“MOTIVATION IS WHAT GOT YOU STARTED. HABIT IS WHAT KEEPS YOU GOING”
“THE SECRET TO SUCCESS IN THE GYM:  1. SHOW UP”
“DON’T ONLY TRAIN YOUR BODY.  TRAIN YOUR MIND NOT TO QUIT”
“THE ONLY BAD WORKOUT IS THE ONE THAT DIDN’T HAPPEN”
“REMEMBER WHY YOU STARTED”
“DON’T KEEP TELLING PEOPLE YOUR PLANS.  SHOW THEM YOUR RESULTS”
“IT’S A SLOW PROCESS, BUT QUITTING WON’T SPEED IT UP”
“USE THE 21/90 RULE  |  IT TAKES AT LEAST 21 DAYS TO BUILD A HABIT … AND AT LEAST 90 DAYS TO BUILD A LIFESTYLE”
“YOUR MIND WILL QUIT 100 TIMES BEFORE YOUR BODY EVER DOES”
“IF YOU’RE STRUGGLING … YOU’RE PROGRESSING”
“PROGRESS DEMANDS PATIENCE”
“LOOK IN THE MIRROR, THAT’S YOUR COMPETITION”
“IF YOU DON’T START TODAY, THEN WHAT MAKES YOU THINK YOU’LL START TOMORROW?”
STOP SAYING “TOMORROW”
“IF YOU AREN’T WILLING TO WORK FOR IT.  DON’T COMPLAIN ABOUT NOT HAVING IT”
“DON’T STOP WHEN YOU ARE TIRED … STOP WHEN YOU ARE DONE”
“YOU DON’T KNOW YOUR LIMITS UNTIL YOU PUSH YOURSELF PAST THEM”
“THEY WANNA SEE YOU DO WELL, BUT NEVER BETTER THAN THEM.  REMEMBER THAT”
“A 1 HOUR WORKOUT IS 4% OF YOUR DAY”
“NOTHING IS OVER UNTIL YOU STOP TRYING”
“YOU WILL NEVER ALWAYS BE MOTIVATED.  YOU HAVE TO LEARN TO BE DISCIPLINED”
“COMFORTABLE ISN’T GOING TO MAKE YOU BETTER”
“WHEN YOU LOSE ALL EXCUSES YOU WILL FIND RESULTS”
“THREE MONTHS FROM NOW, YOU WILL THANK YOURSELF”
“THE SECRET TO SUCCESS IN THE GYM: 1. SHOW UP”
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The old man, the waka and the sea

One kilometre of fibreglass cloth, 175 sheets of marine ply, 900 litres of epoxy and 28 years of hard work – but the project remains incomplete. Stoney Bourke is getting old, and so is his waka.

Covid-19: Vaccine 'tweaks' to tackle Omicron variant possible

The world may not learn the true level of threat posed by the new Omicron variant of Covid-19 for several weeks, says a University of Otago scientist.

Covid 19 Omicron outbreak: Netherlands and Australia confirm cases as borders slam shut

The Netherlands confirmed 13 cases of the new Omicron variant of the coronavirus and Australia found two as the countries half a world apart became the latest to detect it in travellers arriving from southern Africa.Israel decided...

Daunte Wright killing: Will 'wrong gun' plea work?

When a suburban Minneapolis police officer shot and killed Daunte Wright in April, her reaction on body-camera video seemed to instantly establish the key facts of the case: "I grabbed the wrong [expletive] ...

'Wrong gun' killing: Jury selection to begin for trial of police officer who shot Daunte Wright

When a suburban Minneapolis police officer shot and killed Daunte Wright in April, her reaction on body-camera video seemed to instantly establish the key facts of the case: "I grabbed the wrong [expletive] gun," Kim Potter said....

Covid-19: Move to orange setting will mean 'business as usual' for South Island, parts of North

Dancing in nightclubs, going to music festivals, and hosting weddings without number limits. This is what the South Island and parts of the North have to look forward to.

Auckland lockdown disruptions lead to good fortune in Tokoroa for Korean café owners

Tokoroa Korean café owners haven't looked back after Auckland lockdowns disrupted their super city business plans.

