Emily Capewell Jetstar splash

Jetstar employee lets loose

A Jetstar staffer calls those complaining about delays "a bunch of whingers" and "nuts".

Father's heartache

The trinkets for eight children found dead in Cairns on Friday.

He should be celebrating his daughter's 14th birthday but a Cairns father is grieving. 

Tiny town wins big at Lotto

9:02 PM  A township of just 9000 people has taken out two first division Lotto prizes tonight.

Golfers raise alarm

9:23 PM  A fisherman has gone missing at a river mouth near Nelson this afternoon. 

What happened to Hayden?

9:16 PM  Intensive six hour search fails to find tradie who disappeared two weeks ago.

Alleged 'grinch' burglar foiled

An alleged burglar made just one mistake when he stole an Auckland family's presents.

national

Hunter airlifted to hospital

Rotorua-based rescue helicopter was forced to land on the railway lines where a ute was struck by a train.

A 67-year-old hunter has been airlifted to hospital from the area around Lake Tarawera in the Bay of Plenty this afternoon.

Calls for new Ellis probe

Former National leader Don Brash leadsd bid to clear convicted child abuser Peter Ellis' name.

ASCENT: A climber on the East Ridge route on Aoraki/Mt Cook.

Mt Cook a 'burial site'

Despite claiming its 234th life this week, reaching the summit, for some, outweighs the risks.

Video

Two powerhouses meet

Prime ministers are so yesterday – tonight Katy Perry is mixing with another global superstar.

world

Gunman offended by TV channel

Man Haron Monis.

The Sydney siege gunman's bizarre behaviour before his death appeared to have been sparked by a Seven Network program.

US issues worldwide travel alert

The US has today issued an extraordinary global travel alert to its citizens, citing the Sydney lone-wolf attack.

Police try to comfort a woman in Murray Street, Manoora, outside the Cairns house where the bodies of eight children were found.

Cairns mum 'wouldn't get help'

Family of the woman arrested for stabbing eight children to death in Australia say they had feared she was depressed before the attack.

business

Fonterra's in tight corner

Fonterra dairy factory

OPINION: Fonterra's advance monthly payments to its suppliers this spring went unusually close to breaching its end-of-year payout forecast.

SFF allowed meat discharge

Silver Fern Farms granted consent to discharge meat sewage into the Waimakariri river.

Boral's announcements it stop making bricks in Australia has swayed the competition watchdog.

The good times are rolling

We look back on Christchurch in 2014 and ask: Is this as good as it gets?

money

UK pension ‘press-gang’ warning

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

Financial Markets Authority is monitoring potentially misleading advertising about British pension scheme funds.

Reverend jailed for tax evasion

IRD says Auckland man ignored offers of help over $1 million owed in tax.

More can't afford heating

Cure Xmas spending hangover

small business

How to sell more online in 2015

Internet shopping grew by 12.8 per cent in the year to September.

Eight key dos and don'ts for small businesses to keep the virtual tills ringing.

The female funding fiasco

Women are often seen by lenders as 'fly-by' rather than serious business owners.

Kiwi tequila captures local spirit

Franchisee fed up

technology

North Korea responsible - FBI

ON HOLD: Workers remove a poster for "The Interview" from a billboard in Hollywood, California, a day after Sony's announcement that it was cancelling the movie's Christmas release.

FBI formally accused the North Korean government of being responsible for hacking Sony Pictures.

Funding for iPad research 

A research project into how children think when they use iPads has been given a funding boost.

Three boob lady

2014's 10 worst internet hoaxes

If 2013 was "the year of the viral hoax," what then should we call 2014 - a year slightly older, slightly wiser, and even more full of moronic shenanigans?

life & style

Your worst date in five words

BAD DATE: Candlelight dinner

A terrible date can provide all means of fodder to laugh about and cringe at with friends - or share on social media.

20 epic style moments in 2014 gallery

From Angelina Jolie's wedding dress to Amal Clooney, these are 20 jaw-dropping style moments of 2014.

Santa in Kenzo

Santa dressed in high-end garb gallery

Joint London have upgraded Santa with new threads from high-end designers like Alexander Wang and Kenzo.

well & good

How to not get smashed at XMas

COMMON SIGHT:  A study survey showed that a whopping 96 per cent of respondents went to work hung over after a holiday party or knew someone who did.

The holidays aren't known as a time of alcoholic restraint but here are some tips how to drink to excess.

Win holiday goodies!

A basketball signed by The Breakers, an Adidas micoach running watch and more....

HIS HONORARY FINISH: St John Ambulance Intensive Care Paramedic Barry Eunson poses with the top organisers of the Dublin Marathon sent him this week week. He stopped the October race to save a man's life.

Fellow man over marathon

He was so close to the finish line, but he gave that up to save a stranger's life while others ran on.

home & property

A to Zzz guide to mattresses

TENTH BIRTHDAY: If your mattress is turning 10 in 2015 then it might be time to purchase yourself a new one.

Don't let the thought of mattress shopping keep you awake at night.

Seven fairytale castles for sale gallery

Always fancied yourself as a bit of a king or queen? Now you can live the dream.

CENTRAL OTAGO: Geoff and Belinda Andrew's home, which sits beneath the Crown Range

Striking gold in the South gallery

An old schist cottage near Arrowtown was the starting point for a home that cleverly blends old and new.

food & wine

Brewers tap careful drinkers

Steve Major pours a low alcohol 4 percent Three Piece Wheat beer at The Free House.

Even before Simon Nicholas finished the first batch of his lower alcohol craft beer, it had "pretty much" sold out.

