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by April 21, 2020

World reacts to Meghan Markle's 'brave' revelation over miscarriage tragedy

The world has reacted to the tragic news that Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, suffered a miscarriage earlier this year.In an emotional personal essay she wrote for The New York Times, Markle, 39, said she suffered the tragic...

Warriors get home games pandemic permitting

The Warriors will play their first two games of next year's National Rugby League season at home in Auckland, subject to the COVID-19 trans-Tasman travel restrictions being lifted.

TVNZ 1 News reader Wendy Petrie: 'This has been the hardest year of my career'

Surreal – that is the word Wendy Petrie uses to describe her life right now. Most likely lots of us feel that way about the pandemic-struck year that is coming to an end. For Wendy, it has been particularly challenging to get her...

Kiwi boy's powerful message, gift to Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson over domestic violence

A young Kiwi-Samoan boy has issued a powerful message along with a gift to Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson in a bid to help spread an anti-violence message to men around the world.Angelou Brown, 5, is part of the She Is Not Your Rehab...

Auckland Arts Festival unveils programme for 2021

One of the first arts festivals affected by Covid-19 in New Zealand is rising from the ashes with a brand new programme that celebrates local talent. The Auckland Arts Festival has unveiled its programme for their 2021 festival,...

Fans confuse Diego Maradona and Madonna, grieve the singer

Twitter users have apparently confused the late football legend Diego Maradona for pop star Madonna.After news broke of the footballer's death, fans flocked to Twitter to mistakenly grieve the singer."RIP Madonna, you'll be forever...

Tri Nations rugby: Ian Foster explains changes to All Blacks team to face Argentina in rematch

All Blacks coach Ian Foster has made three changes to his starting side to face Argentina in their crucial Tri Nations clash in Newcastle, handing rookie Akira Ioane his second start of his career.Follow the recap of the All Blacks...

Diego Maradona: Thousands bid farewell as Argentina grieves

Thousands of fans are paying their final respects to Argentine football legend Diego Maradona at the presidential palace in Buenos Aires.

Football: England great gets backlash over Diego Maradona tribute tweet

England great Gary Lineker has led the tributes for football legend Diego Maradona but it's led to some social media backlash.Maradona died today aged 60, two weeks after being released from a Buenos Aires hospital following brain...

Taylor Swift reveals her boyfriend Joe Alwyn co-wrote songs on Folklore

Taylor Swift has confirmed Joe Alwyn wrote some of the songs on her album Folklore.The 30-year-old singer admitted rumours her actor boyfriend was the man behind the pseudonym William Bowery, who is credited with Bon Iver on her...

Football legend Diego Maradona dies aged 60

Diego Maradona, the Argentine football great who was among the best players ever and who led his country to the 1986 World Cup title, has died. He was 60.The office of Argentina's president will decree three days of national mourning...

Coast radio star Lorna Subritzky opens up about cancer diagnosis: 'It could happen to anybody'

Five years ago, Coast FM's Lorna Subritzky, 52, had her life turned upside down when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. This month, the Breast Cancer Foundation ambassador and mother of Max, 22, Lucy, 20, and Zoe, 11, was declared...

Cricket: Six Pakistan players test positive for Covid-19, breach rules while in managed isolation in Christchurch

Six Pakistan cricketers have tested positive for Covid-19 while the entire team has been given a "final warning" by the Government for breaching rules while in managed isolation in Christchurch.The development has thrown the team's...

Keeping up with the D'Amelios: It's all in the family for TikTok's teen superstar

The past few years have been momentous for TikTok, the short-form video-sharing app on which people post videos about almost any topic under the sun to an audience of millions. And it has been perhaps most momentous of all for 16-year-old...

Tasman: not the team they were last year

Tasman concede they're not the team they were last year when they won their first national provincial rugby title.

Controversial school board member resigns after bathroom mishap in Zoom meeting

A US school board member who created outrage after once saying she was "disgusted" by the LGBT curriculum has seen her career go down the toilet after accidentally sharing herself on the lavatory during a public meeting on Zoom.Frances...

