The wagon wheels of truth

5 min ago  Matthew Hayden, you've been exaggerating. And here's the evidence.

Burning death: Guilty

VICTIM: Shalvin Prasad.

2:44 PM  The men accused of burning an Auckland man to death have been found guilty.

Missing car may be underwater

2:40 PM  Police believe they have found the car a missing Invercargill boy was last seen in.

Killer co-pilot 'didn't say a word'

17 min ago  The silence in the cockpit during the last eight minutes of doomed Germanwings flight was broken only by the co-pilot's even breathing.

Air NZ changes cockpit policy video

19 min ago  Air NZ among airlines taking safeguards after Germanwings co-pilot kills 150.

Defence closes: Lundy 'not a lab rat'

1:53 PM  Forensic evidence criticised as being designed to "patch up a sinking case".

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national

Sex offender coming to NZ

Police generic. NZ Police

1:59 PM  Perth woman is outraged her father, after jail for child sex offences, can dodge parole conditions in Canterbury.

Second child hit by car

Six-year-old boy critical after being the second Manawatu child struck by a car in a week.

Smoke can be seen around Nelson from a house fire in Stoke.

Stoke couple flees house fire gallery

2:15 PM  The owners of a Stoke house completely destroyed in fire have miraculously escaped unharmed.

Video

Cricket fans hit catwalk

Cricket fever has broken out at a Palmerston North primary school, with pupils taking to the catwalk and social media to support the Black Caps.

world

Fears of land war over Yemen video

People watch a vehicle which belonged to Shi'ite Muslim rebels burn during clashes in Aden on Thursday. Warplanes from Saudi Arabia and Arab allies struck Shi'ite Muslim rebels fighting to oust Yemen's president on Thursday, in a major gamble by the world's top oil exporter.

Saudi Arabia is drawing up plans for a possible ground offensive as their warplanes pound neighboring Yemen.

Co-pilot 'wanted to crash' video

The co-pilot of a Germanwings flight that slammed into an Alpine mountainside "intentionally" sent the plane into its doomed descent.

INVESTIGATION: German police officers shield a person leaving the house believed to belong to the parents of crashed Germanwings flight 4U 9524 co-pilot Andreas Lubitz in Montabaur, Germany.

After crash, can we trust pilots?

Germanwings crash may be the fifth or sixth time a rogue pilot has killed everyone aboard.

business

Summit to tackle port row

Proposed wharf extensions at Port of Auckland.

8 min ago  Sir Stephen Tindall and others opposed to Auckland port expansion will meet mayor and port directors.

Kiwi on A$1.9m bribery charge

2:25 PM  Kiwi is second person to be charged in Sydney with corruptly receiving payments from a supplier.

20032015 Farming Photo:Dean Kozanic/FairfaxNZ.  Glenalla Farm near Ashburton owned by Peter and Anne Gilbert.

Heartland confidence rebounds

Rural regions braced for tough times last year, but feel happier now.

money

Interest advice on credit cards

'RESPONSIBLE' MOVE: Only a third of US customers paid their credit card off in full, while in New Zealand that figure was over half.

Credit card users will get a warning that paying off less now will cost them more later.

Credit card sweetener warning

Customers advised to take care as banks fight for new business.

Nightmare on Loan Street

The puzzle of pocket money

small business

Designers choose Kiwi-made

Designer Jon Dyball and operations officer Anita Lock from designer brand High Society.

Customers are now looking for the New Zealand-made tag when buying boutique clothes, New Zealand designer Jon Dyball says.

The easiest 4 weeks of your life?

Disgruntled employees can do a great deal of damage in the weeks between resigning and leaving.

Awards for joinery businesses

Aviation firm forced to close

technology

Twitter launches video app

Twitter's announcement comes on the same day that Meerkat unveiled a list of investors.

2:25 PM  Twitter Inc launched a video streaming app called Periscope on Thursday.

Google's new CFO gets $70M

2:03 PM  Google just found out that luring a top executive from Wall Street is expensive.

Today's concept of a "burn book" was popularized by the movie Mean Girls

Burnbook bullying app

"This app was created to increase cyberbullying. There's no other reason."

life & style

Colourblind finally see colour  video

Colourblind see colour for first time

2:08 PM  Imagine only seeing the world in sepia shades. Luckily these glasses open up a world of options.

Kate makes ASOS look luxe

It's not what you wear but the way that you wear it - here's how to replicate a royal look on a pauper budget.

