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Firefighter flamin' lucky

5:00 AM  Firefighter suffered burns to 23pc of his body, but it brought home how much he loves his family.

1080 'vital' for kiwi

WAR ON PESTS: Conservation Minister Maggie Barry supports trapping and poisoning pests as essential tools to save the kiwi.

5:00 AM  Trapping and killing pests in your own back yard is "just what you have to do", Maggie Barry says.

Memorial finalists gallery

5:00 AM  Six possible designs to mark Christchurch’s February 2011 earthquake can be revealed.

Bosses illegally docking wages

5:00 AM  Agriculture, forestry and fishing bosses are big offenders when it comes to ripping off workers.

Limited space for Xmas cheer video

5:00 AM  Christmas morning in a caravan is nothing new for Phil Thompson and Debra Savage.

Merry Christmas over and over

5:00 AM  Over three days the Labour leader wrote personal messages in 450 Christmas cards.

national

On struggle street

Racheal Gates is one of many residents living in the Marchwiel area who is struggling to make ends meet. She is pictured with her cat, Fluffy.

5:00 AM  High level of poverty in some Timaru streets was highlighted in a social justice report commissioned by Anglican Care.

Police hunt men after assault

5:00 AM  Police are searching for three men who attacked and robbed a teenager, leaving him with head injuries.

RIPPED LIP: Injuries sustained by Linda Harrison-Pugh after the attack.

Dog-bite victim's smile 'a sneer'

5:00 AM  A woman has been found guilty after her dog attacked a friendly admirer, ripping off her lower lip, leaving her smile looking like a "sneer".

Video

Limited space for Christmas cheer

Christmas morning in a caravan is nothing new for Phil Thompson and Debra Savage.

world

Anti-Islamic protest at memorial

The four men were shouted down by members of the public who had gathered in Martin Place.

Sydneysiders paying their respects at Martin Place shout down a group of anti-Islamic protesters who appeared at the memorial.

No suspects in murder video

Police have no formal suspects for the deaths of eight children whose bodies have been found in a Cairns home.

Pregnant Sydney siege survivor Julie Taylor (circled) runs with other hostages from the Lindt café in Martin Place.

Siege hostage's one good news

The good news that a siege hostage's unborn baby is healthy comes with the heartache of knowing her closest friend is gone.

business

Fonterra's in tight corner

Fonterra dairy factory

5:00 AM  OPINION: Fonterra's advance monthly payments to its suppliers this spring went unusually close to breaching its end-of-year payout forecast.

SFF allowed meat discharge

5:00 AM  Silver Fern Farms granted consent to discharge meat sewage into the Waimakariri river.

Boral's announcements it stop making bricks in Australia has swayed the competition watchdog.

The good times are rolling

5:00 AM  We look back on 2014 and ask: Is this as good as it gets?

money

UK pension ‘press-gang’ warning

QSuper manages public servants' nest eggs worth about $50 billion.

Financial Markets Authority is monitoring potentially misleading advertising about British pension scheme funds.

Reverend jailed for tax evasion

IRD says Auckland man ignored offers of help over $1 million owed in tax.

More can't afford heating

Cure Xmas spending hangover

small business

How to sell more online in 2015

Internet shopping grew by 12.8 per cent in the year to September.

Eight key dos and don'ts for small businesses to keep the virtual tills ringing.

The female funding fiasco

Women are often seen by lenders as 'fly-by' rather than serious business owners.

Kiwi tequila captures local spirit

Franchisee fed up

technology

Making Kickstarter pick you

ConQuest

Crowdfunders on the hunt for that elusive email: Someone on the Kickstarter team loves your project.

