“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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'I can't stop crying': Cyclist Ellesse Andrews in shock after winning silver medal

Track cyclist announces herself on world stage by winning a silver medal on Olympic debut.

Tokyo Olympics: Campbell Stewart wins silver medal in men's omnium

A late replacement after a horror crash, Manawatu rider steps up to grab a second silver medal in an hour on a memorable night at the velodrome.

Ian Ferguson salutes history-breaking Lisa Carrington at Tokyo Olympics

Four-time gold medallist says Lisa Carrington won't be able to stop smiling for days after becoming New Zealand's most prolific Olympic medallist.

Two people injured after being hit by bus in Auckland CBD

Two people have been injured after being hit by a bus in Auckland's CBD.One is in a serious condition and the other has moderate injuries.Emergency services were called to the scene at the intersection of Fanshawe St and Beaumont...

Witnesses sought after man was found with gunshot wound in Rotorua

Emergency services were told about a man found with a gunshot wound on Thursday afternoon.

Kiwi-born Hillsong pastor charged with allegedly concealing father's sexual abuse

Brian Houston, the founder of the Evangelical Hillsong Church, will face court in New South Wales over allegedly concealing alleged child sex offences. Police in Sydney say they will allege in court ...

Chris Keall: What bugs me about billionaire Larry Page's NZ visit

OPINION: Google co-founder Larry Page travelled to New Zealand to get hospital treatment for his young child despite the country's borders being closed. The billionaire does not have New Zealand citizenship ...

Where's winter? NZ on track for another record warm season

New Zealand is on track to record its second successive warmest winter on the books - to the detriment of snow-starved, low-lying skifields. Niwa's latest data showed the country had just experienced ...

Tokyo Olympics: Lydia Ko storms up the leaderboard then falters late in second round

Kiwi golfer's ascent up the leaderboard was halted by two late bogeys but she's still in the mix to contend for medals.

Group implores council to consider free transport for students and low-income earners

A group of more than 30 organisations have today called on the Greater Wellington Regional Council to impliment free public transport for community service cardholders and students in the region.

Tokyo Olympics: Nick Willis misses out on a record fourth 1500m final

No one had ever made four Olympic men's 1500m finals and Kiwi double medallist ran a season best but couldn't quite make history.

What future for Gulf Harbour Country Club golf course land?

Locals are worried about the future of Gulf Harbour Country Club golf course land after a corporate transfer to interests associated with developer Greg Olliver. Neighbours, a real estate specialist ...

Where's winter? NZ on track for another record warm season

New Zealand is on track to record its second successive warmest winter on the books - to the detriment of snow-starved, low-lying skifields.Niwa's latest data showed the country had just experienced its warmest June and July period...

Report details excessive seclusion, overdoses at Whanganui's Te Awhina mental health facility

A report into Whanganui's Te Awhina Acute Mental Health Facility has found a significant number of failings, including growing use of seclusion and a significant number of incidents involving incorrect or excessive medication being...

Mark Orams: Key questions NZ sailors have to answer after subpar Olympics

OPINION: The 2020 Tokyo Olympics sailing event drew to a close for the New Zealand team with a "leather medal" for a fourth place finish to Paul Snow-Hansen and Daniel Wilcox. The men's 470 pair sailed ...

How Zola, this year's hottest movie, started with a tweet

Six years ago an unknown woman from Detroit wrote a series of tweets telling the story of an explosive weekend that included pole dancing and pimps — and it went viral. Now #thestory has been turned into ...

Google billionaire met requirements to enter NZ - Immigration

Larry Page was allowed into New Zealand from Fiji with an ill child needing medical treatment.

'Had to do it for him': Kiwi star's touching tribute to injured teammate

Campbell Stewart admitted that the drive to do something special for the team – and especially injured compatriot Aaron Gates – was the crucial ingredient in his stunning Omnium performance on Thursday ...

Covid-19 update 5 August: No new community cases

There are no new community cases of Covid-19 today and just one new case reported in managed isolation facilities.

'I hate it, but I love it': Carrington says record haul 'scary, hurts a lot'

Lisa Carrington now stands alone. New Zealand's superstar of the Tokyo Games might have already exhausted all the superlatives, but her appetite for winning has not been sated. "It's amazing. You set ...

Midwives employed by DHBs set to strike next week

The country's district health boards are criticising midwives' decision to strike before voting on the latest pay and working conditions offer.

Damien Venuto: The section in the MediaWorks report that will make executives squirm

OPINION The entire report from Maria Dew on MediaWorks offers a harrowing look at the cultural issues that have plagued that business, but I think one section, in particular, will make executives feel ...

Recap: Day 13 of the Tokyo Olympics

It was raining medals on day 13 of the Tokyo Olympics, with Lisa Carrington claiming another gold and NZ's cyclists excelling at the velodrome.

My Food Bag expands into groceries with new product range

My Food Bag has started rolling out the next phase of its growth strategy, expanding into the broader online food and grocery market with a range of new products and recipes. The company referred to ...

NZ sharemarket lower as technical issue cuts trading short

Trading was cut short by nearly two hours because of technical issues with a hesitant New Zealand sharemarket having made a significant fall on the eve of the latest reporting season. The S&P/NZX 50 ...

Why buyers paid over $7m for this Christchurch home - and will bowl it

Visa numbers tipped to fall after immigration reset, documents show

Budget documents offer the first hint of what form immigration reform may take - suggesting fewer people may apply for visas.

Covid 19 coronavirus: Super fit twin brother dies of virus after refusing vaccine

A fit and healthy dad who rejected the Covid jab tragically died from the virus after saying he "wished he had listened".John Eyers' heartbroken twin sister, Jenny McCann, is now urging people to get vaccinated after her "super...

