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Blake Lively one of 21 stunners gallery

Here's the definitive list of the best and worst dressed celebrities on the red carpet.

Crash survivor speaks

The four-wheel drive involved in the crash.

12:47 PM  The sole survivor of a horror crash in Northland is awake and talking to his mum.

'Loud' Prince George left at home

Wills and Kate leave Prince George at home after deciding he's too noisy for royal Christmas church service.

Nappy saved him from tsunami

William was found in a tree hanging by his nappy after the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami.

Kiwi on drugs charges in Thailand

12:01 PM  Third Kiwi in recent weeks facing drug allegations in Asia.

Live: NZ vs Sri Lanka - first test

Black Caps lose both openers in the first session of the Boxing Day test.

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Crash victim in serious condition

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11:42 AM  A man in his early 20s remains in a serious condition in hospital after a crash near Kaikoura on Christmas Day.

Old bones in expressway's path

Skeleton dating back to the 1800s unearthed along the Kapiti Expressway route.

Bad to worse: Paul Seabright's house was burgled while he was at his wife's funeral.

Robbed during funeral

Hawke's Bay man's house burgled while he was at his wife's funeral.

Video

Tigers take first steps

Hamilton Zoo's two little Sumatran tiger cubs are a holiday gift to the region.

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Tranquil before the big waves

Hit hard by the tsunami: Nancowrie Island, in the Nicobar Islands

The 2004 Boxing Day tsunami smashed the Nicobar islands, killing thousands and wrecking villages.

Xmas lights out for crash victims

Christmas lights across UK have been turned off as mark of respect for the victims of Glasgow's rubbish truck crash.

DESTRUCTION: A man walks through the rubble and debris still left untouched at the Mukdara Beach resort in Khao Lak, Thailand.

Boxing Day tsunami in 20 photos

Twenty images from one of the world's worst natural disasters.

business

Sparks fly over 4G ad claims

Drinking apps such as 'Drink Thin' are encouraging kids to drink

Spark may go to Commerce Commission after Vodafone dug its heels in over its 4G advertising.

Rental firm's new market

Auckland tech start-up offering travellers free car hire and a tank of fuel is revving up the US car rental industry.

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FMA expects to settle

Financial Markets Authority expects to reach a settlement with ASB over its future sale of interest rate swaps.

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Tax dodgers dobbed in

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IRD has received about 23,000 anonymous tips since 2009 from people suspecting others of evading taxes.

Yuletide shopping picks up

Shoppers are opening their wallets wider than last year in the leadup to Christmas.

More picking holiday parks

New licence for Gareth Morgan

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SMEs vulnerable to hackers 

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Firms with inadequate phone security risk being targeted by hackers over Christmas.

Slap on those sunnies

A bit of Kiwi ingenuity is helping people keep track of their sunglasses.

Be well prepared

Hook-up apps hurt gay bars 

technology

iPads ruining people's sleep

Dr Chang said the light of e-readers had  an "extremely powerful effect" on sleep patterns.

Basking in the blue glow of tablets before bed is hurting our sleep more profoundly than we realise.

Huawei follow Xiaomi

You might not have heard of Xiaomi, but smartphone brand Huawei sure have.

Google's new car.

Google's car an actual car now

Google's self-driving car now has some new features. Like headlights.

life & style

Fire up your festive chatter

Nothing in common?: Fret not, there are plenty of ways to spark conversation with even the kookiest of kin.

If you're lost for words after a whirl of Christmas parties and family gatherings, try these conversation starters.

Updated cracker jokes

Dom Knight's saving your Xmas lunch with these topical, 2014-related Christmas cracker gags.

DON'T PANIC: Feeling self-conscious about the way your body looks is a hang-up that affects all genders.

Overcoming sexual hang-ups

Sexual hang-ups are common but if you leave them unchecked, they can affect your sex life.

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Is she really bad for body image?

Entrepreneur Barbie "is ready for the next big pitch", but body image experts say she's just the same old stereotype.

Barbie has been a popular request on young girls’ Christmas wish lists for 55 years. Is she really so bad for girls' self-esteem?

Phones over friends

It is normal these days to priorities your phone over friends. Does it matter at all, or is it bad manners?

Still learning: Older relatives new to Facebook may need to be told their shared posts can be seen by strangers.

Facing  family on Facebook

Feeling red-faced or angry with the oversharing sister-in-law or mum? You’re not alone.

home & property

Sydney auctions turn violent

14 WELFARE ST, HOMEBUSH: This property sold for $200,000 above the reserve.

Auctions in Sydney's west had police calling for back up as protesters turned on buyers and even the auctioneer.

An update on Jon Bridges' home gallery

Last December, Jon Bridges and his family moved into their new house. So how's it been treating them?

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10 most popular home stories gallery

From doer-uppers to the mansions of the famous, these are the top 10 home & property stories of 2014.

food & wine

Zingy and bright pilseners

A GREAT EXAMPLE: Emerson's Pilsner.

Kiwi pilseners are the beer world's answer to Marlborough savignon blanc.

How to make strawberry Santas

Strawberries and Santa are definitely in season. Add a splodge of cream cheese for a cute & tasty festive treat.

Christmas cooking SOS

When cherries are in season

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Nats slated after farmer's fine

Farmer Bas Nelis says the water in this gully is clean enough to drink, after his work replanting the banks.

Pressure on National MPs to make changes to the RMA following prosecution of a Waikato farmer's company.

The milk doesn’t stop

It may be Christmas, but it was business as usual for the shift workers at Fonterra's Te Rapa factory.

