A woman smells samples of champagne from one of the 168 bottles salvaged from a 200-year-old shipwreck near the waters of Aland Islands after it was opened in Mariehamn November 17, 2010. The sparkling wine is believed to have been bottled in the late 18th or early 19th century and it could be the oldest champagne in the world. REUTERS/Jussi Nukari/Lehtikuva (FINLAND - Tags: ODDLY SOCIETY) FINLAND OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN FINLAND. NO THIRD PARTY SALES. NOT FOR USE BY REUTERS THIRD PARTY DISTRIBUTORS. THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

A surprising taste from the past

It lay in a shipwreck for nearly 200 years, but what did it taste like?

Missing man found

Aaron Vandenburg, 23, has been missing since Monday.

Aaron Vandenburg disappeared after a car crash - but he hadn't gone far.

Daughter guilty of suitcase murder

US woman jailed for 10 years after mother's battered body found in a suitcase in Bali.

Ed Sheeran coming back for more

UK pop star will be making a little bit of music history during another tour of NZ and Australia.

Human remains found

Human remains found on Farewell Spit in Golden Bay have been sent for DNA testing.

Rough night ahead for Sydney

Sydney is in for a second night of mayhem as biggest storm this century continues.


Pediatrician: Get your shots

A Waikato pediatrician has said that whooping cough will never be eradicated because there are "too many reservoirs for infection".

He says it's frustrating to hear people say they've done "careful research" and decided not to vaccinate.

Pills to 'stop me killing my kids' gallery video

A father who killed his kids was 'friendly and smiling', hiding homicidal thoughts from his psychiatrist.

The official opening of the National War Memorial Park in Wellington on the weekend ahead of this week's ceremonies marking the 100th anniversary of the ANZAC landings at Gallipoli.

Warning on Anzac Day traffic chaos

This weekend's Anzac ceremonies "could be the biggest disruption to public transport ever".


Jubilation as son walks free

Cries of jubilation rang out when a young man was discharged without conviction following the death of his father.


Crew of migrant boat arrested

Mahmud Bikhit, left, and Mohammed Ali Malek, two survivors of Saturday's migrant boat disaster, who have arrested on suspicion of people trafficking.

The Tunisian captain and a Syrian crew member of a boat that capsized off the coast of Libya, killing hundreds of migrants, have been arrested.

Body in suitcase verdict in

US woman found guilty of playing a role in murdering her mother, whose battered body was found stuffed into a suitcase in Bali.

People hold a Libyan flag as they demonstrate in support of Khalifa Haftar's "Operation Dignity", a campaign against Islamists, at Martyrs' Square in Tripoli May 23, 2014. Libya's government accused parliament on Thursday of putting security in the capital at risk by summoning a militia from the west of the country to protect the assembly. Parliamentary speaker Nuri Abu Sahmain invited the Central Shield militia to come to Tripoli after gunmen stormed the legislature on Sunday in an attack claimed by renegade general Khalifa Haftar. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah (LIBYA - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST)

The end of the Mideast state

OPINION: States like Iraq, Libya, Syria and Yemen are collapsing and it's hard to see how they'll ever be put back together.


Council wins leaky home case

Developer ordered to pay Wellington City Council $273,000 in leaky home settlement.

Former developer told to pay towards the cost of settling home owner's claim.

Opting out of 'tap and go'

Those who have resisted contactless payments finally get a way to opt out.

A study suggests petrol company pricing is squeaky clean.

Petrol prices 'squeaky clean'

AA backs a study that suggests petrol companies are as quick to drop prices as raise them


Inflation headed for 15-year low

Petrol pump prices were down about 11 per cent in the March quarter and diesel down 17 per cent.

Falling fuel prices may see annual inflation drop to a new 15-year low in figures due out this week.

Zero-hour workers overpay tax

Not only are zero-hour workers scrambling for hours- they're paying too much tax.

KiwiSaver for bankrupts

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Bright sparks choose spokes

A Switched on Bikes electric bicycle.

Electric bicycles are powering a new cycle hire start-up.

Globetrotting design company 

A lone design consultant in Christchurch now has offices in four international locations.

Be a business bookworm

Innovate for global gains


Happy birthday, Hubble!

