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by April 21, 2020

The Queen launches a line of canine snacks

The Queen has launched a range of dog biscuits.The 95-year-old monarch has approved a line of canine snacks, called Game Bones, made with meat from the grounds surrounding Sandringham House in Norfolk, England, and flavoured with...

Privacy blunder: Xero user sees other people's PayPal transactions

Online payment platform PayPal appears to have made a major privacy gaffe with its automated feed to Xero users.Ben Kepes took to Twitter this morning after other people's PayPal transactions appeared in his Xero bank reconciliation...

The Spinoff: Meet the Kiwi bitcoin miners chasing millions

Originally published by The Spinoff Two local lads have been mining bitcoin for a decade. Josie Adams asks them why they still believe – and how they answer criticism about mining's environmental impact during a global climate...

Plexure CEO Craig Herbison resigns with immediate effect, shares fall sharply

NZX-listed Plexure Group has announced the departure of its chief executive Craig Herbison, with immediate effect. Herbison has also resigned from the mobile marketing company's board.Shares, which were trading at 71c before the...

Olly Murs' horrific mid-concert accident: 'Bones lodged in my knee'

Olly Murs has undergone surgery after getting a fragment of bone lodged in his knee.The 37-year-old singer suffered the agonising injury during a concert at Suffolk's Newmarket racecourse on Friday, and though he's currently in...

Grammy Awards bosses to implement inclusion policy for next year's ceremony

The Grammy Awards will adopt an inclusion rider that will require producers to recruit and hire more diverse candidates backstage and in front of the camera for next year's ceremony.The Recording Academy announced Wednesday that...

Online safety code: Netsafe NZ CEO meets Facebook, Twitter, TikTok bosses today

Can the big social media platforms work with a Crown-backed agency for a safer internet, with less harmful content and bullying?Netsafe CEO Martin Cocker is meeting - in most cases virtually - with policy executives from Facebook,...

Facebook posts eyewatering $15 billion profit as revenue soars

Facebook doubled its profit in the second quarter thanks to a massive increase in advertising revenue, especially the average price of the ads it delivers to its nearly 3 billion users. But the company said it doesn't expect revenue...

Huge spike in EV sales as feebate kicks in

The first month of the "feebate" saw a huge spike in electric vehicle sales, which nearly quadrupled.There were 1944 pure EV and hybrid light vehicle new registrations during July, according to new registration stats released by...

Seth Rogen assures fans he had not been kidnapped

Seth Rogen has assured fans that he has not been kidnapped.The comedian took to Twitter to assure fans he was safe after a song created by TikTok user @chriscanbefunny went viral.In the song, the TikTok star mentions that Rogen...

Tokyo Olympics 2020: Kiwi cyclist Aaron Gate ruled out of Olympics after crash

New Zealand cyclist Aaron Gate has been ruled out of the remainder of the Tokyo Olympics after he was injured in a crash during last night's men's team pursuit bronze medal race.Gate crashed after touching wheels with the rider...

2degrees names new chairman - who will take over if IPO proceeds

2degrees says professional director Mark Cairns will take over as its new chairman if its IPO proceeds.The mooted chairman is notable on two fronts. Read More As Vocus Group sale wraps up, attention turns to NZ arm's IPO ...

Former Black Sticks coach in another Olympic final

A New Zealander is endeavouring to guide Belgium to its first Olympic gold in hockey and just its fourth medal of the Tokyo Games.

Covid 19 coronavirus: Seven Sharp host Hilary Barry cleared by BSA after telling anti-vaxxers to move to island

Seven Sharp co-host Hilary Barry isn't shy of taking anti-vaxxers to task on air.But her comments on the safety of the Covid vaccine on an episode of the show earlier this year led to a complaint to the Broadcasting Standards Authority.In...

Tokyo Olympics 2020: Shot at Games immortality as Lisa Carrington storms into another final in the K1 500m

Turbo-charged kayaker Lisa Carrington has a shot at Olympic immortality today after qualifying for the final of the K1 500m.With original superlatives in increasingly short supply, the GOAT in the boat won her semifinal convincingly...

