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A female New Zealand bush falcon named Honour, one of two karearea introduced to keep pest birds away from Martinborough vineyards, looks at home perched on netting over vines.

Terrorising grape thieves

Two rare native falcons raised on a vineyard are  flexing their powerful wings.

Victim turns online video

Cafe Valentino CCTV footage PIXELATED

Restaurant owner took to Facebook to identify thief after he says police failed to investigate.

Bali drug accused 'suspicious'

Kiwi accused of smuggling drugs sweated so much his jacket was soaking, court hears.

Elderly residents get the boot

6:08 AM  Rest home residents given two weeks to find new homes after owners announced closure.

Wedding could be farewell video

Boy born with water on the brain and later diagnosed with rare liver disorder.

Victim's body heading home

Jordanian who died after crash will be remembered as family in NZ.

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Daily patient attacks

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A nurse or doctor is assaulted on average once every day in Wellington.

No rest for scholarship winner

A Hamilton woman has juggled family life with study to be awarded $5000.

Iyad Abu Nahleh, of Jordan, was killed after his car collided with a sheep truck on State Highway 1 in Orari on Sunday.

Victim's body heading home

Jordanian who died after a car crash will be remembered as family here.

Video

Victim turns to Facebook

A Christchurch restaurant owner took to Facebook to identify a thief after he says police failed to investigate.

world

Police capture armed prisoner

Police have lifted the lockdown at a hospital in Fairfax County in northern Virginia after a prisoner being treated there escaped.

5:48 AM  Armed prisoner who fled a suburban Washington DC hospital with a guard's gun has been recaptured.

Historic election landslide

15 min ago  Three decades after seizing power in a military coup, Muhammadu Buhari ousted another president.

Turkish riot police detain protesters outside the Justice Palace in Istanbul, where a far-left Turkish group took an Istanbul prosecutor hostage.

Gunmen hold prosecutor

Far-left Turkish group take an Istanbul prosecutor hostage and threaten to kill him.

business

House asking prices surge

Auckland and Canterbury drove record house asking prices for March.

6:00 AM  March asking prices break new national record for third consecutive month.

Australians fly before buying video

Australians are making flying visits to the 'coolest little capital in the world' without their passports.

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Bayleys offers Air NZ Airpoints

5:30 AM  Bayleys joins growing list of company's offering Air New Zealand Airpoints dollars

money

$640K section sold over rates

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Council to sell Auckland section after owners failed to pay rates for 10 years.

Household wealth rises

New Zealanders are trillionaires - just.

Tying the knot 2nd time round

Club up for Christmas

small business

How to keep your startup on track

Stephen Nicholas is a Deloitte partner.

OPINION: This phase sets the scene for the future of your business so good decision making and cashflow management are critical.

'Gazumped' by exchange rate

Firms may do all the right things to sell their product only to lose money without a forex policy.

Green fingers prove winning 

Healthy sales, sweet success

technology

Roboants - the future workforce video

FUTURE WORKFORCE: These Bionic Ants could be the future of the factory workforce.

Robotic ants the size of a human hand that work together could be the future of factory production systems.

Crackdown on drones

A move to toughen penalties for wayward drone operators is backed by a Hamilton man who breached drone rules.

Seven-year-old California girl Faith Lennox has received a new left hand created by a 3D printer at Build It Workspace in Orange County.

3D printing prosthetics

Girl's 'robohand' only cost $50, and when she outgrows it can easily build a replacement.

life & style

Six life hacks you need to know

Cutting cheese with dental floss

Elimate some of life's frustrations with these easy, cheap and deliciously clever tricks.

How to DIY the perfect blowdry

Who knew blasting your head with hot air could prove so tricky? Here's 10 tips to help you master it at home.

Fashion icon and soccer legend David Beckham shares an exclusive sneak peek of the advertisement launching his new underwear line with James Corden.

Becks and Corden strip off video

TV host persuades his footballer BFF to pout, prance and preen in his tightie-whities for The Late Late Show.

well & good

Feeling broken? Juicing helps video

Juicing guru Joe Cross wants to take us from 'broken' to 'Human 2.0'.

Plant-based diet advocate Joe Cross is on a mission to help us upgrade to "Human 2.0", after a 45kg weight loss of his own.

Paleo: 10 things to know

It's a diet that incites passion from both its followers and detractors, but what can you actually eat on it?

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Kickstart your post-hol health stuff nation

Getting back into healthy habits after a holiday can be tough. These five ideas should help.

home & property

House of the week: Christchurch gallery

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Among the sand dunes of Southshore sits a 1950s beach house with sprawling gardens.

Where to start with a room

There's no need to feel daunted by the task of decorating - just follow these three steps.

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Home of the new Block NZ?

Letters have gone out to residents of a suburb in Auckland that The Block NZ will soon be moving in.

food & wine

And the devil made pinot

Pinot noir grapes are sensitive things, and don't appreciate the heat and sun that can super-charge other wine varieties.

God made cabernet sauvignon, whereas the devil made pinot noir.

Only in America would this exist

A Bloody Mary is said to ease a hangover, but we dread to think what this beast would do.

Baking for the better

Don't be food self righteous 

nz farmer

Top workers command high pay

Farm workers can earn good money if they are top performers.

The top 25 per cent of farm workers can command much higher salaries than average earners in the sector.

Calls just keep rolling in

Competitor inundated with calls in fallout from Fonterra's poor pay cheque news.

Farmers shut Fonterra gate

Truckload of poo dumped

entertainment

Watch: Paul Henry's 80s style

Paul Henry in Every Second Counts

On the eve of Paul Henry's new morning show, NZ On Screen has pulled forth his TV debut on Every Second Counts.

