Leading Headlines

Rates: What's in it for you?

About 116,000 Auckland households face a rates increase of more than 10 per cent under a rating formula released by Mayor Len Brown yesterday.

Trippers win in long-haul bus wars

Budget travellers will soon have three major long-distance bus operators to choose from, offering fares from as little as $1 each way between Auckland and Wellington…

Fresh faces mask heaps of experience

Fresh legs and fresh faces are everywhere in the team to play the USA but the troops at Soldier Field have been charged with delivering an old-school All Black performance…

Positive change from sex scandal

A positive change could emerge from the Roast Busters scandal, a victim advocate says, as the Ministry of Education plans new sex education guidelines for schools.

National

MS funding promises normality

Thousands of New Zealand multiple sclerosis sufferers will gain a greater sense of normality with the funding of two revolutionary drug treatments from tomorrow.

Business

Rate rise looks distant prospect

If the Reserve Bank still sees interest rate increases in our future it is a distant prospect - at this stage. Most market economists poring over yesterday's official…

FMA eyes poor KiwiSaver advice

The boss of the country's market watchdog says poor KiwiSaver advice and incentives that encourage reckless or negligent selling of financial products will be key focus…

Hanover delay on the cards

Financial Markets Authority action against six former men linked to Hanover could be delayed if Mark Hotchin wins a case against the failed finance group's trustees…

World

Truck driver jailed for 700 shootings

A German court jailed a truck driver for 10 and a half years for attempted murder for shooting more than 700 times at other motorists from behind the wheel.

Politics

Deputy thrust into limelight

He has been called "a scaly old dude" by former US President George W Bush and derided as a "sick old man" by Zambia's opposition…

Govt passes 'tea-break' bill

A law which takes away the legal right to a tea break and weakens collective bargaining has taken line honours as the first law change passed in National's third term…

Life & Style

Rest home's robot baby seals

Robot baby seals will be helping keep loneliness at bay for residents at an Auckland retirement village. The Selwyn Foundation has become the first service provider…

Your Money

Technology

Rugby

Eagles soared in last encounter

Halloween and family commitments will anchor Kevin Swords around home this weekend but the former USA lock was at the epicentre of his team's last All Blacks encounter…

All Blacks: SBW, Cruden to start

Sonny Bill Williams has been named at second five-eighth for the All Blacks against the USA on Sunday, with Aaron Cruden returning to play inside his Chiefs' teammate…

ABs: First look at Soldier Field

Travelling All Blacks fans got their first look inside Soldier Field today and left impressed. The stadium will host the All Blacks-USA test on Saturday afternoon local…

Sport

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