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by April 21, 2020

Prince Charlies calls in lawyers over Archie racism accusation

Prince Charles has been named as the member of the royal family who allegedly questioned the 'skin tone' of Harry and Meghan's child Archie, prior to his birth, and he is not happy about it. In fact, sources reveal that Charles called...

Dr Zac explains why you need the toilet so much after drinking

OPINION: Welcome to Ask Doctor Zac, a weekly column for news.com.au. This week Dr Zac advises what happens to your digestion after you drink alcohol. Question: Hi Dr Zac, what causes a grog bog? And for those who don't speak...

Black Caps fight back in first test

Tim Southee has claimed a five wicket bag as the Black Caps fight back in the first Test against India.

Mother of 10 shares how online trolls make fun of her children, including their smiles

A social media influencer and mother of 10 has shared her experience with online trolls who insult her family, even attacking their appearance.Alicia Dougherty, female head of a family affectionately dubbed, the Dougherty Dozen,...

Nobody goes to woman's 'Friendsgiving' dinner

A clip has gone viral of a woman sitting at a table on her own after no one showed up to her planned dinner.Christian Zamora, who goes by the handle "Kidalloy" on TikTok, shared footage of his girlfriend's empty dinner table in...

Countdown to Softball World Cup starts again

An upside to the delayed 2022 Men's Softball World Cup is that organisers expect the tournament to be far more competitive.

Rugby: Barbarians match called off 90 minutes before kick-off due to Covid cases

This morning's (NZT) match between the Barbarians men's team and Samoa at Twickenham was cancelled just 90 minutes before kickoff due to coronavirus cases among the invititational side.A statement released by the Rugby Football...

Iwi say no to Rhythm & Vines over Covid-19 risk within Tairāwhiti

By Matai O'Connor of RNZ Tairāwhiti iwi have urged Rhythm and Vines owners and management to cancel this year's festival over concerns it could cause a Covid-19 outbreak in the region.Last Friday, the chairpersons of Te...

Today's sports news: What you need to know

In today's sports news - Breakers postponement request denied, Silver Ferns defender announces pregnancy and Chelsea held by United.

Sir Ian Taylor - Nine questions for the Prime Minister about Covid tests in NZ

OPINION: I have to declare a potential conflict of interest. I voted for the current Government on the basis that I believed the Prime Minister when she said this would be one of the most transparent governments – ever.I have...

NZ exclusive: Oliver Stone on his new documentary JFK: Destiny Betrayed

For a period beginning with 1986's Platoon and continuing through a stunning run of hit films including Wall Street, The Doors and Natural Born Killers, filmmaker Oliver Stone was firmly at the centre of the zeitgeist, sparking debate...

Trial set to start on charges actor Jussie Smollett faked racist attack

A popular actor steps out onto the street and is brutally reminded that, despite his fame and wealth, places still exist where the colour of his skin and sexual orientation put him in danger.That was the story that ricocheted around...

Cycling NZ on the skids again

Cycling New Zealand is embroiled in more high performance issues, revealing it breached rules over athlete selection while at the Tokyo Olympics but won't say how or who the riders involved were.

Indian bowlers trouble Blackcaps on day three

Left-arm spinner Axar Patel claimed figures of 5-62 to help India grab a handy 49-run first-innings lead in the opening test against New Zealand.

Sir Rod Stewart is 'eight different fathers' to his eight children

Sir Rod Stewart is "eight different fathers" to his children.The 76-year-old rock legend has eight children to five women and he loves nothing more than getting them all together when it is possible.Stewart enjoys a close relationship...

Basketball: Covid-hit Breakers plead for postponement of Australian NBL opener

Breakers owner Matt Walsh has pleaded with the Australian NBL to postpone the Covid-hit club's season-opening game.The Breakers' outbreak has risen to nine cases with Walsh confirming both he and coach Dan Shamir had tested positive...

Big final day ahead for Black Caps

The Black Caps face a tough final day of the first Test against India in Kanpur.

Spy: Red light means green light for filming

A slew of TV shows are poised to get cameras rolling when Auckland enters the traffic-light system of Covid management.The new system means more freedom for the city, with the use of vaccine passes. Under level 3 Shortland Street...