Covid-19 could spread through apartments' shared ventilation systems – expert

The potential spread of Covid-19 in apartments, particularly ones without windows that open, is raising alarm.

Covid-19: Japan bans entry of foreign visitors as Omicron spreads

Japan announced today that it will suspend entry of all foreign visitors over fear of the Omicron variant spreading."We are taking the step as an emergency precaution to prevent a worst-case scenario in Japan," Prime Minister Fumio...

Music festivals in doubt: 'What are those kids going to do?'

The brakes could be on major summer festivals after the government revealed red lights for their regions in the new traffic light system.

Omicron Covid-19: Australia records first cases of new variant

Australia has recorded its first cases of the new Omicron Covid-19 variant.Genomic testing has confirmed two recent arrivals into Sydney were infected with the new strain."Both passengers came to Sydney from southern Africa on...

Covid-19: 182 new community cases in NZ today

The Ministry of Health says Capital & Coast DHB have achieved 90 percent double vaccination, becoming the second DHB to achieve it after Auckland.

Racist Tiktok rant: Man abused in 'despicable' video comes forward

A second person has come forward with information about a man videoed making "despicable" racist comments in a viral TikTok post. Christchurch resident Cheney Gian Poole said the rant was directed at him and he todayhanded seven...

Covid-19 Delta outbreak: South Island reacts to orange traffic lights announcement

The entire South Island of New Zealand will move to Covid-19 level orange on Friday under the Government's traffic light system announced this afternoon. Orange means life will be close to normal for the vaccinated, with face coverings...

Covid-19 Delta: Most of upper North Island moves straight into red of new traffic light system

Most of the upper North Island will go straight into the highest level of restrictions once the new traffic light system comes into force on Friday. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern today confirmed the country would move to the new...

Covid 19 Delta outbreak: Interislander ferries bring in vaccination or test requirements for passengers

By RNZ Interislander passengers will need to show proof of double-vaccination or a negative Covid-19 test before being able to board ferries this summer.The requirements are for all passengers over 12 years old and come into...

Covid-19: Border protections will 'buy us time' as Omicron spreads - scientist

A leading scientist is warning New Zealand needs to keep a close eye on the border as the Covid-19 Omicron variant spreads around the world.

Leading epidemiologist: How NZ can limit virus deaths in 2022

New Zealand has a shot at limiting Covid-19's death toll to that of a typical influenza year in 2022, Professor Michael Baker says – but that hinged on plugging four key "immunity gaps". The Otago ...

Pizza order 'rage' that led Mildura father to take his son's life

WARNING: This story discusses graphic content, including the death of a small child. Evander Wilson held his baby boy close."Daddy's sorry," he said.What he was sorry for, wasn't entirely clear.Perhaps it was because he'd...

Covid-19 Delta: Wellington moving to orange under new traffic light system

Wellington is moving to orange under the new traffic light system to manage Covid-19.Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern today confirmed the country would move to the new Covid-19 Protection Framework from 11.59pm on Thursday, doing away...

Don Brash weighs in on National Party leadership drama

Former National Party leader Don Brash says he believed Simon Bridges could well be a successful leader if he rose to the post again, but if Christopher Luxon clearly had the numbers against him a deal ...

Woman's photo posted to porn site; perpetrator gets counselling

By Sarah Robson of RNZ A young woman who was the victim of online image-based sexual abuse was left for months without any mental health support, while the perpetrator of the crime was getting counselling ...

Covid 19 Omicron: Australia's easing of border restrictions delayed because of new variant

The Australian federal government has "paused" its plan to ease border restrictions from Wednesday, December 1, delaying the move by a fortnight as the world grapples with the new Omicron Covid variant.This means fully vaccinated...

Dad charged with murder after allegedly blaming cat for baby's horror injuries

A US man has been charged with murdering his infant daughter after blaming the family cat for leaving her with broken legs, broken ribs and bleeding from the brain.Minnesota man Kristopher Henderson is accused of inflicting the...

Coster reveals 'man became aggressive' before shot by police

A neighbour of the man killed in a shootout with police in Glen Eden on Monday has described the incident as shocking, saying there had been no previous issue with him. The woman, who did not want to ...

