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Beer-based fuel now available in New Zealand

New Zealanders today became the first in the world to power their cars with commercially available biofuel, made from the by-product of beer. “DB Export Brewtroleum” was unveiled at Gull Kingsland in Auckland and customers were invited to fuel up to mark the launch.

  • Tiny Akld unit sells for $104k

    An apartment so tiny it can't fit a kitchen or bathroom has fetched $104,000 in Auckland's overheated property market. Despite the drawbacks the apartment attracts annual body corporate fees of $1407. The unit, located in the student accommodation block Mount Terrace Apartments, sold two years ago for $84,000 and has just re-sold for $104,000, far in excess of its 2014 CV of $70,000.

    NZ Newswire
  • Greek FM resigns in concession to creditors after referendum

    Greece's finance minister resigned Monday in what appeared to be a concession by Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras to international creditors after his resounding victory in a historic bailout referendum. Meanwhile German and French finance ministers were set for talks beginning in Warsaw at 0800 GMT, while the Euro Working Group of top treasury officials will meet in Brussels.

    AFP 36 mins ago
  • Oil prices tumble after Greece vote, China stock market turmoil

    SINGAPORE/TOKYO (Reuters) - Oil prices fell sharply early on Monday after Greece rejected austerity measures demanded in return for bailout money and as China rolled out an unprecedented series of steps to prevent a full-blown stock market crash. "With Greece reserves running low and no immediate bailout funds on the horizon, Greece is on a straight path out of the euro zone," said Howie Lee of Singapore-based brokerage Phillip Futures. In China, stock markets face a make-or-break week after officials rolled out a series of measures to prevent a full-blown stock market crash that would threaten the world's second-largest economy, although share prices rocketed on Monday in response to Beijing's measures.

    Reuters
  • Britain's Princess Charlotte of Cambridge christened

    Britain's Princess Charlotte of Cambridge was christened today (05.07.15). The nine-week-old royal - who is the daughter of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge - was baptised at the Church of St Mary Magdalene in front of family and friends including Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh. The Duchess' parents Carole and Michael Middleton were also in attendance as well as Prince William and Catherine's 23-month-old son Prince George.

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  • This is what happens when your Great Dane wants to cuddle

    It's official: There is nothing more delightful than watching a Great Dane who think he's a lap dog. In a video uploaded to Facebook, a Great Dane decides to unwind by lying out on the couch on top of his human, completely squishing the man who's just trying to watch some TV.

    Better Homes and Gardens
  • Relief as Russian cargo ship docks at space station

    An unmanned Russian cargo ship successfully docked with the International Space Station on Sunday following a string of failed attempts to resupply the orbital laboratory. "The transport cargo ship Progress M-28M has docked with the... Russian segment of the ISS at 10:11am Moscow time (0711 GMT)," the Russian federal space agency (Roscosmos) said in a statement. Russian cosmonauts Gennady Padalka and Mikhail Kornienko and US astronaut Scott Kelly are part of Expedition 44 currently in space, to be joined by three more people later this month.

    AFP
  • Journeymen key to Highlanders rags-to-riches story

    When the victorious Otago Highlanders signed off the final Super 15 season with a rags-to-riches story, they underscored the lesson that championships must be earned not bought. Two years after buying a raft of All Blacks and finishing second to last, the Highlanders on Saturday fielded a team of mainly journeymen and won their first Super title with a 21-14 victory over the Wellington Hurricanes. "We're over the moon with the result," said coach Jamie Joseph who has ensured his "brotherhood", as they call themselves, will not be under-rated when the competition evolves into Super 18 next year.

    AFP
  • Samoa delighted to face McCaw, Carter

    "They are the best team in the world and this is the respect that they've given us," Betham said after unveiling his own team on Monday. Veteran All Blacks captain Richie McCaw will start, something many predicted wouldn't happen because of a perceived need to steer the 34-year-old safely to the World Cup. Another great, Dan Carter, is handed the play-making duties, also to the delight of the Samoans.

    NZ Newswire
  • Scott Disick 'is in a classic shame spiral'

    Scott Disick is "in a classic shame spiral" right now. The 'Keeping Up With The Kardashians' star - who has three children with his partner Kourtney Kardashian - has been spotted getting close with his stylist ex Chloe Bartoli in France and friends say he knows he is behaving badly. According to People.com he has fallen off the wagon and sources told the publication: "He's in a classic shame spiral right now.

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  • Miley Cyrus 'in lust' with Stella

    Miley Cyrus is "in lust" with rumoured girlfriend Stella Maxwell. The 22-year-old singer - who recently came out as bisexual - was seen locking lips with the 24-year-old Victoria's Secret model in a car park in Hollywood last week. Miley split from Patrick Schwarzenegger in March, and was previously engaged to Liam Hemsworth, and recently opened up about her experiences of dating both men and women.

