Woman rejected from University of Otago med school four times takes complaint to court

A woman declined entry to the University of Otago’s medical school four times has taken her complaint to court. Kelly Alexandra Roe appeared before the High Court at Dunedin yesterday and stressed to Justice David Gendall she was not seeking financial damages or the removal from office of any person.

He tried to walk on water from Florida to New York. It didn’t go so well

Reza Baluchi washed ashore near St. Augustine, Florida, in a ”hydro pod,” startling beachgoers with a homemade contraption that resembles a hamster wheel. Even in a state accustomed to strange things washing ashore — like cocaine bricks, corpses, sharks and unexploded military ordnance — the floating contraption that beached itself

Blind from diabetes: Auckland man saved with 24 hours to live

Warning: This story may be distressing for some readers. An Auckland man is lucky to be alive afterhe went temporarily blind due to a diabetic complication he had no idea about. Martin Taylor-Smith, 54, remembers sitting on the couch in his Mt Eden home when his television became a “complete

Under pressure from mayors, Finance Minister tried unsuccessfully to get banks to extend ‘hubs’

New Zealand’s banks resumed a moratorium on bank closures after the industry stared down pressure from Finance Minister Grant Robertson to open banking “hubs” in provinces across the country. In April the New Zealand Bankers’ Association (NZBA) announced that the four major Australian banks – ANZ, ASB, BNZ and Westpac

Footage from Syria in 2018 among inaccurate videos circulating about Israel-Gaza conflict

As violence between Israeli and Palestinian groups worsens, misinformation relating to both sides is spreading on social media. Twitter has placed a “media manipulation” warning on a tweet by Ofir Gendelman, a spokesman for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, that was shared with his 97,000 followers. The tweet in question

‘You can make it out’: From South Auckland gangster life to promising Waikato farming career

Tonight, Ben Purua will stand on the stage at the Ahuwhenua Trophy Dairy Competition Awards Dinner as one of three finalists in the Young Māori Farmer Award. Ten years ago, as a teenager, he stood being judged in a very different environment; the dock of Hamilton High Court being sentenced

Māori Party ejection from Parliament sparks debate over ‘racist rhetoric’ in the House

Labour MP Kelvin Davis has launched a stinging rebuke to the Māori Party, saying they don’t “represent the views of Māoridom” after a co-leader was kicked out of the House in protest over “racist rhetoric”. Act MP Nicole Mckee also said as an indigenous person the Māori Party did not

Drone spotted 30 metres from plane at Auckland Airport

Flights were suspended temporarily at Auckland Airport last night causing some international and domestic arrival delays after a drone was spotted by a pilot. A Barrier Air flight pilot saw the drone at 5pm, reporting it came within around 30m of the aircraft. Airways NZ head of public affairs Jamie

Items from missing Indonesian navy submarine found

Indonesia’s navy on Saturday said items were found from a missing submarine off Bali, indicating the vessel with 53 crew members had sunk and there was no hope of finding survivors. Navy Chief of Staff Admiral Yudo Margono said that rescuers found several items including parts of a torpedo straightener,