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by April 21, 2020

Police not treating missing Waikanae man's disappearance as suspicious

Police don't believe the circumstances of a Waikanae man's disappearance are suspicious.Joe Pryor went missing from his workplace on Friday morning when he left a note saying he would be back by 10.30am, but never returned. His...

Stubborn Black Caps earn thrilling draw against India in first test in Kanpur

Debutant Rachin Ravindra batted for 91 balls to help his side to a nail-biting draw in the first test in Kanpur.

Covid-19 could spread through apartments' shared ventilation systems – expert

The potential spread of Covid-19 in apartments, particularly ones without windows that open, is raising alarm.

What an escape! Black Caps' final pair cling on for stunning draw

Under the cover of a dimly lit Kanpur sky, the Black Caps pulled off one of New Zealand cricket's greatest heists. Tom Latham laid the plan, Will Somerville cased the scene, Rachin Ravindra stole the ...

Covid 19 Delta outbreak: Interislander ferries bring in vaccination or test requirements for passengers

By RNZ Interislander passengers will need to show proof of double-vaccination or a negative Covid-19 test before being able to board ferries this summer.The requirements are for all passengers over 12 years old and come into...

Pizza order 'rage' that led Mildura father to take his son's life

WARNING: This story discusses graphic content, including the death of a small child. Evander Wilson held his baby boy close."Daddy's sorry," he said.What he was sorry for, wasn't entirely clear.Perhaps it was because he'd...

Don Brash weighs in on National Party leadership drama

Former National Party leader Don Brash says he believed Simon Bridges could well be a successful leader if he rose to the post again, but if Christopher Luxon clearly had the numbers against him a deal ...

Covid-19: Access to landmark blocked in bid to prevent virus spreading

The Kohere whānau, which owns the land that gives access to the East Cape Lighthouse, say the closure will allow East Coast residents time to be vaccinated against Covid-19.

Covid-19 delta outbreak: Vegan who refused Covid jab because it was tested on animals dies of virus

A vegan who refused the Covid-19 vaccine because it was tested on animals has died of the virus.UK man Glynn Steel faced a possibly preventable two-week battle in intensive care, eventually begging the nurses for the Covid-19 vaccine....

Israel first country to ban all foreign visitors over Omicron fears

Israel has shut its doors to foreign tourists, the first country to do so due to concerns about the new Covid-19 variant Omicron.During a meeting of the Israeli coronavirus cabinet, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said the country...

Auckland lockdown disruptions lead to good fortune in Tokoroa for Korean café owners

Tokoroa Korean café owners haven't looked back after Auckland lockdowns disrupted their super city business plans.

Police closer to finding person responsible for attempted 'decapitation' of Fitzroy's banana statue

Victoria police are a step closer to learning who tried to "decapitate" the Fitzroy banana statue, releasing images of a person they believe may be able to help with their vandalism investigation.The art installation attracted controversy...

Covid-19 Delta: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern reveals NZ moves to new traffic light settings on Friday

Most of the upper North Island - including Auckland - will go straight into the red level under the new traffic light system from Friday, while the whole of the South Island will go to the less restrictive orange.Auckland, Northland,...

Covid-19: How workplaces will operate under the new traffic light system

Here's what you need to know about how workplaces will work under the new Covid protection framework.

Dad charged with murder after allegedly blaming cat for baby's horror injuries

A US man has been charged with murdering his infant daughter after blaming the family cat for leaving her with broken legs, broken ribs and bleeding from the brain.Minnesota man Kristopher Henderson is accused of inflicting the...

US Catholic Church clergy sex abuse whistleblower, dies at 69

Phil Saviano, a clergy sex abuse survivor and whistleblower who played a pivotal role in exposing decades of predatory assaults by Roman Catholic priests in the United States, has died. He was 69.Saviano's story figured prominently...

Residents terrified after man killed in shootout

A man has been shot dead by police and four officers are in hospital following two serious West Auckland incidents in the space of just 11 hours. This morning, police were called to a shooting incident ...

Covid-19: Japan bans entry of foreign visitors as Omicron spreads

Japan announced today that it will suspend entry of all foreign visitors over fear of the Omicron variant spreading."We are taking the step as an emergency precaution to prevent a worst-case scenario in Japan," Prime Minister Fumio...

