James May and Richard Hammond

Hammond and May hit the road

James May and Richard Hammond decline deals to present next series of Top Gear.

Lundy loses retrial video

Mark Lundy stands in the dock at the Wellington High Court seconds before his guilty verdict was delivered at his re-trial.

Lundy family has been on an "emotional rollercoaster" for the last several weeks.

The 'unluckiest man in the world'

Opinion: Jono Galuszka analyses the key pieces of evidence in the Lundy trial.

Quake claimants head to OECD

Quake-hit homeowners are taking insurers to international human rights body.

Team NZ vow to fight

Fight on to retain America's Cup challengers series in Auckland after raft of changes.

World's oldest person dies

Japanese woman recognised as the world's oldest living person dies after celebrating 117th birthday.

national

Rare seal found dead

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The crabeater seal beside the Hutt River, 27 March 2015. Image: Anneke Mace, Department of Conservation

Images taken from:
http://blog.tepapa.govt.nz/2015/04/01/a-crabeater-seal-a-long-way-from-home/

A rare crabeater seal has been found dead in the Hutt River - 20km from the sea.

Video

McCullum named Cricketer of the Year at NZ Cricket Awards

Black Caps skipper Brendon McCullum named Cricketer of the Year at NZ Cricket Awards.

world

Syrian girl 'surrenders' - or not?

Heartbreaking? The photograph of Syrian refugee Hudea, taken by Osman Sagirli, was first published in Turkish newspaper.

It's been described as the image that broke the internet's heart. But what's the real story?

Chile death toll hits 23

The death toll from devastating flash floods in Chile's has risen to 23.

Misao Okawa, the world's oldest Japanese woman receives a bouquet of flowers on her 117th birthday celebration at Kurenai Nursing Home.

World's oldest person dies

Japanese woman recognised as world's oldest living person has died after celebrating 117th birthday.

business

Shops to defy Easter trading laws

Gardeners may struggle to buy plants on Good Friday.

Prospect of brisk trade lures some garden centres to risk a $1000 fine on Good Friday.

Sacked coffee worker gets $10K

Auckland coffee cart staffer wrongly fired under the 90-day trial period wins compensation.

Work-life balance is as important to men as women, so why don't we hear about it?

Don't ask working women this

There are questions you shouldn't ask women, and they are always the questions you do ask.

money

Calculating for success

Online calculators are making personal financial planning easier.

They are free, online, and could transform your money life.

NZ must be bold, Treasury boss

Treasury secretary Gabriel Makhlouf says foreign investment shouldn't be feared.

Snapper in to mobile wallet

Tax changes to affect 'everyone'

small business

IT pioneer's hard work pays off

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A foosball table, dart board and flat screen TV sit among a circle of desks and couches at Nelson's BlueBerry IT.

Solo mum raising funds

Kids bath time product range Pineapple Heads turns to crowdfunding to raise capital.

How to keep startups on track

'Gazumped' by exchange rate

technology

Pac-Man on the streets of NZ

Pacman screenshot in Wellington

Why drive our streets when you can play them? Google has turned every one of our towns into a game of Pac-Man.

Futility in online petitions

Evidence suggests online petitions lead to the widespread substitution of big action with tiny gesture.

QUALITY FILTER: Twitter's new anti-harassment filter screens threats, offensive language, and duplicate content out of your notifications feed.

Twitter's anti-harassment filter

Twitter has taken a big step against harassment by filtering obscene and threatening tweets.

life & style

Living as a woman with Asperger's

As a woman with Asperger's I'm not a Zooey Deschanel character, I was born with a complex neurological condition.

I'm not a Zooey Deschanel character, I was born with a complex neurological condition.

'I'm a mother & I look like one'

New mum and actress Olivia Wilde speaks candidly about life - and her figure - after giving birth.

liam

What is going on with his hair?

Is the Aussie hearthrob a massive Backstreet Boys fan then?

well & good

Back pain? Pills won't help

Scientists have never been able to definitively explain what causes the sometimes crippling condition of lower back pain.

Study finds paracetamol, currently recommended as the first treatment for lower back pain, may be virtually useless.

Does clutter make you fat?

Tackling the clutter at home can also mean shedding some excess kilos.

Jessica Semmens, 22, shed six dress sizes after using Instagram as a dieting tool.

She Instagrammed herself thin

Asking strangers to rate how healthy her meals were led to this British woman losing a whopping 60kg.

home & property

Playboy bunny tunnels? gallery

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Plans have emerged of a network of tunnels connecting the Playboy Mansion with nearby celebrity homes.

Gran not included in sale gallery

A grandmother in Florida has gone viral after posing in the real estate photos for her house listing.

House values continue to soar in Auckland

Auckland values soar in March

Auckland property values are continuing to rise, but other main centres are starting to plateau.

food & wine

Chinese pork mince & green beans

Green beans, pork, tofu & preserved olives

Add a punch of flavour to hump day with this simple but impressive 30-minute dish.