The Mole Agent: Meet Sergio Chamy, the world’s most unlikely spy and movie star

REVIEW: This Oscar-nominated Chilean charmer might blur the lines between reality and drama, but it's still terrific, thought-provoking entertainment.

Tokyo Olympics: Lisa Carrington's gold wins a proud but unsurprising moment for home town

From her days as a nipper at the local surfing club to competitions at Whakatāne High School, the community say Carrington has always been ahead of her peers.

South African travel agency still waiting on school trip visa refund after Covid cancellation

A South African travel agency which organised a school trip to New Zealand say they are still waiting for a visa refund 18 months on.

Police seeking witnesses after man shot in Rotorua

Police are seeking witnesses after a man was shot in Ngapuna, Rotorua around 3.25pm.Emergency services were called to Te Ngae Rd after a man was found with a gunshot wound, a police spokeswoman said.The man was transported to...

Canadian frigate first foreign naval vessel to visit NZ since start of Covid pandemic

Canadian frigate HMCS Calgary tied up alongside Princes Wharf yesterday after two months at sea taking part in Operation Talisman Sabre, a military exercise involving Australia, the United States, South Korea and Japan. The ship...

Housing developers sought for council-owned New Brighton site

Old car parking lots are to be developed for housing as part of efforts to regenerate the seaside suburb after the earthquakes.

Man found wounded on Auckland street

Police are making enquiries at a Pukekohe house after a man was found with serious injuries nearby.

Greece fires: Over 100 wildfires force beach evacuation

Greece evacuated people in boats from an island beach Wednesday (local time) amid heavy smoke from a nearby wildfire and fire crews fought to keep flames away from the birthplace of the ancient Olympic Games as the country sweltered...

Man charged in connection with more than 40 burglaries in Hamilton

A 31-year-old man has been arrested in connection with more than 40 burglaries in Hamilton.He will appear in the Hamilton District Court today charged with 10 counts of burglary for alleged offending dating back to mid-July.Police...

$50/week boost in benefits was rejected for Budget

Cabinet ministers considered giving beneficiaries a full $50 a week boost in this year's Budget, just-released documents reveal.

June and July break temperature records - 1.53C above average

A new record for warm winter temperatures has been set for the two-month period covering June and July.

Eight great Val Kilmer performances (and where you can watch them)

To celebrate Friday's arrival of the Amazon documentary on the actor's life and career, Stuff to Watch takes a look at the Iceman's best roles.

Mistaken identity lands man in Hawaii mental hospital

Hawaii officials wrongly arrested a homeless man for a crime committed by someone else, locked him up in a state hospital for more than two years, forced him to take psychiatric drugs and then tried to cover up the mistake by quietly...

Teen arrested after alleged assault on Work and Income staff member

A frontline staffer at a Christchurch Work and Income office has been seriously injured after being attacked by a client.

Covid 19 coronavirus: Twist in Aude Alaskar's death, family say negative results shown day before

The family of a 27-year-old Sydney man who died after contracting Covid-19 claim he returned a negative test result the day before his death, making his suddenly deteriorating health even more shocking.Aude Alaskar, who was married...

History for NZ! Late call-up wins stunning silver after impossible comeback

24 hours ago, Campbell Stewart's Olympics were meant to be over. Now, he's an Olympic medallist. The 23-year-old Kiwi cyclist claimed a stunning silver on the track tonight, pulling off the most improbable ...

Tenancy law changes: Bach owners denied use of own property

An already tight rental market has left more tenants without homes as bach owners grapple with new Government rules over how they use their property. A law change in February is having a knock-on effect ...

Hillsong pastor Brian Houston charged for allegedly concealing child sexual abuse by his father

Brian Houston, the founder of the Evangelical Hillsong Church, will face court in New South Wales over allegedly concealing alleged child sex offences.Police in Sydney say they will allege in court that Houston, 67, knew information...

Christchurch Winz staff member hospitalised after 'violent attack' in Sydenham branch

A female frontline staff member has been hospitalised after being attacked inside a Christchurch Work and Income branch, prompting a review of security systems.The Ministry of Social Development, which oversees Winz, and the Public...

Dunedin ED staff fear patients could die due to wait times

Emergency department staff and management at Dunedin Hospital met again today over growing concerns patients are at risk of dying while they wait for treatment.

Covid 19 coronavirus: Australian health experts have pleaded with people to get the jab

A group of the nation's leading medical professionals have urged Australians not to wait for the Pfizer vaccine and to get jabbed with AstraZeneca, giving the stark warning that the "only options" are being vaccinated or dying from...

America to require Covid vaccination for visitors from overseas

The Biden administration is taking the first steps toward requiring nearly all foreign visitors to the United States to be vaccinated for the coronavirus, a White House official said today.The requirement would come as part of the...

The Suicide Squad: New guardian James Gunn finds the superhero movie sweet spot

REVIEW: Blessed with a cast with the collective comedy chops the DC stable has been sorely missing, this is sturdy enough to launch a few sequels.

Herald afternoon quiz: August 5

Test your brains with the Herald's afternoon quiz. Be sure to check back on nzherald.co.nz for the morning quiz tomorrow. To challenge yourself with more quizzes, CLICK HERE.

Covid-19 coronavirus: X-ray shows difference vaccine can make to lung health

A doctor has revealed the startling and potentially life-saving difference the Covid-19 vaccine can make in protecting your lungs against the virus.Images provided by Dr Ghassan Kamel, director of the Medical ICU at SSM Health St...

'We have hit the wall, we are exhausted': ED staff fear patients will die

By Samantha Gee of RNZ Emergency department staff and management at Dunedin Hospital met again today over growing concerns patients are at risk of dying while they wait for treatment. Dunedin Hospital ...

Seventh person - a 34-year-old woman - dies in Australia after AstraZeneca vaccine

A 34-year-old NSW woman has become the seventh Australian to die after taking the AstraZeneca vaccine.The Therapeutic Goods Administration confirmed tonight that the death has once again been linked to thrombosis with thrombocytopenia...

