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THAT We should allow parents to terminate pregnancies up to 22 weeks if medical experts detect a credible risk of major disability to the child.

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Today’s Trivia

Berlin City Nights

Welcome to Daily Trivia. There is a game to play here. The photo above relates to one of the items below. The first reader to correctly tell us in the comments what item the photo belongs to, and why, gets bragging rights. Sometimes they are obvious, other times the obvious answer is the decoy. Can you figure it out tonight?

Penguins lost the ability to taste fish millions of years ago. (Source)

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Caution: This video will capture your attention and won’t let go


A Michelin restaurant reviewer in the making


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Claim: Climate change now responsible for planes battling stronger winds

You can add this claim to the list of things now affected by Climate Change.

Passengers can expect longer flight times between Europe and America because of the effects of climate change, a new study has found.

Led by Dr Paul Williams, an atmospheric scientist at the University of Reading, the study found aircraft would spend an extra 2000 hours in the air every year as a result of global warming’s effect on the North Atlantic winter jet stream.

Jet streams are fast-flowing air currents within the upper atmosphere that typically flow from west to east, reducing flight time when a plane enters them.

Climate change would accelerate these jet streams, speeding up eastbound flights – but significantly slowing down flights in the other direction.   Read more »

John Key sniffs a popular move; starts off by kicking Gareth Morgan in the slats


It’s all about that beach, ’bout that beach, in Tasman….

Prime Minister John Key has not ruled out a “modest” Government contribution to a public bid to buy Awaroa Inlet, while taking aim at Gareth Morgan’s views the beach will sell for more than what has been raised.

More than 33,500 people pledged to Duane Major and Adam Gard’ner’s campaign to raise $2 million to entrust a sandy stretch of the inlet, in Abel Tasman National Park, to the public.

The $2m target was hit on Friday, but the organisers were urging the public to keep donating.

It’s roughly what the owner paid for it, so probably not enough yet. Plus, the owner is unlikely to be generous – this is a fire sale as they need cash to pay down urgent debt to the BNZ.  Read more »

North of where?

After spending a week telling us we’re going to get slammed by two cyclones, the Media Party are now telling us that it won’t be happening.

But they do say this…

A cyclone swirling in the Pacific north of Aotearoa has been upgraded to severe.

WeatherWatch this morning said Cyclone Winston had ramped up to Category 4, which would increase the chances of more dangerous beach conditions for parts of the North Island.

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John and Barry are mates; no wonder the left are unhinged

No wonder the left wing are so unhinged; not only is John Key stealing their policies he is also stealing their icons.

A senior United States official has confirmed President Barack Obama will try to visit New Zealand this year.

Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands Matt Matthews said the President would visit “schedule permitting”. Obama would be only the third US President to visit if he makes it.

A New Zealand visit has been on the President’s radar since Prime Minister John Key’s last visit to the White House in 2014 when Obama told media: “We are going to be working with my schedule to see what I can come up with – if not this year then certainly before the end of my presidency.”

This is the last year of Obama’s presidency, with elections scheduled for November.

Matthews said Key and Obama had a “very close relationship, real friendship in fact”.   Read more »