Outstanding women stamp their class on Tokyo Olympics

Comment: Sometimes it's important to try and watch sport through a child's eyes. When your hobby becomes your profession, it's hard not to lose some of the joy.

Auckland Film Studios gets $30 million government funding for expansion

By RNZ Auckland Film Studios is getting $30 million from the Government to expand its capacity.Auckland Council is chipping in another $5m for the overall $35m project, which will see two new 2000-square-metre sound stages and...

Three changes to All Blacks lineup to take on Wallabies

There are three changes from the All Blacks starting lineup that played Fiji last month for Saturday's Bledisloe Cup Test against Australia at Eden Park.

Harry and Meghan mulled move to NZ during 2018 visit, says Dame Patsy Reddy

The Queen's representative in New Zealand said Prince Harry and Meghan discussed moving to the South Pacific country during their 2018 visit, more than a year before the couple stepped back from royal duties and moved to the United...

Young Māori artist Jaedyn Randell takes identity struggle and turns it into heartfelt waiata

From a young age, Jaedyn Randell (Waikato) struggled to find her feet in "te ao Māori and te ao Pākehā", now she has taken those personal struggles and written them into a song called Patupaiārehe.The 20-year...

Wahine Māori develops breastfeeding app to help other māmā

By Te Aorewa Rolleston of RNZ A wahine Māori and mother of five is launching a breastfeeding app in a bid to help other māmā have greater access to resources and raise healthy babies.Amy Wray is a lactation consultant...

Tokyo Olympics 2020: USA's horror new low on the Tokyo track

In a shock upset on the Tokyo track, the American team failed to qualify for the men's 4 x 100m relay final after finishing sixth in their heat on Thursday morning.After botching a couple of baton exchanges, the US quartet registered...

Tokyo Olympics 2020: Lisa Carrington boasts more gold medals than 184 competing countries in Tokyo

Lisa Carrington is in a class of her own. In winning the K1 500m final today, Carrington became New Zealand's most decorated Olympic athlete as she claimed her sixth medal (fifth gold). It was her third gold medal during the...

'Awful father' bans 9-year-old daughter from his own 'lavish' wedding

A father has revealed why he banned his own 9-year-old daughter from his upcoming wedding, saying he believed he had made the correct decision despite a backlash from his own family.The 46-year-old father shared his situation online,...

Tokyo Olympics 2020: Live updates - New Zealand athletes and events in action, how to watch in NZ, live streaming

All the action from day 13 of the Tokyo Olympics. Kiwis in action today ‌ Lisa Carrington eyes a third gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics today as she competes in the K1-500m semifinals (1.19pm) , with K2 teammate...

Rocket Lab launches US Air Force's new Space Force

Rocket Lab has successfully launched its latest Electron rocket for its client US Air Force's new Space Force, from Launch Complex 1 at Mahia. Watch a replay here: The launch, which took place at 6pm, was the first since...

Tokyo Olympics 2020: Silver medallist Campbell Stewart's touching tribute to injured teammate Aaron Gate

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 night, where he claimed a sensational...

Mum reveals $10 reason son can't have 'normal life'

For Lykera Parker, seeing another child walk can trigger a pang of sadness.Because she knows that while her son Kalarny is as bubbly and outgoing as any four-year-old, he will never be able to walk unassisted.What makes it even...

Willis misses semifinal spot

Nick Willis has finished ninth in his fifth Olympic 1500m semi-final at his fifth consecutive Olympics at the Tokyo Games.

Tokyo Olympics 2020: Black Ferns Sevens star Ruby Tui's hilarious mic drop on Australian TV

New Zealand rugby sevens star Ruby Tui already won over BBC viewers a few days ago with her charming interview at the Tokyo Olympics.On Tuesday night she repeated the feat, this time on Australian television.Tui, whose Black Ferns...

Tokyo Olympics: Tom Walsh wins bronze in shot put

Tom Walsh has won a bronze medal in the Olympic shot put final, replicating his success in Rio in 2016.

