Housing special: Interest rates plunge

Bank mortgage war brewing

Banks are tipped to drop interest rates to new lows as competition to attract house hunters and homeowners escalates into…

The housing market in 2015

Buy or sell? Fix or float? Financial and property experts make their predictions and give advice on surviving in the sizzling…

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Isis claims beheading

An online video released Saturday night purported to show an Islamic State group militant behead Japanese journalist Kenji Goto.

Impaled man's close call

A man is making a remarkable recovery after undergoing surgery to remove bone fragments from his brain - but only a centimetre or so could have made the injury much…

Has Key met his match?

A poll has revealed 55% of voters think Little is potentially a better match for PM John Key than his Labour Party leader predecessors.

Islamic KiwiSaver ready to go

New Zealand's first Islamic KiwiSaver fund has been launched with a promise not to invest in alcohol, Western entertainment or pornography. The Amanah KiwiSaver Plan…

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Oil slips below US$44 briefly

Oil prices closed higher after a volatile session that saw the New York price drop below US$44 a barrel for the first time…

NZ dollar slumps to 4-year low

The New Zealand dollar is headed for a 2.1 per cent weekly decline against the US dollar, having hit a four-year low after the Reserve Bank on Thursday removed its bias…

Second day of falls for NZ shares

New Zealand shares fell for a second day as the kiwi dollar's slide to a four-year low sapped overseas investor appetite for high-yielding stocks.

Share dip 'iPhone 6 effect'

Orion Health has blamed disappointing third quarter revenue, which sent the software developer's shares tumbling to a record low, on its own version of the "iPhone 6…

World

Qld: Labor's return to power

The Labor party is on the brink of a stunning return to power in Queensland just one term after it was crushed by the Liberal National Party.

Politics

Catton funding money well spent

If Eleanor Catton was a politician she might be in some difficulty today. For it turns out that while she vented her feelings about New Zealand's "very shallow, very…

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Triumphant Williams

Serena Williams has continued her relentless march to sporting immortality with another demoralising Australian Open final triumph over Maria Sharapova.

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