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by April 21, 2020

Budget 2021: Māori housing and child poverty initiatives likely to be biggest Budget winners

Māori housing and child poverty initiatives are tipped to be among the big-ticket items in tomorrow's budget, a Budget Finance Minister Grant Robertson has sold as the "recovery Budget".Although careful not to give much away,...

Landmark report: How the world could decarbonise energy by 2050

A landmark report has mapped out how the world could have a zero-emissions energy sector by 2050 - starting with a halt on new fossil fuel projects and an "immediate and massive" surge in clean tech.A Kiwi climate campaigner has...

Covid-19 update 18 May: One new case in managed isolation, none in community

There is one new case of Covid-19 in managed isolation and quarantine facilities, one historical case and none in the community today.

Kaitaia's cold school lunches down to teething issues

Kaitaia Primary School principal Brendon Morrissey has put a stone-cold lunch that arrived two hours late down to "teething issues", after an unimpressed parent approached NZME with her concerns."Our kids went without lunches today;...

'Hammer' attack on sideline of Tauranga kids' netball game being investigated

Police are investigating after the incident at the Tauranga Netball Centre on Saturday afternoon when two men got into a fight - and it's believed one used a hammer.

Budget 2021: Last year was Covid-Budget. How will Covid-19 shape Budget 2021?

This year's Budget won't set aside any funding for a purpose-built facility for a future pandemic or similar emergency event, the Herald understands.Health experts have long pushed for Such a facility at the Air Force site in Ohakea...

Israeli police say two killed in strike launched from Gaza

Israel and Gaza's Hamas rulers continue to trade attacks, as the death toll rises and truce efforts stall.

Matt Gaetz associate Joel Greenberg pleads guilty to sex trafficking charges

A Florida politician who emerged as a central figure in the Justice Department's sex trafficking investigation into Republican congressman Matt Gaetz pleaded guilty on Monday to six federal charges and agreed to cooperate with prosecutors...

Gaza conflict: NZ could play mediating role between Israel and Palestine – but does it want to?

So far, the New Zealand Government has been remarkably silent about the Gaza-Israel conflict. Geoffrey Miller argues that Foreign Minister Nanaia Mahuta could be helping mediate for peace. The growing Gaza crisis is testing Nanaia...

Covid-19 coronavirus: Indian state suspends vaccinations as Cyclone Tauktae makes landfall

A powerful cyclone that emerged in the Arabian Sea has made landfall on India's western coast, hours after authorities evacuated hundreds of thousands of people and suspended Covid-19 vaccinations in one state.Cyclone Tauktae, the...

New Zealand High Commission to India employee dies from Covid-19

A staff member at the New Zealand High Commission in New Delhi has died of Covid-19.

Richard Prebble: Labour's compulsory unionism by stealth

OPINION: The Government is taking us back 127 years to 1894 when the Liberal government introduced compulsory arbitration. Centralise and control. This Government's answer to everything. The proposed ...

'It's a herculean task' - Bloomfield on vaccine system integration

Director-General of Health Ashley Bloomfield says he is aware of the risk outlined by the Auditor-General's review about completing the vaccine roll out on time, however, he is confident they are on track.

Expat survey: NZ ranks sixth best destination

New Zealand comes sixth out of 59 destinations in a survey about life and work abroad for expatriates, despite landing in the bottom 10 when it comes to cost of living. The Expat Insider 2021 survey by InterNations showed Aotearoa...

US Supreme Court to hear major abortion case with ramifications for Roe vs Wade

The US is facing its biggest legal fight over abortion rights in decades after a crucial announcement from the Supreme Court today.The US Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case with massive implications for the country's abortion...

Ransomware: What you need to know

Explainer - Waikato DHB appears to have been hit with a ransomware attack, affecting clinical services. So what is ransomware, and why is it bad? RNZ is here to clear it all up.

Covid-19 vaccine plan review: Auditor-general says 'real risk' of prolonged roll out

Major doubts about whether everyone will be vaccinated for Covid-19 by the end of the year have been raised by the auditor-general.

Homeowners in NSW facing lengthy legal battle after properties start 'sinking' into the ground

Yet another group of NSW homeowners is dealing with potentially worthless property and facing a lengthy legal battle after their homes started "sinking" into the ground.Residents in Spring Farm in Sydney's west filed a massive class...

Brooke van Velden: I want better outcomes for all children regardless of race

OPINION: A child recently asked me: "Why do you have so many freckles?" She couldn't have been older than 4. Her eyes busily processed every small spot as she drew imaginary lines between them with ...