'I'll be honest, I've done a few push-ups' - From Toyko to MIQ for Olympian Bond

After a stunning run at Tokyo's Olympics, Hamish Bond is taking time in MIQ to relax and think about what's next.

Queensland teacher selling 'rare' snack Pizza Shapes for $104,000

A woman has found an Arnott's Pizza Shape so "rare" she wants $104,000 for it — and she won't budge for anything less.Chantelle Matson, from Queensland, listed the two joined Pizza Shapes for sale on Facebook Marketplace, with an...

Tokyo Olympics: Canadian De Grasse ends long wait for gold

After battling illness and defeat, 26-year-old Andre De Grasse runs to the finish.

Roxy Jacenko buys daughter, 9, $284,000 car as toy business booms

PR maven Roxy Jacenko has splashed out on a luxury car for her daughter Pixie, who at 9, isn't even old enough to drive it yet.But while Pixie can't drive the slick black Mercedes-Benz GL just yet, it will be used to transport her...

Tokyo Olympics 2020: British heptathlete Katarina Johnson-Thompson disqualified in heartbreaking scenes

In perhaps the saddest sight we've seen in Tokyo, a British heptathlete's brave attempt to finish a race with a major injury went unrewarded.Katarina Johnson-Thompson ruptured her Achilles at the end of 2020 and also underwent surgery...

Bledisloe Cup live updates: All Blacks name team to face Wallabies at Eden Park

Follow live as the All Blacks name their team to face the Wallabies. Eden Park will host Bledisloe Cup tests over the next two weekends.The second test clash on August 14 has been moved from Sky Stadium in Wellington,...

Booksmart star Beanie Feldstein teases poster of Impeachment series showing her as Monica Lewinsky

Booksmart star, Beanie Feldstein has shown off her radical transformation to play infamous White House intern Monica Lewinsky in an upcoming new series. The series will depict the controversial affair between Lewinsky and President...

Jacinda Ardern turned down cameo role in RuPaul's Drag Race

The producers of RuPaul's Drag Race Down Under tried five times to get Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern to sashay down the runway – and made a point of stating they didn't want to ask Judith Collins. The first local iteration of the...

How to help your kids to navigate competitive sports with confidence

Physical activity is great for humans young and old, we know this. So watching our kids happily ride their bikes, go surfing or kick a ball around is one of the pleasures of parenting. The aim of any sporting endeavour is, after all,...

Lilibet Diana spotted in Meghan Markle's 40th birthday video

In her first appearance since giving birth to Lilibet in June, Meghan Markle released a hilarious video with A-list actress Melissa McCarthy to mark her 40th birthday and raise money for women in need due to Covid. The video, while...

Daniela Elser: Prince Harry's stripped rugby titles given to Kate Middleton

OPINION: If there was one toe-tapping anthem that should be bouncing off the Gainsboroughs and Canalettos up and down the corridors of Buckingham Palace right now it would be the Eurythmics' Sisters Are Doing It For Themselves.Over...

Rugby league: 2021 Rugby League World Cup postponed a year

The 2021 Rugby League World Cup has been postponed a year following the withdrawal of Australia and New Zealand a fortnight ago.The tournament was due to kick off on October 23 but has been moved back a year.The New Zealand Rugby...

Black Caps to tour Pakistan for first time in 18 years

New Zealand will tour Pakistan for the first time in 18 years when it plays three one-day internationals and five Twenty20 matches beginning in September.New Zealand last toured Pakistan in 2003 for a five-match ODI series while...

'I was bummed': The question that made Jason Momoa feel 'icky'

Jason Momoa has slapped down a reporter for asking him whether he "regrets" filming a disturbing rape scene in Game of Thrones, calling the question "icky" and saying it left him with a "bad feeling" in his stomach.The towering...

Robotic police dogs: In Hawaii police use Spot from Boston Dynamics

If you're homeless and looking for temporary shelter in Hawaii's capital, expect a visit from a robotic police dog that will scan your eye to make sure you don't have a fever.That's just one of the ways public safety agencies are...

