Westpac's failed claim: customers signed away privacy

Westpac claimed it got the power to do so when customers signed the bank's ``terms and conditions'' - a move it claimed voided customers' rights. In a decision released today, the Privacy Commission expressed doubt in its ruling that the bank could actually hold a ``well-founded belief'' that its customers had signed away their rights. ``I am sure it would come as a surprise to a great many of Westpac's customers that this were so.'' The Privacy Commissioner said Westpac had failed on both its arguments that it was allowed to provide the information to police. While he said Mr Hager had suffered harm, it was not at the ``extreme'' end of the scale.

February 20, 2017 02:02 UTC

Julie Andrews almost died filming the iconic umbrella scene in Mary Poppins

By Bronte CoyIt's one of the most memorable movies of all time, but Julie Andrews has revealed filming Mary Poppins almost killed her. "There was a very dangerous day right at the end of filming when I was in this excruciatingly painful harness," Andrews told Colbert. "And I was hanging around up there for the longest time with the umbrella." She was reassured by the crew that they'd be able to ease her down gradually - but they were wrong. And there was an awful silence for a minute and I did let fly with a few Anglo-Saxon four-letter words, I have to admit."

February 20, 2017 01:52 UTC

Man arrested in relation to phone scam

Police have arrested a man in relation to a number of phone scams targeting elderly people accross New Zealand. The police enquiry into the scam is continuing, and Police still have a large number of people to speak to in relation to this offending. Police would also like to reiterate that banks will never ask for account details over the phone. If you receive a call from someone claiming to be from your bank and they ask for such details, hang up immediately. • Validate the phone number of the caller and ask that they call you from a landline if they are using a mobile phone.

February 20, 2017 01:17 UTC

Recipe: Korean barbecue beef sliders

Recipe: Korean barbecue beef slidersMANJA WACHSMUTH Recipes by Bernadette Hogg. A key ingredient in Korean cooking, it is readily available from Asian food stores and keeps for ages in the fridge. When meat is ready, cook on a hot, oiled grill pan or barbecue hotplate for about a minute each side. Just before serving, cut the sliders in half and grill the cut sides. Place beef into sliders and top with lettuce, kimchi and pear slices.

February 20, 2017 01:07 UTC

Suicide awareness Hope Walk goes global

Suicide awareness Hope Walk goes globalJasmine Jenke Papakura pastor Joseph Fa'afiu is on a mission to tackle New Zealand's high suicide rate. Suicide awareness campaign Hope Walk is kicking off next month after launching for the first time in 2015. Raymond Sagapolutele Around 3000 people took part in the South Auckland Hope Walk in 2016. "The Hope Walk movement will not change a thing by itself, but together we are stronger, together we can turn the tide. Hope Walk starts at Bruce Pulman Park at 10am, Saturday, March 4 and finishes at Central Park, Papakura.

February 20, 2017 00:55 UTC



Indian man granted leave to appeal refugee refusal

Indian man granted leave to appeal refugee refusalBEVAN READ/FAIRFAX NZ The High Court has granted an Indian man leave to appeal a decision refusing him refugee status. An Indian man with links to extremist groups can appeal a decision to refuse him refugee status in New Zealand. He worked several jobs, sometimes illegally, and was convicted of several offences, spending five months in prison before being deported after another failed refugee status claim. He also submitted that when hearing a claim for refugee status, the Tribunal should tailor its credibility assessment to the unique circumstances of each claim. The Justice was satisfied the man had identified a question of law that met the requirements for a leave to appeal, and granted it.

February 20, 2017 00:33 UTC

Kraft walks away from 'friendly' bid for Unilever

Kraft had not expected to encounter the resistance it received from Unilever, one of the people said. “Kraft Heinz’s interest was made public at an extremely early stage," Kraft Heinz spokesman Michael Mullen said in a statement. Under UK takeover rules, Kraft's public withdrawal of its offer precludes it from reviving takeover talks with Unilever for six months. May has been adamant the government should be more active in vetting proposed foreign acquisitions of UK companies. Labor union representatives expressed relief that the deal talks broke down, citing concern about its potential effect on jobs and consumers.

February 20, 2017 00:33 UTC

Auckland tackles freedom camping issue

The pilot sites have been selected following extensive consultation with local boards, resulting in seven of the 21 Auckland local boards participating. Hibiscus and Bays Local Board has approved five sites and the Upper Harbour Local Board has approved the use of Rosedale Reserve in Albany for the pilot scheme. The Howick Local Board has approved sites in Eastern Beach, Lloyd Elsmore Park and two Howick public carparks. Puketapapa Local Board is offering Margaret Griffen Park for the pilot and Albert-Eden Local Board has a site at Western Springs Community House. by local board areas.