Covid 19 Omicron outbreak: China warns of 'colossal' Covid outbreak as virus variant emerges

A group of Chinese mathematicians have offered a "clear warning" about the devastating impacts of the country abandoning its zero-tolerance Covid policies.The study, conducted by mathematicians at Beijing's Peking University, found...

Glen Eden shootout: One dead, four police officers injured - PM to meet Police Minister

A man has been shot dead by police and four officers are in hospital following two serious West Auckland incidents in the space of just 11 hours.This morning, police were called to a shooting incident in Glen Eden and an officer...

Infectious diseases expert: When it comes to the Omicron variant, there is hope for New Zealand

An infectious diseases expert believes the country is well placed to detect and respond to any cases of the Omicron Covid-19 variant.The World Health Organisation declared the new variant to be "of concern" and New Zealand has banned...

'At red, it will feel a lot like level 2': Traffic light for your region revealed

Most of the upper North Island - including Auckland - will go straight into the red level under the new traffic light system from Friday, while the whole of the South Island will go to the less restrictive ...

Covid 19 Omicron: South Africa faces life as variant hot spot

The overcast, drizzly skies match the sombre mood at the Tshwane University of Technology, a hot spot in South Africa's latest surge of Covid-19 cases, apparently driven by the new omicron variant that is leading countries around...

Daunte Wright killing: Will 'wrong gun' plea work?

When a suburban Minneapolis police officer shot and killed Daunte Wright in April, her reaction on body-camera video seemed to instantly establish the key facts of the case: "I grabbed the wrong [expletive] ...

Covid-19: Vaccine 'tweaks' to tackle Omicron variant possible

The world may not learn the true level of threat posed by the new Omicron variant of Covid-19 for several weeks, says a University of Otago scientist.

Watch traffic light settings update: Red for Auckland, Northland and parts of central North Island

Watch - No region is expected to be in the green setting of the new Covid-19 protection framework over the summer period, the prime minister has announced.

Two volunteer fire brigades suspended due to shortage of vaccinated crew

The small brigades do not have enough vaccinated volunteers to operate at full capacity and will be unable to operate from midnight.

Covid 19 Omicron outbreak: Netherlands and Australia confirm cases as borders slam shut

The Netherlands confirmed 13 cases of the new Omicron variant of the coronavirus and Australia found two as the countries half a world apart became the latest to detect it in travellers arriving from southern Africa.Israel decided...

Christchurch nurses plan protest over stalled pay rise

Some nurses may not see their pay rises before Christmas, despite a commitment made by health boards and the health minister saying the delays are "unacceptable".

Highway south of Blenheim to close for five nights

State Highway 1 south of Blenheim will close for five nights to allow for work to repair the road surface in the Weld Pass.The road will close between 7pm and 6am from next Sunday until Thursday 9 December.Waka Kotahi journey...

Glen Eden shoot-out: Resident dead, three police officers injured

One person is dead and three police officers are injured after shots rang out at a Glen Eden house that was on fire. Police have confirmed a man at the property was shot and killed by police this morning. "The ...

Covid-19: Three cases in Matamata-Piako, district's first community cases in Delta outbreak

There are three cases in Waharoa, 5km from Matamata - the district's first community cases since the Delta outbreak began.

Leading epidemiologist: How NZ can limit virus deaths in 2022

New Zealand has a shot at limiting Covid-19's death toll to that of a typical influenza year in 2022, Professor Michael Baker says – but that hinged on plugging four key "immunity gaps". The Otago ...

Fatal West Auckland shooting: Police tried to disarm man for 30 minutes - Coster

Police commissioner Andrew Coster says police tried to engage with the man to disarm for 30 minutes but he became increasingly agitated and aggressive.

Omicron: Why WHO skipped 'Nu,' 'Xi' for new Covid variant

The name of a newly identified variant of the coronavirus has had some social media users scratching their heads about the World Health Organisation's system for labelling certain versions of the virus.The WHO chose to dub the variant,...

Covid-19: Move to orange setting will mean 'business as usual' for South Island, parts of North

Dancing in nightclubs, going to music festivals, and hosting weddings without number limits. This is what the South Island and parts of the North have to look forward to.

Like Delta, will the markets ultimately also take Omicron in their stride?

OPINION: Black Friday is synonymous with bargains however it was stocks that were on sale on the last day of the week as markets were riled by the emergence of the new Covid variant Omicron.

Missing Nelson woman Carole Marfell found by police

A Nelson woman who was reported missing since the weekend has been found by police. In a statement, a police spokesperson confirmed Carole Marfell is "safe"."She is safe and police would like to thank the public for their help...