Dutch watchdog eyes Facebook

Netherlands says Facebook's revamped privacy policy, due to take effect January 1, should be delayed.

ambitious

'It's okay to be ambitious'

Silicon Valley's biggest brains think Kiwi entrepreneurs are quickly catching up to them.

life & style

20 epic style moments in 2014 gallery

CATE BLANCHETT, $100,000: Not only did Blanchett take home the Oscar for Best Actress for her role in the film Blue Jasmine at the 2014 awards, she also earned the title of most expensive Oscars outfit ever worn. The Armani Prive nude gown featuring hundreds of Swarovski crystals accounted for only $100,000 of the cost, while her jewellery and shoes brought her total outfit cost up to $18.1 million.

5:00 AM  From Angelina Jolie's wedding dress to Amal Clooney, these are 20 jaw-dropping style moments of 2014.

Otago lads do the Sugar Plum video

... and how elegant they are when pirouetting.

TOTALLY CRACKERS: These Christmas celebrity impressions are crackers on two counts: they crack us up, and feel a little unhinged. We're in love.

More great celeb impressions

5:00 AM  From Ariana Grande to Drew Barrymore, SJP and Miley Cyrus - these festive singing take-offs are on-point.

well & good

Fellow man over marathon

HIS HONORARY FINISH: St John Ambulance Intensive Care Paramedic Barry Eunson poses with the top organisers of the Dublin Marathon sent him this week week. He stopped the October race to save a man's life.

He was so close to the finish line, but he gave that up to save a stranger's life while others ran on.

Top 10 wellbeing stories of 2014 gallery

Real Kiwis battling, bodybuilders, depression: these are the stories that struck a chord with you this year.

Win great goodies including a basketball signed by The Breakers and the Adidas micoach running watch.

Win holiday goodies!

A basketball signed by The Breakers, an Adidas micoach running watch and more....

home & property

A to Zzz guide to mattresses

TENTH BIRTHDAY: If your mattress is turning 10 in 2015 then it might be time to purchase yourself a new one.

5:00 AM  Don't let the thought of mattress shopping keep you awake at night.

Seven fairytale castles for sale gallery

Always fancied yourself as a bit of a king or queen? Now you can live the dream.

CENTRAL OTAGO: Geoff and Belinda Andrew's home, which sits beneath the Crown Range

Striking gold in the South gallery

An old schist cottage near Arrowtown was the starting point for a home that cleverly blends old and new.

food & wine

Perfecting the summer salad

SIMPLE AND SEASONAL: Pomegranate, feta and nut salad.

Salads can be intimidating because of the number of choices. Here's how to make a great summer salad.

Single malt or a blend?

It's the subject of much snobbery and name-calling among whisky drinkers. But is one truly better than the other?

Foods we will be eating in 2015

Real wine ice-cream now exists

nz farmer

Debt a big hurdle

credit card debt, christmas

5:00 AM  Dairy farmers unable to reach the national average break-even point of $5.75 for each kilogram of milksolids produced face taking on more debt in a difficult 2014-15 season.

Sensible future-proofing

5:00 AM  Hawke's Bay farm taking the use of willows for fodder in drought conditions to a new level.

Famous trek recreated

Picked on feeling starting

entertainment

The best TV lines of the year

HIGHLY QUOTABLE: Game of Thrones

5:00 AM  TV produces endlessly quotable lines. Here are some of the best of the year.

Perry an early Christmas gift gallery

REVIEW: Katy Perry manages to be sweet without being sickly, and suggestive without being lewd.

Christmas with the stars

Christmas with the stars

5:00 AM  We asked a host of international and local stars how they will be celebrating the festive season.

travel

3 days of bloody hell

WILD MAN: The intrepid writer, primed and ready to commune with nature.

5:00 AM  It was supposed to be a 3-day tramp on the Abel Tasman, but Mother Nature had other ideas.

Mid-air brawl over crying baby

Chinese women end up in midair brawl after a baby cried and seats were reclined.

LINGERING MEMORIES: You can tell the thought of that holiday is still wedged at the back of her memory. Even on set.

Shorty St star's hol disaster

5:00 AM  Actor Ria Vandervis recalls a terrifying holiday experience in the Bay of Islands.

stuff nation

Let there be light, Auckland stuff nation

5:00 AM  Our readers have been impressing us this month with their photography skills in our long exposures assignment.

