Articles written by: Caroline Biscotti

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern pours cold water over calls to ease petrol prices

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern pours cold water over calls to ease petrol prices

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has all but poured cold water over a suggestion the Government should ease petrol taxes while the price of oil is high and the dollar is low. Employment and Manufacturers Association (EMA) Chief Executive Kim Campbell said although the Government can‘t control the price of oil and the Kiwi dollar, it does control how much tax […]

Large scrub fire at Tinopai

Large scrub fire at Tinopai

A large scrub fire is burning at Tinopai after a controlled burn jumped its fire break late this morning. Two helicopters with monsoon buckets and four fire appliances are fighting the blaze on the remote Tinopai peninsula in Kaipara . The fire spread over about 20 hectares at one stage, with a one kilometre long front. Firefighting crews from Ruawai, […]

Cooking the Books podcast: Why the OCR is the key to your financial life

Cooking the Books podcast: Why the OCR is the key to your financial life

Each week the NZ Herald and Newstalk ZB‘s Cooking The Books podcast tackles a different money problem. Today, it‘s the subtle ways interest rates influence everything money. Hosted by Frances Cook. Talking interest rates, or the official cash rate, tends to make all but the most hardened personal finance nerds glaze over. The rates go up, they go down, who […]

Homicide investigation launched after 19-year-old man died falling from car in Porirua

Homicide investigation launched after 19-year-old man died falling from car in Porirua

A man who fell out of a moving car in Porirua has died and police say they are treating his death as a homicide. Detective Senior Sergeant Christiaan Barnard said 19-year-old Aucklander Sosiua Helotu Ula fell from a moving vehicle on Warspite Ave about 4pm on Sunday. He was found lying on the road with critical injuries. Ula, who is […]

Hawke‘s Bay gang man assaulted deaf strangers over communication difficulties

Hawke‘s Bay gang man assaulted deaf strangers over communication difficulties

Billy Poia Hohepa wasn‘t known for much in the way of violence, until he bashed two deaf strangers because of a t-shirt one of them was wearing. For the attack at a Flaxmere service station forecourt on June 23 Hohepa, 30, was on Wednesday sentenced to six months‘ jail. He had previously pleaded guilty to two charges of assault after […]