Hostel splash

What now for long-term resident?

Thomas Lay's worried. The backpackers - his home of seven years - has been forced to sell up.

26 killed in bus attack

At least 23 people have been killed, according to a provincial governor.

11:59 PM  Attackers dressed as military opened fire on a Christian group's bus in Egypt.

One dead after car hits house

12:06 AM  A second person has serious injuries after being freed from the wreckage in Christchurch.

A not-so Super stalemate

It was a close dogfight but the Blues and Chiefs played out an underwhelming draw.

Earthquake swarm hits Turangi

Small quakes are part of a swarm that has been shaking the region since February.

No avo on toast = a deposit, right?

Well, obviously not. But then not even Aucklanders would eat it 8000 times over.

national

Teen's death haunts drink-driver

Danny Mathew Hendriks, 18, of Rakaia, died at the scene after the car hit him in Acton Rd on April 5, 2014.

They didn't know each other, but on a dark country road their fates intersected in a tragic way.

Ute hits van, car, building

The driver shunted a parked van into a car before ploughing through some bushes and into an office.

David Bain at his home in Christchurch after the Government's compensation announcement.

David Bain's new life

The 45-year-old, who was acquitted of the murder of his family, has dropped the Bain name and is about to move overseas.

Video

Truck leaves trail of destruction

Runaway truck crosses four lanes, sends container into cars before crashing through store.

world

Trump feels hand of Macron

Trump feels the mighty hand of Macron.

The new French president Emmanuel Macron out-Trumps Donald Trump in a handshake duel.

Schapelle: A made-for-TV story

With drug smuggler Schapelle Corby due to be deported to Australia the circus keeps rolling on.

Jared Kushner is Ivanka Trump's husband and the son-in-law of US President Donald Trump.

Kushner under FBI scrutiny video

Donald Trump's son-in-law and White House adviser Jared Kushner is now a focus in the Russia investigation.

business

Home insurance hike 'unfair'

New Zealand is ranked only behind Bangladesh and Chile for natural disaster risk.

Insurers protest over being made to collect ever-more tax for Government.

Pay up $651m compensation

It is believed to be one of the biggest compensation orders relating to a company collapse in Australian history.

Nearly 2500 of the recalled LED light fidget spinner toys were sold in the North Island.

Fidget spinners recalled

LED light fidget spinners with loose battery compartments could be a choking or burn hazard.

technology

The great NZ data binge

The average Kiwi household's data usage is doubling almost every year watching shows like Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.

Average home is chewing through more internet data than ever before, and is set to double by the end of 2018.

Facebook signs BuzzFeed, Vox

Facebook is planning two tiers of video entertainment.

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg acknowledges a cheer from the crowd before receiving an honorary Doctor of Laws degree.

What Zuckerberg told Harvard

Facebook founder tells millennials: "It's time for our generation-defining public works. Let's do big things."

homed

How's this for a bachelor pad?

One entire wall of the dining room is a scored mirror that reflects the view back to diners.

Luxurious Christchurch 'bachelor pad' in The Carlton Butchery wins major award.

Winter-proof your wardrobe video

It's the perfect time to get stuck in and organise your winter wardrobe, says Professional organiser Natalie.

The future Lady and Laird of Glen Affric, Pippa Middleton and James Matthews, smile after their wedding at St Mark's ...

Pippa's beautiful future digs

The newly-wed may eventually become lady of the magnificent historic Affric Lodge.

life & style

Customer sued for bad review

For chefs and restaurateurs, a bad review - whether based on fact or not - can lead to a loss of business.

Restaurant called the online "defamatory", after customer said the food was "mediocre at best".

Why are happy countries cold?

OPINION: This doesn't make sense.

The Taiwos' three sons and three daughters were born on May 11. The lightest baby weighed just 737 grams, and the ...

Six babies after 17-year wait

Adeboye and Ajibola Taiwo battled infertility for almost two decades. Their persistence paid off - sixfold.

well & good

Risks of record bungy jumps video

Heard said he was feeling sore the day after his record, but also really, really good.

Detached retinas, vertigo, whip lash, concussion, and inner-ear damage could be on the cards.

Is snacking a guilty pleasure?

We all eat between meals and often feel bad about it, but snacking may be important.

Changing the body by changing the mind: Chris Feather.

Suffering to reach peak fitness

The pain was over in two minutes, but the after-effects lingered.

food & wine

Risks and benefits of Ramadan

A meal can be eaten after the sun goes down,

The Muslim holy month highlights the pros and cons of intermittent fasting.

What's Krispy Kreme up against? video

Will local doughnuts be able to hold their own against Krispy Kreme? We put them to the test.

The 40 NZ dishes you must try

10 ideas for frozen fruit & veg

nz farmer

When the fert hits the fan

The large fertiliser co-ops maintain they act in the interests of farmers and the industry.

A new fertiliser seller is disrupting the industry and offering a different model.

Paralysed after work accident

Kiranjit Singh was always "hard-working and sporty". Now he's paralysed from the neck down. 

Council's 'Gypsy Day' u-turn

Agri-business startups not easy

entertainment

Ed's three Dunedin shows

Ed Sheeran will play six New Zealand shows next year.

Pop star announces his sixth and final New Zealand show.

Panic over Mt Ferndale

Shortland Street's volcano led some ex-pats to think there was an actual eruption in Auckland.

Ella Yelich-O'Connor, better known by her stage name Lorde, has teased fans with a small demo of Sober from her new ...

Lorde drops hint at next single

Kiwi pop star Lorde has teased Twitter fans with a series of videos direct from the recording studio.

travel

Killing time in Asia's airports video

One of the best things about Changi airport is its Balinese-themed outdoor rooftop pool, located in Terminal 1.

How to make the most of that dreaded "dead time" on a stopover in three leading airport hubs.

Holidays not always the dream

OPINION: When travelling, it pays to accept that things will go wrong at some stage.

King Tut ruled Egypt as pharaoh for 10 years until his death at age 19, around 1324 B.C.

King Tut's treasures moved video

The pharaoh's artefacts now belong to the world's largest archaeological museum, set to open in 2018.

motoring

Luxury length in E-class coupe video

Models from this E 300 upwards get air suspension. AMG styling kit standard across the range.

Mercedes-Benz's new two-door isn't sensible, but it is about pleasing the senses, says David Linklater.

Cyclists battling road cones

Road cones and work signs are appearing in Wellington's bike lanes, putting cyclists in danger.

The Lego Porsche 911 GT3 RS disintegrates on impact during a crash-test.

Lego 911 fails crash-test video

No mini-figures were harmed during the making of this video.

stuff nation

My memories of Manchester stuff nation

Manchester is vibrant, cool, artsy, and makes me proud to be Northern.

I spent my youth going to gigs in Manchester, and I'll never pass up the opportunity to go back.

My UK experience changed me stuff nation

I learnt resilience, tolerance and bravery. I know the country will stand united in the face of the latest attack.

At times the irritation we felt towards each other felt unbearable, and friendships were tested to the limit.

Flatting: A rite of passage stuff nation

Passive-aggressive notes, stacked dishes and a strict heater allowance - those were the days.

sport

Hansen eyes 2019 retirement

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has confirmed he will finish up after the 2019 World Cup.

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen seriously considering stepping down in 2019.

Lolohea leaves Warriors

Former Warrior Tuimoala Lolohea has agreed to a 2-1/2-year deal with Wests Tigers.

Homer Simpson: Baseball icon.

Homer Simpson a hall of famer

Homer Simpson will join baseball legends in the hall of fame - despite being mainly known for his softball antics.

opinion

Finding love at Manchester Arena video

Mancunians are refusing to lie down after Monday's terror attack.

OPINION: Right now, it's a scene of terror. But that's not what Manchester Arena's about.

The truth about vaccines video

Dr Lance O'Sullivan took his message directly to the anti-vaxx believers - but analytical arguments do little to sway ...

ANALYSIS: Wake up sheeple! Vaccination isn't just for your children, it's for all of our "herd immunity".

Tackling rugby's hot topics

Chiefs midfielder Anton Lienert Brown will take centre stage at Eden Park in his matchup against George Moala.

OPINION: Marc Hinton looks at the big talking points of the week as the Lions tour draws ever closer.

Cathedral dispute bogged down

Bishop Victoria Matthews in 2012 blessing the site where the Cardboard Cathedral was to sit.

OPINION: Let's bulldoze the pussy footing on the cathedral issue.

good reads

The magic of Star Wars in 1977 video

Unaltered <i>Star Wars</i> trilogy to be re-released

"Coming To Your Galaxy This Summer," blared the posters, as anticipation for the film began to grow.

The $8 lettuce and the cyclone

The long term impact on the lives of the people in this country, and other countries affected by climate change, isn't ...

OPINION: Bad weather means we get angry over the cost of salad. It means much more to people living in the Pacific.

The war on myrtle rust

Myrtle rust fungal spores found on plants such as pohutukawa, rata and manuka.

The battle against myrtle rust gets harder every day, but those in the thick of it remain confident of victory.

Kids come with nothing stuff nation video

Otara Scorpions chairman Willie Maea in front of the club's Verne Wilson mural.

The kids go without food, without love, without money. This rugby league club offers breakfast, sport and a way out.

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Asking to visit the Queen

Greg Agnew and Nicole DeSonier-Agnew on the lawn at Buckingham Palace.

He wanted to go to the Queen's garden party with Prince Philip, Prince William and Kate Middleton. So he asked - and was allowed in.

A scene of destruction

Principal Delwyn Riding said pupils were shocked by the destruction caused by vandals at their school last week.

Vandals caused thousands of dollars worth of damage and left a huge swastika in a primary school's playing field.

Sale from beyond the grave

The Tariki Hall committee members want to sell the hall and give the proceeds to charity because the income doesn't meet ...

To sell this rural hall, permission was needed from the original trustees - who have long been dead.

Lego Porsche disintegrates in crash-test video

The Lego Porsche 911 GT3 RS disintegrates on impact during a crash-test.

No mini-figures were harmed during the making of this video.

Parenting

'Live in the moment a temporary illusion'

Kids should start counting their coins from 6-years-old, says Hannah McQueen.

Following your dreams is not realistic, says finance expert Hannah McQueen.

McRoberts: Dads 'do a better job' video

We're all doing a much better job than our own fathers did McRoberts says.

"I think we're all doing a much better job than our own fathers did."

Ditch 'follow your dreams' advice

Hannah McQueen says too many university students don't have a clear plan on how to use their expensive degree.

The guidance from student career counsellors is all wrong, says one financial expert.

Funky way for mums to get fit video

Breakdancers Kim Seifu, left, and Jody Stewart started MotherFunk baby wearing dance class in Onehunga last month.

It's called MotherFunk and it involves baby-wearing mums getting their groove on.

kiwi traveller

Running out of petrol in Myanmar

Moebyel Lake doesn't have the same tourist-driven sites of Inle Lake, but it's just as beautiful.

The days are still long, but not because we're lost.

Climbing the last corner of Earth stuff nation

The picture-perfect mountain is the focus of several Persian legends.

After conquering Everest base camp and Kilimanjaro, a Wellington civil servant wanted another adventure.

New York, New York - 75 times

Patricia Taylor and daughter Rebecca at New York Fashion Week in 2007.

Wellington couple have clocked up the air miles to help out their designer daughter.

Discovering her Dutch heritage

Jessica loves that other interesting towns, cities and sites are just a short train ride away.

Jessica Zonneveld, originally from Whakatane, lives in The Hague with her Dutch fiance, Marcel.

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