Exclusive: NZ Rugby set to confirm ‘unsettling’ timing of next All Blacks head coach within weeks

All Blacks head coach Ian Foster may have even more stress piled on his shoulders in the lead-up to the World Cup. Photo / Photosport A decision on the timing to appoint the next All Blacks coach is imminent, with all indications pointing towards a potentially divisive pre-World Cup contestable process ensuing. The Herald understands … Read more

Mike Bishop: ‘NZ needs to wake up … 25 per cent of us identify as disabled’

Para sport wasn’t an option for a young Mike Bishop growing up in Napier. Photo / Supplied As Mike Bishop steps into the Attitude offices he’s repeating the same words over and over again in his head. “Lift your heel up… touch down with your toes.” Bishop’s been involved in sports administration most of his … Read more

‘Worst of all worlds’: Recession could arrive faster than expected, as inflation still up

Retailers and builders most downbeat in latest business confidence survey. Photo / Alex Burton “Worst of all worlds” – this is how BNZ head of research Stephen Toplis is characterizing the latest business confidence survey results. Toplis fears businesses expect their own activity to fall off a cliff, while they continue to try to pass … Read more

Retired cop behind controversial investigation technique returns to lead major police career development project

Retired Detective Inspector Tom Fitzgerald. Photo / NZME One of New Zealand’s top police investigators who retired last year – amid controversy surrounding an interviewing technique he devised that was used in a number of cases tossed out of court – has started a new role as the head of a major career development project … Read more

90-year-old left bleeding on bathroom floor with head injury for two hours while waiting for ambulance

St. John has defended its response time, saying it must prioritize the most life-threatening calls and balance this with available resources and patient demand. / File photo A 90-year-old man was left bleeding from his head on the bathroom floor for over two hours this week, despite paying for a St. John ambulance emergency alarm. … Read more

Ukraine war: Russia demotes ‘General Armageddon’ after battlefield failures

Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, with General Sergei Surovikin in December 2022. Photo / Kremlin Pool Photo via AP Russia has replaced Sergei Surovikin after barely three months as head of its Ukraine campaign following a succession of battlefield setbacks and failure to turn the war in Moscow’s favor. Surovikin, whose nicknames include “General Armageddon”, … Read more

Alberta pension manager AIMCo strikes deal with PSP after hiring away top executive

Condos dominate the skyline in Calgary’s downtown Eau Claire neighborhood on Oct 10, 2022.Glenn Lowson/The Globe and Mail Alberta Investment Management Corp. has struck an agreement with Ottawa’s Public Sector Pension Investment Board to jointly fund private loans to companies, after AIMCo hired away one of PSP’s top executives. Alberta’s government-owned asset manager has hired … Read more

Lachie Love: Heartbroken family of 8-year-old with aggressive brain tumor wants year of joy for son

Lachie Love, 8, has just been diagnosed with an inoperable and aggressive brain tumor. When larger-than-life Lachie Love tells friends about the new scar across the back of his head, he jokes it’s from a shark. The 8-year-old boy “with a sparkle in his eyes” knows it really has something to do with the “egg … Read more

Weather: Civil Defense tells holidaymakers, residents to find safe place or leave ahead of ‘intense’ five-day Coromandel storm

A desolate and wind-battered Pukehina Beach was deserted as wild weather hit just days after being packed with New Year’s Eve holidaymakers. Video / Hamish Fletcher Holidaymakers across the Coromandel Peninsula are being warned to head home in the next few hours or risk being stranded ahead of an intense five-day storm set to slam … Read more

Coromandel holiday exodus amid gale-force winds; warnings of worse to come

Coromandel vacationers are leaving the region to avoid possible road closures amid the bad weather forecast. Photo / Alison Smith Coromandel beaches have been deserted and traffic has backed up after Civil Defense advised holidaymakers to head home to avoid possible road closures, flooding, slips and power cuts. Thames-Coromandel Civil Defense controller Garry Towler issued … Read more