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by April 21, 2020

South African travel agency still waiting on school trip visa refund after Covid cancellation

A South African travel agency which organised a school trip to New Zealand say they are still waiting for a visa refund 18 months on.

Subsidy for troubled Wellington council social housing would cost $100m over four years

It would cost the Government $100 million over four years to rescue Wellington City Council's "bleeding" social housing stock by extending a critical subsidy to tenants. City Housing is in financial trouble and forecast to be insolvent...

Young Nats break with National over conversion therapy ban vote

The Young Nats say they are "deeply disappointed" National's caucus has decided to vote against legislation banning conversion therapy at its first reading.MPs will debate the law which would criminalise treatment which aims to...

Tenancy law changes: Bach owners denied use of own property

An already tight rental market has left more tenants without homes as bach owners grapple with new Government rules over how they use their property. A law change in February is having a knock-on effect ...

My Food Bag expands into groceries with new product range

My Food Bag has started rolling out the next phase of its growth strategy, expanding into the broader online food and grocery market with a range of new products and recipes. The company referred to ...

Covid 19 coronavirus: Five deaths and 262 new cases in NSW, new outbreak in Victoria, Queensland clusters grow

New South Wales has recorded 262 new community cases of Covid-19, with at least 43 of those cases infectious while in the community.Of the new cases, 129 are linked to existing outbreaks and the source of infection for 133 cases...

Global building material importer quits NZ, 45 jobs to go

An international construction materials supplier that provided competition to dual-listed giant Fletcher Building has told customers it is shutting its operations in New Zealand because it can't succeed ...

America to require Covid vaccination for visitors from overseas

The Biden administration is taking the first steps toward requiring nearly all foreign visitors to the United States to be vaccinated for the coronavirus, a White House official said today.The requirement would come as part of the...

Young Nats break with party over conversion therapy vote

Youth wing are "deeply disappointed" National's caucus has decided to vote against legislation banning conversion therapy.

The Duchess: Keira Knightley's controversial tale of a Royal Spencer hits Netflix

REVIEW: It's true, comparisons to more recent British royals does add extra spice to this star-filled, sumptuous-looking 2008 period drama.

Woman critically injured after being hit by car while walking dog in Auckland

The woman has been taken to hospital after being hit by a car in the central Auckland suburb of Remuera.

Herald afternoon quiz: August 5

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Girls' bathroom footage to be deleted but camera will stay

Parents are grateful a school has decided to delete footage recorded in a girls’ bathroom without students’ knowledge.

Police won't say if discredited 'formal warning' data will be erased from national intel system

Police bosses will not say what they're doing with intelligence gathered in the discredited formal warning system.A High Court judge ruled the system was illegal, and police this week said no appeal against the judge's decision...

Kiwi-born Hillsong pastor charged with allegedly concealing father's sexual abuse

Brian Houston, the founder of the Evangelical Hillsong Church, will face court in New South Wales over allegedly concealing alleged child sex offences. Police in Sydney say they will allege in court ...

Visa numbers tipped to fall after immigration reset, documents show

Budget documents offer the first hint of what form immigration reform may take - suggesting fewer people may apply for visas.

'Extremely concerned': Auckland woman's home hit by bullets

A bullet was shot through the window of a Takanini home overnight while young children slept inside - while a Manurewa resident is "extremely lucky" not to have been hurt by bullets that entered her home during another unrelated Auckland...

Silverstone Auctions sees four world record sale prices over the weekend

The latest Silverstone Auction saw four new world records set, as more than $13.8 million worth of classic cars and collector motorcycles sold.

Armed police in Papakura, residents urged to stay away, three men in custody

Armed police officers and the police Eagle helicopter swarmed two streets in Papakura this morning.Police confirmed a vehicle had crashed into a second car carrying a mother and two children. The trio suffered minor injuries.Officers...

Seventh person - a 34-year-old woman - dies in Australia after AstraZeneca vaccine

A 34-year-old NSW woman has become the seventh Australian to die after taking the AstraZeneca vaccine.The Therapeutic Goods Administration confirmed tonight that the death has once again been linked to thrombosis with thrombocytopenia...

'We have hit the wall, we are exhausted': ED staff fear patients will die

By Samantha Gee of RNZ Emergency department staff and management at Dunedin Hospital met again today over growing concerns patients are at risk of dying while they wait for treatment. Dunedin Hospital ...

