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Swney's $3m ticket

Tax cheat Alex Swney arranged for the council-funded Heart of the City to pay him nearly $300k annually - despite his role as CEO of the business lobby group being only…

Desperate renters queue for houses

Auckland's booming property market is running out of student accommodation. At one inner-city property this week, up to 150 desperate renters queued up at an open home…

Great whites set up in Kaipara

Eleven great white sharks have been spotted at a single site in the Kaipara Harbour - the largest concentration of the species yet seen in the upper North Island.

The downfall of Alex Swney

When name suppression on Alex Swney was lifted in October, revealing he was being prosecuted on 39 counts of tax evasion, Swney was flanked by his wife Angeline and…

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Business

Share dip 'iPhone 6 effect'

Orion Health has blamed disappointing third quarter revenue, which sent the software developer's shares tumbling to a record…

Number of tourists hit record 2.86m

The number of international visitors surged by 5 per cent to 2.86 million last year, putting the tourism industry on track to earn $41 billion a year in the next decade…

World

Rich, famous ... and on trial

Here's the cast: France's would-be president, with a craving for sex - lots of it, and of the unconventional kind. Shadowy…

Gay marriage goes to US Supreme Court

History may show the tipping point in the long struggle to make gay marriage legal throughout the United States came last November, when the US sixth circuit court of…

Politics

Child poverty - a lesson for Key's team

In the flush of election victory, John Key said something about tackling child poverty in this term. He was looking for fresh ideas from ministers in the new year.

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