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Obese kids face CYF custody

Doctors are developing protocols to refer obese children to child protection services if their parents ignore medical advice to help their children lose weight.

Auckland's mortgage mountain

Mortgage payments for Auckland's most affordable homes are costing first-time buyers nearly half their take-home pay each week, a new report shows.

11-year-old crashes parents' car

An 11-year-old boy took two friends on a joyride through rural Auckland suburbs in his parents' car for up to an hour before crashing into a truck yesterday.

The Diary: Good keen men

Film-maker Taika Waititi is casting for a feature film based on a Barry Crump book, and he tells The Diary the project will be under way soon.

PAYE tax plan for business

The Government is floating the idea of businesses paying their tax on a pay-as-you-earn (PAYE) basis, in the biggest proposed shakeup of the income tax system since…


The Forgotten Millions

This image sums it up

It is an image that challenges me emotionally every time I look at it, and the more I look, the more it challenges me.

Films give refugees a voice

Ralph Baydoun is a 23-year-old Lebanese videographer based in World Vision's Beirut office and last month we travelled together to some of the more challenging areas…

The pain of a life left behind

"As I write to you, I feel so much sadness because you stayed behind in Syria on your own. You are far away and the war in Syria has grown distance between us."



G20 leaders' personal details leaked

The White House is investigating reports that President Barack Obama's passport details, with those of other world leaders, were leaked before last November's G20 meeting…

Ye olde medieval superbug remedy ...

A thousand-year-old medieval remedy for eye infections which was discovered in a manuscript in the British Library has been found to kill the superbug MRSA.

Life & Style

Stress and memory loss a vicious circle

You are not alone if you forgot what you were told 10 minutes ago. Although there may be many causes for short-term memory loss, one of them can be workplace stress.



Foreign take on funny side of life

The acerbic quiver of Jon Stewart is to be handed to someone with an entirely outside perspective on the United States - a stand-up comic from South Africa.




Sports minister denies racial quota

South Africa cricket captain AB de Villiers reportedly threatened to boycott last week's World Cup semifinal against New Zealand at Eden Park after the team's racial…

Cricket World Cup

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