How a child silenced a joker video

9:35 AM  Guy Williams and Oshiana Ale, 11, were having a good laugh. But then it got really heavy.

The funny fraudster

Yvonne Cash was sentenced in the Auckland District Court on Friday.

5 min ago  Humorous and friendly, Yvonne Cash promised victims she was a millionaire investor. In reality, she was on a benefit.

Live: Inside the cordon

10:50 AM  Allison Pritchard was alone in her home, as her suburb was locked down in a manhunt.

Insanity finding in mother's killing

10 min ago  Carl Silverwood killed his mother but didn't know "what was real and what was not".

Kiwi quad handed Rio reprieve

19 min ago  NZ men's rowers on their way as member of Russian team fails a drug test.

One man's junk food June

10:39 AM  Every day for a month, an Ashburton farmer ate some junk food and posted a pic.

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national

'It just seems to be overkill' video

Caleb Kovaleski has been named as the man at the centre of a Palmerston North manhunt by his adoptive father, Jim Antcliff.

11 min ago  Frustration mounts for residents of a Palmerston North suburb as they wait to be reunited with loved ones amid a manhunt.

Man struck by train dies

8 min ago  Two ambulances were called to the West Auckland scene but the man was already dead.

New Plymouth district councillors made the decision to buy $715,000 worth of land behind closed doors.

Ratepayers in dark over pa site

New Plymouth's mayor says there's a reason ratepayers didn't know the council was buying a historic Maori pa.

Video

'Midnight treachery' against Boris

Political drama on a Shakespearean scale in the UK, as Boris Johnson's allies accuse rival of plotting to thwart his leadership dreams.

world

'Midnight treachery' for Boris video

Boris Johnson was viewed by many as David Cameron's likely successor as prime minister, until his shock announcement.

1 min ago  Political drama on a Shakespearean scale in the UK, as Boris Johnson's allies accuse rival of a calculated plot to thwart his leadership dreams.

Naked man in Times Square

10:18 AM  The man, who was shouting about Donald Trump, jumped from a ledge above the ticket booth, but was not seriously hurt.

Officials escort "Serial" podcast subject Adnan Syed from the court in Baltimore.

New trial for 'Serial' accused

He's spent 16 years in prison for killing his former girlfriend, but now a podcast has helped him gain a shot at freedom.

business

Buyers give up on Auckland

Buyers may be turning to spots such as Ocean Beach, on Whangarei Heads, for a better lifestyle at a cheaper price, ...

Faced with sky-high property prices, people are looking for houses further north.

Law change to trigger rent rise

Kiwis face $15-a-week hike as landlords adjust to laws requiring properties to be insulated within three years.

Nick Hamilton has been forced to find work elsewhere after the drought affecting North Canterbury left his family farm ...

Drought forces farmer off land

"'Day in and day out all you think and talk about is the weather. It can be pretty depressing."

technology

Apple out to stop concert filming

Crowds of people using their phones at concerts could go away if Apple's patent is instituted.

People filming live events could become much less common if Apple makes good on a newly granted patent.

Windows 10 update is coming

The first-year anniversary of the Windows 10 launch is still about a month away but the next major iteration is coming soon.

Equipped with GPS, the Xperia can get you from A to B anywhere in the world.

Are phones the best travel gadget?

Pat Pilcher sees if Sony's latest smartphone makes the perfect travel companion.

life & style

Furry Friday: Time to smile

kitty

10:03 AM  Do you feel a need to smile? If so, you now have a reason.

The reverse mullet is with us

10:07 AM  It all began last month with Chrissy Teigen.

The Big Smoke BBQ Company's Bacon Jam is handmade in their Papamoa registered kitchen.

If bacon is your jam

10:39 AM  Kiwi food producers are catching on to the next big thing in bacon.

well & good

How to stave off winter blues

Try to get at least one hour of outdoor light each day, preferably in the morning.

If your mood drops during the colder months of the year, you're not alone.

What's with wheat?

From pizza to pasta, dumplings to pies, to pretty much every dessert, wheat is in all the best comfort foods.

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Stock Photo - Heap of Chocolate on wooden background

No fat chocolate, it's a thing

Scientists in the US say they have worked out how to remove fat from chocolate.

home & property

Creative vase ideas

You can transform an ordinary vase into a eye-catching ornament.

9:45 AM  How you can transform an ordinary plain glass vase into a eye-catching ornament.

5 house plants you can't kill

Want to brighten your home or office but struggle to keep plants alive? These tips are for you.

George Clarke says Kiwis need to be careful of how we build beside the sea.

George Clarke: Monsters by the sea

TV architect says huge homes by the sea don't complement NZ's beautiful beaches.

food & wine

Celebrity chef's kitchen hacks video

Heston Blumenthal shares some simple cooking tips, including his secret to the perfect steak.

Butter isn't bad for your health

But it isn't good for you either, according to new research, which has declared butter a "neutral" food.

8 of the best breakfasts

Heston's perfect roast spud

nz farmer

Silver Ferns deadline postponed

The OIO is requesting more information on the Silver Fern Farms-Shanghai Maling deal.

9:57 AM  Overseas Investment Office's demands for more information forces a delay in the Silver Fern Farms-Shanghai Maling deal.

Landcorp sells own venison

The venison cuts, developed with the help of chefs, will be available only through home delivery.

1080 drops postponed

Greenpeace lashed over GM

entertainment

Hear Brooke Fraser's new song

IV Fridays will be Brooke Fraser's fifth studio album.

