'Good evening Auckland, kia ora' - Sir Paul McCartney enchants crowd with greatest hits at Auckland concert

Sir Paul McCartney rocked out with thousands of fans last night at Auckland's Mt Smart Stadium, kicking off his 39 song set list with Beatles classic A Hard Day's Night.

The former Beatles star promised a "big party" last night as he wrapped up his world tour after 36 shows. 

The concert marked the first time Sir Paul has performed here in 24 years.

"Good evening Auckland. Kia ora tena koutou katoa" Sir Paul said before he told the crowd to expect "some old songs, some new songs and some in between songs."

"This is fantastic to be back. We are going to have a great time here this evening I have got a feeling."

His set list, made up of about 70 percent of Beatles material, included iconic anthems such as Hey Jude, Let It Be, Band on the Run and Live and Let Die as well as the 2015 number one single in New Zealand FourFiveSeconds, Sir Paul's collaboration with Rihanna and Kanye West.

On Friday night 30 trucks worth of equipment was unpacked at the stadium and assembled by 100 crew members.

Sir Paul spent some time in Hawke's Bay this week ahead of his one off New Zealand show and described the area as "beautiful" and saying it has "echoes of Scotland".

He posted a short clip to his Facebook page from what is believed to be Hawke's Bay, where he gushes over the beautiful scenery behind him.

"Hey there, so I finally got to New Zealand, wow, it's been a little while. It's beautiful, look at that!" He says gesturing behind him at the ocean.

"Looking forward to the gig on Saturday night in Auckland. Hope to see you there.

"Come on, let's rock!"

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Singer Michael Buble says son's cancer diagnosis made him no longer 'have the stomach' for public life

Michael Buble has suggested in an interview that he is retiring from the music scene after one final album. Though it's unclear if he was serious, and his publicist has now claimed the comment was taken out of context.

His announcement follows his son's diagnosis with liver cancer that has left him believing that he no longer 'has the stomach' to maintain a public life. He has also announced that he will no longer be using social media.

In an emotional interview with the Daily Mail, Buble said that he will no longer give interviews or release music (apart from his final album) and will concentrate on his family.

The Daily Mail story, however, suggests at the end he may not have been totally serious about calling time on his career, and his publicist has since said the story "took his comments out of context".

His son Noah’s cancer is now in remission, but Buble nonetheless feels as if he is done with the anxiety and pressure of being famous.

Speaking about the tragedy of his son’s diagnosis, he said: “My whole being has changed. My perception of life. I don’t know if I can get through this conversation without crying and I’ve never lost control of my emotions in public.

“I never fell out of love for music, I just need to put it aside.”

The Canadian-Italian singer also spoke about his last album and the reason behind it.

"There are three reasons I wanted to do this album," he said.

"One, because I felt a debt of gratitude, deeper than I can explain, to the millions of people all over the world who prayed for us and showed us compassion. That gave me faith in humanity.

"Two, because I love music and feel I can continue the legacy of my idols. And three, because if the world was ending – not just my own personal hell but watching the political turmoil in America and watching Europe break up – there’s never a better time for music."

Then suddenly he stopped in the interview.

"This is my last interview," he said. "I’m retiring from the business. I’ve made the perfect record and now I can leave at the very top."

The Daily Mail writer then says: "Somehow, though, I don’t think he really means it."

His record Love, will be released on November 16.

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Indian actresses, writers flood social media with allegations of sexual harassment amid calls to enforce 2013 law

Indian actresses and writers are flooding social media with allegations of sexual harassment and assault, releasing pent-up frustration with a law that was lauded internationally but that critics say has done little to change the status quo in the world's largest democracy.

"People using social media to articulate their complaints should be recognised in the context of failure. The system has in effect failed us, has failed women," T.K. Rajalakshmi, the president of the Indian Women's Press Corps, said in a panel discussion yesterday in New Delhi.

The Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace Act of 2013 holds Indian workplaces liable for sexual harassment, and prescribes a system for investigating and redressing complaints. Employers must create committees that are at least 50 per cent women, presided over by a woman and with one external expert, to process complaints. The law builds on the landmark 1997 Vishakha case, in which India's Supreme Court held that sexual harassment at work violated a woman's constitutional right to equality.

But nearly five years since the law came into effect, many managers and employees are not aware of it.

Those who are rarely implement it fully, in part because of the enormous taboo in India of discussing anything related to sex, said Naina Kapur, the attorney who argued the Vishakha case before the Supreme Court.

"Every time I get a call it's after the event has happened. It's supposed to be effectively communicated and it hasn't been," Kapur said, adding that in India, "as women get more into the marketplace and the workplace, their experience of sex harassment and violence is a growing area of concern but it's not being heard."

Based on the nonstop TV coverage, alleged victims are making themselves heard on social media, bypassing completely the protocol created by the 2013 law.

The social media storm began in September, when former Bollywood actress Tanushree Dutta spoke to several Indian TV news channels about her frustration with a fruitless police complaint she filed in 2008 against actor Nana Patekar for alleged sexual harassment on a Mumbai movie set.

Retired Bollywood actor Tanushree Dutta. Source: Associated Press

Dutta said that after Patekar groped her during a dance routine, she fled the set and a mob surrounded her car, smashed the windshield and trapped her inside.

Patekar has denied the allegations.

Then on October 4, Mumbai comedy group AIB announced it had decided to de-list every video featuring former member Utsav Chakraborty, whom women had taken to social media to condemn for alleged sexual harassment.

