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Electrocuted after crash

A passenger who got out of a car after it hit a power pole in Canterbury was electrocuted by fallen power lines, and two others who tried to help were shocked.

Updated 2 min ago

Cricket: Southee and Boult strike early

Sri Lanka were fighting hard at lunch on the third day of their opening test against New Zealand at Hagley Oval today. Starting the day at 84 for none in their second…

Updated 51 min ago

One dead in milk truck crash

Motorists have been urged to take extra care on the roads after a man died and three others were critically injured in a crash in the Bay of Plenty this morning.

Bar stool crash man back home

Jane Watts said last goodbyes to her severely injured husband five times and could only have dreamed she would spend another Christmas with him.

News gets viewers riled the most

The most complained about television show in New Zealand this year was ... the news. Nine of the top 10 programmes targeted by disgruntled viewers were flagship news…

Updated 36 min ago

Family's vigil for missing teen

Family members of a missing teenager were keeping an emotional vigil on a Northland beach last night - the latest incident in a horror start to the holiday season in…



Putin scraps holidays

Russia's economy will shrink by around 4 per cent next year as a result of falling oil prices and ongoing financial turmoil…

Kiwis' $404m splurge

Shoppers spent a record-breaking amount on Christmas Eve and Boxing Day, according to figures released by Paymark today.



Coups save face for Obama

Assumptions that President Barack Obama was a lame duck, counting down his last quarter after Republicans seized Congress, were confounded by several White House coups…

Life & Style

Out and about: Happy holidays

Today The New Zealand Herald Summer Race Day 11am, Ellerslie Racecourse, 80 Ascot Ave, Remuera, Auckland. It is free. ellerslie.co.nz Christmas…

Simon says it's time for Summer (+recipes)

Red King Crab with a Trio of Indian, Smoked Chipotle and Moroccan Buffalo Butters Photo / Kieran Scott - Serves 6 100g butter 2.4kg large red king crab legs 3 lemons Smoked…




Horses for courses in Cambridge

You can't visit Cambridge without noticing that the town is a thriving hub of horsiness. Clues are its slogan "Home of Champions" and that the properties surrounding…



Standout performances for the ages

The Boxing Day feats of Brendon McCullum have underlined his favouritism to win this year's supreme Halberg Award. Andrew Alderson selects another six of the finest…

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