Football: Diego Maradona's final interview just weeks before his tragic death

Diego Maradona, considered by many to be the greatest footballer who ever lived, certainly lived life to the full – but his final interview showed he still feared he wouldn't always be loved.Maradona died at the age of 60 after...

Movie review: Happiest Season is an instant Christmas classic

Review: Christmas movies are a beloved institution, and if you fold in a rom-com, then it's a double whammy of guilty pleasure.Despite the special place Christmas rom-coms have in audiences' hearts, it's a genre laden with mediocrity,...

Taylor Swift announces surprise Folklore concert film for Disney+

Taylor Swift is releasing an intimate concert film.The singer-songwriter has unveiled the trailer for Folklore: the long pond studio sessions, which will be premiere exclusively on Disney+ at midnight PST on Wednesday, November...

'A magician on the field, crazy off it' - Rufer on Maradona

A "magician on the field but crazy off it" is how former All White and Oceania player of the 20th century Wynton Rufer has remembered football legend Diego Maradona.

Actor Faizon Love files lawsuit after being omitted from Couples Retreat movie poster

US actor Faizon Love is suing Universal Studios after he was scrubbed out of the poster for the 2009 film Couples Retreat amid widespread criticism of whitewashing in Hollywood.The romantic comedy starred a number of actors including...

The Dating Diaries: Is it 'anti-feminist' to enjoy the thrill of the chase?

OPINION: Men like to chase; they don't like to be chased.It seems old-fashioned in a time of female empowerment and it seems daring to agree with it, but I'm going to be controversial and say that I agree.Over the years of chasing...

Charles and Camilla turn off social media comments amid wave of abuse from The Crown fans

Prince Charles and Camilla have had to turn off commenting on their newest post on Twitter after the Duchess of Cornwall faced an onslaught of abuse from The Crown fans.The Clarence House Twitter account, which shares updates and...

Football legend Maradona dies

Maradona is widely regarded as one of the greatest footballers of all time and was the inspiration for Argentina's World Cup success in Mexico in 1986.

Rugby league: NRL planning for New Zealand Warriors to return to Mt Smart Stadium in 2021

The Warriors could be back at Mt Smart Stadium before too long, with the NRL planning for a return to Auckland in 2021. The Covid-19 pandemic saw Auckland miss out on hosting any NRL matches this year, with the Warriors forced to...

Pete Evans plugs 'in-depth cannabis cookbook' in new dig at publisher that dumped him

You might know him for his healthy recipes but Pete Evans reportedly plans to take his love for medicinal cannabis further with his next cookbook - if anyone plans to stock it.The celebrity chef hit out at his publisher Pan Macmillan...

Bidwell: All Blacks fans settling for second best

Opinion - An All Blacks win on Saturday won't change Hamish Bidwell's mind about which direction the team is going in.

Sports Quiz: November 27 - Cricket special

Test your sporting knowledge with the Herald Sports Quiz brought to you by Spark Sport. Do you know your Tom Bradys from your Tom Lathams, your White Ferns from your White Sox? Here's your chance to prove your supreme sporting...

Lost, Game of Thrones and Westworld: The most confusing TV shows of all time revealed

The most confusing TV show of all time has been revealed.A study by OnBuy.com analysed the global average monthly search volumes for explanations for popular TV shows to determine which 10 programs left viewers scratching their...

Chrissy Teigen defends Meghan Markle after she was criticised for sharing miscarriage news

Chrissy Teigen has lashed out at a Twitter user for criticising Meghan Markle's personal essay about her miscarriage."Is anyone really questioning the pain and sheer awfulness of suffering a miscarriage, or are they perhaps criticising...

Today's sports news: What you need to know

In today's sports news - Reds beaten in Champions League, Williamson and Bates up for ICC awards and Proteas won't take a knee.

Australian Tennis Open set to be delayed

The Australian Open is set to be delayed by a week or more as negotiations over coronavirus health measures continue.

The Wiggles announce more shows on NZ tour

The Wiggles have announced extra dates for their New Zealand tour in March and April next year.The We're All Fruit Salad Tour will begin in Invercargill on March 19 and finish in Wellington on April 1 – traveling to Dunedin, Christchurch,...

