The night intruder

'Footsteps' on deck was a kiwi

Laura Jerome suspected a burglar - but her late-night visitor turned out to be a lot less scary.

Police cordon off road

Police have cordoned off an area in eastern Christchurch.

10:39 PM  Police, Fire Service and ambulance at cordoned off area in Woolston, Christchurch after incident.

Mum faces drug claims

Hutt Valley nurse faces accusations she gave her daughter mind-altering meds to make her ill.

Breakers roll past Melbourne

10:20 PM  Australian NBL's defending champs make short work of the league leaders.

We did it! $2m raised for beach

Kiwis have "done something very special as a country," campaign co-organiser says.

Sheep video mesmerises world video

One man's drone footage of Hawke's Bay sheep has attracted global attention.

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Guilty of attempted murder

Head injury victim Kahu Vincent during his time at Wakari Hospital, Dunedin.

Ahu Taylor intended to kill Kahu Vincent when he attacked him in Wanaka last year, a jury has found.

Woman's body recovered

9:56 PM  A woman's body has been recovered from the sea off Sumner, Christchurch.

Shekinah Relies-Skipper was pulled into a car in Burns Ave, Palmerston North, on Friday morning.

'We were trying to kick him' video

"He just walked around me and grabbed her and chucked her in the car," girls say of sister's abduction.

Video

Waratahs embrace Beethoven

What happens when rugby meets classical music? The Waratahs find out.

world

This snake is two of a kind

An academic said the double-headed snake would need extra care.

A snake breeder in Australia did a double take after one of his eggs hatched.

Girl drowns while saving sibling

Tragedy as girl saves younger brother from choppy waters, but goes under herself.

Gima Hebe and her two grandchildren trying to sell fried flour balls on the ridge above Odinoma village on Gun-Beroma Road.

PNG's food bowl all but empty

10:30 PM  Drought exacerbated by El Nino pushes already-poor communities in Papua New Guinea to edge of starvation.

business

Man crushed by truck

A man has died after being crushed by a truck ramp at Forklifts NZ, Christchurch.

A man has died after he was crushed by a truck ramp in Hornby, Christchurch.

Branson attacked by stingray

Richard Branson "kissed" by stingray during a swim in the Cayman Islands.

A note left by the thief who broke into the Byng Street Local Store and Cafe.

Apologetic thief leaves note

11:13 PM  An thief has left a note blaming addiction and poverty after breaking into a cafe in Australia.

technology

Wi-fi routers now more expensive

Google's OnHub Wi-Fi router has 13 internal antennas to pull internet from different networks.

The most under-appreciated gadget in your home is getting new tech and a new price tag.

Netflix geo-blocking hits PayPal

PayPal is refusing to process payments from at least one virtual private network provider.

Vegemite ice-cream?

There's now a Vegemite emoji

The popular breakfast spread is part of 40 emoji available on a new smartphone app.

life & style

What keeps couples happy in bed?

Great sex in long-term relationships is about much more than physical attraction.

Why great sex and satisfaction in long-term relationships is about much more than physical attraction.

Will Smith's 'fearless' son

When the actor was quizzed about Jaden's trend for wearing women's clothes, he had the perfect response.

Shortly after turning 10, Kristina Pimenova has signed her first modelling contract.

Outrage over 10-year-old model

Child known as "The Most Beautiful Girl in the World" has just signed a lucrative contract... but is she too young?

well & good

3 ab workouts that really work

Roll out and pikes will help sculpt your tummy (whether or not you choose to do them at the top of a mountain is your prerogative).

There is actual scientific evidence on the best way to sculpt your stomach - without a crunch in sight.

Anger is never the solution video

All Black Malakai Fekitoa's revelation and apology is a big deal - and a great thing.

If you think blowing off steam helps you feel better, think again.

When venting becomes harmful

If you think blowing off steam helps you feel better, think again.

home & property

Character bungalow transformed gallery

Darren Jessop Herne Bay home renovation 4.3.16

This stunning Herne Bay renovation ticks all the boxes for modern living.

Modular apartments stack up

You won't believe how fast this four-storey building went up in Australia.

The multi-million dollar home in the Waitakere ranges comes with a pool, jetty and tennis courts.

Own your own luxury resort gallery

If you have a spare $10 million you could consider buying your own private resort just outside of Auckland.

food & wine

Secret to perfect poached eggs video

egg

Get out the strainer and ladle because here are three steps to guarantee a professional-level poachie every time.

Taste testing at Noodle Markets

The night was warm, the beer was flowing, and the queues were long - but what was the food actually like?

Seared salmon with scallops

Toasted coconut ice cream

nz farmer

Flashpoint over poachers

Blenheim police Sergeant Mike Porter says police will now target poachers "anytime, anywhere".

Fed-up farmers are losing patience with trespassing hunters.

Top shearers meet Welshmen 

Rangitikei will host the third test between New Zealand shearers and Wales.

Show hens some love

Rugby field of dreams video

entertainment

Barry Manilow rushed to hospital

Barry Manilow performs during his "One Last Time! Tour" at Staples Center in Los Angeles in April last year.

10:18 PM  The 72-year-old singer had undergone "emergency oral surgery" on Monday night.

West disses Swift in song

"I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex, I made that b*tch famous" West raps.

OK Go filmed their latest music clip in zero gravity.

Ok Go's new video defy gravity 

10:14 PM  Ok Go fly high with their latest music video, filmed aboard a plane travelling at zero gravity.

travel

Weird laws tourists break 

Every country has different laws and some of them are, quite frankly, weird.

The strange things you could easily find yourself arrested for while on holiday.

