Regional News - New Zealand

The country's best wine revealed at Air New Zealand awards
A Marlborough chardonnay has won the top prize at this year's Air New Zealand Wine Awards which attracted more than 1300 entries.The Isabel Chardonnay Marlborough 2016 won the Air New Zealand Champion Wine of the Show trophy, as...
Sun, 26 Nov 2017 00:00:03 +1200


Elegant hillside Christchurch home chosen as Registered Master Builders' house of the year
In a place of many new builds, one garden city home stands above the rest.The large and elegant Mt Pleasant house has been recognised as one of the country's best homes, winning the Registered Master Builders' 2017 Supreme House...
Sat, 25 Nov 2017 22:00:00 +1200


Brawls at Black Friday sales in US
Bargain hunters have brawled in stores and even attempted to pose as staff to beat the lines as Black Friday sales madness takes hold in the US.Police were called to the Riverchase Galleria shopping centre in Hoover, Alabama to...
Sat, 25 Nov 2017 15:16:48 +1200


China's bike-sharing industry crashes
Winter looks set to rapidly cool this year's hottest start-up trend in China as the cash-burning bike-sharing industry claims another victim and dashes the hopes of thousands of more riders waiting to get their deposits back.Guangzhou-based...
Sat, 25 Nov 2017 14:32:27 +1200


World's biggest wealth fund turns attention to fashion houses
After focusing on industries like coal and weapons, Norway's US$1 trillion sovereign wealth fund is turning its attention to fashion.Together with UNICEF, the world's biggest wealth fund is setting up a network with some of the...
Sat, 25 Nov 2017 14:17:50 +1200


Aussie mum makes $8000 a day on Amazon
A Perth mum who makes nearly A$8000 a day selling hot sauce on Amazon has welcomed the Australian launch of the e-commerce giant.Renae Bunster, creator of Sh*t the Bed Hot Sauce, said the cult favourite had this week finally hit...
Sat, 25 Nov 2017 12:33:52 +1200


Elderly couple quit house after land-rent hike
An elderly couple say they have been pushed out of Arrowtown because the Queenstown Lakes District Council has increased their land rent by almost $35,000.But Queenstown Lakes Mayor Jim Boult said the council had "bent over backwards"...
Sat, 25 Nov 2017 12:29:27 +1200


Uber sued after paying hackers to keep quiet
After Uber revealed that it paid hackers US$100,000 ($146,000) to keep quiet about stealing the personal information of 57 million customers and drivers, the company is now facing at least three potential class action lawsuits and...
Sat, 25 Nov 2017 12:25:03 +1200


Pensioner wins opening skirmish in Far North booze battle
A Kaikohe pensioner has won the first round in a David v Goliath battle to reduce the availability of booze in the Far North.Shaun Reilly, 83, wants off-licence hours cut from the current maximum of 7am-11pm to 10am-7pm, saying...
Sat, 25 Nov 2017 11:00:00 +1200


Kiwis' $219m Black Friday spending splurge up on last year
New Zealanders spent $219 million during Black Friday, up 10.9 per cent on last year, says eftpos provider Paymark.Excluding payments for food and hospitality, the value of transactions via the Paymark network were up 25 per cent...
Sat, 25 Nov 2017 10:10:00 +1200


Party is over for Australia's $8 trillion housing frenzy
The party is finally winding down for Australia's housing market. How severe the hangover is will determine the economy's fate for years to come.After five years of surging prices, the market value of the nation's homes has ballooned...
Sat, 25 Nov 2017 09:45:00 +1200


The robot that wants to start a family
Just one month after she made history by becoming the first robot to be granted citizenship, Sophia has announced that wants to start a family.The humanoid robot, which is modelled after Audrey Hepburn, was speaking during an interview...
Sat, 25 Nov 2017 08:58:15 +1200


Amazon's founder Jeff Bezos now a US$100 billion mogul
Jeff Bezos is the world's newest US$100 billion ($145b) mogul.The Amazon.com founder's fortune is up US$2.4b to US$100.3b as the online retailer's shares jumped more than 2 per cent on optimism for Black Friday sales. Online purchases...
Sat, 25 Nov 2017 08:32:01 +1200


Wall Street watchdog takes fewer cases after Trump's election
In 2013, Mary Jo White, a former federal prosecutor, announced that the Securities and Exchange Commission would be adopting a strategy once championed by Rudolph W. Giuliani in New York: "Broken windows," the idea that addressing...
Sat, 25 Nov 2017 08:01:15 +1200


Teen's $220m cryptocurrency bid triggers official warnings
An Auckland teen who has raised millions from the public and is seeking hundreds of millions more for an exotic cyptocurrency venture appears to have inflated some of the claims of his website's success by a factor of 10,000 - although...
Sat, 25 Nov 2017 07:07:52 +1200


'Unboxing toys' popular pick this Christmas, board games making a comeback
LOL Surprise! Dolls are picked to be the most popular toy this season and top of the Christmas wishlist for many Kiwi children.The silly season has officially begun and for many anxious parents getting their hands on one of the...
Sat, 25 Nov 2017 06:45:15 +1200


Shopping up a storm: Will Amazon steal Christmas?
Amazon's looming arrival across the Tasman could make this the last traditional Christmas bonanza for local bricks and mortar shops.But traditional retailers don't expect to be affected, with Retail NZ estimating that Kiwis will...
Sat, 25 Nov 2017 06:00:00 +1200


Weekend profile: Journey to the top by Ryan Sanders of Haka Tours
Ryan Sanders was climbing the career ladder in a well-paid corporate job for the Royal Bank of Scotland when he realised something was missing.The Christchurch man was putting his university training to work in the bank's recruitment...
Sat, 25 Nov 2017 05:01:00 +1200


Fran O'Sullivan: Get over the silly gossip, there's work to be done
For all those television and radio show hosts incessantly beating up on Jacinda Ardern for her indiscreet relaying of some choice details of conversations relating to US President Donald Trump — please think.It is risible to claim...
Sat, 25 Nov 2017 05:00:59 +1200


Mary Holm: Would-be house buyer's lament
I wrote some time ago to you with a large sum of savings. You suggested I go ahead and buy a house. However, I have not been able to purchase still, and even now the worst parts of Auckland are priced beyond belief. I have been told...
Sat, 25 Nov 2017 05:00:57 +1200


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