Japanese day trader

Japanese day trader made $52m

This Japanese day trader timed the bottom of the market perfectly, and made millions doing it.

Hefty power bill halved

Kelly Stewart of Nelson whose $821.85 power bill from Contact Energy has been halved after an electrician alerted her to a discrepancy in the figures.

8:38 PM  Kelly Stewart's $800 power bill has been halved thanks to an eagle-eyed electrician.

Tourists ran stop sign in fatal crash

Italian tourists appear to have run stop sign in fatal crash, police say.

Truck death toll up to 71 video

9:42 PM  The refrigerated truck contained the bodies of 59 men, eight women and four children.

Yeezy Boost shoes yours for $1200

A pair of Yeezy Boost 350s is up for sale for a cool $1200 - four times the retail price.

Bring on car wash backlash - mayor

Porirua Mayor welcomes the car wash haters - at least now people are listening.

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State house sell-off underway

State Housing shake-up

4 min ago  The biggest shake up of State housing in decades is about to get underway.

Gory pics predict depression video

New research looks at mysterious link between activity in the front of the brain and depression.

Owner Paddy Borthwick, right,  and stock manager Hayden Manley survey the land at Te Whanga farm, east of Masterton. It is looking pretty lush for now, but forecasters say a rough El Nino period is looming.

El Nino is coming, and it's a biggie

Rainfall could drop by 15 per cent in some parts of the country, climate scientists say.

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Lava flows from Hawaiian volcano

The lava is heading towards a suburb of 450 homes, but authorities say it doesn't yet pose a danger.

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Lava flows from volcano video

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4 min ago  The lava is heading towards a Hawaiian suburb of 450 homes, but authorities say it doesn't yet pose a danger.

US leads in mass shootings

The US has just 5 per cent of the world's population but has had 31 per cent of the mass shootings in last 49 years, study finds.

Nikki Francis-Coslovich.

Man arrested in death of tot

The body of the 2-year-old was found in the roof cavity of her Australian home on Tuesday.

business

Rich-listers lose millions

Sir Michael Hill's family fortunes in the Michael Hill Jewelry empire have fluctuated during a week of sharemarket turmoil.

Some of NZ's top business people have seen more than $40m wiped off their own company shareholdings this week.

Lifeline for GST-free shopping?

Australian position on 'Amazon tax' had not been 'super clear', Deloitte says.

More passengers on Cook Strait ferries on train services have helped improve KiwiRail's financial performance.

KiwiRail makes another loss

A lack of investment in its assets has driven KiwiRail to a $167m loss for the most recent financial year.

money

Power shop and save

Power companies are competing fiercely for their share of the market.

Fancy a month’s free power? Or would you rather know the price you pay for electricity for the next year?

Time for action on truck shops

Mobile shops are taking advantage of some of NZ's poorest shoppers, Commerce Commission crackdown shows.

Top appliances revealed

A big salary is no dream

small business

On a right royal roll

Co-owners of Cambridge catering company Gourmet Delicious, Kim Lee and Ali Foers.

A year after feeding the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Gourmet Delicious is still on a high.

A quilter's haven

Hazel Wolff sold her home in Hamilton to set up Grandmother's Garden.

How to get start-up respect

NZ firm in Chinese TV show

technology

Kickstart your game right

Legendary game creator and the founder of Double Fine Studios Tim Schafer.

The best way to ensure your campaign's success is probably to get Tim Schafer onboard.

1 billion served on Facebook video

Facebook is boasting a new achievement, saying a billion people used the social network in one day.

MegaBots' Mark II robot.

Giant robot gears up to battle video

One arm is a missile launcher and the other a cannon. And it's headed for Japan.

life & style

Hang on, that's not a dog... video

''Sponge'' is short for Spongebob Swinepants. She's also a sponge with food.

"If she didn't have the dogs as little buddies she'd be pretty lonely."

Get the look: Elisabeth Moss

Bold red hair is all the rage at the moment. Here's how to do it right.

Should these be covered up? Or is it discrimination toward freedom of expression?

Is it OK to show tattoos at work? video

Based on the Kiwis we spoke to, it all depends on what and where they are.

well & good

Suffering from memory loss

Memory loss can be worrying especially if it starts to happen often.

Taking aerobic exercise every day helps because it increases blood flow, sending more oxygen to the brain.

Eating at night makes a difference

Chances are that at some point you have found yourself in the kitchen late at night, devouring a treat.

"That was the worst thing that has ever happened to me. I didn't want to leave the flat at first, but I got so lonely that in the end I had to go out and try to make something of my life".

How 'friend therapy' helps

Young and old both find surprising benefits from 'hanging out' together.

home & property

3 gardening tasks for the weekend

Drip-drip irrigation works well for watercress.

It's time to start sowing - and growing - those spring crops.

Inside Las Vegas’ sexiest home

What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas - except when it involves one of the world's sexiest homes

Actor Brad Pitt speaks on stage during Light Up the Blues Concert to benefit Autism Speaks.

Brad Pitt builds 109 homes

This Saturday marks 10 years since the devastating event and no celebrity is more in sync than Brad Pitt.

food & wine

Why dessert can be good for you

Soothing and indulgent: Healthy vanilla custard.

Desserts need not strain your system – in fact they can benefit gut bacteria.

Three ways with... stale bread

Turn those unwanted crusts or baguette ends into something delicious.

Recipe: Nadia’s crispy salmon

What to make at sport time

nz farmer

Bike death makes tragic point

Police investigate a quad bike death on a Puketaha farm, near Hamilton

A quad bike tragedy has ripped a hole in hard-working farming family.

