Marco in his car seat.

Fundraising for a new ride

4:50 PM  Marco Coates doesn't walk or talk, but to everyone who knows him, he is an angel.

Rental rule change?

For rent

Reserve Bank may open door to new rules for rental property ownership.

US ambassador's face slashed

Slogan-shouting man attacks US ambassador to South Korea with a knife.

Principal of tiny school to get $50k

4:33 PM  The principal of a school with just 11 pupils will be given an extra $50,000.

John Key avoids protesters

5:17 PM  Prime Minister whisked away from Auckland University after protesters arrive.

Pora set for boxing match

5:34 PM  Fresh from having his murder conviction quashed, Teina Pora is spending time with his family - and looking forward to some boxing.


Tourist crash victim farewelled

MUCH-LOVED: Ruby Jay Marris, 5, was farewelled in a pink coffin decorated with a bouquet of balloons.

Five-year-old Ruby Marris loved sunflowers and the movie Frozen, mourners heard today.

Fears shooter will hit cat again

Family too scared to take cat home after it was shot in eye with arrow.

23022015 News. Photo: Kevin Stent/Fairfax NZ. Mark Lundy trial. Day 11.Wellington High Court. Defendant Mark Lundy.

Little animal DNA on shirt

5:21 PM  A laptop to be used by Christine Lundy at their home was overlooked by police.


Hunt suspended, fined by Reds and ARU

Code-hopping sports star Karmichael Hunt won't be sacked after pleading guilty to four charges of possessing cocaine.


Bali executions 'not this week'

HOPE LOST: Bali nine pair Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran will face the firing squad 'soon.'

Indonesian president Joko Widodo say 10 drug felons, including Bali nine ringleaders 'will be soon.'

Putin deflects condemnation

Russian president Vladimir Putin's resilience is concerning liberal opponents.

SODA POPPED: Methamphetamine hidden in soft drink and cocaine were seized in the $160m bust.

Meth-filled soda bust

Australian authorities seize meth-filled lemonade bottles worth $160m.


Insurance disputes cap to lift

By failing to phase out conflicted remuneration in financial advice, ISA argues that the working group is failing to address the root cause of poor financial advice.

5:32 PM  Disputes of up to $350K will be able to go to a resolution service instead of court.

Calling fowl on chicken prize

4:20 PM  Consumer watchdog looks at a competition being run by Inghams.

An artist impression of the Rose Garden development planned for Albany.

$300m Albany complex launch

4:31 PM  Cheapest apartment in the Auckland block will start from $399,000 for a one-bedroom unit.


Few power customers switch

ON THE FENCE: Kiwis are fairly passive about switching power companies compared with consumers in the US.

Kiwi consumers are 'relatively passive' about looking for a better deal, despite fierce competition among firms.

Securing the card you 'rent'

There's something in your pocket that does not belong to you, though you may not realise it.

Auckland house prices up 13pc

Rate rises are starting to hurt

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Vineyard work paying off

From left, John Nalpini from Vanuatu’s Tanna Island, Jason Kennard and Jono Bushell of Vinepower, and Noeline Sel, who works for Tanna Farms in Port Vila, with a
new display of Tanna Farms Extra Virgin Coconut Oil at Blenheim’s Burleigh Dairy.

The story of a coconut oil launched in New Zealand last week is entwined with the grape vines of Marlborough.

Council cops it for actions

Hairdresser says heavy-handed bureaucrats are styming Hamilton's small business operators.

Do you want that X factor?

The man behind Clooney's rise


Customs password plan slammed

Power play: Customs is seeking new rights.

Customs proposal forcing people to disclose passwords at the border an 'affront to Kiwis' privacy', Greens say.

Apple Watch: What Kiwis need to know

OPINION: The Apple Watch is on its way, but when will Kiwis be able to buy one?

Millions of people may have been left vulnerable to hackers while surfing the web on Apple and Google devices

Phones open to 'FREAK attack'

4:03 PM  Millions of people may have been left vulnerable to hackers while surfing the web on Apple and Google devices.

life & style

'Definitely not marriage material'

'DEFINITELY NOT MARRIAGE MATERIAL': Indhuja Pillai took matters into her own hands after her well-meaning parents posted a "marriage CV" in her name.

4:25 PM  Her parents posted a marriage ad in her name. She replaced it with a more truthful one. And Internet fame ensued ...

