Leading Headlines

Racial taunts upset local

Behaviour associated with an inner city Dunedin flat has upset a nearby business owner, who claims racial and sexual taunts have been hurled at her from drunken revellers…

Man caught in boat inferno

A man suffered serious burns to most of his body after the boat he was in burst into flames while he was trying to fill the tank with petrol.

Glenn's trust move will end stoush

Owen Glenn's move to gift his half-share of the Warriors to a charitable trust will end one of his legal disputes with Eric Watson but leave the main battle between…

Swney's $3m ticket to the high life

Tax cheat Alex Swney arranged for the council-funded Heart of the City to pay him nearly $300k annually - despite his role as CEO of the business lobby group being only…

Desperate renters queue for houses

Auckland's booming property market is running out of student accommodation. At one inner-city property this week, up to 150 desperate renters queued up at an open home…



Oil slips below US$44 briefly

Oil prices closed higher after a volatile session that saw the New York price drop below US$44 a barrel for the first time…

Second day of falls for NZ shares

New Zealand shares fell for a second day as the kiwi dollar's slide to a four-year low sapped overseas investor appetite for high-yielding stocks.

Share dip 'iPhone 6 effect'

Orion Health has blamed disappointing third quarter revenue, which sent the software developer's shares tumbling to a record low, on its own version of the "iPhone 6…


Mon Dieu! France flops in cook-off

It is considered to have one of the world's finest cuisines. But France faced gastronomic humiliation after it failed to make the podium on home soil in a global cooking…


Child poverty - a lesson for Key's team

In the flush of election victory, John Key said something about tackling child poverty in this term. He was looking for fresh ideas from ministers in the new year.

Life & Style

Wine: Instant head-turners

Wines available from heraldwines.co.nz for a limited time. 2014 Matawhero Gisborne Gewurztraminer For unfathomable reasons gewurtztraminer remains unloved and something…



Going for baroque

A March concert by Tafelmusik, a Canadian baroque orchestra, promises to be a highlight of this year's Auckland Arts Festival.



The secret diary of ... Catton

Monday Interesting questions of gender and identity are raised at the Jaipur literary festival in India when I'm judged to have lost the egg and spoon race. I don't…


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