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NZ duo's $670m Aussie buy-up

The extraordinary strength of the New Zealand dollar against the aussie wasn't the main reason why Infratil and the New Zealand Superannuation Fund decided to buy RetireAustralia…

Rain threatens party plans

Partygoers will be swapping their sunglasses and sunblock for umbrellas and rain jackets to see in the New Year as the brilliant weather that has brightened the holidays…

War ends but the battle goes on

The war is officially over, victory secured. And Afghanistan, once again, has been rebuilt. But for many, life in the restive provinces is much as it ever was.

Perilous crossing claims two lives

Three stricken boaties spent up to two hours treading water after their 5m vessel was swamped by a freak wave while crossing the treacherous Manukau Harbour bar, killing…

Retailer cool in knife drama

A cool-headed shopkeeper has described the moments an agitated intruder grabbed a knife and sparked a hostage situation in a busy seaside holiday town.

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Airbus quick to dispatch investigators

Airbus has rushed two specialists to Jakarta to assist in the investigation of the disappeared A320 airliner operated by AirAsia, the budget carrier that rose from almost…

World

Facebook 'review' hits sore spot

Facebook has apologised after a new feature inviting users to review a collection of their 2014 highlights caused some to be confronted with pictures of their recently…

Politics

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

Tattoo you: Pua Magasiva and KJ Apa

Tattoo you: Well known Kiwis show off their ink. Pua Magasiva and KJ Apa, Shortland St stars. Their on-screen characters on Shortland Street do not have much to do…

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