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Hero retiree saves mum

When Ian Waterson saw a mother and her child being swept out to sea he knew he had to act fast - so he ran outside, jumped onto his 4WD farmbike and drove straight into…

Thousands miss cut for university

A big drop in the number of students able to study at tertiary level has prompted calls for the New Zealand Qualifications Authority to review new University Entrance…

Johnson soaring on star status

Shaun Johnson has nothing to worry about. With poster-boy looks to go with the rarest of sporting talents, the 24-year-old has the rugby league world at his feet.

McDonald's going upmarket?

Are the days of cheap cheeseburgers and Happy Meals over? It appears McDonald's is going upmarket - trialling table service and customised gourmet burgers.

National

Green light for quarry apartments

A new special housing area for up to 90 apartments is approved - but the tenants will potentially have to tolerate years of a quarry being filled up at their back door…

Business

Trade imbalance widens

New Zealand's trade accounts were in the red for the sixth month in a row in December, imports exceeding exports by $159 million or 3.6 per cent.

Briscoe eyes loyalty programme

Briscoe Group, which operates the Briscoes, Rebel Sports, and Living & Giving stores, may introduce a customer loyalty programme to stoke growth in online sales.

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The Insider: Too much dry

While many businesspeople are cheering on National's plan for wide-ranging Resource Management Act reform, others are urging…

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