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Manhunt for motel killers

Police are hunting two men after a killing at a central Auckland motel. A 54-year-old man died in hospital after what police say was a violent incident in his motel…

Standout performances for the ages

The Boxing Day feats of Brendon McCullum have underlined his favouritism to win this year's supreme Halberg Award. Andrew Alderson selects another six of the finest…

Lizard grinches win

Sony's PlayStation network remained offline in an outage that roiled the online world just as eager video-game players unwrapped consoles on Christmas morning.

'She was just crying and crying'

Family members of a missing teenager were keeping an emotional vigil on a Northland beach last night - the latest incident in a horror start to the holiday season in…

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No tears at safest parks

The child injury prevention service of Starship Children's Health and Auckland Council rangers have come up with a list of the city's safest, child-friendliest, parks…

Business

Putin scraps holidays

Russia's economy will shrink by around 4 per cent next year as a result of falling oil prices and ongoing financial turmoil…

Kiwis' $404m splurge

Shoppers spent a record-breaking amount on Christmas Eve and Boxing Day, according to figures released by Paymark today.

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Politics

Meet our new columnist

A stint as a schoolyard human billboard urging teachers to vote for United Future sparked a political passion that has led…

Coups save face for Obama

Assumptions that President Barack Obama was a lame duck, counting down his last quarter after Republicans seized Congress, were confounded by several White House coups…

Life & Style

Five of the best: Coastal walks

Get outside and explore the New Zealand coastline we are so well known for. Fingers crossed, you will be blessed with a refreshing sea breeze as you tackle these top…

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