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Manhunt for motel killers

Police are hunting two men after a killing at a central Auckland motel. A 54-year-old man died in hospital after what police say was a violent incident in his motel…

Family's vigil for missing teen

Family members of a missing teenager were keeping an emotional vigil on a Northland beach last night - the latest incident in a horror start to the holiday season in…

Bar stool crash man back home

Jane Watts said last goodbyes to her severely injured husband five times and could only have dreamed she would spend another Christmas with him.

Standout performances for the ages

The Boxing Day feats of Brendon McCullum have underlined his favouritism to win this year's supreme Halberg Award. Andrew Alderson selects another six of the finest…

Portable cots put kids at risk

A survey of portable cots for sale in New Zealand has uncovered potentially fatal safety defects - including folding mechanisms that could trap a child's neck.

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Business

Putin scraps holidays

Russia's economy will shrink by around 4 per cent next year as a result of falling oil prices and ongoing financial turmoil…

Kiwis' $404m splurge

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

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Politics

Coups save face for Obama

Assumptions that President Barack Obama was a lame duck, counting down his last quarter after Republicans seized Congress, were confounded by several White House coups…

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…

Life & Style

Books to get your teeth into (+recipes)

Josh's Backyard BBQ By Josh Emett This is the book to take your outdoor cooking to a new level. Celebrity chef Josh Emett has come up with the ideal blend of family-friendly…

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