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Teen who died in police chase made silly mistake, family says - Top Stories - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 09:31
Conrad Tuhua made a mistake that cost him his life, a family member says, adding young people need to break a culture of recklessness.

Paris-based Kiwi playwright gives Barbie's take on war - Top Stories - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 09:27
Barbie gives her take on being stuck under wartorn rubble in a new, international show at Bats Theatre.

Man who died in Wairau Valley crash was 19-year-old George Holland - Top Stories - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 09:18
The man who died in a crash between a truck and a ute in Marlborough's Wairau Valley was 19-year-old George Holland.

Wild cats take over rural Waikato property - Top Stories - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 09:14
More than 50 feral cats have overrun a Waikato property, forcing a charity to step-in and try and get the situation under control.

The Project's Jesse Mulligan says forget trans-Tasman friendship - Top Stories - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 09:13
TV3's The Project host Jesse Mulligan has called for New Zealand to reassess the Anzac relationship saying, "Australia is basically a bully."

Curtain comes down on Greg Henderson's professional cycling career - Top Stories - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 08:59
Greg Henderson is 'checking out' of his career as a professional cyclist and is quickly 'checking into' his next role - coach Henderson.

How many primary students went to early childhood education? - Top Stories - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 08:57
Almost all children in New Zealand are attending early childhood education, but Northland's kids are lagging behind.

According to figures from the Ministry of Education, children from Auckland, Northland, and Gisborne were the least likely to attend preschool in 2015.
Children from the Chatham Islands, Nelson and Tasman were the most likely to be enrolled.
New Zealand has more than 4500 licensed Early Childhood Education providers across the country, which employ more than 18,800 qualified teachers.
The average number of hours kids spend in early childhood education is 20.7 hours a week. There are more than 200,000 kids enrolled across the country.
But last year, the OECD found New Zealand families pay some of the highest amounts for childcare in the world.
New Zealand rated the second most expensive country for childcare in most of the western world, second only to the United Kingdom.
Minister of Education Hekia Parata disputed the findings, saying the OECD data was flawed.
She said the OECD incorrectly measured childcare costs in New Zealand and ignored New Zealand's 20 hours of free early childhood education for children aged between three to five.

Bruising Wallabies ball-runner Lopeti Timani hints at No 8 start against ABs - Top Stories - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 08:55
Wallabies back-rower Lopeti Timani has hinted he will wear the No 8 jersey against the All Blacks in Sydney on Saturday. 

Ants in your antipasto, pests in your pesto: Fine dining with wasps, gorse and jellyfish - Top Stories - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 08:54
Does the idea of devouring ants or wasp larvae make your stomach turn? Chef Jacob Brown hopes to convert diners to plates full of pests.

Stormy Thursday on the cards - Top Stories - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 08:52
Batten down the hatches – gales and heavy rain forecast for some central and southern areas on Thursday.

America's Cup 'vulgar' under Russell Coutts and Oracle - Bruno Trouble - Top Stories - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 08:50
Respected America's Cup personality Bruno Trouble has accused Sir Russell Coutts of making the event "vulgar" and backed Team New Zealand to return respect to sport's oldest contest.

Susan Hornsby-Geluk: Lessons from the Greens about disclosing to your employer - Top Stories - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 08:39
OPINION: Hindsight is a wonderful thing, but you have to ask what was Metiria Turei thinking when she decided to tell the New Zealand public her story about defrauding the revenue whilst a beneficiary.

And what might be worse was her decision to tell just half the story in the first instance.

The whole Turei debacle raises interesting issues from an employment perspective about what obligations employees have to disclose past criminal convictions or wrongdoing.

The starting principle is that employees and job applicants are under no obligation to proactively disclose past crimes or wrongdoing.

Silly Question #13: How do I back a trailer? - Top Stories - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 08:26
When you are reversing a trailer or boat or caravan, there's one important rule of thumb: left is always right and right is always left.

More than 2000 Olympic mascot design applications received for Tokyo 2020 - Top Stories - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 08:24
A total of 2042 mascot designs have been received for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics after a competition launched earlier this month invited Japanese residents to submit their proposals.

Residents petition for road name change, fearing ridicule - Top Stories - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 08:17
A development evokes happy memories for one man, but residents say his name for their road sounds like an avenue through a cemetery.  

Man in critical condition after being bashed with baseball bat - Top Stories - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 08:11
A 25-year-old man has life-threatening injuries after being attacked with a baseball bat in south Auckland.

NRL plots Perth move in wake of decision to axe Force from Super Rugby - Top Stories - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 08:10
NRL chief executive Todd Greenberg has vowed to try and strike while the iron is hot in Perth following the closure of Super Rugby's Western Force, but it won't come in the form of a rushed together NRL team.

Three reasons fascism spread in 1930s America - and might spread again today - Top Stories - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 08:07
The violent white nationalist rally in Virginia has reawakened simmering fears of American fascism.

Hell's Kitchen: MasterChef's Matt Preston has last laugh over Marco Pierre White - Top Stories - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 08:03
It seems Matt Preston will have the last laugh over MasterChef Australia colleague-turned-rival, Marco Pierre White.

In May, Pierre White revealed he quit the popular cooking show over Preston's comments about his son. "With my hand on my mother's grave, I will get that man," the British chef vowed.

But not all is going to plan.

Global dairy prices slip 0.4 per cent - Top Stories - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 08:00
Global dairy prices have fallen slightly, including a small decline in New Zealand's key export product.
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