February 20, 2017 00:33 UTC

Telephone scam suspect arrested

Telephone scam suspect arrestedFAIRFAX NZ A man has been arrested for charges related to scamming elderly people. A 22-year-old Christchurch man has been arrested in connection with an alleged telephone scam that has been targeting elderly people across New Zealand. Scammers have been calling elderly victims claiming to be from power companies and banks and threatening to disconnect their power if payments are not made immediately. It is understood the police received dozens of complaints about the scam in recent months. At least two people in Queenstown and one in Christchurch had collectively lost tens of thousands of dollars in the scam, which was first reported by the Bankers' Association on February 2.

February 20, 2017 00:32 UTC

Family of man who died in Awakino Gorge crash watched it happen

Family of man who died in Awakino Gorge crash watched it happenSUPPLIED Haji Abu Bakar Ramli died in a crash in Awakino on Sunday afternoon while his wife Kamimah Sepet followed in the car behind him. The daughter and wife of a man who died in a crash in North Taranaki on Sunday were following right behind him when he crashed. KIRSTY MCMURRAY/Stuff.co.nz The scene of a car crash near Awakino. For now, the family won't know exactly what caused the crash - other than what they saw - until the Serious Crash Unit has completed their investigation. The crash occurred roughly five kilometres north of the Awakino Tunnel in the Awakino Gorge - a windy stretch of State Highway that connects Taranaki and the Waikato.

February 20, 2017 00:24 UTC

Westpac's failed claim: Customers have signed away their rights to privacy

The privacy of banking information is in the spotlight after Westpac told the Privacy Commission it did not need any legal order before handing over customers' personal banking details to police. Westpac claimed it got the power to do so when customers signed the bank's "terms and conditions" - a move it claimed voided customers' rights. In a decision released today, the Privacy Commission expressed doubt in its ruling that the bank could actually hold a "well-founded belief" that its customers had signed away their rights. "I am sure it would come as a surprise to a great many of Westpac's customers that this were so." The Privacy Commissioner said Westpac had failed on both its arguments that it was allowed to provide the information to police.

February 20, 2017 00:22 UTC

Rare double rainbow over Wellington as glorious weather sets in

This summer has seen a huge variety of changeable weather across the country but the forecast for the next week or two is seeing warm, sunny weather truly settling in to more places. Auckland is also expected to enjoy plenty of dry days ahead with temperatures in the low to mid-20s. Looking south, Dunedin has plenty of dry, warmer days ahead with temperatures mainly between 18C and 25C and only a couple days of wet weather. The next 10 days have just two wet days, the rest are dry or sunny. However, mainly dry weather in Canterbury is a cause for a concern as hot and dry conditions could see fires flare up again.

February 20, 2017 00:11 UTC

Rangitikei MP Ian McKelvie looking forward to election campaign

Rangitikei MP Ian McKelvie looking forward to election campaignWARWICK SMITH/FAIRFAX NZ Rangitikei MP Ian McKelvie is gearing up to defend his seat. Ian McKelvie is hoping to continue being a strong advocate for rural New Zealand, as he gears up for another election. He entered national politics as the MP for Rangitikei in 2011 after nine years as mayor of Manawatu. He did not know Warren well, but was sure she would work just as hard as Labour's 2014 Rangitikei candidate Deborah Russell. "To go through an election campaign when you are not an MP is a challenge.

February 20, 2017 00:06 UTC

The Project: Why Kanoa Lloyd ditched massage therapy for TV

Ahead of her debut on The Project, television presenter Kanoa Lloyd tells Kim Knight how she nearly became a massage therapist. "If you smile," says Kanoa Lloyd, "You can probably get your first line out. My parents didn't really have any fixed abode. And that is the story of Kanoa Lloyd and a ghost crayfish called Jeff. Does Lloyd know what KPIs are being put against The Project?

February 20, 2017 00:00 UTC

How to hide your true feelings from Facebook

How to hide your true feelings from FacebookGetty With Go Rando running, each time you click like on a post from your news feed, the extension intercepts that like and randomly selects one of Facebook's six reactions. It's called Go Rando, and - I'll be honest - it made Facebook likes a little terrifying for me when I first installed it. By creating random reactions to the posts you like, you stop telling Facebook how you genuinely feel. "It disrupts the usefulness of this emotional reaction data that Facebook is collecting," he said. Facebook said it had no updates on its use of reactions data in the News Feed when we reached out this week.

February 19, 2017 23:58 UTC



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