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3 hrs ago | The New Zealand Herald
A global survey has found New Zealanders relatively content with our lives as the world emerges from the financial crisis. A Gallup global wellbeing index, based on questioning 133,000 people in 135 countries, ranks New Zealand 19th in the world and seventh-highest in the 33-member rich-nation OECD, just ahead of Australia.
7 hrs ago | The New Zealand Herald
The Internet Mana Party says it would push for the next Government to give NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden safe passage and residency in New Zealand. While it safe to assume the idea would be dismissed out of hand by a National Government, Labour Leader David Cunliffe is also cool on the idea.
11 hrs ago | The New Zealand Herald
Act would not enter a coalition government with National if it involved New Zealand First, the party's leader Jamie Whyte announced today. At his last pre-election campaign speech, Dr Whyte said the party "certainly wouldn't go into the cabinet, certainly wouldn't go into government" with National if it meant having also to work with Winston Peters' party.
The gay descendent of the mutineer Fletcher Christian says he's excited he may soon be able to wed his partner, as one of Australia's smallest territories pushes forward with plans to make same-sex marriage legal. Rebellion is once again in the air on Norfolk Island, as the self-governing territory of 2000 people half way between Australia and New Zealand prepares to vote on the law in the coming weeks.
The current account surplus was $1.41 billion in the three months ended March 31, from a revised deficit of $1.5 billion in the fourth quarter of 2013. Photo / Brett Phibbs The annual deficit in New Zealand's dealings with the rest of the world fell, in line with consensus forecasts, to 2.5 percent of gross domestic product in the year to June 30, hitting what economists expect will prove to be a cyclical lowpoint.
John Key's National Party appears to have received a major boost from last night's "Moment of Truth" event, according to the combined wisdom of the 8000+ registered traders on New Zealand's predictions market, iPredict. Despite no major changes in forecast party votes, and no change at all in the forecast numbers in Parliament, Mr Key's chance of leading the next government has leapt nearly 5 points to 85% since yesterday.
Revelations that the New Zealand Government may be spying on its citizens and helping certain allies do so as well are momentous, worrying and a political firestorm that will dominate the final days of the general election campaign. The reporting by National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden and journalist Glen Greenwald includes assertions that the Government was planning, and actively working toward, a system of mass surveillance of New Zealanders, while assuring the public they were not doing this, and that the NSA - the chief United States security agency - has a base here.
Queen Elizabeth II can keep her magnificent Scottish castle at Balmoral should Scots vote for independence -- and chances are she will be able to keep her role as well. As Thursday's referendum nears, questions are being been raised about Scotland's future relationship with the monarchy if its people opt for independence.
Voters in remote areas, together with police, prisoners and military personnel, are casting their ballots under pre-polling provisions, while the rest of the country - 590,000 registered voters in all - will make their choice on September 17. The election is Fiji's first since Frank Bainimarama, then head of the Fiji Military Forces, seized power from the democratically elected government of Laisenia Qarase in 2006. He has been self-appointed prime minister for the last eight years and was head of the military until a few months ago.
A DATING site that caters only to 'beautiful people' has launched a controversial 'Adopt an ugly person' program after the manager 'saw dollar signs walking out the door'. TONY Abbott's top indigenous adviser has slammed Jacqui Lambie's idea to have seats set aside in Federal Parliament for Aboriginal people.
TWO students have been taken to hospital after a loud thunderclap affected up to 30 teenagers who were on an school oval. THE grief-stricken friends of the 16-year-old girl killed in a 4WD crash involving an unlicensed driver made an emotional plea for motorists to slow down.
In this photo taken on Feb. 5, 2013, a Brown Tree Snake is held by U.S. Department of Agriculture wildlife specialist Tony Salas outside his office on Andersen Air Force Base on the island of Guam. The U.S. government is planning to drop toxic mice from helicopters to battle the snakes, an invasive species that has decimated Guam's native bird population.
AIR safety investigators will spend the next few days examining the site in Mudgee where a Victorian couple died in a light-plane crash. AIR safety investigators will spend the next few days examining the site in Mudgee where a Victorian couple died in a light-plane crash.
Researchers at the University of Warwick have discovered a new target for drugs that could prevent the deaths of thousands of women in the developing world due to heavy blood loss after childbirth. Postpartum haemorrhage occurs when the uterus fails to contract vigorously after childbirth and the mother loses 500mls or more of blood in the 24 hours after delivery.
Environmentalists criticised a new Australian government plan released Monday to protect the Great Barrier Reef in the face of UN concerns, saying it will not do enough to halt the marine park's decline. Environmentalists have criticised a new Australian government plan to protect the Great Barrier Reef, saying it will not do enough to halt the marine park's decline - by Ray Berkelmans The draft plan, now open for consultation, comes after UNESCO threatened to put the reef on its World Heritage "in danger" list and gave Canberra until February 1, 2015 to submit a report on what it was doing to protect the natural wonder.
Infratil, the infrastructure investor, has sold its Australian energy assets to Snowy Hydro for A$605 million, plus an adjustment for final working capital. The Wellington-based company sold Lumo Energy and Direct Connect Australia after reviewing its ownership of the assets in May, and the deal is expected to complete at the end of this month, Infratil said in a statement late on Friday.
Updated: Wed Sep 17, 2014 11:37 am
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