How Zola, this year's hottest movie, started with a tweet

Six years ago an unknown woman from Detroit wrote a series of tweets telling the story of an explosive weekend that included pole dancing and pimps — and it went viral. Now #thestory has been turned into ...

Man charged in connection with more than 40 burglaries in Hamilton

A 31-year-old man has been arrested in connection with more than 40 burglaries in Hamilton.He will appear in the Hamilton District Court today charged with 10 counts of burglary for alleged offending dating back to mid-July.Police...

Tokyo Olympics: Nick Willis misses out on a record fourth 1500m final

No one had ever made four Olympic men's 1500m finals and Kiwi double medallist ran a season best but couldn't quite make history.

Christchurch Winz staff member hospitalised after 'violent attack' in Sydenham branch

A female frontline staff member has been hospitalised after being attacked inside a Christchurch Work and Income branch, prompting a review of security systems.The Ministry of Social Development, which oversees Winz, and the Public...

'I can't stop crying': Cyclist Ellesse Andrews in shock after winning silver medal

Track cyclist announces herself on world stage by winning a silver medal on Olympic debut.

The Mole Agent: Meet Sergio Chamy, the world’s most unlikely spy and movie star

REVIEW: This Oscar-nominated Chilean charmer might blur the lines between reality and drama, but it's still terrific, thought-provoking entertainment.

Chris Keall: What bugs me about billionaire Larry Page's NZ visit

OPINION: Google co-founder Larry Page travelled to New Zealand to get hospital treatment for his young child despite the country's borders being closed. The billionaire does not have New Zealand citizenship ...

NZ sharemarket lower as technical issue cuts trading short

Trading was cut short by nearly two hours because of technical issues with a hesitant New Zealand sharemarket having made a significant fall on the eve of the latest reporting season. The S&P/NZX 50 ...

Canadian frigate first foreign naval vessel to visit NZ since start of Covid pandemic

Canadian frigate HMCS Calgary tied up alongside Princes Wharf yesterday after two months at sea taking part in Operation Talisman Sabre, a military exercise involving Australia, the United States, South Korea and Japan. The ship...

Recap: Day 13 of the Tokyo Olympics

It was raining medals on day 13 of the Tokyo Olympics, with Lisa Carrington claiming another gold and NZ's cyclists excelling at the velodrome.

Covid 19 coronavirus: Australian health experts have pleaded with people to get the jab

A group of the nation's leading medical professionals have urged Australians not to wait for the Pfizer vaccine and to get jabbed with AstraZeneca, giving the stark warning that the "only options" are being vaccinated or dying from...

Eight great Val Kilmer performances (and where you can watch them)

To celebrate Friday's arrival of the Amazon documentary on the actor's life and career, Stuff to Watch takes a look at the Iceman's best roles.

'I can't stop crying': New queen of the velodrome as 21yo Kiwi claims silver

New Zealand has a new queen of the velodrome. Ellesse Andrews has claimed a brilliant silver medal in the women's keirin on Thursday night, with a sensational ride in the final. The 21-year-old had ...

Why buyers paid over $7m for this Christchurch home - and will bowl it

Group implores council to consider free transport for students and low-income earners

A group of more than 30 organisations have today called on the Greater Wellington Regional Council to impliment free public transport for community service cardholders and students in the region.

Two people injured after being hit by bus in central Auckland

Two people have been injured after being hit by a bus in Auckland's CBD. One is in a serious condition and the other has moderate injuries. Emergency services were called to the scene at the intersection ...

Bus hits two people in central Auckland

Two people are injured after being hit by a bus on a busy central Auckland street.

Macleans College expulsion: School boards of trustees can ask for help with disciplinary decisions, Ombudsman says

The Chief Ombudsman wants school boards to ask his office for advice if they're unclear on how to discipline a student - instead of taking the "nuclear option" of expulsion or exclusion and having to backtrack later.The Herald reported...

'I hate it, but I love it': Carrington says record haul 'scary, hurts a lot'

Lisa Carrington now stands alone. New Zealand's superstar of the Tokyo Games might have already exhausted all the superlatives, but her appetite for winning has not been sated. "It's amazing. You set ...

