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by April 21, 2020

Fan finds Led Zeppelin Auckland concert film in shed

By RNZ Forty-nine years ago today, Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Bonham and John Paul Jones sauntered onto the stage at Western Springs Stadium and put on one of the greatest shows the country had ever seen.Led Zeppelin was the...

Sky TV profit jumps 234 per cent, price increases on table after June

Sky has reported a 234 per cent jump in net profit to $39.6 million for the six months to December 30, in line with guidance, on the back of an 80 per cent spike in its streaming business, a stabilisation of its satellite business...

America's Cup 2021: Sir Ben Ainslie - Prada Cup final loss will take a while to process, but we'll come back stronger

OPINION: The past couple of days have not been much fun. I woke up at around 5am on Tuesday and for a minute I thought we were still right in the thick of it. Then it hit me again: we are out of the running for this America's Cup.It...

Golf: Lydia Ko shines in season-opening round on LPGA Tour

New Zealand golfer Lydia Ko has started her 2021 LPGA Tour season in superb style, firing a stunning opening round at the Gainbridge Championship.Ko, who finished a challenging 2020 tour with four top-10 finishes, posted an eagle,...

Cricket: Streaker makes spectacular escape attempt at Black Caps game

A man's near-successful attempt to escape the clutches of the law, after streaking across Dunedin's University Oval during the Black Caps' T20 match against Australia, has been captured on film by fellow cricket fans. During Australia's...

Recap: White Ferns vs England

New Zealand have suffered an eight-wicket loss to England in the second One Day International at Dunedin's University Oval. Look back on live updates here.

Phone call anxiety: why so many of us have it, and how to get over it

By Ilham Sebah , Royal Holloway Staying in touch with loved ones without seeing them in person has become even more important during the pandemic. But for some people, making or receiving calls is a stressful experience. Phone...

Rugby: Six Nations thrown into chaos as France's clash with Scotland postponed over fresh Covid case

The Six Nations has been thrown into chaos with France's game against Scotland set to be postponed until after the tournament was due to finish and both teams facing the prospect of fielding weakened sides. A positive Covid test...

Kids expelled from school over mum's racy $200k-a-month job

The children of a mum who started an OnlyFans account have been expelled from school after raunchy images of her went viral online.The 44-year-old US mum Tiffany Poindexter was told to "find another school" for her kids after being...

Spark takes first-half hit as travel restrictions choke lucrative roaming revenue

Spark has reported an 11.4 per cent fall in net profit after tax to $148 million for the six months to December 30, while revenue fell 1.5 per cent to $1.77 billion.The telco blamed Covid-19 for the revenue fall. Border closures...

Recap Super Rugby: Highlanders v Crusaders

Super Rugby Aotearoa is underway, with the Crusaders beating the Highlanders in the seaosn opener. Look back on all the action with the live blog from Jamie Wall here.

Kevin Federline's lawyer praises Britney Spears' conservatorship as a blessing

Does Britney Spears need freeing, or has everyone got it wrong?The explosive Framing Britney Spears documentary that recently aired in the US has had everyone empathise heavily with Spears, who has been under her father's conservatorship...

Vodafone NZ losing 200 staff, including two key execs

Vodafone NZ is poised to lose another 200 staff in another restructure.An email to all staff by chief executive Jason Paris says there will be an all-hands meeting today to discuss the initiative. Read More Spark takes first-half...

Student who quit university shares how she made first $1 million by 25

When Alexa Collins dropped out of university at 21 to pursue a career in social media, she said she knew it was going to pay off.She was right.The now 25-year-old model is now a millionaire, living a luxurious lifestyle with her...

Meghan Markle and Princess Eugenie have kept in touch during their pregnancies: 'They are very close'

Meghan Markle and her husband Prince Harry's cousin Princess Eugenie may be closer than people realised.The Duchess of Sussex, 39, has been in touch with Eugenie, 30, throughout their simultaneous pregnancies, according to Page...

Gymnastics: Former US Olympic coach dies just hours after being charged with raft of crimes

A former US Olympics gymnastics coach with ties to disgraced sport doctor Larry Nassar died by suicide on Friday after being charged with two dozen crimes, including forms of human trafficking, the state attorney general said.The...

