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Kiwis' $404m splurge

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

Cricket: Sri Lanka facing fight

Sri Lanka have a long journey to go to get back into the first test against New Zealand at Hagley Oval. At stumps on the second day, having followed on 303 runs behind…

National

Police seek escaped prisoner

Police are searching for a 33-year-old man who escaped from court cells in Hamilton this morning. Police said Michael Campbell…

Business

A share of the action

You can not only find someone online willing to rent you a room in their house, but someone who will share their car, their desk, their power tools or their child's…

World

Politics

Coups save face for Obama

Assumptions that President Barack Obama was a lame duck, counting down his last quarter after Republicans seized Congress…

National, Labour both on the rise

Labour's popularity has jumped three percentage points in the first political poll since Andrew Little took over the leadership and the first major poll since the election…

GCSB saga: Reporter receives apology

In a last minute year-end coda to the serpentine illegal GCSB spying saga, a political reporter has received an apology from Parliamentary Service over a breach of her…

Life & Style

Video

Entertainment

Portrait of the artist as flesh and blood

The opening three shots of Mike Leigh's enthralling study of the British landscape painter J.M.W. Turner contain all of the elements that make it such a masterly portrait…

Travel

Opinion

Sport

McCullum's smashing day

Doing spectacular deeds is nothing new for the pugnacious little skipper. But this was a day where numbers do talk loudly.

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