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  • Crusaders lose five All Blacks to injury

    Injury is compounding the Crusaders' woes after five All Blacks were ruled out of Friday's Super Rugby match against the Hurricanes. A Crusaders spokesperson confirmed they will be without fullback Israel Dagg (calf), first five-eighth Colin Slade (quadricep), No.8 Kieran Read (concussion), lock Sam Whitelock (concussion) and prop Joe Moody (foot) when they face the competition leaders in Nelson. The seven-time champions have only a slim mathematical chance of reaching the play-offs for a 14th-straight season following their 32-22 loss to the Waratahs.

    NZ Newswire
  • Row over national super heats up

    Prime Minister John Key expects Labour to campaign at the next election on cutting the state pension. The row over the future cost of national superannuation is heating up with Labour leader Andrew Little accusing the government of "political recklessness" for saying it's affordable. Finance Minister Bill English said on Sunday the forecast cost of $30 billion by 2030 was large, but he ruled out changing anything.

    NZ Newswire
  • Trout poacher must stay in jail

    Thomas Tawha, 42, was convicted of disturbing a trout spawning ground at Lake Rotoiti, east of Rotorua and using a net to poach 49 trout, and jailed for a year. In an effort to have his sentence reduced to home detention he went to the High Court at Rotorua, arguing the sentence was too harsh. In his decision released on Tuesday, Justice Simon Moore agreed 12 months was too high and he reduced Tawha's jail time to six months.

    NZ Newswire
  • Stokes leads England to dramatic win at Lord's

    Ben Stokes took two wickets in two balls to inspire England to victory over New Zealand by 124 runs on a pulsating final day of the first test at Lord's on Monday. The fiery all-rounder dismissed Kane Williamson for 27 and Brendon McCullum for a golden duck before a defiant sixth-wicket partnership of 107 between Corey Anderson and BJ Watling gave New Zealand hope of salvaging a draw.

    Reuters
  • Kiwi on trial after hug led to death

    Patrick Sunill Lilii is on trial in the District Court of Western Australia for the unlawful assault of 32-year-old Zak Harvey outside the Murray Street nightclub in April last year. The court heard Lilii acted in self-defence when he pushed Mr Harvey because the only thing he knew was that a stranger had wrapped his arms tightly around his neck. Mr Harvey was so happy after a night of clubbing he started hugging strangers in the street, among them Lilii who was chatting with friends.

    NZ Newswire
  • Watch Kim Kardashian and Kanye West's First Dance!

    Kanye West and Kim Kardashian celebrated their first year of marriage on May 24. Kris Jenner shared never-before-seen footage of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West at their wedding on Sunday, marking the couple's first anniversary. John Legend performed his song All of Me at the lavish wedding on May 24, 2014, while Kim, 34, and Kanye, 37, took their first dance as man and wife.

    FAMOUS
  • Discover Wellington's hidden gems

    If you’re in Wellington or planning a visit, there are a few restaurants you’ll want to check out that you probably wouldn’t have thought to stop in to before. If these aren’t to your taste or if you’ve visited them before, be sure to check our extended collection of Hidden Gems around Wellington. Nestled off of Majoribanks in Mt Vic is Five Boroughs.

    Yahoo Lifestyle
  • Sheep turn to billboard writing

    It's dry humour as sheep alongside State Highway 1 in north Canterbury are spelling out a farmer's drought frustration. Parnassus farmer Mike Bowler has has been using his feed spreader to spell out short messages which his sheep then highlight in wool. North Canterbury has been struggling through a long dry spell, and the lack of grass growth means Mr Bowler has been bringing in feed for his flock since mid-January.

    NZ Newswire
  • KiwiSaver providing poor value for money, needs rewrite, Treasury says

    The Treasury recommended a wider review of the KiwiSaver scheme than just axing the $1,000 kick-start payment, arguing it represents poor value for money for the government and has vague aims, according to its regulatory impact statement on the post-budget law change needed to drop the incentive. Reducing incentives would improve the scheme's value for money as wage and salary earners were likely to join anyway because of employer-subsidised schemes and didn't need the kick-start to join, said the Treasury's financial markets manager, James Beard.

    BusinessDesk
  • Police identify body after 29 years

    The family of a man who vanished nearly three decades ago say the finding of his body brings long-awaited closure. Police on Monday identified the body of John Holmes Smith, who disappeared on March 20, 1986 during a regular walk in Wellington's Ngaio. Despite the extensive police search that followed, his body was only discovered by a passer-by in a bushy gully in February 2015.

