Driver survives 30m cliff plunge video

11:58 AM  A car has crashed through a fence and plunged 30 metres off a cliff in Sydney.

Live: NZ vs Sri Lanka

Tim Southee celebrates taking the wicket of Sri Lankan captain Angelo Mathews  in the first session of day four of Boxing day test at Hagley Oval in Christchurch.

9 min ago  Sri Lanka all out after courageous last wicket stand sets Black Caps a target of 105 to win.

Islamic State executes 2000 people

4 min ago  Militant group kills 120 of its own members and 1878 civilians in six months.

First-light search for QZ8501 gallery video

12:00 PM  Indonesia is set to resume at first light the search for Flight QZ8501 carrying 162 people.

Arrest after stand-off

11:28 AM  A woman staff member at Paihia Four Square was held by a man with a knife.

Drink drive doctor discharged

Doctor who drove at over four times the limit gets lenient sentence to save her career.


Tupuna carving theft upsets

Mike Ure is offering a reward to anyone with information that helps find his stolen carving.

Thieves stole a carving from Mike Ure's property while he took his daughter to hospital.

Surfers unshaken by shark

A large shark caught on Boxing Day won't keep surfers away from their favourite Nelson spot.

WANTED: Escaped prisoner Michael Campbell.

Man escapes Hamilton Court

Police are looking for escaped prisoner Michael Campbell, who broke out of Hamilton Court cells.


First-light search for QZ8501

Indonesia is set to resume at first light the search for Flight QZ8501 carrying 162 people.


1 dead, hundreds trapped gallery video

The ferry Norman Atlantic burns in waters off Greece.

Hundreds remain on burning ferry's smoke-filled deck as rescue efforts continue.

Family's lucky AirAsia escape video

As Christianawati raced late into the airport, she felt desperately unlucky. But it was a stroke of luck.

CHANGE OF MISSION: US General John Campbell, centre, folds the flag during the ceremony in Kabul.

NATO cuts Afghanistan force

US-led coalition's new, smaller mission - Resolute Support - comes at a tense time for Afghanistan.


World Cup rules are nuts - Pic

Pic Picot is unhappy
about the stringent
conditions imposed
for selling his product
at the Cricket World
Cup games at Nelson.

19 min ago  Nelson peanut butter baron Pic Picot says the rules around selling food at Cricket World Cup games are "kind of creepy".

NZ buys RetireAustralia

Infratil and the Superannuation Fund will take full ownership of the Australian retirement village operator for A$640 million.

The kiwi reached 95.72 Australian cents over the weekend, its highest level since December 2005.

Kiwi at 9-yr high against Aus

12:49 PM  The move comes as weaker commodity prices weigh more heavily on the Australian economy.


Elderly move on to rental ladder

FUTURE RENTERS: The elderly are set to make up a greater proportion of rental tenants.

In just 12 years, a much larger proportion of home owners will be superannuitants and renters will rise by a third, many of them elderly.

Budget time: Break it down

11:39 AM  You really only need three basic expenses in your budget: foundation, fun, and future.

Shoppers faint in bargains rush

Aussie dollar may lose battle

small business

Passengers pass up on Picton

Cruise ship passengers who haven’t been whisked away on a winery tour spill on to Picton’s foreshore for the craft market.

Picton stallholders are losing their lifeblood as cruise ship passengers are whisked away on winery tours before they are barely off the boat.

Getting a caffeine hit

Cafes and bars reap the benefits of an influx of Boxing Day bargain-hunters.

Slap on those sunnies

SMEs vulnerable to hackers 


New cyber-defence system for NZ

IAN FLETCHER: "For people who want to steal and break things, it takes a great deal of the risk out of it. The 'barriers to entry' to serious malware are lowering."

12:02 PM  Spy boss Ian Fletcher has both hands tied behind his back justifying cyber-security defence system Project Cortex

PSN slowly coming back

12:31 PM  Sony's PlayStation Network gradually returning after hack took it down on Christmas Day.

LIZARD SQUAD: Not quite like this.

Meet Lizard Squad

12:27 PM  Who exactly are the hackers who took down XBox Live and the PSN? 

life & style

Best Xmas gift ever? video

Joe Riquelme's simple envelope contained a big gift for his parents.

Son makes all his parents' Christmases come at once by paying off their mortgage.

Rocking sequins like a Rebel

Sequins always dazzle and so do the people wearing them.

Ann and Richard have been a couple for 40 years. They met when Ann was Albert. Now that Ann is a woman they are able to be married.

Richard met Albert, wed Ann

For 34 years, Albert and Richard were not allowed to wed. Then Albert became Ann.

well & good

Fitness gadgets may hold clues

Devices such as the Fitbit Flex can monitor a user's heart rate, activity and sleep.

11:47 AM  Courts grappling about whether to allow data from Fitbits and other devices as evidence in court, especially in personal injury claims.

Tongans tackle weighty issue

Group of women in Marlborough try to change some unhealthy habits of their culture, Biggest Loser-style.

NOT SO RELAXING AFTER ALL? A study on the impacts of using electronic reading devices found readers had a lower quality of sleep compared with reading printed books.