Cook Islands travel bubble: Hugs, tears, cheers at Rarotonga Airport

The first flight from Auckland left with almost 300 people on board to the destination, which has been starved of tourists since the Covid-19 pandemic hit.

Melbourne grappling with 220 per cent rise in syphilis cases among women

Cases of syphilis are exploding across Melbourne's outer suburbs with health officials worried a 220 per cent spike in infections of the sexually transmitted infection among women means an "epidemic is in place".New data compiled...

Wellington artist Katy Cottrell on ancient art of marquetry

Wellington artist Katy Cottrell talks about marquetry, embroidery, upcycling and the decline of native timber in Aotearoa.

'I am distraught': Israel Adesanya calls for 'coward punch laws'

MMA fighter Israel Adesanya has called for the introduction of "coward punch laws" after a fellow training partner was attacked in the early hours of Sunday morning. The UFC middleweight Champion has ...

Israel and Palestine conflict: Joe Biden expresses support for cease-fire in Netanyahu call

President Joe Biden expressed support for a cease-fire between Israel and Gaza's militant Hamas rulers in a call to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday, but stopped short of demanding an immediate stop to the eight...

Struggle for political control over Samoa to continue in courts

By RNZ The struggle to decide Samoa's Government is headed back to court, as both main political parties continue to stand firm on their beliefs following a Supreme Court ruling dismissing a call for a second election.The Supreme...

Māori ward decision sees Taranaki council slammed by two of its iwi

The only Taranaki council not to establish Māori representation has been criticised again – this time by local iwi.

Rāhui placed on Motutapu Island as stoats search intensifies

The hunt is on for two remaining stoats causing havoc on Motutapu Island.

Klown: Daring Danish comedy delivers daft, but laugh-a-minute adult fun to TVNZ

REVIEW: If you can handle a smorgasbord of potentially smutty situations and misplaced bravado, then you'll be rewarded with belly-laughs aplenty.

Dr Siouxsie Wiles to research 'nasty bacteria' in Gisborne rivers thought to be making paddlers sick

Waka ama paddlers who train on Gisborne rivers believe they are getting sores, rashes and infections from something in the water.Microbiologist Dr Siouxsie Wiles expects a research project will find links between untreated sewage...

Ports of Auckland troubles posing threat to contracts, businesses say

Business owners say commercial contracts are being put at risk by delayed goods, the result of an inability to get shipments into Ports of Auckland.

KiwiSaver default shake-up: Who could lose the most?

One of the KiwiSaver providers set to lose its default provider status has up to 60 per cent of its membership at risk. Mercer New Zealand, ultimately owned by NYSE-lister Marsh & McLennan, was one of ...

How will Covid-19 shape Budget 2021?

This year's Budget won't set aside any funding for a purpose-built facility for a future pandemic or similar emergency event, the Herald understands. Health experts have long pushed for Such a facility ...

Some National MPs at odds with leader Judith Collins over targeted funding for Māori

By Katie Scotcher of RNZ National MPs are all over the place when it comes to race relations, offering differing views on Māori co-governance and targeted funding.Opposition leader Judith Collins has been questioning the...

Brewery owner quits a week after racist comments against Māori

By Eleisha Foon of RNZ Canterbury businessman Dave Gaughan, who was called out for racist remarks against Māori, is quitting his brewing company. Following an apology to New Zealand last week ...

Dozens more men sue Ohio State over doc's sexual misconduct

Dozens more men are suing Ohio State University over its failure to stop sexual abuse and misconduct decades ago by team doctor Richard Strauss.They echo claims filed previously by over 400 men, many of whom allege they were groped...

Landmark report: How the world could decarbonise energy by 2050

A landmark report has mapped out how the world could have a zero-emissions energy sector by 2050 - starting with a halt on new fossil fuel projects and an "immediate and massive" surge in clean tech.A Kiwi climate campaigner has...

Government faces backlash over immigration plan as it defends 'reset'

Migrants have hit back at the government's immigration reset, saying it uses them as a "scapegoat" for problems with housing, infrastructure and worker welfare.

Eagle Brewing owner quits a week after racist comments against Māori

Canterbury businessman Dave Gaughan, who was called out for racist remarks against Māori, is quitting his brewing company.

Traces of meth found at Remuera house where Pauline Hanna died

Traces of methamphetamine were found at the Remuera residence where Pauline Hanna was found dead six weeks ago, the Herald understands. Several sources close to the investigation into Hanna's mysterious ...