Embracing the pregnant body

Designers are broadening their minds as to what body types to put on the catwalk and in campaigns.

PLAYING DEAD: Models strike a pose, albeit a lifeless one, in Victoria Beckham's latest fashion campaign.

That's one way to sell clothes ...

Models appear to play dead in Victoria Beckhams' controversial new campaign.

well & good

More reasons to adopt Med diet

MED MAGIC: A Mediterranean diet is rich in fresh fruit, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, beans, fish and olive oil.

Eating a traditional Mediterranean diet might cut the long-term risk of heart disease by half.

A 25kg loss and trek to Everest

Since losing weight, mountains have beckoned and doors have opened for Robert Bruce.

SHAKE AND SNIFF: Humans, like other mammals, use bodily scents to communicate information.

Are you a secret hand sniffer? video

A study has shown that humans discreetly smell their hands after giving a handshake.

home & property

Four ways to style a tray gallery


A movable vignette on a tray is the perfect way to enhance your decor and organise your favourite items.

How to do small space living

Are you keen on down-sizing your home? Here are six ways to live a more compact life.

INDOOR SURVIVORS: There's no green thumb needed to keep these houseplants alive.

Six hard-to-kill plants  gallery

Indoor plants are back in a big way and even the most foliage-challenged can enjoy this trend.

food & wine

Don't call your cheese brie

AT THE FOREFRONT OF FROMAGE: New Zealand-born cheese expert Juliet Harbutt.

NZ makers shouldn't give their cheeses the European names of the styles they're based on, expert says.

$1 coin found in Vegemite

Woman finds the yeasty Australian-made spread is rich in more than just Vitamin B with mystery Kiwi addition.

Why Indian food is so delicious

Labels flying under the radar

nz farmer

Legendary shearer retires

LAST TIME: David Fagan will end his shearing career at the New Zealand Championships in his home-town of Te Kuiti in early April.

David Fagan reckons he's had a pretty good innings. And you can't argue that.

Top of their game

Southland Deer Focus farmers Brian and Kristine Russell are aiming to lift deer production at The Rock.

Tractor connects with rural community

Tough competition for Glammies


Vaughn's hilarious stock photos

Dan Trunkman and Mike Pancake applaud a successful business program in Unfinished Business.

4:24 PM  Vince Vaughn and the cast of Unfinished Business have released their very own set of awkward office stock photos.

Chris Brown is a father

Surprise: Chris Brown is a baby daddy.

IN COURT: Pharrell Williams says he did not copy Marvin Gaye's music.

Pharrell denies copying Gaye

4:04 PM  Pharrell Williams says he was trying to evoke the feel of Marvin Gaye's music but did not copy his work in Blurred Lines.


Plane skids off runway video

A Turkish Airlines plane lies on the field after it overshot the runway at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu March 4, 2015. According to local media, all passengers were rescued. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar (NEPAL - Tags: DISASTER TRANSPORT TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

Passengers and crew of a Turkish Airlines flight had to be evacuated when their aircraft skid off the runway.

US Airways plane evacuated

Passengers on an American Airlines flight were forced to slide off the plane on emergency chutes.

Hindu devotees wait to go inside the Bankey Bihari temple during Holi celebrations in Vrindavan, in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh March 1, 2015. Holi, also known as the Festival of Colours, heralds the beginning of spring and is celebrated all over India. REUTERS/Anindito Mukherjee (INDIA - Tags: RELIGION ANNIVERSARY SOCIETY)

India's festival of colour  gallery

Holi is celebrated across India as a welcoming of spring and a celebration of the triumph of good over evil.

stuff nation

Graduating to unemployment stuff nation

Male graduates are still, on the whole, commanding bigger starting salaries than female counterparts.

Are you a new graduate frustrated that after years of hard work you can't find a job?

Photos: Summer of action stuff nation gallery

This cracking summer has made for all kinds of outdoor action. Share your photos with us.

Nicky Hager says he has new information on the New Zealand government's spying on Pacific nations.

Don't accept spying 'erosion of our privacy' stuff nation

'We are lowering ethical baselines by accepting that privacy invasion is necessary.'


Block rocked by Focus RS

DRIFT MODE: Block-approved bells and whistles packed into next-gen Ford Focus RS.

Rally ace and YouTube phenomenon makes a bold statement about upcoming performance hatch.

Merc’s new S 63 super coupe

REVIEW: Merc's new S 63 AMG Coupe – the car that leans into the bends .

