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Millions to investigate school payroll problem

Tens of thousands of teachers and school staff could be owed holiday pay - with $15 million set aside just to investigate the problem.The Ministry of Education is the latest employer to be caught up by the issue, which stems from...


Man dies at King's College reunion dinner

A man has died during a reunion dinner at one of the country's most prestigious secondary schools.The man, believed to be in his 70s, died at King's College in Otahuhu last night."The elderly gentleman passed away suddenly following...


Forgotten toasted sandwiches burn down Matamata house

A Matamata man was so tired he forgot about his dinner that he prepared and went to bed, waking up to find the house on fire.Waikato fire safety officer Ross Fleet said the man got home late and made some toasted sandwiches.But...


Andrew Dickens: Is Working for Families a sign of success or failure?

Are Working For Families and the accommodation supplement a sign of New Zealand's success or failure?The centrepiece of this week's Budget was the Family Incomes Package, which included a mix of tax cuts, and increases for many...


Schools warn of reduced hours if teacher aides win higher pay

Schools say they may be forced to cut the working hours of 20,000 support staff unless the Government provides funding to pay them higher wages.An open letter signed by more than 500 school principals today says they want to pay...


Wanaka school network to get $19M funding boost

About $19 million will be invested in Wanaka's school network, it has been revealed this morning.Education Minister Nikki Kaye and Associate Education Minister Tim Macindoe announced today that, as part of Budget 2017, $16 million...


Talented young mum Phylicia Tamatoa killed in West Auckland collision

The woman killed in a crash in the early hours of yesterday morning in West Auckland was a young mum. Phylicia Tamatoa, known as Philly, died when a car collided with a taxi on Royal Rd in Massey. The crash happened about 3.45am....


Father charged over death of daughter in Poerua River tragedy

A man has been charged with the deaths of a toddler and 66-year-old who drowned when the vehicle they were in became stuck in a West Coast river.Two-year-old Emily Saunders and Barry Petrie, 66, died in June last year when the SUV...


Has cancer finally met its match?

Let's not mince words: it's a barn-storming, breathless revolution."Professor Graham Le Gros doesn't mean to come off sounding over the top.It's just he's palpably excited about the promise of an area of medical research we hear...


Heather du Plessis-Allan: We should be grateful to whistleblowers

Every journalist has sources.Some are in politics; they feed you morsels to further their own agendas. Some are in the civil service; they leak bad decisions to stop more bad decisions. Some are in the private sector; they're usually...


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Police: Man hurling racial slurs kills 2, injures 1 on train

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) " Police in Oregon say two people died and another was hurt in a stabbing on a Portland light-rail train after a man yelled racial slurs at two young Muslim women.The Oregonian/OregonLive reports (


President Carter's national security adviser, Zbigniew Brzezinski, has died.

WASHINGTON (AP) " President Carter's national security adviser, Zbigniew Brzezinski, has died.


Cuomo won't march in Puerto Rican parade, doesn't say why

NEW YORK (AP) " New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Friday that he is not marching in next month's Puerto Rican Day Parade but he did not directly address the controversy surrounding parade organizers' decision to honor a Puerto...


Police fruit-ality: Officers caught pelting apple thieves with stolen fruit

Four apple thieves who were caught in the act by police were lined up against a cliff face and pelted with the fruit they had stolen.The five uniformed officers took turns grabbing handfuls of the stolen apples from their police...


Russian bankers sue BuzzFeed over unverified Trump dossier

NEW YORK (AP) " The owners of a Russian bank filed a lawsuit against the online publication BuzzFeed on Friday for publishing an uncorroborated dossier that alleged they were part of a Russian scheme to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential...


The Latest: Activist arrested in beatings at Berkeley rally

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) " The Latest on anti-fascist activist arrested for assault (all times local):5:25 p.m.Northern California prosecutors have charged a former community college teacher and anti-fascist activist with assault...