The Duchess: Keira Knightley's controversial tale of a Royal Spencer hits Netflix

REVIEW: It's true, comparisons to more recent British royals does add extra spice to this star-filled, sumptuous-looking 2008 period drama.

Covid 19 coronavirus: Delta variant is a warning to act before virus becomes more dangerous

Delta is a winner. In the viral race to reproduce, it's outpacing all comers. But virologists have dissected its attributes. And they've found it can get much more powerful yet.At the moment, it's just a simulation.It takes everything...

Subsidy for troubled Wellington council social housing would cost $100m over four years

It would cost the Government $100 million over four years to rescue Wellington City Council's "bleeding" social housing stock by extending a critical subsidy to tenants. City Housing is in financial trouble and forecast to be insolvent...

Family buys do-up villa for $1.9m, then snaps up 'cool' home next door for $2.3m

Global building material importer quits NZ, 45 jobs to go

An international construction materials supplier that provided competition to dual-listed giant Fletcher Building has told customers it is shutting its operations in New Zealand because it can't succeed ...

Three arrested, child injured after alleged carjacking in South Auckland

Three people have been arrested after a vehicle that had been allegedly carjacked crashed into another car in Ōpaheke in Auckland this morning, injuring a child.

US blocks seafood from Fiji fishing boat accused of enslaving crew

A tuna fishing boat based in Fiji that has been accused of essentially enslaving its crew was blocked from importing seafood into the United States.The move is part of an increasing effort to keep goods produced with forced labour...

Covid 19 coronavirus: Port of Tauranga workers isolate after scare

Port of Tauranga staff were forced to isolate and operations were shut down on a ship berthed at the port after a Covid-19 scare this week.It has since been confirmed there are no suspected Covid-19 cases on board any vessels in...

Budget 2021: Government lifts lid on what to expect

The Government looked at doubling its large increase to main benefits in Budget 2021, lifting main benefits by $50 a week. Treasury modelling showed that this increase would have more than doubled the ...

Silverstone Auctions sees four world record sale prices over the weekend

The latest Silverstone Auction saw four new world records set, as more than $13.8 million worth of classic cars and collector motorcycles sold.

One-on-one the way to break port worker vaccine fears - Union

Low vaccination rates among port workers and remote communities are requiring new ways of thinking.

Man found with gunshot wound in Rotorua

A man was found with a gunshot wound in Rotorua today, and police are asking witnesses to come forward.

Young Nats break with National over conversion therapy ban vote

The Young Nats say they are "deeply disappointed" National's caucus has decided to vote against legislation banning conversion therapy at its first reading.MPs will debate the law which would criminalise treatment which aims to...

Covid 19 coronavirus: Tasmania records first case in 12 months after NSW man travels to state

Tasmania has recorded a new case of Covid-19 for the first time in 12 months.The infected 31-year-old man travelled to the state from NSW after crossing the Victoria border and then on to Tasmania.Tasmania Premier Peter Gutwein...

General arming of police 'not the answer', Andrew Coster, Jacinda Ardern, Poto Williams agree

By RNZ Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, Police Minister Poto Williams, and Police Commissioner Andrew Coster are remaining firmly against the general arming of police, despite 73 per cent of frontline officers favouring the move.A...

Covid 19 coronavirus: Tokyo logs record 5,042 cases as infections surge amid Olympic Games

Tokyo reported 5,042 new daily coronavirus cases on Thursday, hitting a record since the pandemic began as the infections surge in the Japanese capital hosting the Olympics.The additional cases brought the total for Tokyo to 236,138....

Treasury wanted Labour to break all health election promises bar one

Treasury told the Government to kick its election promises like funding for Pharmac, cochlear implants, and Pacific health to later budgets and focus its resources in Budget 2021 on the massive cost of fixing the health system.The...

Budget 2021: Government lifts lid on Budget 2021, with ministers advised to double benefit increases and cut health promises

The Government looked at doubling its large increase to main benefits in Budget 2021, lifting main benefits by $50 a week. Treasury modelling showed that this increase would have more than doubled the number of children pulled out...

India erupts over 'gang rape' and forced cremation of 9-year-old girl

Warning: Distressing content. The alleged gang rape and murder of a 9-year-old, "low-caste" girl has sparked several days of protests in India's capital.The horrific case is just the latest incident to highlight the country's...

Covid-19 in Australia: Snap seven-day lockdown for Victoria, as officials race to trace source of two mystery infections

The Australian state heads back into a 7-day lockdown after suspected "highly infectious" Delta variant cases were out in the community while infectious.

Bus hits two people in central Auckland

Two people are injured after being hit by a bus on a busy central Auckland street.

Dunedin Hospital ED staff fear patients could die due to wait times

By Samantha Gee of RNZ Emergency department staff and management at Dunedin Hospital met again today over growing concerns patients are at risk of dying while they wait for treatment.Dunedin Hospital nurse Anne Daniels said...

Armed police in Papakura, residents urged to stay away, three men in custody

Armed police officers and the police Eagle helicopter swarmed two streets in Papakura this morning.Police confirmed a vehicle had crashed into a second car carrying a mother and two children. The trio suffered minor injuries.Officers...

Police won't say if discredited 'formal warning' data will be erased from national intel system

Police bosses will not say what they're doing with intelligence gathered in the discredited formal warning system.A High Court judge ruled the system was illegal, and police this week said no appeal against the judge's decision...

Woman critically injured after being hit by car while walking dog in Auckland

The woman has been taken to hospital after being hit by a car in the central Auckland suburb of Remuera.

Macleans College expulsion: School boards of trustees can ask for help with disciplinary decisions, Ombudsman says

The Chief Ombudsman wants school boards to ask his office for advice if they're unclear on how to discipline a student - instead of taking the "nuclear option" of expulsion or exclusion and having to backtrack later.The Herald reported...

