Leading Headlines

One team will win a Super Rugby title for the first time tonight. Wynne Gray takes us for a trip down memory lane ahead of the monumental clash.

Before there was Masterchef

Reality style food shows seem to be the television that we currently love to hate. From Come Dine with Me to Masterchef and My Kitchen Rules - our TV channels are full…

The moment the bombs exploded

"I looked at Martini and said 'abandon ship, we need to get out of here'. By this time I had lost the towel, I was running around naked," captain Peter Willcox recalls…



Lion cubs given safe pass to Jordan

Gaza's militant Hamas rulers on Friday allowed a pair of lion cubs en route to a wildlife sanctuary in Jordan back into the Palestinian coastal strip.

US military is dragging its feet

The Department of defence announced military recruits would start using athletic shoes 100 per cent made and manufactured in America, in recognition of a law Congress…


Recession lurks in shadows

New Zealand is enjoying 3.2 per cent economic growth and 0.1 per cent inflation, the statisticians tell us, but Bank of New Zealand economists warn we could see those…


Life & Style

Restaurant review: Chikos

In a not-so-trendy part of town is an eatery offering exciting modern European cuisine with flavours from Bangkok to Texas.





Obama finally sounds Presidential

Barack Obama's Charleston speech could come to rank with Martin Luther King's at the Lincoln Memorial as an inspiring moment of modern times, writes John Roughan.



Host's overseas talent 'big challenge'

The Samoa Rugby Union's high performance centre in Tuana'imato is a long way from Northampton, Toulouse, Newcastle or London where many of the Manu Samoa players are…

Leave it to Mealamu

He's one of the toughest men to pull on an All Black jersey ... and he's humble, nice and has a smile like a sunbeam.

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