Best & worst: Met Gala gallery

13 min ago  Some artfully placed jewels and not much else. Trust Beyonce to take it to another level.

Car hits boy, grandma

Mt Eden Rd was closed between View Rd and Lovelock Avenue following the incident.

2:48 PM  Aucklander rushing to grab her grandson was unable to stop him from being hit by a car.

7.4 quake jolts Papua New Guinea

14 min ago  With locals unfamiliar with earthquakes, Kiwis working in capital "kept everyone calm as best we could".

Bus driver takes off 'laughing'

1:25 PM  Two people were allegedly ordered off a bus to get change and left stranded by the driver.

Fined for running a bit too 'free'

1:52 PM  A man has been fined for damage caused by his "acrobatic running".

Treadmill fall killed tech CEO

2:09 PM  The husband of Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg hit his head and bled to death.

national

Two trucks crash

One man has been taken to hospital with moderate injures after a crash on West Coast Rd.

2:09 PM  State highway west of Christchurch reopens after two trucks collide.

Thames investigation widens

Scene investigation shows shots appeared to have been fired in early hours of morning.

With young people becoming increasingly vulnerable to online exploitation and abuse, students at Auckland's Diocesan School for Girls have taken matters into their own hands.

School bans secret social app video

A leading Auckland school has banned anonymous messaging app Yik Yak.

Video

Justin Timberlake's bizarre new ad

New father Justin Timberlake has taken on a hilarious role. The singer and actor is playing an oversized lime in an ad for his own tequila brand. 

world

AFP cop wary of Bali 9 situation video

Bali Nine: We don't have 'blood on our hands' AFP says.

2:50 PM  Identity of AFP officer who opposed dealing with a death penalty situation may never be known.

Boko Haram stone women

1:23 PM  Nigerian military claims to have freed more than 700 people from Islamist extremist group Boko Haram.

A man is pushed onto train tracks at Flinders St Station in Melbourne after an argument over cigarettes.

Man shoved onto train tracks video

A man was left lying barely conscious on train tracks at a Melbourne train station when an argument over a cigarette turned nasty.

business

McDonalds flips global plans

McDonald's has announced a global restructure of its business but the New Zealand restaurants so far seem to be unaffected.

2:46 PM  A global restructure at fastfood giant McDonald's will have no immediate effects on the New Zealand restaurants.

ANZ's $877m half-year haul

The country's biggest bank posts its fifth record interim profit in a row.

ConocoPhillips has been disappointed with the results of its onshore exploration ventures in Australia.

Oil firms fined $30K

15 min ago  Two oil and gas companies fined after worker fell 3 metres into a well cellar.

money

Mr Whippy lesson

Robbing a Mr Whippy is a poor risk/reward choice.

Two armed teenagers who robbed an ice cream van showed a bad grasp of risk and reward.

Why you need Pricemaker

Who has time these days to traipse from shop to shop when looking for a big ticket item?

Mai Chen's sells Bucket List

Seeking Islam-friendly mortgages

small business

Tax compliance costs fall for SMEs

The government says SMEs are paying less tax now.

OPINION: Tax compliance costs continue to fall for small to medium sized enterprises according to a government report.

Bribery report a wake-up call

OPINION: Eight ways to protect your business from bribery and corruption risks.

LeftBrain creditors wait

Shoe repair man walks

technology

The 4th will be with you, always

At least one of the new Star Wars Battlefront maps will be inspired by Iceland's lava fields.

2:11 PM  Battlefront gets 12 maps, Xbox teases Star Wars controllers, Google's Force-sensitive search.

Windows 10 adds finger emoji

1:23 PM  You will soon be able to flip someone the bird using an emoji after the character was approved by Microsoft.

Google makes it easy to find information about anyone.

Is Googling someone creepy?

I Google people all the time. Not only for work but also when I'm curious about someone new.

life & style

Difficulties of maternal giftware

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Are mums really keen on teacups, slippers, kitchen appliances and chocolates shaped like shoes?

Historic name for Princess video

The new princess' name contains a nod to Prince Charles - and her late grandmother Diana.

