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Esther Han

Esther Han is the consumer affairs reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald and The Sun-Herald. She was previously the food and wine news writer for Fairfax Media.

Social media uproars when companies dare to innovate

Esther Han It wasn't supposed to be hard, and certainly not dangerous. Sharon Lee, like tens of thousands of Australians over the festive season, pulled out a fresh roll of Glad Wrap to cover the leftovers of a...

Domestic violence funding in NSW: Rosie Batty as Australian of the Year raises profile of state 'epidemic'

Rosie Batty in August 2014.

Esther Han Rosie Batty's elevation to Australian of the Year has intensified pressure on state and federal governments to transform their approach to tackling the "serious epidemic" of domestic violence.

Beware of stingrays this summer, urges one of Sydney's growing number of victims

Stand-up paddle boarders at Rose Bay, where a number of people have reported to have been attacked by stingrays.

Esther Han Stingray attacks are landing a worrying number of Sydneysiders in hospital, as the hot weather draws big crowds to play, splash and wade in shallow waters.

Two Sydney convenience stores targeted in simultaneous robberies

generic police car

Esther Han Masked robbers targeted two family-run convenience stores on opposite sides of a street in the Sydney's inner west on Friday night, in what police believe was a coordinated attack.

Parramatta Native Institution: Aboriginal children remembered 200 years later

Governor Lachlan Macquarie introduced the annual 'Native Feasts' in 1814 to promote the Native Institution to Aboriginal people, who were invited to town to gather near St John's Cathedral. Aboriginal people were given roast beef, bread and ale.

Esther Han This week, 200 years ago, Governor Macquarie opened a school behind a church in Parramatta that would foreshadow the Aboriginal child removal policy that led to the Stolen Generations.

NSW consumers risk facing extra power costs after electricity lease, say welfare advocates

Esther Han Social welfare groups are demanding assurances from the Baird government that struggling households will not have to bear long-term costs of its proposed electricity networks lease.

Central Coast girl too scared to leave her house alone after being attacked

A screen shot from the video aired on The Project.

Esther Han She was excited to catch up with friends at the local skate park. But as soon as the 15-year-old arrived, two "friends" ambushed her, pummelling her head, kicking her ribs, and dragging her by the...

NSW solarium ban sparks growth in dangerous home sunbed use

Esther Han The ban on commercial solariums is sparking a dangerous rise in home tanning, according to salon operators.

McDelivery explodes across Sydney - and obesity watchers worry

Rachel Browne and Esther Han RACHEL BROWNE AND ESTHER HAN

Porteno fire started in the flue above the famed BBQ pit, investigators say

NSW Fire & Rescue attend the fire at Porteno restaurant on Cleveland St, Surry Hills.

Esther Han The blaze at two-hatted Porteno restaurant in Surry Hills on Friday afternoon most likely began in the exhaust system above its famous barbecue pit, fire investigators have told police.

Selfie sticks an essential item at New Year's Eve celebrations

Lisa Gelz and Isabelle Horber, tourists from Switzerland, finding the best angles with their selfie stick.

Esther Han Food, drinks, a camera and a rug are the usual critical items needed for a smooth night at the New Year's Eve fireworks. But this year, many have added the selfie stick to the list.

If you buy a new mobile phone, recycle your old one, charity urges

Chris Jordan's artwork made from e-Waste, at Customs House , Sydney.

Esther Han Nearly half of Australians plan or want to buy a new mobile phone at the summer sales this year, new research shows, prompting recycling advocates to start a new campaign with the Salvation Army.

Boxing Day sales shoppers clock up 5.7 million transactions with one bank

Bargain hunters: Hundreds of shoppers descend on Pitt Street shopping mall for the Boxing Day sales.

Esther Han  Shoppers triggered a record 5.7 million transactions through the National Australia Bank during their Boxing Day spending spree, nearly double the figure three years ago, the latest data shows.

Great expectations as Boxing Day sales build momentum

Shoppers emerge from a shopping centre in Pitt Street.

Esther Han "Their eyes are just sparkling," said Megan Narouz, as she and her husband Peter led their three youngsters - each with an enviable budget of $400 - through the heaving crowds of Pitt Street Mall on...

Boxing Day sales: The post-Christmas shopping frenzy begins

Shoppers across Australia are predicted to splash nearly $2.1 billion on Boxing Day alone

Esther Han For a day called boxing, there sure will be enough clinching, bobbing and weaving among the bargain hunters as they snag the best deals.

Christmas shopping: Consumer anxiety falls in time for retail season

Matt Wade and Esther Han In a good sign for retailers, the level of consumer anxiety has fallen to its lowest mark for 18 months.

Lawsons pulls both elephant ivory and rhino horns off the auction list after public uproar

The black rhinoceros horns that were expected to fetch $70,000 at Lawsons auction on Friday.

Esther Han A public uproar over the sale of a pair of black rhinoceros horns and two pairs of elephant tusks has forced a Sydney auction house to withdraw the items from this Friday's auction list - a critical...

Rhino horns withdrawn from sale at auction house

African Black Rhinoceros Horns

Esther Han A Sydney auction house has withdrawn black rhinoceros horns from a sale scheduled for this Friday, just an hour after animal conservationists launched a social media campaign demanding the items...

Black rhino horns and elephant tusks for auction: activists outraged

A rhinoceros in the wild.

Esther Han Animal welfare activists are outraged a pair of black rhinoceros horns and two pairs of elephants tusks will be auctioned in Sydney this week.

More than 180,000 emergency calls in June were hoaxes

More than 180,000 triple-0 calls to Ambulance NSW in June were shams.

Esther Han More than 180,000 emergency calls made to triple-0 in June this year were deemed as "non-genuine", NSW Ambulance says.