Texas 'bathroom bill' near collapse over GOP standoff

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) " A proposed Texas "bathroom bill" targeting transgender people neared collapse Friday over a deadlock between Republicans heeding warnings from big businesses and sports leagues " including Google and the NFL "...


Investigation into the death of Kevin Hjalmarsson reopened

It became known simply as the "Kevin case".The four-year-old boy "who always wanted to play" whose body was found one sunny afternoon lying by a pristine lake on the last days of the school holidays.Kevin's brutal murder was one...


Ben Stiller and wife Christine Taylor announce separation

LOS ANGELES (AP) " Ben Stiller and his wife announced Friday that they are separating after 17 years of marriage.Stiller and actress Christine Taylor released a joint statement Friday announcing their breakup. They were married...


Allegiant announces second executive departure this month

LAS VEGAS (AP) " Allegiant Air's parent says its chief operating officer has resigned, the second high-ranking executive to leave the discount carrier this month.Allegiant Travel Co. said Friday that Jude Bricker is leaving, but...


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Scherzer pitches into 9th, Nationals defeat Padres 5-1

WASHINGTON (AP) " Max Scherzer struck out 13 and gave up three hits over 8 2/3 innings, leading the Washington Nationals over the San Diego Padres 5-1 on Friday night.Bryce Harper, Trea Turner and Michael A. Taylor homered for the...


Travis hits grand slam, Blue Jays beat Rangers 7-6

TORONTO (AP) " Devon Travis celebrated the return of Josh Donaldson and Troy Tulowitzki with one big swing for the Toronto Blue Jays.Travis hit his second career grand slam, and Toronto beat the Texas Rangers 7-6 on Friday night...


Toronto FC beats Crew 5-0 to extend unbeaten streak to 8

TORONTO (AP) " Victor Vazquez scored twice and Toronto FC routed the Columbus Crew 5-0 on Friday to extend its unbeaten streak to a club record-matching eight games and move five points clear atop the Eastern Conference standings.Toronto...


Rory McIlroy skipping Memorial because of rib injury

DUBLIN, Ohio (AP) " Rory McIlroy is skipping the Memorial Tournament next week because of a nagging rib injury that also forced him to miss the European Tour event this week in England."It's disappointing to miss the Memorial Tournament,"...


LEADING OFF: Homer Simpson hits Hall of Fame, Keuchel back

A look at what's happening all around the majors Saturday:___D'OH!Fans at the Hall of Fame figure to be animated when Homer Simpson gets "inducted" at Cooperstown. An exhibit dedicated to "The Simpsons" will open, 25 years after...


America's Cup: New Zealand could be left without opponent tomorrow

There's a chance Team New Zealand will be without an opponent on day two of the America's Cup qualifiers following today's spectacular collision between Ben Ainslie Racing and Team Japan.The two teams sustained serious damage in...


Marina Erakovic coach quietly happy

Coach Wesley Whitehouse is quietly confident Marina Erakovic is about to turn around her flagging tennis fortunes. The Aucklander has not won a tour level match in 2017 and is down on confidence heading into her first round match...


Mo Farah prepares for final US race while allegations swirl

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) " As he prepares for what could be his final track race on U.S. soil, Mo Farah remains dogged by doping allegations surrounding his team.The British Olympian will race in the 5,000 meters Saturday at the Prefontaine...


Bouncing back from DQ, Lee shoots 2nd-round 66 in Michigan

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) " Minjee Lee cost herself a top-10 finish last week when she failed to sign her scorecard.It was quite a gaffe, obviously, but it didn't change the fact that the 20-year-old from Australia was playing pretty...


Spieth avoids Colonial cut scare, has shot to defend title

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) " Jordan Spieth normally doesn't concern himself with the cut line in the middle of a round.Unless the Dallas native is in danger of staying home on consecutive weekends in what amount to his hometown events.Spieth...