Actor Matthew McConaughey addresses potential run for Texas governor

Actor Matthew McConaughey has opened up on the recent noise around his potential foray into United States politics, clarifying recent comments in an address to fans.McConaughey's political ambitions have caused excitement in liberal...

George Clooney's near-death experience: 'Thinking it was the last minute of my life'

George Clooney was "waiting for his switch to turn off" after crashing his motorbike.The 60-year-old actor and director flew over the handlebars of his bike when a car turned in front of him while riding in Sardinia, Italy, in 2018,...

Should NZ's PhD researchers be working at below minimum wage?

They're the workhorses and future of New Zealand's research system – yet university PhD scholars are continuing to struggle on pay that's well short of even minimum wage. Now there are fears that if conditions don't change soon,...

Covid 19 Delta outbreak: Digital divide sees thousands of kids still without laptops, internet

Thousands of students still have no internet access at home, according to a new report - and even more have no access to a device that isn't a mobile phone.Half of low-decile schools in a large survey in June said the majority of...

Spy: Simon Bridges escapes political turmoil for celebrity bake off

Tis the season for The Great Kiwi Bake Off Celebrity Special as six stars celebrities deck the halls, trim the tree and bake up a Christmas storm. The festive competitors include National MP Simon Bridges — in the eye of a political...

Rugby: Justice for the Pacific Islands? There is a bit more to it

Comment: The final whistle has blown on the Southern Hemisphere season, but perhaps the most significant victory was when World Rugby opened up their eligibility rules, Jamie Wall writes.

Spy: Renee Stewart's star turn in Sia Video

The rising-star daughter of Rod Stewart and Rachel Hunter is a dancer in a video by one of the world's biggest music acts.Rocking Rod released his 31st album last week and daughter Renee is one of the dancers in Sia's new video...

Racing: Gold Watch continues red-hot winning streak

Gold Watch, one of the most exciting gallopers in New Zealand racing, kept his winning streak intact at Te Aroha on Saturday with another powerful display to take out the open 1400m contest on the card.The Cliff Goss-trained 5-year-old...

Demanding schedule: All Whites' tricky path to World Cup revealed

The All Whites will have to negotiate two World Cup qualifying games outside the official FIFA window next March.The final piece of New Zealand's potential World Cup pathway was confirmed on Monday night, with the format of the...

Cricket: Black Caps face fearsome challenge to beat India on final day of first test

Oh to be a touring cricket team in India, where you can play exceptionally well for four days yet still need to produce something special on the fifth to claim victory.Such is life for the Black Caps after four gripping days of...

Matt Doran reveals what was said during infamous Adele interview

The contents of the Adele interview we may never get to see have finally been laid bare by Seven presenter Matt Doran, who revealed the megastar spoke candidly about her "end-of-the-world" battle with depression.The Weekend Sunrise...

Police investigating moment female TV reporter was violated live on air

Police have launched an investigation into an incident where a female TV presenter was allegedly "molested" by a football fan on live TV.Italian journalist Greta Beccaglia appeared to be slapped on the backside while reporting from...

Doctored photos showing Kate Middleton with bruised eyes published without palace permission

Doctored images of Kate Middleton with a bruised face have gone up in several spots in Europe as part of a campaign to end domestic violence.The images, which have been created by artist AleXsandro Palombo, using existing photos...

Cricket: Black Caps collapse as India show class on day three of first test

It took until the third day but New Zealand were finally sent into a spin in the first test against India.An encouraging platform was mostly squandered as the hosts' spin trio halted the Black Caps' progress in Kanpur, the tourists...

Paine taking 'indefinite mental health break' from cricket

The former Australia test cricket captain Tim Paine is taking an "indefinite mental health break" from the game leaving Australia's Ashes preparations in disarray.

India on top in first test

India are in control after day one of the first Test against the Black Caps thanks to debutant's knock.

Fashion icon Virgil Abloh dies following secret cancer battle

Virgil Abloh has tragically died following a secret battle with a rare form of cancer.The fashion designer, who was best known as artistic director of French fashion house Louis Vuitton and the CEO of the Milan label Off-White,...

