• Australia's final Cricket World Cup sledge ends with apology

    Australian wicketkeeper Brad Haddin has offered an unusual half-apology after his final World Cup sledging of New Zealand, suggesting that liquid celebrations may have fuelled his frank comments during a radio interview. The arch sledger had been at the forefront of big "send-offs" for Kiwi batsmen Martin Guptill and Grant Elliott as well as spinner Daniel Vettori after their key dismissals in Sunday's final in Melbourne, where Australia thrashed their traditional rivals. "They were that nice to us in New Zealand (when Australia lost a pool match) and we were that uncomfortable.

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  • 'Silver porn' shows fifty shades of greying Japan

    Dressed in a kimono and kneeling silently on a tatami mat floor, 61-year-old Yasue Tomita looks as if she might be about to perform a Japanese tea ceremony -- instead she's debuting as a porn actress. Fluttering her eyelashes demurely as the cameras prepare to roll, Tomita is proof that in Japan's greying society you're never too old to chase your dreams, however racy or unorthodox. Love, too, is not confined to the young, say Japan's growing army of pensioners exploring their desires in more conventional ways, with dating agencies for the elderly reporting increasingly brisk business.

    AFP
  • Team NZ will fight for Auckland: Dalton

    Team New Zealand will fight to keep Auckland as a venue for the America's Cup qualifying series, chief executive Grant Dalton says. America's Cup organisers on Wednesday confirmed a majority of teams had agreed to make changes aimed at significantly reducing costs for the 2017 event. Central to those changes was the introduction of new America's Cup class - a wing-sailed, foiling catamaran of between 45 and 50 feet.

    NZ Newswire
  • Playboy Mansion hid tunnels to celebrity homes

    It should come as no surprise to anyone to find the Playboy Mansion holds more than a few dark secrets. “So, according [to] this blueprint, tunnels were built to the homes of “Mr. J. Nicholson,” “Mr. W. Beatty,” “Mr. K. Douglas” and “Mr. J. Caan,”” the magazine wrote. “We’ll go ahead and assume they’re talking about Jack Nicholson, Warren Beatty, Kirk Douglas and James Caan – all of whom lived near the Playboy Mansion during the late 1970s and early 1980s.

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  • Bruce Jenner Underwent Breast Implant Surgery 'Weeks Ago'

    Bruce Jenner has reportedly already undergone major surgeries in his gender transformation. Photo: Bruce Jenner has undergone breast implant surgery in his transition into becoming a woman, according to a new report. "Bruce had silicone breast implants put in a few weeks ago," reveals the source.

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  • Oil heir Andrew Getty found dead at Hollywood Hills home

    Andrew Getty, the 47-year-old grandson of the late oil billionaire J. Paul Getty and one of the heirs to the fortune of one of the wealthiest and best-known families in American history, was found dead Tuesday in his Hollywood Hills home, police and family members said. A woman calling to report that someone had died sent officers to the gated home on Montcalm Avenue shortly after 2:15 p.m. They found the man dead in a bathroom, police spokesman Jack Richter said. Police didn't identify the man, but a statement from Andrew Getty's parents, Ann and Gordon Getty, confirmed it was him.

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  • Pensions up as entitlement changes kick in

    A raft of changes to entitlements ranging from national super to paid parental leave are in force. The minimum wage has increased and first home buyers are getting more help from the government's HomeStart scheme with bigger grants for newly built homes.

    NZ Newswire
  • Lion jumps in car and mauls man on safari

    Australian tourist Brendan Smith got a lot more up close and personal with the wildlife than he expected while on safari in Johannesburg, South Africa. Just a day and a half after arriving in Joburg, Smith was on a safari when a lion jumped through the window of his car and started mauling his legs.

    Total Travel
  • Aust bonds weaken after strong data

    Australian bond futures prices have fallen as better economic data eases expectations of an April interest rate cut by the Reserve Bank. Nomura rates strategist Andrew Ticehurst said that the figures would be a warning signal to the RBA that the housing market is overheating, easing interest rate cut expectations.

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  • Robin Williams heirs agree to negotiate over belongings

    Robin Williams' widow and his three children have agreed to out-of-court negotiations in a battle over parts of the late actor's estate -- including movie awards such as his 1998 Oscar for "Good Will Hunting". A judge in San Francisco delayed until June a hearing on a suit filed in December by Susan Schneider, with whom the comedian and movie star had been married for five years when he committed suicide in August of last year at the age of 63. Schneider's attorney, James Wagstaffe, told AFP that over the next two weeks he would meet with Williams' three children from two previous marriages -- Zelda, Zachary and Cody Williams -- to try to reach an agreement.

