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Restored vandalised graves in Papakura

Most of the area has been restored as police still investigate the identity of the man responsible for the desecration.

  • Prince Harry meets Princess Charlotte for the first time

    Britain's Prince Harry met Princess Charlotte for the first time on Friday (22.05.15). Prior to introducing himself to his niece, Prince Harry revealed he'd be happy to see the newest member of his family join the armed forces one day.

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  • NZ government seeks $1 bln saving by making Pūhoi-Warkworth Highway a PPP

    The government will put the financing and construction of the Pūhoi-Warkworth Highway out to tender as a public private partnership (PPP), a structure that Transport Minister Simon Bridges says may free up $1 billion of state funding for other projects. The Auckland-to-Northland link road will be the second of the so-called roads of national significance to be developed using a PPP after the Wellington Gateway Partnership led by a unit of ASX-listed Leighton Holdings won the contract to build the $850 million Transmission Gully motorway north of Wellington, set to open in 2020. "Cabinet has approved the NZ Transport Agency to move to the next stage of procurement as a PPP to finance, design and build the project," Bridges said.

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  • Cost of SuperGold Card scheme questioned

    A big increase in the cost of running the SuperGold Card scheme is raising questions about whether it's fair. Finance Minister Bill English says it's costing more to run because more people over 65 are using the card.

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  • Kris Jenner annoyed at Kanye West's private anniversary plans

    Kris Jenner is "irked" by Kanye West's private anniversary plans. The 'Keeping Up With The Kardashians' star was reportedly hoping the E! reality show's cameras could follow the 'Bound 2' rapper whilst him and Kim Kardashian West celebrated their one year wedding anniversary. A source said: "Kris is a little irked by it all.

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  • Razzano serves underarm on match point, and misses

    Virginie Razzano astonished the French Open crowd on Monday when she served underarm on match point, and missed. The French wildcard entry, who had dropped the first set to Paraguayan qualifier Veronica Cepede Royg in the first round match, missed her first serve on match point at 5-2. "I wasn't feeling that great today" said the 32-year-old veteran, who is ranked 182 in the world and whose best Roland Garros performance was reaching the fourth round in 2009 and who also stunned Serena Williams in 2012.

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  • Campbell Live to finish on Friday

    John Campbell will be signing off for good from his eponymous current affairs show on Friday, TV3 has announced. Mediaworks head of news Mark Jennings said on Monday the station would broadcast a special finale for Campbell Live to "see John off in style". Campbell, who's been at TV3 since 1991, had been offered a three-year contract with a co-hosting position on the replacement show for the first year, but turned it down.

    NZ Newswire
  • Top 10 highest-paid CEOs

    NEW YORK (AP) -- Here are the 10 highest-paid CEOs for 2014, as calculated by The Associated Press and Equilar, an executive pay data firm: 1. David Zaslav, Discovery Communications, $156.1 million, up 368 percent

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  • Saudi executes 88th person this year, topping 2014 total

    Saudi Arabia on Tuesday carried out its 88th execution so far this year, surpassing the total for all of 2014 despite activists' concerns that trials are not conducted fairly. It accelerated this year under his successor King Salman, in what Amnesty has called an unprecedented "macabre spike".

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  • Yasmin Le Bon's 'running battle' with depression

    Yasmin Le Bon is fighting a "running battle" with depression. It's a running battle every day and I've worked very hard at it. The brunette beauty - who is married to Duran Duran singer Simon Le Bon - has grown to love her "melancholy" nature.

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  • Sister saves brother from kidnap attempt

    A five-year-old boy was almost abducted at his Hastings school when a man grabbed him by the hand and started leading him down the road. Police are investigating the attempted abduction which took place just before 9am on Tuesday outside St Matthew's Primary School.

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  • Danish radio station kills baby rabbit with bicycle pump

    A Danish radio station killed a baby rabbit with a bicycle pump live on air, prompting a storm of criticism Tuesday despite claims it had simply wanted to highlight cruelty in farming. "We didn't do it for the sake of entertainment," talk radio station Radio24syv wrote on Twitter. The broadcaster said radio host Asger Juhl on Monday killed baby rabbit Allan with repeated blows to the head to highlight "hypocrisy" in Danes' attitudes towards animal welfare.