NASA's Hubble Space Telescope snapped this image of the planetary nebula, catalogued as NGC 6302, but more popularly called the Bug Nebula or the Butterfly Nebula. What resemble dainty butterfly wings are actually roiling cauldrons of gas heated to more than 36,000 degrees Fahrenheit. The gas is tearing across space at more than 600,000 miles an hour. A dying star that was once about five times the mass of the Sun is at the center of this fury. It has ejected its envelope of gases and is now unleashing a stream of ultraviolet radiation that is making the cast-off material glow. This object is an example of a planetary nebula, so-named because many of them have a round appearance resembling that of a planet when viewed through a small telescope. NGC 6302 lies within our Milky Way galaxy, roughly 3,800 light-years away in the constellation Scorpius. The glowing gas is the star's outer layers, expelled over about 2,200 years. The "butterfly" stretches for more than two light-years, which is about half the distance from the Sun to the nearest star, Alpha Centauri.

Check out some of the cosmic wonders the Hubble Telescope has captured in its 25 years.

Humanoid robot starts work

Dressed in a kimono and smiling, Aiko Chihira greets shoppers in Tokyo.

PS Vita design trademarked

The trademarked design for PlayStation Vita potentially indicates the new model is in development.

life & style

Note attacks Lupus sufferer

The anonymous note reads: "You should be ashamed!! When you take a handicap spot an actual disabled person suffers. You were not raised as you should have been."

Her pain's so bad that at times she can hardly walk, yet someone took her to task for using a disabled carpark.

'I have genital herpes'

One woman is breaking the STD's unfair stigma by telling everyone who'll listen that she has it.

If you look closely, you'll see this is no ordinary forest scene.

Can you spot the naked model?

Body paint is generally used when someone wants to stand out - but for this artist, it's all about blending in.

well & good

Drug-free depression relief

A new study finds that mindfulness therapy might be as effective as anti-depressants in long-standing depression.

Mindfulness therapy might be just as effective as anti-depressants for those with chronic depression.

When good oils go bad

How does high heat damage healthy oils ... and which are the best ones to use?

Rebekah Gregory DiMartino

Bombings 'made me stronger'

Woman who lost her leg in Boston Marathon tragedy completes the race two years later.

home & property

Anzac flier pushes boundaries

The Ministry of Culture and Heritage says this real estate flier "is pushing the margins but is within the law." The red markers on the map indicate houses sold.

A real estate agent has used Anzac imagery in a property flier: "in anybody's book it's totally crass."

Meet the sheikha of shabby chic

The trend became a lifestyle and weathered the return of Mad Men, bankruptcy and confusion.

Saffron milk caps growing on the pine forest floor.

How to grow ... mushrooms

One Nelson couple are cultivating delicious wild funghi among the roots of a purpose-grown forest.

food & wine

Fake organics on our shelves?

Organics Aotearoa New Zealand say foods are being labelled organic that aren't, and that MPI "seem not to care".

Abuse of the term "organic" in NZ means we may be unwittingly eating food tainted by chemicals.

Tale of the world's best pinot

This Wairarapa winery's story is one of tragedy and triumph.

What they thought we'd eat

Depot comes up tops

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Land price rises may not last

Farm land values have soared in the last year but they may not be sustainable.

NZ's farm land values have risen more than most comparable countries in the past 15 years but they may have plateaued an economist has warned.

Cattle judges judged

Cattle judges leap at the chance to brush up their skills at a recent RAS beef judging seminar.

Bulk savvy's price bubbles

Hub trust optimistic


Ed Sheeran's coming back

Ed Sheeran recently performed in New Zealand and will be back later this year.

Ed Sheeran will be returning to New Zealand later this year.

Sneak peek: Bruce Jenner video

Bruce Jenner is concerned about the effects his decisions might have on his family, according to a new clip for his upcoming TV interview.

Madonna performs "Living for Love" at the 57th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, California February 8, 2015.  Madonna proves her staying power as creative force and an enduring pop icon with her new album, "Rebel Heart," her 13th studio album that also shows her renegade and romantic sides. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson/Files (UNITED STATES  - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)

Material Girl thanked Iron Lady

In the wake of her much-debated kiss with Drake at Coachella, Madonna has compared herself to an unlikely role model.


How to take great travel photos gallery

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In these snap-happy times, great travel photography is rarer than ever.

20 reasons to visit Uluru

The Red Centre offers awe-inspiring nature, as well as a cultural and astronomical experiences.

The new cruiser Quantum of the Seas at the dry dock in Papenburg, Germany.

Grading the first 'smartship' gallery

Some people think it’s the future of cruising. Others aren’t so sure.

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Piracy is no favour to producers stuff nation

Hand silhouette working on a laptop keyboard

You choose whether to use a product, you don't pick and choose the terms, says Craig Magee.

'We can't compete' as buyers stuff nation

We have a good deposit and steady incomes, but still can't buy our first home.

