18 new Covid-19 community cases in outbreak, vaccine dose count passes 5 million

Sunday's Covid-19 update was provided in a press release from the Ministry of Health instead of the regular briefing.


Alien Weaponry retell Te Arawa history in latest video release

Dayna Grant is back in Aotearoa metal band Alien Weaponry’s latest music video Hatupatu.

Kids need time to adapt to sleeping during daylight saving — expert

A sleep specialist says it can take children five to seven days to adjust.

Women missing in Auckland's Hunua Ranges found safe

Mikayla Taiapo, 27, and Huia Flavell, 29, had planned to go for a walk in the Hunua Ranges Regional Park.

Over 60,000 wage subsidy applications yet to be processed

The majority of the businesses have been waiting for over a month.


Warriors star Reece Walsh offers teary apology as he faces drug charges

Warriors CEO Cameron George says Walsh "will bounce out of this".

Limited medicinal cannabis options could push Kiwis to black market, says patient

Years after legalisation, only a handful of medicinal cannabis products have met strict New Zealand standards.


Good Sorts: The Taumaranui tourist operator who stepped up to help a stranger in need

Ian Balme helped pay for the device which keeps little Theo alive.


Opening date of Wellington’s long-awaited Transmission Gully highway still not known

The 27-kilometre-long road which connects the Kāpiti coast to Pāuatahanui was due to open on Monday.

Sir John Key is being provocative but his ideas make sense, writes Jack Tame

Most of the response to Key’s op-ed speaks to the inability of the mob "to separate partisan bias from a rational critique", Tame says.

Two-thirds of NZ rivers in poor health — research

That's despite recent efforts to improve their quality, with urban areas named as the worst river sites.

'Not doing anything' - Greta Thunberg criticises Ardern's lack of climate action

“It’s funny that people believe Jacinda Ardern and people like that are climate leaders," the activist said.

Auckland CBD firms lost $110m in spending during Level 4: business association

Heart of The City said each customer-facing business had lost about $85,000.

At least 3 people killed after train derails in US

Multiple people were also injured following the incident in north-central Montana.

New South Wales records 961 new Covid cases, 9 deaths

One of the deaths recorded in the 24 hours to 8pm on Saturday was a person in their 40s.

Key's 'smug hermit kingdom' Covid comment dismissed as an 'insult' by Hipkins

Key's five ideas to improve Covid-19 response a "great piece of politics" but not much else.

Police catch person hiding in car trying to cross Auckland Covid checkpoint

Police also caught a man trying to drive up a farmer's water race to avoid a checkpoint.

Man charged with murder after Kawerau woman’s death

Police say a Bay of Plenty woman was found with critical injuries on Friday. She later died.

Covid-19 boosters will be needed — epidemiologist

Who gets them and when though is an "equity argument", University of Melbourne Professor Tony Blakely says.

Karen Chhour: All children that go into care should be treated equally

ACT MP Karen Chhour has drafted a private member’s bill which would remove section 7AA from the legislation that governs Oranga Tamariki.


Simon Bridges gets second chance at book launch

The former National leader was supposed to launched his book the week NZ went into lockdown.


Talks galore, actual action hard to detect as UN meets in US

Covid-19 and Climate Change were the focus as world leaders gathered in New York, or beamed in from home, for the UN General Assembly.

Hipkins wary of singling out unvaccinated

He told Q+A who makes up the unvaccinated needs to be taken into account and says people have choices.

Lockdown supported, but not indefinitely - Covid-19 poll

The population's patience for future restrictions and mandatory vaccinations is waning.

Petito case renews call to spotlight missing people of colour

Gabby Petito's story has brought new attention to a phenomena known as "missing white woman syndrome."

Hong Kong June 4 vigil organisers to disband amid crackdown

Amnesty International said "the effectively forced disbandment" of the alliance showed the Chinese authorities were seeking to censor all mention of the crackdown in Hong Kong.

8 dead as al-Shabab claims blast in Somalia’s capital

A vehicle laden with explosives rammed into cars and trucks at a checkpoint at the Presidential Palace.

Harry and Meghan visit UN during world leaders' meeting

The royals came to UN headquarters to speak with Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed.

UK rugby community gathers to remember Kiwi cop Matt Ratana a year after his death

The 54-year-old was fatally shot last year as he prepared to search a suspect at a London custody centre.

Romans say enough to invasion of wild boars in city

The Eternal City is grappling with a rampaging force of an entirely different sort: rubbish-seeking wild boars.

Taliban hang body in public; signal return to past tactics

Taliban officials announced that hung man was caught taking part in a kidnapping earlier Saturday and was killed by police.

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