Facebook says it will pay $1.3 billion over three years to news media

Facebook, following in Google's footsteps, says it plans to invest US$1 billion ($1.34b) to "support the news industry" over the next three years.The social networking giant, which has been tussling with Australia over a law that...

Melbourne mum 'proud' her 6yo son punched his school bully

A mum has divided opinion after revealing she is "proud" her son punched his "bully".Laura Mazza, 33, from Melbourne, said her six-year-old son, Luca, told her he had to do something to stop the classmate from bullying him.The...

Black Caps vs Australia

New Zealand have edged to a four-run win over Australia at Dunedin's University Oval in the second of five Twenty20 matches. Look back on live updates here.

Today's sports news: What you need to know

In today's sports news - Lydia Ko in the lead at latest LPGA event, big win for India eliminates England from Test Championship, Breakers beaten by Kings and France rugby game off.

Jana Hocking: 'Tragic' way most people find love is no longer so taboo

Do you remember a time, quite a few years ago now, when you would find yourself on a lonely plan-free Sunday and would think, "I'll just jump on Tinder."You would cringe as you uploaded your most attractive photos, wondering how...

Facebook to lift news ban for Australian users and publishers

Facebook will lift its news ban for Australian users and publishers, less than a week after making the shock decision.The ban – made last week in response to a proposed new Media Bargaining law – meant Australian users could no...

A mister no more: Mr Potato Head goes gender neutral

Mr Potato Head is no longer a mister.Hasbro, the company that makes the potato-shaped plastic toy, is giving the spud a gender-neutral new name: Potato Head. The change will appear on boxes this year.Toymakers have been updating...

Rosamund Pike: 'Massive breasts' in movie poster weren't mine

Rosamund Pike has complained that her breasts were "augmented" for a Johnny English Reborn poster, saying images are so doctored that actors "are losing our grip on what we really look like".Pike appeared alongside Rowan Atkinson...

New National League to change men's and women's football

New Zealand football has confirmed the details of a new National League competition which aims to restructure women's and men's football.

Frasier returns after 20 years

US TV show Frasier, an 11-season long hit in the 1990s, will be making a comeback.The show, which followed the life of Dr Frasier Crane, a psychiatrist who had his own radio show, is still one of the most successful TV shows of...

Kiwi actress Thomasin McKenzie and Miranda Harcourt's daring new roles

Thomasin McKenzie is used to walking red carpets in glamorous gowns and starring beside Hollywood greats like Scarlett Johansson, but it's the simple pleasures in life, like lemony chickpea soup, that keep the young Kiwi actress happy.Chatting...

Charlize Theron wants to star in a lesbian Die Hard reboot, endorses fan's pitch

Charlize Theron is keen to star in a reboot of the Die Hard franchise. The South African actress has shared her eagerness for a new version of the popular action movie after a fan suggested a reboot should centre on two lesbian...

Rugby World Cup 2023: All Blacks to square off with France in blockbuster opening match

Three-time champion New Zealand and three-time runner-up France will square off in a blockbuster opening match of the 2023 Rugby World Cup.The two nations have combined to deliver some of the most storied matches in the tournament's...

Sports Quiz: February 27

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...

Australia passes world-first new law forcing Facebook and Google to pay for news content

Australia has become one of the first countries in the world with the power to force tech giants to pay for the news they use after a controversial law passed in parliament today. The News Media and Digital Platforms Mandatory Bargaining...

Local Focus: From hui to zui, iwi sees added benefits from treaty negotiations

Treaty negotiations have brought Te Whakatōhea closer to a settlement for past grievances, and also closer to a digital future.For the Eastern Bay of Plenty iwi's lead negotiator, building the iwi's digital capabilities is...

Electric Avenue: Scribe back on the mic at Christchurch's biggest outdoor music festival

Christchurch's biggest outdoor music festival, featuring Kiwi artists Scribe and P-Money, will go ahead this weekend.The Electric Avenue Music Festival at Hagley Park has been sold out for a month with 25,000 people expected on...

The Dating Diaries: Life lessons I learnt from Dunedin's Castle Street

OPINION: Lillie Rohan reminisces about her time as a student in Dunedin and reflects on the lessons she learnt inside the walls of an iconic Castle St flat. I'm feeling homesick this week and not in the "I really miss Dunedin"...