Lessons learnt from 2014 stuff nation

5:00 AM  A lot can happen in a year, but what's made the biggest impression on you and your outlook on life?

WATER BABY: Sammie feeds her obsession drip by drip in the laundry sink.

Pet of the day: Sammie the water cat stuff nation

5:00 AM  If Sammie had to choose between a cuddle and playing with water, water would win paws down.

motoring

Lamborghini 'Phwoar'

Lamborghini's iconic Countach was the poster child for 1970s supercars.

5:00 AM  The Lamborghini Countach was the poster child for 1970s supercars.

Honda NSX confirmed gallery

A new NSX is coming.

A 'TURCK': Canterbury farmer trying to sell this Hilux Surf takes online hammering over spelling and accusations that it was stolen.

'Turck' an online hit

A spelling-challenged farmer selling his "turck" on Trade Me had to defend himself from a swarm of commenters when his auction went viral.

sport

Carter shines as Breakers win

GOOD NIGHT'S WORK: Rhys Carter proved his worth to the NZ Breakers with a fine performance.

Aussie veteran Rhys Carter the game-winner for Breakers against Crocs on North Shore.

Auckland City set blueprint video

5:00 AM  Canterbury United defender Dan Terris says Auckland City have set the benchmark for Kiwi sides.

Black Caps all-rounder Nathan McCullum plays a shot against Pakistan in Sharjah.

Live: NZ vs Pakistan - 5th ODI

Kane Williamson falls three short of century as Black Caps post 275. Follow live updates of fifth ODI.

good reads

Christmas wish list

Be thoughtful when buying gifts.

At Christmas, children write wish lists. I wish all of those lists could be fulfilled. 

Romahapa: The place time forgot

Dead centre: The original heart of Romahapa was on Cemetery Hill where the first church service in South Otago was held.

The good folk of Romahapa are wondering who has come into big money.

How Kim became the target video

Seth Rogen says he was looking to make a comedy, not something serious, with The Interview.

When a freshly stoned Seth Rogen sat down for an interview about The Interview,  trouble seemed remote.

Paradise as usual in Phuket

PARADISE AS USUAL: Tourists deserted Phuket after the 2004 tsunami, but have since returned in droves.

Tourists shunned Thailand for a year after the 2004 tsunami, but that didn't stop them returning in droves.

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Shayla Gibbons

When Shayla Gibbons left NZ her OE, she never thought she'd end up in a Thai clinic, fearing for her friend's lives.

Kiwis are Christmas Scrooges

BAH HUMBUG: Kiwis are happy to snub their family this holiday season.

Kiwis are a bunch of Scrooges with 50 per cent wanting to leave family members behind this Christmas.

A different life stuff nation

KENTE WEAVING: A complex system of weaving on a loom with foot pedals.

Avi Duckorjones left his comfortable apartment in Manhattan for deepest darkest Africa.

Land of the rising sun

OCEAN'S FOUR: Matt Kurd with wife Yuka, daughter Akira and son Taila at a local wharf by the sea.

Matt Curd swapped Christchurch for a new life teaching English in Japan.

oddstuff

Duo sucked coins from car wash

Double trouble: coin thieves clean up at the Chirnside Park car wash.

Police hunting pair who used their own vacuum cleaner to suck coins from car wash machines.

'Gay marriage caused quake'

gay marriage

Right-wing fringe group outlandishly blames gay marriage for "destruction" of a New Zealand city.

Debauched Santas hire lawyer

Girls dressed as Santa Claus - who may or may not be somewhat inebriated - ride the subway in New York City during SantaCon.

After backlash, NYC pub crawl involving hordes of drunk Santas get lesson on their civil rights.

Camera thief films himself

WHO YOU LOOKING AT? The light-fingered CCTV camera lover.

It's not exactly a mugshot, but many people have already convicted this man of being a mug.