August 28 2014, updated 8:11am


He's 11, 1.8m tall and has size-13 shoes

Tafara's NBA dream is in reach after he won the Steven Adams Scholarship, worth $130,000.

Angry inmate grounded

A prisoner being taken through Wellington Airport became so violent Air New Zealand refused to fly her.

Manager of gay bar attacked

Bar manager injured by drinkers who freaked out when they realised they were in gay bar.

Son's disappearance still a mystery

It has been 49 years since Ursula Purchase last saw her son's face, heard his voice, felt his touch.

Zara drops top after Nazi comparison

7:44am Global fashion chain Zara stops selling a striped children's top decorated with a six-pointed star.

Hundreds caught by camera

Hundreds of tickets have been issued in the first weeks of Wellington's hi-tech camera being in use.

Killer took 'a caring, beautiful soul'

Michaela Brandl and Niki Honda Aaron McDonald will begin a term of life imprisonment for murder and attacking hitch-hikers.

Census shows iwi growth

The Maori renaissance continues to chug along as the growth in the number of people who identify to an iwi increased.

Historic suburb readies itself for quake

From dumbbells to wedding bells

Long drive: Go Wellington bus driver William Leā€™aupepe will celebrate 50 years on the job tomorrow. ntsG

At 50 not out

When William Le'aupepe arrived in Wellington more than 50 years ago he was shocked to learn he would need a licence to drive a bus.

Key vs Cunliffe and The Press will be hosting a live debate between John Key and David Cunliffe. Join us live at 7pm Tuesday 2nd September

'Someone needs to be accountable'

 Mark Mitchell Rodney MP Mark Mitchell is likely to take legal action over Nicky Hager's book Dirty Politics.

Nats accused over debt

Finance Minister Bill English concedes he was wrong when he told a debate National would reduce debt if re-elected.

National support slips

Campaign Diary

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Desperate duo set for head-to-head

John Key and David Cunliffe go head-to-head tonight for the first time on the campaign trail.

More MH17 remains identified

Experts working to identify the victims of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 say they have positively identified 173 of them.

Netanyahu under fire

Open-ended ceasefire in the Gaza war held as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu faced strong criticism in Israel.

Released journalist thankful

Air France suspend flights

Girl, 9, shoots instructor dead

US instructor dies when child accidentally shoots him in head with sub-machinegun.

NZX has bubbly on hold

Stock market NZX The stock exchange is headed for a record year, but it could be a while before we see a repeat, NZX boss says.

Changing of guard at Ebos

Mark Waller steps down from 27-year role at helm of healthcare and pharmaceuticals supplier Ebos Group.

Capital Gains Tax: Relief for SMEs

Does NZ need a Tech Commissioner?

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Warning of legal high impact

Christchurch's premier department store does not want the sale of legal highs restricted.

Still tough for the first-home buyer

mortgage The ability of first home buyers to get a mortgage has eased only slightly with banks holding volumes of low deposit lending steady.

Tax policy elusive

National continues to dance around whether it will promise tax cuts in the coming weeks.

Division over KiwiSaver's future

Agents criticise home plan

Capital Gains Tax: Relief for SMEs

tax The fourth of our series questions the wisdom of allowing businesses a 'get out of jail free' card from capital gains tax.

Recognition for sled designer

Clyde entrepreneur who sells snow sleds across the world makes regional finals of business-plan competition.

Akarua expands in Central Otago

Is it OK to steal at work?

Stuffed dog auction pulled by eBay

An eBay listing for a taxidermy dog was initially banned for breaching the online auction site's animal and wildlife guidelines - because it had fur.

Orcon move irks broadcasters

CallPlus' decision to help another 60,000 customers access overseas internet TV services such as Netflix gets prickly reaction.

New iPhone 6 leak 'confirms' release date

Govt won't pay for rural UFB

Spark hopes for pirate boost

Spark hopes pirates will boost the popularity of its Lightbox internet television service, which was launched at midnight.

Does this float your boat?

float I jumped at the chance to let go of gravity and switch off the world. But was it as easy as it sounded?