182 Covid cases as Govt makes traffic light call; Positive case near Nelson

There were 182 Covid-19 cases today as the Government decided on the traffic light system while the Omicron variant starts to spread in more countries. The cases are in Northland, Auckland and Waikato ...

Woman’s photo posted to porn site but only perpetrator gets access to counselling

A young woman who was the victim of online image-based sexual abuse was left for months without any mental health support, while the perpetrator of the crime was getting counselling as part of his rehabilitation.

Covid 19 Delta outbreak: Epidemiologist says vaccination the future to living with the virus

As the country prepares to enter the new traffic light system, epidemiologist Michael Baker said it sends the message that vaccination is the way forward.Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern today confirmed the country would move to the...

Covid 19 coronavirus: More Omicron cases pop up as world rushes to learn more

Cases of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus popped up in countries on opposite sides of the world Sunday and many governments rushed to close their borders even as scientists cautioned that it's not clear if the new variant is...

Derek Fox: Let's have a Covid plan for Christmas

OPINION: Merry Christmas my friends.Christmas is almost upon us. The time of year when families gather from far and wide, when mokopuna who haven't seen their nannies and papas for some time get spoilt rotten. There's usually...

Sea of red: New Covid variant plays havoc with sharemarket

The New Zealand sharemarket recovered from an early morning sell-off, closing more than half a per cent down, over uncertainty about the impact of the new Covid variant called Omicron. But market leader ...

Covid 19 Delta outbreak: Expert slams Africa travel ban over Omicron

An African Union vaccine expert has slammed western countries in a scathing TV interview, criticising the West for banning Africa over the new Omicron variant and calling for a co-ordinated global shutdown.It comes as Dutch health...

National and Labour donations cases to be heard together

Two criminal cases over allegations of unlawful donations to both the Labour and National parties will be heard together at a joint trial, the High Court has ruled. In a decision released today after ...

'Wrong gun' killing: Jury selection to begin for trial of police officer who shot Daunte Wright

When a suburban Minneapolis police officer shot and killed Daunte Wright in April, her reaction on body-camera video seemed to instantly establish the key facts of the case: "I grabbed the wrong [expletive] gun," Kim Potter said....

Covid-19: Border protections will 'buy us time' as Omicron spreads - scientist

A leading scientist is warning New Zealand needs to keep a close eye on the border as the Covid-19 Omicron variant spreads around the world.

Whangārei mayor hopes vaccine pass will encourage unvaccinated to rethink

The red traffic light is more restrictive than level 2 but is in place in Northland for a good reason - low vaccination rates, Whangārei Mayor Sheryl Mai says.

Covid-19 case in Nelson-Tasman region

The Ministry of Health has released a number of locations of interest in Nelson, including a restaurant and shopping mall. There is one confirmed case of Covid-19 in the Nelson-Tasman region.The Ministry of Health announced the...

Woman's photo posted to porn site; perpetrator gets counselling

By Sarah Robson of RNZ A young woman who was the victim of online image-based sexual abuse was left for months without any mental health support, while the perpetrator of the crime was getting counselling ...

Who is the real Ghislaine Maxwell: Epstein enabler or pawn?

Ghislaine Maxwell spent the first half of her life with her father, a rags-to-riches billionaire who looted his companies' pension funds before dying a mysterious death. She spent the second with another tycoon, Jeffrey Epstein, who...

Searchers scour streets and hills for Kāpiti man missing three days

Joe Pryor, 63, walked out of his workplace about 8am on Friday after writing “be back at 10.30” on a whiteboard. He hasn't been seen since.

Covid-19 Delta: Wellington moving to orange under new traffic light system

Wellington is moving to orange under the new traffic light system to manage Covid-19.Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern today confirmed the country would move to the new Covid-19 Protection Framework from 11.59pm on Thursday, doing away...

Unfiltered founder dies in Kenya: 'I'd never met anyone like Jake Millar'

The founder of startup businesses Unfiltered and Oompher has died in Kenya.

The old man, the waka and the sea

One kilometre of fibreglass cloth, 175 sheets of marine ply, 900 litres of epoxy and 28 years of hard work – but the project remains incomplete. Stoney Bourke is getting old, and so is his waka.

Police cars, 'many ambulances' seen at South Auckland incident

Several people have been injured after police received reports of fighting in Opaheke, south of Auckland's Papakura Police received reports of people fighting at an Opaheke address at 7.30pm."Our staff are at the scene now and...

