Children scared, but not scared off

Grandmother of kids who witnessed brawl at Hamilton swim spot wants something done.

'Hovel' faces closure

ACCIDENTAL LANDLORD: 
Craig Skilling is running an underground accommodation business in an industrial estate in central Christchurch.

Former car wrecker claims to help people "no-one else wants" in an illegal housing park in Christchurch.

PM knew of Mike Sabin issues

8:39 AM  PM knew of Mike Sabin's issues last year, but had confidence in him up until he quit.

Child dies in car smash

Child dies after car hits concrete power pole, in one of two fatal crashes last night.

Djokovic denies injury foxing

Novak Djokovic questioned over on-court  theatrics after convincingly beating Andy Murray.

Toddler shoots both parents

7:38 AM  US toddler fired a shot that hit his dad in the buttocks then hit the his pregnant mum.

national

Labour boosted - but Nats strong

LOOKING UP: Just over half of those polled rate Labour Leader Andrew Little as a capable leader, not quite matching John Key's 81 per cent rating.

Labour leader Andrew Little has been given a boost, with strong personal ratings and a surge in his party's support.

'Gentle, wee dog' killed

Woman devastated after her beloved chihuahua was savaged at a dog park.

Russell and Joy Campbell with the race finish photo of their horse winning the 1975 Caufield cup, which intruders stole from their home on Saturday.

Caulfield Cup stolen

Elderly couple are devastated after their Caulfield cup worth about $50,000 was swiped from their home.

Video

Super Bowl silly bets - what you can gamble on

Katy Perry song choice, MVP's thank you speech and Gatorade colour among gambler's options.

world

400 day jail stint over video

After 400 days in prison, jailed Al Jazeera journalist Peter Greste leaves Egypt for his native Australia.

8:47 AM  After 400 days in an Egyptian prison, released Al Jazeera journalist Peter Greste is head for his native Australia.

Aust leadership crisis looms

7:35 AM  Leadership strike against Australian PM Tony Abbott moves closer as prime contenders consider their options.

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Self-styled 'seer' faces trial

7:28 AM  Murder trial for self-styled ''seer'' and commune leader who allegedly foretold young member's death weeks before it happened.

business

Kate caters for satisfaction

GOOD TASTE: Kate Lester says her $40,000 investment in a purpose-built kitchen  has ‘‘made an incredible difference’’.

As a tot, Kate Lester would clamber to stand on a chair to watch and help her mum cook.

Jade signs Abu Dhabi deal

Jade Software is sailing into the new year with a contract to supply nine ports in Abu Dhabi.

New Zealand money

Receiver chasing 'over $25m'

Ross Asset Management's receiver is "reluctant" to say exactly how much it is trying to claw back.

money

Finance by degrees

STUDENT BRIBES GONE: Banks are more interested in attracting good, long-term customers.

In the battle for student banking business, gone are the days of cash giveaways and princely competitions.

Making sure your will works

Only half of all adults have a will, and those that do often fail to do a good job of it.

What are KiwiSavers saving?

Caravan and trailer cover

small business

Inventor embraces digital tools

Daniel Thomson invented a new type of resistance band.

There are some brilliant ideas swirling through the heads of Kiwis. In the past they would die with their creators.

Sex shop divides businesses video

The opening of a sex shop in a Christchurch heritage street has caused friction among local shopkeepers.

Woman admits tax evasion

Craft beer demand froths over

technology

Jade signs Abu Dhabi deal

Jade chief executive David Lindsay

Jade Software is sailing into the new year with a contract to supply nine ports in Abu Dhabi.

When did we stop 'surfing'?

Nobody - and I mean nobody - still says they surf the internet

#IDARB

#Hashtags taken to new levels

#IDARB is the first game to directly incorporate tweets; allowing spectators to influence the the action.

life & style

Ugly end to beauty pageant video

Miss Amazon 2015

8:38 AM  Runner-up wanted anything but world peace at Brazilian contest, instead opting to rip the crown from her rival's head

Can space bring you together?

Separate bedrooms, separate homes, separate holidays. Would time apart help your relationship to flourish?

Colleen McCullough.

Looks still judged after death

Author Colleen McCullough's obituary shows that even today a woman will be judged by appearance first.

well & good

80 laps for 80 years

Bill Devonshire celebrates his 80th birthday by swimming 80 lengths of the Lido indoor pool.

8:00 AM  Effervescent octogenarian Bill Devonshire has celebrated his birthday with a splash.

Two-year trek for Leg Up

Just three hours in the saddle was all the practice they had before a two-year trek for charity.

sam

Toned arms in 10 minutes video

Toned, strong, sculpted arms are one of the most common requests I get - here's how to achieve them.

home & property

How do you load your dishwasher?

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8:52 AM  A new study has revealed how you should be stacking your dishwasher - you might be doing it wrong.

Wellington suburbs to rise up

Karori and Tawa chosen as the next targets for housing intensification in Wellington's suburbs.

TRAILER HOME: The tiny, custom-made house from the outside.

Tiny homes, big interest

Tiny house movement taking off as people look for more sustainable ways of living.

food & wine

Recipe: Huevos rancheros

huevos

This Mexican classic makes a really cracking breakfast for a weekend treat. Serve the eggs with soft tortillas.

