Katy Perry in Queenstown

Katy Perry flies into Queenstown

Queenstown is buzzing after pop singer posts photo of her and a helicopter.

Three murder charges

CHARGES: Matthew Stevens.

5:40 PM  Two men and a woman charged with murder of Lower Hutt man Matthew Stevens.

Rena's flawed voyage

5:06 PM  Crew failed to stick to navigation standards for at least six voyages before ship's grounding.

$1.5m car fleet scam

A $1.5 million Dunedin City Council car fleet fraud is pinned on its former fleet manager.

Carter: Au revoir, NZ video

All Blacks star Dan Carter will take lucrative deal with Paris club next year.

Siege's missing seven minutes video

There was confusion before the siege escalated to a full-scale tactical assault.

national

Phillip Smith escape report

Phillip Smith appears via video link from the Paremoremo maximum-security prison.

Lack of information sharing lead to convicted murderer being able to escape to Brazil, initial report finds.

Racist cop quits

A Queenstown policewoman who told a taxi driver to "f... off to India" has resigned.

Will petrol prices take a plunge for the Christmas season?

Bungled robbery attempt

Teen's attempt at robbing a Bulls petrol station notable for its naivety and lack of planning, lawyer says.

Video

A trail of carnage after massacre

Scattered shoes, broken eyeglasses and trails of blood mark the scene where 148 students and teachers were killed.

world

A trail of carnage after massacre video

GRIM SCENE: A Pakistani Army soldier walks through a in a blood-covered area a day after a Taliban massacre.

6:11 PM  Scattered shoes, broken eyeglasses and trails of blood mark the scene where 148 students and teachers were killed.

Freed by Cuba after 5 years video

US contractor released to normalise relations with Cuba says it's time to get beyond "belligerent policies".

Maria Elvira Pinto Exposto, held in Malaysia over drugs charges.

Alleged mule to front KL court

5:55 PM  A Sydney woman facing the death penalty in Malaysia does not realise the gravity of her situation.

business

NZ GDP rises 1 per cent

Forget the crystal ball. Predictions are a mug's game, but recognising market trends is a different story.

Economy gets a boost for the third quarter, but growth for the year is not spectacular.

Trans-Tasman cable confirmed

Vodafone held talks with Hawaiki Cable about its new Pacific communications cable, CEO says.

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

UK pension warning

5:12 PM  FMA monitors potentially misleading advertising about British pension scheme funds.

money

More can't afford heating

Heater

Nearly 6 per cent of dwellings in Auckland never use heating, according to a new survey by Statistics NZ.

Cure Xmas spending hangover

OPINION: Don't let go of your common sense go when it comes to spending money.

'Predatory' banks muscle in

Finance companies charged

small business

Kiwi tequila captures local spirit

Terry Knight
has released
his TeKiwi
Blue Agave
tequila after
16 years
perfecting the
process .

Terry Knight can raise a toast to success after releasing a tequila he has painstakingly produced in Golden Bay.

Franchisee fed up

Immigrant fears he has lost $19,500 in an attempt to get ahead with a cleaning franchise.

How to sell more online in 2015

The female funding fiasco

technology

Dutch watchdog eyes Facebook

The world's biggest social media network plans to step up its spending by more than half next year as it seeks to expand further.

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

Patch downloads full game

Xbox One users get a 40 GB download, instead of the 6.7 GB patch for Assassin's Creed Unity.

Sony's movie "The Interview" has annoyed North Korea.

Hack linked to North Korea

US investigators again saying North Korea behind cyber attack on Sony's Hollywood studio.

life & style

Top celebrity weddings of 2014 gallery

Solange Knowles weds Alan Ferguson

Kim and Kanye and George and Amal dominated the headlines, but they weren't the only A listers who tied the knot.

Cute alert: NPH's twins singing

Sometimes children singing can be... interesting. But when Neil Patrick Harris is involved, it's just adorable.

WHAT YOU CLICKED ON: These are the 10 fashion moments of 2014 that most captured your attention.

10 most popular fashion stories gallery

From the Duchess to Kim K donning metallic bubble wrap: the style moments you clicked on in 2014.

well & good

Comfort foods not that comforting

COMFORT FOODS: Can they actually improve your mood?

Bacon, ice-cream or chocolate do not soothe us any more than other foods – or no food at all, study says.

Where fat goes when you lose it

You've lost a kilo of fat. But where exactly does it go when you get rid of it?

COOKIE: Enjoy the tradition of Christmas cookies, but limit yourself to two small cookies a day to stay healthy.

Eat just 2 cookies a day

At this time of year eating cookies in moderation is sensible advice. But how much is "in moderation"?

home & property

Seven fairytale castles for sale gallery

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Always fancied yourself as a bit of a king or queen? Well now you can really live the dream - if you have a spare $10m.

Fancy owning an island?

If you have a spare $40 mill that dream could be a reality - Auckland's Pakatoa Island is back up for sale.

NATURE: Simple, foraged arrangements add a casual and personal touch.

Tips for fuss-free Xmas table gallery

When it comes to setting the table this Christmas, keep it simple and keep it Kiwi.

food & wine

Foods we will be eating in 2015

BIG NEXT YEAR: Matcha green tea powder is thought to offer extra health benefits.

