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Winston Peters booted from chamber

When Winston Peters decided to take on the Speaker, I doubt he thought he would come out second best.

  • Sister saves brother from kidnap attempt

    A five-year-old boy was almost abducted at his Hastings school when a man grabbed him by the hand and started leading him down the road. Police are investigating the attempted abduction which took place just before 9am on Tuesday outside St Matthew's Primary School.

    NZ Newswire
  • Campbell Live to finish on Friday

    John Campbell will be signing off for good from his eponymous current affairs show on Friday, TV3 has announced. Mediaworks head of news Mark Jennings said on Monday the station would broadcast a special finale for Campbell Live to "see John off in style". Campbell, who's been at TV3 since 1991, had been offered a three-year contract with a co-hosting position on the replacement show for the first year, but turned it down.

    NZ Newswire
  • Mercedes to hold factory inquest after Monaco gaffe

    Formula One champions Mercedes will be in full gremlin-hunting mode when they regroup at their factory on Tuesday after committing one of the sport's biggest strategic blunders at the Monaco Grand Prix. Although they won Sunday's showcase race for the third year in a row with Germany's Nico Rosberg, the headlines were all about how the dominant team blew a surefire victory for Lewis Hamilton. Hamilton had the race under control until the safety car was deployed some 14 laps from the end and the Briton was called in for a needless pitstop while rivals stayed out.

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  • Watch Kim Kardashian and Kanye West's First Dance!

    Kanye West and Kim Kardashian celebrated their first year of marriage on May 24. Kris Jenner shared never-before-seen footage of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West at their wedding on Sunday, marking the couple's first anniversary. John Legend performed his song All of Me at the lavish wedding on May 24, 2014, while Kim, 34, and Kanye, 37, took their first dance as man and wife.

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  • The World Is Running Out Of Prosecco

    This tragic news comes direct from USA Today, who report that a combination of a bad harvest (brought on by too much rainfall last season in Prosecco production areas in Italy) and soaring demand have caused a dearth of everyone’s favourite Italian brunchtime bubbly. Prosecco sales are up 27% according to news site Italy24.

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  • Cost of SuperGold Card scheme questioned

    A big increase in the cost of running the SuperGold Card scheme is raising questions about whether it's fair. Finance Minister Bill English says it's costing more to run because more people over 65 are using the card.

    NZ Newswire
  • Aussie workers caught out by their social footprints

    According to a recent Hotels.com survey, one in ten Australians has been caught out for 'pulling a sickie' by giving themselves away with social media posts or tags. Over a third of us admitting to calling in sick while in fact just taking a day off,

    Total Travel
  • B.B. King death probed as homicide after poison claim: coroner

    Las Vegas police have launched a homicide investigation into the death of B.B. King, a coroner's office said Monday, after the daughters of the blues guitar legend reportedly accused his aides of poisoning him. King died aged 89 on May 14 in Las Vegas, where he lived while he kept up a gruelling schedule of tours that ended only last year. Two of his daughters -- Karen Williams and Patty King -- have alleged he was poisoned by his business manager Laverne Toney and his personal assistant, Eonline reported.

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  • Discover Wellington's hidden gems

    If you’re in Wellington or planning a visit, there are a few restaurants you’ll want to check out that you probably wouldn’t have thought to stop in to before. If these aren’t to your taste or if you’ve visited them before, be sure to check our extended collection of Hidden Gems around Wellington. Nestled off of Majoribanks in Mt Vic is Five Boroughs.

    Yahoo Lifestyle
  • New plane engines close in on delivery

    If there's one key selling point that aerospace giants Airbus and Boeing have both been using in marketing their new aircraft, it is fuel efficiency. It is in fact largely down to French company Safran and GE, whose joint venture CFM International is making the LEAP motors that will power most of the next generation of the planes which will be the future workhorses of airlines. The promise of 15 to 20 per cent fuel savings moved closer as LEAP engines made their first flight tests that are a key step for the Airbus320neo to enter service next year and Boeing's B737 MAX in 2017 as planned.

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  • Katy Perry and Russell Brand haven't spoken since 2011

    Katy Perry hasn't spoken to her ex-husband Russell Brand since he texted her telling her he wanted to file for a divorce in late 2011. The 30-year-old popstar and the 39-year-old comedian married in 2010, and had a cat together, named Rusty - a combination of their two names - but Katy revealed that she's changed the name of the cat, as well as cutting him out her life. Katy said: "(Russell) hasn't spoken to me since he texted me saying he was filing for divorce.

