Lee wins PGA Tour event video

11 min ago  No 1 NZ golfer wins in a playoff to be the first Kiwi to win on the PGA Tour in 10 years.

White whale spotted

An up-close look at the white humpback whale, thought to be known as Migaloo.

4 min ago  A rare white humpback whale spotted in Cook Strait is one of only four ever recorded.

Deaths have 'broken the family'

10:31 AM  Cindy George was a good mother and her children bubbly and beautiful, family say.

Live: Highlanders victory parade

12 min ago  Still basking in the Highlanders Super Rugby victory? Celebrate with the team at the Dunedin parade on our live blog.

Polar blast hits country

10:13 AM  A wintry blast is set to hit the country, bringing freezing temparatures and wet weather.

Lottery win is bittersweet

Winning a half million dollar house comes at a difficult time for a Blenheim couple.

national

Donor suffers for her gift

Robin Howarth is regaining his health after a kidney transplant, but has seen the health and finances of his donor, daughter Elsie, fall apart.

Giving her dad a kidney saved the taxpayer thousands, but she's still waiting for support.

Murder accused not named

10:43 AM  Man accused of killing Dunedin woman Vicki Warrington appears in court with heavily bandaged arm.

Susan Marshall, Avice Mitchell, Steve Mitchell and David Marshall take in the scenery in their new home town of Bluff.

'Here, I have friends'

Why is a Queensland family loving the "parallel universe" they've discovered in Bluff?

Video

7 things to know about Greece's debt crisis

Greece has voted no and is on the brink of becoming the first country to leave the euro zone.

world

Forces try to surround Falluja

Iraqi Shiite paramilitary personnel carry their weapons as they gather on the outskirt of Bayji.

Iraqi Shi'ite fighters and army troops make gains, but face heavy resistance from IS militants.

Pope 'home' in Sth America video

Laughing as his hat flew off in the wind, Pope Francis has started his "homecoming" tour.

A teacher in Austria denies he killed rabbits in front of his biology students.

Pupils 'saw teacher kill rabbits'

10:21 AM  Teacher known for "unorthodox teaching methods" denies slaughtering rabbit in front of biology class.

business

Hanover directors settle for $18m

Freezing orders over Mark Hotchin's assets, which have been in limbo since 2010, will be lifted.

10:57 AM  The Financial Markets Authority says an out-of-court settlement was the best outcome for investors.

Greece votes 'no' to bailout video

10:19 AM  Amid a festival atmosphere in Athens and panic in financial markets, Greece's PM tells his people they've made a brave choice.

Credit rating agency Moody's has upgraded Air New Zealand's credit rating in light of favourable demand and falling jet fuel prices.

Air NZ gets credit upgrade

11:02 AM  Moody's Investor Service increases its credit upgrade for Air New Zealand.

money

Jewellery theft victims underpaid

A spat between valuers has exposed deep confusion about the way stolen jewellery is valued.

Warring valuers are at odds over how to value lost antique jewellery.

More mortgage rate cuts?

Floating mortgage rates are tipped to fall sharply this year, but depositors will feel more pain.

NZ's Ponzi scheme shame

ACC to refund 9000 motorists

small business

Crowdfunding key for taco truck

Lucky Taco owners Sarah and Otis Frizzell are looking to raise $100,000 to get their products into supermarkets.

Sarah and Otis Frizzell made a bold move to launch their range of taco kits and Mexican pickles.

High-flyer's tips for startups

Kiwi Victoria Ransom, who sold her business to Google, has some advice for Kiwi business owners.

Selling a start-up in my teens

Silicon Valley eyeing up NZ video

technology

Scouring social media for news

Banjo founder Damien Patton talks with employees at the Innevation Center in Las Vegas

4 min ago  Banjo peers into more than 1.2 billion social media accounts using image-recognition software - and sells what it finds to the media and brands.

The new king of 'super zoom'

11:07 AM  REVIEW: The Nikon P900 is a "bridge camera" with a lens so long that you'll need to use a tripod or monopod.

Mercury News reporter Troy Wolverton "walks the plank" while using an Oculus Rift virtual reality system as lab manager Shawnee Baughman, left, and researcher Elise Ogle look on at Stanford University's Virtual Human Interaction Lab in Palo Alto, California.

Virtual reality makes me sick

10:32 AM  Tech columnist says VR helmet was amazing - but made him feel nauseated and a throbbing headache that lasted all day.

life & style

'You look disgusting' video

Em Ford has revealed that you get nasty online comments if you wear makeup, and also if you don't.

