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Massive power outage leaves 10000 customers in Taupō without power

More than 10,000 customers are without power in Taupō after a massive outage this morning. Unison spokesman Danny Gough said Transpower has lost supply to Taupō at their Wairakei Power Station grid exit point. "All we know from them at this point is ... Read more

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Tornado hits Mid Canterbury, after day of wild weather

A tornado has been spotted crossing part of Mid Canterbury. It's understood to have hit about 3.30pm on Sunday. James Busby said he was in the garden, in Mitcham, north of Ashburton, when he saw the "motion of the twister forming" in a neighbouring ... Read more

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A billion new trees in a warming world

While California smoulders, New Zealand researchers are figuring out ways to reduce the fire risk a billion trees pose in a warming world. Farah Hancock reports. When Tim Curran arrived at Lincoln University from Australia the first piece of equipment ... Read more

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NZ has responsibility to safeguard biodiversity - Sage

The Conservation Minister says the global biodiversity crisis is as serious as climate change, and needs more action. Associate Environment Minister Eugenie Sage. Eugenie Sage said New Zealand needs to do more to protect biodiversity. Photo: RNZ ... Read more

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One in five Kiwis can't afford Christmas this year - Salvation Army study

Trying to feed a family of six on just $50 a week left the idea of celebrating Christmas unimaginable for Auckland's Courtney Buchanan. Repeated melanoma diagnoses paired with redundancy had left the North Shore mum on her knees financially. She was ... Read more

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Comment: How Amazon's Alexa is set to change New Zealand brands in 2019

COMMENT: Amazon Alexa entered the Australian and New Zealand market earlier this year. For Alexa's launch, Amazon signed up a number of partners, including Air New Zealand, TVNZ and the New Zealand Herald – all categories that had seen success ... Read more

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PNG LNG still has more to offer

The PNG LNG project still has more to offer the country and its people, according to Senior Vice President of ExxonMobil Neil Chapman. Mr Chapman said this during his statement at the APEC CEOs Summit over the weekend. “Over time, this project will ... Read more

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Evacuation from Rainbow's End rollercoaster after it stopped

Thrill seekers on a rollercoaster at an Auckland theme park had to be evacuated off the ride this morning after a safety mechanism caused it to stop. Rainbow's End roller coaster - tight crop. The roller coaster at Rainbow's End. Photo: RNZ / Diego ... Read more

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Search continues for teenager swept off rocks

The search will continue for a missing teenager on Monday morning, weather conditions permitting. A 17-year-old boy was swept off rocks at Papanui Point, near Raglan, around 2pm on Saturday. Family and friends ran to get 20-litre drums to use as ... Read more

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From the Better Business Bureau: Is the World Surf League a bedazzled ...

Nick Carroll brought up a very interesting point yesterday on the tanned heels of Joel Parkinson's win at Haleiwa. He wrote, “The WSL makes a lot of money out of the QS. All the entry fees, all the licensing fees. Millions of dollars.” And the ... Read more

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ANBL: Breakers' woes continue with crushing loss to Sydney Kings

Jerome Randle has shown why he's a former NBL MVP with a five-star display in Sydney's comprehensive home win over the New Zealand Breakers. The makeshift back-court combination of Jerome Randle and Kyle Adnam sparked the Kings to Sunday ... Read more

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Fiji PM Frank Bainimarama re-elected for second term

Fijian Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama will stay in power for a second consecutive term as he has narrowly won a general election that was delayed by intense storms. Bainimarama's FijiFirst party won 50.2 percent of the vote to claim 27 of the 51 ... Read more

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Huge Aust, coalition push to electrify PNG

Australia will pour money into a huge joint effort to electrify Papua New Guinea, in one of the largest projects in the Pacific nation's history. Just 13 per cent of PNG's population has access to reliable electricity, but Australia, the United States ... Read more

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Facebook put profits above care for liberal democracy

Facebook has 2.27bn users, nearly 1bn more people than there are in China. Perhaps that's why the company has consistently acted as though it was above government. A New York Times investigation last week revealed how founder Mark Zuckerberg and ... Read more

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Harry Kane strikes late to take England through to Nations League finals

