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by April 21, 2020

Potential for New Plymouth parking sensors to explode prompts repairs and deactivation

By Robin Martin, RNZ Fears parking sensors could explode have led New Plymouth District Council to replace or deactivate more than 500 of its 1600 sensors.It has emerged the devices' lithium batteries are spontaneously combusting,...

Joe Biden wants Brexit deal done quickly to rebuild 'coalition of the West'

Allies of Joe Biden have made clear that he expects to see a Brexit trade deal concluded swiftly as he seeks to rebuild a "coalition of the West" to respond to the growing spectre of China. John Kerry, who has been appointed as...

Barack Obama's interview with Stephen Colbert draws criticism for being too soft

It was obvious from the opening minutes of Barack Obama's latest interview that he wasn't going to be fielding any tough questions. Former US president Barack Obama has been doing the media rounds in recent weeks to promote his...

New 341km Central Otago touring route starts in Queenstown, ends in Dunedin

A new touring route has been launched in Central Otago aimed to encourage people to explore further off the well beaten track.

Mads Mikkelsen to replace Johnny Depp in Fantastic Beasts 3

Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen will officially step in for Johnny Depp in Fantastic Beasts 3 after the actor resigned due to a libel lawsuit involving his ex-wife Amber Heard.

Go off the beaten track as New Zealand's newest touring route is launched in Central Otago

The 341km route starts in Queenstown and ends in Dunedin.

All Blacks v Argentina: Maradona memories inspire Pumas for repeat win

Pumas coach Mario Ledesma confirms their inspiration will come from passionate memories of the "king of the world".

Inequity in cancer care at every turn for Māori

By Natalie Akoorie, Local Democracy Reporting Editor Māori are more likely to get cancer, will get it younger, are diagnosed later, have poorer access to treatment, and are much more likely to die from cancer than non-Māori...

Inside the secret mission to bring jailed Australian academic home from Iran

The complicated prisoner swap deal took more than six months of at-times delicate discussions to arrange.

Lime launch first e-bikes in Christchurch

One hundred electric pedal-assist bikes are now available for hire in Christchurch, each coming with a helmet, a lock and lights.

Confession proves Lyttle killed friend, Crown argues

Convicted murderer David Lyttle continues to deny he killed his friend Brett Hall almost a decade ago.

Government to let in 2000 fruit pickers from Pacific - but with living wage catch

Two thousand workers from the Pacific will come to New Zealand early next year to pick fruit for the horticulture and wine industries.Their arrival is hoped to cover a huge hole in the labour force and avert what many growers have...

'Glitch' leaves businesses and community unaware of scheduled power cut

A Central Otago community was left scrambling when their power was cut for six hours yesterday without notice during a network upgrade.

They're baack - Trump's allies refuse to accept election loss

Monday seemed like the end of President Donald Trump's relentless challenges to the election result, after the federal government acknowledged President-elect Joe Biden was the "apparent winner" and Trump ...

Matthew Hooton: How Jacinda Ardern can burst the house-price bubble

OPINION: Investors borrowing up large to throw into residential property for risk-free, tax-free returns should be warned: it won't be allowed to happen. The Prime Minister may not need to worry about ...

Wellington High School lockdown from 'credible' threat possibly linked to White Supremacy - police

By Hamish Cardwell of RNZ A lockdown at Wellington High School was because of a "credible, serious" threat with possible links to white supremacy, police told the principal, but there is no evidence it targeted LGBTQI people.Police...

Taylor Swift adds to her Folklore with Disney+'s intimate Long Pond Sessions

REVIEW: In the absence of seeing her live in concert anytime soon, this seems like the perfect end-of-a-difficult-year gift for Swifties everywhere.

Couple out in the cold over fireplace dispute

Marc and Talya Horrocks have received an ultimatum from the Nelson City Council to remove their woodburner - but an alternative heat source will cost them almost $30,000.

British-Australian academic freed in Iranian exchange

Iran has freed Kylie Moore-Gilbert, a British-Australian academic who has been detained in Iran for more than two years, in exchange for three Iranians held abroad, it has reported.The three Iranians released in the swap had been...

One dead, another seriously injured after West Auckland single-vehicle crash

One person has died and another is in hospital with serious injuries after a car crash in West Auckland. The single-vehicle crash happened on Parker Rd in the suburb of Oratia just after 4pm, police said.The circumstances of the...