10:41 AM  This beauty blogger's powerful video highlights the double standards women face with wearing makeup.

Like father, like son gallery

Prince George takes major style inspiration from his dad for his little sis' Christening.

This Humans of New York photo of a gay boy struggling with fears has been liked more than 600,000 times, and has caught Ellen and Hillary's attention.

Hillary & Ellen support gay boy

9:50 AM  "I'm homosexual and I'm afraid about what my future will be and that people won't like me."

well & good

Is the net ruining our memory?

When people expect to have access to information online they are less likely to remember the actual facts.

2 min ago  We're replacing the ability to recall details because we're sure we can look them up online later.

Why can't I shift those kilos?

Dr Libby explains why you shouldn't always run to lose weight, and extols the magic of eggs.

That low sugar diet you're on is likely to be packed with the stuff.

The low sugar myth

18 min ago  Before you jump on the low sugar band wagon, take a closer look at the ingredient list of the products you're buying.

home & property

Tiny apartment's big profit

This 7.9sqm apartment on Mount St sold for $104,000 in Auckland.

There's no room to move, no proper kitchen and no toilet, but this Auckland apartment sold for $104,000.

A not so crowded house

Aucklanders turned down the chance to view Neil Finn's $10m Auckland mansion of music royalty.

A vertical garden made with gorgeous succulents.

Grow an edible vertical garden

When it's too chilly to be out in nature, bring it inside with exotic blooms and fresh herbs on the walls.

food & wine

How to make produce last

Store asparagus upright in a glass with an inch of water.

A few tips and tricks to avoid opening the fridge door to wilted greens, mouldy berries, limp carrots and squishy eggplant.

Salmon, broccolini & dill tart

Nadia Lim proves that healthy can be mouth-wateringly tasty, too.

Kiwi takes on hot dog champ video

Snazz up your sausage rolls

nz farmer

Young farmers 'shattered'

Young Farmer Contest winner Matt Bell from Aorangi, East Coast's Sully Alsop, Waikato/Bay of Plenty's Dwayne Cowin, and Tasman's James Hoban competing in the sheep shearing section of the competition in Taupo.

The best young farmers in the land went to town for a showdown in Taupo.

Couple battle tough times

Award-winning Southland couple have battled through a tough season

Farm to city and back

'The world needs less milk'

entertainment

Is CGI ruining movies? video

George Miller's post apocalyptic Mad Max: Fury Road includes visual effects from Wellington's Weta Workshop.

10:58 AM  Critics slam special effects overuse, saying 'the Weta Effect' is ruining movies.

DWTS brings out the mullets

It's 80s week on Dancing with the Stars, and we're getting close to finding out who will be the champions.

Dave Grohl designed a throne so that he could continue performing while wearing a plaster cast.

Dave Grohl's rock throne video

9:41 AM  Dave Grohl is back where he belongs. On stage ... on a throne fit for rock royalty.

travel

Selfie stick crackdown

Anna Stahl, from Germany, and Jennifer Himryd, from Sweden, use a selfie stick to capture the moment on the steps of the Sydney Opera House.

9:59 AM  The Sydney Opera House has joined the list of cultural institutions worldwide to crack down on the use of selfie sticks.

What to see in San Diego

With an average of 250 days of sunshine a year, any time is good to visit San Diego.

Clouds obscure the view of Aoraki/Mt Cook from a Lake Pukaki lookout.

Peace and quiet at Lake Pukaki

Even on a grey and rainy day, this beauty of this glacial lake is hard to beat.

stuff nation

Highlanders are worthy champs stuff nation

Highlanders players celebrate winning the Super Rugby Final

10:22 AM  The Highlanders proved you don't have to have a team stacked full of star players to succeed.

Hurricanes 'deserve respect' stuff nation

The Hurricanes may have lost the Super Rugby final but we can wear our sorrow with pride.

Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra music director Eckehard Stier.

Review: Puccini's Turandot stuff nation

8 min ago  Auckland Philharmonia drew out every ounce of emotion and drama from Puccini's opera Turando.

motoring

Nissan's ute heritage continues

The new NP300 Nissan Navara. This model is the top version, the $64,990 ST-X 4WD auto.

NZ's Great Battle of the Utes has just stepped up a notch with the arrival of a brand-new Nissan Navara.

True to Vespa’s style

Better looks and additional security improve the Sprint 150.