It's strictly semen business

Campaign targets job security

entertainment

Sheen's cancer scare

CHARLIE SHEEN: The actor has had a tumultuous year.

Charlie Sheen found it "terrifying" to be told he had a pre-cancerous throat problem.

Pharrell Williams is not happy

A conglomerate of artists including Pharrell Williams threatens YouTube with $1b copyright lawsuit.

NOT OVER: Polanski still has options, including returning to California to address his claims.

Polanski sex case bid rejected

Roman Polanski has lost his latest bid to have a California court dismiss his 1977 sex case.

travel

Top travel photos of the week

A camel yawns as a tourist checks images on her camera following a ride on a camel safari alongside the Pacific Ocean on Lighthouse Beach, north of Sydney, in this December 4, 2014 file photo.

Here's a round up of some of the top travel photos from around the world this week.

Christmas in Colombia? Si! gallery

Medellin was once a city wracked by drug violence. Now it's a Crimbo wonderland.

QT: The QT's relentlessly perky and design-heavy take on the traditional Surfers Paradise tower resort is a high energy blizzard of colour in a sea of fun-free safe blandness. A tongue-in-cheek vintage seaside theme pervades the whole property, whether it's the wholesomely retro bikini babes on the lift mirrors, jumpsuit receptionist uniforms or garish mesh bags with thongs inside on the bathroom hooks. Anyone who doesn't love the cockatoo-shaped bedside lamps has a heart of stone, while the Stingray bar has become one of the hottest cocktail spots in town. Doubles cost from $219.

Gold Coast's classiest hotels gallery

It might be known for excess and skyscrapers, but the Gold Coast can do classy, too.

stuff nation

Weather photo of the week stuff nation

SUMMER GLOW: Herne Bay sunset

Nothing says summer like seeing a beautiful, warm sunset from your deck.

Having an anti-Christmas day? stuff nation

Are you avoiding all things tinsel, turkey and tradition today? Tell us what you're up to.

TOP CAT: Paxton is no scaredy cat (until he has to get down again).

Pet of the day: On a high stuff nation

Paxton thinks he's a great adventurer, but he's had to be rescued from a few sticky situations.

motoring

Best new cars for 2015

Ford Mustang convertible.

These are the cars most likely to succeed when they come to New Zealand next year.

Yours for a cool $2.26m

If you have a vice for Ferraris then the iconic car driven by TV cops "Sonny" Crockett and Ricardo "Rico" Tubbs is just your ride.

'TAKE THE SAFE OPTION': Drinkers should get a taxi home or organise a sober driver, police say.

Police admonish motorists

Revellers requesting breath-tests from officers at checkpoints should probably not be driving, police say.

sport

Adams shines again for OKC

DOUBLE DELIGHT: Steven Adams notched up a double-double on Christmas Day in the States as the Thunder charged to victory over the Spurs.

11:39 AM  Kiwi hoops star Steven Adams gets another double-double in Thunder's Christmas win over Spurs.

Domestic comp needs love

OPINION: It's time New Zealand Football started caring for its long neglected national league.

CHRISTMAS GIFT: Neil Wagner has made the playing XI for New Zealand in the Boxing Day test while Doug Bracewell and Dean Brownlie have missed out.

Wagner in, Bracewell out

Neil Wagner has been given the nod ahead of Doug Bracewell in the NZ side for the first test. 

good reads

Tranquil before the big waves

Hit hard by the tsunami: Nancowrie Island, in the Nicobar Islands

The 2004 Boxing Day tsunami smashed the Nicobar islands, killing thousands and wrecking villages.

Summer essay: The Diving Board

Wairau diving board: The board would last hundreds of years, the children said.

Luke Elworthy wrote The Diving Board as part of his MA in Creative Writing at Victoria Uni's Institute of Modern Letters.

Proposal photographers now a thing

YES: Jeff Ferraro, 32, proposes to Lauren Russo, 31, in front of the Capitol Christmas tree.

He might not just ask for your hand in marriage, he'll also ask you to smile for the camera.

What N. Koreans see and don't see

What we see and what North Koreans see is tightly controlled by the state. Here, leader Kim Jong Un organises and guides a military drill in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency on November 23.

North Korea without internet it wouldn't be that different. It's place is more tightly controlled than you know.

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Shayla Gibbons

When Shayla Gibbons left NZ her OE, she never thought she'd end up in a Thai clinic, fearing for her friend's lives.

Kiwis are Christmas Scrooges

BAH HUMBUG: Kiwis are happy to snub their family this holiday season.

Kiwis are a bunch of Scrooges with 50 per cent wanting to leave family members behind this Christmas.

Pasifika welcome

If you slip into "Tonga time" you'll have an amazing experience.

Elizabeth Rine has embraced island life in the Tongan capital of Nuku'alofa.

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.

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Drunken crash into ex-husband's home

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Woman crashes car through estranged husband's front door after an argument.

Circus passes off puppies as pandas

PANDA POWER: The offender caught in the act of impersonating a panda.

Remember when a zoo tried to pass off a dog as a lion? Now it's puppies pulling the fur over our eyes.

Carols by Chester video

Chester the Cairn terrier, loves the festive season and shares in the Christmas spirit by singing a carol.

Meet Chester - Canterbury Medical Officer of Health Alistair Humphrey's carol-singing dog-about-town.

Meet the 'puppy' shark stuff nation video

JUST LOOKING: Jared Simcox got up close with the "puppy dog" of the ocean.

Kiwi diver Jared Simcox got up close and eye-balled by a three-metre grey nurse shark in Sydney.