WATCH: Parliament sparks to life

Winston Peters booted from chamber

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

  • Prince Harry meets Princess Charlotte for the first time

    Britain's Prince Harry met Princess Charlotte for the first time on Friday (22.05.15). Prior to introducing himself to his niece, Prince Harry revealed he'd be happy to see the newest member of his family join the armed forces one day.

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  • 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.

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  • The Extravagant Life of Kimye: Diamonds, Private Jets and Multi-Million Dollar Homes

    The year that has followed the lavish wedding of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West was just as – if not more – extravagant than the wedding itself. Over the past twelve months, Kimye have renovated their $11 million Bel Air home and purchased another Hidden Hills property for a cool $21 million.

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  • 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.

  • 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.

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  • Comedian Anne Meara, mother of actor Ben Stiller, dies at 85

    Meara, the mother of actor Ben Stiller, died on Saturday, her family said in a statement through a representative, but provided no details about the circumstances of her death. "She is survived by her husband and partner in life Jerry Stiller," the statement said. Meara was born on Sept. 20, 1929 and started her career in so-called summer stock theater.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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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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  • 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.

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  • Philippines to fly over disputed South China Sea: Aquino

    Philippine military and commercial aircraft will keep flying over disputed areas in the South China Sea despite Chinese warnings over the airspace, President Benigno Aquino said on Monday. "We will still fly the routes that we fly based on the international law from the various conventions we entered into," Aquino told reporters when asked whether the Philippines accepted China's position. The Chinese military last week ordered a US Navy P-8 Poseidon surveillance plane away from airspace above the disputed Spratly islands in the South China Sea.

  • Loan rules threaten medical degrees

    New Zealand may end up with hundreds fewer doctors if student loan rules are not changed, a student association says. New Zealand Medical Students' Association president Elizabeth Berryman said the present seven-year cap on student loans would make funding a six-year medical degree impossible for anyone with previous degrees from next year. This meant hundreds of medical students would have to drop out before finishing their degrees in 2017, she said.

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  • Trout poacher must stay in jail

    Thomas Tawha, 42, was convicted of disturbing a trout spawning ground at Lake Rotoiti, east of Rotorua and using a net to poach 49 trout, and jailed for a year. In an effort to have his sentence reduced to home detention he went to the High Court at Rotorua, arguing the sentence was too harsh. In his decision released on Tuesday, Justice Simon Moore agreed 12 months was too high and he reduced Tawha's jail time to six months.

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  • 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".

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  • Aussie workers caught out by their social footprints

    According to a recent 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,

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  • NZ woman fights for right to die

    Lecretia Seales, a 42-year-old policy adviser at the NZ Law Commission, has begun her application in the High Court at Wellington. Ms Seales was diagnosed with an untreatable brain tumour in 2011 and is now paralysed on the left side of her body. Lawyer Andrew Butler read Ms Seales' affidavit to the court.

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  • North Korea leader hails 'miracle' missile test

    North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un has hailed the recent test of a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) -- which was viewed with wary scepticism outside the reclusive state -- as a miraculous leap forward. A fully developed SLBM capability would take the North Korean nuclear threat to a new level, allowing deployment far beyond the Korean peninsula and the potential to retaliate in the event of a nuclear attack. Although the North clearly is set on developing a working SLBM, the expert consensus was that it remains years from acquiring such a capability.

  • UK airport expansion threatens to take out entire villages

    The attraction is neighboring Heathrow Airport, which served 73 million travelers last year. Now Europe's busiest airport is proposing to build a runway roughly through the center of town, leveling the ivy-covered brick walls of the Harmondsworth Hall guest house and two-thirds of its homes. A village that traces its history to the 6th century would be forever altered, and some argue even what's left would be uninhabitable.

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  • 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.