Joe Biden releases his tax returns, restoring presidential tradition

President Joe Biden restored a long-standing presidential tradition on Monday by releasing his tax returns, showing that 25.9 per cent of the first couple's income went to the federal government in 2020. The average federal income...

Dunedin business owner Paul Lambert Clarke admits tax scam

A Dunedin business owner defrauded Customs for six years and underpaid more than $1.3 million in tax.Because of GST refunds, however, 45-year-old Paul Lambert Clarke only benefited by up to $15,000, the Dunedin District Court has...

Wellington live updates, May 19: Iwi gets greater stake in Shelly Bay, Govt introduces legislation after Covid-19 vaccine challenge

The big news of the day from the Wellington Stuff team, including traffic and weather updates, and all the latest news you need to go about your day in the region.

Covid-19 coronavirus: Experts reveal new Pfizer vaccine findings

A new discovery has marked a turning point in the world's vaccine rollout following fears over dosages going to waste during shipment across the globe.The EU's drug agency on Monday approved the storage of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus...

India Covid-19 appeal: World Vision thanks New Zealanders for donations

The Herald has joined forces with World Vision to support India in its fight against the Covid-19 outbreak. We're bringing you stories from the front line and the opportunity to help – every story has a click-through button so you...

Māori housing and child poverty initiatives likely to be biggest Budget winners

Māori housing and child poverty initiatives are tipped to be among the big-ticket items in tomorrow's budget, a Budget Finance Minister Grant Robertson has sold as the "recovery Budget". Although ...

Cardborghini: Cardboard Lamborghini for sale on Trade Me

Ever wondered what a Lamborghini made out of cardboard would look like? Well, it is your lucky day. One crafty New Zealander has managed to build a Lamborghini Aventador using just cardboard. After ...

Eagle Brewing owner quits a week after racist comments against Māori

By Eleisha Foon of RNZ Canterbury businessman Dave Gaughan, who was called out for racist remarks against Māori, is quitting his brewing company.Following an apology to New Zealand last week for a social media comment,...

Judith Collins 'jumped the gun' on water reforms, Ashburton mayor says

The mayors of the Ashburton and Selwyn districts have confirmed they have not reached out to Judith Collins around the ownership of water as part of the Three Waters' reforms.

Local dairy helps Taranaki school beat lunch programme blues

A rural Taranaki school in the tax-payer funded school lunch scheme has found success by sticking with a local dairy.

Herald morning quiz: May 19

Test your brains with the Herald's morning quiz. Be sure to check back on nzherald.co.nz at 3pm for the afternoon quiz. To challenge yourself with more quizzes, CLICK HERE.

Remuera death: Traces of methamphetamine found at house where Pauline Hanna died

Traces of methamphetamine were found at the Remuera residence where Pauline Hanna was found dead six weeks ago, the Herald understands.Several sources close to the investigation into Hanna's mysterious death said that traces of...

Leaky homes lawsuit: Top bosses in global company knew of NZ rotten homes problems, homeowners say

Bosses at global company James Hardie knew their products could face damaging public revelations in New Zealand, a leaky homeowners' group lawyer says.The James Hardie group of companies denies claims which hundreds of homeowners...

Roads closed and caution urged as country battered by snow, gales and rain

A school bus and car have collided head-on near Queenstown as the region is hampered by wintry conditions.

Author Linda Collins likes to create with an online collective

The journalist likes to write at night with an online collective and is renovating an old working-man’s hut into a writer’s box.

Man dies after horror shark attack at Tuncurry Beach, NSW

A man has died after he was mauled by a shark on the NSW mid north coast.The man, believed to be in his 50s, was attacked by the shark while surfing just after 11am Tuesday at Tuncurry Beach, near Forster.He was in a critical...

Waikato hospitals hit by cyber security incident

In a situation labelled "mayhem", staff have been told the outage to phones and computers across five Waikato hospitals could take days to fix.

How to make sure that you spend each day the way you want to spend your life

OPINION: If we aren’t careful, our dissatisfying days turn into dissatisfying years or burnout - but it doesn't have to be that way.

How Covid-19 slashed air miles for sports animation pioneer

Although Covid-19 threatened to decimate his business almost overnight, animation pioneer Sir Ian Taylor says world-first technology and a lower carbon footprint was the long-term result. Jane Phare reports ...

Nature v naturist: There's only one winner

OPINION: However sentimental we may be about animals, they are never sentimental about us.

