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by April 21, 2020

Warriors grant Matt Lodge immediate release

Warriors prop Matt Lodge is leaving the club immediately after being granted a release from the rest of his contract.

US mass shooting: Christchurch terrorist references show we must 'put a hurt' to tech company enablers, security analyst says

Penalising tech companies for hosting extremist hatred and teaching critical thinking at schools have been cited at ways of tackling domestic terrorism risks.Last weekend's anti-black shootings in Buffalo, New York, have reactivated...

'The York family are a united front': Sarah Ferguson issues defiant message

Sarah Ferguson has issued a defiant message after her ex-husband, Prince Andrew's sex abuse settlement. While promoting her new book, Her Heart For A Compass, the Duchess of York has insisted her family will stand "very strong and...

Google fails to deliver campaign promise to fix Māori pronunciation on Google Maps

Originally published by Māori Television Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori (the Māori Language Commission) told Te Ao with Moana this week that Google didn't have the right technology to fulfil promises made in a 2017...

Anti-monarchy protesters meet Prince Charles and Camilla on Canadian tour

Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall faced a small group of anti-monarchy protesters on their tour of Canada. As the royal couple continued the whirlwind three-day visit to celebrate the Queen's Platinum Jubilee,...

Swimming: Former pop star Cody Simpson set to lose world championship spot

Olympic star Kyle Chalmers is set to crush Cody Simpson's dream of swimming for Australia — and the extraordinary situation has been clouded by reports of a love triangle involving Aussie queen of the pool Emma McKeon.Chalmers,...

The All Black rainbow: Facing the challenge of inclusion in rugby

If rugby does make it to its inclusivity goals and gay rugby players are fully enveloped in normalisation, the 'first gay All Black' would be treated like any other day of the week, Jamie Wall writes.

No longer a 'typical dog': New study warns against buying pugs

Pugs can no longer be considered a "typical dog" from a health perspective, a new study has found.Potential owners are being advised against buying a pug puppy and the SPCA says Kiwis should not support a fashion for cute companions...

Golf: Tiger Woods tells camera operator to back off during frustrating round at PGA Championship

An altercation with a television camera operator has highlighted the depths of frustration felt by Tiger Woods after a disappointing opening round at the PGA Championship golf tournament. Woods, in just his second competitive start...

Golf: Ryan Fox posts solid opening round at PGA Championship as Tiger Woods struggles

New Zealand golfer Ryan Fox has posted a steady opening round at the US PGA Championship that's left him near the top of the leaderboard after most of the field struggled on day one of golf's second major of 2022.Fox qualified for...

Another one down: Dancing with the Stars hit with another Covid casualty - Kerre Woodham returns to the show

Comedian Rhys Mathewson and his dance partner Phoebe Robb are the latest cast members to leave Dancing with The Stars after testing positive for Covid-19.Mathewson and Robb will be replaced by Newstalk ZB host Kerre Woodham, who...

Johnny Depp v Amber Heard: Ellen Barkin claims star was 'always' drinking and once 'threw a wine bottle' at her

Ellen Barkin claimed Johnny Depp was "always" drinking and once "threw a wine bottle" at her during their relationship.The Pirates of the Caribbean actor is suing his ex-wife Amber Heard for defamation over an article she wrote...

Researchers find power of touch has 'specific' effect for women but it's not the same for men

A hug is like a boomerang, you get it back right away, the American cartoonist Bil Keane observed.But a new study has found that women get much more from cuddling than men – receiving a bigger stress-relieving boost – which perhaps...

Super Rugby Pacific: Clinical Crusaders destroy Fijian Drua

Crusaders 61Drua 3 Christchurch turned on a crisp evening far removed from Fiji's tropical climate and the Crusaders showed the Drua no warmth as their expected mismatch played to script on Friday night. A week on from their...

Rugby Direct podcast: The Blues star who could be the All Blacks' missing link

On this week's edition of Rugby Direct, Elliott Smith and special guest Christopher Reive from the New Zealand Herald break down the weekend of rugby that was from Super Rugby Pacific, as the Kiwi sides went five-nil over their Australian...

NRL: Warriors release prop Matt Lodge with immediate effect

Matt Lodge's tenure as a member of the Warriors has come to an end, with the club releasing the 26-year-old prop from his contract with immediate effect. Lodge joined the Warriors midway through the 2021 season from the Brisbane...

Tennis: Wimbledon stripped of ranking points over Russian player ban

Wimbledon has been stripped of its ranking points by the ATP and WTA Tours as the tennis world dramatically escalated its response to the ban on Russian and Belarusian players.On a humiliating day for British tennis, the ATP carried...

