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Wild weather should settle before Xmas
Wild weather should settle before Xmas

The weekend's contrasting mix of downpours and sunshine should make way for more settled weather by Christmas Day, forecasters…

'Disgusting' debris on Auckland public field

An athletics trainer says chicken bones and other disgusting debris strewn across a popular public field are an eyesore…

Man injured sliding down dunes

A man has been airlifted to hospital after hurting his back sliding down sand dunes at a West Auckland beach today.

National MP accused of assault

John Key’s office is refusing to comment on reports of an assault complaint against National’s Northland MP Mike Sabin…

Mum's heartbreak as gamer jailed
Mum's heartbreak as gamer jailed

A mother is heartbroken and feels punished after her video gaming partner bashed and critically injured their baby boy…

Peeved passengers grounded by Jetstar glitch
Peeved passengers grounded by Jetstar glitch

Peeved passengers were still grounded 22 hours after Jetstar's big computer breakdown. The budget airline says operations…

Police scour flat for clues of missing man
Police scour flat for clues of missing man

Police are today focusing attention on the flat 33 year-old Hayden Cossey was living in before he disappeared.

NZ beach water quality under spotlight
NZ beach water quality under spotlight

Fourteen per cent of monitored beaches in New Zealand are classified as "high risk" for water quality issues.

National

New heritage park celebrates NZ's first sermon
New heritage park celebrates NZ's first sermon

A new heritage park near Kerikeri celebrating the site of New Zealand's first sermon was officially…

Firefighters extinguish blaze near Christchurch speedway

Firefighters have extinguished a blaze near the Woodford Glen Speedway in Christchurch. The fire broke in a pit of pickled…

Divers searching for missing fisherman find body

The search has resumed this morning for a fisherman missing since yesterday.

Crayfish diver dead in boating accident

A man is dead after going on a crayfishing trip in Akaroa Harbour.

Hunt continues for escaped prisoner
Hunt continues for escaped prisoner

The hunt is continuing tonight for a prisoner who escaped from hospital on Friday night.

21st death: Man charged

A 36-year old man has been charged with murder after a death at a 21st birthday party, which police say may have been sparked…

Tourist dies in Tongariro National Park

A tourist from Germany died while hiking in Tongariro National Park yesterday.

Push for Auckland Council to speed up smokefree decision

A bylaws panel will push the Auckland Council to speed up its decision on giving legal bite to the region's smokefree policy. The…

Air NZ crew resign after booze binge

Four Air New Zealand flight attendants have left the airline under a cloud after a booze-fuelled night.

'Rock star' economy in numbers
'Rock star' economy in numbers

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

Young grandson's bravery rewarded

Dakota Leef is 8 years old, and a hero. His story of bravery - running to get help for his stricken grandfather - has a…

Katy gets first family approval

Prime Minister John Key and family posed backstage with pop superstar Katy Perry after her sold-out show at the Vector Arena…

Santa busted for speeding

Santa Claus has admitted being in a bit too much of a rush after being caught speeding on his way to an old folks' home.

Driveway death haunts dad

Every day before work Auckland dad Danny Mafi drives to his baby daughter's grave to "see her and to say a prayer".

Len Brown mansion up for sale
Len Brown mansion up for sale

Embattled Auckland Mayor Len Brown is selling his family home. The exclusive Tiffany Close property…

Martin Crowe: 'I will see you there'

"I will see you there." Martin Crowe's words about the upcoming World Cup are among the most uplifting any fan will read…

Mail oddities addressed

An expensive designer handbag, a preserved scorpion, human ashes and an unwrapped tennis ball are some of the 100,000 "undeliverable"…

Car from infamous PM dash bought

The car that controversially raced across the South Island clocking speeds well above the limit so then-prime minister Helen…

Parents appalled as Santa debunked

A primary school relief teacher is on the naughty list with parents this Christmas after apparently casting doubt about…

Kerre McIvor: A child's life has no price
Kerre McIvor: A child's life has no price

Pakistan's Defence Minister, Khwaja Asif, summed up the dreadful toll that the war between the country's…

Chillin' but still wired

Kiwis might be hanging up their business suits for the holiday, but iPads and laptops are must-pack items for many holidaymakers…

Mission of good cheer

Jetstar has pumped $25,000 into the Christmas Day lunch annually for three years. Airline staff also help by serving the…

Kate Winslet's NZ break

Hollywood star Kate Winslet has been enjoying a low-key break in the Bay of Islands after wrapping up her new movie in Melbourne…

Google, cops step in to save Christmas

An alert from Google helped solve the case of a cache of Christmas presents and electronic equipment stolen from an Auckland…

Kissing boss spoils Christmas party
Kissing boss spoils Christmas party

A city chief executive is being accused of kissing female staff at a company Christmas party - and joking…

Ho ho hot but cloudy

Seeking a warm and sunny Christmas Day? Head south. WeatherWatch forecaster Philip Duncan says 80 per cent of New Zealand…

Guard investigated over Smith escape

An Auckland Prison officer has been suspended as the Department of Corrections seeks answers on how convicted murderer and…

video Man killed in Otara homicide

A person has reportedly been stabbed to death this morning. Just after 1am police were called to an address in Otara…

Selfies, sexting and Lorde

From All Blacks posting naked selfies - hashtag what were you thinking Aaron? - to powerful awakenings of collective consciousness…

Con man 'evil incarnate'
Con man 'evil incarnate'

A serial fraudster who stole almost $6 million from a New Zealand family in an elaborate Facebook stock…

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Opinion

Siege brings out the ranters Siege brings out the ranters

The tragic Sydney siege is being used to make political…

Editorial: Goodwill the secret Editorial: Goodwill the secret

A sense of goodwill is around, extending even to those…

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Super City

Britomart: From dull to hip
Britomart: From dull to hip

Britomart has gone from decay to super cool, churning over $1.3 billion a year to the Auckland economy, says a book tracing…

Big projects on back burner
Winston Peters: Super City Grinches want our prize
Peter Bromhead: Hidden agenda
Wynyard complex gets ready for sale
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Quizzes

Herald daily quiz: December 21 quiz Herald daily quiz: December 21

Current events, geography, history, trivia ... Test…

Driven weekly Quiz quiz Driven weekly Quiz

Test your motoring knowledge with the final weekly…

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Sideswipe

Sideswipe: December 19: Cat Santa visit freak out
Sideswipe: December 19: Cat Santa visit freak out

"This woman took her cats to a department store to visit Santa and, as you can see, it went quite well."

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Element magazine

$100m Next Foundation allocates first grants
$100m Next Foundation allocates first grants

A pest eradication initiative, a river protection project, a leadership development programme and a digital education course…

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Weather Watch

Your pre-Xmas weather
video Your pre-Xmas weather

As we continue to countdown towards Christmas we have one last burst of rain to get through – and it’s arriving this weekend…

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