Graham Brazier, pics taken during his last ever interview.

Brazier's thoughts on his life, loves

''I can be extremely extroverted but in my quieter moments I'm probably quite introverted.''

As I knew him

Smithies on Brazier

Skeen jury discharged

Luke Tipene, 17, was a member of the New Zealand Under-16s league in 2013.

5:27 PM  High Court jury in the murder trial of Vincent Skeen has failed to reach a verdict.

Fishers intimidating pier users

5:41 PM  The ''intensity'' of Christchurch pier-side fishing makes people feel unsafe, say residents.

'Low-lives' steal prized war medals

5:28 PM  Prized war medals owned by decorated war pilot stolen in Christchurch burglary.

Rocky road ahead for Kayla video

Five-year-old faces more tests to see if she will be able to eat.

Fatal fire victims named

5:41 PM  Victims of a Palmerston North house fire were Eunice Felton, 6, and Bessie Tehuia Tokona, 61.

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national

Support for 'Red Peak' climbs

The Red Peak design.

0 min ago  Opposition to the four New Zealand flag choices on offer has begun to coalesce around a single design.

Bouncy slide owner charged

5:26 PM  Owner of a "mammoth slide" which collapsed in Masterton charged with obstructing a health and safety inspector.

Labour leader Andrew Little said New Zealand needs to show "will and moral leadership" in the face of Syria's refugee crisis.

Opposition's refugee bill

5:32 PM  Labour and Greens are trying to force the Government's hand over New Zealand's refugee intake.

Video

Nelson College win NZ championship

Nelson College have won the New Zealand secondary schools football championship after beating Sacred Heart College 2-1.

world

'You were a little boy'

Aylan Kurdi, left, with his brother Galip in a Kurdi family photograph. Both drowned trying to get to Greece.

6:03 PM  An anonymous tribute to the drowned boy whose photo has put a young face at the heart of the crisis.

Migrants bike to Norway

How the Arctic Circle provides unlikely opportunity for Syrian refugees.

Clive Southall was stung hundreds of times but help came too late to save him.

Wasps kill great-granddad

Clive Southall's head was so consumed by insects that his horrified relatives could "hardly see his face".

business

Media players eye global threat

TVNZ boss Kevin Kenrick says competition between domestic media outlets is a 'side show'.

TVNZ boss Kevin Kenrick says it could forge new partnerships to make full use of its international rights.

Dispute over $10 note design

Reserve Bank used meeting house design without permission, Iwi says.

Massey academic says rates below 4pc would be a sign of a struggling economy.

BNZ salvo may soon be returned

BNZ's new record low interest rate may be first in series of competitive cuts.

money

Kids call for money lessons

Kids want to be good with money, but few schools are teaching them.

School children think they are pretty good at managing their money. Their teachers think they are not.

Laundry ball claims 'don't wash'

Laundry balls are billed as the green way to wash clothes, but a test shows they may be a waste of money.

A life without credit cards

Will you have enough to retire?

small business

Three months to grow

Dogmatek audio owner Tim Prebble, left, and Jack Candlish from Organic Dynamic.

Entrepreneurs behind eight startups have yet to prove they can turn prototypes into saleable products.

Meet the dog whisperer video

It started out with a notepad and an 11 year-old girl. Now Selina McIntyre calls herself the dog whisperer.

Erin Reilly: 365 days later

Textile queen re-invents herself

technology

Drone laws 'limit opportunities'

Jason Gutteridge with a photo taken by one of his drones at Oreti Park Speedway. The area is designated as a no-operation zone because pilots use it for low-flying practice.

5:10 PM  Invercargill is missing out on promotional opportunities because of strict rules around flying drones, a broadcaster says.

Batman PC players get patched

Major patch should make PC version of Batman: Arkham Knight playable, but game yet to return to Steam.

Journalist Henry Cooke gives us a first look at the BB-8 droid from Sphero, a tie-in robotic toy for the new Star Wars.

Hands on with BB-8 video

5:23 PM  It's a droid from the upcoming Star Wars that is an actual robot, not just a ball that lights up.

life & style

Is it OK to put on PDAs? video

Sweet or sickly?