Unfiltered founder dies in Kenya: 'I'd never met anyone like Jake Millar'

The founder of startup businesses Unfiltered and Oompher has died in Kenya.

Police cars, 'many ambulances' seen at South Auckland incident

Several people have been injured after police received reports of fighting in Opaheke, south of Auckland's Papakura Police received reports of people fighting at an Opaheke address at 7.30pm."Our staff are at the scene now and...

The Green Lantern at 10: When Tem, Taika, Ryan Reynolds couldn't avert disaster

REVIEW: This is a charisma-free, effects-heavy romp weighted down with exposition from its opening, seemingly endless world-building narration.

Covid 19 Delta outbreak: Expert slams Africa travel ban over Omicron

An African Union vaccine expert has slammed western countries in a scathing TV interview, criticising the West for banning Africa over the new Omicron variant and calling for a co-ordinated global shutdown.It comes as Dutch health...

182 Covid cases as Govt makes traffic light call; Positive case near Nelson

There were 182 Covid-19 cases today as the Government decided on the traffic light system while the Omicron variant starts to spread in more countries. The cases are in Northland, Auckland and Waikato ...

Covid-19 vaccine pass: Changes made to help speed up applications

With the country moving to the new traffic light system on Friday, changes have been made behind the scenes to help get vaccine passes out.

Covid 19 Delta outbreak: Auckland is losing it

Originally published by The Spinoff OPINION: As 'Freedom Day' approaches, the people of Tāmaki Makaurau appear to be at the end of their tether, writes Chris Schulz. On Saturday morning this past weekend, the north-western...

National and Labour donations cases to be heard together

Two criminal cases over allegations of unlawful donations to both the Labour and National parties will be heard together at a joint trial, the High Court has ruled. In a decision released today after ...

'Not my first rodeo': National Party MP Simon Bridges 'confident' ahead of leadership vote against Chris Luxon

National MP Simon Bridges says he feels confident ahead of National Party's leadership showdown despite some nerves: "this isn't my first rodeo."He is expected to go up against new MP Christopher Luxon for the job as leader at the...

Covid-19 wrap: Traffic light settings revealed, Rhythm and Vines urged to cancel, Omicron variant in spotlight

The prime minister has announced which regions will be joining Auckland in red this Friday, Tairāwhiti iwi are urging Rhythm and Vines to cancel, and experts say more information is needed on the new Covid-19 variant.

Covid-19: Auckland kaumātua among first to receive booster vaccine doses

A group of kaumātua in Auckland are among the first in the country to receive their booster shots this morning.

SH1 near Kaikōura closed after crash between ute and truck

State Highway 1 near Kaikōura is partially blocked after a ute and tanker collided.Emergency services were called to the crash at the Ellerton Railway Overbridge about 11.10am.A police spokesperson said nobody has been injured...

Covid 19 Omicron in Australia: Two more cases of new variant detected in NSW

Genomic testing has confirmed two more overseas travellers who recently arrived in New South Wales in Australia have been infected with the Omicron variant.That brings the total number of Omicron cases in the state to four.Both...

Covid-19 coronavirus: CCDHB reaches 90 per cent fully vaccinated

Ninety per cent of eligible Capital and Coast residents are now fully vaccinated against Covid-19. Behind Auckland, Capital and Coast (CCDHB) became the second DHB in the country to reach the milestone, revealed in today's 1pm...

Covid-19 Delta: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern reveals NZ moves to new traffic light settings on Friday

Most of the upper North Island - including Auckland - will go straight into the red level under the new traffic light system from Friday, while the whole of the South Island will go to the less restrictive orange.Auckland, Northland,...

Covid 19 Omicron: South Africa faces life as variant hot spot

The overcast, drizzly skies match the sombre mood at the Tshwane University of Technology, a hot spot in South Africa's latest surge of Covid-19 cases, apparently driven by the new omicron variant that is leading countries around...

Building Code changes to boost new houses' energy efficiency

Officials say the new requirements will reduce the energy needed to heat homes by up to 40 percent.

