January 16 2021
Kia Ora, Aotearoa!


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The big Ardern admission mostly missed to end 2020

OPINION: It was a moment of rare candour from a very careful politician, and it cut to the heart of the housing crisis. And it’s been barely reported.


Husband sat in the garden 'just numb'

Mum's murder-suicide of her three kids leaves dad shattered and neighbours devastated as Melbourne community tries to make sense of the tragedy.


Virus will spread 'any day now', MIQ returnee says

"I guarantee, the virus will spread to the community any day now," says businessman who has returned home from the United States.


Glen Eden guns: Carjacking, gunpoint arrests in West Auckland


Sparking motorbike suspected in Frog Rock fires


Tennis despair as Covid-19 jets in on chartered flight for Australian Open

Efforts to bring 1200 players and officials to Melbourne during the pandemic was never going to be easy, and for 60 people on one flight they will be doing it tough in strict quarantine.

27m ago

Sharks sighted at two more Auckland beaches

Sharks have been spotted at two more sites in north Auckland, prompting fresh warnings for swimmers to avoid the water.


MSD asks beneficiary to pay for its payment blunder

The Ministry of Social Development has apologised after it asked a beneficiary to cover the cost of its own $560 mistake.


Mike Pence calls Kamala Harris to offer congratulations for US election win

editors' picks

Quiz: Afternoon trivia challenge


Live: Australia v India - fourth test


Masters, US Open champ Angel Cabrera arrested in Brazil


The brave women fighting PMDD


‘The world’s most powerful weapon’: North Korea parades new missile


K Rd Chronicles: Overwhelming demand for Lifewise


Border workers could be vaccinated as soon as March

Border workers will be at the front of the queue and possibly will be vaccinated against Covid-19 ahead of the official roll-out in April, minister responsible for MIQ says.


Man reported missing in Waikato

Phillip Johansson was last seen on foot in the Meremere area in the early hours of Friday, January 15.

50m ago

Auckland businesswoman reported threats to police before her killing

Seven weeks after Elizabeth Zhong was stabbed to death and hidden in her car, police are yet to make an arrest.


Man dead in bike crash may have had earlier medical event

Rescue helicopter rushes to remote farm to find man dead on arrival.


NRA declares bankruptcy, will shift to Texas following legal battles

The announcement after New York’s attorney general sued the organisation over claims that top executives illegally diverted tens of millions of dollars.


'This is not a game': Global Covid-19 death toll hits 2 million

In some countries there is real hope of vanquishing the outbreak, while in other, less-developed parts of the world, it seems a far-off dream.


Australia was almost named New Zealand

The first European to discover Australia named it New Zealand - while thinking he was in actually in Papua New Guinea.

Travel news

Covid-19: Irish proposal 'silver lining' to pandemic for expat

The global pandemic wasn’t going to stop Balcultha man Daniel McDonald from popping the question, if anything, it encouraged him.

Back Your Backyard

New track delivers the views

A new $1.2m section of the famed Alps2Ocean cycle trail provides access to rarely seen South Island scenery.


Where is Jay-Jay Feeney's favourite place in NZ?

The radio host has a soft spot for a town in the Coromandel.


Three of the best restaurants in Marlborough to check out


A slice of Mars hidden in the South Island

Travel news

Quarantine-free travel for Cook Islanders from January 21


Sex toy sales records broken in 2020

It wasn't just toilet paper that New Zealanders panic bought as lockdown loomed.


Michael Hill won't pay back wage subsidy, despite higher profit

Michael Hill won't pay back its $3.6m wage subsidy despite a rebound in profits, as "they feel they have done enough".


ASB customers warned about scam text message

Some ASB customers have been sent messages this week asking for personal information, and to complete a fake two-step authentication process.


Escalating rent prices forcing families into emergency housing

The number of Emergency Housing Special Needs Grants given out by the Ministry of Social Development has jumped from 4000 to just short of 10,000 in two years.


Engineering firm urges companies to take on apprentices

Businesses aren't training up workers and then wonder why they can’t get good, skilled staff, says one-time apprentice, now company boss.


Seven things business owners need to take into 2021

OPINION: What’s important now is to keep the good of what we’ve done and move forward with it. Those who do, will see growth.


Small business owners have to wear many hats - sometimes skill gaps have big costs


What will you make your business famous for in 2021?


It's time that businesses focused on more than just profit - we need Capitalism 2.0

Climate Change

NZ's outsized environmental footprint

New Zealand is gobbling up more than its fair share of the remaining carbon emissions required to avoid devastating climate change.