Changes to All Blacks XV as they try to avoid third straight loss

The All Blacks coach Ian Foster has made three changes to the starting XV for this weekend's Tri-Nations test against Argentina in Newcastle.

Meghan Markle reveals tragic miscarriage news

Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, has revealed in an article for the New York Times that she suffered a miscarriage."It was a July morning that began as ordinarily as any other day: Make breakfast. Feed the dogs. Take vitamins. Find...

Mum's 'genius' sandwich hack that can save you hundreds

A mum's bread-freezing hack has gone viral after she revealed the clever time-saving method online.Taking to the popular Facebook group, Mums Who Cook Clean And Organise Australia, the Brisbane woman insisted her trick can save...

Period poverty: Scotland first in world to make period products free

Scotland is the first country in the world to approve free period products for anyone.The Scottish Parliament unanimously approved the bill earlier this week, making it a legal duty for local authorities in Scotland to ensure items...

Meghan's miscarriage revelation sparks the question: How much did the royals know?

How much the royal family knew about Meghan and Harry's heartbreaking July miscarriage has been the subject of debate among royal commentators following Meghan's searing personal essay in the New York Times.On Wednesday, the 39-year-old...

Pakistan cricketers test positive for Covid in Christchurch

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

Tri Nations rugby: Ian Foster reveals All Blacks received apologies from officials for refereeing decisions

All Blacks coach Ian Foster has revealed the team have received apologies from match officials for some of the decisions made during their recent tests. The All Blacks are riding their first two-match losing streak since 2011,...

Is it time for Parliament to cut ties with wearing the tie?

Battlelines are drawn in one of the biggest issues of 2020 - should neckties be compulsory in Parliament. Green Party co-leader James Shaw got the ball rolling by saying the antiquated rule needs to be abolished.He made the cheeky...

Tri Nations rugby: All Blacks meet Taika Waititi and Idris Elba ahead of Argentina clash

The All Black welcomed the company of 'Hollywood's finest' ahead of their final hit-out of the year.Ian Foster's side have been training in Sydney for Saturday's Tri nations test against Argentina in Newcastle and spent yesterday...

Celebrity cook Nadia Lim pens chick-inspired kid's book Marvellous Marvin

He hatched in a muslin-lined cake tin balanced on a pile of books under a house lamp, and now Marvin the chicken has inspired his human "mum", celebrity cook Nadia Lim, to pen a children's book in his name.The 13-week-old chicken...

Meghan Markle's miscarriage revelations highlight tragic royal truth

When it comes down to it, the reason The Crown has proven so popular is that it does something mundane but unprecedented: It humanises the royal family.Over the course of four series we see that they are just so … normal.And yet...

Diego Maradona's wild ride of cocaine, sex workers, mafia, wire taps and a fake penis

Football demigod Diego Maradona's life of cocaine, sex workers and mafia connections finally caught up with him.The 60-year-old deeply flawed legend died of a heart attack on Thursday, having undergone brain surgery earlier this...

Australian retailer recalls 'X-rated' $2 Candy Cane Bath Fizzer

Aussie retail chain Big W has been forced to recall a popular Christmas item over its X-rated design.A customer shared a photo of the candy cane-shaped bath bomb to a Facebook page, suggesting the product looked like something phallic."If...

Black Caps turn to West Indies for advice on Black Lives Matter

The Black Caps will seek advice on Thursday from the West Indies cricketers on how to recognise the Black Lives Matter movement during the series which starts in Auckland on Friday.

Diego Maradona's final words before death emerge

Football legend Diego Maradona's last words before he died were: "I don't feel well."Maradona suffered a fatal heart attack on Wednesday (local time), two weeks after he had surgery to treat a brain bleed.The 60-year-old legend...

Tri-Nations history awaits Pumas

Written off before the tournament, Argentina can put one hand on the Tri-Nations trophy if they beat the All Blacks again

Meghan and Harry kept up appearances despite miscarriage heartache

As far as busy months go, Meghan and Prince Harry were run off their feet in July.Explosive excerpts about their exit from royal life were slowly being leaked from the tell-all book Finding Freedom, Meghan accused the royal family...

