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Skypath approved for harbour bridge

Auckland SkyPath - how it will look

The SkyPath cycling and walking attachment to the Harbour Bridge has been granted resource consent.

  • Family could have been dead a week: police

    Police say a mother and her three young children killed when a car was left running in a garage in Ashburton could have been dead a week. Police believe Cindy George, 31, was checking the house for family and friends who were away and started the car belonging to the house owner to charge the battery. Relatives found Ms George in the hallway near the garage of the house in Tinwald on Thursday afternoon.

    NZ Newswire
  • Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner divorcing because of Jennifer Lopez

    Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner, 43, split up because of Jennifer Lopez. The Hollywood couple - known as Bennifer - announced their divorce on Tuesday (30.06.15) - just a day after their tenth wedding anniversary, and, according to friends, one of the reasons for the break-up was the 42-year-old actor's continued friendship with his ex-fiancée J-Lo, 45. A friend said: "Everyone is talking about J-Lo and Ben and saying it's inevitable they will get together again at some point.

    Bang Showbiz
  • Ponytail waitress no longer at cafe

    Waitress Amanda Bailey no longer works at the Auckland cafe where Prime Minister John Key repeatedly pulled her ponytail. Ms Bailey has concluded mediation with the owners of Parnell's Rosie Cafe, Unite union national director Mike Treen says. Ms Bailey no longer works for the cafe, Mr Treen said.

    NZ Newswire
  • Honeymoon is over for Greek couple who went penniless in NYC

    Newlyweds Valasia Limnioti and Konstantinos Patronis' long-planned "dream trip" to the U.S. ended in New York City, where their three-week honeymoon quickly turned into a nightmare: Their Greek-issued credit and debit cards were suddenly declined and they were left penniless. The couple skipped a few meals before spending their last dollars on dinner at McDonald's. Strangers from two Greek Orthodox churches in the city's Queens borough came to the rescue, giving them survival cash until their flight home to Greece on Friday.

    Associated Press
  • Meghan Trainor suffers vocal cord hemorrhage

    Meghan Trainor has been diagnosed with a haemorrhage on her vocal cords. In a post on Instagram, she revealed: "I don't want anyone worrying but I have had a haemorrage on my vocal cords. Right now the doctors want me on complete vocal rest until they are healed so I have to postpone my first two shows in Atlantic City and Connecticut.

    Bang Showbiz
  • Mother jailed for nine years for killing eight babies

    A French court jailed a housewife for nine years for killing eight of her newborns after a dramatic trial in which she lied about having an incestuous relationship with her father. Dominique Cottrez, a 51-year-old former health worker, was found guilty of suffocating eight of her babies between 1989 and 2000, shortly after secretly giving birth to them.

    AFP
  • Sandra Bullock: 'I'm Embarrassed By Hollywood'

    When Sandra Bullock was named People magazine's Most Beautiful in April, she refused to tell anyone the news. "The people I find most beautiful are the ones who aren't trying," said Bullock. In a new interview with E! today, Bullock said she's tired of the way women are treated in the media, likening it to "open hunting season".

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  • Beijing's South China Sea runway 'nearly complete': US think-tank

    Beijing has nearly completed building a 3,000-metre (9,800-foot) airstrip on a reef in disputed waters in the South China Sea, where tensions are mounting with its neighbours, a US think-tank said. A satellite picture taken on Sunday showed that China was paving and marking the runway on Fiery Cross Reef and an apron and taxiway have been added, the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) said on its website. Beijing's project to build artificial islands and facilities on various reefs and outcrops in the Spratly islands only became publicly known in recent months but construction has since been rapid, raising tensions with both its neighbours and Washington.

    AFP
  • Murder-accused Napier man 'just too big'

    Peter Beckett, a Hastings-born 59-year-old is awaiting trial in Canada, accused of not only killing his wife, but also with trying to arrange the murder of five witnesses, including his wife's parents, a policeman who investigated his case and a lawyer. Beckett's wife, Canadian school teacher Laura Letts-Beckett, drowned in August 2010 while fishing on Arrow Lake, 200km east of Kamloops, where the trial will be heard. Beckett was married with four kids at the time.

    NZ Newswire
  • Special Report - How Greece went bust

    The Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras sat on one side, along with a translator and Angela Merkel, the German chancellor. In this modest Brussels setting last Friday morning, key players in the great Greek debt drama tried to avert a meltdown that could threaten the future of the euro and even the European Union (EU). Merkel and Hollande made a final offer of billions of euros in aid for bankrupt Greece – if Tsipras would sign up to economic reforms demanded by his country's creditors.

    Reuters
  • Macy's cuts ties with Trump, New York City reviews contracts

    In New York City, where Trump built his fortune in real estate, his company has a contract to run a golf course at Ferry Point in the Bronx. Trump also manages two public skating rinks in Manhattan's Central Park.

