Leading Headlines

'Miracle' lifts teen's health

A teenager with a life-threatening illness has had a "miracle" response to a drug Pharmac said it wouldn't fund because it was too expensive and would have minimal benefit…

Couples fight for $2.9m home

A luxury Remuera home described as totally rebuilt and in the sought-after Grammar Zone has sold for $2.9 million -- nearly twice its new Auckland Council rating valuation..…

Cheers! Here's a toast to sobriety

Deborah Hill Cone writes: It is going to be one of those shame-hangover columns where I wake up in the night with the remorse terrors, but too late to do anything about…

Judge rejects $250,000 bid

Auckland businessman William Yan has been denied access to seized assets to pay private school fees for his children and to service the mortgage on his luxury apartment…

Cloud over National MP's future

The three-year political career of National Northland MP Mike Sabin is in the balance after a report that he is under investigation by police over an assault complaint…



$3b spent in Xmas lead-up

Kiwis have already spent more than $3 billion in the lead-up to Christmas. Paymark yesterday revealed it had processed more…

Cuban thaw may unlock new oil fields

One of the most prolific oil and gas basins sits just off Cuba's coast, and the thaw in relations with the US is giving rise to hopes that Cuba can now get in on the…

Merck buys new-cancer-drug firm

Drugmaker Merck says it's bought a Swiss biotech company developing cancer drugs as part of its strategy to be a top player in one of the hottest pharmaceutical research…



US gives North Korea warning

President Barack Obama declared yesterday that Sony "made a mistake" in shelving a satirical film about a plot to assassinate North Korea's leader.

Phelps admits drink-driving

Olympic gold medal swimmer Michael Phelps has pleaded guilty to drunken driving, almost three months after he was arrested on leaving a Baltimore casino.

Life & Style

Overgifting: Spoiling Kiwi kids?

Matt Heath writes: Last Christmas my two boys got so many presents they became bored opening them - if your kids get too much, why not take them to see the people who…



Sol3 Mio singer proposes

The audience at last night's Auckland Sol3 Mio concert found themselves drawn into a real-life opera as tenor Pene Pati proposed to his girlfriend, soprano Amina Edris…




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