TikTok frozen honey challenge sparks warning from dietitians

TikTok — it will always be home to weird, wacky and wonderful trends.And while it's usually a new dance that tends to go viral, this time people are hooked on a bizarre new food trend — frozen honey.So, what does it involve? Leaving...

Covid 19 coronavirus: 24-year-old needed double lung transplant after Covid infection

Blake Bargatze's voice strains when he talks.I can hear his new lungs struggling as he relays details of his coronavirus nightmare from a rehabilitation facility on the other side of the world.Four months after the unvaccinated...

Couple wins $28K electric car payout after motorway scare

Margaret Lindsay was driving in rush-hour traffic on an Auckland motorway. Suddenly, the vehicle's electric motor stopped. There was no motive power and only enough momentum to reach the safety shoulder. "The dashboard displayed...

Tokyo Olympics 2020: New Zealand's greatest Olympian? Lisa Carrington rewrites record books with third gold medal

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 out for such a big task this...

Selena Gomez blasts The Good Fight over joke about her kidney transplant

Selena Gomez has slammed "tasteless jokes" about her kidney transplant, after an episode of The Good Fight made light of her surgery.The 29-year-old singer underwent a kidney transplant in 2017 after complications from lupus, when...

Tokyo Olympics: Georgia's Talakhadze breaks world record to conquer men's super heavyweight class

New Zealand's David Liti comes fifth as Georgia smashes all competitors in Olympic weight class.

Tokyo Olympics 2020: New Zealand cyclist Campbell Stewart claims stunning silver medal in omnium

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 of comebacks on the final...

Double cycling silver for New Zealand

New Zealand cyclist Ellesse Andrews has won silver in the women's keirin at the Tokyo Olympics.

SolarWinds: US says top prosecutors' email accounts hacked by Russians

Nearly 30 top US prosecutors had their office's email accounts hacked during a major breach last year, the Justice Department says.The Russian hackers behind the massive SolarWinds cyberespionage campaign broke into the email accounts...

Why Jason Statham's 1990 Commonwealth Games appearance is going viral

We're used to seeing Jason Statham on the big screen fighting the bad guys - but it turns out he could have had a whole different career.The English actor, 54, first appeared in cult classic film Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels,...

Princess Charlene staying in South Africa amid rumours of royal split: 'I cannot force healing'

Princess Charlene of Monaco is playing a "waiting game" until she can see her family again.The royal told South African radio host Mandy Wiener that she can't leave South Africa until the end of October after yet another medical...

Covid 19 coronavirus: Offspring drummer booted from the band for not getting vaccine

Peta Parada, the drummer for rock band The Offspring, has been sacked after refusing to get the Covid-19 vaccine.Posting on social media this week, Parada said the band had drawn a hard line in the sand about requiring the vaccine...

Square to buy Australian 'buy now pay later' company Afterpay for $41 billion

Two neighbours who created a tech start-up in their Sydney home seven years ago have just landed a US$29 billion deal ($41.5b) with a US company overnight.Ex-neighbours and now co-CEOs Nick Molnar and Anthony Eisen started buy now,...

Christchurch mosque attacks: Second controversial movie project, Hello Brother is on hold

A second controversial movie project dramatising the Christchurch mosque shootings, Hello Brother, is on hold. Egyptian director Moez Masoud decided just nine days after the March 15, 2019, terror attacks, where 51 Muslims were...

Gate breaks collarbone in crash

New Zealand cyclist Aaron Gate will miss the remainder of the Tokyo Olympics.

'Flames were coming out like a Catherine wheel' - Auckland lawyer's flaming phone

Auckland lawyer Andrew (name changed) had been keeping his Huawei P10 as a backup phone.But with the Chinese phone maker losing full access to Google's Android software and app store amid US sanctions, the time had come to dispose...