    Reuters
  • NZ dollar drops below 67 US cts as plunging milk price stokes rate cut calls

    The New Zealand dollar dropped below 67 US cents for the first time in almost five years after a plunging milk price stoked calls for the Reserve Bank to cut interest rates more aggressively than previously anticipated. The kiwi fell as low as 66.95 US cents, trading at 67.01 cents at 5pm in Wellington from 67.41 cents at 8am and 67.95 cents yesterday. Prices at the GlobalDairyTrade auction fell to a new six-year low, stoking concern Fonterra Cooperative Group will have to reduce its payout to farmers already facing stressed balance sheets.

    BusinessDesk
  • Auckland property boom spreads wider

    New Zealand property values have risen at their fastest pace in more than a year, as a shortage of homes in Auckland prompted house-hunters to cast their net wider to surrounding areas. National property values accelerated 9.3 per cent in the 12 months through June to an average $520,585, matching the pace in February last year. Values in the Auckland region surged 17 per cent to $840,165, the fastest pace since 2004, according to state-owned agency Quotable Value.

    NZ Newswire
  • Djokovic, Serena turn up heat as Wimbledon sizzles

    With everyone "feeling hot, hot, hot" at the All England Club on Wednesday it was little wonder that Novak Djokovic, Maria Sharapova and Serena Williams were eager to escape the Wimbledon furnace as quickly as possible. Spectators sitting under the searing sun on Wimbledon's Henman Hill were heard breaking out into the Buster Poindexter anthem that aptly summed up the hottest day of the year in Britain -- with the mercury hitting 93 degrees Fahrenheit. Champion Djokovic was spared the worst of the heat on the partly covered Centre Court as he kept things simple in a 90-minute 6-4 6-2 6-3 second-round demolition job that ended the Wimbledon career of seasoned Finn Jarkko Nieminen.

    Reuters
  • Legal battle wouldn't thrill Dad: Rinehart

    Australia's richest person Gina Rinehart says her father would have "great feelings" about what she has achieved but would not be thrilled by the family's court battles. After a bitter legal battle with her two eldest children over control of the family trust, estimated to be worth up to $5 billion, Mrs Rinehart has spoken to the ABC's Australian Story about the family disputes and building its iron ore business. "I know very well my father would have great feelings about what I have done," Mrs Rinehart said.

    AAP
  • Robot kills man at Volkswagen plant

    A robot has killed a contractor at one of Volkswagen's production plants in Germany, the car manufacturer says. The man died on Monday at the plant in Baunatal, about 100km north of Frankfurt, VW spokesman Heiko Hillwig said. Hillwig said initial conclusions indicate that human error was to blame, rather than a problem with the robot, which can be programmed to perform various tasks in the assembly process.

    AAP
  • Taiwan pilot shut off engine before air crash: report

    The pilot of a passenger plane that crashed in Taiwan killing 43 people shut down the aircraft's only working engine, exclaiming: "Wow, pulled back wrong throttle," seconds before the disaster, investigators said Thursday. TransAsia Airways Flight GE235 clipped a bridge and plunged into a river shortly after take-off from Taipei's Songshan airport in February with 53 passengers and five crew on board. Disturbing cockpit transcripts released by Taiwan's Aviation Safety Council revealed the pilots trying to deal with an engine that had lost power, but then reducing the thrust of the other, functioning engine.

    AFP
  • North Korea opens new showcase airport terminal

    North Korea has opened a sleek new airport terminal, hailing it as a showcase of leader Kim Jong-Un's achievement after its construction had to be stopped halfway and redone at his whim. Terminal 2 of Pyongyang International Airport, which is reserved for international civilian flights, opened for service on Wednesday, state media said. "The terminal was built in a modern way from the gatepost to the airport to departure lounge, entry formalities hall, service halls, etc.," the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said.

    AFP
  • $15k fine for ignoring safety rules

    Inspectors with workplace health and safety watchdog WorkSafe issued L&L Marriott Holdings Limited a prohibition notice in March last year after a site visit found serious safety failings. Spray painting was being carried out with no extraction system and there were unsafe lights and electrical sources in the same area creating a risk of explosion. The company was stopped from spray painting until the problems were rectified but the ban was breached three times during the year putting employees at risk, said WorkSafe.

    NZ Newswire
  • Kylie Jenner had suspected brain tumour

    Kylie Jenner was suspected of having a brain tumour as a child. The 17-year-old reality star spent around a month in hospital when she was younger, and her older half-sister Kim Kardashian West - who is pregnant with her and husband Kanye West's second child - credits the family's experiences with why she is so keen to help sick children and makes regular hospital visits. Kim said: "I was a teenager and I would have to watch Kylie while my mom was in the shower, for example.

    Bang Showbiz