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Morgan: Closer to $3m for beach

7:40 PM  While there's "not a hope" of $2m buying a beach in NZ, he says he'll make up the difference.

#Buythisbeach

Gaps in Queen's chain

Fatal train collision

An ambulance is driven away after the aircraft carrying Shaker Aamer, the last British resident to be held at the U.S. prison camp in the Guantanamo Bay navy station in Cuba, arrived at Biggin Hill airport near London, October 30, 2015. Aamer has been freed after 13 years in detention, Britain said on Friday. Aamer, a Saudi national who is married to a Briton, was never charged with any crime and had been cleared for release by U.S. authorities in 2007 but was not freed. REUTERS/Paul Hackett

1 min ago  Several people are feared dead after two trains collided in Germany, reports say.

Is he having a laugh?

OPINION: Crowdfunding the private beach retreat of a multi-millionaire might not be quite as crazy as it sounds.

'Umpires got it right' video

8:20 PM  Aussies can have no complaints over Mitchell Marsh's dismissal, ex-umpire says.

Driver in fatal crash wants jail

She asked police: "What have I done?" Now, she understands too well.

Kiwi wing flattens star lock video

7:23 PM  When a winger runs at a lock, you'd expect the outside back to end up worse for wear.

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national

Fugitive gives himself up

Ihaka Paul, 26, who grew up in Wairoa, was arrested after being surrounded inside a house in Carroll St, Frasertown.

8:26 PM  Ihaka Paul has surrendered to police after being surrounded in a house in Frasertown.

Sexo's 'desire for vengeance'

"Recidivist sexual predator" deemed too risky to be allowed back into the community.

A Christchurch man who drank a bottle of absinthe while on a stag-do in Queenstown before threatening several members of the public has been called "despicable" by a judge.

Stag party ends in court

Judge decries man's "despicable" behaviour that followed him drinking a bottle of absinthe.

Video

Black is the new pink

Kookaburra reveal new pink ball in light of visibility concerns during last year's day-night test against Australia.

world

Boy faces murder charge

Police and forensic officers outside the Esplanade on January 27.

7:55 PM  Boy, 11, appears in an Australian court charged with the stabbing death of a 26-year-old man.

Living through quake collapse

8:28 PM  After propping himself against a wall for 20 hours to avoid smothering his girlfriend, his strength was draining away.

Rioters throw bricks at police in Mong Kok district.

Riots erupt in Hong Kong

Dozens injured, arrested after celebrations erupt into worst violence since pro-democracy protests.

business

Surcharge sting over long weekend

A 15 per cent surcharge was issued by Astrolabe in Mt Maunganui for Saturday, Sunday and Monday of Waitangi long weekend.

Hamilton woman annoyed with the surprise surcharge on the Saturday of Waitangi weekend.

Waste law rubbished

NZ supermarkets say they don't need regulation to stop them throwing away food waste.

Lack of property listings in the capital is putting pressure on house prices.

Wellington house prices surge

13 min ago  Lack of property listings in the capital is putting pressure on prices.

technology

Why India said no to Facebook

People in developing countries rely on Free Basics to access certain digital services, such as health, schooling and financial information, as well as job leads.

India has banned the social network from offering a controversial service known as Free Basics.

Internet advice site uses GIFs

Ask Cat feels different from a traditional advice column, and it's not just the tacky GIFs.

Digital etiquette is an evolving world so if you do use someone else's device, tread carefully.

With my laptop, it's personal

Digital etiquette is an evolving world so if you do use someone else's device, tread carefully.

life & style

Childbirth videos? No thanks

When it comes to giving birth, the line between being informed and creating unnecessary anxiety is a fine and very personal one.

8:00 PM  Not keen to watch graphic birthing videos to prepare for labour? You shouldn't have to.

Dangers of open-mouthed sleep

Snorers beware - your sleeping habits may be doing damage to more than just the eardrums of your bedfellow.