Christina and John Perriam at home on Bendigo Station

Life after Shrek at Bendigo

John Perriam and daughter Christina start a new chapter in the story of their iconic Tarras property.

well & good

Why diets do not work

A person's weight doesn't always reflect their willpower attempts.

"Everyone is blaming dieters for regaining weight they lose, and that's just wrong," says one expert.

Control stress with your breath

Stress can play havoc with your breathing, so here's how to use it to bring down anxiety levels.

For some women, however hard they work to shape up with resistance exercise, their genes seem to work harder to thwart their efforts.

Pumping iron and still no leaner?

Some women's genes protect their bodies from fat loss even in the face of heroic body-sculpting efforts.

home & property

Auckland sales hit 10-year high

The Auckland housing market faces a shortage of properties in the coming months.

Barfoot & Thompson says that "lack of choice is an issue" but they do have homes under $500,000.

How to: build a house in Nepal

This week, I've put aside my own home build to look at how the rebuild process might unfold in Nepal.

Actress Jayne Mansfield in her Pink Palace.

Most OTT celebrity homes gallery

Seven notable moments in A-list real estate that make Xanadu look like a minimalist one-bed apartment.

food & wine

The legend behind River Cafe

Ruth Rogers

Ruth Rogers' London restaurant is celebrating 28 years in business.

A hearty autumn soup

This chicken and egg noodle dishes makes for a quick, nourishing dinner on a cold day.

Mushroom and lentil mash-up

Bec Stanley's warming risotto

nz farmer

Toxic swede truth demanded

Dairy cows grazing swede on a Southland farm.

A Southland farmer whose herd was severely affected after eating toxic swedes last year, said he just wants the truth.

'Mootel' investment pays off

Building a cow barn has allowed Tony Allcock to better feed his herd, control his environmental footprint and protect his pastures.

MP 'd***heads' comments

Which firewood is best?

entertainment

Justin Timberlake's bizarre new ad

Popstar Justin Timberlake plays a sad lime in an ad for his tequila.

12 min ago  New father Justin Timberlake is playing an oversized lime in an ad for his own tequila brand.

Original Star Trek actress dies

Grace Lee Whitney, who played Captain Kirk's assistant on the original Star Trek series, has died.

Kris Jenner speaks to daughter Kim Kardashian in a new Keeping up with the Kardashians clip.

Kris Jenner breaks down

1:26 PM  The Kardashian matriarch says she now feels as if her life with Jenner didn't exist.

travel

It's my room, I'll cry if I want to

A hotel in Japan is offering women a special room to cry in.

In Japan, you can check in to a hotel room to have good bawl when life gets you down.

The fate of Nepal's heritage

The blue-rimmed eyes of the gold-spired stupa have long stared silently across this sprawling city.

More people are discovering clothing-optional cruises.

On the ocean, in the nude

Well this certainly makes packing easier. Sunscreen will be essential but clothing optional on this cruise.

stuff nation

Persistence pays off in love stuff nation

Becky Ellen-Johnson and her husband Nathan.

2:00 PM  Becky Ellen-Johnson didn't start online dating and find true love the day next, but she did find it.

Helping the Phoenix rise again stuff nation

The Nix may have stumbled recently, but Noel Burland's sure they'll be back better than ever.

Joe Guse's mum for Mother's Day competition.

One day for mums not enough stuff nation

Forget Christmas or Thanksgiving, Joe Guse says Mother’s Day should be the biggest holiday.

motoring

'Musclecarmania' auction gallery

A 1967 Shelby 427 CSX3356 that is to go under the hammer at the annual Mecum Musclecarmania auction in the US.

When it comes to musclecarmania it is hard to go past this annual auction in Indianapolis.

New Camaro reveal teased

The countdown is on for the release of the new Camaro and Chevrolet has teased with photos of the rear and bonnet.

The new Bond car for the 24th James Bond film Spectre is revealed, the Aston Martin DB10

Bevy of bespoke Astons video

Eight bespoke Aston Martin DB10s have been delivered to the set of the latest James Bond movie, Spectre

sport

Injured Barrett out for four weeks

The Hurricanes will be without star first-five Beauden Barrett for the next four weeks as he looks to recover from a knee injury.