    AFP
  • Peters takes on Key in parliament

    Winston Peters has walked into parliament as the new MP for Northland. "Yes," Mr Key replied. The promise to upgrade the bridges backfired because it was seen as an election bribe, and may have helped Mr Peters win the by-election.

    NZ Newswire
  • Eliminated bachelorette questions motives

    Since The Bachelor NZ began we’ve seen Hayley Blundell eagerly vie for some alone time with Arthur Green, but snatching a private moment when your competing with a household of girls hasn’t been easy. Hayley even rapped a self-penned song, which earned her some brownie points with Arthur and a lot of online discussion about her rapping skills, or lack thereof. Hayley says she’ll never know whether she and Arthur could have made a connection but she also isn’t sure if that initial spark of attraction was there between them.

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  • Meet Your 2015 Men's Health Man

    The MH team looked at one another in disbelief. Some shook their heads. “He can’t be serious,” seemed to be the collective sentiment rolling around the office. The source of our slack-jawed amazement? Damien Rider had just been told he’d be participating

    Men's Health
  • Nine notable NZ figures at Gallipoli

    Commander of the Wellington Battalion, he fought his superiors on behalf of his men as fiercely as he fought the Turks, killed when he led the capture of the Chunuk Bair summit - a rare, fleeting success of the Allies' August, 1915 offensive. The first New Zealander to win a Victoria Cross during World War I, awarded for laying and repairing a telephone wire to the front line under heavy fire at Chunuk Bair. Wellington-born, he enlisted with the Australian Imperial Force while living in Australia and was awarded a VC for his bravery in capturing trenches at the Battle of Lone Pine, where he lost his right hand and left eye, later dying of his wounds.

    NZ Newswire
  • Jamie Oliver regrets heating up Gordon Ramsay food feud

    British celebrity chef Jamie Oliver said Tuesday he regretted saying rival cook Gordon Ramsay was jealous of his success and brushed off their simmering food feud as "no big deal". Both are successful celebrity television chefs and have traded barbs before - with Ramsay recently chiding the younger Oliver for not attending the launch of his own Hong Kong eatery, Jamie's Italian. Oliver, in Australia as part of his "revolution" to champion food education in schools, hit back on Sunday.

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  • Prince William: Second royal baby will be a game-changer

    Britain's Prince William thinks his second child will be a "game-changer". Onlooker Paul Reardon, who also spoke to the Prince, told the Daily Express newspaper: "William said he couldn't wait for the baby to be born.

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  • RESEND: NZ dollar charts record high vs. Australian dollar on RBA rate cut talk, weak iron ore

    The New Zealand dollar rose to a record against the Australian dollar on speculation the Reserve Bank of Australia will cut interest rates again as soon as next week, while the price of iron ore, a key export, continues to slide. Australian media reports from RBA watchers cite the prospect of a rate cut after the central bank's April 7 board meeting, potentially pushing the cash rate down a quarter point to a new record low 2 percent. Prices of iron ore have tumbled to the lowest in six years, while coal prices remain weak, weighing on Australia's resources sector and suggesting "there is plenty of pressure for the RBA to press forward with another rate cut, Rabobank currency strategist Jane Foley was reported as saying.

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  • Pacific islands brace for possible super typhoon

    Meteorologists warned on Tuesday that a storm reported to have left several casualties and severe damage in Micronesia was building into a super-typhoon as it swept across the central Pacific towards the Yap group of islands. The island of Chuuk, part of the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), received a direct hit late on Sunday from Typhoon Maysak and the Yap group was next in its path. "Chuuk was devastated," lawyer Kembo Mida said in an email to the Ayuda Foundation relief organisation which is based in Guam about 1,000 kilometres away.

    AFP
  • Refuelling planes mid-air could cut fuel use by 23%: study

    A system for re-fuelling passenger planes mid-air could slash the amount of kerosene needed for a long haul flight by nearly a quarter, researchers said Monday. Kerosene reserves make up about a third of the weight on long distance passenger flights at take-off so reducing them and refuelling mid-air could mean huge savings, said the Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW), which participated in the study. "The results of our collaborative research indicate a fuel burn reduction potential on isolated aircraft level between 11 and 23 percent for a typical 6,000 nautical miles flight with a payload of 250 passengers," the researchers said.

    AFP
  • Tax returns may return for many

    The years of many wage and salary earners not having to file a tax return may be numbered. The income tax system is heading for a major shake-up with Revenue Minister Todd McClay unveiling a green paper seeking public submissions by May 29. Up for review is the exemption in place since the 1990s that allows large numbers of individual taxpayers not to file a tax return at all if their circumstances are simple or they do not have tax to pay.

    NZ Newswire