Wallabies bullish about making history as All Blacks inspired by NZ Olympians

While New Zealand's Olympians have been making history in Tokyo, the Wallabies want to make a little of their own when they take on the All Blacks at Eden Park.

Sealed with a kiss: Tom Walsh's dad's hopes resting on a medal

Peter Walsh is hoping for two kisses from his wife, Karen, today when his son Tom takes centre spot in the shot put throwing circle.

Black Caps to tour Pakistan

New Zealand will visit Pakistan in September for the first time in 18 years to play three one-day internationals and five Twenty20 matches in Rawalpindi and Lahore, the Pakistan Cricket Board said.

Tokyo Olympics 2020: 'Disgraceful' - Wild photo is Games' worst moment

Kazakhstan wrestler Nurislam Sanayev could be facing disciplinary action after biting an opponent during his semifinal at the Tokyo Olympics on Wednesday.Bite marks were visible on the right bicep of India's Ravi Dahiya following...

Watch: Mum shares disturbing video of 'possessed' daughter after drink spiked

A mum has shared disturbing footage of her "possessed" daughter after her drink was spiked while partying in a club.UK teen Millie Taplin was enjoying her first night out with friends after turning 18 when a man offered her a vodka...

Meghan Markle releases comedy video with Melissa McCarthy to celebrate 40th birthday

In her first appearance since giving birth in June, Meghan Markle has released a hilarious video with A-list actress Melissa McCarthy as she called on her Hollywood friends to help with her 40th birthday wish.The Duchess of Sussex...

Nicola Alpe: Is the nappy debate woke gone mad or decent parenting advice?

OPINION: Every so often an aspect of parenting reported in the media gets mums and dads and everyone in between into a spin. Recently mine was when I read that Australian comedian Celeste Barber's ultimate parenting hack is dressing...

Matt Damon insists he never used homophobic slur after interview goes viral

Matt Damon is adamant he never used a derogatory term after an anecdote he shared about his daughter in an interview went viral. Damon caused a stir when he was quoted saying he stopped using the "f-slur" after his daughter taught...

Taika Waititi and Rita Ora make their red carpet debut at The Suicide Squad premiere

Taika Waititi and Rita Ora appear to have made their relationship red carpet official.The Thor director, 45, appeared with the singer on Monday night at The Suicide Squad premiere in Los Angeles. It's the first time they've appeared...

Wallabies recall Petaia for All Blacks Bledisloe Cup test at Eden Park

Jordan Petaia has been recalled to the Wallabies for his first test of the season, named on the wing for the Bledisloe Cup opener at Eden Park.

Tokyo Olympics: 'World's sexiest athlete' bemuses fans with busy schedule ... on social media

Fans of a German runner dubbed the "world's sexiest athlete" have expressed mixed emotions over her seemingly lengthy stay in the Tokyo Olympic Village.Alica Schmidt, who qualified for her country's 4x400m relay team, was benched...

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...

Tokyo Olympics Day 13: Who to watch

Carrington and Regal are on the hunt for another medal, Walsh and Gill to take on shot put final and Ko will tee off for round two of the women's golf event.

Tech Tinder: Meet the IT companies swiping the skill shortage

A Tinder for the tech sector to match young Māori and Pasifika with future employers. A data analytics bootcamp that leads to "life-changing" tech jobs in Government. A five-year journey from a South Auckland high school...

Tokyo Olympics 2020: Kiwi Tom Walsh claims bronze in men's shot put final as Jacko Gill finishes ninth

Tom Walsh has gone from the edge of elimination to the Olympic podium once again.The Kiwi this afternoon claimed a second straight bronze medal in the shot put as the top three from Rio all repeated their achievements in Tokyo.Third...

Tokyo Olympics 2020: Lydia Ko drops vital shots late in round, but still in hunt for another Olympic golf medal

Lydia Ko dropped two shots in the final two holes to give away vital ground in her chase for a medal in the Olympic golf tournament.Ko, the Rio silver medallist, sits tied for ninth after a four-under 67 left her five-under par...