'Why the abuse, life is beautiful'

For Lesley Elliott, the simple rhyme is of morbid importance.

I'm fat, I wear revealing clothes

He did what to your phone?


Amazing Race Emily's beauty tips

How does she manage to look so fabulous while backpacking with haste? We find out.

It's all about re-loving, baby

strap Re-loving furniture can result in a beautiful, unique item for your home and you can even do it yourself!

Let's live in...Te Kauwhata

Nestled in rolling dairy farmland in the north Waikato, Te Kauwhata is tucked away just off bustling SH1.

Is it better than The Block?

Let our DIY experts lend a hand


House of the week: Kelburn, Wellington

This 1930s villa in Kelburn, Wellington used to be cold, dark and in need of repair: now it's a beauty.

Taste of food on film

The Hobbit food stylist Deb Logan Food scenes from the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movies have been lovingly recreated for 130 guests at a special Wellington On A Plate event.

Dads' kitchens rule

Josh King and Aaron Gascoigne have been dubbed 'the corporate dads' in NZ's version of My Kitchen Rules.

A day in the life of a food addict

Win! A fancy sake dinner

Big dairy deal fillip

Fonterra Southland's economy is set to get a major boost from a multimillion-dollar dairy deal.

Pigs in the middle

How many piglet deaths do the public feel are OK if sows are allowed "normal" behaviour outside of restrictive farrowing crates?

Beyond the pale

Fonterra workers get muddy

Top 10 basketball movies

Teenwolf As the Tall Blacks prepare to compete at the world champs in Spain, we looks at 10 of the best basketball movies.

Taylor 10 best dance moves

At the VMAs, Taylor Swift upped her dance game once again, hamming it up for the roving cameras...

Architect up for festival

Art biography trumps Catton

Doctor Who

TV Guide's top 5 picks

Not sure what's good on TV? The TV Guide has rounded up the five best shows this week.

Solo traveller seeking company?

A couple smooch on the balcony. Actually, scratch that - there are about 20 couples smooching on the balcony.

The 'Korean medical wave'

An increasing number of K-Pop fans are heading to South Korea for shopping, sightseeing and some nips and tucks.

Get a handle on holiday pics

Raising a stink

The sexiest way to travel

Helicopters, perfect powder and luxury yachts await.

NZFW furore: Top comments

Native American headdresses at Trelise Cooper NZFW show Trelise Cooper's use of native American headdresses in her NZFW show has really got you going.

SBW fast-track fair or unfair?

Rugby superstar Sonny Bill Williams is used to having his way, but should the All Blacks bend rules for him?

Tell us why your dog rocks

Latta unlocks prison system

My dog helps me face reality

Laura Winders got her dog Penny as a walking companion but she ended up with a bigger role to play.

New Falcon cost $263,254

The final Australian-produced 351kW FPV GTF. Australian Ford enthusiast says "there's nothing like a GT Falcon".

Canterbury roads NZ's deadliest

Pedestrians and motorcyclists are more likely to be killed or injured on Canterbury roads than elsewhere.

Don't touch or ask

Speed limit hits bump

Speed camera

Hundreds caught by camera

Hundreds of tickets have been issued in the first weeks of Wellington's hi-tech camera being in use.

Proteas win big easy

AB de Villiers With two tons scored and 20 balls spare, South Africa claim victory over Australia in mammoth ODI run-chase.

Mr Invincible just keeps going

As Brad Thorn takes makes his next career move, it's worth asking whether he's one of a kind, or a sign of the times?

Erakovic wins doubles match

Rowers send strong statements

Andrew Hore

Hore answers Southland SOS

Former All Blacks hooker Andrew Hore to come out of retirement as injury cover for the Stags in the NPC.

Moutoa potato farmer Tony Parlato

A head for potatoes

Tony Parlato knows a bit about growing potatoes. He has been in the business for almost 20 years.

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Less-troubled tippling

I love beer. I took to it at a young age. Being of Irish lineage, I was helped to sleep by Guinness.


Protecting cheese with DNA

Swiss cheesemakers' weapon against forgeries is housed at minus 80 degrees celsius in a Bern freezer.

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