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Barbara Macnee, 67, right, is reunited with Buddy held by Emma King, 40 by their Milton home

Owner and cat reunited after fire

She thought her 6-month-old cat, Buddy, was dead. When she heard him meowing, she started crying.

Boozed at 191kmh

Police officers regularly estimate drivers' speeds, according to Commissioner Ian Stewart.

A man clocked at 191kmh is one of a group police say are using a Waikato road as a racetrack.

Masterchef spoils eviction moment

Masterchef has jumped the gun in its send-off to contestant Sarah Glading.

'You are too late, she is no more'

Auckland taxi driver was "proud" of killing partner Bimla Wati, court told.

Wetter, wilder weather on way video

Heavy downpours and gale force winds are due to hammer the North Island overnight.

If the flag changed, would you care?

OPINION: If the flag changed tomorrow, would anybody notice? McCaw's for change


Dairy robbed at gunpoint

A Hoon Hay Dairy has been robbed at gunpoint.

Police are investigating two Christchurch dairy robberies, one of which was at gunpoint.

Teen avoids $50K bill for crash

Teenage drink-driver crashes into petrol station pumps, drives off, abandons car, hides in bushes - and avoids the $50K bill.

Police said that a woman and her husband were awoken at about 3am on August 9 by a man in their bedroom in the Gladstone Rd area of Richmond.

Missing man found

Feilding police have located a 31-year-old man reported missing on Monday.


Thai police seek 2 new bomb suspects

Thai police issue arrest warrants for pair after a weekend raid uncovers a cache of what police say can only be bomb-making material.


2 new bomb suspects sought video


Thai police issue arrest warrants for pair after a weekend raid uncovers a cache of bomb-making material.

Dad vows to end gun violence

OPINION: The father of journalist gunned down on live TV writes that he'll do "whatever it takes" to prevent future tragedies.

Maidens prepare to deliver the reeds at Ludzidzini royal palace on Sunday. During the eight-day ceremony, virgin girls cut reeds and present them to the queen mother. The Reed Dance also allows Swaziland's King Mswati III to choose a wife if he wishes. Mswati currently has 15 wives.

Festival goes on despite deaths

Thousands of young women and girls danced before Swaziland's king, despite calls to cancel the dance after dozens died in a car crash.


Consumers winners in travel

Air New Zealand and Jetstar are providing extra seats at cheaper prices for consumers.

Kiwi travellers could see a golden period for travel ahead.

$4m appetite for Welly On a Plate

Wellington On a Plate has left a lasting appetite in the capital, contributing millions to the regional economy.

ANZ's Cameron Bagrie says "on the whole" the economy is still moving forward, but there is need for caution.

Key denies confidence is falling

Business confidence slips to a six-year low amid warnings growth could grind to a halt.


Studying on the breadline

The University of Auckland, Grafton Campus

More students are having to live with their parents to make ends meet.

Rich-listers lose millions

Some of NZ's top business people saw over $40m wiped off their own company shareholdings.

Fuel prices down, margins up

Power shop and save

small business

Wheelchair design a winner

Kevin Halsall's award-winning wheelchair.

An Otaki man has won an innovation contest by designing a life-changing wheelchair.

Flower power drives business

A new subscription flower business backed by upmarket grocery chain, Farro, proves a hit with romantic men.

On a right royal roll

A quilter's haven


Kaspersky's threat to 'rub out' AVG

Russian tech entrepreneur and Kaspersky Lab CEO Eugene Kaspersky speaks with Reuters during the Kaspersky Security Analyst Summit in Cancun Feburary 2, 2012. Kaspersky, who runs the world's fourth-biggest maker of anti-virus software, is parting ways with a group of U.S. investors who bought 20 percent of his company a year ago when he was considering taking it public. Picture taken February 2, 2012. REUTERS/Victor Ruiz Garcia (MEXICO - Tags: SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY BUSINESS)

Security company founder told workers they should attack rival antivirus by "rubbing them out in the outhouse".

Uber hires Jeep hackers

Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek have resigned from their jobs and will join Uber this week.

John McAfee talks to the media after being expelled from Guatemala in December, 2012.

