April 18 2014, updated 4:16am

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Trampoline in storm

LATEST: Horrendous start to the Easter break, as gales rip through the country, hitting the West Coast hardest with 130kmh winds.

Photo gallery Wellington slip Easter driving caution Video: Wild weather What you need to know

'Murder-suicide' in Otago

fatal waianakarua crash A North Otago couple have died in an apparent murder-suicide while teenage sons were asleep at home.

Racing star vs helicopter

Car v helicopter Racing star Greg Murphy has been blitzed on the Pukekohe Race Track - but he was at a slight disadvantage.

Japan may scrap whale hunt

Whale slaughter Japan is considering scrapping a whale hunt just days before the fleet’s planned departure, media have said.

Two dead after tow truck crashes

tapeST Two men are dead after a tow truck crash on a remote gravel road near Opotiki in the eastern Bay of Plenty.

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Royal tour: Your say

For 10 days Prince William, his wife Catherine and little Prince George have ruled the news as they toured New Zealand. But how was it for you?

Labour auctions Tongan king's wine

Tongan king george A bottle of King George Tupou V's favourite wine is being used to support New Zealand's Labour Party.

One dead in Kumeu crash

One person is dead and several others are seriously injured after a four-vehicle crash at Kumeu, west of Auckland. 

Wild winds leave Auckland a mess

Man critical after tree crash

Demetrius Masiutama

Concern for missing teen

Police are concerned for the welfare of an Auckland 14-year-old boy who has not been seen in weeks.

Royal tour: a top 10 days in NZ

Cheering crowds, sailing and a high powered jet boat ride - its 10 days of William, Kate and little Prince George.

Troops Russian, Putin admits

vladimir putin Vladimir Putin rejects claims Russian special forces are formenting unrest in Ukraine but admits troops in Crimea were Russian. | Separatists take buildings

Ferry disaster death toll climbs

Strong currents and poor visibility hampering rescuers in search for 287 missing ferry passengers.

MH370 search has a week

Separatists take buildings in 10 cities

Royal tour in Australia

Royal visit 'special' for fires victim

On first full day of Australia leg of royal tour, Wills and Kate head inland to scene of devastating bushfires.

Super Fund posts 19 per cent rise

Nz dollars The NZ Super Fund grew by $3 billion in the year to March 31, despite a flat return last month.

Air NZ escapes class action

Air New Zealand has escaped unscathed from a private class-action suit in Australia, but its competitors have settled out of court.

One salmon farm appeal allowed

Business backs Labour's plan

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Strong debut for Genesis

Shares in Genesis Energy have traded as high as $1.83 on the NZX, well above their $1.55 issue price.

Are 362.5 days not enough?

easter bun I understand a business needs to make money but can you not make that money the 362.5 days a year you're open?

'As-is' sale tops $1m

A 20-year-old house considered uneconomic to repair with no insurance has sold at auction for over $1m.

World's largest curved TV revealed

High dollar keeps lid on inflation

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KiwiSaver tax rules 'unfair'

Tax rates for KiwiSaver are too high and need to be lowered, a fund-management industry group says.

Mt. Gox to be liquidated

A court in Tokyo has rejected bankruptcy proceedings for the bitcoin exchange.

Playstation 4 sales top 7 million

Sony says the sales are double the number the Playstation 4 sold in the same time frame after its launch.

Mt Gox founder won't appear

Vein scanning the next big thing?

Online activists battle paedophiles

As the internet makes it easier to exchange child porn, groups are creating tools to fight it.

Why this viral vid is offensive

video Chuck a piece of cardboard her way and all will be okay? Um. No.

Oz Tour: What Kate's Wearing

We think she looked like sunshine personified. William? He thought she looked like a banana.

Worrying: Relationship trackers

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Advice: Why won't he propose?

She's been with him for eight years and wants to get married ... should she wait for him to ask?

Paleo? You should be eating bugs

bug If you're really going to follow a paleo diet, you ought to be eating bugs, 'lots and lots of bugs'.

Recipe: Hot cross bun pudding

If for some crazy reason you have leftover hot cross buns this Easter, here's what to do with them.

Make your own Easter eggs

Six big food myths busted

Driving caution urged

Traffic travels slowly in bad weather. Transport officials are warning drivers to be careful on sodden roads as they head away for their Easter break.

Bel Air is the prince

Allan Simons knows there are no age restrictions when it comes to car enthusiasm.

VW packs Passat

Murano makeover

Lorde meets Royals muse

lorde strap Lorde finally crosses paths with the inspiration for her monster hit Royals.

'If they want to jail us, they will'

They've been whipped by Cossacks and imprisoned for two years - but Pussy Riot won't stop their activism.

Lorde's 'wild experiences'

Saying it with mime

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AC/DC singer denies split

AC/DC confirms Malcolm Young has a "debilitating illness" but says the show will go on.

A taste of London

Taste of London Don't forget to take your appetite for this culinary fest in London.

Jeepers peepers

There's something alien in the chicken noodle soup. "It's ... an eyeball!"

Avoiding travel illness

Travel disrupted by weather

Travel Twitter Fail

Planes, porn and racism

You won't believe what some travellers - and travel companies - have done on Twitter.

Being thankful for breast cancer

Quilt Breast cancer gave me so many opportunities to learn and grow.

It's every man for himself

New Zealand's "can do" attitude is a world away from the American lifestyle of "gotta haves".

Your thoughts: Easter trading laws

Discovering my Anzac links

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The Raro party kicks off

After having a blast there on a family holiday, I went back with a friend and it was even better.

Farming inquiry call

Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment Dr Jan Wright. Independent inquiry sought into direction of agriculture as farming's effects on water quality had become "too politicised".

One salmon farm appeal allowed

Supreme Court allows an appeal against the building of salmon farms in the Marlborough Sounds.

Grape harvests beat rain

Plant up and running

Benefit figures at 5-year low

winz Benefit figures are at a five year low due to some people finding employment and others having their benefits cut.

Labour auctions Tongan king's wine

A bottle of King George Tupou V's favourite wine is being used to support New Zealand's Labour Party.

'New low' for PM - Greens

Mallard loses in reshuffle

Heinz keeps Ellis at bay for shirt

Willi Heinz The Crusaders have made three changes and retained Willi Heinz at No 9 to face the Chiefs on Saturday.

Lydia Ko tied for 14th

Lydia Ko is tied for 14th after the first round of the LPGA Lotte Championship in Hawaii after an even-par 72.

Black Sticks fall to Australia

Chiefs make six changes

Cory Webster of the Saints

Saints take revenge on Sharks

The Wellington Saints have gained revenge on the Southland Sharks, beating the NBL's defending champions 94-76.

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Is the journey worth it?

It's dark outside when the guy with the machine gun gets on board our bus.

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China's matchmaker

Sam Pearson has learned to take a backhanded approach when promoting tennis in China.

Time to stop hating Glass

Public reaction has gone from "that's amazing" to "if you wear them, you deserve a beating".

Thomas Monckton

A career clown's opus

Although careers advisers failed to suggest clowning, Thomas Monckton knew otherwise.

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