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.

  • Kim Kardashian West 'racially abused' on plane

    Kim Kardashian West was racially abused on a plane. The 34-year-old reality star - who is expecting her second child, a son, with husband Kanye West - was travelling with daughter North, now two, when an unnamed woman said "awful" things to her but she decided against confronting her fellow passenger. Speaking to the San Francisco Commonwealth Club, she added: "So I have experienced it but Kanye and I together are so open, he is so vocal about race, so I think we'll be really helpful for our children.

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  • 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.

  • 2 Cheap Cars to challenge Japanese new car dealerships in NZ with parallel imports

    July 1 (BusinessDesk) - 2 Cheap Cars, which has built a nationwide chain of auto yards selling used imports since starting four years ago, said it plans to enter the market for new cars by parallel importing of Toyota, Honda and Mazda vehicles. Chief executive and 50 percent shareholder Eugene Williams claims his company will be able to undercut the official dealerships by as much as $10,000 on the price of a new car and he is targeting 10 percent of the new car Japanese market in New Zealand within three years. Williams told BusinessDesk his company will buy the cars from dealerships in Japan rather than from the manufacturers but that they will still be able to be sold as new in New Zealand because they won't have been registered in Japan.

  • 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.

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  • No pre-nup for Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner

    Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner didn't have a pre-nuptial agreement. According to TMZ, both Ben and Jennifer have accumulated "many millions", as the 43-year-old actress made a "massive amount of money" from her syndicated TV show 'Alias', as well as a string of movies, while the 42-year-old actor-and-director has also done well from his film career. It is unlikely Jennifer - who has children Violet, nine, Seraphina, six, and three-year-old Samuel with Ben - will be awarded spousal support because of her wealth.

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  • 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

  • 'Do you trust us?' Pacific Islanders ask

    Small Pacific island nations under threat from climate change are pleading with donors to let them manage relief funds themselves when a natural disaster strikes. Niue Premier Toke Talagi has used the World Humanitarian Summit's Pacific consultation meeting in Auckland to call for more donor support from United Nations, New Zealand, Australia and other donors, and more control over the use of the funds. "The question is: `Do you trust us, do the donors trust us?'," the Pacific leader asked while seated alongside Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop and UN leaders including former New Zealand prime minister Helen Clark.

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  • 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".

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  • 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".

  • Exploring the emergence of Malaysian "commuter families"

    Commuter families normally consist of dual-career marriages that choose to establish separate homes to fulfill their career commitments. Selangor, Malaysia, June 30, 2015 - (ACN Newswire) - Around the world, the numbers of dual-income, dual-household families is on the rise, fuelled by such reasons as the desire of spouses to improve their lifestyle, obtain a higher family income, or pursue better opportunities for career advancement. Conducted by researchers at the Universiti Putra Malaysia, this study is the first in Malaysia to investigate the challenges faced by long-distance commuters and their families.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • Greece default: Why isn't gold budging?

    Gold's (Exchange: XAU=) stubborn non-reaction to Greece's default on its crucial 1.5 billion euro repayment ($1.7 billion) to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) couldn't be more disappointing to gold bugs. First off, investors expect the Greek crisis will be contained. Victor Thianpiruiyam, commodity strategist at ANZ: "The market seems a little more confident with the situation now.

  • Trump's pageant woes mount with TV and contestant drop-outs

    Fallout from outspoken Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's remarks about immigrants from Mexico continued to dog him Tuesday as a TV company backed by Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim said it was scrapping a project in development with him and Mexico announced it won't be sending a contestant to the Miss Universe contest, which he partly owns. Meanwhile, the backlash threatened to extend beyond Trump's media interests. Ora TV became the latest company to cut ties with Trump over remarks he made in his recent presidential campaign kickoff speech, when he declared that some Mexican immigrants bring drugs and crime to the U.S. and are rapists.

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  • 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.

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  • Berlusconi 'paid' Bunga Bunga dancer millions for silence

    Silvio Berlusconi paid an exotic dancer and other young women some ten million euros for their silence over what went on at his Bunga Bunga sex parties, says a prosecutor. Milan prosecutor Tiziana Siciliano told a press conference she had no doubt the former prime minister and billionaire media tycoon had engaged in an orchestrated attempt to pervert the course of justice. The effort came while he was being investigated and tried for paying for sex with dancer Karima El-Mahroug, better known as Ruby the heart stealer, when she was under 18.

  • Air force farewells the Iroquois

    After half a century, the air force has said goodbye to an iconic aircraft. On Wednesday, the Royal New Zealand Air Force permanently grounded the Iroquois helicopter, known to many as the Huey, following 49 years of use. The chopper, with its unique sound, will be familiar to many for carrying speakers booming Wagner into battle in Francis Ford Coppola's Vietnam War film Apocalypse Now.

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  • Life’s a beach in Baturmi, Georgia’s top Black Sea resort

    A jewel on the Black Sea, the Georgian resort of Batumi is also known as the party capital of the region. The main city of Adjara, an autonomous republic in southwest Georgia, Batumi is the place young people come looking for warm sea, cool clubs and a never-ending holiday atmosphere. A young woman told our reporter, Denis Loctier: “I always come to Batumi – it’s a great place, and I’ve got many friends here! “The weather is very nice, I always feel great at the seaside – especially the Black sea, and especially Batumi!,” said another young woman.

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  • Jeremy Renner Responds to Gay Rumours

    Jeremy Renner says he doesn't care whether people think he's gay or straight. Jeremy Renner has opened up about his personal life in a Playboy interview. "When you google yourself and the first thing that comes up is 'Jeremy Renner gay,' it’s like, 'Oh, now you’ve arrived.