Perfecting the summer salad

Salads can be intimidating because of the number of choices. Here's how to make a great summer salad.

Aussie lamb at $10 a kilogram

Single malt or a blend?

nz farmer

Debt a big hurdle

credit card debt, christmas

Dairy farmers unable to reach $5.75 for each kg of milksolids produced face taking on more debt.

Sensible future-proofing

Hawke's Bay farm taking the use of willows for fodder in drought conditions to a new level.

Famous trek recreated

Picked-on feeling starting

entertainment

Kim K's scathing email to mum

EXHAUSTED OUTFIT: Kim Kardashian has told her mum Kris Jenner to move on from 'pilgrim Adams Family outfits' like this.

Kim Kardashian has sent her mum Kris Jenner a scathing email telling her off for wearing ‘pilgrim Adam Family’ outfits.

Key schmoozes with Katy

John Key risked fireworks backstage when his daughter's sparkling outfit almost outshone Katy Perry's.

ONE LAST TIME: Peter Jackson sees little chance of making more Middle-earth movies beyond a director's "extended-cut"

Jackson doesn't care for critics

Critical reivews don't bother filmmaker Sir Peter Jackson, who says it's fans' opinions that really matter. 

travel

Wisdom for young travellers

Amy Ridout, left, and Stacey Knott, authors of the ebook Working Nomads.

Pair of globetrotting Kiwis pen guide for young backpackers who want to explore the world but aren't sure where to start.

3 days of bloody hell

It was supposed to be a 3-day tramp on the Abel Tasman, but Mother Nature had other ideas.

GOING NOWHERE: Travellers at Wellington wait to hear more about delayed flights.

Jetstar flights delayed 

Flights delayed after computer meltdown just as many travellers head off on their Christmas break.

stuff nation

Let there be light, Auckland stuff nation

Our readers have been impressing us this month with their photography skills in our long exposures assignment.

Lessons learnt from 2014 stuff nation

A lot can happen in a year, but what's made the biggest impression on you and your outlook on life?

WATER BABY: Sammie feeds her obsession drip by drip in the laundry sink.

Pet of the day: Sammie the water cat stuff nation

If Sammie had to choose between a cuddle and playing with water, water would win paws down.

motoring

Lamborghini 'Phwoar'

Lamborghini's iconic Countach was the poster child for 1970s supercars.

The Lamborghini Countach was the poster child for 1970s supercars.

'Turck' an online hit

A spelling-challenged farmer selling his "turck" on Trade Me had to defend himself from a swarm of commenters when his auction went viral.

Raminator, the world's fastest Monster truck.

The fastest monster truck

A truck called Raminator has broken the world record for the "Fastest Speed for a Monster Truck".

sport

Black Caps clinch ODI series video

STRIKE FORCE: Matt Henry (second right) took 5-30 as the Black Caps dismissed Pakistan for 207 to win the series-deciding fifth ODI by 68 runs.

Matt Henry grabs 5-30 as Black Caps defeat Pakistan by 68 runs to clinch the series 3-2.

Australia stumble to victory

Hosts six down as they successfully chase 128 to win on fourth day of second test against India in Brisbane.

GOOD NEWS: Kiwi Ricardo Christie's spot on next year's elite world tour has been confirmed.

Top news for top NZ surfer

Ricardo Christie has place on next year’s elite world tour confirmed after results at Pipeline fall his way.

good reads

Giving kids their Christmas dreams

Be thoughtful when buying gifts.

At Christmas, children write wish lists. I wish all of those lists could be fulfilled. 

Mt Cook a 'burial site'

ASCENT: A climber on the East Ridge route on Aoraki/Mt Cook.

Despite claiming its 234th life this week, reaching the summit, for some, outweighs the risks.

What to read this summer

"The only real option we have is to sweat it out in our caves, wiling away the hours with a series of good books."

Feminists like reading, having learned to use it to replace boys who never asked us out .

Romahapa: The place time forgot

Dead centre: The original heart of Romahapa was on Cemetery Hill where the first church service in South Otago was held.

The good folk of Romahapa are wondering who has come into big money.

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When Shayla Gibbons left NZ her OE, she never thought she'd end up in a Thai clinic, fearing for her friend's lives.

Kiwis are Christmas Scrooges

BAH HUMBUG: Kiwis are happy to snub their family this holiday season.

Kiwis are a bunch of Scrooges with 50 per cent wanting to leave family members behind this Christmas.

A different life stuff nation

KENTE WEAVING: A complex system of weaving on a loom with foot pedals.

Avi Duckorjones left his comfortable apartment in Manhattan for deepest darkest Africa.

Land of the rising sun

OCEAN'S FOUR: Matt Kurd with wife Yuka, daughter Akira and son Taila at a local wharf by the sea.

Matt Curd swapped Christchurch for a new life teaching English in Japan.

oddstuff

Duo sucked coins from car wash

Double trouble: coin thieves clean up at the Chirnside Park car wash.

Police hunting pair who used their own vacuum cleaner to suck coins from car wash machines.

'Gay marriage caused quake'

gay marriage

Right-wing fringe group outlandishly blames gay marriage for "destruction" of a New Zealand city.

Debauched Santas hire lawyer

Girls dressed as Santa Claus - who may or may not be somewhat inebriated - ride the subway in New York City during SantaCon.

After backlash, NYC pub crawl involving hordes of drunk Santas get lesson on their civil rights.

Camera thief films himself

WHO YOU LOOKING AT? The light-fingered CCTV camera lover.

It's not exactly a mugshot, but many people have already convicted this man of being a mug.