Covid 19 coronavirus: Tasmania records first case in 12 months after NSW man travels to state

Tasmania has recorded a new case of Covid-19 for the first time in 12 months.The infected 31-year-old man travelled to the state from NSW after crossing the Victoria border and then on to Tasmania.Tasmania Premier Peter Gutwein...

One-on-one the way to break port worker vaccine fears - Union

Low vaccination rates among port workers and remote communities are requiring new ways of thinking.

Report details excessive seclusion, overdoses at Whanganui's Te Awhina mental health facility

A report into Whanganui's Te Awhina Acute Mental Health Facility has found a significant number of failings, including growing use of seclusion and a significant number of incidents involving incorrect or excessive medication being...

General arming of police 'not the answer', Andrew Coster, Jacinda Ardern, Poto Williams agree

By RNZ Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, Police Minister Poto Williams, and Police Commissioner Andrew Coster are remaining firmly against the general arming of police, despite 73 per cent of frontline officers favouring the move.A...

India erupts over 'gang rape' and forced cremation of 9-year-old girl

Warning: Distressing content. The alleged gang rape and murder of a 9-year-old, "low-caste" girl has sparked several days of protests in India's capital.The horrific case is just the latest incident to highlight the country's...

Opposition MPs face arrest: Fiji's climate of fear deepens in time of Covid crisis

By Johnny Blades of RNZ As Fiji struggles with an unprecedented health and economic crisis, the country's already limited democratic space is being choked off.Opposition MPs routinely face arrest for criticising legislation...

Covid-19 coronavirus: X-ray shows difference vaccine can make to lung health

A doctor has revealed the startling and potentially life-saving difference the Covid-19 vaccine can make in protecting your lungs against the virus.Images provided by Dr Ghassan Kamel, director of the Medical ICU at SSM Health St...

June and July break temperature records - 1.53C above average

A new record for warm winter temperatures has been set for the two-month period covering June and July.

Covid 19 coronavirus: Victoria goes into lockdown for a week

Victorians have been plunged into a week-long snap lockdown from 8pm tonight, as the state grapples with growing cases of Covid-19.Residents will only be able to leave their home for five reasons - being to shop for essentials,...

Three arrested, child injured after alleged carjacking in South Auckland

Three people have been arrested after a vehicle that had been allegedly carjacked crashed into another car in Ōpaheke in Auckland this morning, injuring a child.

Housing developers sought for council-owned New Brighton site

Old car parking lots are to be developed for housing as part of efforts to regenerate the seaside suburb after the earthquakes.

Tokyo Olympics: Campbell Stewart wins silver medal in men's omnium

A late replacement after a horror crash, Manawatu rider steps up to grab a second silver medal in an hour on a memorable night at the velodrome.

Mark Orams: Key questions NZ sailors have to answer after subpar Olympics

OPINION: The 2020 Tokyo Olympics sailing event drew to a close for the New Zealand team with a "leather medal" for a fourth place finish to Paul Snow-Hansen and Daniel Wilcox. The men's 470 pair sailed ...

Damien Venuto: The section in the MediaWorks report that will make executives squirm

OPINION The entire report from Maria Dew on MediaWorks offers a harrowing look at the cultural issues that have plagued that business, but I think one section, in particular, will make executives feel ...

The Suicide Squad: New guardian James Gunn finds the superhero movie sweet spot

REVIEW: Blessed with a cast with the collective comedy chops the DC stable has been sorely missing, this is sturdy enough to launch a few sequels.

Meghan Markle at 40: Is the duchess about to enter her power decade?

As an avid fan of Maya Angelou, the Duchess of Sussex will probably be familiar with the American poet and civil rights activist's thoughts on turning 40."When I passed 40 I dropped [the] pretence," Angelou wrote, "Cause men like...

Budget 2021: Government lifts lid on what to expect

The Government looked at doubling its large increase to main benefits in Budget 2021, lifting main benefits by $50 a week. Treasury modelling showed that this increase would have more than doubled the ...

Tokyo Olympics: Lydia Ko storms up the leaderboard then falters late in second round

Kiwi golfer's ascent up the leaderboard was halted by two late bogeys but she's still in the mix to contend for medals.