Infectious diseases expert: When it comes to the Omicron variant, there is hope for New Zealand

An infectious diseases expert believes the country is well placed to detect and respond to any cases of the Omicron Covid-19 variant.The World Health Organisation declared the new variant to be "of concern" and New Zealand has banned...

'At red, it will feel a lot like level 2': Traffic light for your region revealed

Most of the upper North Island - including Auckland - will go straight into the red level under the new traffic light system from Friday, while the whole of the South Island will go to the less restrictive ...

Covid 19 Omicron outbreak: China warns of 'colossal' Covid outbreak as virus variant emerges

A group of Chinese mathematicians have offered a "clear warning" about the devastating impacts of the country abandoning its zero-tolerance Covid policies.The study, conducted by mathematicians at Beijing's Peking University, found...

Covid-19: Three cases in Matamata-Piako, district's first community cases in Delta outbreak

There are three cases in Waharoa, 5km from Matamata - the district's first community cases since the Delta outbreak began.

Kawerau mayor calls on the Ministry of Health to 'step up' and take control of low vaccination rates

A clutch of regions in the North Island with low vaccination rates will start in the “red” traffic light setting, but a Kawerau Mayor is wanting the ministry to take better control.

Popular journalist and staunch anti-vaxxer dies of Covid-19

Asked if he was vaccinated, Auckland man Rex Warwood said: "You're not sticking that s... in me." Weeks later, he was dead.

Covid 19 Delta outbreak: Epidemiologist says vaccination the future to living with the virus

As the country prepares to enter the new traffic light system, epidemiologist Michael Baker said it sends the message that vaccination is the way forward.Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern today confirmed the country would move to the...

Covid-19: How bars and restaurants will work under the traffic light system

We now know which regions are moving into red and orange settings this week. Here's how hospitality will look in the new traffic light system.

'Bad eggs' ruin surface of Masterton's new $1.3 million skatepark

The pristine surface of a new skatepark in Masterton has been marred by skateboard marks. Skaters had jumped the fence and used the facility before the concrete had cured.

Herald afternoon quiz: November 29

Test your brains with the Herald's afternoon quiz. Be sure to check back on nzherald.co.nz for the morning quiz tomorrow.

Covid-19 delta outbreak: Vegan who refused Covid jab because it was tested on animals dies of virus

A vegan who refused the Covid-19 vaccine because it was tested on animals has died of the virus.UK man Glynn Steel faced a possibly preventable two-week battle in intensive care, eventually begging the nurses for the Covid-19 vaccine....

Letters: Junk mail with junk advice

Dangers in conspiracy junk mail I am 85 years old. My wife and I are two of the many millions of people going about their business happily and in good health after being vaccinated against Covid. I deeply ...

Tributes pour in after Unfiltered founder Jake Millar dies aged 26

Tributes have been paid to Kiwi entrepreneur Jake Millar, who died in Kenya, aged 26. His death adds to the family tragedy, which also includes the death of Millar's father in a skydiving plane crash ...

Two volunteer fire brigades suspended due to shortage of vaccinated crew

The small brigades do not have enough vaccinated volunteers to operate at full capacity and will be unable to operate from midnight.

Whangārei mayor hopes vaccine pass will encourage unvaccinated to rethink

The red traffic light is more restrictive than level 2 but is in place in Northland for a good reason - low vaccination rates, Whangārei Mayor Sheryl Mai says.

'Very heavy price': As Omicron spreads, borders slam shut

The Netherlands confirmed 13 cases of the new Omicron variant of the coronavirus and Australia found two as the countries half a world apart became the latest to detect it in travellers arriving from ...

Residents terrified after man killed in shootout

A man has been shot dead by police and four officers are in hospital following two serious West Auckland incidents in the space of just 11 hours. This morning, police were called to a shooting incident ...

Highway south of Blenheim to close for five nights

State Highway 1 south of Blenheim will close for five nights to allow for work to repair the road surface in the Weld Pass.The road will close between 7pm and 6am from next Sunday until Thursday 9 December.Waka Kotahi journey...

Expert says future of living with virus is vaccination

As the country prepares to enter the new traffic light system, epidemiologist Michael Baker said it sends the message that vaccination is the way forward. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern today confirmed ...

Derek Fox: Let's have a Covid plan for Christmas

OPINION: Merry Christmas my friends.Christmas is almost upon us. The time of year when families gather from far and wide, when mokopuna who haven't seen their nannies and papas for some time get spoilt rotten. There's usually...

Covid-19: How workplaces will operate under the new traffic light system

Here's what you need to know about how workplaces will work under the new Covid protection framework.

Covid-19 case in Nelson-Tasman region

The Ministry of Health has released a number of locations of interest in Nelson, including a restaurant and shopping mall. There is one confirmed case of Covid-19 in the Nelson-Tasman region.The Ministry of Health announced the...

All Whites forced to play with understrength squad on road to 2022 Fifa World Cup

The national men's football team has been thrown a curveball and will have to play at least two qualifiers in March without some of its biggest names.

Omicron: Why WHO skipped 'Nu,' 'Xi' for new Covid variant

The name of a newly identified variant of the coronavirus has had some social media users scratching their heads about the World Health Organisation's system for labelling certain versions of the virus.The WHO chose to dub the variant,...

Auckland gun violence: 'Houses are getting shot up, people gunned down'

A father of two boys, a grandfather who loved rugby league and a young teenager are among those shot and killed as gun violence and gang wars persist in Auckland amid the Delta community outbreak. A ...

Watch traffic light settings update: Red for Auckland, Northland and parts of central North Island

Watch - No region is expected to be in the green setting of the new Covid-19 protection framework over the summer period, the prime minister has announced.

Glen Eden shootout: One dead, four police officers injured - PM to meet Police Minister

A man has been shot dead by police and four officers are in hospital following two serious West Auckland incidents in the space of just 11 hours.This morning, police were called to a shooting incident in Glen Eden and an officer...

West Auckland shooting: Man dead after opening fire on three police officers

A man has been shot dead after injuring three officers when he opened fire on them this morning, police say.

Theresa Gattung: Why NZ women are effectively working for free from today

OPINION: Diversity and inclusion is now thankfully a well-embedded concept within New Zealand's businesses and our broader society. For the most part, everyone agrees that having a focus on D&I is not ...

Searchers scour streets and hills for Kāpiti man missing three days

Joe Pryor, 63, walked out of his workplace about 8am on Friday after writing “be back at 10.30” on a whiteboard. He hasn't been seen since.

'It's an outrage': Expert slams countries over Omicron reaction

An African Union vaccine expert has slammed western countries in a scathing TV interview, criticising the West for banning Africa over the new Omicron variant and calling for a co-ordinated global shutdown. It ...

NBL confirm NZ Breakers' season opener against SEM Phoenix going ahead as planned

Kiwi club's first game against SEM Phoenix will go ahead on Saturday night in Melbourne.

Air NZ's big domestic plans, details of preparation for international restart

Air New Zealand is taking a ''wait and see'' stance on the new Omicron Covid variant, which it says hasn't had any impact on international bookings. The airline continues to plan for a booming network ...

Deaths of two people self-isolating in Auckland were potentially preventable, report finds

A review has found the deaths of two people with Covid-19 who were self-isolating at home in Auckland were potentially preventable.

Missing Nelson woman found 'safe'

The missing 50-year-old Nelson woman Carole Marfell has been found, police confirmed Monday night.

Fatal West Auckland shooting: Police tried to disarm man for 30 minutes - Coster

Police commissioner Andrew Coster says police tried to engage with the man to disarm for 30 minutes but he became increasingly agitated and aggressive.

Covid 19 coronavirus: More Omicron cases pop up as world rushes to learn more

Cases of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus popped up in countries on opposite sides of the world Sunday and many governments rushed to close their borders even as scientists cautioned that it's not clear if the new variant is...

Who is the real Ghislaine Maxwell: Epstein enabler or pawn?

Ghislaine Maxwell spent the first half of her life with her father, a rags-to-riches billionaire who looted his companies' pension funds before dying a mysterious death. She spent the second with another tycoon, Jeffrey Epstein, who...

Stubborn Black Caps earn thrilling draw against India in first test in Kanpur

Debutant Rachin Ravindra batted for 91 balls to help his side to a nail-biting draw in the first test in Kanpur.

