New Zealand
What is Mazda hiding in its basement?
Top five things to do in the Waikato this weekend
Four children dead after school bus and train collide in southern France
Retirees told to take more care in planning how to use KiwiSaver funds
Invercargill policeman Ben McLean admits killing wife, shooting her new partner
As Olympics near, South Korea agonises over post-Games costs
Global warming boosted US Hurricane Harvey's rainfall by at least 15 per cent, studies find
Moderate Recovery for Latin American & Caribbean Economies
2017-12-14 21:25:07 New economic projections for Latin America and the Caribbean show moderate recovery in 2018 and growth the following year – with favoured expansions in consumption and domestic investment, the United Nations reported Thursday. The Executive Secretary of the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), Alicia Bárcena, unveiled on Thursday the Preliminary Overview of the Economies of Latin America and the Caribbean 2017, which analyses the economies’ performance and updates its latest growth projections   Read More ...
Palestinian Intransigence Has a Price Too
2017-12-14 21:25:04 . Trump’s recent announcement to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, heralding their intention to move the embassy there from Tel Aviv, reminds the Palestinians that it’s in their best interests to come to the negotiating table as soon as possible and that the entire land of Israel is not up for contention despite assurances from their leadership. To appease popular anger, we can perceive the manifestation of unjust international wrath at the UN and UNESCO playhouses   Read More ...
Mexico Draft Security Law Should Be Rejected
2017-12-14 21:24:58 Mexico Draft Security Law Threatens Rights And Should Be Rejected, UN Rights Experts Warn. GENEVA (14 December 2017) - UN experts* have called on Mexico to reject a draft law on internal security that is due to be voted on in the Senate today, warning that giving the armed forces a leading role in security matters could weaken the protection of human rights   Read More ...
The Fall of Sam Dastyari: The Allures of Foreign Influence
2017-12-14 21:24:55 . Gazing at the politics of a vassal state is interesting in one acute, and jarring sense. Voices of presumed independence are often bought; political opinions that seem well informed are, in fact, ventriloquised. The origin is always elsewhere. Australia’s politicians represent this more starkly than most. Supposedly representatives of the people who elect them, they become the servants of different masters once in office   Read More ...
UN Spotlights Power of Health Coverage to Unlock Growth
2017-12-14 21:24:48 “Our goal must be to protect and promote physical and mental well-being for all. Health is both an outcome and a driver of progress,” Mr. Guterres told the global Universal Health Coverage Forum 2017, currently taking place in Tokyo, Japan. “It is at the centre of our vision of a more sustainable, inclusive and prosperous future [...] When we invest in health – particularly of women and adolescents – we build more inclusive and resilient societies,” he added   Read More ...
The 18 Strongest Trump Articles of Impeachment
2017-12-14 21:24:45 . Some say the world will end in Trump,Some say in Pence.From what I’ve heard out on the stump,I hold with those who favor Trump;For if he’s stopped they both might be.If not, the chance may come too late. For Mr. Pence the throne to capture. And make our fate. His longed-for rapture. Several years back, I led a team of authors drafting articles of impeachment against then-President George W   Read More ...
What Good Are New Foods If You Don’t Know How to Use Them?
2017-12-14 21:24:42 What Good Are New Foods If You Don’t Know What to Do with Them? Malnourishment is a major contributor to under-five mortality due to a greater susceptibility to infections and slow recovery from illness. SurfAid’s “hand up, not a hand out” approach relies on education to empower communities to make change - because sometimes it takes more than your best mate’s assurance to try something new   Read More ...
Sheryl Crow & Melissa Etheridge NZ Tour Announced for 2018
2017-12-14 21:24:38 Sheryl Crow & Melissa Etheridge NZ Tour Announced for April 2018. TEG LIVE is proud to announce two of the most successful female American singer/songwriters, Sheryl Crow and Melissa Etheridge, will perform in a double headlining tour across New Zealand in 2018. Tickets on will go on sale 12.00pm, Monday 18 December through Ticketek and Ticketmaster. In a worldwide exclusive, this is the first time the two will tour together and share the stage in a powerhouse show that will showcase all the biggest hits from these two amazing women   Read More ...
Kiwis Leave Sail Sydney with Four Medals
2017-12-14 21:24:36 . It pays for Olympic class sailors to be handy mathematicians and Sam Meech found himself doing a few sums throughout the last day of Sail Sydney today. The 26-year-old Laser sailor became embroiled in a dog fight with Australia's Matthew Wearn on the last day of the four-day regatta, which nearly allowed fellow Kiwi Tom Saunders to sneak through and take the gold   Read More ...
