Singer and presenter Cilla Black and chairman of Reading football club John Madejski arrive for the European premiere of the film 'The Last King of Scotland' on the opening night of the 50th London Film Festival October 18, 2006.  REUTERS/Luke MacGregor (BRITAIN)

Britain mourns beloved host

British television personality Cilla Black has died at her Spanish home. She was 72.

Armed man shot gallery video

Myers Park in Auckland is in lockdown.

An armed man has been shot dead by police in Auckland.

Plane debris from a Boeing 777

Airplane debris that washed up on Reunion Island was from a Boeing 777.

Kim Jong-un's statesmanship win

The North Korean leader's fight againt neocolonialism has been recognised.

Live: Black Caps vs Zimbabwe

Join us for live cricket as NZ take on Zimbabwe in the first match of their ODI series.

Man burgled before death

An elderly man was burgled days before he was allegedly murdered by a teenager.

national

Fire at Dunedin bar The Bog

Firemen inspect the blaze at The Bog on George St, Dunedin.

Patrons have been evacuated as firefighters battle a blaze in The Bog bar in Dunedin.

Man burgled before death

An elderly man was burgled in the week before he was allegedly murdered.

Laptop lost in Sydney is tracked to a Rangiora home.

Lost Aussie laptop tracked to NZ

A student left his laptop on a park bench in Sydney. A week later it turned up in Rangiora.

Video

Man shot dead by police

An armed man has been shot dead by police in Auckland's Myers Park.

world

Bishop resigns as Speaker

Speaker Bronwyn Bishop during Question Time at Parliament House in Canberra.

Australia's Bronwyn Bishop is resigning as Speaker after being engulfed in an expenses scandal.

MH370: door found

A plane door has reportedly been found washed up on Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and his wife Ri Sol Ju inspect the luxury goods on sale.

Kim Jong-un wins global award

Kim Jong-un can now add another feather to his cap after he was singled out for his global statesmanship.

business

Reefton braces for mine loss

OceanaGold's Globe Progress goldmine near Reefton is about to go into care and maintenance.

A small West Coast town is bracing for change as the local goldmine is readied for mothballing.

Lucky Taco gives back

A successful Kickstarter campaign by Lucky Taco deserves a good turn so - free tacos for everyone.

Prepare for a cash extraction!

Say ‘Argh!’ to dentist costs

Salt away two bucks a day for the dentist. Keeping your chompers in good nick doesn't come cheap.

money

The 'risk aversion' gene

Greg Peacock, the chief executive of New Zealand Asset Management, was brought up to see being good with money as an essential life skill.

Absolute returns investor Greg Peacock learnt a lot from his first investment as a student in 1987.

Say ‘Argh!’ to cost of dentistry

Salt away two bucks a day for the dentist. Keeping your chompers in good nick doesn't come cheap.

Doing recruitment Weirdly

More firms drop opt-out pricing

small business

Doing recruitment Weirdly

Software company Weirdly operate out of shared business hub Grid AKL in Auckland's Wynyard Quarter. It is a small team, including Daniel Young (left), Sebastian Hallum Clarke, Keren Phillips and Sarah O'Leary.

A software start-up is proving the recruitment process can be fun as well as effective.

English summer sojourn

Hair care master Rodney Wayne makes the most of the northern summer.

Reusable cup wins awards

Beach towels that repel sand

technology

Hitchhiking robot vandalised

The anthropomorphic robot, hitchBOT, trying its luck in Nova Scotia.

Robot on free ride around the world comes to a sticky end in the US.

14 million now on Windows 10

Microsoft says its new operating system is now running on more than 14 million computers across the world.

Jade Cvetkov thought she had done enough research into the reputation of an online shop where she bought an expensive lens, after all the customer feedback seemed positive. But the lens never turned up.

Snapper ripped off online

Jade Cvetkov thought the money her mother left her would fulfil a dream, but it bought her only heartbreak.

life & style

When transitioning doesn't help

Walt Heyer became Laura Jensen but after eight years returned to being Walt.

Gender identity is far from an exact science - and those who change their sex but still feel "wrong" are paying the price.

The cat whisperer video

Tall, peppered with tatts and laden with rings, you wouldn't pick Jackson Galaxy as a cat lover.

JUDGMENT TIME: As rabbit breeders know, not all bunnies are created equal

When rabbit breeders compete

The perfect rabbit isn't just pulled out of a hat darling.

well & good

10 things to know before you go

Cemetary.

We are familiar with the idea of living well, but the idea of dying well is relatively new.

Obese teens need surgery access video

Weight-loss surgery is being denied to the growing population of obese teenagers, a surgeon says.

Having gone blind in later life, Elaine Waters has had to learn to see differently.

A different way to see video

Almost 170,000 Kiwis have some form of vision loss. All of them see the world differently.

home & property

Holiday homes not cash cows

Woodpecker Bay Bach, Punakaiki - BEST SETTING - GOLD 23102014 Bookabach Golden Piwa Winners. NZ Best Bach for Sunday Star Times Sunday News

A bach is part of the great Kiwi dream - but it's about to bite owners in the wallet.

Affordability - the holy grail

Millionnaire says affordable housing will be protected on a new $900m development in Mangere.

The penthouse of the Bennelong building has sold for about $24.3 million.

Penthouse sells for $24m

A Sydney hotelier's rags to riches story has culminated in the sale of his penthouse for $24.3m.

food & wine

Roast cauliflower

You don't need to wait for summer to enjoy a salad.

You don't need to wait for summer to enjoy a salad.