Zayn shows his new direction

Zayn Malik has given his fans across the world a taste of his new musical direction with the release of a tender solo demo.

Robin Williams' daughter Zelda has spoken up.

Zelda Williams breaks silence

Zelda Williams has refuted claims she and her siblings removed items from their late father's estate.

travel

Auckland's better half

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It's not all sipping lattes, expensive Queen Street shopping and traffic jams, you know.

World's most laidback cult

I'm jealous of all of these people because they've found their one slice of happiness.

SOUNDS AMAZING: Looking across Ganavan Sands towards Ardmucknish Bay, just north of Oban.

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While chartering a yacht through the Scottish west coast, there's bustling towns and fine dining to be found.

stuff nation

Don't stop backing Black stuff nation

The Black Caps haven't had a bowler of Trent Boult's calibre since Shane Bond in his prime.

Everyone hopped on Black Caps bandwagon in hope of CWC victory. Does this make me bitter? Kind of.

Kickstart post-holiday health stuff nation

Getting back into healthy habits after a holiday can be tough. These five ideas should help.

Romeo the connector - Top office dog nominee

Top office dog: Romeo the connector stuff nation

Romeo successfully brings people together at work through his daily antics and ability to beg food.

motoring

Aston Martin battles

Henrik Fisker and his design study on the Aston Martin Vanquish called the "Thunderbolt".

It has not been a great couple of weeks for Aston Martin.

McLaren reveals 911 rival gallery

6:00 AM  Long-awaited McLaren 570S revealed in New York.

car

Slow going in Auckland

Worldwide survey finds Auckland to be the world's 41st most congested city.

sport

'Baby Whites' succumb to late goal

All Whites captain Chris Wood competes for possession with South Korea's Han Kyo-Won.

Fresh-faced All Whites side give Asian Cup runners-up South Korea an almighty scare in Seoul.

Steyn banned for five weeks

Francois Steyn has been banned for five weeks after Sanzar won an appeal against its judicial process.

All Blacks utility back Charles Piutau has signed a two-year deal with Irish club Ulster.

Piutau to join Ulster after RWC

ABs utility drops bombshell by signing two-year deal with Ulster thought to be worth close to $1 million a season.

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Life in a national park

FAMILY BACKYARD: Meadowbank Homestead at Awaroa welcomes hundreds of hikers each summer.

The seventh-generation Wilsons of Abel Tasman lead visitors to their special park on this paradise they call home.

'A different type of lonely' stuff nation

11122014: News photo: Arielle Monk/FFX NZ. Not smiling: SmileDial charity founder Kelly Dugan is preparing himself to advocate on behalf of families being "kept in the dark" by district health boards and hospitals.

Everyone changes as a parent, but holds on to a piece of who they once were. It's a luxury I don't have.

Let the fingerpointing begin

National candidate Mark Osborne concedes by phone to Winston Peters at the Bay of Islands Golf Club in Kerikeri.

OPINION: The post-mortems in National over its crushing defeat in Northland will be long and hard and are already under way.

Facebooking in virtual reality

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The promise of VR was on display this week at Facebook's F8 developers' conference.

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Police recruit grenade fail video

Police recruit grenade FAIL in China

Every new police recruit's nightmare just came true in this video.

Ring robber gets 11-years

Johnson's attorney had asked for leniency from the judge during Monday's hearing.

Man who stole wedding ring off dying woman's finger gets 11-year sentence.

4-year-old in search of slushie

The police took the girl to a hospital, where she was reunited with her mother.

Bus driver Harlan Jenifer said the girl swung her legs as she chanted, "All I want is a slushie."

Antarctic paper serves cold truth

Peter Rejcek, left, in the field in Antarctica.

Peter Rejcek has come in from the cold - after more then four months editing the Antarctic Sun.

Parenting

Tips for roadtripping with a baby

Irrespective of the size of your car, it will magically shrink by about 50 per cent the first time you try to pack for a road trip with your kids.

Most parents of older kids love to say newborns "sleep the whole way" on road trips. They're wrong.

Is smothering mothering?

Smothering isn't mothering. And we have, at long last, scientific proof that more of mom isn't necessarily better.

The guilt. The guilt! Today's parents, especially today's mothers, are filled with guilt. But for the right reasons?

Creatively saving memories

For some parents, recording facts like their child's first word, first tooth and first steps isn't enough. They're taking memory collections to the next level.

Here are some ideas for giving your little one's bigger self an idea of what life was like as they grew up.

Creating bookworm children

We parents can do a lot to cultivate a lifelong love of books in our children.

Much to my delight, all three of my kids are avid book-lovers, and part of me wants to take credit for that.

kiwi traveller

Hunting for an Easter getaway?

Left it a bet too late to book that Easter getaway? Don't stress, there's still plenty of spot you could look at.

If you haven't got around to booking that long weekend away, never fear, there are plenty of options for the last-minute Charlie.

8 ways to cope with travel stress stuff nation

Use common sense when trying new foods or delicacies.

Travelling overseas can be stressful. Things that can go wrong, will go wrong. These tips will help you cope along the way.

When one door opens

ROYAL HISTORY: Sudesh and Mona visit Oxford Castle, built in 1071.

Sudesh Lourdes and his family are making the most of the "gateway to Europe", in Oxford, England.

'I'm going for Dad's sake'

Australian and New Zealand soldiers stand guard during a dawn ceremony at Anzac Cove.

When Joan Altwasser travels to Anzac Cove next month, she will be following in the footsteps of her father.