Courtenay Rushton died of meningitis a year ago. (Family supplied photo)

'Silent killer' took daughter

5:00 AM  After losing their daughter, two parents urge families to be aware of deadly meningococcal.

Midwife care slammed

RED FLAGS MISSED: Casey Nathan, pictured with Hayden Tukiri.

5:00 AM  Potentially avoidable problems led to the deaths of young mother and her new baby.

Rice snack nearly kills

5:00 AM  A spicy rice snack pack very nearly turned into the last meal Richard Strang ate.

Principals quit in big numbers

5:00 AM  Parents' expectations and a lack of support blamed for exodus from profession.

Are we going to die, asks son

5:00 AM  As a rip pulled them rapidly from shore and waves crashed over them, they struggled.

Squeeze put on lemons

5:00 AM  Soaring lemon prices are leaving a sour taste in shoppers' mouths.

national

Sex trade links to charity trust

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5:00 AM  A Press investigation has exposed links between the sex industry and a charitable trust apparently set up to help vulnerable youth.

'Control officer' steals dog

5:00 AM  Two men could be working together to impersonate animal control officers and steal dogs.

Greens co-leader Russel Norman made his resignation announcement with Metiria Turei  at his side.

Greens set for run-off

5:00 AM  Green Party is to embark on a primary-style leadership run-off, after resignation of co-leader Russel Norman.

Video

Paracyclist Kate Horan smashes world record

Wellington paracyclist Kate Horan obliterated a track cycling world record today in Cambridge.

world

Woman falls off cliff after proposal

TRAGIC TIMING: The woman was visiting her boyfriend at Ibiza when she fell to her death from a cliff, police say.

A Bulgarian woman was so ecstatic at being proposed to, that she stumbled, fell from a cliff and died in Ibiza.

Slapping candidate withdraws

A Queensland political candidate filmed striking his son across the head will no longer contest the state election.

Paul Weeks

Weeks' wife 'appalled'

Paul Weeks' wife says she doesn't want "accident" compensation from Malaysia Airlines over the disappearance of MH370.

business

Analysts bullish about beef

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5:00 AM  Beef and sheep farmers can look forward to a positive year, according to the Rabobank agribusiness outlook for 2015.

Demand for builders heats up

5:00 AM  News that house consents have hit a seven-year high is music to the building industry's ears.

Daniel Thomson invented a new type of resistance band.

Inventor embraces digital tools

5:00 AM  There are some brilliant ideas swirling through the heads of Kiwis. In the past they would die with their creators, never finding life.

money

'Opt-out' probe could widen

Contract, sign document, legal

Investigation into Air NZ's charges could be expanded to include other companies using the same sales tactic.

Parole hearing deferred

Jailed finance directors Neal Nicholls and Wayne Douglas must wait after an error was made with their eligibility dates.

Cheaper home loans in sight 

How I cut my power bill  stuff nation

small business

Cheers to $500k from beer fans

Brewer and Creative Director of Yeastie Boys Stu McKinlay

Brewer Yeastie Boys raised $500,000 in less than 30 minutes after launching a crowdfunding campaign.

Woman admits tax evasion

Palmerston North woman may have big bills to pay after defrauding IRD of thousands.

Craft beer demand froths over

Meet the bootcamp babes

technology

Sky's Neon delayed again

HBO hit Girls is one of the shows Sky hopes will attract non-Sky-subscribers to its delayed Neon internet television service.

Sky Television looks likely to delay the launch on its Neon internet television service once again.

Apple protects inventions

A phone that rotates like a cat midair to avoid landing on its glass face might not hit the shelves soon but it's in Apple's patent portfolio.

The Great Firewall of China is getting tougher to skirt, frustrating internet users.

China tightens lockdown

Users face tougher challenges as the government locks down ways to skirt increasingly strict web controls.

life & style

Meet the 'sausagebull'

THIS IS A REAL DOG: Rami, the pitbull-dachshund cross.

5:00 AM  What do you get when you cross a pitbull with a dachshund? Something that looks very Photoshopped.