Ex-manager splurged $110k as Unitec shed staff to cut costs

A more than $100,000 fraud by a former senior manager at a financially distressed tertiary institute occurred while Government was being told all non-essential spending had stopped and teaching staff ...

More than half of New Zealand lakes surveyed 'poor' or 'very poor'

Lawa's national summary reveals the poor condition of many lowland lakes, but also the "spectacular quality" of some upland water bodies.

Kitchen of the Week: Grand Designs heritage penthouse challenge

This freestanding kitchen in a $6m heritage penthouse could not touch the walls of the Grand Tearoom in the former Farmers' store.

Government announces first major border exemption with 2000 horticultural workers coming in the new year

In the biggest border loosening since the Covid-19 pandemic began, thousands of workers will be allowed into NZ.

Run-down Wellington flat for rent described as 'dungeon'

An advertisement for a central Wellington flat at the cost of $815 has sparked an angry reaction from Wellington renters, who have described it as not even fit for a dog, with bedrooms more like "dungeons".

Covid 19 coronavirus: England's pubs to remain shut in many areas when lockdown eases

Most people in England will continue to face tight restrictions on socialising and business after a nationwide lockdown ends next week, with pubs and restaurants ordered to remain shut across much of the country's densely populated...

Covid 19 coronavirus: AstraZeneca manufacturing error clouds vaccine study results

AstraZeneca and Oxford University on Wednesday acknowledged a manufacturing error that is raising questions about preliminary results of their experimental Covid-19 vaccine.A statement describing the error came days after the company...

Salvation Army report finds social needs increasing in all areas

The Salvation Army says the government needs to lift the core benefits for low-income families as this Christmas will be harder in light of Covid.

Covid 19 coronavirus: Adelaide student infected by picking up pizza

Heath authorities believe an Adelaide student diagnosed with coronavirus likely caught the virus while picking up a takeaway pizza.Health authorities in South Australia have confirmed the high school student picked up a pizza from...

Ardern v Collins: Parliament kicks off in a blaze of fiery debate

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and her political rival, National's Judith Collins, have kicked off the 53rd Parliament with a fiery debate which cumulated in a scrap over housing. Ardern accused National ...

Covid-19: Many UK pubs to remain shut

Most people in England will continue to face tight restrictions on socialising and business after a nationwide lockdown ends next week, with pubs and restaurants ordered to remain shut across much of ...

On the ice: Details of Lorde's Antarctic adventure revealed

She's graced some of the world's most famous stages singing the songs which have landed her chart-toppers around the globe and two Grammy Awards. And while Lorde - real name Ella Yelich-O'Connor - keeps ...

Simon Wilson: The good and bad news about boomers

OPINION: At a business conference in the Aotea Centre earlier this month, Commissioner for the Environment Simon Upton came out swinging. "It's not good enough to pick at the scabs of public discontent," ...

'Social outcast' behind $17 million dark web drug syndicate

A 26-year-old man raking in thousands of dollars a day selling drugs on the dark web has told a court he "didn't take it very seriously" and "used to role play as a drug trafficker" on video games as a teenager.Cody Ronald Ward...

'Just heartbreaking': Stranded Australians furious at government

Hotel quarantine limits have been cited as the key reason more Aussies haven't returned home.

Love Christmas movies? Actually, this Season may just have provided a new fave

REVIEW: Kristen Stewart and Mackenzie Davis' smart, sassy, sensitive and sensationally good dramedy might just be the saviour of 2020's festive fare.

Local Focus: Meet Whanganui's radiator mechanic serving up spring treats for Christmas

It's asparagus season again and in Whanganui's Guyton St, one particular shop has the pick of the crop. But it's a shop whose main business is not what you'd expect - repairing car radiators.Motor Radiator Repairs Limited do industrial...

What to watch on Amazon Prime Video

Paul Bettany headlines a terrific period drama, while a new reality series offers The Amazing Race - for dogs.

Jacinda Ardern vs Judith Collins: 53rd Parliament kicks off in a blaze of fiery debate

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and her political rival, National's Judith Collins, have kicked off the 53rd Parliament with a fiery debate which cumulated in a scrap over housing.Ardern accused National of "leaving us a housing crisis,"...

Whakaari / White Island: Death toll rises to 22 as police confirm Horst Westenfelder succumbed to injuries from the disaster

The death toll from the eruption of Whakaari / White Island last year has risen to 22 after police confirmed another person succumbed to injuries from the disaster. The death of 64-year-old Horst Westenfelder occurred on 2 July...