Golf: Donald Trump urges PGA Tour golfers to sign up for Saudi Arabia's LIV Series

Former US President Donald Trump accused the PGA Tour of taking advantage of players and fans "for many years" on the same day that the Saudi Arabia-backed LIV Golf Invitational Series suffered the resignation of Greg Norman's right-hand...

US mass shooting: Social media sites yank videos faster, but not by much

Social platforms have learned to remove violent videos of extremist shootings more quickly over the past few years. It's just not clear they're moving quickly enough.Police say that when a white gunman killed 10 people and wounded...

Black Caps pumped to face off against old skipper McCullum

Brendon McCullum will be a "massive asset" in the English dressing room, according to Black Caps batter Henry Nicholls.

Horse racing: Double Delight Derby chance despite missing lead up

Harness Jewels star Double Delight is still rated a chance to make next week's Northern Trotting Derby even after missing the obvious lead-up at Alexandra Park on Friday.The last-start Northern Oaks winner was fancied to give our...

Phoenix stalwart hangs up his boots

Countless shoulder dislocations and being away from home for the best part of two years have led to stalwart Phoenix defender Louis Fenton calling time on his professional football career.

US mass shooting: Livestream is now banned in New Zealand, local Muslim community 'shaken'

A recording made during a lethal mass shooting in Buffalo, New York, has been banned in New Zealand.And Cabinet minister Megan Woods says the US shooter's apparent idolisation of the 2019 Christchurch terrorist has retraumatised...

Today's sports news: What you need to know

In today's sports news - Ferns prep for Comm Games locked in, Nix player to face Barcelona, NZ Cricket pays compensation to PCB and women to officiate at Football World Cup.

Today's sports news: What you need to know

In today's sports news - New Zealand Sevens strong in France, Black Caps get Covid, Carrington into Canoe World Cup finals and IOC want resolution to figure skating drugs scandal

Harry Styles fans baffled by his Australian accent in new video

Harry Styles' recent interview has confused the singer's fans. Despite his third studio album being released tomorrow, the As It Was singer has made headlines because of his unusual accent in his Interview with Apple Music's Zane...

Chariots of Fire composer Vangelis dies at 79

Greek composer and musician Vangelis has died aged 79.Best known for his instantly recognisable Oscar-winning theme for the 1981 film Chariots of Fire, Vangelis was a synth-driven musician who never failed to elevate the drama of...

Pop rock band of brothers Hanson to play Auckland show in 2022

Pop-rock trio Hanson, featuring brothers Taylor, Zac and Isaac of the same last name, is returning to Aotearoa in November this year.The band of brothers will bring their Red Green Blue 2022 tour to Australia and New Zealand later...

Budget 2022: Spies, cops get boost for counter-terrorism, cybercrime battle

Spy agencies and counter-terrorism initiatives will get millions more in funding after Budget 2022 was unveiled today.Signals intelligence agency the GCSB will get nearly $50 million more funding over four years to combat cyberattacks...

Horror as undefeated boxer Musa Yamak dies in the middle of a fight

Undefeated boxing star Musa Yamak has died in the ring in the middle of a fight.The Turkish fighter collapsed in shocking scenes during a fight in Munich on Sunday.The fight was streamed to a live audience.The 38-year-old died...

Budget 2022: David Clark announces $20m boost for tech sector over four years

From RNZ The government is spending an extra $20m over four years on its plan to transform the digital technologies industry.In a pre-Budget announcement, Minister for Digital Economy and Communications David Clark said the...

Keeping up with the Sussexes: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle land Netflix docuseries

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are giving the Kardashians a run for their money. Page Six has revealed the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have agreed to an "at-home with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex" style of docuseries with Netflix....

Myer hits back at accusations its underwear models 'lack diversity'

Myer has hit back at critics after Reddit users accused the department store of lacking diversity among its male underwear models in a viral thread."Something positive is going on at Myer, but seems half [the] marketing dept didn't...

Birmingham Commonwealth Games 2022: New Zealand announce 18-strong athletics team

An 18-strong New Zealand athletics team has been named for the Birmingham Commonwealth Games that includes eight throwers.Giving it a heave, be it with a hammer, a discus, a shot or a spear, is in vogue and Tom Walsh and Julia Ratcliffe...

Johnny Depp v Amber Heard: Lawyer Camille Vasquez asked if she's dating Depp

Johnny Depp's lawyer Camille Vasquez has garnered attention this week as celeb-watchers stay glued to the ongoing Johnny Depp vs Amber Heard court case day after day.Vasquez and her client have raised eyebrows on social media with...