Local Motors' 3-D printed car on display at the 2014 SEMA Show in Las Vegas.

3D-printed cars closer

The 3D-printed car, easily configurable and made right before your eyes, is coming closer to reality.

sport

Four new caps for All Blacks

Blues wing George Moala will make his All Blacks debut against Samoa in Apia on Wednesday.

George Moala, Nepo Laulala, Brad Weber and Charlie Ngatai in line for test debuts against Samoa.

'Senior Canes deserved better'

Hurricanes No 9 feels for senior players after last chance for a Super Rugby title eluded them.

Kurt Gidley walks wheelchair-bound Alex McKinnon onto the ground in July 2014 in a tribute game for prop left paralysed by a dangerous tackle earlier in the year.

McKinnon rage over replay video

NRL player left paralysed by bad tackle blasts opponents after watching it on TV for the first time.

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A future without Dalai Lama

Exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama says he will wait until he is about 90 before getting an advisory group of high lamas to flesh out a succession plan.

With the Dalai Lama due to turn 80, Tibetans are beginning to ask what happens after the inevitable?

The Americans are coming!

Many Texas residents suspect that an upcoming military exercise is a secret plot by US President Barack Obama to spy on them, confiscate their guns and ultimately establish martial law.

Many Texans suspect military exercise is secret plot by President Barack Obama to establish martial law.

Peace and quiet at Lake Pukaki

131211 Feature Photo:Dean Kozanic The Press. Mt Cook Village where the Department of Conservation also acts as the local council and The Hermitage hotel is the major employer. Aoraki Mt Cook at the head of Lake Pukaki seen from State Highway 80.

Even on a grey and rainy day, this beauty of this glacial lake is hard to beat.

Why we are living longer than ever

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Bob Foster, aged 101, pictured with his wife Shirley at the Selwyn Heights retirement home in Auckland.

New Zealand's population is living longer and stronger than ever before.

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Jumping fish kills girl

Jayln Rippy, 5, was travelling along the Suwannee River near Gainsville, Florida, when she was struck and killed by a jumping sturgeon.

A 5-year-old girl has died after a sturgeon leapt from a river and struck her.

Feral fox traps patrons for hours

One of the people trapped in the club took a picture of the fox from the window.

"Vicious" fox terrifies, bites and torments group for three hours.

Sheep urinates on TV reporter video

Conor Macauley had a little lamb, and a very wet boot by the time this segment was over.

Ewe could say it was the kind of live-stream TV report that gives you a warm feeling; a number one shot, even. 

Pet dogs turn out to be... bears

That's one giant dog. Owner mistakes his new Asian black bears (also called Moon bears) for puppies.

The owner didn't blink an eyelid at his unusual 'puppies', until they grew up.

Parenting

Shame has no place in parenting

As parents we should be doing everything we can to minimise our children's social anxieties, not foster them.

Shame, it seems, has become the parenting strategy of choice when all else fails.

Every parent knows the 'poo face'

Ah yes, the classic 'pooface'.

Pampers uses universal look that indicates baby is working hard in a clever advertising campaign.

Autism diagnosed in a sniff?

Can autism be measured in a sniff?

Autism could be diagnosed using smells, finds a new, small study that could prompt further research.

Carrey sorry for vaccine rant pics

Comedian Jim Carrey

Jim Carrey has apologised to the family of an autistic child after posting photos of the boy during an anti-vaccination rant.

kiwi traveller

Readers' travel pics of the week gallery

My wife, Marie, taken at Bow Lake, Canada. We went to Canada to see the Rockies. This photo is of my wife, Marie, taken at Bow Lake halfway between Banff and Jasper. During our stay in Canada this weather was fairly standard, clear crisp days, no cloud and no wind. The Rockies themselves just go on and on. Turn another corner, another snow-capped mountain range. Amazing

This week's travel photo entries take us from the Canadian Rockies to a sunset in Spain.

Expat tales: Some like it Scot

Emma Miller and husband Sam visit the park at Loch Lomond.

Emma Miller and her husband find Glasgow an ideal base for exploring Europe.

Ask the expert

The journey is part of the adventure when travelling in China.

Planning a trip to China and overwhelmed by its sheer size? Read on...

Global gap year fun

Kate Pinn has been experiencing the ups and downs of volunteering at a school for deaf children in Malawi. She says she has made life long memories and friends.

While her friends are at university, Kate Pinn is volunteering at a school for deaf children in Malawi.