Pelosi arrives in Taiwan, enraging China

US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi arrived in Taiwan late on Tuesday on a trip she said shows an unwavering American commitment to the Chinese-claimed self-ruled island, but China condemned the highest-level US visit in 25 years as a threat to peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait. Pelosi and the rest of her … Read more

Council warns Tamaki-led protest group over permits, possible damage costs

The Freedom and Rights Coalition has been warned it could face enforcement action if it goes ahead with an event at Auckland Domain this weekend. A protest by the same group ended up on the Southern Motorway last month. Photo: RNZ/Jonty Dine As of Tuesday night, the Brian Tamaki-associated protest group had not sought permission … Read more

Coromandel property riding Covid wave with average asking prices topping Auckland

Christel Yardley/Stuff North Real Estate agent John Hunt believes the region is still riding the Covid wave. Coromandel has overtaken Auckland as the second most expensive place to buy. New data released by shows the popular holiday destination has an average asking price of $1.3 million – up 13.6% compared to last month. While … Read more

NZ healthcare workers feel sidelined as govt seeks recruits

New Zealand healthcare workers say the government’s new health recruitment service is ignoring the need to keep its existing people. With better pay and working conditions offered overseas, many are now making the choice to travel.  Taylor, a community mental health nurse, said her case load had been increasing over the last five years – … Read more

Insight into native seed propagation

Native plants are all around us. If you have native bush or wetlands on your property you can use them to eco-source seed, nursery production supervisor Tom Ferguson says. “It’s quite cool knowing seed collected from your farm is going back to your farm. I think there is something quite special emotionally about eco-sourcing.” Mr … Read more

Discovering the taste of Dunedin

Food plays a huge part in people’s identity and connection with a place, so Dunedin’s Precinct Food is out to investigate what foods people feel are part of Dunedin’s history and culture as part of Dine Dunedin. Rebecca Fox talks to Liz Christensen about what it takes to tell a food story. Hokey pokey ice … Read more

Malcolm Marx to start 50th test for South Africa in championship opener against All Blacks

Springboks coach Jacques Nienaber has named an imposing pack, including “warrior” hooker Malcolm Marx to start in his 50th test, for the opening Rugby Championship clash against the All Blacks at Mbombela Stadium on Saturday. At a time when the All Blacks are not exactly overflowing with form, or hard-nosed, performers up front, the group … Read more

Two die at scene of Oamaru crash

Two people have died in a car crash in Oamaru. File photo. Photo: RNZ / Richard Tindiller Police say their car rolled on Ardgowan Road at about 6.30pm this evening. Both people died at the scene. Diversions were in place while emergency services attended the scene. The serious crash unit is investigating. A scene examination … Read more