And the devil made pinot

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

Only in America ... 

Baking for the better

nz farmer

Award winners set bar

Winners of the supreme award in the 2015 Greater Wellington Ballance Farm Environment Awards were Leo and Rebecca Vollebregt, of Featherston.

Wairarapa dairy farming couple are the supreme winners of the 2015 Greater Wellington Ballance Farm Environment Awards.

Wage breaches disappoint

Investigation catches out dairy farmers around the country who have short changed or exploited staff by breaching employment laws.

Cow steroids make fish randy

Top staff command high pay

entertainment

Duchovny is making music

Duchovny will release his first album, Hell or Highwater, on ThinkSay Records.

Duchovny will release his first album, Hell or Highwater, on ThinkSay Records.

Rapping bachelorette exits  video

Rapping and archery were not enough for Hayley to send Cupid's arrow into The Bachelor's heart.

Singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell has been found unconscious.

Joni Mitchell in intensive care

Joni Mitchell is reportedly in intensive care after being found unconscious at her home in Los Angeles. 

travel

Singapore’s secret foodie street

The Balestier Market, Singapore.

This one strip of road in the Lion City has enough foodie fabulousness to fill you up for days.

Eiffel Tower: 13 things to know

126 years ago, the Eiffel Tower was officially completed in Paris .

A suite at The Blackman, on St Kilda Road, Melbourne.

Hotel combats flashers

Research shows some guests get cheap thrills out of parading naked in front of windows.

stuff nation

Top 5 reader comments stuff nation

For the first few weeks post-birth, you are like "the walking wounded", says actress Olivia Wilde.

There's a lot of love for Olivia Wilde after she described her post-baby body as "a deflated pool toy".

Super Rugby: NZ's report card stuff nation

Six rounds of the 2015 Super Rugby season are in the books. How are the Kiwi teams travelling?

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - MARCH 31:  Black Caps captain Brendon McCullum (L) and Daniel Vettori (R) enjoy the speeches  during the Zealand Blackcaps Welcome Home Reception at Queen's Wharf on March 31, 2015 in Auckland, New Zealand. New Zealand had their most successful Cricket World Cup campaign by making the final of the tournament for the first time.  (Photo by Fiona Goodall/Getty Images)

What now for the Blacks Caps? stuff nation

Five important discoveries from the Cricket World Cup that could impact the future of New Zealand cricket.

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.

Slow going in Auckland

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

Andy Wilman denies he has quit Top Gear.

Top Gear boss denies he quit

Top Gear's executive producer denies a leaked email to staff titled "Au revoir" meant that he had resigned.

sport

McCullum takes top NZ award  video

Black Caps captain Brendon McCullum leads his team-mates into a warm post-World Cup welcome at The Cloud on Auckland's Queens wharf.

Black Caps skipper Brendon McCullum named Cricketer of the Year at NZ Cricket Awards.

Mills calls time on career

Black Caps pace bowler Kyle Mills retires from all forms of cricket after an illustrious 17-year career.

Grant Dalton and Team NZ have been dealt a blow with Auckland ruled out of the running to host the America's Cup challenger series.

Team NZ vow to fight after vote

Fight on to retain America’s Cup challengers series in Auckland after teams vote on changes.

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Sleuthing via social media

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Digital footprints are becoming the new fingerprints as police and public alike turn to social media to solve crimes.

Plaid sailing in Scotland gallery

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

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

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.

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World's oldest person dies

Misao Okawa, the world's oldest Japanese woman receives a bouquet of flowers on her 117th birthday celebration at Kurenai Nursing Home.

A Japanese woman recognised as the world's oldest living person has died after celebrating her 117th birthday.

Is this mother-in-law's revenge?

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NORFOLK ISLAND CEMETARY WHICH CONTAINS GRAVES OF  SOME OF THE  CONVICTS FROM THE PENAL SETTLEMENT.

Man helping to decorate grave of his wife's mum was killed when the gravestone suddenly fell on him.

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.

Parenting

Following the hurricane

Anna Guy

I found Miss Ruby in the bathroom cupboards having an absolute ball pulling out boxes of plasters, unrolling toilet paper and she had even found a box of tampons to throw around the room.

What's no April Fools' joke

So while I don’t think the joke is especially funny, I don’t equate a faux announcement with my lost baby. And I have to wonder, does anyone?

The old "I'm pregnant - just kidding, April Fools'!" joke  gets trotted out every year.

What's with sticker families?

"The reality is that Dad is far more likely to be at work than engaging in leisure activities with the family, Mum will be exhausted trying to juggle work and family, and the kids will be chubby, Cheezel-smeared tykes gaping vacant-eyed at their iPads."

Surely there are better markers of success than your reproductive capacity?

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.

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.

How 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.