We are asked to pass elaborate tests of friendship to remain connected on Facebook.

The Facebook friendship purge

OPINION: Online pals might not be your "true" friends... and that's OK. So stop with the friendship "tests".

well & good

Trick could beat curse of jet lag

Scientists have discovered a biological "hack" they say could cure jet lag before you travel.

It's now possible to prevent that sluggish feeling before you hit the road, scientists find.

Hugh's cancer warning

The Aussie star gets another skin cancer growth removed and urges people to wear sunscreen.

Sleeping with your mouth open can be as harmful to teeth as a fizzy drink, scientists say.

Danger of open-mouthed sleep

Snorers beware - your sleeping habits may be doing damage to more than just the eardrums of your bedfellow.

home & property

Is this the home of the future? gallery

This 3-D-printed pod home, designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, features a shell made from solid polymer panels.

Is this blueprint for a portable 3D-printed pod home the shape of things to come?

Wherefore art thou Romeo?

Now you can buy your own luxury flat with Juliet's balcony - on the site where the play was first performed.

The pain of sunburn can be eased by mixing water and cornflour and rubbing it on the red area.

Amazing ways to use cornflour

It's not just something used to thicken sauce - it turns out the powder has many hidden talents.

food & wine

A Happy Meal - 6 years later

After six years, the Happy Meal "has not rotted, molded, or decomposed at all."

One woman has kept this uneaten McDonald's meal on her desk for years to prove a point.

How to make perfect pancakes video

Want to get those thin, French crepes just right? Follow these tips.

No meat please, we're Kiwis

Avoiding V-Day food fails

nz farmer

Farmer happy with lamb prices

Waimatua farmer Roger Bell assesses his long grass which he thinks has contributed to his good lamb prices for the 2015/16 season.

You can almost hear Roger Bell's grass growing on his Waimatua sheep farm.

Can hobbits save farmers?

Never mind finding the one ring to rule them all, can hobbits compensate for lost milk income?

Field day's humble start video

Worst stock-wading offenders

entertainment

Bella's sext confession

Paul and Bella Henry in 2013.

8:26 PM  Paul Henry and daughter Bella had a frank on-air discussion about sending naked photos via text.

Monsters Inc writer, 49, dead

8:00 PM  The writer, responsible for some of Pixar's most beloved characters died from complications relating to brain cancer.

Lady Gaga was absolute perfection in delivering the national anthem at the 2016 Super Bowl.

Gaga partied hard

She nails the national anthem at the Super Bowl on Sunday, hits the town to party hard and cleans up just nice for the Oscars lunch on Monday.

travel

An amazing Amazon adventure

The Napo River runs through the Amazon Rainforest, delivering its watery lifeblood to the villagers living along its banks.

No one will be able to hear you scream in the Ecuadorian Amazon.

Meet the backpacking baby

At just 10 weeks old, Esme set off on her first overseas adventure.

Badlands Overlook at the Theodore Roosevelt National Park.

Who goes to North Dakota?

Well not many, but Transformers actor Josh Duhamel is trying to change all that.

stuff nation

Top 5 sledging comments stuff nation

Mitchell Marsh trudges his way back to the dressing room as the Black Caps look on.

"You can't win. If we don't sledge, we're too clean and it's weird. If we do, then we're monsters."

Feb 22: How are you feeling? stuff nation

How are you feeling, five years on from the devastating February 2011 earthquake?

"So turns out I can't make your custard square..."

Culinary catastrophes stuff nation

Cooking is really difficult, particularly when you're trying to make it look Instagram-worthy.

motoring

Don't mourn the Defender

Archaic Land Rover Defender stopped being useful as an actual vehicle ages ago. This is a pedal car, by the way.

OPINION: Some people just can't accept their favourite cars are obsolete. The internet is to blame.

Limited MX-5 maintains appeal

Mazda creates Limited MX-5 that has added more engine capacity, more equipment and an automatic option.

