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$3b spent in Xmas lead-up

Kiwis have already spent more than $3 billion in the lead-up to Christmas. Paymark yesterday revealed it had processed more…

Judge rejects $250,000 bid

Auckland businessman William Yan has been denied access to seized assets to pay private school fees for his children and to service the mortgage on his luxury apartment…

Cuban thaw may unlock new oil fields

One of the most prolific oil and gas basins sits just off Cuba's coast, and the thaw in relations with the US is giving rise to hopes that Cuba can now get in on the…

World

Politics

Cloud over National MP's future

The three-year political career of National Northland MP Mike Sabin is in the balance after a report that he is under investigation…

Sony says Obama kept in the loop

US President Barack Obama has become embroiled in a dispute with the makers of the comedy The Interview over how much the White House knew about North Korea's threats…

US gives North Korea warning

President Barack Obama declared yesterday that Sony "made a mistake" in shelving a satirical film about a plot to assassinate North Korea's leader.

Life & Style

Cheers! Here's a toast to sobriety

Deborah Hill Cone writes: It is going to be one of those shame-hangover columns where I wake up in the night with the remorse terrors, but too late to do anything about…

Video

Video

UK Christmas ad a viral hit

The John Lewis Christmas advert is a UK tradition, and the 2014 version is called #MontyThePenguin. It has clocked up over 16 million views in a couple of weeks. The…

Entertainment

Melodies in McCartney's head

Sir Paul McCartney is 72, and only the wrinkles give his years away. Interviewed recently, he seems as boyish and light-footed as he was on stage decades ago...

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