'He could still be here today' video

A Waitarere Beach woman feels guilty she didn't stop to ask 10-year-old Alex Fisher if he was OK.

Wallabies on top gallery video

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 10:  Gareth Davies of Wales takes on Tevita Kuridrani (L) of Australia during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool A match between Australia and Wales at Twickenham Stadium on October 10, 2015 in London, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

8:18 AM  Australia withstood a second-half siege to beat Wales 15-6 and book a RWC quarterfinal against Scotland.

Live: England v Uruguay gallery

7:45 AM  Ousted RWC hosts England head into halftime with a comfortable lead over Uruguay in Manchester.

Kiwi fights for life after blast

8:45 AM  New Zealander in a coma after a lawnmower explodes in her face in Rarotonga.

Cruel end to Woodcock career video

18 min ago  ABs coach pays tribute to veteran prop out of the Rugby World Cup after injury.

'We don't hire women'

Woman was told she couldn't apply for a labouring job because she was female.

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Behind bars at Paremoremo video

Julia Prescott, assistant director of Auckland Prison, hopes to apply what she learned about reducing reoffending in Her Majesty's Prison Service in England.

Ahead of a $300 million expansion, this jail's inmates debate whether prison helps crims turn their lives around.

One dead in Auckland crash

One person has died after a three-car crash early on Sunday morning.

Dead birds stricken by oil from the Rena

NZ's oil spill record 'sobering'

Almost four tonnes of oil has spilled into New Zealand's harbours and oceans since the Rena disaster.

Rugby World Cup

Yellow flurry tests Wallabies

Wallabies halfback Will Genia is sent to the sin bin early in the second half of the RWC clash with Wales.

7:37 AM  OPINION: Australia will take some stopping at World Cup after a 13-man scramble holds up against Wales.

Maradona inspires Pumas

7:46 AM  Football great Diego Maradona plans to return to England if Argentina reach the Rugby World Cup semifinal.

Scotland's Greig Laidlaw lines up a kick during his side's 36-33 win over Pool B rivals Samoa at St James' Park.

Laidlaw steers Scots through video

Skipper scores late try and kicks 21 points to send team into RWC quarterfinals with a 36-33 victory over Samoa.


Cruel end to Woodcock career

ABs coach pays tribute to veteran prop now out of Rugby World Cup, sidelined with injury.


Turkish bomb blasts kill 86 people

Victims' bodies are covered by banners at the blast scene in Ankara after twin explosions killed at least 86 people and injured almost 200.

At least 86 people die when two bombs hit a rally of pro-Kurdish activists in Ankara.

Differing stories in bashing

Security guards shown on video kicking and elbowing two Australian tourists will escape punishment.

"The party's revolutionary armament means we are ready to fight any kind of war waged by the US imperialists," Kim said in a speech.

N Korea 'ready for war with US'

8:34 AM  Fighting words from leader Kim Jong Un, as US says the isolated state's nukes could reach it.


Businessman bites over sour deal

In the Auckland District Court, businessman Tom Peng pleaded guilty to biting his former associate on the face and swinging an axe at him.

17 min ago  A businessman bit his former associate on the face and swung an axe at him after a half million-dollar deal soured.

Parents taking insurance risk

Parents often take out insurance policies on their kids' cars. But they may not realisethe risks.

Downsize the house so you have a few years before retirement without a mortgage to grow savings.

Work-free, debt-free

Don't take financial security for granted in retirement.


A beginner's guide to Periscope

Live on Periscope – a young mum from Baton Rouge talks about her baby.

On a quiet Wednesday afternoon earlier this month I took a whistle-stop tour of the planet.

Difference in iPhone batteries

There are reports the new iPhones' performance and battery life varies depending on the chip powering it.

The Surface Book has a a 13.5-inch display with 267 pixels per inch.

Microsoft takes a swing at rivals

Ever since the smartphone revolution, Microsoft has been on the back foot but this week it finally beat Google and Apple.

life & style

Dried flowers are coming back

The height of floral fashion, circa 1988: prickly teasels, blood red helichrysums, ears of wheat, starball scabiosas and ozothamnus rice flowers.

Let me be the first to say it: in 2016, I predict a revival in the fortunes of dried flowers.