Best & worst dressed gallery

Felt wigs, ghostly underboob and fishnet bloomers make up the worst this week. Yes, actually.

Heidi Klum visits Auckland to launch her Intimates collection at SkyCity Casino.

Heidi's style tips for Kiwi ladies

Model advises Kiwi women to ditch heels and miniskirts ... but struggles to find a NZ designer to wear while in Auckland.

well & good

6 tips to keep your fitness on track

THREE KEY AREAS: Any exercise programme should focus on safety, effectiveness and progress.

5:00 AM  Your exercise programme should be enjoyable but there are some rules that ought to be followed.

Do we have a 'fattist' culture?

While other countries have embraced surgery as a cost-effective way of fighting obesity, NZ remains reluctant.

South Pole Dance co-owners Morina Colyer and Saniya Yusipova in their new Leet Street studio.

Pole work takes sheer strength video

Is it a workout only for those blessed with abs of steel and an ability to defy gravity? This reporter says less. 

home & property

5 tips to add value to your home

LITTLE THINGS COUNT: Sometimes a lick of paint can make a huge difference to the look of your home - inside and out - and it doesn't cost the earth. You can even do it yourself.

5:00 AM  You've given your body an overhaul as part of your new year's resolution - why not do the same for your home?

Aussie cricketers $9.6m mansion

The cricketer has followed in the footsteps Michael Clarke and spent serious cash in Sydney.

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Top 10 open homes under $500k gallery

Planning on a little bit of house-hunting this weekend? These are our top 10 to check out around the country.

food & wine

Recipe: Huevos rancheros

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This Mexican classic makes a really cracking breakfast for a weekend treat. Serve the eggs with soft tortillas.

Pub walk to show off craft scene

Craft beer enthusiasts set to guide their first walking tour of popular, inner-city breweries and bars.

Marmite Easter eggs are a thing

How 3D printers will change food

nz farmer

Messy block goes native

Central Canterbury farmers Francie and Roger Taylor have
replaced gorse and old pines with native plantings.

5:00 AM  Roger and Francie Taylor knew a lot of hands-on work would be required to turnaround a rough Canterbury block.

Teen bidder gets it done

5:00 AM  Determined 17-year-old holds her nerve to help to set the prices at a Canterbury sheep sale.

Quality young sheep sought

Kiwifruit claim plaintiffs seek damages

entertainment

'Culture of fear and hysteria'

Eleanor Catton has accused the "powerful Right" of silencing those who disagree.

Award-winning author Eleanor Catton describes the 'frightening swiftness...of the powerful Right' to silence criticism after her comments on NZ and its Government.

'Plain of feature and overweight'

An Australian newspaper is copping flak for its focus on bestselling author Colleen McCullough's looks.

Ellie Goulding sings on the Fifty Shades of Grey soundtrack.

Ellie Goulding enters chart high

5:00 AM  Ellie Goulding's new song Love Me Like You Do, from the Fifty Shades of Grey soundtrack, is the highest new entrant on NZ's official singles chart this week.

travel

The hotel from hell

NATURAL BEAUTY: Luckily outside is much nicer than inside.

5:00 AM  It sounded grand enough, but it was no honeymoon at the Raj Residency.

Top travel pics of the week gallery

Here is our round up of the top travel photos from around the world.

COLD ENOUGH? A pretty of chilly vista.

Time for a cool change

5:00 AM  I love the freedom and flexibility of road trips.

stuff nation

What the Greens need to lead stuff nation

TOP SPOT: Russel Norman is stepping down as co-leader of the Green Party.

5:00 AM  With an extensive and proven career in diplomacy, Kennedy Graham is my pick for Greens co-leader.

Top 'fattist' debate comments stuff nation

Today's story on New Zealand being accused of having a "fattist culture" got many readers weighing i

GOOD FIND: Leela with a prized stick.

Pet of the day: Wanna be pals? stuff nation

5:00 AM  Leela is a border terrier who doesn't believe in strangers, just friends she has

motoring

Opposites really do attract

Dairy farmers Barry and Deidre Tippett have playfully named as Walter and Wanda their hopped-up 1934 Plymouth Deluxe and all-original 1935 De Soto - and further refer to them as boyfriend and girlfriend.