The strange life of John McAfee

He's been called everything from "charismatic" to "paranoid wild man" to downright "bonkers".

life & style

Best & worst dressed: VMAs gallery

Kim Kardashian, Chrissy Teigen and Miley Cyrus all rocked some pretty memorable outfits on the VMA red carpet.

Chrissy wears the naked dress to end all naked dresses, Kim goes camo, and Miley's bares pretty much everything.

'Kids more alike than different'

US fashion retailer Gap's newest runway star is 9-year-old girl with Down syndrome.

Good news for Chandler Bing - researchers have now said that sarcasm in fact displays the highest form of intelligence.

Lowest form of wit? Yeah right

Oscar Wilde was partly right – it turns out sarcasm is the highest form of intelligence, Harvard says.

well & good

$2b can't buy him happiness

Minecraft creator Markus Persson may have billions in the bank, but he's revealed his struggles with finding meaningful human interaction.

Billionaire video game creator has everything he wanted in life - but yet he's "never felt more isolated".

GPS trackers doing harm?

Are you addicted to training with a GPS device? Like any addiction, it could be doing damage.

Elora Harre's post-surgery body. The Christchurch woman had 2.5kg of excess skin removed after losing 55kg over 3 years.

'I don't have to tuck skin in' video

Elora Harre has emerged from excess skin-removal surgery with a new stomach that has "changed her life".

home & property

The world’s most amazing pools

The Twilight Star development in India will have a transparent pool on the 12th floor.

From sky-high wraparounds to ones found in the wine cellar, here's the most wonderous concepts we've seen.

How Kiwis can help save bees

September is National Bee Month - and we're calling on gardeners to plant more pollinator-friendly flowers.

Thin walls, scratchy cats and singing neighbours. Living life so close together can be hard.

Lack of privacy in flat life stuff nation

Thin walls, scratchy cats and singing neighbours. Living life so close together can be hard.

food & wine

Now's good: Cabbages fit for kings

Pick your savoy cabbage on the condition of its leaves, not its weight.

Spring's savoy cabbage has a mild, sweetish flavour - and these two recipes showcase it perfectly.

Recipe: Coconut banana bread

This moist, gluten-free loaf makes a great addition to school lunch boxes.

Fewer eateries forced to shut

Foodie festival 'huge' success

nz farmer

Room for more bull beef

Bull beef is a "very saleable product" says Tony Egan.

NZ's bull beef exports jump nearly $250m this year with one processor suggesting there is market room for more bull beef farming.

Farmers hit with $157k bill

Family feels persecuted after resource consents and associated costs for a dairy conversion totalled $157,000.

'Stripey' rain relief for some

Taking venison to market


Minaj calls out Cyrus at VMAs

Rap artist Nicki Minaj performs "Trini Dem Girls" at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards.

Nicki Minaj called Miley Cyrus out at the MTV Video Music Awards after the 22-year-old badmouthed her in an interview.

Swift debuts new music video video

Taylor Swift revealed her new video for "Wildest Dreams", minutes before she joined Nick Minaj at the VMAs.

Kanye West rambled onstage about "rolling up a little something" and claiming he would run for President.

Kanye for president

Kanye West ranted at the VMAs as he apologised to Taylor Swift claiming he would run for president in 2020.


Jetstar gets new routes wrong video

The Australian airline makes up some new destinations during their announcements on Monday.

Have you ever heard of North Plymouth? No, we haven't either.

Europe's biggest street party

London's colourful Notting Hill Carnival kicked off on the weekend with two days of Caribbean-flavoured fun.

A couple enjoy a warm summers evening in the hot pool at Tekapo Springs.

New hot pools for Tekapo

Tekapo Springs has announced it will open three new hot pools in time for Christmas.

stuff nation

Midwives worth weight in gold stuff nation

Something should change, midwives are worth their weight in gold.

Something should change, midwives are worth their weight in gold.

ABs' biggest threat? Themselves stuff nation

If we are looking for a threat to our World Cup defence, we need to look in the mirror first.

LONG BEACH, CA - APRIL 19: Scott Dixon of New Zealand driver of the #9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet Dallara during the Verizon IndyCar Series Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach on April 19, 2015 on the streets of Long Beach, California. (Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images)

Top 5 comments of the day

Stuff readers weigh in on Scott Dixon's latest win, clubbing for oldies and that ABs lineup.


