• 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.

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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
  • What Kiwi soldiers said of Gallipoli

    QUOTES FROM NEW ZEALAND SOLDIERS AT GALLIPOLI:"All my mates ever got were wooden crosses." - New Zealand's only VC winner at Gallipoli, Corporal Cyril Bassett"When I got the medal I was disappointed to find I was the only New Zealander to get one at Gallipoli

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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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  • Iron ore price slump fuels rate cut talk

    Sliding iron ore prices and the still-too-high Australian dollar are fuelling expectations that the Reserve Bank will be forced to cut interest rates next week. The market is now pricing in a 70 per cent chance of a 25 basis point cut when the RBA board meets on April 7, after the price of iron ore slumped to $US52.90 a tonne overnight - its lowest level since records began in 2008. The dramatic moves dragged the Australian dollar almost one US cent lower toward the 76 US cent level.

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  • Iraqi forces drive Islamic State out of central Tikrit - PM

    Iraqi troops aided by Shi'ite paramilitaries have driven Islamic State out of central Tikrit, Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi said on Tuesday, but the fight to retake all of Saddam Hussein's hometown continued. Government forces have been in a month-long fight for the city, which became a bastion for the Sunni jihadists who are at war with Baghdad and have been targeted by U.S.-led air strikes. Hundreds of insurgents ready to fight to the death are still holed up in Salahuddin province's capital city and at least three neighbourhoods remain under Islamic State control, along with a palace complex in the city's north.

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  • Dollar nearing parity with Australia

    It's the first time we've surpassed 98 cents to the Australian dollar, since the currency was floated in 1985. BNZ chief economist Tony Alexander says New Zealand's economy is doing well, while the Australian economy has taken multiple hits recently. Alexander believes there's a better than even chance it will hit parity.

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  • Why Instagirls Gigi Hadid And Kendall Jenner Are The Millenial Supermodels

    The term 'supermodel' has certainly evolved over the last 20 years, but it's only in the last few that social media has become integral to a model's success. "I realised that social media was an important marketing tool when clients that I was working with started to bring up the things I had posted," Gigi Hadid told AdWeek. The model, who secured contracts with Maybelline and Seafolly this year, credits social media with her overnight success, which has seen her walk the runway alongside the likes of Kendall Jenner.

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  • Ko's consistency a major topic at Mission Hills

    World number one Lydia Ko has yet to win a major title but the 17-year-old prodigy has already achieved so much in golf that she enters this week's ANA Inspiration envied by many of her rivals. The richly talented New Zealander has landed six LPGA titles and her astonishingly consistent game has helped her shoot under par for 28 consecutive rounds, one shy one of the record set by former world number one Annika Sorenstam in 2004. "I got to play with her last week, and it's just incredible," reigning champion Lexi Thompson told reporters at Mission Hills Country Club on Tuesday while preparing for the first women's major of the season.

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  • Kim Kardashian Denied Membership to Soho House

    Kim Kardashian won't be celebrating at LA's elite Soho House club any time soon! Photo: Kim Kardashian is a big deal in Hollywood - she can even get a plus one for her 21-month-old daughter North West at fashion week. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the 34-year-old star has tried to gain membership to the private hot spot time and time again, only to be turned away. Former membership director Tim Geary has revealed the mum-of-one has "unsuccessfully tried numerous times" to buy her way into the club.

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  • International Cricket Council names World Cup XI

    New Zealand may have been thrashed by Australia in the World Cup final but they dominate the International Cricket Council's team of the tournament released Monday with Brendon McCullum named captain. The New Zealand skipper is one of five Black Caps in the side that also includes three Australians. "McCullum was chosen as the captain following his aggressive, innovative and inspirational leadership during the 44-day tournament that was the cornerstone of his team?s progression to the final," the ICC said in a statement.

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  • NZ property values rise at fastest pace in 9 months in March: QV

    National property values rose 7.7 percent over the past year, accelerating from the 6.4 percent increase in February, and at the fastest pace since last June, according to state-owned valuer Quotable Value. Auckland, the country's most populous and fastest growing city, led the index higher, with property values advancing 13.9 percent, ahead of the 13 percent rise the previous month.

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  • Germanwings captain reassures passengers

    A Germanwings captain’s speech in the face of the Flight 4U9525 tragedy has been praised by passengers. Fairfax reported that captain Frank Woiton was piloting a Germanwings flight less than 24 hours after the crash in the French Alps and a passenger relayed his inspirational words on social media. Britta Englisch reportedly posted on Facebook that Woiton told the crew and passengers that although he had the same “sinking feeling” as them, he would deliver them safely to their destination.

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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.

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  • 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.

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  • Party boy makes $1200 a night

    A Victorian teenager who claims to be making $1200 a night by throwing underage house parties, has bragged about being an even bigger party boy than Corey Worthington. Nick Stokes’ parties in the south-eastern suburbs of Melbourne have attracted the attention of hundreds of underage revelers, as well as the attention of Victorian Police, reports The Herald Sun. The 17-year-old’s parties usually attract around 300 teenagers and are held in empty houses Nick and his friends locate from Cranbourne to Clayton.

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  • One Direction 'lose £10m bonus' after Zayn quits

    One Direction will lose a £10 million bonus because of Zayn Malik's departure. A source said: "There's a massive loyalty bonus for each member if they fulfil their record deal. "But Zayn didn't even want the money.

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  • 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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  • World stocks gain after Yellen signals gradual rise in rates

    World stock markets were buoyant Monday as investors cheered Fed chief Janet Yellen's comments signaling that U.S. interest rates would rise only gradually. FED FOCUS: Asian investors were getting their first chance to react to Yellen's comments on Friday. In a speech in San Francisco, the Federal Reserve chief said the time to start raising the key U.S. interest rate could occur "sometime this year," though she said that time has yet to arrive.

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  • 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