Natalia Austin, a few months before her death in a motorbike crash in 2014, when she was 18

Coroner's report shocks family

7:05 AM  Rider was medicated, nearly five times over limit, doing 140kmh.

Fear beneath surface

Dust clouds rise in Sumner following Sunday's large earthquake

7:23 AM  'It's Valentines Day and I'm hunched in a doorway. This, somehow, is still life in Christchurch five years on.'

British band killed in crash video

Four musicians and their manager dead after car smashes off bridge into canal.

Key on being booed off stage

7:34 AM  Prime Minister says TPPA protesters hijacked a fun day out for many.

Aftershocks roll into the night

0 min ago  Christchurch continued to rattle overnight with some 25 aftershocks in 12 hours.

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Drone reveals extent of damage video

The quake left just a few metres of land remaining between one house and the edge of the cliff.

7:06 AM  Collapsed cliff faces and massive rockfalls captured by a drone flown over Sumner, Scarborough Hill and Taylors Mistake.

Fires around Wellington video

7:00 AM  After a busy weekend of fires, crews are battling yet another Upper Hutt blaze on Monday.

The cyclist was receiving treatment in Dunedin Hospital overnight.

Cyclist seriously injured

7:04 AM  Man in critical condition in hospital after colliding with a ute in the suburb of Fairfield.


Aftershocks roll into the night

Christchurch continued to rattle overnight with Geonet recording 25 aftershocks above magnitude 2.0 during the past 12 hours.


Aus MP: Discharge baby Asha

Lady Cilento Children's Hospital refuses to release injured refugee baby to return to Nauru.

Queensland's opposition leader says a refugee baby should be discharged from the hospital that is keeping her from being sent back to Nauru.

Drugs, murder, and the Pope video

Mexicans flock to mass for a message of hope, in a city stricken by violence, kidnappings and executions.

US Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia's death came as a shock.

Judge's death hits US election

The presidential race is upended as Justice Antonin Scalia's shock passing becomes a political hot potato.


US goes wild for Kiwi video tool

Wipster founder and chief executive Rollo Wenlock believes the market has potentially hundreds of millions of dollars of annual revenue to add to his business.

From day one, the aim of Wipster was to be international, says its founder.

High earners: We're battlers

8:00 AM  High earners reluctant to part with tax breaks as they think of themselves as hard workers.

Cash use continues to grow faster than the economy does.

Is cash dead?

OPINION: Half of New Zealanders expect we won't be using cash in ten years' time. They're wrong.


Apple takes on Netflix

Apple is taking a page out of Netflix's playbook, creating an original TV series starring Dr Dre.

13 min ago  Apple is taking a page out of Netflix's playbook, creating an original TV series starring Dr Dre.

Win: Gravity Rush Remastered

Gravity Rush Remastered brings the PS Vita classic to the PS4 - and we've got a copy up for grabs.

Technology is now regularly providing men and women with the concrete evidence they need to confront their cheating partner.

The new 'lipstick on the collar'

The digital cloud is proving a particular trap for cheaters, with their illicit affairs popping up on the family iPad.

life & style

The week in celebrity Instagrams gallery

Queen Bey's little sis Solange is prepping for Mardis Gras.

Anne Hathaway's a blonde bombshell, Solange is at Mardi Gras kit and Beyonce's relaxing.

Dad delivers baby in family ute

We all know babies come exactly when they want, but for these parents that was much sooner than anticipated.

The protective cone turned Albert into the real-life grumpy cat.

The angriest cat in the world

A humiliating shave and a "cone of shame" turned this persian into Grumpy Cat's newest rival.

well & good

Why building muscle is important

Dr Libby Weaver.

Dr Libby, New Zealand's favourite wellbeing expert, answers readers' questions about their health.

Why are the teens abstaining?

The current generation is foregoing alcohol more than young people before them - so what's changed?

Achieving a healthier lifestyle can be easier than you think when you use mind tricks.

Tricks to help you lose weight

Losing weight. It’s the obsession of our lifetime. Here are some tricks to help keep it off.

home & property

Character bungalow transformed gallery

Darren Jessop Herne Bay home renovation 4.3.16

This stunning Herne Bay renovation ticks all the boxes for modern living.

Modular apartments stack up

You won't believe how fast this four-storey building went up in Australia.

The multi-million dollar home in the Waitakere ranges comes with a pool, jetty and tennis courts.

Own your own luxury resort gallery

If you have a spare $10 million you could consider buying your own private resort just outside of Auckland.

food & wine

A pav to have a love affair with

An unapologetically sweet and indulgent Valentines-themed pavlova.

This unapologetically sweet and indulgent dessert is the perfect Valentines treat (even for one, no judgement).

Perfect poached eggs video

Get out the strainer and ladle because here are three steps to guarantee a professional-level poachie every time.

Taste testing at Noodle Markets

Seared salmon with scallops

nz farmer

Herd the one about the sheep? video

A new perspective on sheep farming.

Drone footage of Hawke's Bay sheep being herded has attracted global attention.

Flashpoint over poachers

Fed-up farmers are losing patience with trespassing hunters.

Top shearers meet Welshmen 

Show hens some love


Downton star's driving ban

Brendan Coyle, who played Bates in the series, is seen here with his on screen wife, played by Joanne Froggatt.

Actor caught over drink-drive limit, just after his return from a rehab clinic in Thailand.

Cruz told she has 'ugly feet' video

TV presenter puts her foot in it by quizzing actress Penelope Cruz on her tootsies in awkward interview.