The Conversation: How Daft Punk used their robot disguise to take over the world

Daniel Cookney , University of Salford While Daft Punk's break-up may have been unexpected, the enigmatic nature in how the public were notified was predictable. Announced via the electronic duo's YouTube channel, an upload...

Sydney Morning Herald accidentally publishes Prince Philip's obituary

The Sydney Morning Herald was forced to quickly remove a pre-prepared obituary for Prince Philip seemingly published by accident on Monday afternoon.An article titled "Prince Philip Through the Years" appeared in the paper's obituary...

Prince Harry stepped back because UK press was 'destroying' his mental health

Prince Harry says he stepped back from royal duties because the UK press was "toxic" and was "destroying" his mental health.The royal opened up about his struggles during a wide-ranging interview with James Corden on The Late Late...

Live Super Rugby Aotearoa updates: Highlanders v Crusaders at Forsyth Barr Stadium

All the action as Super Rugby Aotearoa returns with the Crusaders taking on the Highlanders. ‌ Irish lock Jack Regan has survived a pandemic and seized an opportunity, earning a start for the Highlanders tonight.Regan...

Opinion: Tiger Woods doesn’t need a storybook comeback

Let's all hope golfer Tiger Woods can live a long and contented life, Hamish Bidwell writes.

Prince Harry and Meghan help build an emergency relief centre in the Commonwealth

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex's foundation has helped support the completion of an emergency relief centre in the Commonwealth.World Central Kitchen announced today that the construction of the first community relief centre in...

Kanye West was 'trying to sell' jewellery he bought Kim Kardashian days before divorce

Kanye West was reportedly trying to sell jewellery he had given his wife Kim Kardashian, just days before she filed for divorce, according to a source.The source told the Sun the rapper has taken the jewellery to "at least two top...

Today's sports news: What you need to know

In today's sports news - Wins for Man City and Real, Phoenix beaten again and India on top in Ahmedabad.

Prince Harry says The Crown is 'loosely based on the truth in James Corden interview

The Crown is "loosely based on the truth", Prince Harry has revealed, adding that he is "more comfortable" with the Netflix drama than the stories he reads about himself in the British press.Harry said he didn't have a problem with...

'Highly suspicious': Bizarre 'robbery' drama before Joseph Parker, Junior Fa fight

On the eve of one of the biggest fights in New Zealand boxing history, a bizarre skirmish has broken out between the opposing camps. The source of the antagonism: a gift of boxing gloves from the Joseph Parker camp to Junior Fa's...

Boxing: Joseph Parker, Junior Fa ready to put it on the line

World-ranked New Zealand boxers not hiding from implications of heavyweight match-up in Auckland.

Joseph Parker v Junior Fa: Parker concedes weight, height and reach advantage to Fa

Joseph Parker will be up against a fighter almost 10kgs heavier than himself in the form of Junior Fa after both fighters successfully completed the weigh-in ahead of their heavyweight clash on Saturday night.Parker came in at 108.9kgs,...

Tall Blacks out of Olympic qualification

Basketball New Zealand has withdrawn the Tall Blacks and the men's 3X3 team from the Olympic Qualifying Tournaments in Serbia and Austria.

Bruce Springsteen's drink driving charge dropped

The US government dropped drunken driving and reckless driving charges against Bruce Springsteen on Wednesday stemming from an incident in November, admitting that the rocker's blood-alcohol level was so low that it didn't warrant...

Ferns again falter with bat

The White Ferns have fallen to another convincing loss in game two of their one-day international series against England.

Vodafone NZ first to go big with 5G wireless broadband

Chorus blames Covid's effect on immigration as half-year profit falls People who can't afford UFB fibre - or don't have it available in their area - have a new option for super-fast internet from today.Vodafone has become the...

Miracle Pup: Dog born with six legs and two tails a 'scientific miracle'

In the US, a border collie cross is believed to be the first puppy in the world to be born alive with her condition.Skipper was born with six legs and two tails.Previous research into dogs born with her condition suggests Skipper...

Review: Allen v Farrow finally places Dylan at the centre of her own story

Originally published by The Spinoff The new Neon docuseries clears away the clutter from this messy saga and refocuses on the person it was always really about, writes Sam Brooks. The question of how to engage with art made...

Boxing: Joseph Parker v Junior Fa - fight undercard, main event start time, odds, live streaming and how to watch

All you need to know ahead of Joseph Parker v Junior Fa on Saturday, February 27: Joseph Parker has made his intentions clear about his game plan against Junior Fa on Saturday night: he wants to knock him out – and do it early.Speaking...

