Kiwi country music star Miranda Easten on achieving success and living with agoraphobia

Miranda Easten opens up about her complicated road to success. Photo / Ingmar Wein With her country music finding growing audiences here and overseas, Miranda Easten tells Penny Lewis about her complicated road to success, her father’s imprisonment, and how she faces her fears. Stage fright is something many of us suffer from, but for … Read more

Greta Thunberg detained during protest against German mine expansion

Police in western Germany have carried Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg and other protesters away from the edge of an open coal pit mine where they have demonstrated against the ongoing destruction of a village to make way for the mine’s expansion, according to German news agency dpa. Key points: Greta Thunberg was among the … Read more

Katherine Mayor calls for second bridge in NT town prone to major flooding

As unprecedented floods ravage northern Australia in the wake of ex-Tropical Cyclone Ellie, isolating communities and damaging key roads, leaders in the small town of Katherine are once again getting worried about a vital bridge in the supply chain network. Key points: Unprecedented flooding in WA and the NT suggests the remote road network is … Read more

Skies clear after Hale, convoys planned for supplies and trapped East Coast locals, fine weekend ahead as forecasters keep eye on potential for more rain next week

Fine weather is finally on the way after a sudden start to the year with two weeks of flooding, slips and road closures. It comes as communities in the Tairāwhiti, Bay of Plenty, Coromandel, Northland, Manawatū-Whanganui and Marlborough face a cleanup from days of devastating rainfall brought by Cyclone Hale. A number of roads and … Read more

Bay of Plenty road toll climbs, crash victim’s mum speaks out about speed and teen decisions

New Zealand’s 2022 road toll. Statistics / Te Manatū Waka – Ministry of Transport Braidon Townsley’s younger siblings light up when they talk about him being in heaven or seeing him in the sunsets. But for his mum, the hurt of losing her 17-year-old son in a car crash cuts deep. She won’t forget the … Read more

Weather: Torrential rainfall and high tides expected to bring more flooding and road closures for Coromandel Peninsula

MetService National weather: January 4th – 7th. Major roads around the Coromandel Peninsula have reopened as the region continues to be lashed by a subtropical storm, but concerns surround a fresh flood threat over this morning’s high tide. Torrential rain and gale-force winds continued to batter the Coromandel yesterday, with flooding and slips choking roads … Read more

Weather: Wild, havoc-wreaking weather to continue across the country after popular holiday destination warned

MetService National weather: January 4th – 7th. The wild weather that wreaked havoc across the North Island yesterday – seeing holidaymakers urged to flee a popular summer holiday destination and sparking fears of flooding, slips, road closures and power outages – is set to continue in the coming days. Holidaymakers across the Coromandel Peninsula were … 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

The Slowdown: Lower speed limits, upgrades for 30 percent of highways

New Zealand’s 2022 road toll. Statistics / Te Manatū Waka – Ministry of Transport Lower speed limits and safety improvements are on the way for up to 30 percent of New Zealand’s state highways in the next few years to combat our high road toll. Last year 377 people died in road crashes – more … Read more

The Slowdown: Men are almost three times as likely to die on roads as women

Government data shows men make up around three quarters of the annual death toll. Photo / File Men are almost three times as likely to be killed on the road as women – and the difference isn’t explained by the fact that men drive more. A Herald analysis of government road death data shows male … Read more