Are public displays of affection to be celebrated - or do they just make everyone feel uncomfortable?

No, cats don't really need you

Unlike dogs, felines don't pine when owners aren't around - but that's a compliment, researchers say.

College student Tara Monroe says, "riding a bike around campus sucks. Like really sucks”. So instead she bought a hot-pink, battery-powered jeep.

'Barbie Girl's' $60 plastic ride

After this student had her driver's licence suspended, there was no way she was going to commute by bike. 

well & good

A disease not everyone believes

IT specialist Steve Weller describes the pain of EMS as like "a tight-fitting hat being pulled down on your head".

With electromagnetic hypersensitivity, your stressors are impossible to avoid.

Colour changes when we're sad

Our guts play an important role in our emotions and our perception of what we see, new research shows.

At just 37, Danny Bedingfield was diagnosed with an aggressive and fast growing prostate cancer.

The promise that saved a life video

Danny Bedingfield's mother insisted he get a health check up. That check up discovered an aggressive form of cancer.

home & property

A bed in a shed in a room...

Yep, that's the bedroom there... in the shed. Squint and you'll see it.

It sounds like Dr Seuss but the reality is even more comical.

Cate Blanchett's mansion sells

Less than three weeks after Cate Blanchett and her husband listed their trophy home, it has sold.

Now is good time to trim back your mint plant

Weekend gardening tasks

Spring has arrived - even if the fine weather hasn't... Here are some jobs to do in your patch this week.

food & wine

Rice pudding with fruit compote

This is nice served warm or chilled.

This makes a nice treat whether it's served warm or chilled.

What to cook for Father's Day

Show him you care on Sunday with a delicious homemade blue-cheese burger, served with hand-cut chips and aioli.

Chicken legs with citrus

A showstopping red velvet cake

nz farmer

Farmers keen on loan offer

Fonterra is encouraging farmers to apply early for loans.

Fonterra swamped with responses to its offer of interest-free support loans to its payout beleaguered farmers..

Swedes risk advice 'correct'

Analysis confirms advice that feeding maturing swede crops increases risk of ill-health in cows, DairyNZ says.

Calf rearing popular again

It's all about teamwork

entertainment

Bieber beats The Weeknd

THE BAD: Well, the outfit isn't that bad at all (I'd take it any day over the baggy nappy-esque joggers of late) but it's the Justin Bieber version 5.0 hair that I'm not a fan of. The clothes are very Harry Styles - polka dot shirt, circulation-stopping jeans, suede boots, adorably unscuffed leather jacket - but that bleach-fryed combover. It's Donald Trump meets Flock of Seagulls meets Mary J Blige.

6:28 PM  Kiwi fans are lapping up Justin Bieber's latest effort.

Katy Perry's fan feud

6:20 PM  Pop singer Katy Perry was the victor of a Twitter feud which earned her an apology from a fan.

Hello Sailor front-man Graham Brazier has died.

Brazier leaves unfinished album

Hello Sailor frontman Graham Brazier was working "on one of his best" albums when he died.

travel

Airbnb horror for owner video

Robert Corwin came home to find his liquor cabinet empty, a hookah on his dining room table and a strange couple sleeping in his bedroom.

Many things make a good flatmate. Renting your room out while you're away isn't one of them.

Most beautiful ad ever? video

With over 50 million views this stunning Air France ad is stealing our hearts.

Sydney's new urban hub: The Goods Line.

Walking Sydney's Goods Line

Sydney's newest piece of tourism infrastructure has already become part of the city.

stuff nation

Share your commuting photos stuff nation

generic thumbnail, traffic, Melbourne, rush hour, jam,

The best photos sometimes happen on a whim, what are you snapping on the way to work?

Target traffickers over refugees stuff nation

We need to hunt down the human traffickers like we do terrorists and drug dealers, writes Dean Rhodes.

Hello Sailor front-man Graham Brazier has died.

Graham Brazier: Your tributes stuff nation

Condolence messages for iconic Kiwi front man Graham Brazier flooded in today.

motoring

Milestone Corvette restored video

The one millionth Corvette damaged in a sinkhole collapse.

After more than four months and 1200 man-hours of painstaking work, restoration of the one millionth Corvette is complete.