Wally Willmott (left) with Bruce McLaren and Patty McLaren in the early days.

Bruce McLaren's widow dies

NZ motor-racing great Bruce McLaren's widow Patty McLaren-Brickett has passed away.

sport

Black is the new pink video

Old and new: the latest Kookaburra pink ball (right) has black stitching instead of green and white.

9 min ago  Kookaburra reveal new pink ball in light of visibility concerns during last year's day-night test against Aus.

Reason: Rat cunning wins video

When TV took control of the match, NZ had a chance to do right. They didn't take it.

NZ all-rounder Grant Elliott asked Australian Mitchell Marsh if they weren't "playing caught and bowleds in this game then" in the third Chappell-Hadlee ODI series clash.

Elliott fired up keeper video

Simple question prompted gloveman Matthew Wade's "coward" outburst over Marsh dismissal.

good reads

Wall St crooks now stars

2013's "The Wolf of Wall Street" made nearly US$400 million at world box offices.

Audiences are loving stories about greed on Wall Street and the lives of the super wealthy.

'It's hard to thank the donor enough'

Norbert Herrmann and Suzanne Pattison with their 21-month-old daughter Elke.

Having a baby took a decade, A$200,000 and three separate countries.

Hannah wants to inspire

Hannah Moore, 15, is out to inspire other young women that girls can do anything.

 Hannah Moore was second runner in Miss Teen Taranaki, but there is a lot more to the story.

Why it’s so hard to cut sugar

Humans have an inborn preference for sweet.

It's as addictive as a drug - but you can give it up. Here's a few tips to help you manage your intake.

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oddstuff

Cheese blocks Australian highway

The cheese truck rollover closed the Princes Highway for 12 hours.

A truck carrying 20 tonnes of cheese has crashed, cutting off a section of a major Australian road.

Opened cheeseburger up for sale

The cheeseburger that was posted on Facebook for $3.

Online sale for a cheeseburger started as cheesy joke.

Underwater restaurant driven through New Plymouth

The multi-million dollar underwater restaurant which will be shipped to the Maldives in the Indian Ocean.

A 450 tonne underwater restaurant is leaving New Plymouth for a spot in the Indian Ocena.

Cockroaches inspire helpful robot

Cockroaches have inspired a new robot which could help find victims of natural disasters or bombings.

Inspired by the invincible insects, scientists built a machine to navigate through rubble to find survivors after natural disasters or bombings.

Parenting

Childbirth videos? No thanks

When it comes to giving birth, the line between being informed and creating unnecessary anxiety is a fine and very personal one.

Not keen to watch graphic birthing videos to prepare for labour? You shouldn't have to.

This Happy Meal is six years old

After six years, the Happy Meal "has not rotted, molded, or decomposed at all."

One woman has kept this uneaten McDonald's meal on her desk for years to prove a point.

Broken Fitbit - or pregnant?

It's a strange world we live in when your Fitbit knows you're pregnant before you do.

He thought his wife's fitness tracker was broken. It wasn't - it just knew something they didn't.

Gwyneth's selfie with Apple

Gwyneth Paltrow says her daughter Apple loves her unusual name.

Little Apple Martin is all grown up - and she sure looks a lot like her mother.

kiwi traveller

UK hits NZ with health charge

Kiwis wanting to spend more than six months in the UK on their OE will soon have to pay up.

Kiwis wanting to spend more than six months in the UK on their OE will soon have to pay up.

Exploring the Great Wall

Wear layers when visiting the Great Wall - it can be chilly.

Heading off on an overseas adventure? Send your travel questions to us.

An endless Indian summer

The de Souza family made the move to Goa, India seeking a change of pace from their busy city lives.

Chloe and Francisco de Souza live in Goa, India, with their six-year-old twin daughters, Lily and Sabina.

Off the beaten track stuff nation

Dave and his family have enjoyed a unique Moroccan experience.

Travelling Kiwi family continue their epic journey, this stop, Morocco.