Patrick Dempsey as Derek Shepherd or "McDreamy" in Grey's Anatomy.

Television's top 10 heart-throbs

From McDreamy and McSteamy to Mr Big, here are 10 guys most likely to fire up the imagination on Valentines Day.


See the best temples in Cambodia

A view of Cambodia's famous Angkor Wat temple is seen during sunrise in Siem Reap.

Forget coach tours, get on your bike to see the beautiful temples of Siem Reap in Cambodia.

Small cars, big city

It's so quintessentially English - travelling around London in a Mini.

A view of the entrance arch and Atlantic ocean in the Fortress of Louisbourg, Nova Scotia, Canada

Canada's wild coastal provinces

One of history's most fascinating chapters played out here.

stuff nation

The most disgusting flight? stuff nation


I've been on a few 'interesting' flights, writes Michelle Cave, but this one was the worst.

Are you the man for me? stuff nation

"I smile, laugh and find the bright side in things."

Dust clouds rise in Sumner following Sunday's large earthquake

How safe do you feel in Christchurch? stuff nation

7:33 AM  A severe magnitude 5.7 earthquake struck Christchurch, we want to know your thoughts on it.


Dad's Army van back on the road

This 1935 Ford BB van features in both the original Dad's Army series and the new movie.

7:08 AM  Corporal Jones's van from the classic television series has been restored for a role in the big-screen remake.

Vintage car bonanza video

Vintage car lovers treated to the rare and the expensive during the Waimate Vintage Car Club's 35th annual rally.

Latest XF is completely new, made from 75 per cent aluminium. This the entry Prestige model.

New Jag comes of age

7:23 AM  Aluminium construction has taken 190kg out of the latest Jaguar XF and it's a class act.


'Sir Voges' sympathises with NZ video

Yet another Adam Voges double century is marked in traditional fashion at the Basin Reserve.

6:57 AM  Australia batsman who survived umpire's no ball howler says Black Caps should feel aggrieved.

Ko wells up at Clearwater

World No 1 pays tribute to former NZG President Patsy Hankins in emotional speech.

Australia batsman Adam Voges celebrates reaching his double-hundred in the Basin Reserve test against the Black Caps.

How Voges can top Bradman video

6:55 AM  "That doesn't sit all that comfortably with me to be honest," Australia batsman says.

good reads

Missing man finds himself

An age progression image of Edgar Latulip.

Man remembers name to solve the mystery of his own disappearance 30 years on.

Why BMac's one of the greats stuff nation

Captain Brendon McCullum with the Chappell Hadlee and ANZ trophies. New Zealand Black Caps v Australia, Chappell Hadlee Trophy Match 3. ANZ ODI Cricket Series. Seddon Park, Hamilton, New Zealand. Monday 8 February 2016. Copyright photo: Andrew Cornaga /

Brendon McCullum is a spectacular batsman to watch and among New Zealand's greatest cricketers.

'Huge step' in Zika fight

The discovery of the virus in the aborted baby's brain is the first time it has been confirmed as present in brain tissue.

The Zika virus has been confirmed as present inside the brain tissue of an aborted foetus for the first time.

Inside the Maori courts gallery video

Judge Heemi Taumaunu during a Maori youth court session held at the Hoani Waititi Marae, in Auckland.

A court system for Maori youth is being described as the most effective way to deal with teenage offenders.

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That's one long sickie

The man, who was ordered to pay €27,000 in compensation, blamed his manager for not ensuring he showed up.

Employee fails to show up for work, company notices his absence six years later.

Bridge jump: Brave or stupid? video

The video footage shows the whole process of the death-defying leap.

WARNING: Don't watch this if you have a fear of heights.

Two-headed snake is one of a kind

An academic said the double-headed snake would need extra care.

A snake breeder in Australia did a double take after one of his eggs hatched.

Cursed ring claims first victim

The ring had a curse placed on it after Gertrude Christina Nohl and Martin Johann Wagner were married in 1906.

The ring hexed with a 100-year-old curse has claimed its first victim: the guy who allegedly stole it.


Dad delivers baby in family ute

Baby Joshua didn't want to wait until his parents arrived at hospital.

We all know babies come exactly when they want, but for these parents that was much sooner than anticipated.

Alcohol at school functions?

Is providing alcohol for parents at school functions a good idea?

Should adults be given the choice to drink alcohol at school functions?

The lies that parents tell

All mums and dads tell the occasional lie about parenthood.

It's no lie when I say that as parents we often tend to manipulate truths a little.

Anxious about giving birth?

It's very common to feel a little stressed in the lead-up to your baby's birth.

It's very common to feel a little stressed in the lead-up to the big day - but here's how you can manage it.

kiwi traveller

The honeymoon that never ended

Sam and Eva Bakker at the Buddha statue lookout in Pai, northern Thailand.

Eva and Sam Bakker set off on a three-week honeymoon. Fourteen months and 20 countries later, they're still travelling the world.

Being an older first-time traveller

You can enjoy travel at any age.

Heading off on an overseas adventure? Send us your travel questions.

5 things to do in February

Celebrate the Year of the Monkey at Auckland's Lantern Festival.

Here are five festivals coming up before the end of February you won't want to miss.

Love, peace and yoga

The Wanderlust festival was a spiritual and physically uplifting experience for many of the 3000 attendees in Taupo.

Taking time out from a busy, urban life can be transformative.