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Voyager 1, the exploratory spacecraft outside our solar system, detects humming sound of interstellar gas

A spacecraft exploring the vast openness of outer space beyond our solar system has detected a humming sound.

May 14, 2021

Auckland Transport can’t install any bike racks near $1m Viaduct cycleway

A new cycleway that is expected to be used by hundreds of people a day is located in an area where there are no bike racks.

May 12, 2021

WSET Level 2 Award in Wines

Complete the WSET Level 2 Award in NZSFW’s unique full time, classroom-based study option. Designed for wine enthusiasts, this option provides a richer educational experience with higher academic outcomes.

May 10, 2021

Australian driver discovers the quickest way to get arrested

The driver of a Hyundai Excel was arrested in Australia after he ran a red light in the Adelaide suburb of Glenelg which might, at first glance, seem excessive for driving a Hyundai Excel, or even running a red light. But wait, as they say, there’s more.

May 6, 2021

Queen St roadworks causing ‘economic harm’ to Auckland businesses, court hears

A High Court judge has reserved his decision on whether to grant an interim injunction to halt Auckland Council’s planned Queen St upgrade, which is due to begin on Monday.

May 5, 2021

Auckland Writers Festival

The Auckland Writers Festival | Waituhi o Tāmaki programme has been announced and, while the 2021 line-up is largely – and proudly – a huge celebration of New Zealand writing and writers, the Festival has secured over 20 internationals and a major theatre work direct from the UK.

May 3, 2021

Passenger survives being hit in the head by flying turtle

It’s not unusual for rocks and other debris to crash through a windshield and injure a driver or passenger – but a turtle?

April 29, 2021

Concerns over Auckland’s Queen St redesign could prompt legal action by opponents

Auckland’s biggest business association could take legal action against the council over proposed changes to the city’s ‘golden mile’, which it claims aren’t good enough.

April 27, 2021

J Day – NZ’s Annual Cannabis Festival and Protest

NORML and friends presents the 29th Annual J Day, held on the first Saturday in May every year. This year, it’s May Day for cannabis reform!

April 25, 2021

Health system shake-up: Vulnerable communities ‘might get lost in the shuffle’

Health experts are concerned the Government’s move to abolish district health boards in favour of a centralised body could mean the nuances of different communities’ needs – particularly across the Auckland region – fall by the wayside.

April 21, 2021

Cheat Eats at Food Truck Fridays Britomart

It’s cheat day! Skip the diet and join for a special themed Food Truck Fridays @ Britomart event featuring all cheat eats!

April 20, 2021

Phone wet and won’t turn on? Soaking it in rice won’t work. Here’s what might

If you’ve ever gotten your phone wet in the rain, dropped it in water or spilt liquid over it, you’re not alone. One study suggests 25 per cent of smartphone users have damaged their smartphone with water or some other kind of liquid.

April 15, 2021

Syphilis epidemic continues to cause alarm, call for extra funding to stop spread

Parliament’s health select committee has raised concerns about the growth of syphilis in south Auckland and the need for extra funding for primary and sexual health services to stop its spread.

April 13, 2021

Harcourts Cooper & Co Swim the Bridge

Much like the city of Auckland itself, the Harcourts Cooper & Co Swim the Bridge is big, bold and unforgettable! Spanning the Waitemata Harbour as one of the most recognisable landmarks in the country, the Auckland Harbour Bridge is the most high-profile event location in the Series, drawing record-breaking number of swimmers and their supporters on both sides of the harbour.

April 11, 2021

Racist graffiti at Auckland Kāinga Ora social housing development ‘grossly unfair’

Racist graffiti on signs outside one of Kāinga Ora’s Auckland developments has been condemned as “grossly unfair” to those in need of social housing.

April 8, 2021

Plastic surgery travel: Irish women refuse Covid-19 quarantine after Dubai trip

Two Irish women were arrested on arrival into Dublin after reportedly refusing to quarantine following their trip to Dubai for plastic surgery.

April 7, 2021

Overload NZ Anime & Manga Convention

Overload is a one-day festival devoted to celebrating New Zealand’s ever-growing Anime and Manga culture!

April 5, 2021

Minimum wage rise, and a new top tax rate – changes coming on April 1

A raft of significant tax changes, and alterations to income, on Thursday will leave some people better off and others possibly scratching their heads.

March 30, 2021

Easter Night Market at Victoria Park Markets

Easter time feast of fun!

March 28, 2021

Flaming van rolls down steep driveway in fiery video

An out-of-control van caught fire and barreled down a driveway in Fayetteville, Arkansas. No one was injured in the fiery scene, which was likely caused by the vehicle overheating.

March 25, 2021

Covid-19: Guests face 28-day MIQ stays after being put on bus with positive case

Anger and despair are building inside an Auckland isolation hotel as guests who shared an exercise bus with a Covid-19 case are told they now face another fortnight confined to their rooms.

March 24, 2021

NZ House & Garden Tours – Auckland

The NZ House & Garden Tours are Aotearoa’s largest charity house tours run in support of the Breast Cancer Foundation NZ.

March 22, 2021

Texas man drives car dealership loaner to rob bank so he can buy BMW

50-year-old Texas man Eric Dion Warren has been arrested after he drove a car dealership loaner to a bank, which he then proceeded to rob so that he could purchase a BMW.

March 18, 2021

Illegal sewage pipes lead to faecal contamination at Auckland beach

Century-old illegal sewage pipes have led to faeces contaminating the water at Auckland’s Hobson Bay.