Mistaken identity lands man in Hawaii mental hospital

Hawaii officials wrongly arrested a homeless man for a crime committed by someone else, locked him up in a state hospital for more than two years, forced him to take psychiatric drugs and then tried to cover up the mistake by quietly...

Library book returned after 50 years with a surprise inside

A book checked out a half-century ago has been anonymously returned to a library in northeastern Pennsylvania, officials said.The Wilkes-Barre Citizens' Voice reports that the 1967 copy of the book Coins You Can Collect by Burton...

Ian Ferguson salutes history-breaking Lisa Carrington at Tokyo Olympics

Four-time gold medallist says Lisa Carrington won't be able to stop smiling for days after becoming New Zealand's most prolific Olympic medallist.

Family buys do-up villa for $1.9m, then snaps up 'cool' home next door for $2.3m

What future for Gulf Harbour Country Club golf course land?

Locals are worried about the future of Gulf Harbour Country Club golf course land after a corporate transfer to interests associated with developer Greg Olliver. Neighbours, a real estate specialist ...

Two people injured after being hit by bus in Auckland CBD

Two people have been injured after being hit by a bus in Auckland's CBD.One is in a serious condition and the other has moderate injuries.Emergency services were called to the scene at the intersection of Fanshawe St and Beaumont...

Where's winter? NZ on track for another record warm season

New Zealand is on track to record its second successive warmest winter on the books - to the detriment of snow-starved, low-lying skifields.Niwa's latest data showed the country had just experienced its warmest June and July period...

US blocks seafood from Fiji fishing boat accused of enslaving crew

A tuna fishing boat based in Fiji that has been accused of essentially enslaving its crew was blocked from importing seafood into the United States.The move is part of an increasing effort to keep goods produced with forced labour...

Covid-19 update 5 August: No new community cases

There are no new community cases of Covid-19 today and just one new case reported in managed isolation facilities.

History for NZ! Late call-up wins stunning silver after impossible comeback

24 hours ago, Campbell Stewart's Olympics were meant to be over. Now, he's an Olympic medallist. The 23-year-old Kiwi cyclist claimed a stunning silver on the track tonight, pulling off the most improbable ...

Covid 19 coronavirus: Twist in Aude Alaskar's death, family say negative results shown day before

The family of a 27-year-old Sydney man who died after contracting Covid-19 claim he returned a negative test result the day before his death, making his suddenly deteriorating health even more shocking.Aude Alaskar, who was married...

Covid 19 coronavirus: Port of Tauranga workers isolate after scare

Port of Tauranga staff were forced to isolate and operations were shut down on a ship berthed at the port after a Covid-19 scare this week.It has since been confirmed there are no suspected Covid-19 cases on board any vessels in...

Police investigating after man found with gunshot injury in Auckland's Mt Wellington

Police are continuing to investigate after a man was found with a gunshot wound in Mount Wellington, Auckland last night.

Police seeking witnesses after man shot in Rotorua

Police are seeking witnesses after a man was shot in Ngapuna, Rotorua around 3.25pm.Emergency services were called to Te Ngae Rd after a man was found with a gunshot wound, a police spokeswoman said.The man was transported to...

Muslim group slams ministry over lack of time given for hate speech feedback

Muslims say they have been badly hurt by hate speech but have not had enough time to respond to proposed law changes.

Covid 19 coronavirus: Super fit twin brother dies of virus after refusing vaccine

A fit and healthy dad who rejected the Covid jab tragically died from the virus after saying he "wished he had listened".John Eyers' heartbroken twin sister, Jenny McCann, is now urging people to get vaccinated after her "super...

Dunedin ED staff fear patients could die due to wait times

Emergency department staff and management at Dunedin Hospital met again today over growing concerns patients are at risk of dying while they wait for treatment.

Covid 19 coronavirus: Delta variant is a warning to act before virus becomes more dangerous

Delta is a winner. In the viral race to reproduce, it's outpacing all comers. But virologists have dissected its attributes. And they've found it can get much more powerful yet.At the moment, it's just a simulation.It takes everything...

Parliament backs bill to ban 'monstrous' conversion therapy

The majority of Parliament has backed a bill to ban "monstrous" conversion therapy, with many MPs sharing emotional, personal anecdotes. Only the National Party opposed the bill at its first reading in the House today, going against...