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Overseas visitors' giant-sized health bill puts DHBs under pressure

Taxpayers are forking out tens of millions of dollarsáa year treating sick foreign visitors.


SH39 down to one lane after vehicle lands in ditch

Emergency services are at the scene of a crash where a vehicle wound up ináa ditch near Pirongia in the Waikato.á


Thames Four Square jumping with excitement after Powerball win

Martina Four Square and Lotto owner Sukhpal Singh didn't get much sleep last night.


Christchurch man's disappearance 'doesn't fit the pattern'

Mystery surrounds the disappearance of Christchurch builder Michael Craig McGrath, whoáhasn't been seen for a week.


Marlborough's claim to culinary fame: more eateries per capita than New York City

The Big Apple it may be, but Marlborough takes the cake when it comes to the number of food outlets,áwith more options per capita than culinary hotspotáNew York City.


Whistleblower says he's being forced out by Government agency

A Taranaki driver trainer who blew the whistle on problems with the country's licensing system says delays processing his service provider application could end his career.


Friends and whanau of a young woman who died on Saturday morning pay tribute

Friends and whanau of a young woman who died in a car crash in Auckland say she was a "beautiful mum with a big heart".á


Government announces new $16 million primary school for Wanaka

A new $16 million primary school with the potential to cater for 800 pupils will be built in Wanaka.


Snail mail a dying trend as post boxes get the chop

The removal ofátraditional neighbourhood post boxes is continuing to cause concernáfor Auckland residents.


Predicting the unpredictable: The data behind random trauma events

If you're aged 55 to 65 and ride a quad bike,áwatch out.


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Amid escalating Russia crisis, US President Donald Trump considers major staff changes

US President Donald Trump and his advisers, seeking to contain the escalating Russia crisis that threatens to consume his presidency, are considering a retooling of his senior staff and the creation of a "war room" within the White House, according to several aides and outside Trump allies.


Two US men stabbed to death on train trying to stop anti-Muslim rant

A man fatally stabbed two passengers aboard a US commuter train after they tried to stop him from harassing two young women who appeared to be Muslim, police say.á


Manchester bombing: Abedi's brother 'planned attack on UN special envoy'

The younger brother of the Manchester bomber was a member of a jihadist cell believed to have been planning an attack on the UN's special envoy to Libya, The Sunday Telegrapháreports.á


Schapelle Corby plays cat and mouse with media after arrival in Australia

Almost 13 years since she left Australian for a trip to Bali, convicted drug smuggleráSchapelle Corbyátouched down on Australian soil on Sunday morning.


Why the FBI is interested in Jared Kushner's meetings with Russians

FBI investigators have a simple reason for believing Jared Kushner can help them determine whether US President Donald Trump's campaign helped Russia influence the presidential election: Kushner met with senior Russians during the campaign.


In terror attacks and disasters, today's children are more resilient than we think

Young Kiwiárugby star Denny Solomona has spoken out afteráthe Manchester terror attack, saying heárefusesáto be broken by the actions of an extremistájust one year his junior.


British police release new photos of Manchester attacker from night of deadly bombing

British police on Saturday released surveillance-camera images of the Manchester concert bomber on the night of the attack as they appealed for more information about his final days.


Ignore the kiwi on the tin: World-famous Kiwi shoe polish is 100 per cent Australian

Forty years ago, Fergus Ramsay was on holiday in the city of Cuzco, Peru, when he spied a shopkeeper using an Australian shoe polish,áKiwi.


US President Donald Trump calls first trip abroad 'home run' as challenges await

US President Donald Trump says his maiden trip abroad was a "home run"áasáhe vowed to overcome the threat of terrorism, concluding a gruelling five-stop sprint that ended with the promise of an imminent decision on the much-discussed Paris climate accord.


What if Donald Trump pulls US from climate deal? Doesn't look good for Earth

Earth is likely to reach more dangerous levels of warming even sooner if the USáretreats from its pledge to cut carbon dioxide pollution, scientists say.


