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$6m for new Waikato theatre

The old Hamilton Hotel is the site earmarked for a new Waikato Regional Theatre (file photo).

The money comes from a council trust which is winding up, and will go to the Waikato Regional Theatre project.

Humanity on 'highway to digital dictatorship' video

Yuval Noah Harari's new book, 21 Lessons for the 21st Century, addresses the major challenges of our age.

Bestselling author Yuval Noah Harari says our free will is under increasing threat in the modern world.

Pink shoots down internet troll video

Pink did not take kindly to criticism of her husband Carey Hart's parenting skills on social media.

When a keyboard warrior questioned her husband's parenting skills, the US pop star didn't hold back.

Mortal Engines 'an epic flop' video

Hugo Weaving stars in the Sir Peter Jackson-scripted Mortal Engines, which has tanked at the Box Office.

Sir Peter Jackson's big-budget fantasy flick tipped to lose more than US$100m at Box Office after poor opening weekend.

Vine co-founder found dead

Colin Kroll was found dead in his New York apartment after his girlfriend raised concerns for his welfare.

Colin Kroll, the brains behind the popular HQ Trivia game, dies of suspected drug overdose.

Philippa Boyens on Mortal Engines, Hobbits and going solo

Philippa Boyens sees parallels between Mortal Engines and the experience of the first Star Wars film.

Film writer Philippa Boyens has an Oscar but the neighbours have six.

At home: Kerry Ranginui gallery video

Kerry Ranginui tries the Karen Walker Banks Trench on for size.

The Project Runway NZ contestant says his home life is a real life version of Modern Family.

SNL asks ‘What if Trump never elected?’

US TV show SNL imagines a world in which Trump isn't president in an It's a Wonderful Life spoof.

US TV show Saturday Night Live featured a star-studded It’s a Wonderful Life spoof, and Trump wasn't happy.

TVNZ farewell 'professional' Peter video

Peter Williams has been a familiar face on NZ TV for decades. On Sunday, he said goodbye to the job he enjoyed "almost" ...

Veteran broadcaster says he's "delighted" by the prospect of his new Magic Talk role.

Is this the best of John Campbell?

Journalists Kim Hill, John Campbell and Peter Williams.

OPINION: "Roving" to Japan and doing a quirky story on trains is not setting the agenda.

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TVNZ farewell 'professional' Peter video

Peter Williams has been a familiar face on NZ TV for decades. On Sunday, he said goodbye to the job he enjoyed "almost" ...

Veteran broadcaster says he's "delighted" by the prospect of his new Magic Talk role.

Kanye targets Ariana Grande video

Ariana Grande made a joke about Kanye's feud with Drake. He didn't find it very funny.

From MAFS to PTSD to love video

Gay star: Hollywood boys' club

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Best Shortland Street cliffhangers

Explosions, shootouts, weddings, kidnappings - Shortland Street cliffhangers dish up an annual festive serving of mayhem.

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Actor's finger caught in armrest, sues video

American Airlines says it is looking "forward to swiftly resolving this matter" (file photo).

Stephen Keys, who appeared in Soul Plane, says the injury means he can't play with his children.

Life-changing rabbits are back video

Watership Down (1978) "You'll love it," Mum said.

OPINION: Watership Down might be "just a story about rabbits" to some folks, but it changed my life.

Nailed It's pity party excels video

A contestant on the latest batch of Nailed It! doesn't deliver a festive treat.

What to watch and listen to this weekend, including Nailed It's Christmas specials, which are an especially excruciating watch.

Gay star: Hollywood boys' club

Rupert Everett wrote, starred and directed in The Happy Prince, a film about his idol, Oscar Wilde.

It's still not acceptable for a gay man to play a straight role, says Rupert Everett.

stage & theatre

Naughty but nice comedian

Fresh from a devastating divorce, Sarah Millican started stand-up. "Everything I had planned for my life with him had ...

Sarah Millican was on the floor crying after her divorce. The success of her nanna cardigan-dirty joke combo came next.

Accessible theatre on the rise

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Why did Shorty St musical flop? video

Cast of Shortland Street The Musical entertain fans of the Kiwi soap.

OPINION: Shortland St - The Musical got everything right, so why didn't Kiwi punters flock to see it? Is there any hope for local theatre?

Shorty's musical cancelled video

The national tour of Shortland Street, The Musical is cancelled due to poor ticket sales.

Shortland Street fans outside of Auckland won't see the show, because the costs of touring proved to be too high.

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