Thousands raised for struggling parents
2017-12-14 21:24:32 Thousands raised for struggling parents Parents struggling with back to school costs have been given a boost of more than $60,000 by generous Warehouse Stationery customers. This is the ninth year Warehouse Stationery has partnered with The Salvation Army to help families in dire material need by inviting customers at its 69 stores to add a donation to their purchase during three weeks in November and December to support the back-to-school appeal   Read More ...
Report on annual review of Fonterra’s Milk Price Manuak
2017-12-14 21:24:29 Commission releases final report on annual review of Fonterra’s Milk Price Manual. The Commerce Commission has released its final report on its annual review of Fonterra’s Milk Price Manual for the current dairy season. The manual sets out Fonterra’s methodology for calculating the price it will pay farmers per kilogram of milk solids for the current dairy season, ending 31 May 2018   Read More ...
Coherent Solutions Raises $3 million
2017-12-14 21:24:26 . Coherent Solutions, a world leading provider of high-end testing equipment for the optical telecommunications market, announced today the completion of a $3 million A-Series investment round. The investment round was led by New Zealand’s Punakaiki Fund and supported by K1W1, NZVIF, and Auckland University’s Inventors Fund. Based in Auckland, Coherent Solutions develops and manufactures advanced test & measurement solutions for the optical communications market – a core technology of the global internet   Read More ...
Figured Receives Capital Investment From Darby Capital
2017-12-14 21:24:22 Figured Receives Growth Capital Investment From Darby Capital Partners. AUCKLAND, Dec. 14, 2017 – Figured Limited (“Figured”), a cloud based accounting and financial management software for the agriculture sector, has partnered with Auckland-based Darby Capital Partners, a growth private equity firm focused on partnering with high-growth Asia-Pacific technology companies. Darby Capital Partners led a $2.5 million funding round, with an option to invest a further $5   Read More ...
Global Speakers Summit 2018 ‘From Leader to Legacy
2017-12-14 21:24:19 Summit positions New Zealand to champion global shift towards more purposeful business. Global Speakers Summit 2018 ‘From Leader to Legacy: A Global Journey’ Following on the heels of an international American Express survey that confirms the vast majority of millennials want to change the business landscape to one that does good, New Zealand is well positioned to champion yet another political and social sea-change on the world stage when this country hosts a diverse gathering of 200 international thought leaders on the subject (including 72 actual speakers)   Read More ...
So, You Think That You Know All There is to Know About Xmas?
2017-12-14 21:24:16 So, You Think That You Know All There is to Know About Christmas? Maybe you string enough lights on your roof to give Clark Griswald a run for his money. Maybe you can identify mistletoe and holly in the wild, chop down your own Christmas tree, and know exactly how many Hallmark Keepsake ornaments they’ve issued since 1973. You can rattle off all of Santa’s reindeer—backwards, starting with Rudolph and ending in Dasher, and know all the words to O’ Tannenbaum   Read More ...
What is Mazda hiding in its basement?
2017-12-14 21:04:26 In Irvine, Orange County in the US, there's a building that serves as the home of Mazda North America Operations (MNAO) design and engineering. A lot of the design work for the original MX-5 took place within these walls. It's a big facility, with two studios and a secret courtyard for viewing cars in natural light that can't been seen from outside (or above by drones, since it's on the flight path to John Wayne Airport)   Read More ...
Boxer Jeff Horn considers Anthony Mundine match-up
2017-12-14 21:04:21 Jeff Horn is refusing to rule out a showdown with Anthony Mundine if it presents a more financially attractive option than Terence Crawford. Horn is set for a massive 2018 after successfully defending his WBO welterweight championship with a late stoppage against Gary Corcoran on Wednesday night. But despite Top Rank promoter Bob Arum's plan for an April clash with mandatory challenger Crawford in Las Vegas, no deal has been done and Horn's next opponent is far from settled   Read More ...
England captain punches door over DRS call to dismiss opener Mark Stoneman
2017-12-14 20:45:11 England captain Joe Root vented his frustrations after opener Mark Stoneman became the latest victim of a controversial DRS decision during the third test against Australia at the WACA Ground. Australia's shouts for caught behind were initially turned down by umpire Marais Erasmus during Thursday's middle session. Wicketkeeper Tim Paine had taken a brilliant one-handed catch leaping into the air to spark Australia's celebrations   Read More ...
Formula One bosses reviewing the use of grid girls after mounting criticism
2017-12-14 20:45:06 Grid girls could soon be a thing of the past in Formula One, should a review result in the long-standing tradition being scrapped. The tradition, labelled as "outdated" and "tarty nonsense" by Silverstone boss Stuart Pringle, has been associated with motorsport since the 1960s and today their official role involves holding up the grid numbers of each racer and standing on the podium after each event   Read More ...