Muslim group slams ministry over lack of time given for hate speech feedback

Muslims say they have been badly hurt by hate speech but have not had enough time to respond to proposed law changes.

Two people injured after being hit by bus in central Auckland

Two people have been injured after being hit by a bus in Auckland's CBD. One is in a serious condition and the other has moderate injuries. Emergency services were called to the scene at the intersection ...

Tokyo Olympics medal haul New Zealand's largest at any Games and could yet grow

Kiwi athletes and teams have now won 19 medals in Japan – one more than in Rio five years ago.

Support among police for carrying arms at highest level in decade, survey shows

Almost three-quarters of police support the general arming of officers, a new survey shows - the highest level in 10 years.

Library book returned after 50 years with a surprise inside

A book checked out a half-century ago has been anonymously returned to a library in northeastern Pennsylvania, officials said.The Wilkes-Barre Citizens' Voice reports that the 1967 copy of the book Coins You Can Collect by Burton...

Covid 19 coronavirus: Five deaths and 262 new cases in NSW, new outbreak in Victoria, Queensland clusters grow

New South Wales has recorded 262 new community cases of Covid-19, with at least 43 of those cases infectious while in the community.Of the new cases, 129 are linked to existing outbreaks and the source of infection for 133 cases...

Young Nats break with party over conversion therapy vote

Youth wing are "deeply disappointed" National's caucus has decided to vote against legislation banning conversion therapy.

Covid 19 coronavirus: Victoria goes into lockdown for a week

Victorians have been plunged into a week-long snap lockdown from 8pm tonight, as the state grapples with growing cases of Covid-19.Residents will only be able to leave their home for five reasons - being to shop for essentials,...

Parliament backs bill to ban 'monstrous' conversion therapy

The majority of Parliament has backed a bill to ban "monstrous" conversion therapy, with many MPs sharing emotional, personal anecdotes. Only the National Party opposed the bill at its first reading in the House today, going against...

Australian Government announces millions in compensation for Stolen Generations

Australia's Government has pledged A$1.1 billion ($1.15b) to address Indigenous disadvantage, including compensation to thousands of mixed-race children who were taken from their families over decades.The A$378.6 million to be used...

'Extremely concerned': Auckland woman's home hit by bullets

A bullet was shot through the window of a Takanini home overnight while young children slept inside - while a Manurewa resident is "extremely lucky" not to have been hurt by bullets that entered her home during another unrelated Auckland...

General arming of police not the answer, say Ardern, Minister Williams, Commissioner Coster

The prime minister, the police minister and the police commissioner all remain firmly against the general arming of police, despite 73 percent of frontline officers favouring the move.

Meghan Markle at 40: Is the duchess about to enter her power decade?

As an avid fan of Maya Angelou, the Duchess of Sussex will probably be familiar with the American poet and civil rights activist's thoughts on turning 40."When I passed 40 I dropped [the] pretence," Angelou wrote, "Cause men like...

Opposition MPs face arrest: Fiji's climate of fear deepens in time of Covid crisis

By Johnny Blades of RNZ As Fiji struggles with an unprecedented health and economic crisis, the country's already limited democratic space is being choked off.Opposition MPs routinely face arrest for criticising legislation...

Police investigating after man found with gunshot injury in Auckland's Mt Wellington

Police are continuing to investigate after a man was found with a gunshot wound in Mount Wellington, Auckland last night.

'I can't stop crying': New queen of the velodrome as 21yo Kiwi claims silver

New Zealand has a new queen of the velodrome. Ellesse Andrews has claimed a brilliant silver medal in the women's keirin on Thursday night, with a sensational ride in the final. The 21-year-old had ...

Girls' bathroom footage to be deleted but camera will stay

Parents are grateful a school has decided to delete footage recorded in a girls’ bathroom without students’ knowledge.
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Robotic police dogs: In Hawaii police use Spot from Boston Dynamics

If you’re homeless and looking for temporary shelter in Hawaii’s capital, expect a visit from a robotic police dog that will scan your eye to make sure you don’t have a fever.That’s just one of the ways public safety agencies are…

Taika Waititi and Rita Ora make their red carpet debut at The Suicide Squad premiere

Taika Waititi and Rita Ora appear to have made their relationship red carpet official.The Thor director, 45, appeared with the singer on Monday night at The Suicide Squad premiere in Los Angeles. It’s the first time they’ve appeared…

Nicola Alpe: Is the nappy debate woke gone mad or decent parenting advice?

OPINION: Every so often an aspect of parenting reported in the media gets mums and dads and everyone in between into a spin. Recently mine was when I read that Australian comedian Celeste Barber’s ultimate parenting hack is dressing…

'I was bummed': The question that made Jason Momoa feel 'icky'

Jason Momoa has slapped down a reporter for asking him whether he “regrets” filming a disturbing rape scene in Game of Thrones, calling the question “icky” and saying it left him with a “bad feeling” in his stomach.The towering…

Tokyo Olympics 2020: Kiwi cyclist Ellesse Andrews claims silver in keirin final

New Zealand has a new queen of the velodrome.Ellesse Andrews has claimed a brilliant silver medal in the women’s keirin on Thursday night, with a sensational ride in the final.The 21-year-old had to do it the hard way – coming…

Square to buy Australian 'buy now pay later' company Afterpay for $41 billion

Two neighbours who created a tech start-up in their Sydney home seven years ago have just landed a US$29 billion deal ($41.5b) with a US company overnight.Ex-neighbours and now co-CEOs Nick Molnar and Anthony Eisen started buy now,…

Meghan Markle at 40: Is the duchess about to enter her power decade?

