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Two dead in boat accident

Two people have died and three taken to hospital after a boat was swamped while crossing the Manukau Bar in Auckland this afternoon.

'God willing, we can find it soon'

The search for a missing AirAsia jet carrying 162 people that disappeared more than 24 hours ago has expanded with planes and ships from several countries taking part…

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Holiday road toll rises to seven

A fatal crash involving a car and truck on State Highway 1 between Amberley and Kaikoura in Canterbury has taken the Christmas road toll to seven.

Flight attendant's haunting tweet

Flight attendant onboard missing AirAsia flight had tweeted a message of support to families of those lost in MH17 disaster just months before his own plane disappeared…


TAB fights back against cyber-attack

A three-day cyber-attack against the TAB website has been thwarted by specialist IT staff. TAB executive general manager Glenn Patrick said the company's website suffered…


'Humdinger' rally but analysts wary

United States markets head into the last week of the year with a "Santa Claus rally" having lifted them to record highs, picking up momentum from outstanding GDP numbers…



Monkey slur in bitter war of words

Even by the outrageous standards of North Korean propaganda chiefs, it was an unusually vulgar slur, a dramatic escalation in the two-week-long war of words between…

Life & Style

Four steps to quit smoking

The harmful effects of smoking are well-known, yet many people find it hard to give up. A doctor and expert in addiction…



The Big Read: Miley Cyrus

The Miley Cyrus circus is heading to New Zealand. But there's more to this pop princess than tweeting, twerking and giant tongue slides, as Chris Schulz discovers. If…




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