Don Brash at the launch of ACT's election campaign at Ellerslie Convention Centre on November 13, 2011 in Auckland, New Zealand. ACT (named after the Association of Consumers and Taxpayers)is a free market classical liberal political party, headed by former National Party leader Don Brash. New Zealanders will head to the polls on November 26 to decide who will lead their 50th Parliament.

'You'll never undo the hurt.' A Māori woman's open letter to Don Brash

Don Brash is the public face of Hobson's Pledge, a new identity for his longstanding campaign against 'special privileges' for Māori. Deborah Mahuta-Coyle explains why for her, it feels personal.

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The Real Podcast of Housewives, Episode Seven: What does chakra oil do anyway?

In this week's episode of #realpod, Jane, Duncan and Alex discuss the return to normalcy for The Housewives, the Parnell pussies and Norrie's debut.

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The Real Housewives of Auckland Power Rankings – A bottle of space whisky and some very bad radio

Alex Casey power ranks week seven on The Real Housewives of Auckland, including some dead clay birds, a bottle of other-worldly whisky and a terrible take from The Edge.

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The South Auckland Mayoral Debate Quiz: can you do better than our mayoral candidates?

Yesterday morning five leading mayoral candidates – Goff, Swarbrick, Crone, Palino and Thomas – headed to Mangere’s Ngā Whare Waatea to debate the issues facing South Auckland. Mana magazine editor Leonie Hayden was there.

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'I don’t know if half of them know where Mangere is': The mayoral candidates head south, finally

Yesterday morning five leading mayoral candidates – Goff, Swarbrick, Crone, Palino and Thomas – visited Mangere's Ngā Whare Waatea to debate the issues facing South Auckland. Mana magazine editor Leonie Hayden was there.

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Liveblogging the livestream: the Kim Dotcom appeal

Kim Dotcom is back in court. He won the battle to livestream it. Until we can bear it no longer we're liveblogging that.

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Hobson's Pledge: just a bunch of diverse, united, anti-separatist New Zealanders

A new ‘one nation’ New Zealand movement has sprung up, albeit from the usual suspects. Toby Manhire is captivated by the unique face of modern, anti-separatist New Zealand

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All style, no substance: Microsoft's doomed foray into action-adventure games

Microsoft continues its move into the action-adventure genre with ReCore. Matthew Codd reckons a lot more work is needed.

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On The Reg’ livestream highlights: Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

Another five or so minutes of badly played video game chaos, this time with Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

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Steve Braunias on the town that died

To mark the publication of a stunning collection of black and white photographs taken of a West Coast ghost town, Steve Braunias posts a Sunday Star-Times column he wrote about the place in 2006.

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The Monday Surrey Hotel Residency Report: Antony Millen takes the trunk line up from Taumarunui

Antony Millen of Taumaranui was runner-up of the 2016 Surrey Hotel Steve Braunias Memorial Writers Residency in Association with The Spinoff Award – and used his time at the spacious and splendid Grey Lynn hotel to write 28,000 words of his next YA novel. Yowsa!

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Breaking down the breakdown: Why the new laws being trialled are getting the thumbs down

The new breakdown laws currently being trialled in the Mitre 10 Cup have found little favour with World Rugby’s law committee, according to sources close to the latest meeting. Scotty Stevenson assesses their impact on the numbers after six weeks of competition.

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Dumb: Wellington Rugby apparently learned nothing from the Chiefs debacle

Wellington Rugby Union seems determined to say the bare minimum about Losi Filipo's assault case. Jamie Wall says it’s time for rugby to stop looking the other way.

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'I don't think they're ho-hum anymore': Saba's Chris Minty on the revolution in apartment design

Auckland’s housing market is now ministerially sanctioned as “out of control”. Hayden Donnell spoke to Chris Minty from Saba about whether apartments are the answer.

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Stay hungry: the insatiable appetites driving New Zealand's restaurant and bar revolution

New Zealand’s restaurants and pubs have changed a great deal in the last 10 years, and in the next decade they’re likely to change even more. Rose Hoare speaks to our greatest bar and restaurant identities to get a sense of the forces that are transforming the hospitality industry.