Michael Cullen: Māori, Pākehā and politics - are we ready for a partnership society?

OPINION: It was always going to happen. Over recent decades, whenever the National Party is in big political trouble in Opposition, it reaches deep and pulls out some version of the race card. This ...

Israel strikes at Hamas tunnels as truce efforts remain elusive

The Israeli military unleashed another heavy wave of airstrikes on the Gaza Strip on Monday, saying it destroyed militant tunnels and the homes of nine Hamas commanders. International diplomacy to end the week-long war that has...

Person dies after crash between car and pedestrian on State Highway 2 in Wellington

A person has died following a crash between a car and a pedestrian in the Lower Hutt suburb of Belmont.The incident occurred on State Highway 2, Western Hutt Road near Grounsell Crescent.The person died at the scene.Police were...

Cold school lunches served at Kaitaia school due to teething issues

Kaitaia Primary School principal Brendon Morrissey has put a stone-cold lunch that arrived two hours late down to "teething issues", after an unimpressed parent approached NZME with her concerns. "Our ...

Government faces backlash over immigration plan as it defends 'reset'

By Katie Todd of RNZ Migrants have hit back at the Government's immigration reset, saying it uses them as a "scapegoat" for problems with housing, infrastructure and worker welfare.The Government has signalled cuts to the number...

Richard Meade: The long-haul solution to financing pandemic relief

OPINION: We need a plan so that if Covid resurges or the next pandemic hits, the country knows how it will support the economy during the public health response. The Independent Panel for Pandemic ...

DHB hit by cyberattack: 'We will not be paying any ransom'

Clinical services across all Waikato public hospitals have been seriously affected by a cyber security incident with all phones and computers down.

Newtown bowls club to close four years after being saved

Now a push is underway to save the building as a community facility.

'Shameful' anti-Semitic video shocks UK PM Boris Johnson

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has labelled an ugly incident in a London neighbourhood linked to the current Israel-Palestine crisis as "shameful racism".A disturbing video showed a group of men in cars shouting abuse at passers-by...

Israel says Gaza militant tunnels destroyed in heavy airstrikes

The Israeli military has unleashed a wave of heavy airstrikes on the Gaza Strip, saying it destroyed 15km of militant tunnels and the homes of nine Hamas commanders.Residents of Gaza awakened by the overnight barrage described it...

Police manslaughter trial: Hospital an option for intoxicated detainees - supervisor

The supervisor of three police facing manslaughter charges after a man died in custody says if people are heavily intoxicated they are sometimes taken straight to hospital.

Nina Dobrev and Ian Somerhalder’s Vampire Diaries co-star shares rare insight into their breakup

Nina Dobrev and Ian Somerhalder famously dated—and split—during the run of The Vampire Diaries. Now, their former co-star Claire Holt is praising them for how they handled their on-set romance.

Letters: Water privatisation, school attendance, light rail, and the Middle East

Tapping into water concern It is good to see Auckland Mayor Phil Goff (NZ Herald, May 17) calling out the threat of water privatisation unless the Government gets the planned water reforms right. Water privatisation overseas has...

'I am distraught': Israel Adesanya calls for 'coward punch laws' after fellow MMA fighter attacked

MMA fighter Israel Adesanya has called for the introduction of "coward punch laws" after a fellow training partner was attacked in the early hours of Sunday morning.The UFC middleweight Champion has called for legal changes after...

The Artist's Wife: Lena Olin the one bright spot in this paint-by-numbers drama

REVIEW: Only a mild curiosity to find out how it was all going to end kept me interested at all.

Ōpiki, Tokomaru push for move to Palmerston North council

The fate of two rural Manawatū settlements will soon be known, as the Local Government Commission meets this week to decide whether to change their council boundary line.

Welsh Kiwi Hadleigh Parkes has 'no regrets' as Japan clash with Beauden Barrett awaits

The Panasonic midfielder's career only took off when he left NZ but he now views European Cup club rugby as a better experience than Super Rugby.

We are seeing increased violence directed at shop staff and something must be done

OPINION: The attack at a Countdown in Dunedin has led to questions about the responsibility of employers to ensure the health and safety of their employees.

Dunedin stabbing: Call for Countdown to act on security

Countdown has been called to act on security, as more than 70 per cent of union members report experiencing aggression from customers. First Union met with Countdown senior managers yesterday to discuss ...

