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20 October 2014 1:24 PM Serena wins WTA Finals opener

SINGAPORE -- Serena Williams won her opening match at the WTA Finals on Monday, beating Ana Ivanovic 6-4, 6-4 in the Red Group for her 16th consecutive victory at the season-ending tournament. Williams came into the finals after injuries forced her out of her previous two outings and following Russian official Shamil Tarpischev's disparaging comments 4

20 October 2014 5:15 AM Kerry in Indonesia seeking Asian support against Islamic state

JAKARTA (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Indonesia for Joko Widodo's presidential inauguration on Monday, seeking more help from Southeast Asian leaders in the U.S.-led effort against Islamic State in the Middle East. In a one-day stop in Jakarta, capital of a country with the world's largest Muslim population, Kerry plans bilateral 7

19 October 2014 5:05 PM Ewan McKenzie merited more than a sorry exit

Ewen McKenzie deserved more than an ignominious post-match departure ("Wallabies coach drops bombshell",, October 18). By way of measuring the quality of the Wallaby performance on Saturday night, the highly vocal Kiwis behind us in the stands, complete with their own accompanying rendition of the haka, were largely silenced for 80 minutes 7

19 October 2014 4:43 PM TWI to be calculated using 17 currencies, up from 5

The Reserve Bank is to introduce a broader currency basket to better reflect the changes in New Zealand's trading patterns. From December 11 the bank will change the way it calculates the trade-weighted index (TWI), increasing the number of currencies included from five to 17. Each currency would be weighted on direct bilateral trade with New Zealand 19

19 October 2014 12:26 AM Kiwi and UK wife likely safe after Nepal avalanche

UPDATED 5:30pm: Lisa Walton and Lizi Hamer are believed to be safe and in touch with family. Walton, an Olympian who represented New Zealand in hockey, and her wife Lizi were among dozens of missing people after a huge and deadly avalanche near Annapurna killed at least 32 people. APNZ and the Herald on Sunday understand Walton made contact with family 44

18 October 2014 12:22 AM Kiwi and partner feared missing in Nepal

Walton, who is from Christchurch, and Lizi Hamer have not been heard from for days after setting off for the Annapurna Range earlier this week. They are among dozens of trekkers still missing after a snowstorm swept the mountains yesterday. Just two days ago Hamer, who lives in Singapore with Walton, shared her excitement at taking on the trek. "L&L adventure 37

17 October 2014 3:23 AM Changes to way Reserve Bank calculates TWI

The Reserve Bank is changing the way it calculates the trade-weighted index. It's a measure of the value of the New Zealand dollar relative to the currencies of New Zealand's major trading partners. Until now there were five currencies in the basket, that is increasing to 17. The weights for each currency will be based on each countryâ s direct bilateral 25

17 October 2014 3:23 AM Growth to Ebola Woes Spur Currency Volatility Near 8-Month High

A gauge of expectations for currency volatility surged to an eight-month high this week as traders were faced with re-evaluating prospects for global growth, U.S. monetary policy and the spread of Ebola. Demand for haven assets drove the biggest two-week gain in the yen since June 2013 as equities and bond yields plummeted. The dollar was set for a weekly 25

17 October 2014 1:53 AM PM Lee meets world leaders in ASEM

Mr Lee Hsien Loong met several other world leaders on the sidelines of the 10th Asia-Europe Meeting in Milan, Italy to discuss bilateral ties and regional developments. MILAN: Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong met several other world leaders on the sidelines of the 10th Asia-Europe Meeting in Milan, Italy on Thursday (Oct 16). Mr Lee thanked his Hungarian 5

16 October 2014 11:49 PM Reserve Bank widens TWI currency basket to better reflect trading patterns

The Reserve Bank of New Zealand will broaden the currency basket it uses to calculate the value of the local dollar, to better reflect the nation's trading relationships. From Dec. 11, the number of currencies in the benchmark trade-weighted index will increase to 17 from five, the Wellington-based RBNZ said in a statement. It will weight each currency 21