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  • Baby Ayla to continue recovery in Canada

    The orphaned baby daughter of All Black Jerry Collins and partner Alana Madill is well enough to return to Canada with her relatives. Three-month-old Ayla survived the car crash in southern France that killed her parents a month ago.

    NZ Newswire
  • Bobbi Kristina Brown confided in pal

    Bobbi Kristina Brown confided in a pal about Nick Gordon. The 22-year-old aspiring actress - who was found unresponsive and face down in a bath tub on January 31 - reportedly told her best friend Alex Reid how her boyfriend had been allegedly abusing her. Meanwhile, Nick - who has denied all the claims made against him - has also been hit with a lawsuit over allegations he knocked her teeth out.

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  • NZ competitive eater beaten in NY

    New Zealander Nela Zisser has missed out on the top spots in the annual Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest on July 4th at Coney Island in New York. The Women's Champion, Miki Sudo, blew away the competition by putting away 38 hot dogs in ten minutes, beating the 34 she munched the previous year. Sonya Thomas was second, having eaten 31 hot dogs and Juliet Lee was third on 27.5 hot dogs.

    NZ Newswire
  • I might sue NRL over tackle: McKinnon

    Alex McKinnon says he could sue the NRL over the tackle that ended his rugby league career. Speaking to Channel Nine's 60 Minutes on Sunday night, McKinnon said the massive cost of his round-the-clock care since he suffered the spinal injury in March last year has resulted in him considering legal action. McKinnon received the maximum $500,000 compensation payout from the NRL and around $1.2 million was raised towards his medical costs during last season's Rise For Alex round.

    AAP
  • Kiwi Lee wins maiden US PGA Tour title

    Young New Zealander Danny Lee claimed his maiden US PGA Tour title and a spot in next week's British Open when he won the Greenbrier Classic in a four-man playoff. "All I can say is wow," said 24-year-old Lee after two-putting on the second playoff hole to win from Canada's David Hearn and collect $A1.6 million in prizemoney on Sunday. Lee fired a closing round three-under 67 to finish at 13-under 267 and set up a playoff with Hearn (67) and Americans Robert Streb (65) and Kevin Kisner (64) in the $6.7 million event.

    AFP
  • NZ dollar touches fresh lows on concern about Greece after voters reject bailout plan

    The New Zealand dollar fell to a fresh five-year low as investors exited riskier assets in favour of safe havens after Greeks look to have rejected austerity measures that would give them access to bailout money. The kiwi touched 66.40 US cents, and was trading at 66.58 cents at 8am in Wellington, from 66.93 cents at the New York close and 67.23 cents in Wellington on Friday. The uncertainty prompted investors to sell higher risk assets such as the kiwi and favour more liquid, stable currencies such as the US dollar and the yen and the perceived safety of government bonds.

    BusinessDesk
  • IS video shows mass execution in ruins of Syria's Palmyra

    The Islamic State group on Saturday released a video showing 25 Syrian government soldiers being executed by teenagers in the ancient amphitheatre in the city of Palmyra. The video documented an execution that reportedly happened shortly after the jihadist group captured the city on May 21. It shows the soldiers in green and brown military uniforms being shot dead on the amphitheatre's stage in front of an enormous version of the group's black and white flag.

    AFP
  • New details emerge about Tunisia gunman's past

    In an interview on Sunday, Prime Minister Habib Essid revealed more details about 23-year-old Seifeddine Rezgui, who gunned down 38 foreign tourists in the June 26 attack. "We know he was a member of a dance club and was familiar with the tourism sector, having worked in it as an events organiser," Essid told the French-language newspaper La Presse. The attack at Port El Kantaoui, north of Sousse, killed 30 Britons, three Irish nationals, two Germans, one Belgian, one Portuguese and a Russian.

    AFP
  • 'Scores' killed by Nigeria female suicide bombers

    Several female suicide bombers in northeast Nigeria blew themselves up amid panicked villagers fleeing a Boko Haram attack, killing scores, the army and witnesses said Saturday. Local resident Haladu Musa, who fled the attack, told AFP that "large numbers" of fighters poured into the village, overpowering government forces deployed to prevent the insurgents reaching Maiduguri. Then, as people began to flee, female suicide bombers started blowing themselves up in their midst, killing large numbers of people, he said.

    AFP
  • Jennifer Garner 'leaning on friends' after split

    Jennifer Garner is "leaning on friends" following her split with Ben Affleck. A source told People.com: "Jen has been leaning on friends. The insider said: "This has been on the cards for some time - it's a miracle Jen hung on so long.

    Bang Showbiz