Rick's the little guy in his group, and all through his doggy day care years he struggled to get chicks - but then, in his mid-twenties he discovered the power of the dog bun combined with some sweet hipster shades. Life changed. Walking schedule full of bitches.

Move over man buns gallery

The internet is now in love with the four-legged Letos of the world - behold the dog bun.

well & good

What makes Jude feel good?

FAMILIAR FACE: A constant presence on television for 25 years, Jude Dobson tells us the best piece of advice ever given to her by a GP.

2:49 PM  Hers is the familiar face of health advice to Kiwis - but what's the best advice Jude Dobson ever got?

A love letter to OpnLttr

It's the site which houses thousands of simmering grievances - and reading offers an equal mix of heartbreak and hilarity.

LOVE TO SLEEP? Sleeping more than eight hours a night is linked to morbid outcomes, a new study finds.

The dangers of lying in

Adults who get more than eight hours a night may sleep themselves into an early grave, study says.

home & property

3 gardening tasks for the weekend

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2:18 PM  Here are our top three tips on what should be on your gardening to-do list this weekend.

A 100-year-old family bach

This Karitane beach house is a family touchstone in good times and bad.

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10 stylish houses under $500k gallery

2:09 PM  Yes, you can find an architecturally designed home in NZ that doesn't cost the earth.

food & wine

The best-ever hot cross buns gallery

Hot Cross Buns

2:00 PM  These fruity, gently spiced buns are simple to make and will win you serious brownie points.

Currying flavour with the family

These easy-to-make-at-home Thai curry pastes will definitely spice up your weekend dinner time.

Is teff the newest superfood?

'Perfect' glass for Kiwi drop

nz farmer

Teen shearing champ dies

Shaylyn Te Huia, 16, died unexpectedly in Te Kuiti on Monday.

2:33 PM  Shearing community in shock after an up and coming champion dies unexpectedly.

Price rises predicted

Sheepmeat and beef prices are predicted to rise in April.

Guardians of the land

Report calls for overhaul

entertainment

Karl Stefanovic apologises to Kiwis

Karl Stefanovic eats his words after copping social media abuse about his comments regarding Kiwis and Indians.

2:53 PM  Australian Today show host Karl Stefanovic apologises for calling Kiwi cricket fans dole bludger army. Well, sort of.

Malik forced out over drugs?

1:56 PM  A claim has been made that One Direction escapee Zayn Malik was effectively forced out over his excessive partying.

Cameron Slater is donning the boxing gloves, could a top hat and tails be next?

10 Kiwis we want on DWST

10 min ago  Rumour has it that Dancing with the Stars is making a comeback. Here are our picks for Kiwi personalities we want to see on the show.

travel

Sleeping among a cloud forest

Hummingbirds are fed honeywater at the lodge's feeding station.

It's hard to keep your head out of the clouds in the magical forests of Equador.

Can you trust your pilot?

Germanwings crash may be the fifth or sixth time a rogue pilot has killed everyone.

Balinese Hindu dancers take a rest after a ritual before Nyepi day in Jakarta March 20, 2015. Nyepi is a day of silence for self-reflection to celebrate the Balinese Hindu new year, where people may not use lights, light fires, work, travel nor enjoy entertainment. During Nyepi, the airport in Bali is also closed. Only Pecalang, traditional security officials, are allowed to patrol the streets to ensure prohibitions are followed. REUTERS/Beawiharta

Top travel pics of the week gallery

Here is our round up of the top travel photos from around the world.

stuff nation

Guys in utes are 'worst drivers' stuff nation

13032015 News Photo Andy Jackson/Fairfax NZ.  Traffic flowing nicely through the intersection of Elliot and Leach streets in New Plymouth.

While not technically poor drivers, guys in utes appear to think they own the road, says John Taylor.

4 lessons learned from running stuff nation

It's not just the action of running that's beneficial, it's the weather conditions too.

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Thanks to great neighbours

We hardly saw each other but always felt our neighbours were there in caring spirit.

motoring

Messerschmitt is all car

Dave Blackmore's Messerschmitt KR200 bubble car is for sale on Trade Me.

Fancy owning your own Messerschmitt?

New system targets speeding

Ford unveils new technology that watches for speed zones and prevents you from breaking the limit.

Toyota's facelifted GT86.