Racing: Majestic Man tipped to justify favouritism

Sole flag flyer Majestic Man is going to need to improve for New Zealand to have any chance of lifting an Inter Dominion title over the next fortnight.The good news for Kiwi harness fans is champion horseman Anthony Butt is certain...

Daughter's outrageous outfit to dad's wedding mocks Kendall Jenner

A woman has gone viral for the outrageous dress she said she would wear to her father's wedding.The short, black mini dress – from US brand God Saves Queens – features a single shoulder strap and excessive sheer panelling, creating...

The only two people the Queen will pick up the phone for

The Queen reportedly only picks up the phone for two people within "The Firm" - and it may not be who people expect. Her cellphone is secured with special technology to ensure no one can hack it. A royal expert shared who the...

Motorsport: Frank Williams, founder of Formula One team, dies at 79

Sir Frank Williams, the founder and former team principal of Williams Racing, has died. He was 79.Williams took his motor racing team from an empty carpet warehouse to the summit of Formula One, overseeing 114 victories, a combined...

TikTok video shows disgusting find in McDonald's drink machine: worms

A disgusting TikTok video by user McOldKentRoad has gone viral as it exposed the filthy condition of a drinks machine at a McDonald's restaurant.Customers were disgusted after the video showed worms in a drinks machine at a McDonald's...

Cricket: Black Caps cling on for stunning draw against India in first test

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

100 Iconic Eats for food-loving Aucklanders to discover as eateries prepare to reopen under the new traffic light system

Vietnamese-Kiwi chef Willie Nguyen said he shed tears of joy when he found out the banh mi at his Duck Duck Goose Eatery made the 2021 Iconic Auckland Eats list.Nguyen's wife Yessika Lim, 31, a patisserie chef, had got the baguette...

Nadia Bokody: Weird things men say after sex

OPINION: Are straight men okay?No, really, I'm concerned – and not just because a reader once sent me a picture of his junk and asked if I'd like follow-up images with objects held beside it for size comparison.I'm troubled...

Theranos fraud trial: Disgraced CEO Elizabeth Holmes takes the stand in her own defence

Elizabeth Holmes, the one-time medical entrepreneur now charged with building a fraudulent company based on promises of a revolutionary technology, is giving evidence at her trial. Her testimony, which has so far focused largely...

Sacking Foster as All Blacks coach would help arrest decline in NZ rugby

Opinion: You think this current situation with the All Blacks is bad? Heck, the next few years for rugby in New Zealand could be even worse, Hamish Bidwell writes.

Former All Blacks and Wallabies could play for Tonga at 2023 World Cup

Advocates for Pacific islands rugby have welcomed World Rugby's decision to allow players to switch their international allegiance, hailing it as a game-changer for a region rich in talent but poor in resources.

Today's sports news: What you need to know

In today's sports news - Football Ferns find it tough, Phoenix win and Covid 19 continues to interrupt sport.

Today's sports news: What you need to know

In today's sports news - All Whites path clearer, Amelia Kerr stars with bat and ball in Super Smash opener and plan to tackle racism in cricket.

TV host Carolyn Taylor's tears of joy: 'All my dreams have come true'

It was the dream job – a new international travel series that would see Carolyn Keep (nee Taylor) jetting around the world, being paid to explore exotic and luxurious destinations.Then the pandemic hit, closing borders and forcing...

Covid 19: Vaccine theory about footballers collapsing debunked

When Danish footballer Christian Eriksen suffered cardiac arrest and collapsed face-forward into the turf at Copenhagen's Parken Stadium in June, spectators, teammates and opposition players held their collective breath.The 29-year-old...

Cummins replaces Paine as Aussie test skipper

Fast bowler Pat Cummins has been named captain of the Australia test cricket side replacing Tim Paine, who stood down from the position last week.

Details of secret royal safe containing Prince Philip's will revealed

High Court judge Sir Andrew McFarlane has revealed Prince Philip's will - stored inside a secret London safe - is currently under the Royal Courts of Justice's care.The top-secret safe also includes the wills of 32 senior members...

Fan snaps selfie with Kim Kardashian and Pete Davidson on what 'looked like a date'

Tourist and Dutch music journalist, Paul Barewijk, was enjoying breakfast with his mother when he looked over and spotted comedian, Pete Davidson, sitting at a nearby table. Noting that Davidson was with a woman, Barewijk looked closer...

