Sonny Bill Williams

SBW wants to walk the walk

Trash talking is not yet part of Sonny Bill Williams' pre-fight game with Chauncy Welliver.

'Bad form' from Catton

BAD FORM? The New Zealand Book Awards are unhappy with Eleanor Catton's tall poppy comments.

Eleanor Catton showed "bad form" by speaking out against the New Zealand Book Awards, its organiser says.

'Please save my son'

Mother of Islamic State hostage makes emotional appeal for release.

Air NZ in hot water over pricing

Airline investigated over alleged 'drip pricing' tactics which add charges to airfares.

Jockey escapes major injury

Canterbury jockey Kylie Williams in pre-race fall at Ashburton, but not seriously injured.

Tourist convicted

Man who left hard drive with 50,000 child abuse images at NZ airport is sentenced in UK.

national

Drowned man identified

Whanganui River

The body of a man found in the Whanganui River has been identified as Jayden Tilby.

Councillor interrupts interview video

An interview turned awkward today after a councillor barged in front of Wellington's mayor.

Map of rain radar from MetService website.

Showers for parched areas

Many parched areas of the North Island have received some relief as showers, and even some thunderstorms, fell.

Video

Firing squad for Bali Nine pair

Two Australians drug convicts could be executed by Indonesia as early as next month.

world

Firing squad for Bali Nine pair video

'No clemency' for Bali Nine, says Joko Widodo

9:20 PM  Two Australians drug convicts could be executed by Indonesia as early as next month.

3 tons of cats seized

The truckload of cats was heading to restaurants in northern Vietnam, where the animals would be eaten.

ANGUISH: A grandfather of three Palestinian children mourns at a morgue in Gaza City after they were killed in an Israeli airstrike last August during the Israeli offensive.

Israel's 'black flag of illegality'

Israeli human rights groups says army bombed homes filled with civilians, knowing the likely consequences.

business

Craft beer demand froths over

CAN'T KEEP UP: Garage Project co-founder Jos Ruffell said container loads of orders from overseas customers were being turned down because there wasn't enough beer.

Wellington micro breweries struggle to fill orders as Auckland's penchant for craft beer sends demand skyward.

Unpaid caring hits incomes

Households of unpaid caregivers earn 10 per cent less, report finds.

QSuper manages public servants' nest eggs worth about $50 billion.

Super fund beats benchmark

NZ Super Fund posts a 13.9 per cent annual return, but more muted earnings are on the horizon.

money

Prenuptials on the rise

The Clooneys show off their rings.

It's true that negotiating a contract isn't exactly a romantic experience, but it can be worth it in the long run.

Kiwis aren't splashing the cash

We're being careful with our money despite feeling better about our finances and the job market.

Mayor sells Auckland house 

Behind private banking doors

small business

Meet the bootcamp babes

NOT JUST THE MONEY: "We get a lot of brands coming to us and offering us a lot of money but we're very particular about the brands that we work with," say Felicia Oreb and Diana Johnson.

Two sisters have become a global personal training sensation.

Little targets SMEs video

Labour leader gives state of the nation speech, promising lowest rate of unemployment in the developed world.

Taking stock of business IP

A 'goody bag' without the waste

technology

Apple Watch available from April

The mysterious Apple Watch will be available in April 2015.

Apple CEO Time Cook says production of the long-awaited wearable is on schedule.

Snapper predicts card demise

Snapper is forecasting commuters will in future pay for public transport using contactless bank cards.

Microsoft Chief Executive Satya Nadella at his first annual shareholders' meeting in Bellevue, Washington.

Microsoft's Luxembourg move

The NZ business is now owned from the tine European state best known for favourable tax policies.

life & style

10 celebrity Photoshop fails gallery

10 years later Kate Winslet was the victim of overzealous photoshopping yet again, but on the cover of Vogue. He skin was smoothed to such a degree she looks more barbie than human.

