John Key responds to protestors

Aggressive anti-government protest outside SkyCity

Prime Minister John Key was not impressed with a group of protesters gathered outside SkyCity today.

  • Sharapova slams 'disrespectful' treatment of Nadal

    Maria Sharapova blasted the "disrespectful" treatment of fellow French Open champion Rafael Nadal on Friday. Nadal, the nine-time champion at Roland Garros and who boasts an astonishing record of 66 wins and just one defeat, comes into the 2015 tournament ranked seven in the world, his lowest in a decade. "Everyone expects so much of Rafa at this time of year.

  • Williamson frustrates England in first Test

    Kane Williamson's unbeaten 92 rounded off a fine day's work for New Zealand in the first Test against England at Lord's on Friday. The Black Caps ended the second day well-placed at 303 for two, just 86 runs behind England's first innings 389. Williamson and Ross Taylor (47 not out) had so far shared an unbroken stand of 155 after coming together when the tourists had lost two wickets with their score on 148.

  • Michael Caine says he is unrecognizable in latest film role

    Michael Caine, the British actor sometimes lampooned for playing versions of himself in his six-decade career, says he is unrecognizable in his latest role as a retired orchestra conductor. "The challenge that I put myself, and always have done, is 'How can I do a character who's as far away from me as possible?'," Caine told Reuters on Thursday after the Cannes premiere of "Youth" by Italian director Paolo Sorrentino. Caine, 82, plays the musician having a late-life crisis at a posh Swiss resort.

  • Princess Beatrice on holiday in the Bahamas with her boyfriend

    Princess Beatrice is in the Caribbean on her 15th holiday in less than seven months. The 26-year-old daughter of Prince Andrew has been spotted soaking up the sun in Great Guana Cay - part of the Bahamas - with her boyfriend Dave Clark. Beatrice has enjoyed a string of holidays since giving up her £20,000-a-year internship at Sony last year, following cyber attacks, and began her travels with a trip to the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

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  • Campbell's exit - what they're saying

    John Campbell's decision to quit TV3, as his current affairs show is replaced with a new one, has sparked a flurry of tweets, among them:TV3 journalist Paula Penfold: "I am enormous admirer of @JohnJCampbell; the journalist, the person and the programme

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  • The countries where you’re most likely to get food poisoning are...

    If Spain is on your travel list this summer, you may want to take a really good bathroom book with you on your journey. The research comes from travel specialists at the British law firm Slater and Gordon, who asked 2,000 travellers to report their bathroom experiences abroad, according to the British publication Express. The travel specialists also researched how likely people were to go to specific countries based on their fear of the food.

    Total Travel
  • Gang members walk free after police fraud

    Five years after police cooked up charges against two undercover officers investigating a small Nelson motorcycle gang, a court has ruled any case using their evidence would undermine the justice system. High Court Justice David Collins has stayed drugs and criminal gang charges against seven people associated with the Red Devils in a case which has bounced between courts. Police had misused the criminal justice system, had little properly obtained evidence and allowing any trial to continue could be seen as condoning police misconduct, Justice Collins says in his judgment.

    NZ Newswire
  • German firm considers buying ASC

    German defence firm ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems says it could be prepared to buy government-owned shipbuilder ASC. The company is bidding for the multi-billion deals for Australia's new submarines and also the navy's next generation frigates. Should it win the sub deal, it says it would invest in Australia and transfer technology and business structures to replicate its German submarine capability in an Australian subsidiary.

  • World’s first size 22 supermodel Tess Holliday lands cover of People magazine

    Model Tess Holliday has 800,000 Facebook fans and 663,000 followers on Instagram. It’s the latest success in what has been a bumper year for Holliday, a size 22, who, in January, was secured by London’s MILK Management, becoming the largest plus-size model to be signed to a mainstream agency. Holliday regularly takes to her social media accounts to empower women to embrace themselves, having created the hashtag #effyourbeautystandards.

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  • NZ has a better budget plan, a surplus

    Treasurer Joe Hockey might be getting slaps on the back at home for his second budget, but the fiscally astute need look over the ditch for a real success story. For an economy that got dragged into a recession during the global financial crisis, New Zealand has bounced back and is on course to deliver a budget surplus of $NZ176 million ($A163.29 million) in 2015/16. "The books have come from an $NZ18.4 billion deficit four years ago to show steadily rising surpluses," NZ budget papers released on Thursday boast.