March 16, 2021

Auckland job market feels the effect of brief lockdown

February’s three-day Covid-19 lockdown in Auckland appears to have had a knock-on effect on the city’s job market.

March 11, 2021

Face-planting albatross in New Zealand shoots to global fame

A royal albatross has shot to dubious worldwide fame after being filmed landing flat on its face after an inelegant landing on the Otago Peninsula.

March 10, 2021

O’Hagan’s St Patrick’s Day Party

O’Hagans comes alive again this year to bring you the biggest & best St Patrick’s day party Auckland has to offer!

March 8, 2021

Amazon changes app logo after comparisons to Adolf Hitler’s mustache

App icon reportedly tweaked because previous image looked like the fascist dictator’s toothbrush mustache.

March 4, 2021

Covid-19: Public transport slump a ‘structural shift’, with work from home to stay

A Covid-19-driven slump of more than 40 per cent in public transport use in Auckland may not fully recover for years, with analysis showing the impact of changing habits such as working from home.

March 2, 2021

Te Tīmatanga

Come together and let your voices soar throughout Tāmaki Makaurau to mark the start of the Festival – three weeks of uplifting arts, culture, celebration and kotahitanga/unity.

February 28, 2021

Kid goat stubbornly stays in stormwater drain at Golden Bay

A baby goat in Golden Bay is living up to the animal’s reputation for stubbornness by staying put inside a stormwater drain that it squeezed into three days ago.

February 25, 2021

Covid-19: No new community cases ‘good news’ but Auckland in a ‘holding pattern’

While no new community Covid-19 cases was heralded as “good news” on Wednesday, it may be at least a week before we know if the virus has spread further within the cluster, an expert says.

February 24, 2021

Te Tīmatanga

Come together and let your voices soar throughout Tāmaki Makaurau to mark the start of the Festival – three weeks of uplifting arts, culture, celebration and kotahitanga/unity.

February 16, 2021

Hospitality and tourism businesses feel the brunt of sudden lockdown

Hospitality, tourism and events businesses are reeling from the sudden ramping up in alert levels and the economic ripples are spreading across the country.

February 15, 2021

Five interesting car-related Super Bowl ads for 2021

The Super Bowl is where most big American companies spend the bulk of their advertising budget. Here are five interesting car-related ads for the 2021 game.

February 11, 2021

Urban sprawl projected to eat up some of Auckland’s most productive land

Urban sprawl looks set to eat up to 31,270 hectares of Auckland’s most productive land over the next 35 years.

February 9, 2021

Chinese New Year Market

Clear your calendar folks! Auckland Night Markets has teamed up with Skycity to bring you the much anticipated, annual Chinese New Year market!

February 8, 2021

Need for high school in northwest Auckland ‘accelerated’ as new housing planned

The need for a high school in Auckland’s north-west has been “accelerated” after Fletcher Building was granted consent to buy 20 hectares of land for housing.

February 4, 2021

Britomart Food Truck Festival

Gather up your friends and family to celebrate the growing popularity of street food at this one-day food festival in the heart of Auckland City.

February 1, 2021

Watercare recommissions disused dam as part of Auckland’s drought recovery

A mothballed dam in the Hūnua Ranges will start supplying six million litres of water a day to the Auckland network from next week as part of a $68 million dollar Watercare project.

January 28, 2021

A disaster no one is paying attention to

When an Auckland school classroom went up in flames in December last year, exploding asbestos over neighbouring houses, five separate government agencies were involved.

January 27, 2021

SeePort Concert & Fireworks

They’ve been touted as the best fireworks in Auckland (maybe even New Zealand?!) and they’re back with a bang to celebrate Auckland’s 181st birthday.

January 25, 2021

Auckland Transport cans Devonport rideshare in favour of boosted bus network

A publicly-funded rideshare service has been scrapped due to disappointing user figures.

January 21, 2021

Auckland International Buskers Festival 2021

An unmissable line-up of local performers who have performed across the globe will hit the streets over Auckland Anniversary Weekend with energetic displays of Mexican wrestling, hula-hoops, contortion, fire stunts, magical illusions, acrobatics and so much more!

January 17, 2021

Wynyard Quarter Market

AFM Wynyard Quarter Market brings you the best of independent design. Discover a stellar line-up of over 30 stallholders across homewares, textiles, local produce, vintage, jewellery, ceramics, lifestyle products, and more.

January 15, 2021

Auckland Council building up for sale as thousands of staff work from home

The trend of working from home has helped Auckland Council clear one of its downtown office buildings, which could now be put up for sale.

January 14, 2021

Horoscope: What the stars have in store for you this year

Your absolutely accurate scientifically proven guide to 2021.

January 11, 2021

Wynyard Quarter Market

AFM Wynyard Quarter Market brings you the best of independent design. Discover a stellar line-up of over 30 stallholders across homewares, textiles, local produce, vintage, jewellery, ceramics, lifestyle products, and more.

January 7, 2021

Top 10 places on Earth where gravity is broken

In these places, what goes up, doesn’t always come down. For this list, we’ll feature locales all over the globe where gravity either appears to or actually does function differently than is usual.

January 5, 2021

Covid-19: Taxpayers spent tens of thousands on security for people isolating at home

Taxpayers spent tens of thousands of dollars providing private security to a handful of people arriving into New Zealand who were granted exemptions from the Coviid-19-related border controls and allowed to isolate at home.

January 3, 2021