What if aliens knew we were here?

We've been listening to the stars, and they haven't spoken. Is it time to shout into space?

Ko cruises to win

TOO GOOD: World No 1 Lydia Ko has claimed the NZ Women's Open title with a resounding four-shot victory.

5:27 PM  Kiwi golf star crowned NZ Women's Open champ for the second time in three years. 

Overnighter on Mt Taranaki

5:00 PM  Rescue teams have helped a man down from Mt Taranaki after he got stuck.

Stockcar star in road crash

5:16 PM  Brett Loveridge is in hospital, seriously injured in a car crash Friday morning.

Mountain biker dies

6:00 PM  A man has died while cycling at a popular mountain biking park near Queenstown.

Live CWC: England vs Sri Lanka

Live coverage of England taking on Sri Lanka at the Cricket World Cup in Wellington.

national

Cop's wife accused of hit plot

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A woman has appeared in court charged with attempting to arrange a hit on her husband.

Secret death panel planned

Families of soldiers killed in the line of duty fear for the truth behind battlefield deaths could be covered up.

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Three hurt in Kaimai crash

5:15 PM  Three people have been flown to hospital after a crash on the lower Kaimai Ranges in Waikato.

Video

Root century steers England to imposing total

An unconvincing turn at bat by England, but with 309 on the board, Sri Lanka have a fair chase ahead of them.

world

Assassination after late dinner video

People gather at the site where Boris Nemtsov was murdered.

A vocal anti-Putin Russian opposition leader has been shot dead in Moscow. What happened on his last night?

Grim Bali nine news

Preparations for the transfer of the Bali nine duo to "execution island" is all but complete.

A masked, black-clad militant, who has been identified as a Briton named Mohammed Emwazi.

'Jihadi John' and the campus radicals

As 'Jihadi John' was unmasked, a radical Islamic preacher was due to speak at his alma mater.

business

New airline 'totally different'

Former Kiwi Air founder Ewan Wilson hope to set up a new airline in the first quarter of 2016.

New regional airline will learn from past failure, in particular by not competing against Air NZ, says founder.

Raise a glass to craft beer

Art and science is an intoxicating mix for brewery boss Richard Emerson.

GETTING AWAY WITH IT? It can be a fine line between under- and over-dressing for after-work functions.

Downtime dress dilemmas

Avoiding casual calamities when invited to an out-of-work-hours function is quite an art.

money

Know the hardship rules?

FOR LIFE? KiwiSaver can be accessed in times of true hardship.

A once-yearly review seems to indicate people don't understand the KiwiSaver "financial hardship" rules.

Kiwi homehunters cross Tasman

The surging New Zealand dollar is pushing Kiwi property investors and holiday home hunters across the Tasman in search of more bang for their buck.

Skimmers hijack Kiwibank ATMs

Small rewards for savers

small business

Stop office stress becoming toxic

In Australia, both parents became more stressed after the birth of a child, but for the mother the effect was three times as big.

Small disputes between staff can become hugely damaging in a small business.

Mystery shopping grows

Steve Howells has a network of informers who gather information.

Bike workshop little slice of heaven

Inspiring youthful ventures

technology

Blogger porn ban backlash

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5:53 PM  Google will now "step up enforcement" rather than outright ban sexually explicit material.

Battle Chasers returns as game

Artist Joe Madureira's first game will be an adaptation of his long-dormant 90s comic.

Best mate: Huawei's Ascend Mate 7 is an affordable high-end phone.

Think big with phones

REVIEW: Big phones are here to stay, with people flocking to devices for screens and longer battery life.

life & style

Revival of the skivvy

NICE IN WHITE: A high-neck style from Emilio Pucci's autumn/winter 2015 collection.

It's officially autumn. And the skivvy is making a comeback.

Can't live with them ...

Adam Dudding meets some committed long-term couples who have chosen to live apart.

IN THE KNOW: A few simple tricks can make your makeup last.

Makeup tips that really work

Clumpy lashes? Fading eyeliner? Foundation dilemmas? We can help.

well & good

Life lessons from the surfboard

LIFE LESSONS: Surfing distils into a pure physical moment the usually drawn-out challenge of simultaneously accepting what life throws at you and making the best of it.

Decisions create confidence. That's something I learned from surfing.

Man sees wife through bionic eye video

For the first time in 10 years Allen Zderad can 'see' his wife: 'She's the most beautiful one in the room'.

SHOCK DIAGNOSIS: Union chief Helen Kelly this week revealed she's been diagnosed with lung cancer.

Why non-smokers get lung cancer

Pollution, second-hand smoke, genes... there are plenty of reasons why the disease isn't just limited to smokers.

home & property

Urbanites sign up to iconic locale

Artists impression of 223 Green Lane West, Alexandra Park, Auckland.

Interest is rising as a luxury village begins to emerge from Auckland's Alexandra Park car park.

How to: pick an exterior paint

Stuck on what colour to paint your house? Here's eight simple ways to help you choose.

Henry is engrossed in a zombie novel while Katie and Charlotte cook sausages on the barbecue which, as well as handling the smoking chores, also serves as a fire pit long after dark when the children are asleep in their vintage canvas tent.

The next big thing?

A tiny camper-trailer packed with vintage accessories has all that's needed for a classic Kiwi holiday.

food & wine

Say ... cheesecake!

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Treating yourself every now and then won't hurt, says Nadia Lim.

The perfect weekend brunch

Get your Saturday off to a tasty start with these blueberry fritters and honeyed sour cream.

Richardson's guilty pleasures

KFC launches edible coffee cup

nz farmer

Stay positive, keep motivated

Cole Groves gives credit to an extra water source helping the family’s dairying business maintain milk production.