5:00 AM  Meet Walter and his girlfriend, Wanda.

High-spec 2WD added

5:00 AM  The addition of a highly specified front-driven model is the big news surrounding a facelift for the Honda CRV.

Volkswagen Touareg

Touareg gets revamp

5:00 AM  VW's highly-regarded Touareg gets a facelift, a price reduction and extra specifications.

sport

Nines gets Foran off the couch

Manly's Kieran Foran and fans. NRL Auckland Nines Festival and Fan Zone, Aotea Square, Auckland, New Zealand. Zealand. Friday 30 January 2015. Copyright Photo: Andrew Cornaga/www.Photosport.co.nz

5:00 AM  All eyes will again be on Eden Park for the Auckland Nines, but for differing reasons.

With accolades comes pressure

5:00 AM  Brodie Retallick is the IRB Player of the Year and has to try and keep up those standards.

RARING TO GO: Adam Milne will be fizzing after three games off due to injury.

Black Caps bowlers on notice

5:00 AM  A rating of "poor" from the coach should ensure a spicy welcome for Pakistan's batsmen.

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Who killed me?

NO TIME TO REFLECT:  Broadchurch’s high drama is being undermined by some shoddy use of promos for other programmes.

OPINION: Trevor Agnew rages against TVNZ’s handling of Broadchurch’s end credits.

The legend of unbeatable horse Phar Lap

CHAMPION HOME: Phar Lap and handler Tommy Woodcock visited at Trentham by dignitaries, including former prime minister Gordon Coates.

He's been called the greatest horse ever, and few who stood at Wellington's dockside on Nov. 24, 1931, would disagree.

The hotel from hell

NATURAL BEAUTY: Luckily outside is much nicer than inside.

It sounded grand enough, but it was no honeymoon at the Raj Residency.

Village that refused to surrender video

'IRREPLACEABLE': John Boote, standing, and Stephanie Boote, with her granddaughter, Neave Bridge, and Tim Stephenson. The Bootes own four properties, including their holiday home, in Kairaki.

Three-and-a-half years after the entire community was red-zoned, Kairaki is as strong as ever. How has it survived?

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Hijabs and hospitality stuff nation gallery

UGC - 14. A street vendor, Shiraz

Iran is a destination with more to offer than you might think - you just have to ask, writes Mike O'Connor.

Your funniest signs from around the world stuff nation gallery

A McDonald's drive-thru served up this treat for Viv Cairns, who said: "Kids thought this was funny as they can't go through drive-thru without their butts!"

We showed you 18 of the world's funniest signs. You saw us and raised us with examples of your own.

The curse of the flower poo

TRAVEL TERRORS: Oh god I can't cope with any more going to the loo. And that was just the beginning.

A Southeast Asian adventure is ruined by an illness, a worm and and an itch that can't be scratched.

How to travel, even if you haven't saved

SWAPPING HOMES: Richard Lintott and his wife turned to home swap as an affordable way to travel the world.

Long and leisurely trips after retirement would have been out of reach if Richard Lintott and his wife hadn't begun home swapping.

oddstuff

Goose guard at Southport

ON PATROL: The mysterious goose, who has stationed itself near the guard house at Southport, honks at passersby.

He's feisty and feathered and he's on patrol outside the Seafarers' Centre.

Daisy moo-ving with the Times video

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She's kept Garden Place shoppers company for years, now Hamilton's iconic fibreglass cow is getting a psychedelic makeover.

'Dead' cat claws himself out of grave video

DETERMINED: His owner thought Bart was a goner, but five days after being buried Bart showed up at a neighbour's house.

His owner thought Bart was a goner, but five days after being buried this fearless feline clawed his way home.

Absolutely dotty video

Wellington's forgotten little laneway Bond Street, has had a major spruce up for a summer of fun and music.

Bond St in central Wellington has a new look - it's gone completely dotty.