Treasury wanted Labour to break all health election promises bar one

Treasury told the Government to kick its election promises like funding for Pharmac, cochlear implants, and Pacific health to later budgets and focus its resources in Budget 2021 on the massive cost of fixing the health system.The...

Where's winter? NZ on track for another record warm season

New Zealand is on track to record its second successive warmest winter on the books - to the detriment of snow-starved, low-lying skifields. Niwa's latest data showed the country had just experienced ...

Hillsong pastor Brian Houston charged for allegedly concealing child sexual abuse by his father

Brian Houston, the founder of the Evangelical Hillsong Church, will face court in New South Wales over allegedly concealing alleged child sex offences.Police in Sydney say they will allege in court that Houston, 67, knew information...

Dunedin Hospital ED staff fear patients could die due to wait times

By Samantha Gee of RNZ Emergency department staff and management at Dunedin Hospital met again today over growing concerns patients are at risk of dying while they wait for treatment.Dunedin Hospital nurse Anne Daniels said...

Teen arrested after alleged assault on Work and Income staff member

A frontline staffer at a Christchurch Work and Income office has been seriously injured after being attacked by a client.

Covid 19 coronavirus: Tokyo logs record 5,042 cases as infections surge amid Olympic Games

Tokyo reported 5,042 new daily coronavirus cases on Thursday, hitting a record since the pandemic began as the infections surge in the Japanese capital hosting the Olympics.The additional cases brought the total for Tokyo to 236,138....

Support among police for carrying arms at highest level in decade, survey shows

Almost three-quarters of police support the general arming of officers, a new survey shows - the highest level in 10 years.

Tokyo Olympics medal haul New Zealand's largest at any Games and could yet grow

Kiwi athletes and teams have now won 19 medals in Japan – one more than in Rio five years ago.

$50/week boost in benefits was rejected for Budget

Cabinet ministers considered giving beneficiaries a full $50 a week boost in this year's Budget, just-released documents reveal.

Budget 2021: Government lifts lid on Budget 2021, with ministers advised to double benefit increases and cut health promises

The Government looked at doubling its large increase to main benefits in Budget 2021, lifting main benefits by $50 a week. Treasury modelling showed that this increase would have more than doubled the number of children pulled out...

'Had to do it for him': Kiwi star's touching tribute to injured teammate

Campbell Stewart admitted that the drive to do something special for the team – and especially injured compatriot Aaron Gates – was the crucial ingredient in his stunning Omnium performance on Thursday ...

Man found with gunshot wound in Rotorua

A man was found with a gunshot wound in Rotorua today, and police are asking witnesses to come forward.

Tokyo Olympics: Lisa Carrington's gold wins a proud but unsurprising moment for home town

From her days as a nipper at the local surfing club to competitions at Whakatāne High School, the community say Carrington has always been ahead of her peers.

Australian Government announces millions in compensation for Stolen Generations

Australia's Government has pledged A$1.1 billion ($1.15b) to address Indigenous disadvantage, including compensation to thousands of mixed-race children who were taken from their families over decades.The A$378.6 million to be used...

General arming of police not the answer, say Ardern, Minister Williams, Commissioner Coster

The prime minister, the police minister and the police commissioner all remain firmly against the general arming of police, despite 73 percent of frontline officers favouring the move.

Google billionaire met requirements to enter NZ - Immigration

Larry Page was allowed into New Zealand from Fiji with an ill child needing medical treatment.

Man found wounded on Auckland street

Police are making enquiries at a Pukekohe house after a man was found with serious injuries nearby.

Covid-19 in Australia: Snap seven-day lockdown for Victoria, as officials race to trace source of two mystery infections

The Australian state heads back into a 7-day lockdown after suspected "highly infectious" Delta variant cases were out in the community while infectious.

Greece fires: Over 100 wildfires force beach evacuation

Greece evacuated people in boats from an island beach Wednesday (local time) amid heavy smoke from a nearby wildfire and fire crews fought to keep flames away from the birthplace of the ancient Olympic Games as the country sweltered...

Witnesses sought after man was found with gunshot wound in Rotorua

Emergency services were told about a man found with a gunshot wound on Thursday afternoon.

Midwives employed by DHBs set to strike next week

The country's district health boards are criticising midwives' decision to strike before voting on the latest pay and working conditions offer.