By good management and fortuitous leasing of land, the Groves are making the most of a tough dairying season.

Regrassing boosts seed demand 

Silver lining from North Island drought is demand for Canterbury seed increasing.

New lake call grows stronger

Dairy fund for predator control

entertainment

Sound of Music still strong at 50

THE HILLS ARE ALIVE: It's not all about the music - the scenery is also a big part of the appeal of The Sound of Music.

Offering suspense, scenery and sing-along-worthy songs, The Sound of Music continues to steal our hearts.

Sneak peek of Frozen Fever

Get ready to feel the fever as the Frozen sisters return to the big screen.

READY FOR LOVE: 'I would love to find love. At this point in my life, I actually want the whole thing.'

Kylie Minogue, all grown up?

At 46 years of age, the Australian pop princess sits at a curious crossroads.

travel

Putting with the primates

The 7th hole at The Els Club in Langkawi.

If you don't mind the odd monkey-led intrusion, Malaysia is a paradise for golf enthusiasts.

Scorched earth video

Descending into a place once dubbed the cruellest on Earth... Ethiopia.

Akaroa is a fishing village that thinks it's French (probably because it almost was).

Amazing weekend in Akaroa

Food, history, art, nature, and sexy inflections – you can savour them all on a visit to Akaroa.

stuff nation

Triple-chocolate ice cream stuff nation

LOVIN' SPOONFUL: Triple-chocolate ice cream

Sometimes one type of chocolate just isn't enough. This ice cream can solve that problem for you.

Pet of the day: Minny's fetishes stuff nation

Minny enjoys rolling around in men's shoes, and out-smarting the one-way cat door.

SHOUT OUT: Let's hear it for the girls and boys.

Celebrate the coolest Kiwi kids stuff nation

Whether it's on the sports field, in the classroom, or at home, tell us about an amazing young person you know.

motoring

Mercedes-AMG in track race

The Mercedes-AMG GT3 racing car.

Geneva Motor Show shaping up as more of a GP or LeMans starting grid rather than a forum for showing models that average people will embrace.

Roots ensure street cred

BMW's first sporting street bike is sharpened by its Superbike roots.

The new Audi R8 V10.

Audi supercar bows early

Audi's new R8 supercar has broken cover, getting a head start on its global debut at the Geneva Motor Show.

sport

Choke's on you Maxwell video

Glenn Maxwell

Australia all-rounder's NZ choke joke at Eden Park not funny for long as Williamson strikes.

McCullum 'Popeye' arm not bad

5:36 PM  NZ skipper's arm puffed up large after ball-strike, but doc says master blaster won't be sidelined.

ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 15: Shahid Afridi of Pakistan bats during the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup match between India and Pakistan at Adelaide Oval on February 15, 2015 in Adelaide, Australia.  (Photo by Morne de Klerk/Getty Images)

Live: Pakistan vs Zimbabwe

Live coverage of Pakistan taking on Zimbabwe in the Cricket World Cup at the Gabba, Brisbane.

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good reads

'Jihadi John' and the campus radicals

A masked, black-clad militant, who has been identified as a Briton named Mohammed Emwazi.

As 'Jihadi John' was unmasked, a radical Islamic preacher was due to speak at his alma mater.

Assassination after dinner video

Investigators gather near the covered body of Boris Nemtsov in central Moscow February 28, 2015. Russian opposition politician Nemtsov, an outspoken critic of President Vladimir Putin and Russia's involvement in the war in Ukraine, was shot dead steps from the Kremlin in central Moscow late on Friday.  REUTERS/Pavel Bednyakov (RUSSIA - Tags: POLITICS CRIME LAW)

A vocal anti-Putin opposition leader was shot dead after dinner. Who killed him, and why?

Sweet as: Talking Kiwi

MARIJUANA? No, "electric puha".

Has it been yonks since you had a stubby in the wop wops?

Maori 'nightingale' adored

MAORI NIGHTINGALE: Angela Skerrett-Tainui discovered her great-aunt was famous in Britain but remained virtually unknown in NZ.

The beautiful Iwa Kereti seemed a princess to war-weary soldiers. And, in a way, she was.

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Incredible history in Paris

Patrick Whatman at Disneyland in Paris.

Patrick Whatman moved from Wellington all the way to Paris' 11th Arrondissement.

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Carmen Roberts

Kiwi Carmen Roberts is bringing the world back home with her, for a bit of adventure.

Kiwis are taking flight more often

INTREPID TRAVELLER: Kiwis are packing their bags and seeing the world more often than they did before.

New Zealanders took almost 134,000 overseas trips in January, up 5 per cent on the same month a year ago

Travel tips: How to access money

TRAVEL DILEMMA: Sometimes ATMs, carrying cash, and prepaid cards aren't enough. How do you ensure you're not fussing with money on your holiday?

There are so many different cards, and so many different fees. So where do you start?

oddstuff

Llama pursuit, sadly, comes to an end video

ON THE LOOSE: The two llama evade police at the height of the pursuit.

Two llama on the "llam" have won hearts around the globe this morning in their bid for freedom.

Octopus vs crab battle video

Octopus vs crab.

Australian seafood assistant captures epic octopus versus crab battle on video that takes off online.

'Priest' claims God a woman

Alanis Morissette as God alongside Silent Bob in Kevin Smith's Dogma.

Supposed priest claimed to have seen God as a 'Holy Mother' when he died for almost an hour.

'Michelangelo of buttocks injections'

'MICHELANGELO': Padge Victoria Windslowe fatally filled a woman's buttocks with industrial-grade silicone and Krazy Glue.

Woman who fatally filled woman's buttocks with industrial-grade silicone and Krazy Glue brags at her murder trial.