New study discovers one in seven women fired for managing endometriosis

In Australia, one in nine people with a uterus "suffer from endometriosis at some point in their life", according to Endometriosis Australia. There's also a six-and-a-half year gap between getting symptoms and being diagnosed.Yet,...

Basketball: New country, new name for US citizen 'Enes Kanter Freedom'

Boston Celtics centre Enes Kanter is changing his name to "Enes Kanter Freedom" to celebrate becoming a United States citizen.Kanter's manager, Hank Fetic, told The Associated Press that Kanter is will have his citizenship oath...

Covid-hit NZ Breakers asking for postponement of NBL season opener

The New Zealand Breakers are pushing for their NBL season opener next weekend to be postponed due to the Covid-19 cases within the team's wider group.

Daniela Elser: The moment Harry and Meghan sabotaged their relationship with the press

OPINION: When Prince Charles announced to the world he had finally found a Sloaney gal willing to take on the mantle of Queen on February 24, 1981, the interview that followed was a clanger.The bride, Lady Diana Spencer, was...

Can slow-slip earthquakes cause New Zealand's volcanic eruptions?

Mysterious, slow-burning earthquakes that have been implicated in major tsunamis may also be having a hidden influence on New Zealand's volcanic activity. In the two decades since they were first observed, "slow-slip" earthquakes...

Spy: Producer kiss and tells about Shorty St's intimate scenes

With only three weeks to go until the annual Shortland Street cliffhanger, producer Oliver Driver reveals how the series kept churning out episodes within their bubble."Filming under level 3 restrictions meant we had to rethink...

Oprah bombshell: Royal named over shock comment about Harry and Meghan's son

It was a bombshell moment in Harry and Meghan's interview with Oprah that left the veteran talk show host dumbstruck: when Meghan shared that "there were conversations about how dark his [Archie's] skin might be when he was born ......

Mum's 'life-changing' 50kg weight loss transformation

When Jala Allouche looks back at photos showing just how far she has come in her transformation, she's filled with pride and happiness.The mother-of-two said she never dreamt of feeling as strong and confident as she does today.When...

Boxing: Underdog George Kambosos stuns boxing world with all-time title boilover

Australia's George Kambosos Jr. has pulled one of boxing's great recent upsets, becoming the unified IBF, WBO, WBA and The Ring lightweight world champion.The 28-year-old Sydneysider stunned unbeaten favourite Teofimo Lopez via...

Former top NZ marathon runner criticises new IOC transgender rules

Former New Zealand marathon runner Alison Roe has criticised the International Olympic Committee's new framework for transgender and intersex athletes.

Movie review: Lady Gaga's House of Gucci joins Hollywood's very expensive blunders

REVIEW: It's both sad and hilarious when a glitzy, star-studded Hollywood movie that cost about $100 million to make ends up being as well received as "Paul Blart: Mall Cop".The upcoming "House Of Gucci" was meant to be that...

Watch: Bizarre new Indian tactic sparks controversy against Black Caps

Polarising India star Ravichandran Ashwin has debuted a bizarre new tactic during India's Test clash with New Zealand.Ashwin has sparked controversy in the past for repeatedly claiming 'mankad' dismissals, and in September earned...

Daniela Elser: Prince William replacing Harry as new 'Prince of Hearts'

OPINION: Let us all now, for just a moment, remember The Hair. Those glorious, luxuriant blonde locks which Prince William sported from his teenage years into his 20s. It's hard to identify at exactly what point the follicular tide...

John Edwards is off on a 'late-life OE' as UK privacy watchdog, and he's not done with Facebook yet

Originally published on The Spinoff New Zealand's privacy commissioner is swapping that job for a similar role in the UK, but on a bigger scale and a much bigger stage. He tells Toby Manhire about the new gig, what he achieved...

Cricket: Dane Cleaver's quickfire ton leads Central Stags to victory while Sparks beat Hinds

Central Stags wicketkeeper-batsman Dane Cleaver smashed one of New Zealand's fastest T20 centuries to finish unbeaten on 114 as the Stags hit the ground running in their first Super Smash game of the season.Cleaver's maiden T20...

