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Free GP visits for under-13s begin

About 96 per cent of medical practices across the country have signed up to provide free doctor's visits for under-13s.

  • NZ dollar bounces from five-year low as deteriorating economy, Greece stoke volatility

    The New Zealand dollar rose from a five-year low after Greece missed its debt repayment deadline, while a deteriorating local economic outlook stokes expectations for steeper interest rate cuts. Greece fell into arrears after missing a 1.6 billion euro repayment to the International Monetary Fund, and can only receive funding once that debt is cleared. Greece's debt ructions, which may see the Mediterranean nation turfed out of the euro-zone, have been stoking volatility in finance markets, and will continue to dominate headlines in the lead-up to a public referendum on Sunday as to whether Greece should agree to the bail-out conditions that would accompany a rescue package.

    BusinessDesk
  • This is China's biggest problem, expert says

    China 's growth story is "basically over," and the country's recent stock battering reflects "horrible" fundamentals, one economist said Monday. The biggest roadblock for the world's second-largest economy is dependency on exports to the United States and Europe, which face growth problems of their own, said Peter Navarro, an economics professor at the University of California, Irvine. "China is going to be in a slow growth mode and that's going to continue until Europe and the United States recover," he said in a CNBC "Power Lunch" interview.

    CNBC
  • Toyota's top female executive arrested in Japan resigns

    Julie Hamp, the most senior female executive at Toyota who was arrested in Japan last month on suspicion of drug law violations, has resigned from the company, the automaker said Wednesday. Hamp, a 55-year-old American who was Toyota's newly appointed head of public relations, was arrested on June 18 on suspicion of importing oxycodone, a narcotic pain killer, into Japan. Toyota declined to disclose other details, noting the investigation was ongoing.

    Associated Press
  • Orlando Bloom smitten with new woman

    Orlando Bloom is dating Luisa Moraes. The 38-year-old actor appeared fascinated by the 28-year-old Brazilian model-and-actress and could hardly take his hands off her during dinner at Zooma Sushi in Malibu, California last night (29.06.15). Orlando - who is currently filming the next 'Pirates Of The Caribbean' movie in Australia with Johnny Depp - split from ex-wife Miranda Kerr in October 2013 and later admitted his number one priority will always be his four-year-old son, Flynn.

    Bang Showbiz
  • 10 Tips to make groceries last longer and save cash

    Saving on groceries is not just about smart shopping. If you are throwing food away you are wasting cash and all the tips you’ve used to save money at the grocery store will be for nothing. Below are some tips for making your groceries last longer.

    Yahoo Finance
  • Princess Charlotte's christening details announced

    Britain's Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will hold Princess Charlotte's christening at the weekend. Prince William and Kate Middleton, along with Prince George and Charlotte, will appear in public for the first time as a family of four on Sunday (05.07.15) at the ceremony, set to take place in Norfolk, and be conducted by the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Rev Justin Welby, who will also give an address. The public will be allowed into the paddock outside the church to get a glimpse of the royal family, something that William and Kate are "delighted" about.

    Bang Showbiz
  • Next iPhones to have Force Touch feature, says report

    Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) has begun work on new iPhones that will feature Force Touch, reported Bloomberg, citing sources familiar with the matter. The feature will sense how hard a user is pushing down on the screen. (Tweet this) The new phones will

    CNBC
  • Door-to-door salesman trial aborted

    A mistrial has been declared in the trial of a Rotorua door-to-door salesman facing a raft of sex and violence charges.The jury was into its second day of deliberations when Judge Sarah Katz aborted the trial on Tuesday.The 25-year-old defendant, whose

    NZ Newswire
  • Caitlyn Jenner 'begged' by designers

    Caitlyn Jenner is being "begged" by designers to wear their clothes. The 65-year-old former Olympian - who was known as Bruce Jenner before undergoing a gender transition - is reportedly being offered all sorts of outfits for when she walks the red carpet at the ESPY Awards next month. A source said: "Caitlyn has not decided on which designer to pick but every designer imaginable wants to dress her.

    Bang Showbiz
  • Trump sues Univision for $500 million over Miss USA cancellation

    Univision said last week it would not air the July 12 pageant because of what it called insulting remarks about Mexican immigrants made by Trump when he announced he was running for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. The 19-page lawsuit accuses Univision of a "thinly veiled attempt" to stifle Trump's freedom of speech in order to boost Democratic frontrunner Hilary Clinton.

    Reuters
  • The Queen told Lewis Hamilton off for bad manners

    Britain's Queen Elizabeth told Lewis Hamilton off for his bad table manners. Lewis said: "I got invited to a lunch and was sitting next to The Queen. Despite this telling off, Lewis went on to say that The Queen is "really cool".