The delighted din at the final whistle told its own story. England, a team who had been flirting with relegation as this critical contest lurched into its latter stages, have ended a calendar year of resurgence in fitting fashion. That period had ... Read more

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The World Rally Championship Cannot Dethrone Its King

The dirt roads of Rally Australia have given the eternal would-be-boy-king of rallying Jari-Matti Latvala another event win and has crowned the cunning Sébastien Ogier king again. Ogier has six titles to his name now, second only to the man who made ... Read more

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China to aid education in PNG

BY MIRIAM ZARRIGA. Prime Minister Peter O'Neill has announced that China will be assisting with scholarships and grant aid of K150 million in education. “We have had a few signings with the country of China, more so on education, exchanges of education ... Read more

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Search continues for teenager swept off rocks

The search will continue for a missing teenager on Monday morning, weather conditions permitting. A 17-year-old boy was swept off rocks at Papanui Point, near Raglan, around 2pm on Saturday. Family and friends ran to get 20-litre drums to use as ... Read more

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Why Google Maps is the new social network

What is a social network, anyway? To a consumer, a social network might be a place to share memes, cat photos and selfies. But to a business, a social network is a place to bolster and defend branding, share product information, interact with customers ... Read more

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Jonathan Mensah: Black Stars defender congratulates Black Maidens over Finland ...

Black Stars defender Jonathan Mensah has congratulated the Black Maidens for booking their tickets to the next round of the ongoing FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup. The Maidens are through to the quarter finals of the FIFA U-17 after thumping Finland 3-1 ... Read more

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Shah and Ali slice through Kiwis to put Pakistan in control

(Reuters) - Hasan Ali and Yasir Shah claimed five wickets each against New Zealand to put Pakistan on the brink of victory on day three of the first test in Abu Dhabi on Sunday. Seamer Hasan Ali took his maiden five-wicket haul with 5-45 while leg ... Read more

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Tornado hits Mid Canterbury, after day of wild weather

A tornado has been spotted crossing part of Mid Canterbury. It's understood to have hit about 3.30pm on Sunday. James Busby said he was in the garden, in Mitcham, north of Ashburton, when he saw the "motion of the twister forming" in a neighbouring ... Read more

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Trump refuses to listen to audio tape of Jamal Khashoggi's 'vicious' murder

Turkish defence minister says killers of Khashoggi may have taken his dismembered body out of Turkey in a luggage. David Taylor in New York and agencies. Sun 18 Nov 2018 11.51 EST First published on Sun 18 Nov 2018 09.00 EST. Share on Facebook ... Read more

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England 0-0 Croatia - hosts need win to reach Nations League semis

Luka Modric plays an excellent ball forward with the outside of his boot towards Andrej Kramaric. The Croatian forward waits for the support of Ivan Perisic, who makes a run around the outside and into the left-hand side of the box. Kramaric slips it ... Read more

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US-China trade war an 'enormous opportunity' for New Zealand - Winston Peters

The US-China trade fire has been stoked again as the pair traded pot shots at the APEC Leaders Summit in Papua New Guinea. But could New Zealand come out of it best off? Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters certainly thinks so. Jacinda Ardern was ... Read more

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Build it or sell it, Christchurch property developer told

A Christchurch-based property owner has been told by a Dunedin city councillor to fix his property or sell it as there are fears the building's historic facade may collapse. Luke Dirkzwager originally planned to demolish the buildings at 372-392 ... Read more

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European Governments Bewildered by UK's Brexit Turmoil

BRUSSELS—As the British government convulses over Theresa May's Brexit deal, its negotiating partners in Europe are watching with bewilderment and anxiety, tempered by a flickering hope that the U.K. Parliament might yet decide the pain of Brexit isn ... Read more

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Game reviews - Red Dead Redemption 2, Tetris Effect and Hitman 2

November continues apace with plenty of games for review and vying for the elusive Christmas market. But Rockstar Games has swept away the competition with its latest release. Red Dead Redemption 2. To say Red Dead Redemption 2 is a ... Read more

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Derek Handley granted NZ citizenship despite being years short of requirement

Derek Handley was granted New Zealand citizenship despite not fulfilling a basic residency requirement, a news report has revealed. To become a citizen of New Zealand, a person must spend 1350 days in the country over the course of five years. Read more

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NZ touts projects to expand electricity access and help local farmers in Papua ...

