05082015 News Photo: SUPPLIED. Photo from Airliners website. Sir Bob Jones' new private jet touched down in Wellington from Kansas, United States of America.

Sir Bob Jones buys private jet

No more "sunglasses-topped cellphone bawlers" on Air NZ for property tycoon.

$1m of P soup

Soup packets full of drugs were found in a courier package destined for Wellington.

Chinese tourist arrested after 1kg of meth found hidden in soup packets.

24 killed in train crash

Two passenger trains derailed on flooded tracks on a bridge in India.

Cheaper milk, cheese

Shoppers should expect to see cheaper milk, butter and cheese, says Consumer NZ.

'Stolen' shipping container returns

They thought they'd lost everything. Then a sheepish moving firm fessed up.

Devoy wrong: Labour

Labour deflects comments that Chinese buyer debate is "deteriorating into racism".

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Family rally around survivors video

The Kafle family (left to right): Tulsa, 23, unknown, Manisha, 16, Tej, Mamata, 12, Tika and Pram, 9.

Close friends and relatives have gathered in Christchurch to comfort three girls who escaped a deadly fire.

Dambuster myth debunked

Before he died, dambuster Les Munro was keen to put an end to an enduring misconception.

A shipping container full of a Canterbury family's possessions has been stolen from their Hororata property. Its registration number is CSLL2003053.

Shipping container returned

A shipping container that disappeared with a family's possessions inside has been reunited with its owners.


Defence still Hurrell's work-on

NZ Warriors coach Andrew McFadden confirms defensive issues led to powerhouse centre's dumping.


24 killed after trains derail in India

Ben Groundwater was bitten by the travel bug amid the congestion of boarding a train in India.

Two passenger trains derailed on flooded tracks on a bridge in India, killing at least 24 people.

Customs seize Picasso painting

Customs officials seized a Picasso painting worth €25m over concerns it could be removed from Spain.

An aerial shot of Lake Victoria, Kenya.

Boat with 23 people capsizes

A police official in Kenya says at least two people have died after two boats collided.


Credit card payments 'gifts' 

Dave Henderson's business career is under scrutiny in an inquisition in the High Court in Christchurch.

Christchurch bankrupt Dave Henderson says $91,000 in payments were loans or gifts, not income.

Business as usual: Yeah right

Up to 24 of the 37 people employed at iconic Mangatainoka Tui brewery could be impacted.

Consumers might see cheaper milk prices later in the year.

Cheaper milk, butter, cheese

Shoppers should expect to see cheaper milk, butter and cheese in stores says Consumer New Zealand.


Firm 'negligent' in botched sale

The 29 Muritai Road mansion (left) was marketed and sold for $6 million, but received a price of just $4.4m after the original sale fell through.

High Court orders an Auckland Bayleys franchise to pay its former client more than $2.2m.

Ask and you shall receive

In NZ, driving a hard bargain still faintly feels like it violates some social code but the bold are often rewarded.

Say ‘Argh!’ to dental bills

Foreign invasion 'debunked'

small business

Famous sausage on the comeback?

Tuatapere man Leo Henderson came up with the original recipe for the famous Tuatapere Sausages, and a similar tasting sausage may be in the offing.

The famous Tuatapere Sausages may be gone, but "very similar" snags may be coming to your plates soon.

Small business scam warning

Firms are being tricked into signing up to an online business directory - for a $1411 annual fee.

Support for small businesses

Welcoming mums back to work


Mac security cred under threat

Workers prepare for the opening of an Apple store in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province in this January 23, 2015 file photo. Apple Inc is expected to report Q2 earnings on April 27, 2015.   REUTERS/Chance Chan/Files 


Two gaping security holes threaten to derail Apple's enviable security reputation.

The hoverboard is finally real video

Mr McFly's trip to the future has spawned a working hoverboard - at long last.

A computer screen shows features of the Windows 10 operating system at the Microsoft store at Roosevelt Field in Garden City, New York July 29, 2015. Microsoft Corp's launch of its first new operating system in almost three years, designed to work across laptops, desktop and smartphones, won mostly positive reviews for its user-friendly and feature-packed interface.REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

Windows 10: A cunning plan?

