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'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…

Glory comes with $50,000 bill

Auckland City might be in the money after their heroics at the Fifa Club World Cup, but the acclaimed amateur players have been brought back to reality with a thud.

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..…

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…

Sony says Obama kept in the loop

US President Barack Obama has become embroiled in a dispute with the makers of the comedy The Interview over how much the White House knew about North Korea's threats…

National

Fewer berths in new marina plan

As thousands of holidaymakers converge on Waiheke for the summer break, new details about a controversial proposal for the island's gateway can be revealed.

Business

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…

World

Model's life changed by tsunami

It was Christmas Day and life seemed perfect for Petra Nemcova. The Czech model had already graced the cover of Sports Illustrated magazine...

Politics

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…

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.

'Rock star' economy in numbers

This was meant to be the year of the "rock star" economy. Finance Minister Bill English now describes it as the "rock solid" economy...

SkyCity 'holds the cards' - Labour

SkyCity is holding all the cards in the latest round of negotiations with the Government over its increasingly expensive convention centre, Labour's Economic Development…

Life & Style

What a prince gets for Xmas

The Royal Family are famed for their love of horses - and it's never too early to give the latest arrival his first taste of life in the saddle. So Santa is bringing…

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