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Early taste of winter

The wet weather will linger in Auckland today as the storm that dumped snow around the country moves past New Zealand.

Council starts to open books

Auckland Council is entering a new era of openness by publishing details about the spending of ratepayer money, says chief executive Stephen Town.

Stock surges as Contact cuts plan

Contact Energy investors are applauding the company's decision to shelve an unpopular overseas geothermal investment plan and instead boost cash returns to shareholders…

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Key rejects hard line on Kiwi jihadis

Prime Minister John Key says New Zealand could not follow suit if Australia moves to strip a New Zealand-Australian woman of citizenship to prevent her returning from…

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Cafe siege gunman too 'weird' for bikies

Sydney siege gunman Man Haron Monis tried to join the Rebels outlaw motorcycle gang but was rejected by the bikies, who thought he was "weird" and took his motorbike…

Wet May in US causes havoc

Record rainfall wreaked havoc across a swath of the central US, causing flash floods in normally dry riverbeds, spawning tornadoes and forcing 2000 people from their…

Business

Lawyers look at SCF disclosure timing

A SCF investor who is helping fund a legal probe says he bought preference shares on the back of statements the company made about its prospects only months before it…

Greece unable to find $2.4b for IMF debt

Greece will be unable to find the 1.6 billion ($2.4 billion) sum it is due to hand the International Monetary Fund (IMF) next month, one of the country's ministers has…

Politics

Act rejects Maurice Williamson

Former Act leader Don Brash has approached the party to ask whether National MP Maurice Williamson could join, but he has been unanimously rejected.

Life & Style

How to keep your brain sharp

Keeping your brain sharp requires more than just a game of Sudoku each day, says an expert holding a public talk in Auckland tomorrow. Dr Jim Stinear, of the University…

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Lauryn Hill joins Soulfest

Soulfest is adding some hip-hop royalty to its line-up, with former Fugees star Lauryn Hill and reformed duo Blackstar added to the bill. R&B star Miguel and Jazmine…

Travel

Day three at Vivid Sydney: Game time

Vivid is an annual festival that helps brighten up Sydney, Australia, as it heads into winter. It features an array of art, music, idea talks and more. Here are Rachel…

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Much to decide as the playoffs loom

There are three weeks to go in Super Rugby's regular season and few things about the playoff picture are clear given 10 teams are still in the hunt to claim six spots…

Rugby

Rugby: Black is developing quickly

Otere Black's rugby apprenticeship is moving along at a rapid rate. The Manawatu 20-year-old is only a wider training group member of the Hurricanes but he could be…

All Blacks: Who can't we lose?

Kieran Read and Aaron Smith are the players the All Blacks can least afford to lose, but we can live without some big stars, say Herald readers.

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