File photoThe Prime Minister's fiance Clarke Gayford has received a confidential payment from NZME Radio after a podcast in the media company's radio arm broadcast comments about him which were untrue. A joint statement from Gayford and NZME said those rumours - also published on KICK's social media page - were "damaging and untrue". "The statements were based on rumours about Mr Gayford that are baseless lies," the statement published this afternoon on KICK's social media page said. "In a settlement between the parties, NZME Radio agreed to pay a confidential sum to Mr Gayford." For seven months, Gayford had been the subject - on social media and via word of mouth - of untrue allegations and accusations.
July 29, 2022 17:21 UTC
Police are responding to reports of a big pig and little pig causing problems for road users on a Central Otago highway. A police spokeswoman said officers were sent to the Luggate-Cromwell Rd (State Highway 6), near Queensberry, about 12.20pm today. While no cars had hit the pigs, a vehicle had to swerve after one of the animals stopped in front of it, the spokeswoman said. One of the pigs was pink, the other was brown and black. They had been running all over the road and animal control had also been called, the spokeswoman said.
July 29, 2022 13:02 UTC
Kiwi buy now pay later operator Laybuy is to cut its headcount by a third - around 45 workers, mainly from its Auckland head office - as it focuses on making the business profitable. Laybuy made after-tax loss of $51.58 million for the year to March 31, 2021 in its audited accounts. Its UK business was also hit by a rise in fraud early this year which the company said it had now got on top of. Earlier this month Laybuy announced it could look to exit or sell part of its UK business despite a focus on it being a driver of growth for the company. "There was strong interest in the business, with a number of investors expressing an interest in acquiring a part of the business.
July 29, 2022 12:24 UTC
Mateo Melina Nixon. Photo / ODTA serial rapist who abused a schoolgirl and five women has been released from prison but will be banned from attending raves or concerts. The sex offender preyed on some of his victims through his involvement in outdoor dance events around the South Island between October 2009 and July 2012. Nixon was declined parole in January and was unsuccessful in seeking a review of the board's decision in March. Nixon had been deemed ineligible for the specialist adult sex offender programme but had instead completed individual therapy.
July 29, 2022 10:24 UTC
Preetam Prakash Maid. Photo / ODTBy RNZA former aviation security officer who planted a fake bomb on the runway at Dunedin International Airport has failed to have his case recalled in the Court of Appeal. The Court of Appeal dismissed his appeal against conviction in September 2021. Maid then sought leave to appeal his conviction to the Supreme Court, representing himself, which was declined in April. After that judgment was made, he filed a document titled "request for leave to appeal by person convicted" which was treated as an application to recall the Court of Appeal judgment dismissing his conviction appeal.
July 29, 2022 10:17 UTC
Bree Robertson's romantic getaway turned sour when she realised the Balinese villa she'd booked was derelict and abandoned. "I didn’t sign up for the haunted house package," the self-described full-time traveller told followers. 'Not the place in the photos'Despite the modest $80 a night price tag, Ms Robertson said she hadn’t suspected anything before she arrived. Ms Robertson gave up her 9 to 5 job to travel to Bali. Source: InstagramListing taken downAfter Ms Roberston raised the alarm, Airbnb was quick to take the villa off its website.
July 29, 2022 09:18 UTC
A police spokesperson said the vehicle had rammed a patrol car before stopping on SH1 in north Auckland. Photo / SuppliedThe truck driver said the black vehicle had "T-boned" a police car before an occupant of the black car climbed onto the vehicle's roof. A video of the incident showed a number of police officers surround the black car before grabbing the person. Police at the entrance of Johnstones Hill Tunnel. The occupants of the patrol car were not injured and one person has been arrested.