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  • Prosecutions over Sri Lanka cricket sex-bribe scandal

    Sri Lankan authorities Saturday said they would initiate criminal action against two men managing the women's cricket team following allegations they demanded sexual favours from team members to guarantee their positions. Sports ministry spokesman Srilal Gomes said a disciplinary inquiry initiated in November uncovered evidence of "sexual harassment" against women players and a report was submitted on Thursday. "This is a very serious matter and the next step will be to take internal disciplinary action in addition to a criminal prosecution under the penal code," Gomes told AFP.

    AFP
  • KiwiSaver providing poor value for money, needs rewrite, Treasury says

    The Treasury recommended a wider review of the KiwiSaver scheme than just axing the $1,000 kick-start payment, arguing it represents poor value for money for the government and has vague aims, according to its regulatory impact statement on the post-budget law change needed to drop the incentive. Reducing incentives would improve the scheme's value for money as wage and salary earners were likely to join anyway because of employer-subsidised schemes and didn't need the kick-start to join, said the Treasury's financial markets manager, James Beard.

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  • Afghan weddings: bigger, fatter and hard to tame

    With a burst of confetti, dancers clap and twirl around a garland-bedecked groom as Afghanistan's wedding season kicks into high gear, but lawmakers pushing for austerity are bent on taming out-of-control guest lists. Kabul wedding halls with Las Vegas-style razzle dazzle are busy as Afghans rush to get hitched before next month's Ramadan fasting begins, in a colourful contrast to the Taliban era when musical revelry and dancing were banned. Hundreds of people -- not counting the ubiquitous wedding crashers -- typically attend celebrations in these halls segregated by gender, with a bulging guest list seen both as a social obligation and a totem of affluence.

    AFP
  • Stockton Mine job cuts to go ahead

    Solid Energy will go ahead with plans to slash 113 jobs at its Stockton Mine, the state-owned company has announced. On Tuesday, chief executive Dan Clifford said the proposal had been given the green light, although feedback had meant the company had made some alterations to the initial plans to improve efficiency. The company's now working to select staff for the remaining jobs and hopes the process will be completed by next month.

    NZ Newswire
  • Crusaders lose five All Blacks to injury

    Injury is compounding the Crusaders' woes after five All Blacks were ruled out of Friday's Super Rugby match against the Hurricanes. A Crusaders spokesperson confirmed they will be without fullback Israel Dagg (calf), first five-eighth Colin Slade (quadricep), No.8 Kieran Read (concussion), lock Sam Whitelock (concussion) and prop Joe Moody (foot) when they face the competition leaders in Nelson. The seven-time champions have only a slim mathematical chance of reaching the play-offs for a 14th-straight season following their 32-22 loss to the Waratahs.

    NZ Newswire
  • Kiwi on trial after hug led to death

    Patrick Sunill Lilii is on trial in the District Court of Western Australia for the unlawful assault of 32-year-old Zak Harvey outside the Murray Street nightclub in April last year. The court heard Lilii acted in self-defence when he pushed Mr Harvey because the only thing he knew was that a stranger had wrapped his arms tightly around his neck. Mr Harvey was so happy after a night of clubbing he started hugging strangers in the street, among them Lilii who was chatting with friends.

    NZ Newswire
  • Second player death in Argentina in 10 days

    Atletico Parana defender Cristian Gomez died on his way to hospital after collapsing on the pitch during a match on Sunday, the second such death to hit Argentine football in 10 days. The 27-year-old Gomez stumbled several times before falling unconscious after half an hour of the second-tier Primera B Nacional match against Boca Unidos in the northeastern city of Corrientes. This is totally unexpected, unbelievable ... he'd never had anything wrong with him," match supervisor Ramon Gomez said.

    Reuters
  • Mariah Carey 'lives in a bubble'

    Mariah Carey "never has any normal interactions". Damion Young, the star's ex-boyfriend who worked with Mariah, 45, on hits such as 'I Still Believe' and 'Irresistible', has revealed the multi-platinum selling artist lives her life in a "bubble", claiming she doesn't have normal social interactions with others because of her fame. Damion said Mariah leads a surreal existence that he ultimately found "frightening".

    Bang Showbiz
  • Kylie Jenner 'hates' her life

    Kylie Jenner goes through times where she "hates" her life. The 'Keeping Up With The Kardashians' star admitted during an honest chat with her half-sister Khloé Kardashian on the E! reality show that she can sometimes find herself feeling low. When Khloé suggested the 17-year-old television personality should try therapy, Kylie told the 30-year-old star it wasn't something she could consider as she felt it only worked for people who wanted it.

    Bang Showbiz