Driver killed in crash in Tararua district

A driver has been killed in a single-vehicle crash in the Tararua district. Emergency services were called to Jens Andersen Rd in the rural town of Norsewood last night after reports of a crash. DO YOU KNOW MORE? EMAIL US Police...

Hyundai Santa Fe first drive: the shock of the new

Covid 19: Cricketers bowled final warning after players caught flouting rules

It's been nine days since a case of Covid-19 spread via community transmission was reported, while the Pakistan cricket team has been caught out breaking managed isolation rules. Six cricket players ...

Pakistan approves law to chemically castrate rapists

Pakistan will take drastic action against rapists after the country was rocked by a number of horrific sexual assaults.Prime Minister Imran Khan has approved in principle a law to chemically castrate rapists.The former cricket...

Potential for parking sensors to explode prompts repairs and deactivation

Fears parking sensors that could explode have led New Plymouth District Council to replace or deactivate more than 500 of its 1600 sensors.

United Nations calls on Israel to lift 'severe' blockade of Gaza Strip

Israel's blockade of the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip has cost the seaside territory as much as US$16.7 billion (NZ$23.85b) in economic losses and sent poverty and unemployment skyrocketing, a UN report said Wednesday (Thursday NZT),...

Autumn Nations Cup: Wales coach Wayne Pivac picks experimental side for England clash

The under-pressure Kiwi rolls the dice with a bold selection for Autumn Nations Cup showdown with Eddie Jones' men in Llanelli.

'Clearly asleep': Snoring juror booted from months-long Sydney murder trial

A Sydney juror has been dismissed from a months-long Sydney murder trial after falling asleep and snoring during the hearing's final stages.The woman was one of 15 members on an extended jury hearing allegations that a hitman contracted...

Govt to allow 2000 horticulture workers in from Pacific under strict conditions

The seasonal workers are set to arrive in New Zealand from January in a bid to ease a shortage of fruit and vegetable pickers across the country.

New N95 mask guidelines for frontline MIQ workers - Ministry

Managed isolation and quarantine workers should now wear the more protective N95 masks when in close confines with potential Covid-19 cases, the Ministry of Health says.

Final report into fatal helicopter crash in Lake Wanaka in 2018 released by commission

Mast bumping - likely brought on by turbulence and flight speed - is being blamed for a helicopter crash in Lake Wanaka in 2018 that killed its pilot.

Marlborough to shut many freedom camping sites after public backlash

Two-thirds of Marlborough's council-owned freedom camping sites will shut under a new draft bylaw.

Herald afternoon quiz: November 26

Test your brains with the Herald's afternoon quiz. Be sure to check back on nzherald.co.nz for the morning quiz tomorrow.

Covid-19 update 26 November: Air NZ case not linked to New Zealand genomes; one new case

Genome sequencing has showed the Air New Zealand crew member who tested positive for Covid-19 in China is not linked to known cases in New Zealand, the ministry of health says.

'In real life I was a loser': 'Role playing' gamer facing life in jail after $17m drug bust

A 26-year-old man raking in thousands of dollars a day selling drugs on the dark web has told a court he "didn't take it very seriously" and "used to role play as a drug trafficker" on video games as ...

As season nears, Europe ponders skiing during pandemic

Ski resorts were one of the major sources of contagion in the deadly spring surge of Covid-19.

Revealed: The long criminal history of Kiwi in Hells Angels drugs bust in Europe

One of the Kiwis arrested in Europe as part of an alleged global drug syndicate controlled by the Hells Angels motorcycle gang was among the first methamphetamine cooks in New Zealand 20 years ago. Marc ...

Covid 19 coronavirus: Second cricket team caught out by CCTV as players test positive

It's been nine days since a case of Covid-19 spread via community transmission was reported, while the Pakistan cricket team has been caught out breaking managed isolation rules. Six cricket players tested positive for the virus...

Covid-19 Coronavirus: Fears Thanksgiving could see Covid explosion

Despite Covid-19 still running rampant across the country, many Americans are refusing to give up their holiday plans in order to help slow the spread.With Thanksgiving just days away, fears are growing that the US, which is already...

Does vaping raise the risk of spreading Covid-19?