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Jimmy Spithill goads fans, refuses to credit Team NZ after close call at America's Cup

Good old Jimmy Spithill, he just can't help himself.


Peter Burling laments making 'wrong call' as Team New Zealand give up lead to lose to Oracle

Team New Zealand admitted to some tactical errors as they allowed old rivals Oracle score a pyschological blow on an incident-packed opening day of America's Cup racing in Bermuda.


Adam Blair not keen on leaving Broncos to join Warriors

Adam Blair will turn down the invitation to join the Warriors and wants to remain at the Broncos.


Boat-bashing Ben Ainslie a new America's Cup villain as Dean Barker's men miraculously dodge injury

We Kiwis love a good - or bad - America's Cup villain.


One team's won 13 in a row, the other nine. Crusaders v Highlanders can't come soon enough

There's no catching the Crusaders, but don't let that take the gloss off Saturday afternoon'sámatch between the Highlanders and red and blacks in Christchurch.á


New Zealand hopes high in doubles in French Open at Roland Garros

With New Zealand boasting three world class doubles players, surely it's only a matter of time before one of them goes deep at a Grand Slam.


No fairytale finish for Jimmy Gopperth's fine season as Wasps beaten by Exeter

There was no grand ending to Jimmy Gopperth'sáexcellent season as Wasps were beaten 23-20 by Exeter in extra time of the English Premiership rugby final at Twickenham.á


Arsenal beat Chelsea 2-1 to win English FA Cup final again

Arsene Wenger's turbulent year ended with a third FA Cup success in four seasons after Arsenal beat Chelsea 2-1 to deny the English Premier League champion a double on Sunday (NZ time).


Kiwis coach David Kidwell banking on Adam Blair upholding values in wake of cocaine scandal

There is a line in the superb Paul Thomas Anderson film Magnolia which goes: "We may be through with the past, but the past is never through with us."


Arsene Wenger's faith finally rewarded with stirring FA Cup final win by Arsenal

The Arsenal that Arsene Wenger likes to tell us about - the mentally tough one, the "quality" one - had slipped into myth.


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The finals path for Australian Super Rugby
With Australian Super Rugby's dismal year reaching its climax, a look at the race for automatic finals qualification.

England win ODI series over South Africa
After a century with the bat from Ben Stokes, Mark Wood has bowled England to victory in the second one-day international against South Africa in Southampton.

Jutanugarn closes in on Ko's top ranking
World No.3 Ariya Jutanugarn is three strokes shy of the top-three finish she needs at the LPGA Tour event in Michigan to claim Lydia Ko's top ranking.

Rogic scores treble-winning goal for Celtic
Australian soccer player Tom Rogic has scored the winning goal in the Scottish Cup final to ensure Celtic claimed the Scottish treble.

RLPA hits back at NRL in pay talks
The Rugby League Players Association has responded to claims made by the NRL that the players' pay demands would destroy the game.

Exeter beat Wasps to English rugby title
Exeter Chiefs have beaten Wasps in extra time to win England's Premiership rugby title, with former Wallabies forward Dave Dennis a part of the winning team.

Dodt leads EPGA golf event by one shot
Australian golfer Andrew Dodt has a one stroke lead heading into the final day of the EPGA event in the United Kingdom after a four-under-par third round.

Freo lack 'absolute' talent: coach Lyon
Fremantle coach Ross Lyon says he knows the reason for the spate of head-scratching results in the AFL this season.

Bulldogs optimistic on Graham NRL injury
Bulldogs coach Des Hasler has played down a neck injury that brought an early end to James Graham's night in the loss to Cronulla.

Coaches want clarity on AFL rushed behinds
Richmond coach Damien Hardwick says it was a mistake to penalise Jayden Short for a deliberate rushed behind during Saturday's night Dreamtime at the 'G game.


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