007 Aston Martin is gaudy gallery

Aston Martin calls it a celebration of a 50 year link with James Bond but really the limited edition DB9 GT Bond Edition is a branding stunt.

Mercedes-Benz S-Class Cabriolet.

Drop top luxury and power gallery

NZ arrival at least 12 months away for German brand's new drop-top that blends blistering performance with ultimate luxury.

sport

Kiwi makes mark in final hitout video

Arizona Cardinals running back Paul Lasike (34) celebrates catching a touchdown pass in the final pre-season game against the Denver Broncos.

6:22 PM  NFL hopeful Paul Lasike rounds out pre-season with Cardinals in style - catching touchdown in win.

Unlucky All Blacks lift Lions

Awkward moments put to bed as Cory Jane and Jeremy Thrush rev up for domestic season.

New coach Michael Cheika has led the Wallabies to wins over the All Blacks, Springboks and Argentina this year.

Wallabies bank on 'Cheik-effect'

9 min ago  Australia undergoing revival, but still to be seen if 10 months is enough to put together RWC winning side.

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good reads

The disease not everyone believes

IT specialist Steve Weller describes the pain of EMS as like "a tight-fitting hat being pulled down on your head".

With electromagnetic hypersensitivity, your stressors are impossible to avoid.

Five years, 436,053 stories video

September 4, 2010, started us on a collective journey but for every one of us the experience has been different.

Five years ago Cantabrians suffered the rudest awakening.

Venturing forth to Scotland

A beautiful view of the city of Edinburgh from Calton Hill.

I close my eyes and hold my breath, as our temporary construction lift jerks upwards.

National memories erased by fire

Charred government records damaged in the Hope Gibbons fire are still held by Archives New Zealand, but countless documents were destroyed completely.

Precious historical records fluttered aflame through Wellington as a storage building burned in 1952.

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Amateur traffic controller becomes video star video

Motorists passing the man at the busy intersection waved and gave him the thumbs up.

A concerned citizen took up the job of traffic controller during a power cut in West Auckland.

Bizarre alien corpse discovered in Russia video

The "alien corpse" discovered in Russia.

A tiny alien creature that washed up on the banks of a river in north western Russia has locals and experts stumped.

Man loses job after explicit texts

The unidentified man joins a growing number of 'sexters' who have accidentally messaged the wrong person.

A man in the US lost his job after sending two explicit photographs to a female HR manager.

Household invention lifts the moving game

Fred Willis of Kings House Removals checks progress of the 29 meter long building being removed from the old Waikiwi Tavern site on the longest self steering trailer in NZ , which Fred Willis designed  in 1979 and has now been copied by many.

If necessity is the mother of invention then Fred Willis is the father.

Parenting

Guess what... I'm pregnant

Surprise! You're going to be a parent...

Long gone are the days when Facebook updates simply said 'we are expecting'.

My son, my hopes, my fears

I was overcome with ecstasy at what I had birthed and yet my new found confidence was crumbling as the question dawned on me, would I be enough?

I realised, he wasn't me. He wasn't his father. He was August.

Gorilla and boy play peek-a-boo

Isiah makes a new friend.

When toddler Isiah met a young gorilla, he was thrilled – and so was his furry new friend.

Birth with a dolphin midwife

Darina Rosin plans to give birth in the water.

Darina Rosin plans to give birth in the water, accompanied by a dolphin. As you do. 

kiwi traveller

What sight to see in HK?

For amusement-park-loving teens, Hong Kong Disneyland is the place to go.

There's something for all the family to enjoy in Hong Kong, from markets to theme parks.

Expat tales: The great outdoors

Simon Dilks with his wife and daughter against the mountainous scenery of their home.

Simon Dilks ditched the rat race for a life of adventure in Yangshuo, China.

Lost and found in Italy

Passport, credit card, phone, the Holy Trinity of travel.

Travel is full of heart-stopping moments, not all of which are about ogling scenic wonders.

The reality of London life stuff nation

Living and working in London is challenging and exhausting, but it's also one of the most enriching experiences you can have, says Amelia.

There are heaps of opportunities in London, writes Amelia Abplanalp. You just have to be patient, network like crazy and work damn hard.