No, it's not a Yeti

The existence of the Abominable Snowman has not yeti been proven.

For any traveller looking for quality accommodation at a decent price, TripAdvisor's reviews are useful.

Can you trust TripAdvisor?

Generally, yes, But here are a few warning signs to watch out for in reviews.

stuff nation

Top comments on fake yeti stuff nation

The "Yeti" was allegedly sighted in Formigal, a ski resort in northeastern Spain.

 A video of a "Yeti" at a Spanish resort caught the attention of the world and the skeptics came out in force - justifiably so.

How do you get your tan on? stuff nation

How far would you go to get a suntan? Or are you a reformed tan-aholic who prefers to be pale?

Captain Brendon McCullum with the Chappell Hadlee and ANZ trophies. New Zealand Black Caps v Australia, Chappell Hadlee Trophy Match 3. ANZ ODI Cricket Series. Seddon Park, Hamilton, New Zealand. Monday 8 February 2016. Copyright photo: Andrew Cornaga / www.photosport.nz

Why BMac's one of the greats stuff nation

Brendon McCullum is a spectacular batsman to watch and among New Zealand's greatest cricketers.

motoring

Fancy the last 'true' Lambo?

The 1999 Lamborghini Diablo SV.

An important piece of Lamborghini history is headed for auction.

Roadtrip to petrolhead heaven

OPINION: The Passing Lane Grand Prix was a downside of an epic weekend drive to the Leadfoot Festival.

It's a head-turner for sure, but 918 is primarily a functional high-speed, highly aerodynamic machine.

$1.4m car hits Kiwi tarmac

Forget supercars, this is a new breed of performance machine that can only be called a ''hypercar''.

sport

Black Caps up against it video

David Warner celebrates after taking a catch to dismiss Brendon McCullum.

Australian captain Steve Smith called correctly and sent New Zealand in.

Defending Super Rugby

Sanzaar boss and NZ executive front foot widespread criticism - but is it too late?

Racquel Sheath has been in fine form at the national track champs.

Sheath, Hansen get gold again

10:09 PM  Racquel Sheath has added to her points race gold with a fine ride in the scratch race.

good reads

Why BMac's one of the greats stuff nation

Captain Brendon McCullum with the Chappell Hadlee and ANZ trophies. New Zealand Black Caps v Australia, Chappell Hadlee Trophy Match 3. ANZ ODI Cricket Series. Seddon Park, Hamilton, New Zealand. Monday 8 February 2016. Copyright photo: Andrew Cornaga / www.photosport.nz

Brendon McCullum is a spectacular batsman to watch and among New Zealand's greatest cricketers.

'Huge step' in Zika fight

The discovery of the virus in the aborted baby's brain is the first time it has been confirmed as present in brain tissue.

The Zika virus has been confirmed as present inside the brain tissue of an aborted foetus for the first time.

Sanders' type of religiosity is common

Americans who are unaffiliated are now 23 percent of the population.

Sanders's faith embodies a lot about American religion, which is in a period of transformation.

Story behind the fairytale

The Buller team following their Hawke Cup win at Mainpower Oval in Rangiora. Back row, from left, Mark Burnett (assistant manager), Michael Anderson, Michael Grafton, Alistair Burnett, Nik Cumming, Troy Adams, Ben Pratt, Max McDonald, Alex Paterson, Ethan Slee and Pete Knowles (manager). Front, from left, Clinton Harvey, Troy Scanlon (captain), Andrew Duncan (vice-captain), Craig Adams and Frano Volckman.

For the first time in their 106-year history, little-known Buller achieved something no-one thought possible.

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oddstuff

Death-defying 20-metre bridge jump video

The video footage shows the whole process of the death-defying leap.

WARNING: Don't watch this if you have a fear of heights.

This snake is two of a kind

An academic said the double-headed snake would need extra care.

A snake breeder in Australia did a double take after one of his eggs hatched.

Cursed ring claims first victim

The ring had a curse placed on it after Gertrude Christina Nohl and Martin Johann Wagner were married in 1906.

The ring hexed with a 100-year-old curse has claimed its first victim: the guy who allegedly stole it.

Stuffed animals that travel

Sock monkey

Too busy to enjoy a holiday? Never mind, you can send your stuffed animal instead.

Parenting

Anxious about giving birth?

It's very common to feel a little stressed in the lead-up to your baby's birth.

It's very common to feel a little stressed in the lead-up to the big day - but here's how you can manage it.

Parenting link with ADHD

Why do the symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) seem to go away in some kids but not in others?

Study asks why do symptoms of ADHD seem to go away in some kids but not in others?

'No to boys dressing as girls'

Austin Lacey was asked to remove his Princess Elsa costume after his school principal told him it was too distracting.

US teen has a bit of fun with an Elsa costume for his school's spirit day but his principal wasn't amused.

When dad misses the moment

There are lots of ways dads can be involved in newborn care if they missed out on the big moment.

No-one wants their partner to miss the baby’s birth, but it can happen. Here’s how to handle it.

kiwi traveller

Weird laws tourists accidentally break

Every country has different laws and some of them are, quite frankly, weird.

The things you could easily find yourself arrested for while on holiday.

15 pointless travel items

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Paper maps, rolls of film and money belts have joined travellers cheques as things of the past.

UK hits NZ with health charge

Kiwis wanting to spend more than six months in the UK on their OE will soon have to pay up.

Kiwis wanting to spend more than six months in the UK on their OE will soon have to pay up.

Exploring the Great Wall

Wear layers when visiting the Great Wall - it can be chilly.

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