Interislander introduces vaccine, testing requirements for passengers from December 15

Interislander ferries will proof of vaccination and or a negaitve Covid-19 test for travellers from December 15.

Covid-19: Access to landmark blocked in bid to prevent virus spreading

The Kohere whānau, which owns the land that gives access to the East Cape Lighthouse, say the closure will allow East Coast residents time to be vaccinated against Covid-19.

SFO's National and Labour Party donations cases to be heard together, High Court rules

Two criminal cases over allegations of unlawful donations to both the Labour and National parties will be heard together at a joint trial, the High Court has ruled.In a decision released today after a two-day hearing earlier this...

Live: Black Caps vs India, day five of the first test at Green Park, Kanpur

India needed just one more wicket to win but Rachin Ravindra and Ajaz Patel survived 52 balls for NZ before bad light ended the thrilling test.

Police not treating missing Waikanae man's disappearance as suspicious

Police don't believe the circumstances of a Waikanae man's disappearance are suspicious.Joe Pryor went missing from his workplace on Friday morning when he left a note saying he would be back by 10.30am, but never returned. His...

Israel first country to ban all foreign visitors over Omicron fears

Israel has shut its doors to foreign tourists, the first country to do so due to concerns about the new Covid-19 variant Omicron.During a meeting of the Israeli coronavirus cabinet, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said the country...

Glen Eden shoot-out: Resident dead, three police officers injured

One person is dead and three police officers are injured after shots rang out at a Glen Eden house that was on fire. Police have confirmed a man at the property was shot and killed by police this morning. "The ...

Like Delta, will the markets ultimately also take Omicron in their stride?

OPINION: Black Friday is synonymous with bargains however it was stocks that were on sale on the last day of the week as markets were riled by the emergence of the new Covid variant Omicron.

US Catholic Church clergy sex abuse whistleblower, dies at 69

Phil Saviano, a clergy sex abuse survivor and whistleblower who played a pivotal role in exposing decades of predatory assaults by Roman Catholic priests in the United States, has died. He was 69.Saviano's story figured prominently...

Christchurch nurses plan protest over stalled pay rise

Some nurses may not see their pay rises before Christmas, despite a commitment made by health boards and the health minister saying the delays are "unacceptable".

Missing Nelson woman Carole Marfell found by police

A Nelson woman who was reported missing since the weekend has been found by police. In a statement, a police spokesperson confirmed Carole Marfell is "safe"."She is safe and police would like to thank the public for their help...

Woman’s photo posted to porn site but only perpetrator gets access to counselling

A young woman who was the victim of online image-based sexual abuse was left for months without any mental health support, while the perpetrator of the crime was getting counselling as part of his rehabilitation.

What an escape! Black Caps' final pair cling on for stunning draw

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

Police closer to finding person responsible for attempted 'decapitation' of Fitzroy's banana statue

Victoria police are a step closer to learning who tried to "decapitate" the Fitzroy banana statue, releasing images of a person they believe may be able to help with their vandalism investigation.The art installation attracted controversy...

Interislander ferries bring in vaccination or test requirements for passengers

Interislander passengers will need to show proof of double-vaccination or a negative Covid-19 test before being able to board ferries this summer.

Sea of red: New Covid variant plays havoc with sharemarket

The New Zealand sharemarket recovered from an early morning sell-off, closing more than half a per cent down, over uncertainty about the impact of the new Covid variant called Omicron. But market leader ...

Barbados ditches the Queen to become a republic - is Australia next?

On a rainy night in Hong Kong in 1997, Prince Charles read a message from his mother Queen Elizabeth II, as Britain handed back sovereignty of the territory to China after more than 150 years of UK rule.Today , nearly a quarter...
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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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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,…

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…

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…

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…

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,…

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…

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…

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…

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: 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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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.

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.

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.

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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.

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…

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…

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.

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.

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…

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…

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.

Big final day ahead for Black Caps

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

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…

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 ……

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…

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…

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.

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.

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…

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.

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…

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…

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…

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…

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.

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.

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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,…

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…

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.

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.

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,…

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…

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.

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,…

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,…

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…

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…

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.

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.

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…

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…

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…

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,…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…