Climate Change

NZ must prove its climate rhetoric is more than hot air

ANALYSIS: With several hallmark events likely to test the Government's resolve on climate change, 2021 will reveal how far it will go.

Climate Change

World's big forests could pass tipping points in 20-30 years

Te Reo Māori

Call to return the missing 'Wh' in Akaroa

The misspelling of Whakaroa as Akaroa is one of many errors made by early South Island surveyors unable to hear the soft “wh” in Māori place names.

Bay Of Plenty

Council apologises after appropriating Māori proverb

Whakatāne council has apologised to iwi after “appropriating” a proverb originally used to fight water bottling consents in the district.


Gisborne hotshots out to defend title at waka ama sprint champs

Thousands of paddlers from age five to 83 will compete at the 32nd annual National Waka Ama Sprint Championships on Lake Karāpiro starting on Sunday.


Māori and Pasifika architects pioneer 'new norm'

They're carving out a unique New Zealand identity for contemporary architecture that will transform the built environment for everyone.

Pou Tiaki

Cook Islanders react to NZ travel bubble

The bubble begins from January 21 but quarantine-free travel is only for those coming from Cook Islands, not out of New Zealand.


Iwi Chairs forum urges cap on incoming travel, faster vaccine rollout

The National iwi chairs forum has put forward six recommendations to the government which they say are a priority for mitigating the risk of Covid-19 for Māori and general public.


Sir George Grey statue gets $9000 repairs after nose cut off

The repairs come as Auckland Council looks to review colonial-era monuments regionwide, given their link to racial inequality and violence.


Florist's love of nature helped her heal

When Bodeine Nelson was in her 20s and battling cancer, her garden was a place of refuge.

America's Cup

Recap: Prada Cup - Team UK sneak home in time for third win

After being the laughing stock early, Team UK have suddenly become the team to beat in the America's Cup challenge series as American Magic's woes continue.

America's Cup

Small fire on INEOS billionaire's boat hours after he arrives in Auckland

Smoke was seen coming from Andrew Currie's superyacht as he came onto land to see the British challenger on day two of the Prada Cup.


America's Cup boycott: Graphics to be pulled from coverage after copyright claim

America's Cup

Spithill admits landscape has changed after British wins


Chiefs' plan to ease workload on ABs captain Sam Cane


New Crusader Josh McKay tipped to challenge Will Jordan's speed record


Landlords evicting 'troublesome' tenants amid nerves about ban on no-cause evictions

Advocates say “troublesome” tenants who ask for repairs and maintenance to be done are instead getting 90-day notices to leave.

Real Estate

Frenetic house hunting in past week

More than 1100 people have poured through seven new listings from one Auckland agency in the past six days.

Real Estate

New house listings have surged so far this year - but it's not enough


Yu Mei handbag founder finds dream first home in Roseneath


Get the Bridgerton look


Should you ditch the beach house for a coastal city home?

Cute Stuff

'A jolly good place': World falls in love with NZ over a sea lion, road and golf course

Love and Sex

Bridgerton offers us some clever relationship advice


Make-up is no match for good skin. Three experts on building better habits


DHBs use ethnicity for low-cost contraception criteria


Sexual violence study prompts call for consent education


Kitchen of the Week: Blockies choose black


The man who breathed life into the art of ballet in New Zealand

Behind every Royal New Zealand Ballet rehearsal and performance is the legacy of the Danish dancer who made it all possible.

TV and Radio

Eight great new shows to stream this weekend

Freddie, Paddy and Chris are back in the drivers' seat, while the true crime specialists take a look at one of America's

TV and Radio

Why Disney+'s wonderful WandaVision truly is a Marvel

TV and Radio

New Chaser Darragh Ennis forced to tell fans he's not been sacked


Bindi Irwin and Chandler Powell recreate her parents’ must-see maternity photo

Climate Change

Feast your eyes on the reborn all-electric Renault 5

The Renault 5 is coming back, Alpine is going entirely electric and Dacia has some new models coming. It’s all go over in France.


Tesla baulks at touch screen recall, US agency takes action


Large and in charge: the Hyundai Palisade is here

KEA Kids News

How one man won back Dunedin's title of world's steepest street

When Dunedin lost its title to a road in Wales, surveyor Tony Stoff made it his mission to help the city reclaim it.

KEA Kids News

Watch teen sisters finally reunite with parents after Covid separated them for a year

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