Mount Monster to start at Mount Main Beach this weekend
2017-12-14 20:23:17 What lifeguards regard as a fun sporting event is on a different level to most athletes. But even by their extreme standards, the aptly named Mount Monster is a superior test of mental toughness, physical courage and range of skills. The event that starts and finishes on Mount Main Beach from 10am tomorrow has four gruelling parts — a 5km beach run, 1   Read More ...
Fisherman Laine Kelly's death at sea remains a mystery
2017-12-14 20:23:13 On August 22, 2017, Laine Kelly told his wife he loved her before heading out for a day's fishing. Kelly was meant to be back by 2pm. He never came home. After two days of searching, the 60-year-old's body was found floating near Kawera Island. His homemade boat he dubbed "unsinkable" was nowhere to be found. Three months later, his family gathered together in Tauranga's District Court on Wednesday to hear coroner Gordon Matenga deliver his findings relating to Kelly's death   Read More ...
Back to school for video producer
2017-12-14 20:23:08 Working on a commercial promoting EIT's Diploma in Screen Production was deja vu for students and the professional production team filming on campus. For the 13 students completing their diploma studies, it was an opportunity to apply what they had learnt over the last two years to a real-life filming situation. And for several of the Engage Video Creation team, it was a return to the school where they developed their filming skills   Read More ...
Where's Macca? Sir Paul McCartney hasn't been seen in Hawke's Bay
2017-12-14 20:23:05 A day after flying into Napier Sir Paul McCartney has yet to be seen in public. The former Beatle and Knight of the Realm kept a low profile during his visit. After a crew member of a private jet at Napier airport told Hawke's Bay Today on Wednesday night that he had "already left" , the trail went cold. Mangapapa Hotel at Cape Kidnappers would have been a likely hang-out for multi-millionaire Sir Paul but the hotel's confidentiality agreements meant the top-of-the-line hotel said it was unable to discuss anything about possible or potential guests   Read More ...
Family living in fear after axe attack in Flaxmere, Hawke's Bay
2017-12-14 20:23:02 A man allegedly attacked his neighbours' vehicle with an axe on Wednesday afternoon, leaving the Flaxmere family terrified. A Flaxmere father approached Hawke's Bay Today to air his frustration with the attack, which he said had followed years of escalating abuse from his neighbours. "We moved here three years ago and I've had these neighbours threatening to cut my throat several times   Read More ...
Sir Paul McCartney talks to Mike Hosking about hongi and Kiwi crowds
2017-12-14 20:22:58 Sir Paul McCartney has confirmed he's hanging out in "beautiful" Hawke's Bay – and if any locals bump into him don't be surprised if he hits you up for a hongi. The Beatles legend says he's looking forward to a show that's like a "big party' in Auckland on Saturday night – and he's enjoying being back in New Zealand and specifically Napier, which he says has "echoes of Scotland"   Read More ...
Shunning the smokes & drink
2017-12-14 20:22:55 We all have our vices that we're not particularly proud of. It may be the occasional tipple, a crafty cigarette, or even an over indulgence of chocolate and lollies to give us that required pick-me-up after a long, testing week at work. It's human nature, that little something that makes us feel warm and relaxed. Most of these activities are okay, provided they are accompanied by that key word – moderation   Read More ...
Nominations to be PM of Tonga closes
2017-12-14 20:22:48 Nominations to be prime minister of Tonga have closed, with two people set to battle for the votes of Members of Parliament in the coming days. The official nomination period ended on Thursday at 4.30pm, with a second candidate being added to the mix on that final day. Nominations opened at the beginning of the month with interim speaker Lord Tangi inviting the 26 MPs to submit their preferred candidate   Read More ...
Four deaths confirmed in dengue outbreak in Samoa
2017-12-14 20:22:44 Four deaths have been confirmed in the latest dengue fever outbreak in Samoa which was detected last October. This was confirmed by the Ministry of Health who said in a statement issued by the government press secretariat that blood samples were confirmed at the ESR Lab in New Zealand. According to the statement there have been 1,522 clinical cases confirmed with 399 admitted to hospital   Read More ...
New Caledonian politician opposes mothballing Vale plant
2017-12-14 20:22:39 A leading New Caledonian politician says it is out of the question to mothball the Vale nickel plant. Philippe Gomes, who is a member of the French National Assembly and a former New Caledonian president, made the statement in response to media reports about plans to shut the plant, with the loss of thousands of jobs. Last week, Vale's CEO Fabio Schvartsman told the Financial Times that Vale would mothballed the plant at Goro in the second half of 2018 if there wasn't a partner prepared to buy a 20 to 40 per cent stake   Read More ...
Cook Islands MP to remind man seen riding jet ski in Muri Lagoon
2017-12-14 20:22:35 A Cook Islands MP says the man seen riding a jet ski in Muri Lagoon has been identified and will be reminded that it is strictly banned. Our correspondent said the man, who lives in Rarotonga, was seen driving the jet ski in the lagoon on Tuesday, and a photo of him was shared on a community Facebook page. Ngatangiia MP Tama Tuavera said riding jet skis in the lagoon is banned by the Aronga Mana (or chiefs of the village) due to the risk it poses to tourists, locals and the environment   Read More ...
