Farewell to a loved young woman

4:05 PM  Sarah Higgins brought people together in life; now they have come together for goodbye.

'Worked to the bone'

The Employment Relations Authority found Amanda Tilaart was disadvantaged during her employment ordered Nelson Beauty ...

3:52 PM  Beauty therapist Amanda Tillaart was harshly treated by her employers. Now they owe her $17,000.

Mother found in baffling case video

4:55 PM  Jacoba Tromp is discovered alive in hospital, but her husband remains missing. 

Health test for blackmail accused

5:01 PM  A Hawke's Bay man is charged with trying to blackmail seven companies.

'Netflix tax' starts to hit

4:47 PM  Netflix will hold its prices when tax change hits, but other firms aren't as generous.

World's 'most wanted' female face

4:48 PM  Plastic surgeon went through 10 years of requests to find the recipe for the "perfect face".

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Breast cancer 'sexual activity'

A Christchurch woman suffering breast cancer, has also had the ignominy of being told by Winz that her reason for not ...

4 min ago  In what circumstances is "sexual activity" a reason to go on a benefit?

Home detention for bribes

4:41 PM  A 42-year unblemished career ended when he confessed to receiving "illegal gratuities".

The duo were warned by police after climbing the MAINZ building in the CBD.

Students scale new heights video

11 min ago  They were spotted climbing the building's exterior.

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Students scale new heights

They were spotted climbing the building's exterior.

world

Tragic bid to see dead friend

Jazmine Howarth was found dead at a community garden near her home in Manchester, England.

Jazmine Howarth didn't mean to die, she just wanted to visit the afterlife, a coroner has ruled.

Trump clash over Mexico wall

Trump meets Mexican president, says he will still build a wall - but didn't ask Mexico to foot the bill.

police

Son bites mum in tantrum

He got drunk, threw a tantrum, and bit his mother after she refused to take him to the pub.

business

Coromandel prices surge

The average asking price for houses in Coromandel and the Waikato hit an all time high in August.

Prices for Coromandel and Waikatro properties are breaking records. That's because so few people are selling.

Abracadabra, it's time to close

Costumes have gone risque since hire store opened - now a police officer is a very short dress and a cap.

Sir Ngatata Love is found guilty of obtaining property by deception.

Call to strip Love's knighthood video

Sir Ngatata Love was knighted for services to Maori, but is found guilty of defrauding his own iwi.

technology

Use the force, BB-8

Sphereo's BB8 robot toy, of the most advanced toys the Star Wars world has ever produced.

5:04 PM  Sphero's BB-8 was a hit with both kids and adults. Their new Force Band feels a bit more childish - but is still very cool.

What's your old iPhone worth?

Here's what to expect to get if you do plan on selling your iPhone secondhand.

Rocket Lab's launch site on the Mahia Peninsula.

NZ's space age rules

4:43 PM  Most debris jettisoned from rockets launched at Mahia Peninsula will burn up before reaching the sea.

life & style

Why more women prefer pads

A range of cultural and social reasons continue to dissuade tampon use, including the "ick factor" – women just aren't ...

4:50 PM  The discomfort at having something inside you for stretches of time is not appealing to many women.

Why PHDs are on the rise

3:47 PM  'Holidays are one gigantic test, everyone knows that. If we can't have fun now, then when?"

Jaxon, little boy who was born without part of his skull.

Boy with half a skull defies odds

Jaxon Strong proves he was stronger than anyone expected - and just turned 2.

well & good

Warning: No dinner after 7pm

Make sure you prepare your flat dinner before dark.

Research says dinner must be small and it mustn't be later than 7 o'clock in the evening.

Do you really need to floss?

Most dentists think flossing is essential. But what does the science really say?

Biggest Loser's Michelle Bridges

'Motivation is a crock'

"Motivation is like a bad boyfriend - never there when you need them."

home & property

Butcher-to-apartment conversion

Ruth Hobday's Grey Lynn apartment used to be a family butchery. A cantilevered staircase leads to the mezzanine floor.

This former 1920s butchery is now a light and airy one bedroom split-level apartment.

Remuera house for $280,000

You don't get the land, but you do get a lot of house for your money - and double glazing.

Get your kitchen sparkling clean, add some fresh flowers - and suddenly, it's spring!

4 top spring cleaning tasks

The commonly overlooked dirt traps in your home, and how to tackle them.

food & wine

'Uber for home cooking'

FoodByUs is all about homemade goodness delivered to you door.

Press a few buttons on your phone and moments later you hear a knock at the door.

The best spring produce

Spring's almost here, so this is what we're looking forward to eating.

When you're doc at dinner

Auckland's best wine bars

nz farmer

Leaving Tatua at the right time

Staff numbers have more than doubled in the eight years Paul McGilvary has been chief executive of Tatua.

Paul McGilvary says now is the right time to depart after eight years as head of the dairy co-op.

SFO probe costs Zespri $6m 

An SFO investigation has so far cost Zespri millions, with no sign of a resolution.

Farmer milks technology

Councils given say over GE

entertainment

Julian springs for dinner

Julian Dennison, young star of Taika Watiti's Hunt for the Wilderpeople, has teamed up with Air New Zealand to spring ...

15 min ago  The Hunt for the Wilderpeople star has been really random (and kind) lately.

Coro slammed for racist joke

"I have more roots than Kunta Kinte," says Eva Price at Audrey Roberts' hair salon.