The rise of Frankenfood video

When vegemite met chocolate and other matches made in food marketing heaven.

What to make on a cold day

Dark chocolate pan pudding

nz farmer

Clean and green, but not GM-free

Produce grower John Bostock says Hawke's Bay should have the right to stay GMO-free.

Hawke's Bay premium food producers protest "back door" move to strip regions of the power to stay free of genetically modified organisms.

TPP tips over video

In welcome news for Kiwi dairy farmers, Trans Pacific Partnership talks in Hawaii have failed.

Where every day is a good day

Westland lowers dairy payout

entertainment

Cosby producer breaks silence

"Obviously it's a challenging time for Bill Cosby and a challenging time for the show", says producer Tom Werner.

Tom Werner tries dodging sexual assault issue, calling it a "challenging" time for Cosby.

Feud overshadows Bobbi 

Tensions ran high at the funeral for Whitney Houston's daughter Bobbi Kristina.

Amy Schumer and Jennifer Lawrence jet skiing. Are they working together, or is this a counterpoint to Taylor Swift's performative friendships?

JLaw and Amy's counter-clique

Watch out Swift, Jenner et al, there's a new girl gang in town, and they have jet skis.

travel

Tonga: A whale of a time

Euiaki Island, Tonga. For SST Travel Aug 2 first use.

The lure of watching the migration of the humpback whale should be enough to get you booking tickets.

5 things to do on Stewart Island

Settle into a slower pace on New Zealand's third largest island.

Baku residents stroll along the waterfront on a sunny day.

Country that's a little bit weird

Ben Groundwater gets to grips with a little-known country poised for big things.

stuff nation

Funding 'simply not enough' stuff nation

Why don't we take mental health as seriously as cancer or heart disease?

I've suffered from depression since I was 12, and I think the biggest problem is a lack of funding.

Kura 'strengthens whanau' stuff nation

I have put all my children through kura kaupapa. It has helped me grow, and my daughter has excelled.

Ben Tafau and his daughter at Armagaddeon Expo last year.

Life on one-player mode stuff nation

Single parents struggle because raising a family is designed to be a co-operative experience.

motoring

World's fastest go-kart

The extra scoops help give the game away that this is the John Cooper Works Mini.

The new Mini John Cooper Works ushers in a new level of performance for the British BMW subsidiary.

Rolling in luxury

Dave Moore spent his 65th birthday in the company of what's often known as the world's finest car.

A slight revamp of the fairing and bodywork has not improved the Panigale's looks even if it is more aerodynamically sound.

Bigger-bang for this Ducati

The latest Panigale is just 100cc up on its predecessor, but is an infinitely better machine.

sport

NZ fall to Zimbabwe in Harare

Ross Taylor of New Zealand brought up another ODI ton against Zimbabwe.

3:02 AM  The Black Caps couldn't defend 303-4 as Zimbabwe's Craig Ervine stole the first ODI

Hansen likes what SBW's doing

Sonny Bill Williams playing his best rugby, All Blacks coach Steve Hansen says.

MIGHT SEE ACTION: Tom Latham in action during the World Cup warm up match against Zimbabwe at Lincoln Oval.

Live: Black Caps vs Zimbabwe

Join us for live cricket as NZ take on Zimbabwe in the first match of their ODI series in Harare. 

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good reads

When transitioning doesn't help

Walt Heyer became Laura Jensen but after eight years returned to being Walt.

Walt Heyer became Laura Jensen but after eight years returned to being Walt.

The Pope’s man in Auckland

Bill Kilgallon, part of Pope Francis's new team that's finally responding to international outrage over the church's child abuse scandal.

Bill Kilgallon is the NZ-based former priest part of an international team cleaning up the Catholic church.

The country that's a little bit weird

Baku residents stroll along the waterfront on a sunny day.

Ben Groundwater gets to grips with a little-known country poised for big things.

When rabbit breeders compete

Which rabbit will win best in show?

The perfect rabbit isn't just pulled out of a hat darling.

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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.

$4k Milo stockpile for sale

Shaun Harris is trying to sell a massive stockpile of Milo.

Stockpiling 143 kilos of classic tasting Milo is "money in the bank" for one Opunake man.

No, it's not a UFO

The clouds are commonly mistaken for UFOs.

It's a lenticular - relax, that doesn't mean we can expect little green men. Most likely.

Serbia's bouncing lottery ball

Lotto players in Serbia cry foul after the number 21's graphic appeared before the ball itself was drawn.

Graphic triggers outrage among impoverished Serbs who had hoped Lotto was at least above corruption.

Parenting

Dear firstborn, I'm sorry

I'm so sorry newborn. I didn't know what I was doing.

Being a first-time mum is tough for so many reasons – particularly because you really have no idea what you are doing.

No longer stay-at-home parent

I'm actually filled with pants-wetting terror at the thought of re-entering the workforce. And that's why I have to do it.

After nearly nine years of being a stay-at-home parent, I have to find a job outside the home.

Zuckerberg's shares joy, grief

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, married in 2012.

Facebook boss shares honest post about pregnancy in the hope it will help others.

Truths about C-section mums

An expectant mum, ready to go.

I see a certain type of birth held up as ideal, and in my work I capture many that would fit the standard.

kiwi traveller

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.

Found: Couple who lost photos

They were lost but now they're found. They may have lost 1500 holiday snaps in England ... but a British 'sleuth' can now return the priceless memories to Kate and Blu Lang.

It took only 20 minutes to identify 'mystery' Kiwis on holiday in Britain.

Expat Tales: 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.