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Key 'just horsing around'

Prime Minister John Key says his pulling of a ponytail, which an Auckland waitress described as bullying, was just a case of him "horsing around".

Last day before murders revealed

More details of Edward Livingstone's movements on the day he killed his children have been heard by the coroner's court. Livingstone shot dead Bradley, 9, and Ellen…

Gloriavale leaders close in

A professor who says Gloriavale tried converting him as a boy says the secretive community is feeling 'tremors' after the recent departure of several members.

National

Enormous effort to save native birds

An enormous effort to save native birds from a tide of pests has delivered some promising results in the South Island, following 1080 drops across vast swathes of beech…

Business

Spazio boss denies IRD debt

The boss of an Italian tile and bathroom seller has denied former companies of the group owe $5.5 million to Inland Revenue. The IRD has filed claims against liquidated…

Will we reach parity today?

The New Zealand dollar is trading close to parity with the Australian dollar and may push through the historic milestone today.

World

South Korea to salvage ferry

South Korea on Wednesday formally approved plans to salvage a ferry that sank last year in a disaster that killed more than…

Lab chimps granted 'personhood'

A judge has granted the legal right of habeas corpus to two chimpanzees being held at a biomedical research facility in the US - a decision that animal rights activists…

Gallipoli 100: Birth of the Anzacs

Sculpture remembers marae soldiers

Seagulls fly out to sea and return again ... And like the seagull, the soldiers of Huria Marae in last century's wars all left and returned safely. A monument to the…

Life & Style

Breastfeeding photo divides parents

A picture of a mum breastfeeding while on the toilet: Some argue it's an honest depiction of parenthood, while others have labelled it "disgusting".

Video

Entertainment

Travel

Journey through Amexica

Fulfilling a long-held ambition, Ed Vulliamy drives the 3200km length of the US-Mexico border and discovers a land of beauty, poverty and paradox.

Opinion

Sport

Rugby

Versatility keeps Piutau in frame

One person who might have mixed feelings after Aaron Cruden's World Cup dream was almost certainly ended by a knee injury is Charles Piutau.

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