Covid 19 coronavirus: UK doctor blasts Gwyneth Paltrow's bizarre 'long Covid' remedies

A UK National Health Service director has slammed Gwyneth Paltrow for promoting some bizarre methods for tackling "long Covid".The Goop guru recently revealed that she'd contracted Covid-19, which left her with lingering symptoms...

Golf: Lydia Ko remains in front of field at halfway mark of LPGA Tour opener

Lydia Ko has continued her fine form on her home course to hold a one shot lead halfway through the opening event of the 2021 LPGA Tour.Playing in Orlando at the Lake Nona Golf and Country Club, Ko followed up her opening-round...

America's Cup 2021: All you need to know about today's sailing news

All the latest news from the America's Cup. Team New Zealand's secret weapon Eight days out from the start of the America's Cup match between Team New Zealand and Luna Rossa in Auckland, it appears the defender has a new weapon...

Some things never change, the Crusaders are favourites

A lot of things have happened to sport around the world over the last year, but one thing hasn't changed in New Zealand, the Crusaders remain favourites!

The Bachelorette NZ season 2: Will Lexie choose Hamish or Todd, or no one at all?

OPINION: We are very nearly at the end of this chaotic journey that has been the second season of The Bachelorette NZ. Lexie has smooched, dated, challenged the guys, and dished out almost all of the roses she has left. So who...

Super Rugby Aotearoa: All Black Nepo Laulala upbeat ahead of first season with Blues

By Sam Smith of RugbyPass.com In 2016, one year after making his All Blacks debut, Nepo Laulala shifted north from the Crusaders to the Chiefs. The move didn't go to plan, however, with Laulala suffering a horrific knee injury...

Covid 19 coronavirus: Queen's astonishing comment - 'Think about others rather than yourselves':

The Queen has publicly spoken for the first time on her Covid-19 vaccine experience, asking people to "Think about others rather than yourselves".A video has been posted to Twitter by the Royal Family showing the Queen discussing...

America's Cup 2021: Team New Zealand reveal their latest weapon

Team New Zealand have unveiled their latest weapon, a sail which could sink Luna Rossa's America's Cup hopes in very light airs. Experts are surmising the large, traditional style of sail forward of the mast would enable Te Rehutai...

Lionel Richie reveals 40-year age gap romance with Lisa Parigi

Lionel Richie and longtime girlfriend Lisa Parigi have some fans stunned by their apparent 40-year age gap.The singer and his lifestyle blogger girlfriend have reportedly been dating since 2014, but strangely, in the past few days...

Covid 19 coronavirus: People who wear glasses 'less likely' to catch virus

Foggy lens are an annoying side-effect of the glasses and face mask combo but, if a new study is anything to go by, there might be a rewarding payoff.People who wear glasses are less likely to contract coronavirus, a new study has...

Kiwi woman, 23, didn't know she was pregnant until she went into labour

Stories in which women who didn't know they were pregnant until they were giving birth are all over the internet. There's even a TV show dedicated to the phenomenon.However, many people can't seem to wrap their head around the fact...

Cricket: England suffer huge defeat as Black Caps' World Test Championship final picture becomes clearer

England has suffered one of its biggest ever test match defeats, going down by 10-wickets to India at Ahmedabad and ruling themselves out of the World Test Championship final in the process.The final test of the four-match series...

Talented Tanner ready to fly NZ flag in 1500m

As he strives for an Olympic swansong, Nick Willis is passing the baton to a rising star ready to write the NZ's next chapter of middle-distance greatness.

Prince Harry and Meghan's interview with Oprah Winfrey won't air on BBC

The BBC will not air Prince Harry and Meghan's Markle tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey, it's been revealed.The 90-minute interview was recorded last week and sources have suggested the couple spoke "very candidly" about their...

Today's sports news: What you need to know

In today's sports news - National 4000m individual pursuit record broken, Canterbury lock-in Ford Trophy finals spot and Olympic athletes allowed into Tokyo.

MediaWorks admits 'organisational failure' over racist John Banks radio broadcast

By Hayden Donnell of RNZ MediaWorks has conceded a controversial exchange in which host John Banks and a caller condemned "stone age Māori culture" - broadcast on Magic Talk in January - was "a serious breach" of broadcasting...