As an avid fan of Maya Angelou, the Duchess of Sussex will probably be familiar with the American poet and civil rights activist’s thoughts on turning 40.”When I passed 40 I dropped [the] pretence,” Angelou wrote, “Cause men like…

Google billionaire visited New Zealand while the country's border was closed

Google co-founder Larry Page travelled to New Zealand to get hospital treatment for his young child despite the country’s borders being closed.The billionaire does not have New Zealand citizenship, but according to multiple reports…

Covid 19 coronavirus: 24-year-old needed double lung transplant after Covid infection

Blake Bargatze’s voice strains when he talks.I can hear his new lungs struggling as he relays details of his coronavirus nightmare from a rehabilitation facility on the other side of the world.Four months after the unvaccinated…

Tokyo Olympics 2020: USA's horror new low on the Tokyo track

In a shock upset on the Tokyo track, the American team failed to qualify for the men’s 4 x 100m relay final after finishing sixth in their heat on Thursday morning.After botching a couple of baton exchanges, the US quartet registered…

Selena Gomez blasts The Good Fight over joke about her kidney transplant

Selena Gomez has slammed “tasteless jokes” about her kidney transplant, after an episode of The Good Fight made light of her surgery.The 29-year-old singer underwent a kidney transplant in 2017 after complications from lupus, when…

Tech Tinder: Meet the IT companies swiping the skill shortage

A Tinder for the tech sector to match young Māori and Pasifika with future employers. A data analytics bootcamp that leads to “life-changing” tech jobs in Government. A five-year journey from a South Auckland high school…

Tokyo Olympics: 'World's sexiest athlete' bemuses fans with busy schedule … on social media

Fans of a German runner dubbed the “world’s sexiest athlete” have expressed mixed emotions over her seemingly lengthy stay in the Tokyo Olympic Village.Alica Schmidt, who qualified for her country’s 4x400m relay team, was benched…

All Blacks name squad for Bledisloe Cup test against Australia

Richie Mo’unga has been given the nod over Beauden Barrett as the All Blacks’ first five-eighth for the first Bledisloe Cup test against Australia at Eden Park on Saturday.Beauden Barrett will start on the bench for the second successive…

Privacy blunder: Xero user sees other people's PayPal transactions

Online payment platform PayPal appears to have made a major privacy gaffe with its automated feed to Xero users.Ben Kepes took to Twitter this morning after other people’s PayPal transactions appeared in his Xero bank reconciliation…

Tokyo Olympics 2020: New Zealand's greatest Olympian? Lisa Carrington rewrites record books with third gold medal

Lisa Carrington now stands alone.New Zealand’s superstar of the Tokyo Games might have already exhausted all the superlatives, but her appetite for winning has not been sated.”It’s amazing. You set out for such a big task this…

Booksmart star Beanie Feldstein teases poster of Impeachment series showing her as Monica Lewinsky

Booksmart star, Beanie Feldstein has shown off her radical transformation to play infamous White House intern Monica Lewinsky in an upcoming new series. The series will depict the controversial affair between Lewinsky and President…

Tokyo Olympics 2020: Black Ferns Sevens star Ruby Tui's hilarious mic drop on Australian TV

New Zealand rugby sevens star Ruby Tui already won over BBC viewers a few days ago with her charming interview at the Tokyo Olympics.On Tuesday night she repeated the feat, this time on Australian television.Tui, whose Black Ferns…

Celeste Barber claps back over influencer's video demand

By now most of us are familiar with Celeste Barber’s Instagram account.The Australian comedian has more than 8.2 million followers on Instagram where she shares #celestechallengeaccepted posts lampooning photos and videos shared…

Harry and Meghan mulled move to NZ during 2018 visit, says Dame Patsy Reddy

The Queen’s representative in New Zealand said Prince Harry and Meghan discussed moving to the South Pacific country during their 2018 visit, more than a year before the couple stepped back from royal duties and moved to the United…

Double cycling silver for New Zealand

New Zealand cyclist Ellesse Andrews has won silver in the women’s keirin at the Tokyo Olympics.

Black Caps to tour Pakistan

New Zealand will visit Pakistan in September for the first time in 18 years to play three one-day internationals and five Twenty20 matches in Rawalpindi and Lahore, the Pakistan Cricket Board said.

Tokyo Olympics 2020: Is the high-tech athletics surface behind speedy times?

The Jamaican sprinter and her Olympic-record time captured everyone’s attention. What’s under foot, though, might have been a factor when Elaine Thompson-Herah broke a 33-year-old Olympic record in the women’s 100m.Thompson-Herah…

Covid 19 coronavirus: Offspring drummer booted from the band for not getting vaccine

Peta Parada, the drummer for rock band The Offspring, has been sacked after refusing to get the Covid-19 vaccine.Posting on social media this week, Parada said the band had drawn a hard line in the sand about requiring the vaccine…

A new Kiwi classic? Ice cream with biscuits and kina

In an age of mash-ups and culinary collaborations, of molecular gastronomy and experimental cuisine, it might seem as if there is no stone left unturned in the world of food.Enter a new classic that combines some of this great nation’s…

The Spinoff: Meet the Kiwi bitcoin miners chasing millions

Originally published by The Spinoff Two local lads have been mining bitcoin for a decade. Josie Adams asks them why they still believe – and how they answer criticism about mining’s environmental impact during a global climate…

Meghan Markle releases comedy video with Melissa McCarthy to celebrate 40th birthday

In her first appearance since giving birth in June, Meghan Markle has released a hilarious video with A-list actress Melissa McCarthy as she called on her Hollywood friends to help with her 40th birthday wish.The Duchess of Sussex…

The Queen launches a line of canine snacks

The Queen has launched a range of dog biscuits.The 95-year-old monarch has approved a line of canine snacks, called Game Bones, made with meat from the grounds surrounding Sandringham House in Norfolk, England, and flavoured with…

Tokyo Olympics: Carrington wins gold to make history

Lisa Carrington has become New Zealand’s most successful Olympian ever after winning the K1 500m gold medal in Tokyo.