July 29, 2022 08:31 UTC
After a recent home series defeat by Ireland, New Zealand Rugby CEO Mark Robinson branded the team’s performance “unacceptable” over the three Tests as Foster’s performance as head coach came under review. Experienced halfbacks Barrett and Smith, who each have over 100 Test caps, faced the media in New Zealand before the All Blacks departed to South Africa. “All we can do now is come together really strongly, tightly, embrace this trip we’re about to get into. “We’ve got to remember it was just a three-game series and we can’t search for too much,” Barrett added. It’s not about adding more layers of complex, it’s about keeping it simple and finding solutions.
July 29, 2022 08:28 UTC
An Auckland Transport spokesperson said they were aware of the situation and understood road-users' frustration but would not be paying the man's bill. Rodney Local Board chairman Phelan Pirrie said while he could understand locals' frustration, turning to DIY was not going to solve the problem. "We've got 670km of gravel roads in Rodney and they're all mostly in a similar state," she said. Gravel roads were not prioritised by Auckland Transport for funding, with places like Rodney missing out, Houlbrooke said. The Auckland Transport spokesperson said the authority had a process for fixing potholes swiftly, if they were aware of them.
July 29, 2022 07:29 UTC
The registered owner of a website muddling links to Auckland mayoral candidates appears to be a Young Nat. Leo Malloy and Efeso Collins (Source: rnz.co.nz)The domain name mystery emerged this month when anyone loading efesocollins.co.nz or craiglord.co.nz found themselves redirected to the website of rival candidate Leo Molloy. The Domain Name Commission previously listed the contact for Collins' site as a 'Leo Molloy'. ADVERTISEMENTIt now lists a 'Tristram Speedy' of Auckland as the contact - a person who, according to LinkedIn, is secretary and deputy chair of the northern Young Nats. The contact for the craiglord.co.nz domain name is unchanged since the diversion issue was discovered earlier this month and is listed as a 'Craig who'.
July 29, 2022 04:34 UTC
The most frustrating thing about this current Green Party Phantom Coup is that it was so fucking predictable! I warned the Greens privately and publicly in 2020 NOT to go into an agreement with Labour. This is how I saw the deal back in 2020, tell me I’m wrong…The Green Leadership however will justify any crumbs as great successes and better to be in the tent blah blah blah. Tatau Pounamu’s terms of reference proposes a consensus be sought, and, if that fails, then a 75 percent vote of the Tatau Pounamu group in favour will be required “to carry a proposal that alters the status quo”. The current Green Party see the enemy as every heteronormative white cis male, they don’t see it as capitalism.
July 29, 2022 04:12 UTC
Do those who wield power in our society even believe in democracy anymore? When even our political parties no longer take democracy seriously, can we really call ourselves a democratic nation state? One approach to these questions is to ask ourselves if we are invited to practice democracy in our daily lives. For most of the past 10,000 years the very idea of democracy – of everybody having a say in the running of things – would have been laughable. And even in those rare city-states where “free men ” managed to carve out a political role, democracy proved to be a fragile flower.
July 29, 2022 04:11 UTC
Three other individuals have also been charged in relationship to these Labour donations, two of whom are from the Labour Party. What we have learnt so far: Labour’s donations The prosecution case regarding the Labour-related donations is being heard first. The SFO allege that “sham auctions” to sell art and other valuable items were used to disguise donations to the Labour Party. But payment was subsequently split into five transfers to the Labour Party from five different individuals. Political impact of the trial The trial has the potential to have a much bigger political impact than the NZ First Foundation trial.
July 29, 2022 04:07 UTC
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July 29, 2022 03:40 UTC
The registered owner of a website muddling links to Auckland mayoral candidates appears to be a Young Nat. The Domain Name Commission maintains Aotearoa's website registry and it had listed the contact for Efeso Collins' site as a Leo Molloy. Since the domain name debacle hit the headlines, Molloy has denied allegations that the site switch was linked to him. "That's not a game I'm going to play, I'll stick to my style that I've kept for the last four years and that's play the ball not the man." Speedy told RNZ he would neither confirm or deny he was involved with the domain - and declined to comment further.
July 29, 2022 03:37 UTC