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Devonport downpour 'like someone pulled a plug'

The strong wind gusts which tore through Devonport last night were caused by a sudden collapse of air from the sky, like someone "pulling a plug'' on the storm, MetService says.

Strong winds fell trees, power lines on North Shore

Strong winds fell trees, power lines on North Shore

Strong winds have caused significant but localised damage on Auckland's North Shore this evening.

Blackberry in talks with tech giants

Blackberry in talks with tech giants

BlackBerry, on the block as its smartphone business struggles, is in talks with Cisco Systems, Google and SAP about selling them all or parts of itself.

Twitter seeks $1b from IPO

Twitter seeks $1b from IPO

One hundred forty characters could be worth $US1 billion.

Sign of the Times: Paper pulls Blackberry app

Sign of the Times: Paper pulls Blackberry app

The Times newspaper in Britain says it will no longer make its mobile app available on a Blackberry because few people used it, in another sign that rival smartphone makers are trumping its technology.

Rugby: Highlanders sign Pumas' prop

Rugby: Highlanders sign Pumas' prop

The Highlanders have signed a one-year deal with young Argentinian tight-head prop Matias Diaz.

Heavy rain closes SH6

Heavy rain falling in Westland has again forced the closure of State Highway 6 between Haast and Makarora.

$4.9b surplus for ACC

The Accident Compensation Corporation has reported a massive surplus of $4.9 billion, which will give the Government's books an extra $324 million boost.

Serial fraudster worked as prostitute on home detention

Serial fraudster worked as prostitute on home detention

A serial fraudster who worked as a prostitute while on home detention has today been jailed for two years, six months.

Monorail could bring 20,000 tourists a year - backer

A controversial $170 million monorail linking Queenstown and Fiordland National Park will bring in 20,000 extra tourists to New Zealand every year with an aggressive overseas marketing campaign, the project's brainchild says.