Seth Rogen assures fans he had not been kidnapped

Seth Rogen has assured fans that he has not been kidnapped.The comedian took to Twitter to assure fans he was safe after a song created by TikTok user @chriscanbefunny went viral.In the song, the TikTok star mentions that Rogen…

Rugby league: 2021 Rugby League World Cup postponed a year

The 2021 Rugby League World Cup has been postponed a year following the withdrawal of Australia and New Zealand a fortnight ago.The tournament was due to kick off on October 23 but has been moved back a year.The New Zealand Rugby…

Mum reveals $10 reason son can't have 'normal life'

For Lykera Parker, seeing another child walk can trigger a pang of sadness.Because she knows that while her son Kalarny is as bubbly and outgoing as any four-year-old, he will never be able to walk unassisted.What makes it even…

Chris Hemsworth teased by brother Luke for 'out of proportion' pic

Even Chris Hemsworth’s brother Luke is trolling him over a strange detail in the Thor star’s latest Instagram post.The 37-year-old Thor actor posted an innocent photo with his son and a menagerie this week, pulling his best Blue…

Young Māori artist Jaedyn Randell takes identity struggle and turns it into heartfelt waiata

From a young age, Jaedyn Randell (Waikato) struggled to find her feet in “te ao Māori and te ao Pākehā”, now she has taken those personal struggles and written them into a song called Patupaiārehe.The 20-year…

Why Jason Statham's 1990 Commonwealth Games appearance is going viral

We’re used to seeing Jason Statham on the big screen fighting the bad guys – but it turns out he could have had a whole different career.The English actor, 54, first appeared in cult classic film Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels,…

Tokyo Olympics 2020: British heptathlete Katarina Johnson-Thompson disqualified in heartbreaking scenes

In perhaps the saddest sight we’ve seen in Tokyo, a British heptathlete’s brave attempt to finish a race with a major injury went unrewarded.Katarina Johnson-Thompson ruptured her Achilles at the end of 2020 and also underwent surgery…

Tokyo Olympics 2020: Lisa Carrington boasts more gold medals than 184 competing countries in Tokyo

Lisa Carrington is in a class of her own. In winning the K1 500m final today, Carrington became New Zealand’s most decorated Olympic athlete as she claimed her sixth medal (fifth gold). It was her third gold medal during the…

Ko edges inside top-10 after two rounds

Rio Olympics silver medallist Lydia Ko has edged up the standings at the Tokyo Games women’s golf tournament with a 4-under par second round at the Kasumigaseki Country Club.

TikTok frozen honey challenge sparks warning from dietitians

TikTok — it will always be home to weird, wacky and wonderful trends.And while it’s usually a new dance that tends to go viral, this time people are hooked on a bizarre new food trend — frozen honey.So, what does it involve? Leaving…

'Awful father' bans 9-year-old daughter from his own 'lavish' wedding

A father has revealed why he banned his own 9-year-old daughter from his upcoming wedding, saying he believed he had made the correct decision despite a backlash from his own family.The 46-year-old father shared his situation online,…

Sealed with a kiss: Tom Walsh's dad's hopes resting on a medal

Peter Walsh is hoping for two kisses from his wife, Karen, today when his son Tom takes centre spot in the shot put throwing circle.

Neighbour's angry note blasting 'noisy' kids, requests 9am curfew

A Sydney resident who sent a letter complaining about being woken by their neighbour’s kids playing outside early in the morning has been slammed online.The disgruntled Mosman local penned a note to their neighbour, imploring them…

Facebook posts eyewatering $15 billion profit as revenue soars

Facebook doubled its profit in the second quarter thanks to a massive increase in advertising revenue, especially the average price of the ads it delivers to its nearly 3 billion users. But the company said it doesn’t expect revenue…

Huge spike in EV sales as feebate kicks in

The first month of the “feebate” saw a huge spike in electric vehicle sales, which nearly quadrupled.There were 1944 pure EV and hybrid light vehicle new registrations during July, according to new registration stats released by…

Tokyo Olympics 2020: Lydia Ko drops vital shots late in round, but still in hunt for another Olympic golf medal

Lydia Ko dropped two shots in the final two holes to give away vital ground in her chase for a medal in the Olympic golf tournament.Ko, the Rio silver medallist, sits tied for ninth after a four-under 67 left her five-under par…

2degrees names new chairman – who will take over if IPO proceeds

2degrees says professional director Mark Cairns will take over as its new chairman if its IPO proceeds.The mooted chairman is notable on two fronts. Read More As Vocus Group sale wraps up, attention turns to NZ arm’s IPO …

Roxy Jacenko buys daughter, 9, $284,000 car as toy business booms

PR maven Roxy Jacenko has splashed out on a luxury car for her daughter Pixie, who at 9, isn’t even old enough to drive it yet.But while Pixie can’t drive the slick black Mercedes-Benz GL just yet, it will be used to transport her…

Former Black Sticks coach in another Olympic final

A New Zealander is endeavouring to guide Belgium to its first Olympic gold in hockey and just its fourth medal of the Tokyo Games.