Kaikōura mayor: 'The road is looking pretty good'
2017-12-14 20:22:21 Road crews are putting the finishing touches on State Highway 1 north of Kaikōura ahead of its reopening this afternoon. The South Island's main transport corridor connecting Picton and Christchurch was devastated in the 7.8 earthquake last November. Sixty-nine bridges were damaged and parts of the rail line destroyed. North of Kaikōura, 10 major slips brought down almost 1,000,000 cubic meters of rock onto the highway below   Read More ...
Electric shock therapy without consent is a disgrace
2017-12-14 19:47:58 Journalist CECILE MEIER has written extensively about mental health. Now she reveals her own battles in the hope it will help reduce the stigma associated with mental illness. OPINION: I was alarmed to read a recent report revealing that almost 1000 electro-convulsive therapy (ECT) sessions were given without consent last year in New Zealand. Reading this made me feel sick to my stomach because I was once almost given ECT against my consent   Read More ...
Top five things to do in the Waikato this weekend
2017-12-14 19:47:48 Emergency Services Open Day: December 15 NZ Fire and Emergency, St John, Civil Defence, NZ Police Road Policing Team and Bluelight will be bringing a safe summer message to Garden Place on Friday. Come see the emergency service vehicles and take a tour through a police vehicle, fire truck, ambulance and booze bus. There will also be a chance to see and get your hands on some of the tactical equipment   Read More ...
Son, partner watch man drown in Rotorua lake
2017-12-14 19:47:43 "This life jacket is annoying me," Colin McCormick said to his partner Alison Kirkman. So he took it off. Moments later, he was dead. The events leading up to his death were detailed at the Rotorua Coroner's Court on Thursday - one of two hearings at the court on drowning deaths at Rotorua's Lake Rotoiti in 2017. *Police recover body of missing man at Lake Rotoiti*Police using photos taken moments before Lake Rotoiti boatie fell overboard to help find his body   Read More ...
Four children dead after school bus and train collide in southern France
2017-12-14 19:04:57 Four children are dead and may others injured after a train and a school bus collided in southwestern France. Transport Minister Elisabeth Borne described the crash outside the town of Perpignan as a "terrible accident" and said on Twitter that she was heading immediately to the scene, more than 850km from Paris. The interior ministry said seven people were seriously injured among the 19   Read More ...
Wi-fi calling review: the verdict on wi
2017-12-14 19:04:52 Having recently launched wi-fi calling, 2degrees let me borrow a compatible phone to road test it. Their timing couldn't have been better. I was about to overnight in Sydney and, being the original scrooge, I didn't want to cough up my hard-earned cash on roaming fees. After spending a few weeks with it, I've also came to realise that the benefits of wi-fi calling extend beyond roaming   Read More ...
Defecting North Korean soldier asks for Choco Pie, gets lifetime supply
2017-12-14 19:04:41 The North Korean soldier shot multiple times during a highly publicised escape reportedly asked for a Choco Pie - a small chocolate-covered cake filled with marshmallow cream - when he regained consciousness. When it heard of the request, South Korean Choco Pie maker Orion sent 100 boxes of the treat to his hospital and promised him a lifetime supply, Quartz reported, quoting Korean news outlets   Read More ...
British soldiers' lost graves uncovered at Ruapekapeka
2017-12-14 18:21:31 The lost mass grave from the country's first major battlefield has been uncovered in Northland. The 12 British soldiers lay for more than 170 years after the Battle of Ruapekapeka. They died on 11 January 1846 during the attack on Ruapekapeka Pā. Archaeologist Jono Carpenter made the remarkable discovery of their missing graves at the battlefield, near Kawakawa. He has spent years in search of the graves and has been working to uncover the identities of the men   Read More ...
Books opening shows fiscal hole real - National
2017-12-14 18:21:27 National says the opening of the government books yesterday backs up its argument that Labour has a massive hole in its accounts. Labour says the accounts show it can make good on its election promises, and on the deals struck with New Zealand First and the Greens. The government said it would pay debt down more slowly and cancel National's tax cuts   Read More ...
French school bus in fatal train crash
2017-12-14 18:21:21 A train and a school bus have collided near Perpignan in southern France, killing at least four children, reports say. Another nine people were reported to be injured on the bus, seven of them seriously in the incident between Millas and Saint-Feliu-d'Amont. The students on the bus are reported to be between the ages of 11 and 15. "Emergency services have been mobilised and a crisis co-ordination unit set up," a local official told Reuters   Read More ...