The lady who gave my life back

When one woman's life was falling apart, she turned to the Sallies. A budget adviser made all the difference.

Is she really going out with him? Pretty In Pink's Molly Ringwald looks for a better option at the prom.

Inside the school social

Romance, rejection, awkward dancing. For these kids, school dances are very, very important.

well & good

Spring clean your body and mind

Spring is the perfect time to address how you are really feeling and tackle any ongoing issues.

19 min ago  Spring is the perfect time to address how you are really feeling and tackle any ongoing issues.

'There's no tummy to pick up' 

Wiremu Bayliss managed to shed 150kg. Now he's lost an extra 7.5kg after having excess skin removal surgery.

If you work your exercise plans into your day while you're travelling, you're more likely to stick to them.

Stay fit while you travel

It can be difficult to keep a routine up while you're out of town. Here's how.

home & property

How to create a ‘zero waste’ home

Bea Johnson and her family produce just one litre-sized jar of rubbish per year.

15 min ago  For most homeowners, rubbish is a fact of life, but what if you could eliminate household waste all together?

How to revive your spare room

If you've got an extra space, there are many things you could be doing rather than leave it empty.

Yeah, it looks ok to us. We'll consider it.

Island on sale for $6m

If you've ever had dreams of buying a private island, now's the time.

food & wine

Loaf, actually

Sam Mannering's take on the classic meatloaf.

The meatloaf is a wonderful dish that deserves better PR.

Sweet Endings

The trick with dessert is not leaving everyone feeling overfull.

Eye fillet on toast

Shocking chapter in pav wars

nz farmer

Alliance Group rewards farmers

Alliance Group's Lorneville plant has invested in a thermoform controlled atmosphere packaging machine as part of its efforts to enhance the shelf life of its products.

Farmers will get loyalty payments from Alliance Group, but they come with a catch.

Opposing Chinese deal 'risky'

Opponents of Shanghai Maling deal accused of "playing a very dangerous and irresponsible game" .

Farmers: grass needs to grow

Putting in own water systems


Richard Gere's time on the streets

Richard Gere took to the streets to highlight the plight of America's homeless.

8:35 AM  He may be a wealthy Hollywood actor but Richard Gere knows what it feels like to be homeless.

The terror of Delaney Tabron

The Step Dave actress on her dancing dreams, the future of magazines, and faxing a music legend.

Seung Yul Oh, on his art: "I think, what would it be like after 20, 30 years, looking back and it’s still sitting there?"

Seung Yul Oh is blowing up video

The Korean-New Zealand artist is making a mark with his big, playful creations.


Aussie bush, beaches and booze video

Port Campbell: Most of the beaches on this shoreline are hard to get to - they're a sheer drop from the cliffs above.

And boomerangs. Throwing that in there.

Expat Tales: London calling

You know you've become a Londoner when you've perfected the art of the death stare on the Tube.

Flying with children will test your patience.

Flying with babies and surviving

Three dirty nappies, one change of clothes and an explosion of tears - and we were still on the tarmac.

stuff nation

Can Klopp succeed at Liverpool? stuff nation

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 25:  Jurgen Klopp manager of Borussia Dortmund laughs during a Borussia Dortmund press conference, ahead of the UEFA Champions League Group D match against Arsenal, at Emirates Stadium on November 25, 2014 in London, England.  (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)

There will be plenty of challenges to face for the new manager taking on football's poisoned chalice.

Illness will not rule my life stuff nation

I wouldn't wish invisible illnesses on my worst enemies. Yet I wouldn't change it for the world.

WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - OCTOBER 20:  New Zealand flags fly in front of The Beehive during the Commission Opening of Parliament at Parliament on October 20, 2014 in Wellington, New Zealand.  This is the first ceremony for the official opening of New Zealand's 51st Parliament.  (Photo by Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images)

Back-room deals must go stuff nation

Are the people we are paying to effectively run our country doing so in an open and truthful manner?


Cars with weird doors

Falcon doors on Tesla Model X.

8:00 AM  Conventional doors are so last year. Here are four current models that have unusual apertures - plus one that doesn't, but really should.