Queensland teacher selling 'rare' snack Pizza Shapes for $104,000

A woman has found an Arnott’s Pizza Shape so “rare” she wants $104,000 for it — and she won’t budge for anything less.Chantelle Matson, from Queensland, listed the two joined Pizza Shapes for sale on Facebook Marketplace, with an…

Couple wins $28K electric car payout after motorway scare

Margaret Lindsay was driving in rush-hour traffic on an Auckland motorway. Suddenly, the vehicle’s electric motor stopped. There was no motive power and only enough momentum to reach the safety shoulder. “The dashboard displayed…

Tokyo Olympics 2020: Silver medallist Campbell Stewart's touching tribute to injured teammate Aaron Gate

Campbell Stewart admitted that the drive to do something special for the team – and especially injured compatriot Aaron Gates – was the crucial ingredient in his stunning Omnium performance on Thursday night, where he claimed a sensational…

Reese Witherspoon sells production company for $1.28 billion

Reese Witherspoon just became the world’s richest actress.The Legally Blonde star, 45, is now worth more than an estimated $500million after her production company, Hello Sunshine, sold for approximately $1.28 billion.A media…

Tokyo Olympics Day 13: As it happened

Ellesse Andrews has won silver in the women’s track cycling keirin event final while injury replacement Campbell Stewart secured silver in the men’s omnium event.

Tokyo Olympics 2020: New Zealand cyclist Campbell Stewart claims stunning silver medal in omnium

24 hours ago, Campbell Stewart’s Olympics were meant to be over.Now, he’s an Olympic medallist.The 23-year-old Kiwi cyclist claimed a stunning silver on the track tonight, pulling off the most improbable of comebacks on the final…

Tokyo Olympics: Canadian De Grasse ends long wait for gold

After battling illness and defeat, 26-year-old Andre De Grasse runs to the finish.

Wallabies bullish about making history as All Blacks inspired by NZ Olympians

While New Zealand’s Olympians have been making history in Tokyo, the Wallabies want to make a little of their own when they take on the All Blacks at Eden Park.

'Flames were coming out like a Catherine wheel' – Auckland lawyer's flaming phone

Auckland lawyer Andrew (name changed) had been keeping his Huawei P10 as a backup phone.But with the Chinese phone maker losing full access to Google’s Android software and app store amid US sanctions, the time had come to dispose…

Tokyo Olympics Day 13: Who to watch

Carrington and Regal are on the hunt for another medal, Walsh and Gill to take on shot put final and Ko will tee off for round two of the women’s golf event.

'I'll be honest, I've done a few push-ups' – From Toyko to MIQ for Olympian Bond

After a stunning run at Tokyo’s Olympics, Hamish Bond is taking time in MIQ to relax and think about what’s next.

Princess Charlene staying in South Africa amid rumours of royal split: 'I cannot force healing'

Princess Charlene of Monaco is playing a “waiting game” until she can see her family again.The royal told South African radio host Mandy Wiener that she can’t leave South Africa until the end of October after yet another medical…

Tokyo Olympics 2020: Kiwi cyclist Aaron Gate ruled out of Olympics after crash

New Zealand cyclist Aaron Gate has been ruled out of the remainder of the Tokyo Olympics after he was injured in a crash during last night’s men’s team pursuit bronze medal race.Gate crashed after touching wheels with the rider…

Tokyo Olympics: Georgia's Talakhadze breaks world record to conquer men's super heavyweight class

New Zealand’s David Liti comes fifth as Georgia smashes all competitors in Olympic weight class.

SolarWinds: US says top prosecutors' email accounts hacked by Russians

Nearly 30 top US prosecutors had their office’s email accounts hacked during a major breach last year, the Justice Department says.The Russian hackers behind the massive SolarWinds cyberespionage campaign broke into the email accounts…

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle could be presenting the Emmy Awards

Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, are reportedly being lined up for the Emmy Awards.Bosses for the glitzy event are said to be keen on getting the Duke and Duchess of Sussex on board to present an award at the ceremony…

Gate breaks collarbone in crash

New Zealand cyclist Aaron Gate will miss the remainder of the Tokyo Olympics.

Three changes to All Blacks lineup to take on Wallabies

There are three changes from the All Blacks starting lineup that played Fiji last month for Saturday’s Bledisloe Cup Test against Australia at Eden Park.

Tokyo Olympics 2020: 'Disgraceful' – Wild photo is Games' worst moment

Kazakhstan wrestler Nurislam Sanayev could be facing disciplinary action after biting an opponent during his semifinal at the Tokyo Olympics on Wednesday.Bite marks were visible on the right bicep of India’s Ravi Dahiya following…

Jacinda Ardern turned down cameo role in RuPaul's Drag Race

The producers of RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under tried five times to get Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern to sashay down the runway – and made a point of stating they didn’t want to ask Judith Collins. The first local iteration of the…

Tokyo Olympics 2020: Shot at Games immortality as Lisa Carrington storms into another final in the K1 500m

Turbo-charged kayaker Lisa Carrington has a shot at Olympic immortality today after qualifying for the final of the K1 500m.With original superlatives in increasingly short supply, the GOAT in the boat won her semifinal convincingly…

Wallabies recall Petaia for All Blacks Bledisloe Cup test at Eden Park

Jordan Petaia has been recalled to the Wallabies for his first test of the season, named on the wing for the Bledisloe Cup opener at Eden Park.

Tokyo Olympics: Tom Walsh wins bronze in shot put

Tom Walsh has won a bronze medal in the Olympic shot put final, replicating his success in Rio in 2016.