Son of the South: Spike Lee produces solid, but unspectacular Civil Rights tale

REVIEW: It says a lot that the most high-profile biopic of a Civil Rights-era figure in cinemas for years should focus on the actions of a white ally.

Person dies after crash between car and pedestrian

A person has died following a crash between a car and a pedestrian in the Lower Hutt suburb of Belmont. The incident occurred on State Highway 2, Western Hutt Road near Grounsell Crescent. The person ...

Twenty new defibrillators distributed around the region

In a programme that is unique to Taranaki 20 Automated External Defibrillators have been delivered around the maunga, bringing the total donated to 128.

UK police officer accused of stirring female colleague's tea - with his genitals

A UK police officer has been hauled before a disciplinary court accused of a string of sexual misconduct offences against a female colleague - including stirring her cup of tea with his genitals.Sussex Police Constable Steven Green...

Brace yourself: Auckland homeowners to get 'bombshell' property valuations

Auckland homeowners can expect a "bombshell" rise in their council valuations when city-wide revaluations are released later this year, a property lawyer says. City house prices have soared 35 per cent ...

Call for Countdown to act on security following Dunedin stabbing

Countdown has been called to act on security, as more than 70 per cent of union members report experiencing aggression from customers.First Union met with Countdown senior managers yesterday to discuss security concerns, including...

Sideswipe: Re-imagined book covers

Good news ... go on read about it Nearly 59 million hectares of forests — an area larger than mainland France — have regrown since 2000. According to a study published by Trillion Trees, this newly ...

Maria Doris Axiak, 57, poured boiling water on sleeping husband's face

An Australian woman poured a pot of boiling water on her sleeping husband because he wanted to end their marriage, a court has heard.Maria Doris Axiak, 57, pleaded guilty to intentionally causing serious injury on Monday, more than...

More than 50 Transmission Gully environmental incidents in past year

The number of consent breaches, failures/incidents, and unconsented activities at the troubled Transmission Gully site has ballooned to 223 incidents, with a further 44 still under investigation. Greater ...

Endangered red wolves born at North Carolina Zoo doing well

Three litters of American red wolves, which are critically endangered and number fewer than two dozen in the wild, have been born at the North Carolina Zoo, officials announced today.The zoo said in a news release that the litters,...

Go inside Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher's jaw-dropping Los Angeles farmhouse

From the seemingly endless exposed wood ceilings to the massive crystal chandelier, Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis' modern farmhouse is a sight to behold. Luckily, they opened the doors to see inside.

Chief Ombudsman to investigate Corrections' reponse to calls for reforms

Peter Boshier says he has not seen significant improvement in prisoners' welfare in many areas and wants to know why.

Infinz Awards: The big finance industry award winners

The Business Herald's Fran O'Sullivan was among four new fellowships awarded at the annual Institute of Finance Professionals (Infinz) Awards in Auckland last night. O'Sullivan was honoured along with ...

UK company Invictus using Māori culture to sell carpet

A UK company has been slammed for using Māori culture to sell carpet.Invictus Carpet & Flooring incorporates numerous elements of Māori culture in its website branding and its advertising, including a video ad released...

Future Of Work conference to workshop 'killer' resumes and million-dollar ideas

A survey after the first conference showed nine out of 10 students walked away with a different take on their career prospects.

Public sentiment supports Māori wards in Hamilton

As Hamilton leaders debate whether to establish Māori wards in the city, kuia Hekeiterangi Broadhurst draws on the words of a past leader for guidance.

SFO charges economist in one of NZ's biggest alleged frauds

A Christchurch-based economist who convinced some of New Zealand's wealthiest businesspeople to plough tens of millions of dollars into his Cayman Islands-based investment fund has been charged with fraud ...

Northland town fears arsonist in the community after spate of suspicious fires

Fears that Ahipara is home to an arsonist were revived last weekend when a fire was deliberately lit in an unoccupied bach on the road to Te Kohanga.The Ahipara and Kaitaia fire brigades responded to the alarm at 2.04am, Kaitaia...

Halston: Netflix's Ewan McGregor-starring fashion maverick biopic lacks depth

REVIEW: While it showcases some amazing production design and costuming, this five-part series ultimately leaves you wanting more.

Knife-wielding shoplifter pinned down at Sylvia Park Shopping Centre in Auckland

Security guards have wrestled a knife-wielding shoplifter to the ground outside Sylvia Park Shopping Centre in Auckland.No one was hurt in the incident. DO YOU KNOW MORE? IF YOU DO LET US KNOW Police were called to the mall...