  • Verstappen steals the show on Monaco debut

    Too young to rent a car, or drive unaccompanied on public roads, 17-year-old Formula One prodigy Max Verstappen had his bosses purring with a sensational performance in practice for the Monaco Grand Prix on Thursday. The fresh-faced Dutch rookie stole the show after lapping second fastest to Mercedes' world champion Lewis Hamilton around an intimidating and unforgiving street circuit he had never driven before. Toro Rosso team principal Franz Tost was impressed.

  • Hellaby buys Waikato and Australian firms

    Diversified investor Hellaby Holdings says it has acquired two businesses to strengthen its auto parts and truck servicing operations, for an all-up cost of less than $25 million. The Auckland-based company said its New Zealand Trucks subsidiary acquired Diesel & Machinery Services, a Waikato-based truck maintenance, repair and engineering services company, on April 30. It has also agreed to buy Melbourne-based JAS Oceania, an Australian distributor of auto electrical, automotive air conditioning and lighting components.

    NZ Newswire
  • The gross truth about germs and airplanes

    Every single time I board a plane for a long-haul flight, I know I will catch a cold on board. It happens pretty much without fail. And no amount of Vitamin C, echinacea, or hand sanitiser seems to do the trick.In some cases, the runny nose, headache,

    Total Travel
  • China jails 'Fast & Furious' Lamborghini, Ferrari drivers

    Two unemployed men who crashed a Lamborghini and Ferrari as they reportedly staged a "real-life Fast and Furious" race through Beijing were sentenced to jail Thursday for dangerous driving, the court said. According to reports a woman passenger in Tang Weitian's green Lamborghini was left with a broken spine in the accident. The other driver Yu Muchun, 20, drove a red Ferrari.

  • KiwiRail gets $400m, more for Gold Card

    The money will be used to maintain the rail network to a safe and reliable standard and for KiwiRail to deliver services, Transport Minister Simon Bridges says. Finance Minister Bill English says KiwiRail has a two-year window to improve but warned "this level of on-going support is not sustainable". The money will come from the partial sell-down of state assets, such as power companies and Air New Zealand.

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  • What the politicians think of the budget

    WHAT THE POLITICIANS ARE SAYING ABOUT THE BUDGETLabour leader Andrew Little: "National has hit the panic button in a desperate attempt to look like they're taking action to reduce our shameful child poverty rate, but they're giving with one hand and taking

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  • Dotcom responds to Banks with open letter

    The allegations continue to fly between Kim Dotcom and John Banks with the internet entrepreneur publishing an open letter stating his position in the donations saga. The Court of Appeal ruled on Tuesday that the former ACT MP would be acquitted and wouldn't face retrial over charges he falsely declared donations from Dotcom to his failed 2010 Auckland mayoralty campaign as anonymous. Mr Banks has hit out at the Crown, saying he wants to see Solicitor-General Mike Heron QC, stood down.

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  • Kelly talks about cancer diagnosis

    New Zealand Council of Trade Unions president Helen Kelly says the cancer she was diagnosed with in February is widespread. Ms Kelly, who is a non-smoker, told delegates in an email in February she had been diagnosed with lung cancer. "I look healthy so it's quite a bizarre position to be in, but I have got very serious lung cancer, widely spread in my body, and I'm having chemotherapy, which is palliative, which I hope will give me some time," she said in an interview on Radio New Zealand's Nine to Noon programme on Friday.

    NZ Newswire
  • China's richest man loses $15 billion

    In the history of sudden wealth loss, Li Hejun may have set a new record. Li, who was China's richest man until this week, saw his fortune drop by as much as $15 billion in a half-hour as the stock in his company, Hanergy Thin Film Power Group, fell by nearly half. Trading in the shares was halted Wednesday and Li didn't attend the company's annual meeting.

  • Teams jockey for Super Rugby playoff spots behind Hurricanes

    The lead in the South Africa and Australia conferences is up for grabs this weekend behind tearaway Super Rugby frontrunners Wellington Hurricanes as the Canterbury Crusaders face a must-win game. The Northern Bulls lead the Western Stormers by just one point in the South Africa conference, but face a big task against twice winners Waikato Chiefs in Rotorua on Friday. The Pretoria-based Bulls have only won once in nine visits to the Chiefs, while the Stormers are at home to Australia's Melbourne Rebels in Cape Town.