7 min ago  The Kiwi singer releases the first single from her upcoming album IV Fridays.

Serial: New trial for Adnan Syed

9:40 AM  The man convicted of murder who inspired the podcast Serial has been granted a new trial.

Trailer: I Survived A Zombie Holocaust

Kiwi film stolen for YouTube

The director of I Survived a Zombie Holocaust has tried to get his film taken down, but apprently, it's not that simple.

travel

Ruapehu opening delayed

Cardrona on Friday morning.

10:01 AM  Ruapehu have delayed opening their skifields, but colder weather should bring more snow.

Winter magic in Sydney

Sydney's Winter Festival is full of surprises, with a distinct European flavour.

Bowls of cereal at Kellogg's NYC cafe in Midtown Manhattan, New York City.

Cereal cafe for Times Square

10:41 AM  Good news, cereal lovers! Kellogg's is opening its first cereal cafe in New York City - but bring your wallet.

stuff nation

Arlo's eyes will guilt you stuff nation

Arlo

Arlo's very cheeky and gets up to lots of mischief. His hobbies include eating bark, leaves, twigs and tissues.

Clouds at Aramoana Spit stuff nation

I took this photo at Aramoana, capturing the reflection of the clouds on the wet sand.

Elton John promotes his new album at Radio One in 1976. (Photo by Anwar Hussein/WireImage)

Elton John's Blue Moves stuff nation

10:41 AM  Bruce Cushen reviews Elton John's albums to distract himself during his cancer treatment.

motoring

Auckland NZ's road rage hot-spot

120912 NEWS Photo:Supplied. The Auckland Motorway Alliance won the Supreme Roading Excellence Award for their innovative ...

Are you a part of Generation X and live in Auckland? You're the most likely to get caught up in a road rage incident.

New C-class or used ML-class?

Should you trade off newness for extra size and luxury? We compare new and Certified-used Mercedes-Benzes.

Dodge customers Joe and Kate Masters crushed their car under a tank.

Unhappy with car? Crush it! video

It certainly got Dodge's attention - how angry owners hit out at the problematic Dodge Journey.

sport

NZ doubles players off to Rio

Michael Venus will partner with Marcus Daniell in the men's doubles at the Rio Olympics.

17 min ago  Michael Venus and Marcus Daniell will play together at the Rio Olympics.

Squeaky brat explodes at ump video

The wordless cawing pitched ever-higher. Then he found his words in a mighty meltdown.

Marina Erakovic produced 46 winners against Jelena Jankovic in the second round at Wimbledon.

History beckons for Erakovic

10:07 AM  Kiwi tennis No 1 has internal focus as she bids for first appearance in fourth round of a Grand Slam.

good reads

Finding out when you'll die

If you could find out when you were going to die, would you want to know?

It's a damp Friday morning, I've spent the past four hours in a doctor's surgery and I'm about to learn how long I've got to live.

After Brexit, who's next? video

Protesters gather to demonstrate against the EU referendum result.

So after the UK said "auf wiedersehen" to the EU, who else could be heading for the exit?

'Princess culture' bad for girls

Elsa and Anna in Frozen. The Disney Princess brand suggests that a girl's most valuable asset is her beauty.

Elsa, Anna, Merida and Rapunzel are favourites, but what all the princess-driven marketing doing to young girls?

Look who's back: Ku Klux Klan

Members can buy one of the Klan's trademark white cotton robes for US$145, though many splurge on the US$165 satin version.

They have been around for 150 years old and are now looking to ride the current wave of hostility in the US.

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Unhappy with car? Crush it! video

Dodge customers Joe and Kate Masters crushed their car under a tank.

It certainly got Dodge's attention - how angry owners hit out at the problematic Dodge Journey.

Snail slime causes car crash

A motorist claims to have been slimed by "snail trails" on a motorway.

Is this the definition of a slow-moving hazard?

'I had a snake cuddled up to me'

The black snake was released unharmed by Joyce's husband Herb.

What's the opposite to Netflix and chill? Well, this probably. Reaching into your chair pocket and finding this.

Puffy giant found

Dawn Bowen from New Plymouth with a giant puffball found by her friend near Burgess Park.

It's big, it's puffy and it's not a marshmallow.

Parenting

Making friends with mums

Mums are all tired, a bit awkward and lots of us crave company.

Starting small talk with other mums is easy, but how do you get to second base?

Never judge another parent

Amie battling with her son in the clip.

See that screaming kid? Brat, right? Don't be too quick to criticise.

Is it ever ok for kids to lie?

Children tell lies for many reasons, such as avoiding getting into trouble, or protecting themselves from embarrassment.

Children start to understand the concept of lying from the age of three. But are there times it is okay for them to fib?

Watch of every parent's dreams

Octopus watch

Parents can't get enough of a watch which trains young children to tell time and do chores.

kiwi traveller

5 things to do for non-skiers

Snow-tubing offers a wild ride - without the skill of skiing.

Does the thought of hitting the slopes leave you feeling cold? Try these winter activities instead.

When should we visit Disneyland?

Disneyland is the happiest place on earth all year round.

Heading off on an overseas adventure? Send us your questions, and we'll put them to the experts.

From the UK to Christchurch

Paul and Sara Thornton, with the view from the Christchurch Gondola.

Sara and Paul Thornton have fallen in love with our coffee, Christchurch, and the Kiwi way of life.

Travelling with the wrong crowd

It's a bit crowded in Venice.

Avoiding the hordes is a challenge for even the most seasoned traveller.