New OS could be getting home users to give enterprise a subtle shove towards upgrading.

life & style

You'll never guess who this is

Alexander Skarsgard

One of TV's favourite vampires attends the premiere for his latest film in full, glorious drag.

Sneezing puppy shakes room video

Stop the world - this is honest to God the cutest thing ever.

Beatrice Borromeo and Pierre Casiraghi leave their religious ceremony on Saturday.

Wedding to trump Will & Kate's

These nuptials were spread over two days and two countries. Not that it's a competition, or anything.

well & good

Contraceptive pill cuts cancer risk

Women should feel reassured of the pill's safety, experts say.

Women should feel confident the benefits of the drug outweigh its risks, researchers say.

Embrace the heat, live longer

Like to chow down on chillies? Turns out you could be lowering your risk of death.

Short and sharp is Duncan Garner's exercise style.

Duncan Garner on keeping fit

He's one of the busiest men in the media - but if he can find time for exercise, so can you.

home & property

There's no place like dome gallery

The dome house in Paremoremo, Auckland.

This geodesic Auckland house looks like something out of a sci-fi film - and now it could be yours.

Best native ground covers

When your patch is prone to weeds, or you just need to cover a space, you can depend on these.

Auckland average house prices were flat in July.

Auckland house prices slowing

Property sales in the city are still strong but prices are stalling, real estate agency says.

food & wine

Hard work serves up win

Peter Dann, apprentice chef at the Copthorne Hotel, has won the ServiceIQ Apprentice Chef of the Year title.

Hundreds of hours of preparation have paid off for a young Palmerston North chef who won a top cook-off.

Recipe: Beetroot risotto

Lombardy chef Alessandro Pavoni presents the food of his region in a contemporary fashion.

Salmon with cauliflower salad

Why bitter can be better

nz farmer

Farmers to 'make losses' - English

Finance Minister Bill English says all dairy farms may operate at a loss after Fonterra's updated forecast on Friday

English surprised how far milk prices fell overnight and says all dairy farmers may soon be operating at a loss.

Environment judge blasts Fonterra

Co-op fined $174,150 and labelled a "laggard" when it should be an industry leader.

Low dairy prices 'new normal'

GDT auction halt call


Hello Sailor tour cancelled video

Hello Sailor's Graham Brazier is recovering after suffering a heart attack in the Bay of Islands last week

Lead singer Graham Brazier suffered a heart attack last week.

Stewart's untimely departure video

Jon Stewart leaves The Daily Show this week - just as the US presidential election heats up.


Wet Hot... prequel is genius

Could Netflix's prequel to Wet Hot American Summer - filled with an amazing list of A-list actors - be even better than the original?


Testing gutsy tastes in Madrid

Participants on the Madrid Food Tour spend four hours sampling dishes that range from shrimp and eggplant to mushrooms and baby squid.

"The best stuffed mushroom in Madrid," or so I'm told, is in a cramped restaurant on a side street.

Brosnan stopped at airport

Former James Bond actor Pierce Brosnan has been stopped at airport security because of a knife.

Whale Whisperers: Diving with a humpback whale and her newborn calf while they cruise around Roca Partida … in the Revillagigedo [Islands], Mexico. This is an outstanding and unique place full of pelagic life, so we need to accelerate the incorporation of the islands into UNESCO as [a] natural heritage site in order to increase the protection of the islands against the prevailing illegal fishing corporations and big-game fishing.

Top 10 winning travel photos gallery

There were thousands of submissions for National Geographic's contest. Here are the 10 winning photos.

stuff nation

Is your job on the way out? stuff nation

Milk run. Milkman Euan Wratt with his helper/son Geoffrey Wratt (11).

Technology's changing the way we do things and how we work. Have you been affected?

Do you post kids' pics online? stuff nation

Is it ok to share photos and stories about your children online without their permission?

05082015 News Photo: Marion van Dijk/Fairfax NZ

Dick Rawson woke up and looked out the window to find a seal on his deck at his property on Rocks Road.

Top five reader comments

Our readers never miss an opportunity to share ideas, milk a meme or proffer a pun.


F-150 now a plaything for the rich

Ford F-150. Top, 1974 and 2015 editions.