Covid-19: 182 new community cases in NZ today

The Ministry of Health says Capital & Coast DHB have achieved 90 percent double vaccination, becoming the second DHB to achieve it after Auckland.

Air NZ's big domestic plans, details of preparation for international restart

Air New Zealand is taking a ''wait and see'' stance on the new Omicron Covid variant, which it says hasn't had any impact on international bookings. The airline continues to plan for a booming network ...

Covid-19 coronavirus: CCDHB reaches 90 per cent fully vaccinated

Ninety per cent of eligible Capital and Coast residents are now fully vaccinated against Covid-19. Behind Auckland, Capital and Coast (CCDHB) became the second DHB in the country to reach the milestone, revealed in today's 1pm...

Covid-19 Delta outbreak: South Island reacts to orange traffic lights announcement

The entire South Island of New Zealand will move to Covid-19 level orange on Friday under the Government's traffic light system announced this afternoon. Orange means life will be close to normal for the vaccinated, with face coverings...

SFO's National and Labour Party donations cases to be heard together, High Court rules

Two criminal cases over allegations of unlawful donations to both the Labour and National parties will be heard together at a joint trial, the High Court has ruled.In a decision released today after a two-day hearing earlier this...

Deaths of two people self-isolating in Auckland were potentially preventable, report finds

A review has found the deaths of two people with Covid-19 who were self-isolating at home in Auckland were potentially preventable.

Interislander introduces vaccine, testing requirements for passengers from December 15

Interislander ferries will proof of vaccination and or a negaitve Covid-19 test for travellers from December 15.

Popular journalist and staunch anti-vaxxer dies of Covid-19

Asked if he was vaccinated, Auckland man Rex Warwood said: "You're not sticking that s... in me." Weeks later, he was dead.

Covid 19 Omicron: Australia's easing of border restrictions delayed because of new variant

The Australian federal government has "paused" its plan to ease border restrictions from Wednesday, December 1, delaying the move by a fortnight as the world grapples with the new Omicron Covid variant.This means fully vaccinated...

Covid 19 Omicron in Australia: Two more cases of new variant detected in NSW

Genomic testing has confirmed two more overseas travellers who recently arrived in New South Wales in Australia have been infected with the Omicron variant.That brings the total number of Omicron cases in the state to four.Both...

Covid-19: Auckland kaumātua among first to receive booster vaccine doses

A group of kaumātua in Auckland are among the first in the country to receive their booster shots this morning.

Coster reveals 'man became aggressive' before shot by police

A neighbour of the man killed in a shootout with police in Glen Eden on Monday has described the incident as shocking, saying there had been no previous issue with him. The woman, who did not want to ...

Interislander ferries bring in vaccination or test requirements for passengers

Interislander passengers will need to show proof of double-vaccination or a negative Covid-19 test before being able to board ferries this summer.

Letters: Junk mail with junk advice

Dangers in conspiracy junk mail I am 85 years old. My wife and I are two of the many millions of people going about their business happily and in good health after being vaccinated against Covid. I deeply ...

Covid-19 vaccine pass: Changes made to help speed up applications

With the country moving to the new traffic light system on Friday, changes have been made behind the scenes to help get vaccine passes out.

Covid-19: How bars and restaurants will work under the traffic light system

We now know which regions are moving into red and orange settings this week. Here's how hospitality will look in the new traffic light system.

Kawerau mayor calls on the Ministry of Health to 'step up' and take control of low vaccination rates

A clutch of regions in the North Island with low vaccination rates will start in the “red” traffic light setting, but a Kawerau Mayor is wanting the ministry to take better control.

'Bad eggs' ruin surface of Masterton's new $1.3 million skatepark

The pristine surface of a new skatepark in Masterton has been marred by skateboard marks. Skaters had jumped the fence and used the facility before the concrete had cured.

Music festivals in doubt: 'What are those kids going to do?'

The brakes could be on major summer festivals after the government revealed red lights for their regions in the new traffic light system.

'It's an outrage': Expert slams countries over Omicron reaction

An African Union vaccine expert has slammed western countries in a scathing TV interview, criticising the West for banning Africa over the new Omicron variant and calling for a co-ordinated global shutdown. It ...