    Bang Showbiz
  • Canon Makes Smart Documents Possible in Singapore with Launch of Flagship OCR Software Readiris Corporate 15

    SINGAPORE, July 1, 2015 - (ACN Newswire) - Canon, the global leader in photographic and digital imaging solutions, today unveiled its first IRIS offering in Singapore, Readiris Corporate 15. An advanced optical character recognition (OCR) solution, Readiris aims to revolutionize the way enterprises in Singapore work with paper, enabling them to now convert paper into digitized documents and images for users to seamlessly search, and share information in a smarter, more productive workplace. Creating digital information to ease business processes becomes crucial, allowing users to focus on their core missions without losing time searching documents," said Melvyn Ho, Senior Vice President, Domestic Operations Group, Canon Singapore Pte. Ltd.

    ACN Newswire
  • South Sudan army raped then burnt girls alive: UN

    South Sudan's army raped then torched girls alive inside their homes during a recent campaign marked by "new brutality and intensity", a UN rights report said Tuesday. The military, the Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA), launched a major offensive against rebel forces in April, with fierce fighting in Unity state's northern Mayom district, once a key oil producing area. "Survivors of these attacks reported that SPLA and allied militias from Mayom county carried out a campaign against the local population that killed civilians, looted and destroyed villages and displaced over 100,000 people," the UN said.

    AFP
  • Samoa name captain to face All Blacks

    London Irish flanker Ofisa Treviranus has been named Samoa captain for 2015, starting with next week's Test against the All Blacks in Apia. A regular selection since his Test debut six years ago, Treviranus assumes the captaincy from veteran wing David Lemi, who was skipper for their season-ending tour of Europe last November. The powerful 31-year-old is the older brother of former Hurricanes back Alapati Leiua, who has been ruled out of the Test on July 8 with injury.

    NZ Newswire
  • Law changes that are going to affect you

    Vehicle licences are cheaper because ACC levy rates have been reduced. Paid parental leave payments have increased. On April 1, paid parental leave increased from 14 to 16 weeks, and from April 1 next year it will increase again to 18 weeks.

    NZ Newswire
  • F1 tyre size a deal-breaker for Michelin

    Michelin has no interest in supplying tyres to Formula One unless the sport agrees to make them bigger, a change motorsport head Pascal Couasnon feels sure will happen eventually. The French company and current suppliers Pirelli are the only bidders for the three-year contract from 2017, when rule changes could be introduced to make the cars quicker and harder to handle. Michelin have stressed that their bid depends on a change of tyre specification from 13 inch to at least 18.

    Reuters
  • Consumer Reports finds some newer cars burn too much oil

    Newer cars aren't supposed to need more oil between oil changes, but Consumer Reports found that some engines — mainly from Audi, BMW and Subaru — require an extra quart as often as once a month. In an annual survey of car owners, significant numbers reported what the magazine considered to be excessive oil consumption. Consumer Reports focused on 2010 to 2014 models and called on automakers to make repairs under the powertrain warranty or to extend warranties.

    Associated Press
  • Fourth bomb-scare for Hamilton

    A fourth bomb-scare in Hamilton in just over a week has police again waiting for the army bomb squad. A suspicious package was found in the public toilets near the Melville Football Club rooms on Tuesday morning and the area is now cordoned off. The Defence Force explosive ordnance disposal team is travelling from Auckland to deal with it, says Senior Sergeant Andrew Townsend.

    NZ Newswire
  • Joyriding teenagers caught by police

    Four teenage girls who allegedly stole a car and started a police chase while filming it on their mobile phone have been arrested. A video was uploaded onto Facebook of the girls, aged between 15 and 17, swerving to avoid cars and trying to avoid police during the pursuit in Mercer, south of Auckland on Sunday. The four teenagers have been charged with a number of offences relating to the theft of the vehicle and failing to stop for police.

    NZ Newswire
  • Islamic State threatens to topple Hamas in Gaza

    Islamic State insurgents threatened on Tuesday to turn the Gaza Strip into another of their Middle East fiefdoms, accusing Hamas, the organisation that rules the Palestinian territory, of being insufficiently stringent about religious enforcement. The video statement, issued from an Islamic State stronghold in Syria, was a rare public challenge to Hamas, which has been cracking down on jihadis in Gaza who oppose its truces with Israel and reconciliation with the U.S.-backed rival Palestinian faction Fatah. "We will uproot the state of the Jews (Israel) and you and Fatah, and all of the secularists are nothing and you will be over-run by our creeping multitudes," said a masked Islamic State member in the message addressed to the "tyrants of Hamas".

    Reuters