Pub walk to show off craft scene

Craft beer enthusiasts set to guide their first walking tour of popular, inner-city breweries and bars.

Marmite Easter eggs are a thing

How 3D printers will change food

nz farmer

Drought not a patch on 'big dry'

Farmers and grapegrowers in Marlborough say while conditions are dry, it’s nowhere near as bad as the drought of 2001.

Marlborough farmers who remember "the big dry" of 2001 say the region is experiencing a normal summer.

First sod turned

Work starts on a new irrigation scheme that will bring water to 3300 ha of some of NZ's most drought-prone land.

Only three new suppliers

Robotics the way ahead

entertainment

Is Rachel turning into a cougar?

COUGAR? Angela Bloomfield plays Rachel McKenna in Shortland Street.

17 min ago  Things are heating up between Shortland Street’s Rachel and Garrett. Is this the start of something serious or merely a casual fling?

What makes Norton nervous?

The ever-friendly Graham Norton about the return of his show and the guests who make him nervous.

BROMATIC COMEDY: on Cryer and Ashton Kutcher have great chemistry on Two and a Half Men .

The end of Two and a Half Men

8:47 AM  As TV2 begins screening the final season of Two and a Half Men, the show’s creators and stars reflects on its legacy with James Croot.

travel

Are women better at surfing?

Sally Fitzgibbons

Women are more intuitive when it comes to catching waves.

Thai luxury train catches fire

8 min ago  The locomotive of a luxury train carrying about 200 tourists caught fire as it was leaving a station in western Thailand.

FULL: Freedom campers are jostling for space with beach-goers at a Waimairi beach car park.

Locals wary of camper invasion

Freedom campers flood into community car park after being exiled from their previous home.

stuff nation

My first negative power bill stuff nation

GIVING BACK: Solar panels are making Dorothy Webster money this summer

This month I had my first refund power bill - thanks to solar panels, Dorothy Webster writes.

Pet of the day: Claws are in stuff nation

With a penchant for unprovoked biting and scratching, Clawdy earned a new name. But she's changed her ways.

Jaz

Dog found after 20 weeks stuff nation

8:06 AM  Cara Thomas hopes Jaz's tale gives hope to others still looking for their loved pets.

motoring

Unlikely Hollywood star cars

Rambler Gremlin

The oddest cars can make an impact in movies.

Opposites really do attract

Meet Walter and his girlfriend, Wanda.

Toyota Corolla RZ badge

Toyota world's biggest seller

Top three carmakers are fighting it out for world domination.

sport

Mason in 'anti-social' incident

Manly prop Willie Mason is being investigated by his club for "anti-social" behaviour in Auckland during Nines weekend.

Manly forward asked to leave a venue in Auckland following a "minor incident" during Nines weekend.

Messam collateral damage video

8:10 AM  All Blacks' eye hurt in pro boxing debut, but injury little compared to wounds for Waikato in early rugby days.

OCALA, FL - JANUARY 31:  Lydia Ko of New Zealand watches her tee shot on the 11th hole at the Coates Golf Championship Presented by R+L Carriers - Final Round at the Golden Ocala Golf & Equestrian Club on January 31, 2015 in Ocala, Florida.  (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)

Ko poised for long reign at top

It took just four days of the new season for Kiwi teen to scale one of two golf peaks she was yet to conquer.

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good reads

Looks still judged first post mortem

Colleen McCullough.

Author Colleen McCullough's obituary shows that even today a woman will be judged by appearance first.

Editorial: Game of diplomacy

King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia.

NZ has bowed the knee to a dead Saudi tyrant. The reason, of course, is the game of diplomacy.

Getting fired up about native flora

Fire

Scientists point to a chance to promote native flora after the 300-hectare fire in the South Island.

Rachel Stewart: Free speech for all

Rachel Stewart

OPINION: Since my last column, some in the dairy farming community have been telling me, and everyone else, who I am.

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Chris Walsh never tires of life in Notting Hill, London.

Heaven ... with sandy togs

Torrent Bay. Every year I come here, and am amazed all over again.

Take pity on me as I endure yet another annual holiday at the tiny, bush-ringed hamlet of Torrent Bay.

Hijabs and hospitality stuff nation gallery

UGC - 14. A street vendor, Shiraz

Iran is a destination with more to offer than you might think - you just have to ask, writes Mike O'Connor.

Your funniest signs from around the world stuff nation gallery

A McDonald's drive-thru served up this treat for Viv Cairns, who said: "Kids thought this was funny as they can't go through drive-thru without their butts!"

We showed you 18 of the world's funniest signs. You saw us and raised us with examples of your own.

oddstuff

This formidable turkey is the keeper of the cars gallery

Children run from the guardian of Mohamed Badr al-Din's vintage cars - a fierce turkey.

The guardian of Mohamed Badr al-Din's cherished vintage cars is one mean turkey.

Celebs pitch in to find Charlie

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A Beverly Hills shop owner who got celebrity help in hunting for her stolen dog has been reunited with the pooch.

Goose guard at Southport

ON PATROL: The mysterious goose, who has stationed itself near the guard house at Southport, honks at passersby.

A mysterious goose is on patrol oustide the Seafarers' Centre at South Port in Bluff.

Daisy moo-ving with the Times video

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She's kept Garden Place shoppers company for years, now Hamilton's iconic fibreglass cow is getting a psychedelic makeover.