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Rates: What's in it for you?

About 116,000 Auckland households face a rates increase of more than 10 per cent under a rating formula released by Mayor Len Brown yesterday.

Trippers win in long-haul bus wars

Budget travellers will soon have three major long-distance bus operators to choose from, offering fares from as little as $1 each way between Auckland and Wellington…

Positive change from sex scandal

A positive change could emerge from the Roast Busters scandal, a victim advocate says, as the Ministry of Education plans new sex education guidelines for schools.

National

454 major incidents at health boards

A baby died in a water-birth, a mother bled to death after giving birth, and a mental health patient with motor-skills trouble choked on food and died.

Business

Hanover delay on the cards

Financial Markets Authority action against six former men linked to Hanover could be delayed if Mark Hotchin wins a case…

Dollar slips as greenback grows

The outlook for the New Zealand dollar took another bearish turn yesterday after the US dollar spiked higher on the back of an upbeat economic assessment from the Federal…

Rate rise looks distant prospect

If the Reserve Bank still sees interest rate increases in our future it is a distant prospect - at this stage. Most market economists poring over yesterday's official…

World

Politics

Deputy thrust into limelight

He has been called "a scaly old dude" by former US President George W Bush and derided as a "sick old man" by Zambia's opposition, but yesterday Dr Guy Scott assumed…

Life & Style

Rest home's robot baby seals

Robot baby seals will be helping keep loneliness at bay for residents at an Auckland retirement village. The Selwyn Foundation has become the first service provider…

Your Money

Technology

Rugby

Eagles soared in last encounter

Halloween and family commitments will anchor Kevin Swords around home this weekend but the former USA lock was at the epicentre of his team's last All Blacks encounter…

All Blacks: SBW, Cruden to start

Sonny Bill Williams has been named at second five-eighth for the All Blacks against the USA on Sunday, with Aaron Cruden returning to play inside his Chiefs' teammate…

ABs: First look at Soldier Field

Travelling All Blacks fans got their first look inside Soldier Field today and left impressed. The stadium will host the All Blacks-USA test on Saturday afternoon local…

Sport

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