A new analysis has suggested normal vaping only slightly raises the risk of a person infected with Covid-19 passing on the virus through the air.But an independent expert has cautioned that more evidence is needed to make that conclusion.The...

Donald Trump pardons Michael Flynn, taking direct aim at Russia probe

US President Donald Trump pardoned former national security adviser Michael Flynn on Wednesday (US time), taking direct aim in the final days of his administration at a Russia investigation that he has long insisted was motivated...

Ethiopian PM says troops ordered to move on Tigray capital

Ethiopia's Prime Minister says the Army has been ordered to move on the embattled Tigray regional capital after his 72-hour ultimatum ended for Tigray leaders to surrender, and he warned the city's half-million residents to stay indoors...

Appeal lost over frozen $17.5 million of alleged dirty money

The wife of a Venezuelan Government official embroiled in an international corruption scandal has lost a bid to have more than $17 million in alleged dirty money unfrozen by police.Police claim Andreina Gamez Rodriguez committed...

Potential for parking sensors to explode prompts repairs and deactivation

Fears parking sensors could explode have led New Plymouth District Council to replace or deactivate more than 500 of its 1600 sensors.

Police raise Whakaari eruption death toll to 22 after death overseas in July

Police have confirmed Horst Westenfelder, 64, died overseas in July, bringing the number of people who died as a result of the eruption in December last year to 22.

Jetstar drops fares to $19, increases capacity - should Air NZ be worried?

Jetstar hopes to rebuild its capacity to nearly pre-Covid levels, in a move that one analyst says could signal expansion in this country. The Qantas-owned low-cost carrier is operating at 63 per cent ...

Horror as Melbourne teen put in choke hold, 'knocked out' during brutal eviction from pub

Disturbing video has emerged of the moment a security guard in a Melbourne pub choked a teenager to unconsciousness before dropping him to the floor and dragging him out of the bar.Police are now investigating the alleged incident...

Auditor-General finds fault with Government's handling of Auckland light rail

The way the Government has gone about procuring light rail in Auckland has left a sour note with the Auditor-General.Put bluntly, Auditor-General John Ryan is not impressed with a decision to have a run-off between two bidders in...

Netflix's We Are the Champions, TVNZ's Sister among great new shows to stream

The Wellington-based creator of Luther is back with a new thriller, while a documentary series celebrates weird and wonderful competitions.

Māori Party MPs walk out of Parliament in protest

By RNZ The Māori Party's two MPs have walked out of the House in protest during Parliament's Address and Reply debate.Under the rules, party leaders with more than six MPs get 30 minutes to speak and smaller parties only...

Karl Puschmann: No.1 songs, gratuitous nudity and Anika Moa

OPINION: For such a small country our musicians have released some big tunes over the years. It's easy to forget just how many legit bangers in so many different genres and spread out across so many ...

Traffic havoc: Northern Motorway toll road closed after crash

A section of Auckland's Northern Motorway is closed, with a line of snaking cars being diverted to a detour, due to a vehicle crash. A crash on the Puhoi to Orewa toll road near the Grand Drive overbridge has closed part of the...

Kiwi chick hatches at Ngā Manu Nature Reserve in Waikanae

It's been a good year for Ngā Manu Nature Reserve's bird breeding programmes.With kaka, kakariki, and kiwi all in the spotlight, the most exciting piece of news has been the hatching of not one, but two kiwi chicks.The first...

Covid-19: Dr Ashley Bloomfield says Pakistan cricket rule-breakers mingled, shared food while in managed isolation

Members of the Pakistan cricket team were caught on CCTV mingling in a hallway of a managed isolation facility, as well as chatting, sharing food and not wearing masks.

Covid-19: Australian coronavirus expert debunks biggest Covid vaccination myth

The world held its collective breath as scientists rushed to find a covid-19 vaccine – but now that one is set to be rolled out imminently, one major hurdle remains.Australian Health Minister Greg Hunt has announced the first doses...

Five things you need to know about Black Friday

By now Black Friday is well under way with retailers working hard to get consumers to part with their dollar. The Herald rounds up all the information you need to know about the drawn-out flash sales ...

Smoke from car doing burnouts forces Wellington office building to be evacuated

Office workers were evacuated from a Wellington building this afternoon after a car doing burnouts in one of the building's car parks triggered alarms. Police got a report of smoke in the building just ...