E-books may ruin your sleep

12:05 PM  Those who enjoy relaxing with a Kindle over a paperback in bed could be harming their health.

home & property

The many uses of microwaves

HANDY AND HEALTHY: A healthy salmon and veggie dinner can be made using in less than 10 minutes using a microwave.

11:26 AM  From bringing condiments back to life to disinfecting sponges, here are 10 handy uses for the appliance.

Reward yourself for progress

Some of us need all the help we can get to start, and finish, a home-improvement project.

Hanging wisteria, surrounded by buxus borders and David Austin ‘Constance Spry’ roses.

A beautiful garden on a budget

This Wairoa marvel is proof that a glorious garden can be made with time, patience and a shoestring budget.

food & wine

Recipe: Whole baked salmon

Whole baked salmon.

12:30 PM  This simple whole fish recipe is a show-stopper. Just match the fragrant salmon and rice with a simple salad to feed a crowd easily and healthily.

From explosions to top brew

One of New Zealand's most sought -after beers started life as a university experiment.

Fish and chips take a battering

How to avoid catering disaster

nz farmer

Maori land potential highlighted


Unlocking the potential of Maori agricultural and forestry freehold land could add $3.5 billion to the economy.

Genetic leap offers hope

NZ may export dairy genetics that will enable cattle to tolerate high tropical temperatures - and climate change.

Cow illness mystery remains

Science key to credibility


J-Law is box office gold

NUMBER ONE: Jennifer Lawrence brings in the box office big-bucks.

11:35 AM  Jennifer Lawrence has been named the highest-grossing actor in 2014 by Forbes.

Thunderbirds are go...online video

Thunderbirds are set to return with a teaser for the remake of the 1960s television show appearing online.

Kanye West would like you to vote.

Top 5 celebrity diva moments

Bieber's crotch selfie, Kanye's tanty over his wedding photos... bratty behaviour was high in 2014.


Sand-sational beaches

Ungasan Beach, Karma Kandara, Bali, Indonesia.

What is it about the humble meeting of sand and sea that seems to enchant us?

The world of Downton Abbey

Fancy pretending to be posh? Then visit these spots where the popular British period drama is filmed.

Getting down and dirty at Sydney's Mud Run.

World's best adventure races

There’s a new breed of traveller out there – they’re fit, fast and ready for an adventure.

stuff nation

A new Super Rugby champ? stuff nation

BIG PROSPECT: Seta Tamanivalu, here fending off Chiefs team-mate James Lowe in the national provincial premiership final, is set to show his skills in Super Rugby.

When it comes to rugby, the world is at the mercy of New Zealand, writes Cameron Chalmers.

Loved dog 'touched many lives' stuff nation

To have this kind of relationship with a dog was truly incredible, and I'll be forever grateful for it.

Pet of the day Nom Nom

Pet of the day: Bored with sudoku stuff nation

Nom Nom is a big cat who can often be found sitting in strange positions. Oh, and trying his paw at sudoku.


Old pistons now nobs gallery

Aston Martin Works 60th Anniversary Limited Edition Vanquish.

Aston Martin seems to have rummaged through its old parts bin to engineer a way creating six bespoke models.

Lexus bares its V8 soul

11:22 AM  What's this? A Lexus that's capable of shrieking out high-revving V8 soul music?

RETURNED: A screen grab of the 1967 Ford Mustang that has been returned to its owner after being stolen in 1986.

Returned after 28 years

12:57 PM  Some gifts shouldn't wait for Christmas - just ask Lynda Alsip about her Mustang that was stolen in 1986.


Reid fails Arsenal 'audition'

BAD DAY AT THE OFFICE: All Whites captain Winston Reid was at fault for both Arsenal's goals.

12:40 PM  All Whites captain chose a bad time to have a shocker with mistakes for both of Arsenal’s goals in 2-1 loss.

Schumacher faces 'long fight'

Doubt over claims F1 great may one day walk with crutches in update a year on from skiing accident.

Melbourne Stars player Glenn Maxwell watches as he's bowled after charging and leaving the ball.

Sorry for 'dumb and sh*t' duck

Glen "Big Show" Maxwell apologises for a poor Big Bash showing, getting out for a weird golden duck.

good reads

New cyber-defence system for NZ

IAN FLETCHER: "For people who want to steal and break things, it takes a great deal of the risk out of it. The 'barriers to entry' to serious malware are lowering."

Spy boss Ian Fletcher has both hands tied behind his back justifying cyber-security defence system Project Cortex

Carbon credits not the answer

Carbon emissions from the power sector are back on the way up.

Are PM John Key and Climate Change Minister Tim Groser climate change sceptics deep down?

Quakes unite neighbours

GOOD TO KNOW YOU: Neighbours Peter Leversedge, left, and John Patterson, in their Parklands street.

Before the earthquakes Peter Leversedge knew just a handful of his neighbours. Today he knows all 66.

Share a pint with Safi

CHEERS TO THAT: Hamilton-based Niwa scientist and homebrew champion Karl Safi says brewing is a delicate balance of science and art.

Brewing beer is a combination of science and art, says a homebrewer extraordinaire.

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WATER WONDERLAND: Allanah Faherty recommends taking an inflatable boat for a trip down the canals.

Allanah Faherty has found her dream job and location in Berlin, Germany.

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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.


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.