feud between boxers escalates


Kiwi freeskier Finn Bilous claims silver medal on Copper Mountain in Colorado

56m ago

Watch live: Lawn Bowls National Fours Championship


First owner of 1880s villa 'would turn in his grave'

Henry Wright thought women should stick to emptying slops, not politics. The woman now selling his Gothic-style Wellington villa disagrees.


Stoush over sewer connection hampers Canterbury house sale

A Canterbury man trying to sell his elderly mother’s home says the process has been hamstrung by incompetency during the initial build.


The $17 Kmart frying pan that's better than Le Creuset


Is your dog causing drama at home?


Seth Rogan is opening a homeware (and weed) store


Eight garden jobs to do before the winter


Five achievable skincare resolutions we should embrace this year

34m ago
Well & Good

Is working from home making us feel paranoid?


The unstoppable influence of Kate Middleton's fashion

Well & Good

What I learnt about mindset after my husband's cancer diagnosis

Life & Style

Meghan Markle to be paid $862,000 by UK newspaper publisher


How the little-known story of the Battle of Versailles influenced fashion forever

Love and Sex

Let's talk about sex: MAFS sexologist lifts the taboo

Food & Wine

Why you should be adding a little culture to your butter

Life & Style

Meghan nothing like Diana, but Crown effect changing that


Hilaria and Alec Baldwin welcomed baby no. 6 with the help of a surrogate

Earlier this week, Hilaria and Alec Baldwin made their surprising baby announcement, sharing, "We are so in love with our daughter, Lucia."

TV and Radio

New judge joins RuPaul's Drag Race Down Under

Award-winning Australian comedian Rhys Nicholson will join host RuPaul and Michelle Visage on the panel.


6 Dr. Seuss books won't be published for racist images


Katharine McPhee says 'biggest challenge' of pregnancy was fear of eating disorder 'relapse'

49m ago

Cyprus Church says 'satanic' Eurovision entry must be yanked


Bunny Wailer, reggae luminary and last Wailers member, dies


The comeback continues: the best February ever for new vehicle registrations

Sales of new cars continue to surge as last month saw the most registrations ever for a February. And, yes, the Hilux is back on top too.

Climate Change

Volvo launches new electric SUV to spearhead environmental charge

Climate Change

Goodbye gas: Volvo to make only electric vehicles by 2030

KEA Kids News

Meet the boy who would rather be out hunting than playing video games

Sam grew up in a hunting family and has learned how to safely shoot a gun. He even hunts for food!

KEA Kids News

Synchronised swimmers trade Argentina for Invercargill events after Covid cancellations

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