New Zealand will join a partnership to expand access to electricity in Papua New Guinea, Jacinda Ardern announced at APEC. New Zealand will contribute towards Papua New Guinea's ambitious National Electrification roll-out plan to connect 70 per cent of ... Read more

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Two Thomas tries as France end losing run with win over Argentina

Teddy Thomas scored a try in each half and skipper Guilhem Guirado crossed the line too as Les Bleus recovered from going behind in the second minute to defeat Argentina 28-13 in Lille, ending a five-game losing run. The visitors got off to the best ... Read more

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Lost Argentine submarine may never be brought back the surface

Hours after announcing the discovery of an Argentine submarine lost deep in the Atlantic a year ago with 44 crew members aboard, the government says it unable to recover the vessel, drawing anger from missing sailors' relatives who demanded that it be ... Read more

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Teen disappears as his fishing mates rush to save him

A group of people fishing with a 17-year-old Te Awamutu man who was swept off rocks at the weekend desperately ran to grab a buoy for him to cling to but when they returned with it he had already disappeared. Friends and family members are tonight ... Read more

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2019 Rugby World Cup Repechage: Canada await after Hong Kong romp to easy ...

Hong Kong sprang to life in the second half to thump Kenya 42-17 in their second game of the Rugby World Cup repechage tournament in Marseille, France on Saturday. But they face a huge task to qualify for Japan in their final match against unbeaten ... Read more

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2019 Rugby World Cup Repechage: Hong Kong beat Kenya led by excellent second half

Hong Kong thumped Kenya 42-17 after a slow start in the team's second game of the 2019 Rugby World Cup Repechage, held in Marseille, France Saturday afternoon. The team was led by a five try second half, and captain James Cunningham said they ... Read more

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Fire crews at Hawke's Bay Opera House

Fire crews are attending a fire at Hasting's Hawke's Bay Opera House. Fire and Emergency New Zealand shift manager Mike Wanoa said five firefighting appliances were at the scene and support appliances had been dispatched. He was unable to say how ... Read more

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Woman missing in Wellington last seen on Saturday morning

Police are asking the public for help to locate Sonam Shelar, who is missing in Wellington. Shelar was last seen at 8.30am on Cashmere Ave, Khandallah, on Saturday. Police say Shelar is 26-years-old, of slender build, and approximately 165cm tall. She ... Read more

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Ronnie Screwvala, Siddharth Roy Kapur on reuniting as producers for Pihu, The ...

After backing Dev D, A Wednesday, Rang De Basanti and Barfi! during their earlier innings at UTV, the dynamic duo, Ronnie Screwvala and Siddharth Roy Kapur, have now joined hands for Pihu, directed by National Award winner Vinod Kapri, who earlier ... Read more

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Giorgio Chiellini earns 100th cap for Italy

Giorgio Chiellini has earned his 100th cap for Italy after starting the Azzurri's Nations League tie against Portugal on Saturday night. The Juventus defender becomes just the seventh player to reach the milestone, following in the footsteps of Andrea ... Read more

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Phil Rothfield: Unproven sexual assault claims may end Jarryd Hayne's career ...

I can't say the same about him as a human being, not that I've had that much to do with him. He appears brash, impetuous and sometimes big-headed. But this column is not about that and I'm actually sticking up for him. These latest sexual assault ... Read more

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Sportwatch: Wallabies reaction, Ancer wins golf's Australian Open, Reds beat ...

NBL: Sydney Kings 100-87 New Zealand Breakers. AAP: Jerome Randle showed why he's a former NBL MVP with a five-star display in Sydney's comprehensive home win over the New Zealand Breakers. The makeshift back-court combination of Jerome ... Read more

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One dead following serious crash on State Highway 1 south of Kawakawa in Northland

A man has died following a serious two-car crash in Northland which temporarily forced the closure of State Highway 1 south of Kawakawa. Three others have been transported to Northland Base Hospital following the crash in which two cars flipped. Read more

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Wayne Rooney foundation lose thousands of pounds through missing collection ...