Waikato businesses cleaning up mess after torrential downpour

A number of businesses in Te Awamutu have been in clean-up mode after being flooded following a torrential downpour in the Waikato town yesterday.

Government's seasonal workers move 'not enough, but a good start'

An influx of seasonal workers is a relief for the horticulture and wine industries with the government giving a border exemption to 2000 seasonal workers.

Explainer: Everything you need to know about the Covid-19 vaccine roll-out in NZ

Analysis - The coronavirus vaccine cavalry is coming, but with caveats - there are trials to finish, regulators to impress, logistics to arrange. Health correspondent Rowan Quinn assesses where we're at.

US election: Polls find Trump supporters believe Biden stole the election

President-elect Joe Biden will face a massive problem to overcome with the American public from the moment he takes office, new polls suggest. An overwhelming majority of Republicans believe the election was "stolen" from Donald...

Tiny amount of money Maradona died with

At the height of his career Diego Maradona was one of the highest paid athletes in the world, but a life of addiction, legal and financial troubles meant his fortune was severely diminished at the time ...

School lockdown from 'credible' threat possibly linked to White Supremacy - police

A lockdown at Wellington High school was because of a "credible, serious" threat with possible links to white supremacy, police told the principal, but there is no evidence it targeted LGBTQI people.

Surfie town where average house prices jumped $360K

Six of Pakistan cricket team test positive for Covid-19

Six members of the Pakistan cricket squad have tested positive for Covid-19 in managed isolation in Christchurch, New Zealand Cricket says.

Auckland traffic live: Congestion in places across motorways during morning rush

We have everything you need to know about traffic and weather-related incidents in Auckland.

Government to let in 2000 fruit pickers from Pacific - but with living wage catch

Two thousand workers from the Pacific will come to New Zealand early next year to pick fruit for the horticulture and wine industries. Their arrival is hoped to cover a huge hole in the labour force ...

Boy, 5, critically injured after wheel flies off ute performing burnout

A 5-year-old Australian boy has been rushed to hospital with critical injuries after he was hit by a wheel that flew off an allegedly unregistered ute performing a burnout north of Brisbane.Queensland Police say the boy "suffered...

Car doing burnouts causes Wellington office building to be evacuated

Office workers were evacuated from a Wellington building this afternoon after a car doing burnouts in one of the building's car parks triggered alarms. Police got a report of smoke in the building just before 2pm and attended the...

Shipping logjam: 'Warning lights' for NZ export season

"Philosophical" may be the best way to sum up how New Zealand's biggest export sectors are viewing warnings Covid-19 global shipping disruption will worsen, with Auckland port's congestion just one of ...

US election: They're baack - Trump and his allies refuse to accept loss

Monday seemed like the end of President Donald Trump's relentless challenges to the election result, after the federal government acknowledged President-elect Joe Biden was the "apparent winner" and Trump cleared the way for cooperation...

Covid 19 coronavirus: Denmark faces new horror as bodies of culled mink rise from mass graves

As if the Danish government's rushed decision to cull and bury more than 10 million minks wasn't a grisly enough story, thousands of the animals' bloated cadavers have begun to re-emerge from their shallow graves.The phenomenon...

Herald morning quiz: November 27

Test your brains with the Herald's morning quiz. Be sure to check back on nzherald.co.nz at 3pm for the afternoon quiz.

What happens to markets, post Covid?

The advent of three promising vaccines to combat Covid-19 has left investors scratching their heads about what this will mean for sharemarkets, many of which have continued to rally sharply throughout ...

How Henry Weaver grew $100 skincare site The Daily to sell into 10 countries in a year

Henry Weaver was travelling around India like a nomad when he realised the law degree he just finished in the UK was meaningless.The now 28-year-old had a realisation there was more to life than getting a degree and finding a well-paid...

One netball misstep hobbles Killarney Morey's Aussie Rules dream

Already a double international in her teens, Killarney Morey was on the verge of breaking into the big time of the AFLW, but a cruel knee injury has slowed her down.

Covid-19: AstraZeneca to conduct fresh trial over coronavirus vaccine, CEO says

The Oxford University/AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine is facing growing scrutiny with experts questioning its efficiency numbers.

Rotting Shelly Bay wharves a risk to swimmers and boaties

Wharves at Wellington's Shelly Bay have rotted to such an extent that floating debris has become a risk to boaties and swimmers using the harbour.The structures have been in an unusable state for decades, but only continue to deteriorate...