Relief for All Blacks coach as star first-five cleared of season-ending knee injury.

1st5R - Rating Super playmakers

4 min ago  Beauden Barrett remains top first-five in Super Rugby, but it a Blues pivot secured top rating for round 12.

Kangaroos skipper Cameron Smith reflects on yet another low moment during his sides convincing loss to the Kiwis at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane.

Roos may be No 2 for long time

14 min ago  OPINION: Kiwis rise to world No 1 must have Aussie camp questioning decision not to play again for 12 months.

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The uncertain fate of Nepal's heritage

A man walks through the famous Swayambhunath stupa after it was damaged in the April 25 massive earthquake in Kathmandu, Nepal. Swayambhunath, which dates back to the 5th century, is one of at least 68 cultural heritage sites in Nepal that were damaged by the earthquake.

The blue-rimmed eyes of the gold-spired stupa have long stared silently across this sprawling city.

The rise of the 'late late' marriage

Bob Geldof recently married long-term partner Jeanne Marine.

Pledging your troth when bits are falling off you is much braver then getting hitched in your 20s or 30s.

Commitment the key to his success

DairyNZ chief executive Dr Tim Mackle says he is as passionate about the dairy industry as ever.

DairyNZ leader Tim Mackle says success will come through working hard, doing a great job and taking the initiative.

Deciding if in-laws are too close

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Customs a killer for Darth Vader

Tilena Jackson with Cadence Nixon, 4, share a laugh with Darth Vader on the Main Highway in Otaki.

Sith Lord, in Otaki yesterday, explained it could cost an arm and a leg going through customs.

It's my room, I'll cry if I want to

A hotel in Japan is offering women a special room to cry in.

In Japan, you can check in to a hotel room to have good bawl when life gets you down.

Woman seeking kiss man hears from wife

Runners head to the finish line in the 119th running of the Boston Marathon.

A woman searching for a man she kissed while running the Boston Marathon has heard back – from the mystery man's wife.

Politician's mic catches him peeing video

Councillor Rachael Jonrowe was unable to hold back her laughter.

Texas council member takes toilet break mid-meeting, but forgets his microphone's still on.

Parenting

When labour doesn't happen 

I waited for the contractions to come - but nothing.

The contractions never came. I was sent home in defeat and told to return first thing in the morning.

Plunket's plan for Asian mums

Angela Hong with her daughter Renee Tom believes more Asian mums in New Zealand should use Plunket.

For the past year Plunket has been working on a strategy for mothers stretching from Japan to Afghanistan.

Breaking the cycle of family rage 

I envisioned clearly one afternoon after a particularly destructive fight with my husband that he, a historically reasonable and loving ally, might take the children away from me.

There was a time when I could imagine losing my children because of my ongoing issues with anger.

8 reactions to Charlotte's name

Royal baby Charlotte

You don't have to name your baby Apple or North West to get a big public reaction.

kiwi traveller

No refuge at The Church

Sunday services are shutting down.

Notorious London party bar, frequented by Kiwis, is closing down.

Readers' travel pics of the week gallery

Our family went to Hanmer Springs just before the school holiday finished. On the day of leaving Hanmer Springs we decided to go for a short walk in the mountains. So we drove to Jack's Pass. The short walk actually turned to a full-length tramp. The girls were tired and wanted to stop at two thirds of the way. But we persisted and reached the summit. The panoramic view was magnificently rewarding. Mt Isobel is 1319m and we climbed 449m from Jack's Pass which is 870m. Well done for my 8 year old (Jasmin)and 12 year old!

This week's entries this week take us from the villages of Siem Reap all the way to the massive Grand Canyon.

Why everyone should travel solo

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When you travel alone, you're in charge. That means you can plan your days however you want.

10 etiquette rules for travellers

Your actions create ripples that affect people you will never meet.

Your actions create ripples that affect people you will never meet. So what are the essential rules for 21st-century travel?