January 23 2021
Kia Ora, Aotearoa!


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Gas fitter never inspected work before 12-year-old's fatal shower

A 12-year-old boy died after a gas fitter signed off a hot water unit that never should have been installed in the bathroom the boy used.


The rise and fall of a gang meth programme

It attracted almost $1m in Government funding, but the money was cut amid concerns few were being helped.


Slain man remembered as 'gentle caring person who loved music and nature'

Martin Orme Berry, whose remains were found in a makeshift grave at his Christchurch home, has been farewelled at a memorial service in Whanganui.


Financial problems caused mass resignations at medical centre - Rūnanga


Trump impeachment trial to begin next week


Bidder buys Christchurch boy's $5 note for $1000, in memory of his late wife

When he read a boy was selling a $5 note on Trade Me, Mark Gluyas bid in memory of his wife who he lost to cancer in October.


78-year-old stroke victim injured in hospital falls five times in two weeks

A 78-year-old man suffered a broken nose and a suspected fractured eye socket and broken wrist in a fall from his hospital bed – the fifth fall within two weeks.


Composer receives unexpected honour, becomes namesake for new snail

Gareth Farr has completed the trio of the music's greatest honours; an order of merit, named an arts laureate, and now he has a snail named after him.

America's Cup

British expect much more from clever crew system that leads Prada Cup

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Quiz: Morning trivia challenge

Well & Good

He'll be right: Masculinity is a contradictory mess

West Coast

Shantytown's 50-year rise and fight for survival in a post-Covid world

Well & Good

They said it was IBS, it was actually stage four cancer


Grand old house for sale in Mount Victoria after years sitting empty

TV and Radio

Amazon's crass Lower Decks a rare Star Trek misstep


Trump steps out of the White House and into a company in crisis


Town feels 'ripple effect' of alleged double murder

As the small Taranaki town of Hāwera comes to terms with the deaths of a father and son, those who knew the pair are still in shock.


Nurse runs across country, smashing Te Araroa trail record

Queenstown nurse Brooke Thomas knocked over a week off the previous record.


Rotorua Mayor wants to see housing 'urgency'

Rotorua Mayor promises to 'advocate and lobby at every opportunity' over housing shortages.


Second person charged with murder in connection to Wellington homicide

A second woman has been charged with the murder of Rau Tongia.


Covid-19: Boris Johnson signals UK lockdown could continue mid-year

New police fines of $1522 will be imposed on people caught attending house parties in the UK.


Facebook hands decision on Trump ban to oversight board

New 20 member group, made up of former prime ministers and Nobel Prize winners, will have a maximum of 90 days

Middle East

Syrian-Turkish border refugees suffer through cold

Heavy snowfall and extreme cold are making conditions increasingly dangerous for refugees on the Syrian-Turkish border.


Joe Biden: World reaction to inauguration

Kamala Harris celebrated in India as varied reaction from world leaders in Russia, Germany, and Israel comes in.


From sublime to skody - bagging 58 huts in a year

Visiting every Tararua Range hut in 12 months was already ambitious. But then came lockdown.

Travel offers

Travel offers of the week: bungy jumps, dolphins and off-grid luxury

An expedition cruise around Stewart Island is among the other deals this week likely to tempt lovers of wildlife, wilderness and adventure.

Kiwi Traveller

The remote bay that's a favourite of this event guru


Social Media giants have put themselves in firing line by silencing Trump

OPINION: The last-minute move to silence lies, personal attacks and the incitement to riot just 14 days before the end of a four-year presidential term was a cynical and self-serving move.


Consumer NZ calls Instachill air cooler 'at best, pointless' in NZ climate

Evaporative coolers push moisture into the air and are designed for deserts, not a damp climate where they could worsen mould, Consumer NZ says.


25 year-old man jailed for more than two years for GST fraud

False claims backed up by forged documents, but department accessed the originals.


Coca-Cola to repay $7.2 million wage subsidy

Despite a 30 per cent drop in revenue during the first lockdown, business has since recovered for the soft drink company.


Women taking leap into entrepreneurship during Covid-19 era

More women are starting small businesses after wave of coronavirus-related redundancies, according to Chooice NZ founder Sarah Colcord.


Key tips for SMEs to build long-term resilience into their systems and strategies

OPINION: Covid disruptions last year unfurled a slew of opportunities for SMEs to become future-ready and set the stage for a digital revolution.


Newbie real estate agent door-knocks 800 houses for first two listings


New year, new motivation - but make sure you are heading in the right direction


Boost your productivity using calendar management

Climate Change

NZ on track to miss methane targets

A principal analyst for the Climate Change Commission told a public webinar that more needs to be done to reduce agricultural emissions or the country will miss its methane targets.