ONE-OFF: The hand-painted interior of Rolls-Royce's Phantom Serenity.

Luxury makers bring the bling

11 min ago  A crowded luxury car market means extra, personalised' effort to woo the wealthy - even from Rolls.


Hunt suspended over guilty plea video

DAY IN COURT: Media greets Karmichael Hunt as he arrives at Southport Magistrates Court.

10 min ago  Code-hopping Reds star Karmichael Hunt given a sporting lifeline and won't be sacked after pleading guilty to cocaine possession.

Tetevano awaits sentencing

5:38 PM  Exiled NZ-born NRL player Zane Tetevano to be sentenced on domestic violence charges in May.

New Zealand All Blacks coach Steve Hansen speaks to the media during a New Zealand Rugby Union press conference announcing his re-signing as coach at a New Zealand Rugby Union press conference at New Zealand Rugby House on December 16, 2014 in Wellington, New Zealand

Hansen: Rugby now 'boring'

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen gives an alarming state of the game report ahead of World Cup.

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Peters opens up possibilities

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 20:  New Zealand First Leader Winston Peters speaks to media and supporters at the Spencer on Byron Hotel in Takapuna on September 20, 2014 in Auckland, New Zealand.  Voters head to the polls today to elect the 51st Parliament of New Zealand.  (Photo by Fiona Goodall/Getty Images)

OPINION: Watching Winston Peters, you can't help being reminded of an old lion on his rock surveying the grassland.

The girl at table 32 stuff nation

JOAN JITTERS: Few were more fearsome than the head typist.

Gerard O'Neil's life might have been completely different if the typing pool had stayed.

War-torn path to CWC cult heroism

CULT HERO: Afghanistan fast bowler Hamid Hassan.

Afghanistan bowler dodged bombs and hid his love for cricket. Now his clumsy cartwheels are rejoiced.

Michele A'Court: Men are awesome


OPINION: Men are awesome. OK, not all men, but sometimes a bunch of them do something bloody delightful.

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Teaching kids how to be sad

A UK report suggests that "happiness lessons" be added to school curriculums to help combat mental health issues amongst children. But maybe the opposite's what's really necessary, writes Paul Chai.

A UK report suggests that "happiness lessons" be added to school curriculums to help combat mental health issues amongst children.

Taylor Swift to the rescue

Baby Rosie, six months, wasn't happy her tunes got turned off.

Cute, albeit crying, baby + Taylor Swift's hit "Blank Space" = the next best thing to a baby shusher machine?

Should men get a say?

"Men can listen, suggest, hold concerns and discuss. But the final authority on what she does with her body should always be the woman herself," writes Kim Lock.

Men can listen, suggest, hold concerns and discuss. But the final authority on what she does with her body should always be the woman herself.

Parenting opposite kids

Born that way: There's no wrong or right temperament.

How could two kids raised in the same house by the same parents be such polar opposites?

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The mistakes travellers keep making

TRAVEL MISTAKES: One in five need help on holidays, according to one insurer.

If you're getting stupidly drunk or riding around on a moped, you may wish to check the fine print.

Incredible history in Paris

Patrick Whatman at Disneyland in Paris.

Patrick Whatman moved from Wellington all the way to Paris' 11th Arrondissement.

Adventure capital of the world video

Carmen Roberts

Kiwi Carmen Roberts is bringing the world back home with her, for a bit of adventure.

Kiwis are taking flight more often

INTREPID TRAVELLER: Kiwis are packing their bags and seeing the world more often than they did before.

New Zealanders took almost 134,000 overseas trips in January, up 5 per cent on the same month a year ago


Pens galore for collector video

Winton man Dennis Hamilton has a collection of around 50,000 pens.

Dennis Hamilton never has to worry about never finding a pen - he has 50,000.

#WeaselPecker becomes online sensation


It looks like a scene from a Disney movie - but is this photo too good to be true?

Snapchat 'priest' offers confession

Snapchat, which makes a mobile application for sending photos and videos that disappear within seconds, wants to raise as much as $500 million.

A mysterious San Antonio 'priest' is offering to absolve sins digitally - by taking confessions using Snapchat.

Duang, what does it mean?

BUZZ WORD: "Duang" has many meanings, but people seem to be mainly using it as an adjective to give emphasis to the word that follows it.

Duang is taking China by storm but no-one has any idea what it is.