Surprise! It's quadruplets video

Southdown lambs aren't usually born in sets of four, but a Manawatu ewe has given birth to her own flock

Fonterra helping fight fires

Depiction ignores ag history

entertainment

Key GoT character not dead (spoiler)

Writer and executive producer George R. R. Martin may have been telling the truth, but he could have been foxing too.

Did you see a body? It only counts if you saw a body.

De Niro to play swindler Madoff

Robert De Niro has been cast as big time fraudster, ponzi scheme runner Bernie Madoff.

Zac Efron stars in the new film We Are Your Friends opening in New Zealand cinemas this weekend.

Stuff's weekend film guide

REVIEW: Daredevils, DJs and dying cabbies among the topics explored in movies opening this week.

travel

The Inca Festival of the Sun

Tika t'akaqkuna, the emperor's chosen women, scattering flowers ahead of his arrival.

One of the busiest days in Cusco's tourist calendar is a jostling mass of humanity and a riot of colour and pageantry.

Top travel pics of the week gallery

Here is our round up of the top travel photos from around the world.

Israel's shrinking Dead Sea leaves a trail of perilous sinkholes

A trail of perilous sinkholes

The Dead Sea, a top spot for tourists, is shrinking at a rather alarming rate.

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England, Wales key to glory stuff nation

Rugby Union - Wales v Ireland - RBS Six Nations Championship 2015 - Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, Wales - 14/3/15
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There is only one team that could knock the All Blacks out. Let's hope they don't make it out of the pool.

Adopting pets 'totally worth it' stuff nation

I wanted to give a loving home to an animal in need. I didn't realise how much love you got in return.

27082015. News. Ashten Macdonald/Fairfax. Basil Vangellekom is planning to ignore Porirua City Councils bylaw banning residents washing their cars on concrete.

Top 5 comments on car washing ban stuff nation

Porirua City Council bans car washing on driveways and readers were split on opinions.

motoring

The Auckland petrol discount

A snapshot of petrol prices around the country showed 91 octane was up to 30 cents cheaper per litre in some areas.

A 50 litre tank can be as much as $15 dollars cheaper in Auckland than the regions.

Alfa museum a must see gallery

As the creator of some beautiful machines, a visit to the Alfa Romeo museum is a must-see for Italian car fans.

NZTA safe zone signs were knocked down after the trial.

Cycle lane retrial faces hurdles

As NZTA apologises for an ill-conceived cycle lane trial, they advise of a new one.

sport

Inquest into Hughes' death

The death of former Australian test batsman Phillipn Hughes shocked the cricketing world.

8:35 PM  Coronial inquest in NSW will be held into the death of former Australian test and ODI cricketer.

Lancaster reduced to tears

England coach reveals he broke down telling eight players they'd missed cut for World Cup squad.

Hawke's Bay wing Zac Guildford makes a bust upfield against Counties Manukau.

Magpies put away Steelers

9:27 PM  Hawke’s Bay cement place at top of NPC championship by beating Counties Manukau 35-11.

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Kiwi fashion pioneer dies

Peppertree Fashions founder Peter Nola is pictured in this undated photo with models wearing some of his designs.

The man who joyfully brought hot pants and flares to a generation of fashion-hungry New Zealanders has died.

The Dead Sea's trail of sinkholes

Israel's shrinking Dead Sea leaves a trail of perilous sinkholes

Pits the size of basketball courts and two storeys deep devour once-coveted tourist spot.

Little Shop: Good fun or harmful? gallery

Cameron Sigmund, 5, with a selection of collectables from the New World Little Shop promotion of 2014.

Is the little collectables craze harmless family fun, or ethically questionable marketing?

Changing my life, a month at a time stuff nation

Shelley, far left, signed up for a mud run with friends as part of her daily exercise challenge and said it helped them all get out of their comfort zone.

Photo supplied by Shelley Orme-Turner for Stuff Nation assignment

I thought I could pretty much suffer anything for 30 days, writes Shelley Orme-Turner. Famous last words!

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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.

Sinkhole swallows five

One woman can be seen clinging to pipes in the sink hole.

A sinkhole in a Chinese city swallows five people in a dramatic scene that was captured on security video.

For sale: 'Baby-making couch'

Want to cuddle on the tiger couch? Beware of its special powers.

Couples can get desperate when trying to fall pregnant, and an enterprising seller from LA is trying to cash in on that.

Parenting

Missing child scores try

Laiken had made his way onto the field during a charity match between Queensland and New South Wales in Toowoomba earlier this month.

Turn your back for five seconds and who knows what your child will get up to.

Kim K may have hysterectomy

For her first post-pregnancy-announcement appearance, Kim Kardashian plumped for this latex dress.

Kim Kardashian reveals complications means she might have to have a hysterectomy.

How not to name twins

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Why you shouldn’t name your twins Dwayne and Shane or Ken and Barbie.

For sale: 'Baby-making couch'

Want to cuddle on the tiger couch? Beware of its special powers.

Couples can get desperate when trying for a baby, so an enterprising seller is trying to cash in.

kiwi traveller

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.

Misinformed by Bridget Jones stuff nation

Abigail and friends recreate the famous Beatles cover at Abbey Road in London.

Bridget Jones gave Abigail Drane a rose-tinted image of living and working in London. The reality was very different.

How Kiwis stand out in UK stuff nation

Kate's advice for fellow Kiwis planning to live and work in London? "Get over here and remember to make the most of the attitude you grew up with."

Don't think you'll be the only person applying for a job in London and that you'll get it because your CV says you're a Kiwi.