November 27 2014, updated 6:11am

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Dad's last wish

Grant Looker hopes cancer drug will keep him alive long enough to walk daughter down the aisle.

Smith's student swindle

Murderer and sex offender Phillip Smith swindled $26,700 in student living costs while in prison.

'It's a win for women'

Women's Minister blasts bungled handling of Cera sexual harassment case.

Chemical truck crashes on SH3

6:11am A truck and trailer believed to be carrying liquid nitrogen has crashed in Waikato.

School deciles: the big movers

Half of Christchurch's school will see decile increases but only one in 10 Auckland schools will. Check your school's details here.

Passengers push frozen plane

Passengers on Siberian flight had to get out and push their plane in temperatures of -52 degrees.

Alleged rapist worried about wife

A security guard says a taxi driver accused of rape said he didn't want his wife to find out what he'd done.

1 killed, 9 injured

10 people were injured or killed in four hours of motorcycle-related havoc on South Island roads.

Anonymous donor funds rehab

Tyre cooker could save landfills

Zoo welcomes tiger cubs

After a whirlwind romance of sorts, Hamilton Zoo has welcomed two tiny Sumatran tigers to their family.

Winery Tour - Don McGlashan

Don McGlashan talks about the upcoming Winery Tour.

Poll picks Romney vs Clinton

Mitt Romney leads the field for the 2016 election among Republican voters, a new poll says.

UK brothers arrested

Two British brothers have been jailed for conspiring to attend a terrorist training camp in Syria.

Ex CBC radio host charged

World's largest animal sacrifice

FBI agents shot near Ferguson

Two FBI agents shot in north St Louis County, though was "not directly related" to unrest in Ferguson.

Crowdfunding catches on for rooftop bar

A bar hopes to soon have revellers on its roof, basking in the sun but it needs $30,000 to do so.

Robertson hunts for finance gospel

As he hits the books in coming weeks, Labour's finance spokesman Grant Robertson will be building on thinking that's been percolating for months.

Tourism Holdings lifts profit forecast

Property CEO turns consultant

Boom in Chinese tourists

Chinese tourism to NZ is set to rocket ahead even faster, with many more than half a million visitors a year expected by 2020.

Should you buy or rent?

There are endless arguments about which makes most money sense and no easy answer.

Debt snowball can bury bills

Paying off consumer debt can be difficult and debt consolidation is not always the answer.

What will Santa bring?

Make jewellery insurance pay

Jetpack shares 'speculative'

Christchurch-based Martin Aircraft is trying to raise $27 million but one broker calls the IPO a "very high risk gamble".

Success on home ground

Firms on the Deloitte Fast 50 list are experiencing growth by exploiting domestic demand - but exporting is not out of the picture.

From hobby to business

Building on a solid reputation

US warns EU on Google case

United States has voiced concern over a draft plan by two EU lawmakers to break up Google.

Huge broadband hikes ahead

TUANZ chief says consumers should be free to buy broadband services from different companies without being “double billed”.

Unmetered Gigatown

Dotcom broke, facing jail

What we know about 'Regin'

What we know about 'Regin,' the powerful malware that could be the work of NSA.

Intimidated by 'mummy mafia'

She may be an international star but even Cate Blanchett gets nervous around other mums.

A castle for your jewels?

The ultimate jewellery box costs $130,000 and is designed by David Linley - the Queen's nephew.

Munchkin on the move

Do what you want with makeup

Why no short-haired princesses?

How much of our daughters’ definition of beauty is based on our own culturally cultivated perceptions?

Can running keep you young?

New research suggests running could slow down the ageing process, but you may want to proceed with caution.

Carbs worse than fat?

Saturated fats have long been seen as the devil, but they're catching a break in a new study.

All in our heads?

Heels, our arch nemesis?

9 steps to healthier habits

We all know how to live healthier. Here are some tips to help you actually do it.

Britain's largest home for sale

It was the inspiration for Pride and Prejudice and is so big you could sleep in a different room every day of the year. It's also a bargain.

House of the week: Nelson

Grown-ups can have tree houses, too, and that was the aim for the owners of this Nelson home.

How to: Find a builder

Auckland housing target beaten

Five elements of a stylish home

If you knock on the door of an interior designer's home, chances are you'll find these features.

Stop giving my kids junk food

Could we please agree to stop turning most kids' events into free-for-all sugar sprees?

'All the fixings'

Wellington's US Embassy laid on a traditional Thanksgiving feast for the poor today.

Wine sales are coming up rose

'Froyo' craze takes off

Rising to challenge

Rob Tipa reports on how a farming family copes with the extreme conditions of Central Otago hill country.

Rural mum turns entrepreneur

Southland farmer's wife and mother Melanie McKenzie spends her downtime working.

Profitability defines lands use

Smart feeding breeds winners

Who is Shorty's hunkiest hunk?

Shortland Street hospital hunks are stripping off for a special Ferndale calendar that 10 lucky readers will be able to take home.

'NZ writers defy trend'

Kiwi writers are producing more work than ever before, despite warnings about book industry.

Jen makes radio host cry

Beyonce weighs in on Ferguson

His issue with the 'Cumberb***hes'

Benedict Cumberbatch is not happy with the nickname his fans have given themselves and has come up with some alternatives.

New-age spirituality

Tallinn's skyline, dominated by church spires, creates an illusion at odds with Estonia's reputation.

Making travel easy

Travel can sometimes be hard and stressful. These 10 tips will make life much easier.

Flights from China to double

Paying homage to Sherlock

World's fastest passenger train

This train covers a distance of 30.5 kilometres in eight minutes with a top speed of 430km/h.

'Unbearable' effects of anorexia

anorexia Weighing 34kg, it felt like a waiting game of how long would it be before someone saved me or I died.

Still part of the supercity

We live close enough to get to Auckland easily, but far enough away for our lifestyle to benefit.

This book is 'simply genius'

Top five reader comments

Pet of the day: Cosima

Cosima is a house-trained bunny with a bespoke hutch, the latest in leash couture and a new playmate.

Small but perfectly formed

One of the outstanding new vehicles of the year is also one of the smallest - the stroppy little Audi S1 hatch.

Electric van all powered up

A converted electric van will travel to electric-vehicle rally Evolocity, along with four students who have been working on it.

New limits on licences

'The robot will takeover'

Hammond's hard times

Top Gear's Richard Hammond reveals the dark years of recovering from head injuries suffered in a high-speed crash.

Bid for second team still in play

ANBL boss Fraser Neill's shock resignation a setback for team behind bid for second Kiwi team in Aussie league.

Hughes remains critical

Cricketer spends second night in an induced coma while family, doctors and Australia watch as he fights for his life.

Wallabies staff damage door

Hughes blow reminds Chatfield

Black Caps brace for run-feast

Pakistan targeting a first innings 500-plus as NZ test bowlers toil for little reward on the first day of the series-deciding test in Sharjah.

Auckland skyline

Still part of the supercity

We live close enough to get to Auckland easily, but far enough away for our lifestyle to benefit.

10 years Battlestar Galactica

It's been ten fracking years since the sci-fi drama Battlestar Galactica premiered.

New-age spirituality

Tallinn's skyline, dominated by church spires, creates an illusion at odds with Estonia's reputation.

From Outback to Hollywood

Jan Logan, whose jewellery is the choice of many A-list celebrities, is celebrating 25 years in business.

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