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10 September 2017 6:20 AM 'Talented athlete' Vaea Fifita 'isn't the finished product yet'- Steve Hansen

Shy at the best of times, Vaea Fifita was grinning from ear to ear in the sheds after the All Blacks' 39-22 win over Argentina. Lightning quick, bold and aggressive, the 25-year-old flanker played a blinder in Saturday's triumph over Los Pumas, seizing his opportunity with both hands. With Liam Squire rested and Jerome Kaino absent for personal reasons 52

9 September 2017 10:19 PM A bigger deposit for first-home buyers

First-home buyers will be able to cobble together a larger deposit if National is re-elected to government. The changes announced today mean a couple will be eligible for an extra $10,000 of Government HomeStart Grants, taking the grants to $20,000 for an existing home or $30,000 for a new build. The additional grants mean there is funding to help a further 89

9 September 2017 4:43 PM Rugby: All Blacks unleash 'the beast' to down Argentina

NEW PLYMOUTH, New Zealand: The All Blacks unleashed "the beast" as they came from behind to beat a fired-up Argentina 39-22 in a Rugby Championship Test in New Plymouth on Saturday (Sep 9). Blindside flanker Vaea Fifita turned the game 10 minutes in to the second half when he outsprinted Argentinian flyer Santiago Cordero over 50 metres to score a crucial 55

9 September 2017 4:14 AM Irma makes landfall in Cuba as Category 5

Hurricane Irma strengthened and made landfall in Cuba on Friday (local time) as a Category 5 storm, as millions of Florida residents were ordered to evacuate after the storm killed 21 people in the eastern Caribbean and left catastrophic destruction in its wake. Irma struck Camaguey Archipelago with 160 mph (260 kph) winds late on Friday, the National 44

8 September 2017 11:09 PM Greens promise to make 'free range' mean exactly that

The Greens have promised to tighten up rules around food labelling, in particular what can and can't be called 'free range'. "We all have a right to know where our food comes from and under what conditions it was produced," said leader James Shaw on Saturday. "Whether you're concerned about animal welfare, food miles or you just want to support local 75

6 September 2017 12:08 AM 2 of the top officials in Trump's cabinet gave vastly different statements on ending DACA

Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who announced the move in front of cameras Tuesday morning, said DACA recipients were "mostly-adult illegal aliens" and that President Barack Obama's executive order "contributed to a surge of unaccompanied minors on the southern border that yielded terrible humanitarian consequences" and "denied jobs to hundreds of thousands 57

5 September 2017 8:09 AM North Korean leader is begging for war: Haley

North Korea is “begging for war” with abusive use of missiles and nuclear threats, US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley has said, pushing for the “strongest possible measures” on Pyongyang following its sixth and most powerful nuclear test. On Sunday, North Korea said it detonated a hydrogen bomb designed for a long-range missile and called its sixth 42

1 September 2017 4:52 AM Scoop Business » Bond investors put little risk premium on NZ election

Aug. 31 (BusinessDesk) – Spending promises are flying fast and furious in the final weeks of New Zealand election campaigning raising questions about the debt funding that may be needed to bankroll it all, but investors in the nation’s sovereign bonds are taking it in their stride. The latest 1 News Colmar Brunton poll puts Labour ahead of National for the first 23

31 August 2017 9:18 PM More fires expected at flooded chemical plant

The French company said all four of its systems to cool the organic peroxides produced at its Crosby, Texas, plant and stored onsite in refrigerated containers were expected to fail, triggering their degradation and eventually more fires. Arkema and local officials said they believed the smoke from the blaze was non-toxic, but they urged people to stay away as the fire burns 35

31 August 2017 7:45 PM More fires expected following Harvey damage

More fires are expected at a flooded Texas chemical plant amid mixed messages over their danger to the public. A 30-40 foot (9-12 metre) flame sent up a plume of black smoke at the Arkema SA facility in Crosby, 25 miles north east of Houston, following damage caused by tropical storm Harvey. The public were urged to evacuate and stay away from the area, with the local 36