Stop/go signs were set up on Colville Rd over the weekend and road users were asked to donate a gold coin before continuing their journey.

Top 5 'highway robbery' comments stuff nation

"This takes the unwanted window washing on every intersection with traffic lights to the next level."


Living with the Car of the Year

Softer, rounder style disguises the larger over all dimensions of the latest C-Class.

Despite its bottom of the range placement, the Mercedes-Benz C200 impresses as much as its hundred grand more expensive 500hp AMG siblings.

BMW cuts China production

BMW, like many manufacturers, is still adapting to the changeable Chinese market.

The 2015 Lexus ES has a new look inside and out.

Lexus updates mid-sized sedan

Lexus has readied a mid-life update for the ES range.


Nix chasing golden ticket to finals

WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - APRIL 17:  Andrew Durante and Ben Sigmund of the Phoenix celebrate the win after the final whistle during the round 26 A-League match between the Wellington Phoenix and the Central Coast Mariners at Westpac Stadium on April 17, 2015 in Wellington, New Zealand.  (Photo by Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images)

The Wellington Phoenix's clash with Sydney FC looms as the biggest game in the team's history.

Crusaders come out fighting

The warning sirens are screeching, yet the Crusaders coaches and players refuse to buckle before the pessimists.

Michael Gwyther of Team Wellington celebrates their win  during the ASB Premiership - Team Wellington vs Wellington Phoenix football match in Miramar, Wellington on Sunday the 2nd of November 2014. Photo by Marty Melville/www.Photosport.co.nz

Welly setup all-Kiwi final

Team Wellington have set up an all-NZ final in the Oceania Champions League.

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Surviving bloodshed in Myanmar

Zaw Zaw is thankful he no longer has to witness death and torture on a daily basis.

After years of bloodshed, torture and forced labour in Myanmar, Zaw Zaw has settled in Wellington.

The death of the album

Simon Sweetman

I don't think the album is dying. You just have to be aware and ready and keen to look.

Search does not justify victimhood

Nada Tawfeek believes she was selected for a random detention at Brisbane Airport because she was wearing a Muslim scarf.

OPINION: Shrieking about being stopped at the airport looks a bit shallow when you consider the world we live in.

Why I tell people I have genital herpes

Ella Dawson, who lives in New York City, blogs about living with genital herpes. While herpes the infection is not new, the stigma is.

One woman is breaking the STD's unfair stigma by telling everyone who'll listen that she has it.

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19th century champers much like bubbly today

Underwater cache of champagne is shown in Aland, an archipelago in the Baltic.

175-year-old champagne is much like the modern version, study finds.

Arrest over violent cat beating

This undated booking photo provided by the Utah County Jail shows Jordan Lindquist.

Utah man has been arrested after a hidden video camera captured him violently beating a cat.

'Intolerant Jackass Act'

A Woodland Hills activist has filed a measure to the office of state Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris, pictured, in response to an anti-gay initiative proposed last month.

Laws' proposal is directly aimed at the so-called Sodomite Suppression Act.

Wolf spider smash backfires video

At least the wolf spider's eggs burst over the floor; these babies are a little harder to reach.

When a man tried to kill a wolf spider he unleashed countless spiderlings in his house.


Showing off post-birth body


Sarah Stage has shared a lingerie-clad selfie with the world just four days after giving birth.

The utter grief of losing a mum

Leigh Van Der Horst with Natalie Bassingthwaighte - both women have shared stories about their mothers in Without My Mum.

My stomach hurts. Or is it my heart? I feel sick. I am lost. I want my mum.

Royal granny all ready for No 2

Michael and Carole Middleton arrive at St Mary's Hospital the day after their daughter gave birth to Prince George.

Carole Middleton is set to help Prince George adjust to life as a big brother.

First glimpse of baby Tim'

Jessica Biel cradles newborn Silas in husband Justin Timberlake's new Instagram snap.

Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel share -rather than sell - photo of nine-day-old son Silas Randall.

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Readers' pics of the week


This week's travel photo entries range from the Angor Wat to the snowfields of Japan.

Unraveling Uzbekistan stuff nation

The magnificent Registan, the finest achievement of the Timurid period.

It has cities that were as well known as Paris and London, yet Mike O'Connor finds tourism is still in its infancy in Uzbekistan. 

Mistakes first-time travellers make

First-time travellers will always make mistakes.

It's inevitable you'll make mistakes the first time you travel. Here are common ones you should avoid.

Business is booming

Chris Page making friends at Wawa Dam.

Chris Page runs his own company in Manila, the Philippines.