WAYNE ROONEY'S charity missed out on thousands of pounds after the bucket collection promised by the FA failed to take place. The FA stressed before Roo's England farewell game against the United States that various collection points would be set up ... Read more

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US-China divisions dominate APEC summit

Malaysia Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad speaks during the APEC CEO Summit 2018 at the Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, 17 November 2018. Fazry Ismail/Pool via REUTERS. (reuters_tickers). By Tom Westbrook, Charlotte Greenfield and Philip Wen. Read more

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Live updates: Black Caps v Pakistan, day three, first test

Follow live updates of day three of the first test between the Black Caps and Pakistan. LiveMatch summary. Pakistan, v, New Zealand, New Zealand. Pakistan v New Zealand Test Series in UAE 2018. 1st Test. Friday 16 November 2018 19:00. Venue: Sheikh ... Read more

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Horn v Mundine: Jeff Horn working on secret strategies to breach Anthony ...

Jeff Horn is worried he will not be up to speed in a firefight with Anthony Mundine at Suncorp Stadium on Friday week and that he will get hit hard and often trying to crack his arch enemy's defence. Brisbane's former world welterweight champion has ... Read more

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2019 Rugby World Cup Repechage: Hong Kong beat Kenya led by excellent second half

Hong Kong thumped Kenya 42-17 after a slow start in the team's second game of the 2019 Rugby World Cup Repechage, held in Marseille, France Saturday afternoon. The team was led by a five try second half, and captain James Cunningham said they ... Read more

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Boone urges United to keep running for Bullets clash

Melbourne United centre Josh Boone has urged his side to take the momentum from Friday night's win in New Zealand into Sunday's home game against the Brisbane Bullets. Melbourne United centre Josh Boone wants his side to return to a more grinding ... Read more

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Manus refugee medivacced to Port Moresby

A mentally unwell refugee at Papua New Guinea's Manus Island has been medivacced to hospital in Port Moresby. Behrouz Boochani Photo: supplied. A refugee spokesperson, the Kurdish journalist and Manus detainee Behrouz Boochani, said the man had ... Read more

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Rally spectators come within centimetres of being struck by WRC car

A pair of thrill-seeking spectators have had a lucky escape at Rally Australia. The two men narrowly avoided being struck by a WRC car as they lay precariously close to the side of the road as Hayden Paddon's teammate Thierry Neuville sped by at more ... Read more

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Several hurt in two-car crash south of Kawakawa in Northland

Two cars have rolled and a number of people are injured following a two-car crash south of Kawakawa on State Highway 1 in Northland. A Fire and Emergency spokesperson said multiple people were trapped in the two vehicles and emergency services ... Read more

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Dele Alli: 'We don't look back on the Iceland defeat with such anger now'

The situation for England on Sunday afternoon is somewhat strange, with both sides involved in the summer's World Cup semi-final now capable of topping their Nations League group above Spain or being relegated to a lower level, though it certainly ... Read more

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Fiji's Bainimarama wins narrow majority

Fiji's Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama is set to hold onto power after a general election, with his party winning a slim majority. The Pacific nation this week went to the polls for only the second time since Bainimarama seized control in a military ... Read more

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'Something went wrong': Facebook users in meltdown after social media site crashes

Facebook users worldwide went into meltdown after the popular social media site crashed on Sunday afternoon. Many users around the world were greeted with the message that "something went wrong" when they tried to access their Facebook News Feed, ... Read more

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All Blacks v Ireland: 'Imports' Bundee Aki and CJ Stander add to ABs' angst

OPINION: If the All Blacks already held a smouldering sense of resentment at the sight of players switching countries to pursue test rugby they will leave Dublin with a particularly bitter taste. A week after Brad Shields was the best No 6 on the ... Read more

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Joel Parkinson wins Hawaiian Pro at Haleiwa in chase for Vans Triple Crown

Former world champion Joel Parkinson has begun his farewell tour to surfing in Hawaii with an emotional and unexpected win. And the world tour veteran has admitted the triumph at the Hawaiian Pro has given him a taste for more success with just two ... Read more