'Race wife' gets Ferrari gift

Ferrari FXX K birthday gift for Christine Sloss.

Google vice president Benjamin Sloss subscribes to the "happy wife, happy life" theory.

Audi almost a self-driver

Audi has just launched its latest-generation Q7 SUV, with its importer claiming it is the closest yet to a self-driving vehicle.

2015 Ford Mondeo

Sedans we hardly hear about

Traditional four-cylinder sedan, wagon and liftback can still provide great transport options.


Agony, ecstasy for Kerr-Barlow

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 30:  Tawera Kerr-Barlow passes the ball during the All Blacks training session held at Wits University on September 30, 2014 in Johannesburg, South Africa.  (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Almost 11 months have passed since All Black Tawera Kerr-Barlow was told he wouldn't be fit for RWC.

No Comm Games for NZ 

NZOC secretary general says there are no immediate plans for NZ to host event for fourth time.

New Zealand IndyCar driver Scott Dixon clinched his fourth IndyCar title in a dramatic finale in California.

Dixon wins IndyCar series video

Kiwi IndyCar ace seals his fourth IndyCar title, winning a dramatic GP of Sonoma in California.

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good reads

Tourism booms as farming falls

Day one of filming on the Lord of the Rings set of Edoras at Sunday Island on the upper reaches of the Rangitata River in South Canterbury back in 2001.

Tourism is charging ahead while farming falters, writes Mike Yardley.

After Katrina: Nebraska is nowhere

Troy Williams likes to keep the apartment cold as he sweats because of his cancer treatment. His daughter Taja plays a game on a tablet.

"Are you sure it wouldn't help to get some fresh air?" she asked. "You know there's nothing for me out there," he replied.

Living history on Norfolk

Emily Bay, a curve of golden sand sheltered by a reef and the temperature of a warm pool, is great for swimming and snorkelling.

Breathtaking beauty plus a fascinating past adds up to a memorable family holiday.

Music and redemption

Joel Bolton formed Nelson's Youth Orchestras to give children the joy that he found in music.

The head of Nelson's youth orchestras found music and art as an escape from a miserable and abusive childhood.

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Hipster house creeps out UK media video

This so-called "ghost" might actually just be a hipster.

An eerie-looking hipster house for sale in Sydney has UK media in a spin.

Monk relaxes atop wind turbine

Brother Joseph Byron like the view from this turbine in Rhode Island.

A Benedictine monk tired to find solitude on top of a wind turbine.

D.Dog for president

Bailey the dog shows he's got what it takes to be President of the United State, with owner Jacob Rubin, 14.

Running for president of the free world is so easy, even a dog can do it.

Most beautiful city, best loo

The beauty of Hastings is surely evident to every casual observer.

Hastings won NZ's most beautiful city, as well as best toilet - which had more entries.


Kids edit 'selfies' for approval

Think there's nothing wrong with teens editing their online images? Time to have a re-think.

Children are measuring their worth in the amount of likes or comments they get.

Worth their weight in gold stuff nation

Something should change, midwives are worth their weight in gold.

Something should change, midwives deserve a good wage, new mum Ellie Sorensen writes.

How to talk to teens about sex

It seems many teenagers feel school sex education focuses too much on risk prevention and not enough on communication in relationships.

They understand the mechanics, but want to know more about building relationships.

'Realistic' Disney princesses

Belle from Beauty and the Beast with a fuller, and some would say, more realistic figure.

From beards to 'real life', Disney princesses have been re-imagined too many ways to count.

kiwi traveller

What sight to see in HK?

For amusement-park-loving teens, Hong Kong Disneyland is the place to go.

There's something for all the family to enjoy in Hong Kong, from markets to theme parks.

Expat tales: The great outdoors

Simon Dilks with his wife and daughter against the mountainous scenery of their home.

Simon Dilks ditched the rat race for a life of adventure in Yangshuo, China.

Lost and found in Italy

Passport, credit card, phone, the Holy Trinity of travel.

Travel is full of heart-stopping moments, not all of which are about ogling scenic wonders.

The reality of London life stuff nation

Living and working in London is challenging and exhausting, but it's also one of the most enriching experiences you can have, says Amelia.

There are heaps of opportunities in London, writes Amelia Abplanalp. You just have to be patient, network like crazy and work damn hard.