US presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have faced each other for the first time, in a highly-anticipated debate.
RNZ's Community Editor Megan Whelan and US politics obsessive Phil Smith covered the war of words as it happened, and the immediate aftermath.
Read a summary of the debate - with the focus on facts, tax, the economy and temperament.
The debate took place at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York, and was moderated by NBC News anchor Lester Holt.
Review the live blog here: