Alex Fisher

Who was Alex Fisher?

Big for his age, 10-year-old Alex was a busy child, whose asthma didn't stop his active life.

Alex Fisher: Mystery, then a tragic discovery

Community in shock video

The discovery of  the body of Alex Fisher, 10 on Waiterere Beach. 
Forensic teams search the area where the body was found.

Waitarere locals "heartbroken" following discovery of Alex Fisher's body on beach.

'Carmageddon' in China video

It's a driver's nightmare come true, as thousands of cars bring a 50-lane standstill.

AB right wing spot up for grabs

17 min ago  One piece of the selection jigsaw remains as the All Blacks put the final touches on their World Cup pool plan.

Driver's expensive insult

David Reynolds apologises for making offensive remark towards all-female V8s team.

Arrest after crane climb attempt

Police catch man trying to climb the same crane Jamie Gibbon died jumping from.

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Inmate on release raped woman

A Rolleston Prison inmate raped a woman while on release to work.

An unsupervised prison inmate raped a woman while on release to work.

Burglars may have ingested poison

Burglars at a South Otago golf club may have ingested rat poison while breaking into a safe, police say.

A dog walker came across this rabbit poison, seen on the left, at about 7.30am on Thursday in an off-leash dog exercise area.

Rabbit poison in dog park 'clumsy' - council

Poisoned carrots left in a dog walking area in Hamilton shouldn't have been there, council says.

Rugby World Cup

Deans denies England interest

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JULY 06:  Robbie Deans, coach of the Wallabies and captain James Horwill speak to the media during the press conference following the International Test match between the Australian Wallabies and British & Irish Lions at ANZ Stadium on July 6, 2013 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)

Former Wallabies coach Robbie Deans not interested in replacing Stuart Lancaster as England coach

The minnows are catching up video

The data that proves the minnows have narrowed the gap at this year's Rugby World Cup.

South African prop Frans Malherbe of South Africa is tackled by Phil Thiel of the United States.

Boks prop cleared of biting

South Africa prop Frans Malherbe has been cleared of any wrongdoing after allegations he bit an opponent.


All aboard for some number crunching

We went behind the scenes on the Diamond Princess to see how her 2700 guests were kept fed and entertained.


Murdoch's doubt about Obama

Rupert Murdoch has taken aim at Barack Obama.

Rupert Murdoch has ignited an online furore by suggesting that US President Barack Obama isn't a "real black".

Syria extend major offensive

4:03 AM  Syrian government ground forces target rebel-held areas with missiles, as Russia bombs from above.

Soldiers loyal to Yemen's government walk at the frontline of fighting against Houthi militant on October 6.

Airstrikes kill 13 at wedding

3:57 AM  Saudi-led airstrikes which targeted the home of a tribal leader are said to have left at least 13 dead.


'Other mines will sell'

Solid Energy is closing its operations in Huntly but predicts the rest of its operations will sell.

Solid Energy  is confident it can sell its remaining mines, after moving to end 140 years of underground mining in Huntly.

Automation putting jobs at risk

New industrial revolution tipped to change the face of New Zealand's workforce.

Liquorland plans to expand its footprint by rebranding The Mill stores.

Purchase of The Mill 'a bargain'

Foodstuff's purchase of The Mill was probably a bargain, says insider.


Microsoft takes a swing at rivals

The Surface Book has a a 13.5-inch display with 267 pixels per inch.

Ever since the smartphone revolution, Microsoft has been on the back foot but this week it finally beat Google and Apple.

Make-or-break for Sony phones

Sony may consider other options for the phone business if it failed to turn profitable.

Analysts at Chipworks discovered Apple's A9 actually features one of two system-on-a-chip (SoC) circuits.

Difference in iPhone batteries

There are reports the new iPhones' performance and battery life varies depending on the chip powering it.

life & style

Best & worst dressed celebrities gallery

Michelle Williams, Toni Collette and Zendaya all made the cut this week.

17 min ago  Toni Collette looks fresh as a daisy, Elizabeth Banks is a fashion magician and Kendall Jenner has a chiffon-chaps-and-visible-knickers fail.

Why he doesn't realise it's over

Generally speaking, men aren't as in touch with the relationship or their own needs, as women are.

Don't save the conversation until you're breathlessly debating whether you need a condom.

How to talk about STDs

Bringing up sex before having sex can be awkward, but it's becoming more "normalised".

well & good

Gluten-free fad hurts coeliacs

Coeliac sufferer Jade Mayhew will be crippled by pain if she consumes even the smallest amount of gluten.

For coeiliac disease sufferers, "gluten-free" is literally life and death.

Hack could cut 6000 calories

Love pizza but watching your waistline? The solution could be as simple as grabbing an extra napkin.

Jamie Raines before and after his three years on testosterone.

Transition shown in 1400 selfies

“I didn't like looking in the mirror before I started on testosterone. Now I'm happy with what I see.”

home & property

A Block NZ mystery revealed?

Christchurch's Mitch and Brooke are renovating House Four. But they have yet to discover its "distinct advantage."

What lurks within The Block's House Four? Stolen paintings? Secret basements?

Eight breathtaking bathtubs

From overlooking the ocean in Capri to views of NYC. Here's some spectacular settings for a soak.

The one bedroom apartment at 3/212 Oriental Parade, Oriental Bay in Wellington once sold for $1.85 million. Now it's going to auction starting at just $550,000.

Apartment sold after fish tank flood

Once-million-dollar Wellington flat wrecked after a fish tank accident is snapped up for $570k.

food & wine

Familiar beers worth revisiting

Luke Nicholas' Epic Armageddon may be winning all the awards, but his Pale Ale is among a number of beers people should not overlook.

With new beers released every other day, we sometimes forget about more common brews.

Raspberry pavlova with custard

This hotly contested dessert tastes excellent, wherever you enjoy it.

Princesses get meaty makeover

Strawberry meringues

nz farmer

Sheep milk could be big business

One of the benefits of sheep dairy was that farmers could generate three incomes from the one animal: milk, meat and wool.

Forget cows, sheep could be the next big thing for the dairy industry.

Landcorp's green accord

State-owned farmer invites leading environmentalists to advise it on how to be more sustainable.

TPPA disappoints dairy sector

Jailed for abusing cows


A Rumble to make you scream video

The Dead Room uses Rumble audio technology, aimed to give an extra sense of dread.

Kiwi horror film to premiere latest audio technology.

Fonda still frisky at 77

Jane Fonda wants people to know older folks are still frisky, it just take a bit of planning to get going.

Disney's first Pacific Princess, Moana, will be voiced by 14-year-old  Auli’i Cravalho, from Hawai'i.

Disney crowns new princess

Like Prince Charming, the studio searched high an low for its new princess, only to find her in Hawai'i.


All aboard for number crunching video

The Diamond Princess boasts a total of four swimming pools and eight whirlpool spas.

We went behind the scenes on the Diamond Princess to see how her 2,700 guests were kept fed and entertained.

Secret perks while travelling

They say there’s no such thing as a stupid question, and this rings especially true on flights.

Port Hedland is not always regarded as being picturesque.

Anger aboard over port stop

Passengers aboard cruise ship fume over unscheduled stop at a less picturesque Port Hedland than the originally intended Broome.

stuff nation

Pet of the Day: Motorist Max stuff nation

Max just can't wait for his next car ride.

16 min ago  Max the pound pup just loves cruising the highway, meeting new people.

I lost 25kg during pregnancy stuff nation

Pregnancy, or, how I learned to apply make-up with my head down in the toilet.

tessa rait

Weather photo of the week: Oct 9, 2015 stuff nation

16 min ago  Construction in Christchurch mixed with classic nor'west skies made for a dramatic morning scene.


CR-V as honest as they come

The Honda CR-V Sport, showing off its slightly revamped nose and nice new wheels.

It may not have a picnic table, but there's still a lot to like about the latest Honda CR-V Sport.

Demerit point suspensions invalid

A judge throws out two demerit points driving suspensions, potentially affecting thousands of others.

Holden Commodore program manager Amelinda Watt.

Woman behind Holden's last V8

When Holden needed more firepower for its final V8-powered hero, it called in "Ammo".


Switched-on Kiwis wanted

Adam Blair says he wants to lead by example on the Kiwis tour of England.

17 min ago  Adam Blair says it's time for the Kiwis to switch on when they tour England.

Messi to stand trial on tax fraud

4:29 AM  Lionel Messi and his father will stand trial in Spain on three counts of tax fraud.

Black Caps skipper Brendon McCullum,  who will testify in Chris Cairns' perjury trial in London.

Cairns trial - witness by witness

You could put together a solid NZ side from the witness list for the Chris Cairns perjury trial in London.

good reads

Getting Japan's women working

The rise the number of women  in the workforce has contributed to Japanese employment rate surged in recent years.

Japanese women now outpace American women in participation in the labor force.

Why he doesn't realise it's over

Generally speaking, men aren't as in touch with the relationship or their own needs, as women are.

Generally speaking, men aren't as in touch with the relationship or their own needs, as women are.

Why prisoners beat Harvard debaters

Harvard's campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

OPINION: It is a fallacy that there is a definite link between criminality and below-average intelligence.

Key: Camp Taji 'God-damn awful' video

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key visited kiwi troops based at Camp Taji in Iraq who are part of a mission to train Iraqi troops. Key talks with Iragi troops and the New Zealand trainers.

Prime Minister's trip to Iraq gave him an opportunity to experience the conditions facing Kiwi troops.

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"Carmageddon" on Chinese highway video

"Carmageddon" on a 50-lane Chinese highway as motorists head home from a holiday break.

It's a driver's nightmare come true, as thousands of cars bring a 50-lane highway to a standstill.

A hole lot of memes

Waitakere Ranges Local Board member Greg Presland wants the pot hole in Glen Eden fixed.

A pothole in the Auckland suburb of Glen Eden has gotten so big that it has its own Facebook page.

Pet pig's bacon saved gallery

Charlotte loves belly scratches!

Pampered piglet who wore nappies and loved cheeseburgers saved from becoming pork chops at Dunedin student flat.

Bieber's spit for sale video

Justin Bieber parties and drinks Hennessy onstage at the Studio in Auckland.

Fans can get their hands on a bottle of Hennessy backwash.


Baby hope after ovarian cancer

The study found that transplanted ovarian tissue can last at least 10 years in some cases, giving women several chances to bear children.

Women who have ovarian cancer may still have a good chance of falling pregnant, study finds.

I lost 25kg during pregnancy stuff nation


Pregnancy, or, how I learned to apply make-up with my head down in the toilet.

Manager sticks up for baby

Katie Leach and her partner, Andrew, did their best to keep 10-month-old Drew quiet, but it wasn't enough for some patrons.

When two women left a note complaining about a "screaming kid", they didn't get their way.

Girl can't stop sneezing video

Katelyn Thornley is having trouble eating because she can't stop sneezing for long enough to have a meal.

Three weeks ago a 12-year-old girl from Texas started sneezing and hasn't stopped.

kiwi traveller

Helping out on the trip of a lifetime

Marie Weavers and family are off to Latin America for a volunteering holiday. From left, Nelson, 10, Oscar, 5, Marie, Max, 7, and Ruby, 11.

Marie Weavers could have booked her family a trip to Disneyland.

Miss Universe finalist shares travel tips

Miss Universe NZ 2015 finalist and Eastern Hutt School teacher Nickie Slater visited the Philippines with fellow contestants earlier this year pictured here at the Maribojoc Organic Farm.

A Miss Universe NZ finalist shares her top seven experiences from an exotic retreat.

Kiwi plumber's '15 seconds of fame'

Logan Dodds is enjoying the crazy ride that is internet fame.

Max Key wishes his holiday video was as good as this Auckland plumber's.

Delicious delights in San Francisco stuff nation

Kiwi food-blogger Gretchen Lowe shares her top tips for a foodie adventure in San Francisco.

Kiwi food lover give us the lowdown on her top tips when dining in San Francisco.