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PM aware of Sabin issues

Prime Minister John Key has said he only became aware in December of the personal reasons behind Mike Sabin's sudden resignation as Northland MP.

Big drought - whole nation at risk

Rain forecast for this week is unlikely to offset a soil-parching big dry that has put much of the country at serious fire risk and begun to hurt farmers in hot-spot…


Laptops, tablets add to cost burden

Nearly four in five Auckland secondary schools now ask or permit students to bring a device such as a laptop or tablet - potentially adding hundreds of dollars to back-to-school…


Westpac's NZ man snares top local job

David McLean has been appointed chief executive of Westpac New Zealand. He had been acting CEO of the Australasian bank's local arm since August, when his predecessor…

Xero customer sales up 79pc

Xero, the cloud-based accounting firm, said customer sales are tracking 79 per cent ahead of the year earlier in the first nine months of its financial year, in…

Synlait cuts milk payout forecast

NZX-listed South Island dairy products manufacturer, Synlait Milk, said it had revised its forecast milk price for the 2014/15 down from $5.00 per kg of milk solids…



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.

Life & Style




Botswana: Plains of passage

John Coomber meets Africa's most majestic animals in their own environment and is lucky to see elephants following an ancient waterhole trail.



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