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Two seriously injured in motorcycle crash

Three motorcycles collided near Taupo this afternoon, leaving two people with serious injuries.

Cricket: Munro hits unbeaten 269

Colin Munro hopes his marathon double century today helps move him away from being pigeon-holed as a one-day specialist.

Bitter cold snap expected

Bitter cold snap expected

New Zealand is in for a bitter cold snap at this end of this week, forecasters predict.

2012: Year of the data breach

Several major public sector data breaches have led to the Privacy Commissioner labelling 2012 "the year of the data breach".

NZ ranks eighth in global education league table

New Zealand's education system has ranked 8th in a new global league table published by education firm Pearson.

Education boss grilled by committee

Chief executive of the Ministry of Education Lesley Longstone came under fire this morning over Novopay, charter schools, a failed class size policy and Christchurch school closures.

Houses threatened by Auckland fire

Houses threatened by Auckland fire

A large scrub fire on Auckland's Mt Wellington threatened houses in the area.

Tennis: Seven top 30 players confirmed for Heineken Open

Tennis: Seven top 30 players confirmed for Heineken Open

Former world No 2 Tommy Haas, who has climbed from outside the top 200 to a ranking of 21 this year, will continue his remarkable comeback at January's Heineken Open.

Antics in Parliament ahead of 'Hobbit' premiere

Antics in Parliament ahead of 'Hobbit' premiere

Clearly aware of the competition on the red carpet on the other side of Wellington, politicians ratcheted up the entertainment value in Parliament today - with National minister Steven Joyce's adaptation of JR Tolkein's work taking the Oscar.

Drink-driving mother avoids jail

Drink-driving mother avoids jail

A solo mum who was three times the drink-driving limit when she ploughed into a power pole with three pre-schoolers in the back of the vehicle avoided jail today.

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