    NZ Newswire
  • UK airport expansion threatens to take out entire villages

    The attraction is neighboring Heathrow Airport, which served 73 million travelers last year. Now Europe's busiest airport is proposing to build a runway roughly through the center of town, leveling the ivy-covered brick walls of the Harmondsworth Hall guest house and two-thirds of its homes. A village that traces its history to the 6th century would be forever altered, and some argue even what's left would be uninhabitable.

    Associated Press
  • Mariah Carey 'lives in a bubble'

    Mariah Carey "never has any normal interactions". Damion Young, the star's ex-boyfriend who worked with Mariah, 45, on hits such as 'I Still Believe' and 'Irresistible', has revealed the multi-platinum selling artist lives her life in a "bubble", claiming she doesn't have normal social interactions with others because of her fame. Damion said Mariah leads a surreal existence that he ultimately found "frightening".

    Bang Showbiz
  • Second player death in Argentina in 10 days

    Atletico Parana defender Cristian Gomez died on his way to hospital after collapsing on the pitch during a match on Sunday, the second such death to hit Argentine football in 10 days. The 27-year-old Gomez stumbled several times before falling unconscious after half an hour of the second-tier Primera B Nacional match against Boca Unidos in the northeastern city of Corrientes. This is totally unexpected, unbelievable ... he'd never had anything wrong with him," match supervisor Ramon Gomez said.

    Reuters
  • Woman won't be left stateless: Key

    A New Zealand woman who travelled to Syria on an apparent humanitarian mission won't be left stateless if Australia withdraws her dual citizenship, Prime Minister John Key says. The woman is trying to return to Australia and is offering authorities help countering terrorism networks in the region, Australia's Sun-Herald newspaper reports. The advances come as Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott gets ready to unveil new laws that would withdraw citizenship from dual nationals who go abroad to fight for extremists like the Islamic State.

    NZ Newswire
  • Ed Sheeran: I want to 'live'

    The 'Sing' hitmaker is considering taking a year out of the Hollywood "bubble" so he can do more "normal" things. Ed also revealed he's keen to ditch the pounds again after enjoying a drink or two on the road.

    Bang Showbiz
  • National's popularity soars before budget

    Support for National rose to 54 per cent in early May as budget previews were being released, says a leading research group. The latest Roy Morgan public opinion poll shows the government up 8.5 per cent for the month to May 17, to its highest support since October 2011. By contrast, support for the Labour-Greens coalition slipped 7.5 per cent to 42 per cent.

    NZ Newswire
  • Cannes closes with glittering ceremony

    After nearly two weeks of stirring, sleek and thought-provoking movies -- and a couple of duds -- the Cannes Film Festival closed Sunday with an awards night to declare the winner of its coveted Palme d'Or. French actor Lambert Wilson hosted the black-tie event in the festival's 2,300-seat main theatre. US directing duo the Coen brothers headed this year's jury of top actors and filmmakers deciding which of the 19 competition entries will walk away with the 20,000-euro ($24,000) gold-and-crystal trophy.

    AFP
  • NZ woman fights for right to die

    Lecretia Seales, a 42-year-old policy adviser at the NZ Law Commission, has begun her application in the High Court at Wellington. Ms Seales was diagnosed with an untreatable brain tumour in 2011 and is now paralysed on the left side of her body. Lawyer Andrew Butler read Ms Seales' affidavit to the court.

    NZ Newswire
  • Nigeria fuel crisis could shut down mobile phones, operator warns

    Nigeria's biggest mobile phone operator MTN has warned that its network faces shutdown due to fuel shortages that have crippled the nation. The company, the biggest subsidiary of the South Africa-based MTN Group, said it needed a "significant quantity of diesel in the very near future to prevent a shutdown of services across Nigeria". "If diesel supplies are not received within the next 24 hours the network will be seriously degraded and customers will feel the impact," it added on its Twitter account @MTNNG on Saturday evening.

    AFP
  • Quake shakes buildings in Tokyo

    A strong quake shook buildings in Tokyo on Monday, setting off alarms and temporarily bringing the city's subway system to halt, AFP reporters in the Japanese capital said. Scientists said there was no risk of a tsunami from the quake, which had a magnitude of 5.3, according to the US Geological Survey. The Japan Meteorological Agency earlier put it at 5.6.

    AFP