Cricket: Black Caps coach Gary Stead wary of busy schedule as international cricket returns to New Zealand

With his team already facing injury issues, Black Caps coach Gary Stead is hoping this is the worst he sees of the condensed cricketing schedule.New Zealand will open their international Twenty20 series on Friday against the West...

Screening Guide: Marvel superheroes, fighting ISIS and action-packed Battle of Midway

Marvel's 616 (Disney+)Comic publisher turned blockbuster movie studio Marvel has a fascinating and rich history and this new documentary series takes a superpowered look at the home of the world's favourite superheroes. Each of...

Cert NZ tracks big rise in cyber attacks during pandemic

The Government's Computer Emergency Response Team (Cert NZ) fielded a record 2610 reports of cyberattacks in the September quarter, which included the second lockdown for Aucklanders.It continued a trend of escalating online fraud,...

Sports Quiz: November 26

Test your sporting knowledge with the Herald Sports Quiz brought to you by Spark Sport. Do you know your Tom Bradys from your Tom Lathams, your White Ferns from your White Sox? Here's your chance to prove your supreme sporting...

Total eclipse of the Hart: Peter Thiel becomes the richest New Zealander

Peter Thiel's spook software outfit Palantir has more than doubled in value since it listed on the New York Stock Exchange on October 2 - likely edging the entrepreneur ahead of Graeme Hart to become the richest New Zealand, citizen.Back-of-the-envelope...

Boxing: The bizarre rules for Mike Tyson comeback fight leaves UFC boss Dana White stunned

Mike Tyson, one of the most feared punchers in history, has apparently been barred from trying to knock Roy Jones jnr out in his comeback. The 54-year-old Tyson faces multi-weight class legend Jones, aged 51, in Los Angeles on Sunday....

Six60 challenge former Prime Minister Helen Clark over battle to play Eden Park

Six60 have called for former Prime Minister and Arts Minister Helen Clark to support their bid to play Eden Park. The band, who made history as the first local band to sell out Western Springs are eyeing being able to play a show...

Snapper launches iOS app in Wellington

Wellingtonians can finally top-up their Snapper cards using their iPhones with the launch of a new iOS app today. At the moment people have to top-up their bus cards at special stations or dairies. Android customers have had the...

The single image that defined the Diego Maradona era

Technically, it might not be the sharpest image.It is true, too, that while we can clearly identify the antagonists, the protagonist has his back to the camera.This shot, however, is every bit as powerful and momentous as Neil...

Daniela Elser: Queen's silence to Meghan's miscarriage news

OPINION: Buckingham Palace has a ghost problem.Ever since the latest season of The Crown was released this month, the spectral force of Diana, Princess of Wales and all of her misery and suffering has been haunting the royal...

Heartbreaking letters to Santa shared by US Postal Service

A little boy's sweet letter to Santa has broken the hearts of thousands online after he admitted he just wants to be loved.The young boy, known only as Will, penned a letter to the man in red as part of the US Postal Service's "Operation...

Jennifer Lopez, 51, stuns in naked video

Jennifer Lopez proves time and time again age is but a number.The 51-year-old pop star gave a jaw-dropping risque performance at the American Music Awards on Monday in a sheer black bodysuit.And she's showcased her ageless figure...

Online learning reduces children's reading enjoyment - study

Learning to read on computers and tablets reduces children's enjoyment of reading, a new study has found.The Ministry of Education study is the latest of a series of reports looking for reasons behind a steep drop in reading performance...

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...

The Weeknd lashes out at Recording Academy after Grammys snub

The Weeknd has lashed out at the Recording Academy after being snubbed in this year's Grammy nominations.Despite having one of the year's biggest albums with "After Hours," topping the Billboard Hot 100 chart with "Blinding Lights"...

Watch: Rocket Lab's first rocket retrieval launch

UPDATE: Return to Sender successfully launched, and its first-stage was successfully retrieved after parachuting back to Earth. The Auckland University student satellite, Gnome Chompsi and other cargo successfully made it to space....

