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.

  • Toyota's top female executive arrested in Japan resigns

    Julie Hamp, the most senior female executive at Toyota who was arrested in Japan last month on suspicion of drug law violations, has resigned from the company, the automaker said Wednesday. Hamp, a 55-year-old American who was Toyota's newly appointed head of public relations, was arrested on June 18 on suspicion of importing oxycodone, a narcotic pain killer, into Japan. Toyota declined to disclose other details, noting the investigation was ongoing.

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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.

  • NZ dollar bounces from five-year low as deteriorating economy, Greece stoke volatility

    The New Zealand dollar rose from a five-year low after Greece missed its debt repayment deadline, while a deteriorating local economic outlook stokes expectations for steeper interest rate cuts. Greece fell into arrears after missing a 1.6 billion euro repayment to the International Monetary Fund, and can only receive funding once that debt is cleared. Greece's debt ructions, which may see the Mediterranean nation turfed out of the euro-zone, have been stoking volatility in finance markets, and will continue to dominate headlines in the lead-up to a public referendum on Sunday as to whether Greece should agree to the bail-out conditions that would accompany a rescue package.

  • Kate and Oliver Hudson 'not surprised' at disownment

    Kate and Oliver Hudson were "not surprised" their father Bill disowned them. Meanwhile, another source suggested the 65-year-old singer - who was married to Kate and Oliver's mother, Goldie Hawn, from 1976 to 1982 - controversially shunned his children in an attempt to "clear his name".

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  • South Sudan army raped then burnt girls alive: UN

    South Sudan's army raped then torched girls alive inside their homes during a recent campaign marked by "new brutality and intensity", a UN rights report said Tuesday. The military, the Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA), launched a major offensive against rebel forces in April, with fierce fighting in Unity state's northern Mayom district, once a key oil producing area. "Survivors of these attacks reported that SPLA and allied militias from Mayom county carried out a campaign against the local population that killed civilians, looted and destroyed villages and displaced over 100,000 people," the UN said.

  • 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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  • Three Northland bridges get funding

    Three of the 10 bridges the government promised would be upgraded in the lead-up to the Northland by-election have secured funding. Transport Minister Simon Bridges and NZTA on Tuesday unveiled a record $13.9 billion of spending on the country's roads and transport links over the next three years. The Northland region gets a $460 million share of that.

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  • F1 tyre size a deal-breaker for Michelin

    Michelin has no interest in supplying tyres to Formula One unless the sport agrees to make them bigger, a change motorsport head Pascal Couasnon feels sure will happen eventually. The French company and current suppliers Pirelli are the only bidders for the three-year contract from 2017, when rule changes could be introduced to make the cars quicker and harder to handle. Michelin have stressed that their bid depends on a change of tyre specification from 13 inch to at least 18.

  • In first, IS beheads two Syria women for 'sorcery': NGO

    Islamic State jihadists have beheaded two women in Syria for "witchcraft and sorcery", a monitor said on Tuesday, in the group's first known decapitation of female civilians. Meanwhile, IS re-entered the town of Tal Abyad on the Turkish border, seized from it by Kurdish forces two weeks ago, and took back one district, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights added. Rami Abdel Rahman, the Britain-based watchdog's chief, said IS "executed two women by beheading them in Deir Ezzor province... the first time the Observatory has documented women being killed by the group in this manner".

  • Door-to-door salesman trial aborted

    A mistrial has been declared in the trial of a Rotorua door-to-door salesman facing a raft of sex and violence charges.The jury was into its second day of deliberations when Judge Sarah Katz aborted the trial on Tuesday.The 25-year-old defendant, whose

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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

  • NZ retailer launches takeover of Kathmandu

    Kiwi retailer Briscoe has made a takeover bid for Kathmandu with the aim of creating an almost $1 billion Trans-Tasman conglomerate. Briscoe, which has almost a 20 per cent stake in Kathmandu, wants to buy the remaining share capital through the issue of 89.7 million of its shares and payment of $NZ32.3 million ($A28.36 million) in cash. The homewares retailer and parent company of Rebel Sport in New Zealand is offering Australian and NZ-based shareholders in Kathmandu five of its shares for every nine Kathmandu shares.

  • Orlando Bloom smitten with new woman

    Orlando Bloom is dating Luisa Moraes. The 38-year-old actor appeared fascinated by the 28-year-old Brazilian model-and-actress and could hardly take his hands off her during dinner at Zooma Sushi in Malibu, California last night (29.06.15). Orlando - who is currently filming the next 'Pirates Of The Caribbean' movie in Australia with Johnny Depp - split from ex-wife Miranda Kerr in October 2013 and later admitted his number one priority will always be his four-year-old son, Flynn.

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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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  • MONEY TALKS: The latest assault on capital gains

    You'll never hear these words being uttered by a politician, but it seems as though rapid capital gains in residential property can be quite a problematic thing. The government has launched a discussion paper proposing the Inland Revenue Department more stringently enforce tax obligations for property investment gains. Essentially, the government will introduce a two-year 'bright-line' test making it clear that residential property bought and sold within that time period will be taxed unless it's the seller's home, or ownership transferred to them through the death of a person or a relationship property agreement.

  • Swedish woman gets $18M in sex harassment suit against boss

    A young Swedish woman who sued her former Wall Street executive boss over lurid allegations of sexual conquest, betrayal and stalking was awarded $18 million by a federal jury Monday. Hanna Bouveng, 25, accused Benjamin Wey in an $850 million lawsuit of using his power as owner of New York Global Group to coerce her into four sexual encounters before firing her after discovering she had a boyfriend. The jury in federal court in Manhattan awarded her $2 million in compensatory damages plus $16 million in punitive damages on sexual harassment, retaliation and defamation claims.

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  • Fourth bomb-scare for Hamilton

    A fourth bomb-scare in Hamilton in just over a week has police again waiting for the army bomb squad. A suspicious package was found in the public toilets near the Melville Football Club rooms on Tuesday morning and the area is now cordoned off. The Defence Force explosive ordnance disposal team is travelling from Auckland to deal with it, says Senior Sergeant Andrew Townsend.

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  • Governments sign pact to create Chinese-led Asian bank

    Envoys of governments that plan to join a Chinese-led Asian bank endorsed a structure Monday that gives Beijing the biggest voting stake at the start but no veto power. Each member of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank will receive voting shares in line with its contribution to the bank's planned $100 billion in capital, under the proposed structure. As the biggest donor, Beijing would get 26 percent of votes, with India in second-place with 7.5 percent and Russia third with 5.9 percent.

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  • Britney Spears hits back at Iggy Azalea

    Britney Spears has hit back at Iggy Azalea. The 33-year-old singer posted a snide tweet believed to be about the rapper after the 'Fancy' hitmaker hinted the pair's collaboration 'Pretty Girls' failed to achieve chart success because Britney wouldn't promote it properly. Referring to Iggy's US 'Great Escape' tour - which she recently cancelled because she wanted "a break" - she wrote: "Can't wait to get back to Vegas.

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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".