UFC fighters allowed to wear silver fern

A potential branding showdown between New Zealand Rugby and an Auckland Mixed Martial Arts gym has been averted.

Johnny Depp defamation case against Amber Heard pushed to next year

Johnny Depp and Amber Heard will not be coming head to head in a court room any time soon.Depp's US$50 million (NZ$67m) defamation lawsuit against Heard has been delayed again, with the former husband and wife set to face off in...

Cricket: White Ferns' record losing streak continues with defeat to England in second ODI

The White Ferns' losing streak has continued, in familiar fashion.After mustering just 178 batting first and losing by eight wickets in their ODI opener against England, today's second ODI in Dunedin followed a similar script, as...

Jamie Spears' lawyer claims he 'saved Britney's life' amid controversy

Jamie Spears' lawyer has claimed the pop star's father "saved Britney's life" and that people "have it so wrong" about him.The 68-year-old has been the subject of growing scrutiny, particularly in the aftermath of the controversial...

Fijian Super Rugby team needs $10 million to keep dream alive

By RNZ The Fiji Rugby Union needs to raise NZ$10 million by the end of March to keep its Super Rugby dream alive.The Fijian Drua and Moana Pasifika were announced in November as New Zealand Rugby's preferred partners to join...

'I didn't want to stay in New Zealand, full stop': KJ Apa blasts NZ's 'tall poppy syndrome'

New Zealand-born actor KJ Apa says his first ever role, in Shortland Street at the age of 16, gave him the technical training he needed to be where he is today.In an interview with actress Demi Moore, KJ Apa blasts the "New Zealand...

Pumas up for Laureus Award

Argentina's first ever win over the All Blacks has resulted in the Pumas gaining a nomination for the Laureus World Sports Awards.

Crusaders beat Highlanders in Super Rugby opener

The Crusaders have beaten the Highlanders in the opening match of this year's Super Rugby Aotearoa competition.

Joseph Parker v Junior Fa: Fa taunts Parker during final staredown

"This will be the fifth time I beat you." Junior Fa seized the final chance to lock eyes with Joseph Parker to fire that taunt at his former amateur foe. Tension was palpable as Parker and Fa squared off one last time before...

Lady Gaga offers $500k reward after dogs stolen, walker shot

Lady Gaga is offering a staggering US$500,000 (NZ$673,000) reward for anyone who can return her two French bulldogs. Gaga's dog walker Ryan Fischer was ambushed close to his home in West Hollywood as he walked Gaga's dogs Koji,...

All Blacks draw Les Bleus in World Cup opener

The All Blacks will play the opening game of 2023 Rugby World Cup against traditional rivals France.

Woman's incredible reply to Tinder match after discovering he is married, dad of 6

When looking for love online, you have to keep your eyes open and your lie radar in tune.People aren't always who they claim to be.One woman from the US found out the hard way after matching with a charming man named Eric.But...

Rugby: Crusaders beat Highlanders in 2021 Super Rugby Aotearoa opener

Crusaders 26Highlanders 13 New season, same Crusaders does not quite tell the full story. The defending champions were far from their polished best in the first match of Super Rugby Aotearoa 2.0 against the Highlanders in Dunedin...

Soundtrack to My Life: Moira Jean from Raw Collective

Moira Jean is the vocalist for Wellington's modern soul 10-piece Raw Collective. They've just released their new LP, The Good Things, and play Auckland's Tuning Fork tomorrow night. Ain't No Way Aretha FranklinMy mum introduced...

Jess Quinn opens up about her secret struggle: 'I lost myself completely'

Giving less than 100 per cent is not a concept high achievers live by. So for Jess Quinn, taking it easy and abandoning goals due to injury has been as mentally and emotionally harrowing as it has been physically painful.The Dancing...

Guptill, Neesham shine in NZ win

Opener Martin Guptill rediscovered his best and Jimmy Neesham starred with bat and ball as the Black Caps edged to a four-run win over Australia in the second Twenty20 international in Dunedin.

Lady Gaga's dog walker shot and French bulldogs snatched in Los Angeles

Lady Gaga's dog walker was shot and two of the singer's French bulldogs were stolen in Hollywood during an armed robbery, police said.The dog walker was shot once Wednesday night and is expected to survive his injuries, according...