Leading Headlines

Black Caps closing in on win

New Zealand were closing in on a convincing win over Sri Lanka at lunch on the fourth day at Hagley Oval today. Sri Lanka began the day at 293 for five, still 10 runs…

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…

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.



'Humdinger' rally but analysts wary

United States markets head into the last week of the year with a "Santa Claus rally" having lifted them to record highs, picking up momentum from outstanding GDP numbers…


War in Afghanistan ends

The US and NATO formally ended their war in Afghanistan on Sunday, holding a low-key ceremony in Kabul after 13 years of conflict that have left the country in the grip…


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…

Life & Style

Four steps to quit smoking

The harmful effects of smoking are well-known, yet many people find it hard to give up. A doctor and expert in addiction…

Idyllic Rural Korean dining experience

When Korean migrant Paul Lee, 65, and his wife Rosa, 62, bought an apple orchard in South Auckland two decades ago they realised it wasn't large enough to be commercially…



Thunderbirds are go

"Thunderbirds are go" will once again be heard on the small screen next year as the 1960s cult-classic is due for a remake - and to wet fan's appetites a teaser trailer…




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