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Hundreds of New Zealand passengers flying with Air NZ have been forced to spend three extra days in Hawaii, after their plane was delayed due to ‘a faulty indication system’, and they’ve been awarded compensation for their hardship.

The airline issued an apology: “Due to the lengthy nature of this disruption, the difficulty we’ve experienced in adequately communicating with customers and the fact we have repeatedly let them down, we have made the decision that in addition to our unreserved apology we will also be compensating each customer $1000 in either cash or Airpoints Dollars.”

We are SO jealous. Not only did they get to go to Hawaii in the first place, but they got an extended stay for free.

The only way this would happen to us, is if we had decided to holiday somewhere really awful. And it would probably end up costing us money too. SO unfair!



British designer, Jenny Packham has spoken about what it’s like to dress the Duchess of Cambridge and what influences the royal’s choices.

Packham says she usually finds out that Kate Middleton is wearing one of her famous designs when her Twitter feed goes crazy.

“You kind of always know where it’s going to be worn. Sometimes when we dress celebrities, there are always loads of Twitters and things like that when I wake up. I think, ‘Oh right, she wore it.’”

However, Jenny revealed that she does work directly with Kate on her outfits and said the Duchess has a great sense of style: “It’s always quite a collaboration.”

The Duchess recently wore a Packham dress to a state dinner while on her royal tour in New Zealand. Kate wore a long-sleeved black dress with some leaf detail by the designer.

Jenny says she was delighted to see Kate wear her dress during the New Zealand tour: “I was very excited and it was such a lovely moment to involve in. It was quite surreal, actually.”

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An Irish company that distributes local foods over to Ozzie has closed a major deal.

Eamon Eastwood’s Taste Ireland has signed a contract with Australian retail giants Coles to stock some of our favorite foods such as Tayto crisps, Barry’s Tea, and Club Orange in about 600 shops across Australia and New Zealand.

It’s unsurprising that he was able to close such a deal, since there was huge demand for last year’s limited edition Tayto Milk Chocolate bar down under.

Although 600 isn’t a huge number, it certainly is a good start and the very fact that we will be able to get Irish food abroad, is touching itself.

Who knows, today its Australia but tomorrow it could be the U.S – there’s nothing wrong with wishful thinking.