Covid-19 wrap: Traffic light settings revealed, Rhythm and Vines urged to cancel, Omicron variant in spotlight

The prime minister has announced which regions will be joining Auckland in red this Friday, Tairāwhiti iwi are urging Rhythm and Vines to cancel, and experts say more information is needed on the new Covid-19 variant.

Barbados ditches the Queen to become a republic - is Australia next?

On a rainy night in Hong Kong in 1997, Prince Charles read a message from his mother Queen Elizabeth II, as Britain handed back sovereignty of the territory to China after more than 150 years of UK rule.Today , nearly a quarter...

NBL confirm NZ Breakers' season opener against SEM Phoenix going ahead as planned

Kiwi club's first game against SEM Phoenix will go ahead on Saturday night in Melbourne.

SH1 near Kaikōura closed after crash between ute and truck

State Highway 1 near Kaikōura is partially blocked after a ute and tanker collided.Emergency services were called to the crash at the Ellerton Railway Overbridge about 11.10am.A police spokesperson said nobody has been injured...

All Whites forced to play with understrength squad on road to 2022 Fifa World Cup

The national men's football team has been thrown a curveball and will have to play at least two qualifiers in March without some of its biggest names.

Theresa Gattung: Why NZ women are effectively working for free from today

OPINION: Diversity and inclusion is now thankfully a well-embedded concept within New Zealand's businesses and our broader society. For the most part, everyone agrees that having a focus on D&I is not ...

'Not my first rodeo': National Party MP Simon Bridges 'confident' ahead of leadership vote against Chris Luxon

National MP Simon Bridges says he feels confident ahead of National Party's leadership showdown despite some nerves: "this isn't my first rodeo."He is expected to go up against new MP Christopher Luxon for the job as leader at the...

The Green Lantern at 10: When Tem, Taika, Ryan Reynolds couldn't avert disaster

REVIEW: This is a charisma-free, effects-heavy romp weighted down with exposition from its opening, seemingly endless world-building narration.

Racist Tiktok rant: Man abused in 'despicable' video comes forward

A second person has come forward with information about a man videoed making "despicable" racist comments in a viral TikTok post. Christchurch resident Cheney Gian Poole said the rant was directed at him and he todayhanded seven...

West Auckland shooting: Man dead after opening fire on three police officers

A man has been shot dead after injuring three officers when he opened fire on them this morning, police say.

Herald afternoon quiz: November 29

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

Missing Nelson woman found 'safe'

The missing 50-year-old Nelson woman Carole Marfell has been found, police confirmed Monday night.

'Very heavy price': As Omicron spreads, borders slam shut

The Netherlands confirmed 13 cases of the new Omicron variant of the coronavirus and Australia found two as the countries half a world apart became the latest to detect it in travellers arriving from ...

Building Code changes to boost new houses' energy efficiency

Officials say the new requirements will reduce the energy needed to heat homes by up to 40 percent.

Omicron Covid-19: Australia records first cases of new variant

Australia has recorded its first cases of the new Omicron Covid-19 variant.Genomic testing has confirmed two recent arrivals into Sydney were infected with the new strain."Both passengers came to Sydney from southern Africa on...

Covid-19 Delta: Most of upper North Island moves straight into red of new traffic light system

Most of the upper North Island will go straight into the highest level of restrictions once the new traffic light system comes into force on Friday. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern today confirmed the country would move to the new...

Expert says future of living with virus is vaccination

As the country prepares to enter the new traffic light system, epidemiologist Michael Baker said it sends the message that vaccination is the way forward. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern today confirmed ...

Live: Black Caps vs India, day five of the first test at Green Park, Kanpur

India needed just one more wicket to win but Rachin Ravindra and Ajaz Patel survived 52 balls for NZ before bad light ended the thrilling test.

Tributes pour in after Unfiltered founder Jake Millar dies aged 26

Tributes have been paid to Kiwi entrepreneur Jake Millar, who died in Kenya, aged 26. His death adds to the family tragedy, which also includes the death of Millar's father in a skydiving plane crash ...

Covid 19 Delta outbreak: Auckland is losing it

Originally published by The Spinoff OPINION: As 'Freedom Day' approaches, the people of Tāmaki Makaurau appear to be at the end of their tether, writes Chris Schulz. On Saturday morning this past weekend, the north-western...

Auckland gun violence: 'Houses are getting shot up, people gunned down'

A father of two boys, a grandfather who loved rugby league and a young teenager are among those shot and killed as gun violence and gang wars persist in Auckland amid the Delta community outbreak. A ...