Throwers dominate athletics team for Commonwealth Games

Champion throwers headline the New Zealand athletics team selected for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

Rugby league: New Zealand Warriors reportedly set to sign former Origin star Dunamis Lui

The New Zealand Warriors have moved swiftly to replace Matt Lodge after the former Broncos star's shock decision to quit on the spot.Lodge dropped a bomb on Friday when the news broke the Warriors had granted him an immediate release.Lodge...

Harry and Meghan's Archewell Productions hires new global communications lead amid news of Netflix series

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have hired a new staff member. The royal couple's organisation, Archewell Productions has a new lead for global communications. Ashley Momtaheni will reportedly oversee all communication efforts in...

Super Rugby Pacific: Crusaders vs Fijian Drua

As it happened: The high-flying Crusaders took on the Fijian Drua in Christchurch.

Football: Crystal Palace manager Patrick Vieira seen kicking Everton fan during pitch invasion

Crystal Palace football club manager Patrick Vieira appeared to lash out at a fan following his side's dramatic loss against Everton at Goodison Park on Friday, as the issue of pitch invasions once again marred the conclusion of a...

Koudinov set for fifth Commonwealth Games

Experienced gymnast Misha Koudinov continues to stamp his name in New Zealand's history books with his selection for a fifth Commonwealth Games.

The hoist: How one act left a permanent mark on netball

Ten years ago Australian shooter Karyn Bailey went through the motions of shooting a goal like she had done thousands of times over her netball career.

Italian news presenter sues over having to share room with flatulent co-worker

As the Italian equivalent of the BBC, it commands authority and respect, but there is a sulphurous whiff of unrest in the corridors and studios of the country's state broadcaster.A prominent television presenter has accused bosses...

Djokovic set to meet Nadal in quarter-finals at Roland Garros

Defending champion Novak Djokovic and 13-times winnner Rafael Nadal are on a quarter-final collision course at the French Open following the release of the draw.

'I still struggle': ZM host Cam Mansel on body dysmorphia and beating the bullies

Radio star Cam Mansel was buying food for his rabbit at his local pet store when a teacher recognised him. Introducing herself, she explained how one of her students had been struggling with his sexuality until hearing Cam on ZM's...

Today's sports news: What you need to know

In today's sports news - Nweke remaining on sidelines, Williamson leaving IPL to become a dad again and Broad and Anderson back for England.

Cricket: Three members of Black Caps tour party in isolation after testing positive for Covid-19

Three members of the Black Caps have tested positive for Covid-19 on the first day of the opening match of their tour of England..Fastbowler Blair Tickner, batter Henry Nicholls and bowling coach Shane Jurgensen have now begun five...

Sir John Kirwan announces NFT of famous All Blacks try

All Blacks great Sir John Kirwan is the latest Kiwi sports figure to get into the world of NFTs.Thirty-five years to the day Kirwan scored the iconic Rugby World Cup try against Italy, the former All Black is releasing an exclusive...

'Tectonic shift': How Parliament protest supercharged NZ's misinfodemic

The bulk of Facebook disinformation that swirled around the violent climax of summer's Parliament protest stemmed from just a dozen local accounts. That's according to a major new analysis that's explored how social media activity...

Casketeers pair Francis and Kaiora Tipene reveal secret pain after death of beloved colleague

For five years, Francis and Kaiora Tipene have been on our screens sharing their lives as funeral directors. Their hit show The Casketeers has not only captured the hearts of Kiwi viewers, but also taught us a lot about handling grief...

Netball: Mystics coach Helene Wilson steps down for new role

After six years at the helm of the Northern Mystics, coach Helene Wilson is stepping down to take up a new role.After guiding the Mystics to their inaugural ANZ Premiership netball title in 2021, Wilson will finish her role as head...

New study finds women hide menopause from their partners

Menopause can be seen as a taboo topic and often results in women keeping it a secret a new study has found.Incontinence products firm Tena have launched a campaign encouraging women to talk to their loved ones about "the change"...

Black Ferns forced to tweak Pacific Four squad

The Black Ferns have been forced to make three changes to their squad for next month's Pacific Four Series against Australia, the US and Canada.

Ed Sheeran and Cherry Seaborn have surprised fans with latest Instagram post

Ed Sheeran and Cherry Seaborn have welcomed their second daughter. The couple surprised fans this week when Sheeran took to Instagram to share the exciting news that they have added another member to their family. The singer...

Everton secure Premier League survival

Everton secured their Premier League status with a come from behind 3-2 win over Crystal Palace at Goodison Park.