On October 7, an unnamed former employee at Phantom Films writing in the Huffington Post described allegations she had made in 2015 against one of the company's partners, director Vikas Bahl, whom she said behaved inappropriately during a trip to Goa.

The following day, company partners Anurag Kashyap and Vikramaditya Motwane dissolved Phantom Films. Bahl has filed an intent to sue his former partners for defamation.

Also on October 8, journalist Sandhya Menon shared screenshots of her conversation with two women claiming that actor Rajat Kapoor harassed them over the phone.

Kapoor apologised on Twitter if he had "slipped and through my actions or words caused pain or hurt."

That same day, former TV producer, director and writer Vinta Nanda said on Facebook and in TV interviews that she was raped 19 years ago by actor Alok Nath.

Nath said in a TV interview that he neither denied or agreed with the allegations. "It must have happened, but someone else would have done it," Nath said.

TV actress Sandy Mridul expressed her support for Nanda in a tweet. Fellow TV actress Deepika Amin followed on Twitter: "Everyone in the industry knows that #AlokNath is an obnoxious drunkard who harasses women."

On October 10, actor and heavyweight Bollywood producer Aamir Khan and his wife Kiran Rao put out a statement saying they were "committed to doing any and everything to make our film industry a safe and happy one to work in." In a tweet, Khan said they were about to begin work with someone who had been accused of sexual misconduct and that the matter was pending in court.

Perhaps the most startling development has been the string of accusations against Junior External Affairs Minister M.J. Akbar. In less than a week, at least nine women journalists have accused Akbar of sexual harassment and inappropriate behavior when he was a newspaper editor in Kolkata and Delhi.

Neither Akbar nor the ministry has responded.

But for India's burgeoning #MeToo movement to take hold in the broader strata of Indian society, the 2013 sex harassment law must be implemented more broadly, said Sunieta Ojha, a lawyer who regularly conducts workshops on the law.

"It requires a complete change of attitude toward women and toward workplace ethics. Employers instead of looking at it as a hassle, they have to see it as an investment. If they start doing that, it starts to have a very positive effect," she said.

Mumbai police yesterday said they had opened an investigation into Patekar after Dutta filed a fresh complaint, charging him with violating two sections of the Indian Penal Code related to offending a woman's modesty. If found guilty, the maximum penalty is two years in prison.

Dutta said that after the alleged attack in 2008, she also lodged a complaint with Cine and TV Artists Association (CINTAA), an agency now subject to the 2013 law.

Dutta's lawyer, Nitin Satpute, said Dutta decided to speak out again about what allegedly happened to her in 2008 because she hoped the spotlight would help enforce the workplace sex harassment law within CINTAA.

"Some are rich, some are poor, but many women are working there, and it will benefit all," Satpute said.

Activists of Congress party’s women’s wing shout slogans against Bollywood actor Nana Patekar during a protest in support of former Bollywood actress Tanushree Dutta. Source: Associated Press

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Two seriously injured after car is hit by wave on Auckland beach

A teenage girl has been seriously injured after a car rolled on Auckland's Muriwai Beach this afternoon.

The vehicle involved in the incident on Auckland's Muriwai Beach. Source: Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust

It's believed the car, which had seven people inside, was hit by a wave after it rolled with the passengers still inside at 4.20pm.

Emergency services attend the scene on Muriwai Beach after a car rolled with seven people inside. Source: Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust

The teenage girl was flown to Auckland City Hospital after receiving injuries to her chest.

Six others, ranging in age from teens to 20s, are said to have minor to moderate injuries.

Emergency services attend the scene on Muriwai Beach after the incident. Source: Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust

Emergency services, including a helicopter, are still at the scene.

Three people were seriously injured after the incident on Muriwai Beach this afternoon.


The Crown actress 'deeply hurt' by pay scandal

Claire Foy was "deeply hurt" by The Crown pay scandal.

The 34-year-old actress admits it was tough to hear she was being paid much less than her co-star Matt Smith but felt she had to speak out about it or she would be "cheating herself and all the other women she knows".

She said: "I was deeply hurt by it, because I’d been working on that show for two years. I loved everybody on it. And then I realised, there’s been a big, fat, dirty secret that nobody’s ever talked about.

"But then there was also that thing [of being] an inadvertent spokesperson. Why did it have to be me? I could have said nothing. And I think everyone would have preferred that. But I thought, if I do that, I will be cheating myself and all the other women I know."

And Claire feels the industry can get away with things like this because it is so competitive.

She added to NET-A-PORTER’s weekly digital magazine PorterEdi: "You feel lucky to have a job. It’s so competitive. So, in that way, they rely on competitiveness and actors’ vulnerability to say, 'They’ll accept it for 10 grand less.'"

Matt had previously broken his silence on the issue to condemn the pay gap.

He said at the time: "Claire is one of my best friends, and I believe that we should be paid equally and fairly and there should be equality for all.

"I support her completely, and I'm pleased that it was resolved and they made amends for it, because that what's needed to happen.

"Going forward, I think we should all bear in mind that we need to strive to make this better and a more even playing field for everyone involved - but not just in our industry, in all industries."

Actress Claire Foy poses on the red carpet of the 75th Venice International Film Festival in Venice, Italy.
Actress Claire Foy poses on the red carpet of the 75th Venice International Film Festival in Venice, Italy. Source: Bang Showbiz