Celeste Barber claps back over influencer's video demand

By now most of us are familiar with Celeste Barber's Instagram account.The Australian comedian has more than 8.2 million followers on Instagram where she shares #celestechallengeaccepted posts lampooning photos and videos shared...

Groom reads his wedding vows at fiance's funeral

A man who was just weeks away from getting married has heartbreakingly read his wedding vows out at his fiance's funeralRyan Dixon and his teenage sweetheart Kate Wignall were supposed to get married late April.They had planned...

Tokyo Olympics 2020: Is the high-tech athletics surface behind speedy times?

The Jamaican sprinter and her Olympic-record time captured everyone's attention. What's under foot, though, might have been a factor when Elaine Thompson-Herah broke a 33-year-old Olympic record in the women's 100m.Thompson-Herah...

Tokyo Olympics Day 13: As it happened

Ellesse Andrews has won silver in the women's track cycling keirin event final while injury replacement Campbell Stewart secured silver in the men's omnium event.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle could be presenting the Emmy Awards

Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, are reportedly being lined up for the Emmy Awards.Bosses for the glitzy event are said to be keen on getting the Duke and Duchess of Sussex on board to present an award at the ceremony...

Ko edges inside top-10 after two rounds

Rio Olympics silver medallist Lydia Ko has edged up the standings at the Tokyo Games women's golf tournament with a 4-under par second round at the Kasumigaseki Country Club.

A new Kiwi classic? Ice cream with biscuits and kina

In an age of mash-ups and culinary collaborations, of molecular gastronomy and experimental cuisine, it might seem as if there is no stone left unturned in the world of food.Enter a new classic that combines some of this great nation's...

Chris Hemsworth teased by brother Luke for 'out of proportion' pic

Even Chris Hemsworth's brother Luke is trolling him over a strange detail in the Thor star's latest Instagram post.The 37-year-old Thor actor posted an innocent photo with his son and a menagerie this week, pulling his best Blue...

All Blacks name squad for Bledisloe Cup test against Australia

Richie Mo'unga has been given the nod over Beauden Barrett as the All Blacks' first five-eighth for the first Bledisloe Cup test against Australia at Eden Park on Saturday.Beauden Barrett will start on the bench for the second successive...

Tokyo Olympics 2020: Nick Willis bows out of Olympics 1500 metres competition in semifinal stage

Nick Willis may have been eliminated from the Tokyo Olympics at the semifinal stage – but he hasn't lost his famous sense of humour.It was a brave effort from the two-time medallist, who managed a season-best time of 3:35.41 to...

Tokyo Olympics 2020: Kiwi cyclist Ellesse Andrews claims silver in keirin final

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 to do it the hard way – coming...

Google billionaire visited New Zealand while the country's border was closed

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, but according to multiple reports...

Tokyo Olympics 2020: David Liti turns attention to defending Commonwealth Games title after fifth-place finish in Olympic Games debut

David Liti won't be leaving Tokyo with an Olympic Games medal, but he is sure to have won over plenty of fans with his display on the platform for the men's +109kg weightlifting competition. As he did when he won gold at the Commonwealth...

Neighbour's angry note blasting 'noisy' kids, requests 9am curfew

A Sydney resident who sent a letter complaining about being woken by their neighbour's kids playing outside early in the morning has been slammed online.The disgruntled Mosman local penned a note to their neighbour, imploring them...

Reese Witherspoon sells production company for $1.28 billion

Reese Witherspoon just became the world's richest actress.The Legally Blonde star, 45, is now worth more than an estimated $500million after her production company, Hello Sunshine, sold for approximately $1.28 billion.A media...

Kiwi startups Seachange, EV Maritime see their electric ferry dreams moving closer to reality

Dreaming of electric ferries as you sit for your noisy, diesel-powered cross-harbour commute, praying it won't break down again?Startups Seachange and EV Maritime are now both promising boats in commercial operation within a couple...

Tokyo Olympics: Carrington wins gold to make history

Lisa Carrington has become New Zealand's most successful Olympian ever after winning the K1 500m gold medal in Tokyo.