Dua Lipa lands role in the highly anticipated Barbie live action film

Dua Lipa is adding another film to her acting resume. The British singer has reportedly landed a big part in Greta Gerwig's upcoming Barbie film alongside a star-studded cast including Margot Robbie, Ryan Gosling, Will Ferrell...

Tattoo artist Leroy Roberts inks Papakura residents for a bag of groceries

Public Interest Journalism funded through NZ On Air The back wall shows a mural with towering figures. The woman painted in the centre wears a moko kauae. Before the needle starts buzzing, he asks, "Ready?"Māia Ink's warm...

Vodafone, Commerce Commission both appeal record $2.24m fine

Vodafone NZ and the Commerce Commission both say they'll appeal a $2.24 million fine over the telco's historic "FibreX" marketing.The regulator says the fine, which was handed down in the Auckland District Court on April 14, is...

Moral bankruptcy within sports codes means they cannot keep young athletes safe

My experience of sports administrators is that they tend to know all and see all, Hamish Bidwell writes.

Budget 22: $40m RNA spend may help NZ in future pandemics

The Government is putting more than $40m toward research into the same technology that underpins Pfizer's Covid-19 vaccine – but outside that, commentators aren't excited by Budget 2022's science spend. A total $40.7m, allocated...

Jono and Ben's The Weak-End: Their take on the week's news

In this edition of Jono & Ben's Weak-End, Grant Robertson delivers Budget 2022 and Jono Pryor and Ben Boyce use their "expert" political analysis to break it down. Pryor claimed, "Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern faked having Covid...

'These men have no shame': Jana Hocking on married men flirting with her

OPINION: Fact. I get hit on by more married men than single men.Yes, I have found that over the last couple of years I've had more compliments, chat up lines and straight out confessions from blokes who are already partnered...

Crusaders crush Fijian Drua

The Crusaders' ruthless win over the Fijian Drua strengthens their hold on second place in Super Rugby Pacific.

Daniela Elser: Kate dazzling at Top Gun premiere is a nightmare for Harry and Meghan

Opinion: It's a strange day when the Court Circular collides with the world's most famous Scientologist.Yet, there on Thursday night in London's famous Leicester Square, was not only the assembled cast of the new Top Gun movie,...

Jordan B Peterson quits Twitter after comments on plus-sized model, Yumi Nu

Controversial psychologist and writer, Dr Jordan Peterson, 59, has quit Twitter after his tweets about plus-sized model Yumi Nu led to a fierce backlash.On Tuesday night, Peterson shared his thoughts on Nu's Sports Illustrated cover,...

Queen, Adam Lambert and more confirmed for Queen's Platinum Jubilee concert

Queen and Adam Lambert are set to open the BBC's Platinum Party At The Palace concert.In honour of the Queen's 70-year reign on the British throne, the Platinum Jubilee concert will see Brian May, Roger Taylor and Adam Lambert perform...

NRL: Why Warriors star Chanel Harris-Tavita will have to wear unique protection gear

When he returns to the NRL pitch, Warriors half Chanel Harris-Tavita will be wearing a unique piece of equipment. The 23-year-old Warriors half has been out of action since the side's 70-10 loss to the Melbourne Storm, after copping...

Gabriel Byrne: 'I've never seen an actress who isn't vulnerable in a sex scene'

Born in Dublin, now resident in Maine, New England, Gabriel Byrne has been in so many films since John Boorman's 1981 Ireland-shot fantasy Excalibur (he played the wily Uther, plunging said sword into stone) that your eyes can slightly...

US trial to decide whether Happy the Asian elephant can be considered a person

She has four limbs, expressive eyes and likes to stroll through greenery in New York City. Happy, by species, is an Asian elephant. But is she also a person?That's the question before New York's highest court Wednesday in a closely...

Depp v Heard: Johnny Depp's long-time agent says 'he has issues with anger'

Johnny Depp's longtime agent has told a court that the star was an exceedingly "difficult" client who had "fundamental anger issues" and drew multiple complaints from film crews on "virtually every movie" he worked on.Tracey Jacobs,...

Commonwealth Games: Cody Simpson qualifies for Australian swimming team

Cody Simpson just made his dream a reality.The pop star has continued his remarkable transformation to elite swimmer by qualifying for the Australian team for the world championships and Commonwealth Games this year.Simpson finished...

Pandemonium as Tom Cruise touches down at Cannes Film Festival after 30-year hiatus

Tom Cruise-mania descended on Wednesday in Cannes where the actor made a whirlwind appearance at the film festival, walking the red carpet, receiving a surprise Palme d'Or and watching a squadron of French fighter jets fly over the...

