September 21 2014, updated 5:05am


Historic victory for Key

Dirty Politics and the Dotcom bomb was supposed to lay National low. But they've defied political convention to win a third term even more popular than when they began.
National secures unprecedented majority | Photo gallery | David Cunliffe concedes defeat | Video: Key's speech | Hone heads for oblivion | Results | Collins comes back

'Business as usual'

John Key Re-elected PM John Key says winning more seats than 2011 shows he's leading the country in the right direction.

Stuck renting on Struggle Street

Gregg family The Gregg family are not optimistic about their home ownership chances despite National promises.

Dirty politics forgotten?

Cameron Slater Last night was all champagne and cheers, but what are the priorities ahead for a National Government?

Hone hitches ride into oblivion

Hone Harawira Far from being the Mana Party's passport to power, Kim Dotcom dragged them down with him.

Gambling body fights for funding

Graeme Ramsey The High Court will this week be asked to overturn the Problem Gambling Foundation's funding cut.

ACC dispute dogs injured man

An Irishman's seemingly intractable 15-year battle with ACC is coming to a head.

Jailbird Peau may head to NZ

Woman rescued from river

Elouise Hemming

Grateful for everything good

Elouise Hemming's cancer stayed away just long enough for a short crop of hair to grow back.

National romps home

With a jubilant crowd cheering him on, John Key accepted another three years of power for National.

Explosion rocks eastern Ukraine after amended cease-fire

A gigantic explosion shattered the stillness of the morning just hours after Ukraine and pro-Russian rebels signed the latest version of their cease-fire accord.

Four killed in Boko Haram attack in northern Cameroon

Four civilians were killed in the remote north of Cameroon in a cross-border attack by Boko Haram militants, according to state radio.

Turkish hostages freed

Sierra Leone's 'punitive' Ebola curfew

President witnesses ice melt

The president of Kiribati says visiting the melting Arctic has helped him appreciate the threat his islands face.

Wine subsidies outrage

Jacob's Creek New Zealand wine companies are ratcheting up their use of an Australian government rebate.

Westpac's magic formula

Westpac has found a magic formula that turns "default" KiwiSavers into "active" ones.

Get your business brand right

Firm finds foundations for growth

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No guts, no glory for Xero boss

Xero co-founder and chief executive Rod Drury has his eyes on a US prize, but it's a risky expedition.

New mortgage brake possible

house for sale The Reserve Bank is pushing a new way of restricting mortgage lending.

Bank helps families in debt

An Otahuhu pilot project that helps get people off high-interest loans is being extended.

Face Value: Mayor on the money

How to speak money

Jyoti Morningstar: How I keep well

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Get your brand on the racks

Having your product picked up by a department store is a big coup. So how do you get your brand in the door?

Entrepreneurs nervous about vote

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iPhone 6 passes 'drop' test

He was the first owner of a new iPhone 6 in Perth. And the first to drop it - right outside the store.

GCSB clarifies 'Project Speargun'

Government Communications Security Bureau tightens its defence over claims of mass surveillance.

Shuttlerock opens US office

Microsoft lays off 2100 staff

Larry Ellison steps aside at Oracle

His 37 years at the helm of the business software maker were a colourful reign marked by flamboyant behaviour and outlandish wealth.

Fat, happy and fabulous

Meagan Kerr Meet three plus-size opinion-shapers who love fashion and refuse to hate their bodies.

A long history of heartbreak

The pain of rejection gave Tatjana Bozic the idea for a documentary - asking former lovers what went wrong.

Smooth operators

16 tomboy style icons

Distressed denim

Stress-free distressed denim

Here's how to do ripped, holey and vintage denim like fashion people do.

Has surgery changed your life?

cosmetic surgery Have you had plastic surgery? What did you have done and how has it changed your life?

My treadmill desk left me cold

I harbour a gnawing suspicion that treadmill desks are the wrong solution to an important problem: too much desk time.

My obsession with CrossFit

Eating for pleasure no more


10 ways to feel more positive

Is positivity innate or can it be learnt? An expert says practice these tips and you're halfway there.

Top 10 open homes this weekend

strap As the nation heads to the polls, maybe you would like to stop by a few of these homes on the way to vote?

Inside Kirsten Dunst's NY home

Kirsten Dunst is renting out her chic NY apartment and it could be all yours for just NZ$15,000 a month!

New varieties for spring

Life in a new subdivision


A block with style

What The Block lacks in drama, it certainly makes up for it with style over the last two seasons.

Recipe: Broadbean and orzo salad

Orzo salad This easy orzo salad takes about 20 minutes to make and is a delicious way to enjoy the first choice beans of the season.

Recipe: Coconut crepe layer cake

Contestants from My Kitchen Rules NZ share what they hope will be a winning recipe from the show.

Spring into garden preparation

On choosing the right pans

Wine subsidies outrage

Jacob's Creek New Zealand wine companies are ratcheting up their use of an Australian government rebate.

Money's not everything

Surveys suggest farmers are not money hungry and lean more toward environmental stewardship than making big profits.

Swede risk creates planting dilemma

GM on the agenda

Rivalry building on The Block

The Block The Block NZ's female contestants go at it hammer and nails in a crate-stacking contest.

Kiwi music legend's downfall

Peter Gutteridge was met by police on his return from the US, was admitted to hospital and died.

Kiwi noir

Playing under the covers


Lorde x Kanye?

He didn't bring his Yeezus tour here, but Kanye West might be teaming up with Lorde.

A necessary retreat

I have always loved the bush that clads the hills above the Kapiti coastline.

Treated like royalty

Leisa Tyler visits a 15th-century Montenegrin village that has been transformed into a resort.

NZ the best place for solo travel

Passenger ejected over doodles

Our number one road

State Highway 1 is New Zealand's main artery, and a rich source of the country's stories.

Has surgery changed your life?

cosmetic surgery Have you had plastic surgery? What did you have done and how has it changed your life?

Total abstinence too tough

I've completed a course in addiction, researched the issue and tried AA. Now I've accepted I'm an addict.

Astro accident's a top seller

Independence: top comments

Terrestrial beings light up

Star gazing through his camera gives Mike Mackinven a sense of being during a trip round the South Island.

Like driving a double bed

1966 Chevrolet Pillarless Hardtop Caprice Verna Chambers' 1966 Chevrolet Pillarless Hardtop Caprice is part of the furniture.

Hottest WRX matures

The turbocharged Impreza, long the favourite of boy-racers the world over, appears to have matured into a more manly drive.

Found: Jag stolen in 1968

Texters targeted

Ginny and Pat Rickets

Inventor's climate change drive

Takaka inventor Albie Burgers' electric car can travel 50 kilometres and cost him $1.

Head-to-head bets examined

Horse racing generic David Walker was right about one thing - New Zealand's racing rules conflict badly with head-to-head betting.

No Sonny for Steelers

Counties Manukau coach Tana Umaga has ruled out Sonny Bill Williams playing for the Steelers this year.

The bout for boxing's cash

Hodkinson kicks Dogs to win

Steve Hansen

Rewriting history is Hansen's goal

The All Blacks' ambitions remain sky-high as they look to keep alive an unbeaten run going back to November 2012.


Weird words we use

Are you behind the ape ball? Do you feel your life is nothing more than a vicious circus?

Rintoul St

Wgtn rugby's spiritual home

For a century on winter Saturdays, rugby fans would stream down Rintoul St.

WWI records

Records reveal soldier's path

A suitcase filled with postcards and letters tells the the story of a young World War I soldier.


Love letters: a lost art

The story we write through love letters is a story of two souls intertwining in inky delight.

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