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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.

  • Greek PM defends vote, demands 30% debt haircut

    Greece's Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Friday defended a weekend referendum he hopes will reset bailout negotiations and demanded creditors forgive a third of the country's debt and allow delayed repayments for the rest. Sunday's vote is "a time of responsibility and democracy meant to silence the sirens of destruction," Tsipras said in a national television address. Tsipras, who leads the radical left Syriza party that governs Greece in a ruling coalition, called for creditors to accept "a 30 percent haircut" on the country's massive mountain of debt.

    AFP
  • 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 almost split after son's birth

    Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner almost ended their marriage three years ago. The Oscar winner, 42, who also has daughters Violet, nine, and Seraphina, six, with the 'Dallas Buyers Club' actress, 43, "stayed in" the relationship "longer than he wanted" for the sake of their children. The insider told Us Weekly magazine: "Ben truly wanted his idea of family life and the idea of family he had growing up in Boston.

    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
  • Caitlyn Jenner Named One Of The Most Influential People Of 2015

    The reality star was just named one of BBC Radio 4's 2015's most influential people, with the station stating that Jenner's public transition into a woman was an important example for those in a similar position. "It can only be to the good if a wider audience can learn to understand her experience," said Sarah Vine, one of the four judges on the panel that compiled the list. "Caitlyn's primary goal is to bring awareness to this issue in order to help others in the transgender community," a spokesperson told the magazine.

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  • Scott Watson denied parole

    Convicted double murderer Scott Watson will spend at least another 12 months behind bars after his first application for parole was denied. The 43-year-old, who has never admitted responsibility for the Marlborough Sounds murders of Ben Smart and Olivia Hope in 1998, is still a risk to the community, the parole board reasoned. Police arrested Watson in 1998 for the murder of Mr Smart, 21, and Ms Hope, 17, after the pair went missing on New Year's Day.

    NZ Newswire
  • Val Doonican dead at 88

    Val Doonican has died at the age of 88.The Irish singer and entertainer passed away "peacefully" at home in Buckinghamshire, South East England, his family confirmed this morning (02.07.15).His family said in a statement: "He was a wonderful husband,

    Bang Showbiz
  • Obama to host head of Vietnam communist party

    The head of Vietnam's Communist Party will make a first-ever visit to the White House next week, meeting President Barack Obama on the 40th anniversary of the end of the war between the two nations. Nguyen Phu Trong will become the first General Secretary of the Vietnamese Communist Party to visit the United States and the White House, diplomats and officials said. Obama and Trong will hold talks Tuesday and discuss ways to improve ties that were normalized 20 years ago between the former foes, the White House said Friday.

    AFP 46 mins ago
  • Rosberg side by side with Hamilton at Silverstone

    Mercedes team mates Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton have parked their motorhomes side by side in the British Grand Prix campsite and may well line up next to each other at both the start and finish on Sunday. "I have organised to put up a big fence in between, it's going up tonight," Rosberg told reporters on Thursday. Joking aside, only one is likely to be truly happy on Sunday and Rosberg sees no reason why it should not be him.

    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
  • The Queen has invited Middletons for tea after christening

    The Queen of England has invited the Middletons for tea at Sandringham following Princess Charlotte's christening on Sunday (05.07.15). As well as Kate's parents Carole and Michael and siblings Pippa and James, the guests will include Charlotte's godparents and their partners, as well as the Archbishop of Canterbury, The Most Reverend Justin Welby, and Sandringham Rector The Reverend Canon Jonathan Rivers - both of whom are officiating at the ceremony. Unusually for a royal christening, members of the public have been invited to watch the royal party arrive and leave the christening from the paddock outside the church.

    Bang Showbiz
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Decline in dairy price a warning sign for economy

    A slump in the price of dairy is being seen as a major warning sign for the economy. The ASB's chief economist, Nick Tuffley, said they have revised their dairy payout forecast down to $5 per kg of milk solids. The ASB is expecting three consecutive cuts in interest rates with a slow down in growth, falling dairy prices, and uncertainty in international markets.

    Newstalk ZB
  • Fonterra talks with workers over job cuts

    Fonterra has begun talks with workers in administrative roles such as finance, legal and information services as it looks to cut hundreds of jobs. The world's largest dairy exporter has hired business management consultant McKinsey & Co to assist in a review of its global operations aimed at stripping costs out of its business. Chief executive Theo Spierings said the review is needed to ensure Fonterra "is best placed to respond to a rapidly changing global environment".

    NZ Newswire
  • 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
  • $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