A few years back it was chia, more recently kale and now it's time for kefir, matcha and quark.

Real wine ice-cream now exists

Game-changing invention, sadly only available in the US, brings a whole new meaning to "dessert wine".

10 quirky gifts for foodies gallery

This isn't what you think it is video

nz farmer

Many farms 'severely dry'

Niwa drought index.

South Canterbury dry land dairy farmers are prepared for a difficult season figures suggest the region has dried out.

Drunk farmer dies in crash

Coroner says alcohol a factor in the death of Andrew Baxter in a 'violent' quad bike crash.

Fines for spray drift

Robots not the answer

entertainment

'Hotbeds of murder and mayhem'

ORPHAN: Bambi lost his mum at an early age.

Bambi's mother is shot by a hunter, Scar sends Mufasa plummeting off a cliff, Nemo's mum is eaten by a barracuda - children's cartoons are rife with violent murders.

What we listened to in 2014 video

While Kiwi albums featured strongly in the end of the year charts New Zealanders are mainly absent in the singles category.

THAT MOMENT: Whitney Beseler realises her mistake

Hot Seat contestant epic fail video

4:42 PM  Whitney Beseler will remember her stint on the Millionaire Hot Seat as the most embarrassing moment of her life.

travel

Jilted Jordan finds Ms Right

Jordan Axani and Elizabeth Gallagher.

Man who offered free round-the-world trip to a woman with the same name as his ex has found Ms Right.

Bird nests don't fly at airport

A couple have been sent back to Shanghai after trying to smuggle edible bird nests into Auckland.

Aurora over Mt John Observatory, Tekapo, NZ

NZ, the best spot to star gaze

The South Island is home to one of the world's best spots to star gaze.

stuff nation

Top five reader comments

Insane or unreal? Britney Spears on the cover of Women's Health.

Who do you think Britney Spears looks like here? Today's top commenters have some suggestions.

Is that Santa directing traffic? stuff nation

When traffic lights failed at a busy intersection in Hastings, a policeman with plenty of Christmas spirit saved the day.

Looking for a Christmas tree.

Tree tradition starts Christmas stuff nation

Festive seasons may come and go but family traditions around Christmas trees stay forever.

motoring

Applaud new initiatives

Pouring a beer.

We should applaud what has been done to bring drink driving rules into line with other western nations.

Glorious grunt farewelled

At a time when the world's motor industry is undergoing fundamental change here comes a V8 Holden Commodore.

TRAFFIC: Christchurch's northern motorway is jammed with early morning commuters.

$38.7b for roads, public transport

$38.7 billion investment in roads, regional networks, public transport and cycleways confirmed by Government.

sport

Money the big factor for Carter video

AU REVOIR: Dan Carter will leave NZ after the World Cup and play his rugby in France.

5:49 PM  Dan Carter admits the chance to become the world's highest paid rugby player was key in his signing for Racing Metro.

Auckland City 'moral victors' video

Coach full of pride after team lose pulsating Club World Cup semifinal to South American champion.

DREAM DEBUT: Young Australian seamer Josh Hazlewood claimed a five-wicket haul as India were all out for 408 in the first innings.

Aussies give up key wickets

Australia are in real need of a captain's knock from Steve Smith, with the hosts 3-121 at tea.

good reads

A trail of carnage after massacre video

GRIM SCENE: A Pakistani Army soldier walks through a in a blood-covered area a day after a Taliban massacre.

Scattered shoes, broken eyeglasses and trails of blood mark the scene where 148 students and teachers were killed.

How do women survive the day?

PRESSURE: The pressures are always there telling women they're not good enough without some assistance.

OPINION: Women's flaws are apparently serious, confirmed by the  supply of remedies and lotions to make women 'right'.

World's most seductive island

GOLDEN TEMPLE: The giant statues at the Dambulla Caves.

Women sashay past, saris fluttering and hips swaying to the thumping drums.

Deadly Mansfield undertones?

Katherine Mansfield

One man believes infectious disease epidemics cast a shadow over one of NZ's greatest writers.

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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.

Tips for getting cash overseas

TRAVEL DILEMMA: Sometimes ATMs, carrying cash, and prepaid cards aren't enough. How do you ensure you're not fussing with money on your holiday?

Sometimes ATMs, carrying cash, and prepaid cards aren't enough. How do you ensure you're not fussing with money?

Kiwi travel in 2015

BEACH GETAWAY: Over 50 percent of Kiwis prefer a beach or coastal holiday over anything else.

A chance to spot George Clooney in Italy has set Kiwi travellers tongues wagging.

oddstuff

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.

Reindeer rustlers rile resident

MISSING IN ACTION: Pukekohe's Richard Anderson examines a reindeer similar to the three which were stolen from his house on the weekend.

Deer-napping leaves Pukekohe man wondering why someone would do such a thing at Christmas.

Doh! Duped by a Simpson

MAGGIE SIMPSON: You can trust this face. Honest.

Scientific journals left red-faced after accepting study by Maggie Simpson and Edna Krabappel.