More fun in facelifted coupe

My, how time flies. The little Toyota 86 sportscar has been on the NZ market for more than two years now, and it's just received its first facelift.

sport

NZ ready to cash in at World Cup

MORE REASON TO SIMLE: The Black Caps players are in for a pay day of around $400,000 if they prevail in the World Cup final.

2:18 PM  Each Black Caps squad member stands to earn about $400,000 if they triumph in Sunday's World Cup final at the MCG.

Super Rugby burning questions

1:30 PM  OPINION: What should Steven Hansen be concerned about? Have the Canes proven anything yet?

NOISY NEIGHBOURS: The Black Caps will be underdogs when they face Australia in Sunday's World Cup final.

Aussie media relish NZ final video

The Australian media have likened Sunday's World Cup final between the co-hosts in to 'a neighbourhood dispute'.

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good reads

Half of dead hip-hop artists murdered

GONE BEFORE HIS TIME: Was Tupac Shakur's death an occupational hazard?

There's much mystery surrounding the death of Tupac Shakur. Few think his death was an occupational hazard.

Guardians of the land

Supreme winners of 2015 Ballance Farm Environment Award are, from left, William Akers, Laura Oughton, Judy Akers and Hugh Akers.

Heritage is important to the family at Broadlands Station which recently won an environment award.

Did Pam make a case for C17s?

Loaded up: An RNZAF C-130 Hercules carries aid bound for Vanuatu.

OPINION: The Government needs to spend its military budget wisely, writes NZ First's defence spokesman Ron Mark.

A dying man's words for his daughter

LOST TO LUNG CANCER: Neurosurgeon Paul Kalanithi pictured with wife Lucy and their daughter Cady.

'You filled a dying man's days with a sated joy,' he wrote. Soon after, he was gone.

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Yoga studio arson made her so happy

SMOKING HOT: Nancy Duarte was smiling in her mugshot after being arrested for setting fire to a yoga studio.

Nancy Duarte is capturing headlines in the United States for her smoking hot mugshot.

Elephants stop stranded truck from overturning

HEAVE HO: "Lucky we came along, isn't it," said elephant one to elephant two.

Two elephants are heroes after stopping the truck they were in from flipping over after the 18-wheeler got stuck in mud.

Teapot racers will pour it on

TEA SPORT: Steampunk teapot races, from left, Professor Phoenecea Carwardine (Julia Harris), Mrs Hudson (Jane Craven), Captain Josiah Smollett (Mark Harris) and Coloinel Julius Hawthorne (Jane Craven) will be racing their teapots-on-wheels during CubaDupa.

They may be short and stout, but a bunch of New Zealand teapots now also lays claim to wheels.

Ploy clears library of undesirables

Dale Cousens basks in glory outside New Plymouth's Puke Ariki library, now that classical music has helped to stop loiterers.

Classical music has blown some riffraff from the front steps of New Plymouth's library.

Parenting

The right help, at the right time

As my wife progressed through her pregnancy, it became apparent that the doula intended to play a passive role in the birth, and it was up to us to be very proactive.

Sometimes parents need a helping hand - from the moment you see the plus sign and it never stops.

Your performance evaluation

So, about nap time. I've tried to tell you I'm done with naps twice a day.

Hi, Mum. I have a few things to tell you about your recent performance. Come see me.

Disciplining without rewards

For most people it would seem impossible to discipline without rewards and punishments.

For most people it would seem impossible to discipline without rewards and punishments. 

I breastfed the wrong baby

The nurse checked the name tag on the baby's ankle then took the baby straight from my breast, blurting out, "Oh my god, I'm so sorry. I've given you the wrong baby."

I felt awful for the mother of the baby I had fed, as I could imagine how she must be feeling about it

kiwi traveller

'I'm going for Dad's sake'

Australian and New Zealand soldiers stand guard during a dawn ceremony at Anzac Cove.

When Joan Altwasser travels to Anzac Cove next month, she will be following in the footsteps of her father.

A road trip through Europe stuff nation

FOUR'S COMPANY: Scott, Jennifer, the van and Tes.

Jennifer and Scott Martin were travelling around Europe when their adventure took an unexpected turn.

'Most epic adventure in the world' video

MONGOL RALLY: An international race from London to Russia.

Embarking on the ride of a lifetime, four Kiwis have entered an international rally to find adventure.

Warming to Wisconsin

FUR COATS: Robbie and Maria Ryan-Young keeping warm with their Alaskan malamutes.

Maria Ryan-Young lives in a 200-year old farmhouse in Milwaukee with her husband and their "snow dogs".