Most powerful muscle car ever

The Dodge Challenger Hellcat is a devilishly bad machine. We try to tame it.

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Ross Luscombe with his 1964 Austin Sprite. Me and my car.
Reporter: Natasha Thyne

From rust to Monza red

When Ross Luscombe first bought his 1964 Austin Healey Sprite, it was almost in two pieces.


England tickets going cheap

England coach Stuart Lancaster.

7:33 AM  Fans can buy tickets for as little as $10 for hosts' Pool A dead-rubber with Uruguay in Manchester.

Moody digests RWC call-up

Prop Joe Moody is heading to the Rugby World Cup after veteran All Black Tony Woodcock's hamstring injury

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen is all smiles after his side's convincing 47-9 win over Tonga in Newcastle.

All Blacks rest up for quarters

Every All Black appeared to be laid out on a table having their bumps and bruises kneaded after Tonga clash.

good reads

NZ's oil spill record 'sobering'

Dead birds stricken by oil from the Rena

Almost four tonnes of oil has spilled into New Zealand's harbours and oceans since the Rena disaster.

Answering the impossible

Mt Fuji in Japan is a sight to behold. Is there anything more ancient or mystical?

Of all the questions a travel writer is asked, this one is the most difficult to answer.

Behind the bars at Paremoremo video

Julia Prescott, assistant director of Auckland Prison, hopes to apply what she learned about reducing reoffending in Her Majesty's Prison Service in England.

Inmates debate whether prison helps crims turn their lives around.

Pregnant? Don't ask me for a drink

This isn't about judging women unnecessarily. This is about scientific facts.

OPINION: When expecting friends ask for wine, I feel like yelling at them. It's just nine months. That's it.

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Is this your cat?

Tauranga cat Toffee has been found in Brisbane, but where are his owners?

Toffee the cat was found near death in Brisbane, but is registered to an address in Tauranga.

Frozen chook craze takes flight

Frozen chooks could soon be found on a highway near you.

Some may consider it to be fowl. Others may see it as poultry in motion. 

Lamb saved by mouth-to-nose video

Carol Martin shares her home - and her bed - with with Pooky the Wiltshire lamb.

Coming back from the dead isn't something many can claim, but Pooky the pet lamb did it twice in half an hour.

'Fake cop' woos women - police

South Auckland man allegedly caught out when his worried partner called the station.


Why you should co-sleep

The experience of sharing a bed with my daughter has produced an intimate, intuitive, deeply affectionate relationship.

Sharing a bed with my daughter has produced an intuitive, deeply affectionate relationship.

Surprise! You're a grandma video

The face of a woman who's about to meet her granddaughter. Gorgeous.

Surprise! You're going to be a grandma. And the baby's already here...

Pregnant? Don't ask for wine

This isn't about judging women unnecessarily. This is about scientific facts.

OPINION: When expecting friends ask for alcohol, I feel like yelling at them. It's just nine months. That's it.

Stay-at-home parent 'isn't a job'

Forgoing paid work in order to raise a child can be deeply meaningful and valuable. But can you call it a 'job'?

Many life choices are meaningful and valuable and require hard work - but aren't 'jobs'.

kiwi traveller

Expat Tales: London calling

Like many Kiwis, Hana Garrett-Walker uses London as a home base for exploring Europe.

You know you've become a Londoner when you've perfected the art of the death stare on the Tube, says Hana Garrett-Walker.

Kiwi invents backpack

Design student Taylor Burn's "All Weather Day Pack", modelled by his friend Willem Van Buskirk, has been nominated for a national design award.

A New Zealander has created a revolutionary backpack jacket that could save you space while travelling.

Helping out on the trip of a lifetime

Marie Weavers and family are off to Latin America for a volunteering holiday. From left, Nelson, 10, Oscar, 5, Marie, Max, 7, and Ruby, 11.

Marie Weavers could have booked her family a trip to Disneyland.

Miss Universe finalist shares travel tips

Miss Universe NZ 2015 finalist and Eastern Hutt School teacher Nickie Slater visited the Philippines with fellow contestants earlier this year pictured here at the Maribojoc Organic Farm.

A Miss Universe NZ finalist shares her top seven experiences from an exotic retreat.