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Flight attendant's haunting tweet

Flight attendant onboard missing AirAsia flight had tweeted a message of support to families of those lost in MH17 disaster just months before his own plane disappeared…

Man's death shocks whanau

The family of a man who died in hospital after suffering injuries at an Auckland motel say they are shocked and are gathering to support each other.

Missing plane caps year of woe

This year began with the aviation industry celebrating a century of passenger flights - it ends with a jet with 162 aboard missing while flying from Indonesia to Singapore…

Tracking bugs at the beach

Auckland Council is putting final touches to a beach forecast model to let people find out online the level of harmful bacteria in the water for three days ahead.

Kidnap terror haunts family

As Elsje and Coenraad Pretorius gaze into their baby daughter Nadine's eyes there is not a hint of the drama that almost separated them forever in September.

Film scout had 'the eye'

The film industry is mourning the death of an influential member. Location scout Dave Comer, 58, of Queenstown, died on Christmas Day from a rare form of cancer.



Global economy hanging on knife-edge

The world economy enters 2015 at a fork in the road. One track leads to the self-sustaining vigorous recovery that policymakers have sought in vain since the financial…


Monkey slur in bitter war of words

Even by the outrageous standards of North Korean propaganda chiefs, it was an unusually vulgar slur, a dramatic escalation in the two-week-long war of words between…


West can't rely on a White Knight

There is a scene in Lewis Carroll's Through the Looking-Glass in which Alice meets the White Knight who is wearing full armour and riding a horse which he keeps falling…

Life & Style



Sounds of summer: What not to miss

Tours Devilskin Summer Tour Tickets to a Devilskin gig are to raging rock fans what Lewis Road Creamery chocolate milk is to discerning foodies. So get in fast if you…


Horses for courses in Cambridge

You can't visit Cambridge without noticing that the town is a thriving hub of horsiness. Clues are its slogan "Home of Champions" and that the properties surrounding…



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