Yoko Ono's cryptic post supports the idea she didn't break up The Beatles

Yoko Ono has shared an article compiled of fans' messages supporting her over claims she was the one who caused The Beatles to split.The late John Lennon's widow has been accused over the years of being the one who was behind the...

Green MP Julie Anne Genter rides bike to hospital during labour at 2am, gives birth to baby girl

Green MP Julie Anne Genter cycled to hospital at 2am today while in labour, before giving birth to a healthy baby girl.The MP shared the impressive birth story on social media, with photos showing her taking the 10-minute bike ride...

Racing: Every post a winner for picket fence Pareanui Bay

Exciting 3-year-old Pareanui Bay made it three wins from three starts when he won the Listed Eagle Memorial 3YO (1500m) at Te Aroha yesterday.The Tony Pike-trained Lonhro gelding hadn't been seen since recording a stunning win in...

Rugby: Stephen Jones says time is running out for Ian Foster as All Blacks coach

British rugby critic Stephen Jones is predicting a swift end to Ian Foster's tenure as All Blacks coach if the side's losing streak extends any further.After losses to both Ireland and France to end a gruelling stretch of almost...

Lindsay Lohan engaged to partner Bader Shammas

Lindsay Lohan has become engaged to Bader Shammas after two years of dating.The "Mean Girls" star made her relationship public as she was snapped with her beau when she and her sister Aliana Lohan hung out backstage with members...

Cinemas opening in the traffic light system: What to expect

Auckland cinemas are preparing to open after being closed for more than 100 days but going to the movies will be a different experience under the traffic light system. Here is what you can expect.Auckland's movie theatres - along...

Sports sector's mixed reaction to pending border changes

There's a mixed mood among the New Zealand elite sports community as athletes and officials continue to digest the major border changes announced by the government.

Today's sports news: What you need to know

In today's sports news - More COVID for Breakers, Manchester United sign new manager, Rassie Erasmus won't appeal ban and female athletes are target of social media abuse.

Football: Tottenham fan's epic journey to watch team foiled by final-hour cancellation

Heavy snowfall caused the the late cancellation of an English Premier League match on Monday, causing heartbreak for one fan who travelled almost 8000km for the game.Burnley were due to host Tottenham at Turf Moor before the snow...

Matt and Ellen Chisholm on their new baby daughter Bree: 'She's our little treasure'

For a family with a new baby, things seem pretty relaxed at Matt and Ellen Chisholm's house in Omakau in Central Otago.TV presenter and journalist Matt, 45, sits on the couch grinning as Ellen turns on our Zoom call with one hand...

NRL: Brandon Smith slammed over 'disrespectful' interview all but confirming next move

Brandon Smith has been torched over his "highly disrespectful" comments in a revealing interview where he all but confirmed where he'll line up in 2023.Smith's future has been a major storyline as of late, with the Gold Coast Titans,...

The UK could run out of booze before Christmas

There are concerns that stores in the United Kingdom may run out of wine and liquor in the lead up to Christmas due to supply chain "chaos" and rising prices.The UK Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WTSA) issued a warning to the...

Horse racing: NZB's innovative plan to get Aussie buyers to Karaka sales

New Zealand Bloodstock is pulling out all the stops to get Australian buyers to the Karaka yearling sales in March by putting a compelling test case to the Government.The sales are a key financial driver for the entire racing industry...

Model who married herself 90 days ago is getting divorced

Ninety days ago a Brazilian model married herself; now she is ending the marriage as she has found a new love. In front of a Sao Paulo Catholic church, Cris Galera married herself in an act of sologamy but news outlet Infobae is...

Rugby: How Beauden Barrett inspired England success for Eddie Jones

England head coach Eddie Jones says his time coaching Beauden Barrett in Japan was one of the most inspiring and rewarding moments in his career. Jones recently published his latest book, Leadership, in which he outlines what was...

No, Ghislaine Maxwell is not selling children to Jay-Z

The AP has fact-checked a report circulating on social media that wrongly named Jay-Z and other celebrities in a criminal suit involving Ghislaine Maxwell. The claim Recently unsealed court documents show a list of defendants,...