Today's sports news: What you need to know

In today's sports news - Coleman appeals ban, the world farewells Maradona and West Indies batsmen impress.

Argentina overhaul team for second crack at All Blacks

Argentina coach Mario Ledesma has completely overhauled his team for Saturday's Tri-Nations test against the All Blacks in Newcastle.

Rugby: Liam Messam reveals how his All Blacks career almost came to a premature end and issues with Steve Hansen

By RugbyPass.com Despite accruing well over 300 first-class appearances, two Commonwealth Games titles and one Rugby World Cup, former All Black Liam Messam's career has been anything but smooth-sailing.The 36-year-old recently...

Bad buzz: Six women call police, hospitalised after getting too high on hash cookies

Six women in South Australia were hospitalised after they ate cannabis cookies and became so high that they passed out at home during the state's recent lockdown.Officers and South Australian Ambulance crews arrived at a property...

Fifty Shade Of Grey star Jamie Dornan on receiving terrifying fan mail

Jamie Dornan received "freaky" fan mail in lockdown.The 'Fifty Shades of Grey' star was sent a bizarre collage of photos of himself as a child.Speaking to Variety magazine about the bizarre fan mail, he shared: "Someone saying...

Chrissy Teigen and John Legend defend their decision to share intimate photos after miscarriage

Chrissy Teigen and John Legend have defended their decision to post pictures from the hospital after they tragically lost their son Jack.The Sports Illustrated model and the 'All of Me' hitmaker wanted to help others who had been...

Pasifika proud Aso ready for Maori All Blacks

Pasifika proud Hurricanes player Vince Aso, is excited to represent his Samoan heritage, after being named in the first Moana Pasifika team.

History in the frame for worldwide photography competition

Michael Marsh's picture of the Brighton Palace Pier is an evocative and poignant winner of the Historic Photographer of the Year 2020: Union flags fly in the breeze above the once-glorious Victorian construction battered by a turbulent...

The legacy behind 'the golden kid' Maradona

First Person - Despite all of his faults, problems and dramas, Maradona leaves an incredible legacy and will be mourned across the sporting world, writes Michael Burgess.

Tri Nations rugby: All Blacks make changes to team for Argentina rematch

All Blacks coach Ian Foster has made three changes to his starting side to face Argentina in their crucial Tri Nations clash in Newcastle, handing rookie Akira Ioane his second test start of his career.Ioane will start in the number...

ICC chair Greg Barclay lays out world cricket's priorities

New Zealand's Greg Barclay, the new ICC chair, says the organisation must deliver its pinnacle events over the next three years or face serious financial consequences.

Tri Nations rugby: All Blacks v Argentina Pumas in Newcastle - teams, kick-off time, live streaming and how to watch

All you need to know ahead of the All Blacks' clash against the Pumas in Newcastle The All Blacks have made three changes to their starting lineup for Saturday's Tri Nations rematch against Argentina, retaining an unchanged backline...

James Nokise: New Orleans a better fit for Steven Adams

Opinion - Steven Adams' next stint at the New Orleans Pelicans will be better for him and New Zealand basketball fans, James Nokise writes.

Covid 19 coronavirus: The pandemic is changing Hollywood, maybe forever

"No New 'Movies' Till Influenza Ends" blared a New York Times headline on October 10, 1918, while the deadly second wave of the Spanish Flu was unfolding.A century later, during another pandemic, movies — quotes no longer necessary...

Football: Diego Maradona's surprising net worth before his death

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 of his death.The 60-year-old...

Cricket: Suzie Bates, Sophie Devine and Kane Williamson nominated for ICC player of the decade awards

Suzie Bates, Sophie Devine and Kane Williamson have all been shortlisted by the International Cricket Council for player of the decade awards.Williamson is up for the ICC Male Cricketer of the Decade award, nominated alongside Virat...

Lorde announces photo book Going South about Antarctica trip

Grammy-award winning artist Lorde has announced she's releasing something special - and no, it's a not a new album (yet). The Green Light singer sent an email to fans on her mailing list, which is her preferred method of communication...