How did the once-spartan Ford F-150 become so dolled-up, and less middle-class, than ever?

Clockwork motorway 'stitch' video

Transport Agency shows off its successful work to create a "smart" road.

How not to do burnouts.

Burnout skills sadly lacking video

It takes skill to perform a burnout when spectators are around.


Giteau crucial cog for Wallabies

Veteran playmaker Matt Giteau is set to play his first test against the All Blacks since 2010.

Playmaker didn't get a lot bigger during time in France, but he's just as quick, and a whole whole lot wiser.

All Blacks wary of dual threats

Assistant coach Ian Foster agrees Aussie flankers Michael Hooper and David Pocock must be nullified.

Former Olympic champion athlete Sebastian Coe is angry about the doping allegations levelled against his sport.

Coe says IAAF angry, betrayed

1:15 AM  Olympic champ in line to become next president of world athletics speaks out over doping allegations.

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good reads

The saga of JV Chapman

Jeannette "JV" Chapman has had a rocky ride from student body president to the Human Rights Review Tribunal.

Ex-student leader won a case that will see her paid $18,000 but it's not the first time she's been in the public eye.

Why bitter can be better

Jennifer McLagan's walnut cake.

Food writer Jennifer McLagan says food lacks depth without this under-appreciated flavour.

Parenting in a Facebook age

Do you over-share baby photos on social media, or know someone who does?

Nothing stops us from sharing our kid's embarrassing stories with a virtual world - but what about their privacy?

Beekeeping latest urban craze gallery video

Wellington nurse, Sharon Mackie in her beekeeping suit.

Like barbecues and sheds, beehives are becoming a backyard essential. Why?

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Car thief tries to eat his fingerprints video

Kenzo Roberts made the grim, unsuccessful attempt to eat his own fingerprints after being caught trying to steal a car.

Kenzo Roberts made the grim, unsuccessful attempt after being caught trying to steal a car.

Giant inflatable Minion causes chaos

Councillor Paul McAuliffe said while the runaway monster Minion was hilarious, it was a breach of health and safety.

Could this be proof the Minions really are intent on world domination?

A Texan, an armadillo, a bullet

A man was hit by a bullet after it bounced off an armadillo in Texas. Pictured is another armadillo named Norman which could supposedly pick football World Cup winners last year.

A Texan man has been hit by his own bullet after trying to shoot an armadillo.

Cat cafe gets the green light

Would you like some tuna with your tea?

Cat lovers have will soon be able to mix a coffee with a cuddle.


Parenting in a Facebook age

Do you over-share baby photos on social media, or know someone who does?

Nothing stops us from sharing our kid's embarrassing stories with a virtual world - but what about their privacy?

Be careful what you wish for

Remember that chubby little baby who rocked on all fours? Remember how you wished he would start to crawl?

Oh, how you wished he could walk. Then you blinked and missed him as he ran past at full tilt.

Celebrity sunscreen slammed

Mum posts picture of sunburnt child after wearing The Honest Company sunscreen.

Company co-founded by Jessica Alba is facing heat from families claiming their sunblock doesn't work.

Sadness of a petless childhood

"I'll never forgive you for not letting me have a dog".

"I need a puppy," she kept reiterating, bursting into tears.

kiwi traveller

A quieter, simpler Spain stuff nation

A view of Riogordo, a small town in the Malaga province of Spain.

By excusing myself from the tourist track, I saw a part of Spain that you wouldn't read about in Lonely Planet.

Embracing the melting pot

Debra catching up with fellow Kiwi Jemaine Clement at the Toronto Film Festival.

For Debra Churchill, Toronto offers multicultural living with a wealth of experiences up for grabs.

Readers' travel photos of the week gallery

I think my photo captures my feelings of freedom and bliss at the summit of Mt Fujisan in Japan.

Our travel photo entries this week take us from the summit of Mt Fujisan in Japan to a fish market in Myanmar.

NZ couple touched by kindness

A memory card with 1500 holiday snaps of this couple was found in Wells, England on 21 July. With the help of Stuff readers, the couple has since been identified as Kate and Blu Lang, of Porirua.

Couple on mystery camera memory card grateful to be found.