Kate's Woman's Day cover is just the latest in a long history of magazines doing a bad job of photoshopping their covers.

Toast the dog makes top model

Kiwi designer Karen Walker taps four-legged Instagram sensation for her spring 2015 campaign.

Ariel learns what life on the land is really like.

Disney princesses with real hair

First it was giving them realistic waistlines, then normal-sized eyes, and now this.

well & good

What made her ill...

THE SWEET SECRET BEHIND HER SICKNESS: Pamela Meredith’s fatigue began soon after she returned from a family reunion in Iowa, an event that drew relatives from as far away as Chile.

Swollen ankles and fatigue led her to ER - the cause of her malady is almost unbelievable.

Not sleeping? This may be why

Insomnia can be a sign of underlying health issues, from acid reflux to potentially life-threatening conditions.

loose skin

Not ashamed of her loose skin

Two women - from the US to NZ - who are proud of their loose skin because it shows what they've achieved.

home & property

Strange platform explained gallery video

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Is it a landing pad for Batman, or perhaps a time-travel portal to another dimension?

Shoo fly, don't bother me

Use these tips from the experts to reduce the number uninvited buzzy-bodies in your home.

SOLD: Auckland Mayor Len Brown's 0.7ha Totara Park property.

AKL mayor joins house hunters

The Auckland Mayor is on the hunt for a new home after selling his seven bedroom mansion for an undisclosed sum.

food & wine

Three ways with... zucchini

zucchini

When friends give you marrow... make cupcakes.

A pub with quite a past

At nearly 160 years old and with a top beer range, the Moutere Inn near Nelson is an absolute gem.

A visual feast and vegan tips gallery

Meet the Double Down Dog

nz farmer

NZ farms eyed as 'boltholes'?

Sold

Are NZ farms being snapped up by the world's super-rich as boltholes to escape growing anger over financial inequality?

Students learn on the job

While many people were at the beach, a trio of young people have spent their summer learning more about science.

Black beetle danger boosted

Set for tough contest

entertainment

Yes, Taylor Swift is that boring 

TAYLOR SWIFT: Too nice for her own good.

Leaked Twitter messages show Taylor Swift enjoys brunch, cards and whale jokes.

Full House cast reunites video

Just like in your dreams, Uncle Jesse, Aunt Becky, Danny Tanner, and lovable kids reunited to sing the theme song together.

'SOAP-OPERISH LOVE TRIANGLE': Chris Pine, Margot Robbie and Chiwetel Ejiofor

Critics maul Z for Zachariah

New Zealand scenery is about the only thing Z for Zachariah has going for it, say critics.

travel

Passengers stuck in blizzard

VIRGIN ATLANTIC AIRWAYS: The recently re-branded Air Pacific is the national airline of Fiji. Its tribal-esque exterior is evocative of the island's rich native culture.

Disgruntled passengers trapped at airport during New York snowstorm were even less impressed when all they got was a McDonald's voucher.

The new hooters in Tokyo gallery

In Tokyo, you can also spend an hour at a cafe holding a great horned owl.

CONNECTING TRAVELLERS: LobbyFriend enables users to to get information on events near and at the property, as well as send messages to other guests.

App connects lonely travellers

Business travel can be a lonely routine. Your smartphone could be the ticket to a more social experience.

stuff nation

You inspired us today, thanks! stuff nation

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SmileDial charity founder Kelly Dugan and his daughter, Lucia, 3.

An honest account of parenting a child with special needs prompted an outpouring of support from you.

Dressed up to the Nines stuff nation

We were pretty impressed by the costume efforts of last year's Nines, but can you do better?

THE KEY: The Prime Minister is focusing on social housing. What would you do for our nation?

The state of my nation stuff nation

Do you agree with the Government's changes to state housing? Give us your state of the nation address.

motoring

Maker loses money on each model

Deus Bully.

