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February 26, 2024 14 mins

While Kiwis can celebrate an extra day of summer thanks to 2024 being a leap year, the good weather times may not last much longer. 

With autumn nipping at our heels, it’s nearly time to swap out the togs and towels out for scarves and sweaters. But just what do the cooler months have in store for us?  

Today on The Front Page, NZ Herald science reporter Jamie Morton joins to dig into our strange end of summer weather, and whethe...

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While hundreds of people go missing in New Zealand every year, most of the time it only takes a few days or weeks before they return or Police track them down. 

However, sadly for some families, their loved ones never return home. 

And dozens of these missing persons cases from 1957 to 2023 remain open and active across Aotearoa. 

Senior crime and justice reporter Anna Leask has covered many of these files in her podcasts, A Mom...

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Two years have passed since Russia invaded Ukraine, but there is still no end in sight for the conflict. 

As Ukraine desperately seeks funding and support from its global allies, the war continues in an effective stalemate, with both sides struggling to make ground.  

However, could the suspicious death of incarcerated Russian opposition leader, Alexei, Navalny spur Western forces to take more of a stand against Vladimir Putin? 

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Former deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Grant Robertson announced earlier this week he is leaving politics.

He is the latest member of the Labour Party who has chosen greener pastures over three years of being back in Opposition.

So with Grant Robertson out the door, where does that leave Labour as it looks to rebuild, and are the remaining MPs strong enough to hold the Government to account?

Today on The Front Page, N...

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Yet another fire has burnt through hundreds of hectares of vegetation on Christchurch’s Port Hills.

It would’ve been deja vu for residents – for those who experienced the 2017 fire – as the blaze forced hundreds to evacuate their homes and required round the clock action by firefighters to try and contain it.

The fire has largely been contained – but as the planet gets hotter, how common could these types of wildfires become in y...

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New stats out last week drove home the message that New Zealand is in a population boom.

While a record number of us departed our shores, New Zealand still added an additional 145,000 people - the largest population growth we’ve seen this century.

So what’s driving this influx of people, and is it sustainable for a country that seems to be running out of money to grow further?

Today on The Front Page, NZ Herald business editor a...

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Custody battles are always complex and require courts to balance the needs of the child with both parents’ wishes.  

When different legal jurisdictions are in play, that process becomes far more complicated.  

The Hague Convention is a powerful international treaty signed by over 100 countries, which assumes the courts in the country where the child usually lives are best placed to make decisions about their welfare.  

This trea...

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A horror half-year result has exposed major issues for Fletcher Building.

One of/The largest construction companies in New Zealand reported a 120-million-dollar loss earlier this week, causing their share prices to plummet and forcing multiple key resignations.

Fletcher Building is not the only organisation in the industry reeling from losses, as a grim outlook of declining consents and rising building costs suggests a tough time...

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The country’s infrastructure woes became very clear for commuters in our biggest city earlier this week.  

Aucklanders were stunned after dozens of trains were delayed or cancelled right at rush hour, due to speed restrictions enforced by KiwiRail to combat overheated rail lines. 

It’s yet another example of our aging infrastructure, and the dire need for us to invest in replacing and upgrading failing parts of the national netwo...

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2023 was a year of dashed hopes for sports fans, with New Zealand missing the mark at four separate world cups.  

Now, with a new All Blacks coach, stadium proposals for downtown Auckland, and the Olympics on the horizon, our athletes will be dusting themselves off and looking towards the future. 

So will Scott Robertson be able to make his mark on the All Blacks? Can the Up the Wahs phenomenon take the Warriors further than last...

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Later this year when Americans return to the polls for their next Presidential election, they are likely to experience a bit of deja vu. 

Number 46 Joe Biden is likely to face Number 45 Donald Trump in a rematch of 2020, and as we slowly edge closer to election day, both men find themselves facing intense criticism for very different reasons. 

So will Biden be able to overcome concerns about his age and memory to hold onto the Wh...

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Tension between Auckland Council and the Government has flared up once again.

Mayor Wayne Brown is unhappy with the coalition Government’s decision to axe the Auckland fuel tax, arguing that transport projects are going to have to be cancelled – as he has ruled out increasing rates to pay for the funding shortfall.

It comes as Auckland Transport faces criticism for eye-watering costs for level pedestrian crossings and lengthy del...

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Taylor Swift is the most famous person in the world right now. 

Whether she is shattering records with her globe-trotting world tour and accompanying movie, or using award show wins for one album to announce another, Swiftmania is unavoidable. 

And that’s not going to change in the next few weeks, with her expected appearance at the Super Bowl alongside her sports star boyfriend, Travis Kelce, before bringing her Eras Tour to Aus...

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Aotearoa’s model for stubbing out cigarette use became world-renowned in 2022 when the Government passed legislation banning the sale of tobacco to anyone born after January 2009.

However, some fear that progress has gone up in smoke after the coalition Government announced late last year it would repeal the smokefree laws.

The plan was labelled ‘completely backwards’ by some public health experts at the time, and in the months s...

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Buckingham Palace stunned the world this week by announcing that King Charles has been diagnosed with a form of cancer.  

The King had already made headlines after being treated for an enlarged prostate, a procedure that has led to this new and more serious diagnosis.  

Only 17 months into his reign, what does this health crisis mean for our Head of State, and for the wider monarchy that now has two senior royals off duties for v...

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Wellington has found itself at odds with the new Government.  

Residents of the capital city last year voted to send two Green MPs to Parliament, joining Green Party-endorsed Mayor Tory Whanau in representing the city. 

While National swept to power in a blue wave in other parts of the country, the election result in Wellington was not exactly an endorsement of the new Government’s policies.  

So, where does this leave Wellingto...

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Interpretations of the Treaty of Waitangi – or Te Tiriti o Waitangi – have been some of the most important discussions in Aotearoa's history, but tensions over the documents have reached a fever pitch in recent months after the coalition Government agreed to support a Treaty Principals Bill to the select committee phase.

Friction over its meaning is expected to be front and centre today, as politicians, academics and Maori l...

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Dancing, DJs and day drinking... A classic summer festival combo.

But hand in hand with the music and partying comes a lesser-known festival favourite – waste.

Be it beer cans, empty chip pottles or portaloos, events have a habit of creating waste, and in some cases leaving the whenua in a bad state.

This was laid bare last month when dozens of tents and piles of garbage was abandoned at the Northern Base festival.

Today on The...

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For years, the last Government faced constant criticism and attack from National that it wasn’t doing enough to deal with an apparent crime wave spreading across the country.

Now, the burden of keeping law and order in check rests with National and their coalition partners.

This week, Police Minister Mark Mitchell has had to respond to smash and grab robberies and a supermarket stabbing, but also faced controversy as the governme...

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Defence Minister Judith Collins will be meeting with her Australian counterpart today as both sides of the Tasman look to move towards ‘interoperability’ and working as one. 

This meeting comes after more details were revealed about the poor state of our military by the Herald this week.  

The NZSAS and the wider Defence Force are losing people in droves, and officials are doing their best to throw cash at the situation to preven...

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