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Kiwis' $404m splurge

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

Cricket: Sri Lanka on the ropes

New Zealand had Sri Lanka on the ropes at lunch on the second day of the first test at Hagley Oval today. Having started the day at 429 for seven, New Zealand's tail…

Pregnant woman allowed to die

A court in Ireland has ruled a clinically brain dead pregnant woman's life support machine should be switched off. In a landmark ruling, Dublin's High Court said keeping…


Boxing Day races riot of fashion and fun

The New Zealand Herald Boxing Day races at Ellerslie yesterday were the most successful on record, with more than 20,000 people taking advantage of the fine weather…


A share of the action

You can not only find someone online willing to rent you a room in their house, but someone who will share their car, their desk, their power tools or their child's…



Coups save face for Obama

Assumptions that President Barack Obama was a lame duck, counting down his last quarter after Republicans seized Congress…

National, Labour both on the rise

Labour's popularity has jumped three percentage points in the first political poll since Andrew Little took over the leadership and the first major poll since the election…

GCSB saga: Reporter receives apology

In a last minute year-end coda to the serpentine illegal GCSB spying saga, a political reporter has received an apology from Parliamentary Service over a breach of her…

Life & Style



Portrait of the artist as flesh and blood

The opening three shots of Mike Leigh's enthralling study of the British landscape painter J.M.W. Turner contain all of the elements that make it such a masterly portrait…




Cricket: McMillan marvels at blazing bat

NZ batting coach Craig McMillan last night lavished praise on captain Brendon McCullum after yet another great performance set his side up for a crack at winning the…

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