Richie McCaw says he has no regrets about what he did as a player and that he is more excited about what he's got to ...

The Richie McCaw paradox

Making a movie about himself is the least Richie McCaw thing ever. So why did he do it?

travel

Food to avoid when flying

If you want to feel good on your long-haul flight, make sure you are eating the right things.

If you want to feel good on your long-haul flight, make sure you are eating the right things.

Drone captures orcas  video

Early-morning visit from a pod of orcas was "definitely a special start to spring" for paddleboarders.

The picturesque Blue Spring was once one of New Zealand's best kept secrets.

Azure water entices visitors video

The picturesque Blue Spring was once one of New Zealand's best kept secrets.

stuff nation

Learn to like being alone stuff nation

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Most of our lives take place in our own heads. We must learn to be OK with that.

A hard six years in Chch stuff nation

There is still a slight look of panic in the eyes of those around me when we have a jolt.

Suicidal teenager

Suicidal people 'fight harder' stuff nation

The night after I tried to die, I looked at the mess I’d made, curled into the fetal position and cried painful tears.

motoring

Holden sourcing US SUV

The 2017 All-New GMC Acadia Denali which will be rebadged a Holden in 2018 for New Zealand and Australian markets.

The seven-seat Acadia wears a GMC badge in the US but will sport Holden's new logo when it hits our shores.

A road rage 'kicking' video

A cycling Crimewatch presenter has been left shaken after a "horrible" incident involving an angry motorist.

Jessica Fox is facing numerous charges after fleeing a traffic stop and driving over a police officer's legs.

Tasered driver drags cop video

Despite being tasered, a US woman drove off, dragging a policeman behind her.

sport

All Whites assistant resigns

Alex Armstrong, pictured here during his time with Sheffield Wednesday in 2013, has resigned as All Whites assistant coach.

18 min ago  No reason given behind Alex Armstrong's sudden departure.

Cullen leaves Mystics

1 min ago  High-profile Silver Fern departs Mystics after six years and is expected to join new Auckland team.

Colin Kaepernick's decision to not stand for the US anthem in protest of oppression of minorities has brought race ...

NFL rage against Kaepernick

17 min ago  49er compared to a man convicted of conspiracy to commit murder after taking a stand against racism.

good reads

The Richie McCaw movie paradox

Richie McCaw says he has no regrets about what he did as a player and that he is more excited about what he's got to ...

Making a movie about himself is the least Richie McCaw thing ever. So why did he do it?

Crayfish 'functionally extinct'

Fresh caught crayfish dinner could be a thing of the past as crayfish are declared  "functionally extinct" in the ...

Crayfish numbers are so low they could crash in Auckland's Hauraki Gulf.

The do-good daffodil garden

Railene Mabin is a daffodil purist: she prefers the classic lemon-coloured types.

It's spring! We visit a Hawke's Bay garden with hundreds of thousands of daffodils

When Dad has to be Mum, too stuff nation

Michael, Rebecca and Brigid with mum, Kay, in 1985.

"My mum died when I was 12, but I never felt like I was a raised by a single parent."

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oddstuff

The hawk, the snake and the video

Watch as a hawk drops a large snake on a family at an Australian picnic...but is it real?

Watch as a hawk drops a large snake on a family at an Australian picnic...but is it real?

Found: one damp elephant god

This statue of Hindu deity Ganesh was found dumped in the sea near Petone Wharf.

List of oddest things found in Lower Hutt includes a sunken statue of Ganesh.

'Tell my WiFi love her'

Interesting Wi-Fi hotspots pop-up around Dunedin's student quarter.

Dunedin's student quarter is a hotspot for weird and wonderful WiFi usernames.

Making beauty out of death

Loux McLellan creates art from bones and feathers of dead animals she finds or is given.

Old teeth, chicken vertebrae and pukeko skulls are all seen as art waiting to happen to Loux McLellan.

Parenting

My difficult birth experience

Thirty-six hours after my waters broke, I walked into the hospital for an induction I hadn't wanted and had been so sure ...

"I had been confident labour was mine to master. It never occurred to me that I might need help."

What not to say to a pregnant lady

'Ready for another?' and the other stupid things people say when you're pregnant.

'Ready for another?' and the other stupid things people say when you're pregnant.

Raise polite kids, not pushovers

It starts by considering how we, ourselves, act.

Advice from the experts on raising kids who are gracious but self-assured.

Wine cuts chance of conceiving

Women who drink a large glass of wine each night may harm their chance of having a baby.

Women who drink a glass of wine each night may harm their chance of having a baby.

kiwi traveller

Snap and win!

Leopard cub in the trees, one of a twin at Arasthusa Lodge Sabi Sands South Africa. Interestingly the male cubs are not ...

Do you have a holiday snap that you'd like to share with the world? Send it to us and be in to win a Fujifilm camera!

Funny, weird side of travelling

Anthony Bianco has a travel blog that "doesn't take itself too seriously".

Anthony Bianco's blog is about the offbeat things that happen while roaming the world.

Getting back to nature in NZ

Families get back to nature at Bush kingy in Te Anau

Here are 4 easy ways to get back outside and enjoy our country.

Is solo travel safe in the Middle East?

Kiwis have no trouble exploring the city of Dubai.

Planning a solo adventure? Send us your travel questions, and we'll put them to the experts.