Lilibet Diana spotted in Meghan Markle's 40th birthday video

In her first appearance since giving birth to Lilibet in June, Meghan Markle released a hilarious video with A-list actress Melissa McCarthy to mark her 40th birthday and raise money for women in need due to Covid. The video, while…

Tokyo Olympics 2020: Live updates – New Zealand athletes and events in action, how to watch in NZ, live streaming

All the action from day 13 of the Tokyo Olympics. Kiwis in action today ‌ Lisa Carrington eyes a third gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics today as she competes in the K1-500m semifinals (1.19pm) , with K2 teammate…

Wahine Māori develops breastfeeding app to help other māmā

By Te Aorewa Rolleston of RNZ A wahine Māori and mother of five is launching a breastfeeding app in a bid to help other māmā have greater access to resources and raise healthy babies.Amy Wray is a lactation consultant…

Online safety code: Netsafe NZ CEO meets Facebook, Twitter, TikTok bosses today

Can the big social media platforms work with a Crown-backed agency for a safer internet, with less harmful content and bullying?Netsafe CEO Martin Cocker is meeting – in most cases virtually – with policy executives from Facebook,…

Bledisloe Cup live updates: All Blacks name team to face Wallabies at Eden Park

Follow live as the All Blacks name their team to face the Wallabies. Eden Park will host Bledisloe Cup tests over the next two weekends.The second test clash on August 14 has been moved from Sky Stadium in Wellington,…

Tokyo Olympics 2020: Nick Willis bows out of Olympics 1500 metres competition in semifinal stage

Nick Willis may have been eliminated from the Tokyo Olympics at the semifinal stage – but he hasn’t lost his famous sense of humour.It was a brave effort from the two-time medallist, who managed a season-best time of 3:35.41 to…

Watch: Mum shares disturbing video of 'possessed' daughter after drink spiked

A mum has shared disturbing footage of her “possessed” daughter after her drink was spiked while partying in a club.UK teen Millie Taplin was enjoying her first night out with friends after turning 18 when a man offered her a vodka…

Christchurch mosque attacks: Second controversial movie project, Hello Brother is on hold

A second controversial movie project dramatising the Christchurch mosque shootings, Hello Brother, is on hold. Egyptian director Moez Masoud decided just nine days after the March 15, 2019, terror attacks, where 51 Muslims were…

Willis misses semifinal spot

Nick Willis has finished ninth in his fifth Olympic 1500m semi-final at his fifth consecutive Olympics at the Tokyo Games.

Daniela Elser: Prince Harry's stripped rugby titles given to Kate Middleton

OPINION: If there was one toe-tapping anthem that should be bouncing off the Gainsboroughs and Canalettos up and down the corridors of Buckingham Palace right now it would be the Eurythmics’ Sisters Are Doing It For Themselves.Over…

How to help your kids to navigate competitive sports with confidence

Physical activity is great for humans young and old, we know this. So watching our kids happily ride their bikes, go surfing or kick a ball around is one of the pleasures of parenting. The aim of any sporting endeavour is, after all,…

Outstanding women stamp their class on Tokyo Olympics

Comment: Sometimes it’s important to try and watch sport through a child’s eyes. When your hobby becomes your profession, it’s hard not to lose some of the joy.

Olly Murs' horrific mid-concert accident: 'Bones lodged in my knee'

Olly Murs has undergone surgery after getting a fragment of bone lodged in his knee.The 37-year-old singer suffered the agonising injury during a concert at Suffolk’s Newmarket racecourse on Friday, and though he’s currently in…

Plexure CEO Craig Herbison resigns with immediate effect, shares fall sharply

NZX-listed Plexure Group has announced the departure of its chief executive Craig Herbison, with immediate effect. Herbison has also resigned from the mobile marketing company’s board.Shares, which were trading at 71c before the…

Black Caps to tour Pakistan for first time in 18 years

New Zealand will tour Pakistan for the first time in 18 years when it plays three one-day internationals and five Twenty20 matches beginning in September.New Zealand last toured Pakistan in 2003 for a five-match ODI series while…

Grammy Awards bosses to implement inclusion policy for next year's ceremony

The Grammy Awards will adopt an inclusion rider that will require producers to recruit and hire more diverse candidates backstage and in front of the camera for next year’s ceremony.The Recording Academy announced Wednesday that…

Tokyo Olympics 2020: Kiwi Tom Walsh claims bronze in men's shot put final as Jacko Gill finishes ninth

Tom Walsh has gone from the edge of elimination to the Olympic podium once again.The Kiwi this afternoon claimed a second straight bronze medal in the shot put as the top three from Rio all repeated their achievements in Tokyo.Third…

Rocket Lab launches US Air Force's new Space Force

Rocket Lab has successfully launched its latest Electron rocket for its client US Air Force’s new Space Force, from Launch Complex 1 at Mahia. Watch a replay here: The launch, which took place at 6pm, was the first since…

Auckland Film Studios gets $30 million government funding for expansion

By RNZ Auckland Film Studios is getting $30 million from the Government to expand its capacity.Auckland Council is chipping in another $5m for the overall $35m project, which will see two new 2000-square-metre sound stages and…

Tokyo Olympics 2020: David Liti turns attention to defending Commonwealth Games title after fifth-place finish in Olympic Games debut

David Liti won’t be leaving Tokyo with an Olympic Games medal, but he is sure to have won over plenty of fans with his display on the platform for the men’s +109kg weightlifting competition. As he did when he won gold at the Commonwealth…

Matt Damon insists he never used homophobic slur after interview goes viral

Matt Damon is adamant he never used a derogatory term after an anecdote he shared about his daughter in an interview went viral. Damon caused a stir when he was quoted saying he stopped using the “f-slur” after his daughter taught…

Covid 19 coronavirus: Seven Sharp host Hilary Barry cleared by BSA after telling anti-vaxxers to move to island

Seven Sharp co-host Hilary Barry isn’t shy of taking anti-vaxxers to task on air.But her comments on the safety of the Covid vaccine on an episode of the show earlier this year led to a complaint to the Broadcasting Standards Authority.In…

Groom reads his wedding vows at fiance's funeral

A man who was just weeks away from getting married has heartbreakingly read his wedding vows out at his fiance’s funeralRyan Dixon and his teenage sweetheart Kate Wignall were supposed to get married late April.They had planned…

Kiwi startups Seachange, EV Maritime see their electric ferry dreams moving closer to reality

Dreaming of electric ferries as you sit for your noisy, diesel-powered cross-harbour commute, praying it won’t break down again?Startups Seachange and EV Maritime are now both promising boats in commercial operation within a couple…