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Travelers turn up at woman’s house in London after Booking.com scam

“Someone knocked on my door. I opened it and it was this poor, very tired woman, presumably from Hong Kong, her daughter at the end of the gate, with hundreds of cases,” she told the You and Yours programme. She said it was obvious they had come from the airport, informing her they’d booked her …

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Where the crawdads live: Cruising the biggest swamp system in the US

We who live in Middle Earth know better than most how movie locations work. No matter how meticulously the writer of an original text describes the setting, when the producers come along, there are other factors at play besides geographical authenticity. So, Australia’s latest Mad Max was filmed in Namibia, the Vietnam jungle in Full …

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Recap: Commonwealth Games, day three action from Birmingham

The women’s Black Ferns sevens may have missed their chance for gold, but their male counterparts remain in the running on day three of competition in Birmingham. Captain Sam Dickson and his side face a big semifinal against traditional rivals Fiji on Sunday (11.42pm NZT) for the right to face the winner of Australia and …

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Fast start bodes well for a hefty Commonwealth Games medal haul

We’ve had a mighty tasty entrée, but the main course in the curry capital of the United Kingdom promises plenty more. That’s certainly what the New Zealand Olympic Committee will be hoping if they’re to give the medal tally – 46 medals: 15 gold, 16 silver and 15 bronze – from the 2018 Gold Coast …

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Climate change risk: Why are people still buying by the sea?

Climate change is real and happening right now, but many homeowners in at-risk areas are still not thinking realistically about what it means for their properties, experts say. In recent months, there has been a succession of significant floods around the country, and that follows a number of one-in-100-year floods last winter. At the same …

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Kiwi traveler’s warning after booking ‘abandoned’ Airbnb in Bali

supplies Bree Robertson had booked accommodation via Airbnb, only to find it ‘abandoned’ when she arrived. A Kiwi traveler is warning others to do their research after she inadvertently booked an “abandoned” Airbnb in Bali. Bree Robertson, originally from Nelson, has been living on the Indonesian island since mid-June, documenting her travels on her website, …

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Prasad criticizes NZ, Australia over not addressing democratic deficit in Pacific region

A Fijian political leader is calling out the Australian and New Zealand governments on their “deafening silence” on human rights issues in the region. Leader of the National Federation Party Biman Prasad Photo: VNP / Daniela Maoate-Cox The leader of the opposition National Federation Party in Fiji, Biman Prasad, has called out the two countries …

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Robertson ‘really disappointed’ over Manly pride jersey saga

Sports Minister Grant Robertson has spoken out amid the Manly pride jersey saga, calling it “really disappointing”. Up to seven Manly Sea Eagles players may boycott the team’s match against the Sydney Roosters on Thursday in protest against the club’s new LGBTTQIA+ pride jersey. The Sea Eagles had announced it would be wearing the rainbow-colored …

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