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  • Nicole Scherzinger is adjusting to being single

    Nicole Scherzinger is going through "a very transformative time" in her life. The 'Don't Hold Your Breath' hitmaker, who split from Formula One racing driver Lewis Hamilton in February after seven years together, believes they will eventually reunite if they are truly meant to be together, but is currently trying to focus on herself.

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  • Grant faces misconduct hearing

    Silver Ferns defender Katrina Grant faces disciplinary action for alleged misconduct 10 days after her Central Pulse team drew 55-55 with Southern Steel. A Trans Tasman Netball League statement said the Pulse skipper had been referred to the ANZ Championship's disciplinary officer following the round 12 match in Palmerston North. Post-match television footage showed Grant speaking heatedly with match referee Jono Bredin.

    NZ Newswire
  • Noel Gallagher will 'never ever' forgive Liam

    Noel Gallagher will "never ever" forgive Liam Gallagher for walking out during Oasis shows. "It would be like, 'Where has Liam gone?' And it would be, 'He has gone off, he has got a sore throat'. The Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds singer said the embarrassing incidents mean he would never reunite with his brother to bring back Oasis, having split up in 2009, despite several rumours such a comeback could happen.

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  • North Korea leader hails 'miracle' missile test

    North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un has hailed the recent test of a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) -- which was viewed with wary scepticism outside the reclusive state -- as a miraculous leap forward. A fully developed SLBM capability would take the North Korean nuclear threat to a new level, allowing deployment far beyond the Korean peninsula and the potential to retaliate in the event of a nuclear attack. Although the North clearly is set on developing a working SLBM, the expert consensus was that it remains years from acquiring such a capability.

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  • The World Is Running Out Of Prosecco

    This tragic news comes direct from USA Today, who report that a combination of a bad harvest (brought on by too much rainfall last season in Prosecco production areas in Italy) and soaring demand have caused a dearth of everyone’s favourite Italian brunchtime bubbly. Prosecco sales are up 27% according to news site Italy24.

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  • New plane engines close in on delivery

    If there's one key selling point that aerospace giants Airbus and Boeing have both been using in marketing their new aircraft, it is fuel efficiency. It is in fact largely down to French company Safran and GE, whose joint venture CFM International is making the LEAP motors that will power most of the next generation of the planes which will be the future workhorses of airlines. The promise of 15 to 20 per cent fuel savings moved closer as LEAP engines made their first flight tests that are a key step for the Airbus320neo to enter service next year and Boeing's B737 MAX in 2017 as planned.

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  • NZ and Australia dodge worse UV exposure

    A new paper, co-authored by NIWA atmospheric scientist Richard McKenzie, has found a massive hole in the ozone layer, that would have stretched across the Tasman, has been avoided thanks to the 1987 Montreal Protocol. The scientists estimated that if unchecked, the hole in the ozone layer would have grown by more than 40 percent and that UV exposure in New Zealand and Australia, which already have among the highest skin cancer mortality rates, would have increased by about 12 percent in that time. The Montreal Protocol was an international treaty which restricted the use of chlorine and bromine, ozone-depleting substances.

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  • Labour clarifies pension position

    Labour leader Andrew Little has ruled out making changes to the state pension.Mr Little has found himself in hot water over the issue after he said on Friday that it wasn't fair for people to continue working after 65 and still get the pension.He later

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  • Banks reap extra $2.1b on credit cards

    Banks have reaped an extra $2.1 billion in the past four years by not passing on interest rate cuts to credit card customers. Comparison website creditcardfinder.com.au says the average credit card purchase rate has remained stuck at 17 per cent since the Reserve Bank began cutting its cash rate in November 2011. If the full 2.25 percentage points worth of RBA cuts had been passed on to credit card holders, they would have paid $2.1 billion less in interest as the average card rate would have dropped to 14.25 per cent.

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