The Conversation: How NZ could become a world leader in decarbonisation using forestry and geothermal technology

Energy is the double-edged sword at the root of the climate crisis. Cheap energy has improved lives and underpinned massive economic growth. But because most of it comes from burning hydrocarbon fuels, we're now left with a legacy...

NZ's oldest sports club celebrates 160 years

The Canterbury Rowing Club will this weekend celebrate its 160th anniversary after surviving some tough times.

Mum's warning over common playground error parents make after toddler breaks leg

A mother is warning other parents not to make the same mistake as she did after a common playground error left her 18-month-old son with a broken leg.Taking to social media, Jean warned of her mistake while on the playground with...

Super Rugby Pacific: Crusaders forward Scott Barrett works with psychologists to overcome red cards

Notable sports psychologists have come to Scott Barrett's aid as he fights his way back from a lengthy suspension.The All Blacks forward and Crusaders captain returns against the Fijian Drua tomorrow night, after a four-week stand...

Football: Wellington Phoenix defender Louis Fenton announces retirement at 29

Louis Fenton has announced his retirement from professional football at the age of 29.The seven-cap All White has played more than 150 matches for the club; only Andrew Durante, Vince Lia, Manny Muscat and Ben Sigmund have pulled...

Megaupload saga: Court documents detail the charges and maximum sentence facing pair who struck a deal

The Megaupload pair who have done a deal to stop their extradition to the United States face charges of conspiring as part of an "organised criminal group" that included Kim Dotcom to unlawfully profit from copyright breaches.The...

How social media 'coverage' of Depp-Heard trial is harming domestic violence victims

Warning: Content may be distressing If you can't open Instagram or TikTok without seeing coverage of the defamation trial going on between Johnny Depp and Amber Heard, you're not alone.It's not just news coverage bombarding us...

Prince William and Kate hit the red carpet with Tom Cruise at the Top Gun: Maverick premiere

Prince William and Kate feel the need for speed. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge had a very public date night this week when they attended the UK premiere of Top Gun: Maverick in London's Leicester Square. But despite being...

Sacha Baron Cohen drops lawsuit over cannabis dispensary billboard

Actor Sacha Baron Cohen has dropped his lawsuit against a Massachusetts cannabis dispensary that used an image of his character Borat on a billboard without his permission.A document filed in Boston federal court said the two sides...

Topp Twins both test positive for Covid 19 after spending birthday together amid cancer battle

Kiwi entertainment legends Jools and Lynda Topp, who in March announced they are both fighting breast cancer, have contracted Covid-19.The sisters spent their birthday together last weekend, after not being able to see each other...

Rihanna welcomes first child with rapper A$AP Rocky

RnB megastar Rihanna has reportedly welcomed her first child with rapper boyfriend A$AP Rocky - a baby boy.The first-time mum gave birth on May 13 and is "doing well" according to reports in US media.She was last seen in public...

The Dancing With the Stars rules and why they won't postpone despite Covid cases

The show must go on for the Dancing With the Stars cast and crew, despite two confirmed Covid-19 cases and subsequent forced drop-outs. Yesterday it was confirmed that comedian Rhys Mathewson and dance partner Phoebe Robb were the...

Johnny Depp v Amber Heard: What Heard's late-night visit from James Franco exposed

For five weeks, the world has watched as Johnny Depp and Amber Heard have painted a harrowing picture of their four-year entanglement.Inside Virginia's Fairfax County Courthouse — as part of the US$50 million ($78m) defamation suit...

Easy ride to mental health

When Al Best heads out on the Distinguished Gentleman's Ride (DGR) tomorrow he'll be alongside more than 900 bikers across Aotearoa New Zealand who have raised over $80,000 towards men's health this year. And he'll be riding a new...

Wimbledon stripped of ranking points over ban

Wimbledon had its ranking points stripped by the ATP and WTA tours over its decision to exclude players from Russia and Belarus

'Desperation': Former Palace aid slams Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Netflix show

A former senior palace aide has slammed Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Netflix docuseries decision. Dickie Arbiter, the former press spokesman for the Queen and Prince Charles, reportedly told Palace Confidential the couple's...

Daniela Elser: Meghan and Harry's Netflix show sees them pass the point of no return

OPINION: Oh irony, you are a cruel mistress. Thursday broke with crisp sunlight and blue skies, exactly the same weather as four years ago to the day when Harry and Meghan, Duke and Duchess of Sussex wed in Windsor.What more appropriate...