They're custom-built motorcycles for stars like Orlando Bloom, Billy Joel and Bruce Springsteen but the company loses money on each one.

Disco Sport is no pretender gallery

Discovery Sport is a cat among the pigeons in a leisure SUV segment in which heritage and real off-road ability still counts.

Top Gear presenters Richard Hammond, Jeremy Clarkson and James May.

Clarkson close to new deal

Jeremy Clarkson seems to have been forgiven for all the recent controversies surrounding the top-rating Top Gear motoring show.

sport

Stags make one-day final

KEY MAN: Debutant Tom Bruce put on 88 runs for the Central Stags.

Central Stags defy predictions and make one-day final after 49-run win over Otago Volts.

No Fijian trip for Crusaders 

The Crusaders have abandoned plans to play a Super Rugby match in Fiji and will instead stage the "home" fixture in Nelson.

HARD LUCK MATE: Stan Wawrinka, left, consoles Kei Nishikori after their match in Melbourne.

Wawrinka into Aussie semis 

Stan Wawrinka into Australian Open semifinals with a straights-sets defeat of Kei Nishikori.

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'A different kind of perfect' stuff nation

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SmileDial charity founder Kelly Dugan and his daughter, Lucia, 3.

I try to forget my daughter is different. At home, it is easy. Outside, the illusions are shattered.

You won't guess what made her sick

THE SWEET SECRET BEHIND HER SICKNESS: Pamela Meredith’s fatigue began soon after she returned from a family reunion in Iowa, an event that drew relatives from as far away as Chile.

Swollen ankles and fatigue led her to ER - the cause of her malady is almost unbelievable.

Drug twins' life sentence of fear

JAILED: A US Marshals Service wanted posted of twin brothers Pedro (left) and Margarito Flores who have been jailed for 14 years for running a major drug-running ring.

Judge tells drug cartel rats: every time you start your car, you'll wonder if it will explode.

The weird afterlife of banned items

This stuff won’t fly: bullet belts. (Not making the TSA cut: anything that looks like guns or ammo.)

To the traveller forced to surrender his cricket bat at a US airport security checkpoint: I have located it.

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Hijabs and hospitality stuff nation gallery

UGC - 14. A street vendor, Shiraz

Iran is a destination with more to offer than you might think - you just have to ask, writes Mike O'Connor.

Your funniest signs from around the world stuff nation gallery

A McDonald's drive-thru served up this treat for Viv Cairns, who said: "Kids thought this was funny as they can't go through drive-thru without their butts!"

We showed you 18 of the world's funniest signs. You saw us and raised us with examples of your own.

The curse of the flower poo

TRAVEL TERRORS: Oh god I can't cope with any more going to the loo. And that was just the beginning.

A Southeast Asian adventure is ruined by an illness, a worm and and an itch that can't be scratched.

How to travel, even if you haven't saved

SWAPPING HOMES: Richard Lintott and his wife turned to home swap as an affordable way to travel the world.

Long and leisurely trips after retirement would have been out of reach if Richard Lintott and his wife hadn't begun home swapping.

oddstuff

'Dead' cat claws himself out of grave video

DETERMINED: His owner thought Bart was a goner, but five days after being buried Bart showed up at a neighbour's house.

His owner thought Bart was a goner, but five days after being buried this fearless feline clawed his way home.

Absolutely dotty video

Wellington's forgotten little laneway Bond Street, has had a major spruce up for a summer of fun and music.

Bond St in central Wellington has a new look - it's gone completely dotty.

Ghost freaks out Pakistani cricketer

FREAKING OUT: Pakistani cricketer Haris Sohail claims he saw a ghost in a Christchurch hotel room.

Cricketer convinced a ghost shook his hotel bed, so he insisted on switching rooms.

Game of cones video

A road worker carefully laying out road cones in Christchurch.

A Christchurch roadworker provides hospital visitors with a bit of light relief through his dedication to the job.