Climate Change

Southern Ocean waters are warming faster than thought, threatening Antarctic ice

New study finds that beneath the surface layer of waters circling Antarctica, the seas are warming much more rapidly than previously known.

Climate Change

'A cry for survival comes from the planet itself:' Joe Biden to overturn Donald Trump's climate legacy

Climate Change

Feeling guilty if you can't recycle your milk carton? Don't.


Try a little politeness instead of complaints about te reo

Listening to the intent delivered by a te reo speaker goes further than concentrating on what you're missing, says a former Grey Power president.


A crew-cut in a Parliament of coiffed heads: On being Minister Kelvin Davis

The long road from Leonard St to the seventh floor of The Beehive - Labour's Kelvin Davis talks about his mission for Oranga Tamariki, Corrections, Māori.

Pou Tiaki

We don't have to agree about history to recognise its importance

OPINION: Knowing the facts is important, but so is interpretation, and it's OK to have different views.

Pou Tiaki

Rātana leader urges followers to break away from Labour

The chairman of the Rātana Church executive has called for the return of its own political party, rather than continuing to align with Labour.

Travel news

Tears and hugs as first quarantine-free flight from Rarotonga lands

Emotional scenes for family and friends as Air New Zealand Flight NZ941 lands in Auckland.


National politics makes way for internal politics at Rātana Pā

ANALYSIS: 'They saw the terror in your eyes' — no politicians to face up to the first official clipping of the year on the old Rātana farm.

Pou Tiaki

Tame Iti exhibition explores Covid-19’s impact and environmental issues

Artist believes pandemic has changed Aotearoa in part due to the iwi roadblocks during lockdowns.

KEA Kids News

Robot racing introduces tamariki to world of engineering

Less than 3% of engineers in Aotearoa are Māori. The RoboPā competition hopes to help change that.


Is it time for Farah Palmer to smash the glass ceiling at NZ Rugby?

ANALYSIS: Brent Impey is stepping down as chair of NZ Rugby and the celebrated ex-Black Fern would erase the game's "pale, stale and male" image.


Women's S'PORT 100 per cent worth supporting

Go ahead and say women aren’t as good at sport as men. Superstar Sophie Devine would beg to differ ahead of a campaign supporting women in sport.


Ridenton enjoying the positive vibes at a 'completely different' Phoenix


'Rugby League Bill' had total passion for his sport


It's hammer time as Julia Ratcliffe embraces her Kiwi challenge


Former Black Cap Peter Fulton blasts 80 in Black Clash


Meet Flourish Foliage's Hannah Guzy

The Christchurch woman has turned her love of green things into a thriving business.


Kitchen of the Week: In the navy

Forget black: Here's an award-winning navy kitchen with some very special effects.


Recognising rebel plants

Real Estate

More public housing won't 'fix' the housing crisis


A look inside Joe Biden's Oval Office

Love and Sex

Mike and Paul's first date was full of dead birds


The woman behind Michelle Obama's instantly iconic hair


Furry Friday: Happiest of hounds

Food & Wine

West African fufu is the latest viral food on TikTok

Food & Wine

How Sophie Gray put food on the table while getting out of debt


Trust, confidence, stability: the meaning of the colours on Inauguration Day


Here's how to pack a choke-safe lunchbox

Well & Good

Keeping a lid on what we eat is harder than we'd like to admit


All the statement-making fashion you might have missed at the 2021 Presidential Inauguration

TV and Radio

Eight great new shows to stream this weekend

Ethan Hawke steals the show in an irreverent, inspired-by-history tale, while a new Israeli psychological thriller will be easy to get lost in.

TV and Radio

HBO reportedly developing Game of Thrones prequel based on George R.R. Martin novella

The creators are yet to announce development on the series officially, but sources say that HBO is eager to produce another Game of Thrones series.


Website lets you put Bernie Sanders in mittens anywhere in the world

TV and Radio

Neon doco details the rise and fall of golf's Tiger King

TV and Radio

Netflix's best journalism docos and movies available to stream now


Very rare Pokémon card sells at auction for $500,000


Volkswagen teases space-age flagship

Volkswagen is working on an all-electric, state-of-the-art flagship called Project Trinity.

Climate Change

Lotus looks to Renault's alpine for help on electric sports car


Top automotive tech at CES 2021

KEA Kids News

Two years on a boat, family prepares for life at sea

The Pollards will have to leave their goats behind when the family starts a new life on a Mercy Ship floating hospital.

KEA Kids News

Native birds back after school's rat trapping programme

KEA Kids News

Waka ama so popular with young people that one club runs out of boats

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