August 28 2014, updated 9:25am


He's 11, 1.8m and has size-13 shoes

Tafara's NBA dream is in reach after he won the Steven Adams Scholarship, worth $130,000.

Fight for beauty of life

Her daughter was slain at 22, and now Lesley Elliott is working tirelessly to help others who suffer from abuse. 8:45am Her daughter was slain at 22, now Lesley Elliott is working tirelessly to help others who suffer from abuse.

Angry inmate grounded

A prisoner being taken through Wellington Airport became so violent Air New Zealand refused to fly her.

Manager of gay bar attacked

Bar manager injured by drinkers who freaked out when they realised they were in gay bar.

X Factor's Redfoo in Sydney brawl

8:11am X Factor Australia judge and LMFAO star Redfoo has been reportedly hit in the head by a flying glass at a Sydney hotel.

Zara drops top after Nazi comparison

7:44am Global fashion chain Zara stops selling a striped children's top decorated with a six-pointed star.

Calming sessions irk parents

Riversdale A school's proposal for a mindfulness programme for pupils in the wake of bullying stirs up debate.

Killer took 'a caring, beautiful soul'

Aaron McDonald will begin a term of life imprisonment for murder and attacking hitch-hikers.

And here comes the rain...

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Graeme Timlin

Son's disappearance still a mystery

It has been 49 years since Ursula Purchase last saw her son's face, heard his voice, felt his touch.

'Knee defender' under attack

Anti-seat recline device has largely flown under the radar for a decade, but that's changing now.

MP's anger over Dirty Politics

 Mark Mitchell Rodney MP Mark Mitchell is likely to take legal action over Nicky Hager's book.

Beehive Live: In the big city

Auckland's the place to be today, ahead of tonight's first leaders' debate.

Nats accused over debt

National support slips

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Head-to-head for desperate duo

John Key and David Cunliffe go head-to-head tonight for the first time on the campaign trail.

More MH17 remains identified

Experts working to identify the victims of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 say they have positively identified 173 of them.

New Russia incursion claim

Ukraine has accused Russia of launching a new military incursion across its eastern border.

Netanyahu under fire

Released journalist thankful

Girl, 9, shoots instructor dead

US instructor dies when child accidentally shoots him in head with sub-machinegun.

NZX has bubbly on hold

Stock market NZX The stock exchange is headed for a record year, but it could be a while before we see a repeat, NZX boss says.

Changing of guard at Ebos

Mark Waller steps down from 27-year role at helm of healthcare and pharmaceuticals supplier Ebos Group.

Warning of legal high impact

Does NZ need a Tech Commissioner?

Kim Helas

Historic suburb readies itself for quake

Earthquake strengthening work is threatening to disrupt businesses in Auckland's oldest suburb.

Still tough for the first-home buyer

mortgage The ability of first home buyers to get a mortgage has eased only slightly with banks holding volumes of low deposit lending steady.

Tax policy elusive

National continues to dance around whether it will promise tax cuts in the coming weeks.

Division over KiwiSaver's future

Agents criticise home plan

Cost of success was failure

Shehan Wijetillake As co-founder of a tech start company with over 15,000 members I thought we had the next big thing, but I failed.

Capital Gains Tax: Relief for SMEs

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Recognition for sled designer

Akarua expands in Central Otago

Stuffed dog auction pulled by eBay

An eBay listing for a taxidermy dog was initially banned for breaching the online auction site's animal and wildlife guidelines - because it had fur.

Orcon move irks broadcasters

CallPlus' decision to help another 60,000 customers access overseas internet TV services such as Netflix gets prickly reaction.

New iPhone 6 leak 'confirms' release date

Govt won't pay for rural UFB

Spark hopes for pirate boost

Spark hopes pirates will boost the popularity of its Lightbox internet television service, which was launched at midnight.

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emily How does she manage to look so fabulous while backpacking with haste? We find out.

Does this float your boat?

I jumped at the chance to let go of gravity and switch off the world. But was it as easy as it sounded?

From dumbbells to wedding bells

Son's disappearance still a mystery

Her daughter was slain at 22, and now Lesley Elliott is working tirelessly to help others who suffer from abuse.

Fight for beauty of life

Her daughter was slain at 22, now Lesley Elliott is working tirelessly to help others who suffer from abuse.

House of the week: Kelburn, Wellington

strap This 1930s villa in Kelburn, Wellington used to be cold, dark and in need of repair: now it's a beauty.

Let's live in...Te Kauwhata

Nestled in rolling dairy farmland in the north Waikato, Te Kauwhata is tucked away just off bustling SH1.

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It's all about re-loving, baby

Re-loving furniture can result in a beautiful, unique item for your home and you can even do it yourself!

Taste of food on film

The Hobbit food stylist Deb Logan Food scenes from the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movies have been lovingly recreated for 130 guests at a special Wellington On A Plate event.

Dads' kitchens rule

Josh King and Aaron Gascoigne have been dubbed 'the corporate dads' in NZ's version of My Kitchen Rules.

A day in the life of a food addict

Win! A fancy sake dinner

Big dairy deal fillip

Fonterra Southland's economy is set to get a major boost from a multimillion-dollar dairy deal.

Pigs in the middle

How many piglet deaths do the public feel are OK if sows are allowed "normal" behaviour outside of restrictive farrowing crates?

Beyond the pale

Fonterra workers get muddy

Ten movies about basketball

Teenwolf As the Tall Blacks prepare to compete at the world champs in Spain, we looks at 10 of the best basketball movies.

TV Guide's top 5 picks

Not sure what's good on TV? The TV Guide has rounded up the five best shows this week.

Art biography trumps Catton

Architect up for festival

Mark David Chapman

John Lennon's killer sorry

John Lennon's imprisoned killer says he still gets letters about the pain he caused.

Ryanair launches business class

Ryanair is offering business-class tickets in an attempt to woo travellers during penny-pinching times.

The 'Korean medical wave'

K-Pop fans are heading to South Korea for shopping, sightseeing and some nips and tucks.

The sexiest way to travel

Solo traveller seeking company?

The gadget that sparked a fight

The Knee Defender has got a global boost after it caused a mid-air scuffle.

My dog helps me face reality

Laura Winders got her dog Penny as a walking companion but she ended up with a bigger role to play.

SBW decision is short-sighted

The decision to give Sonny Bill Williams an exemption for All Blacks selection sets a bad precedent.

Closing in on eyes to the soul

Fear of losing drives ABs

Steve Hansen and Sonny Bill Williams

SBW 'only loyal to bank account'

SBW is a 'sporting mercenary' with nothing vested in the game but turning tricks, Tahi Ruatoru says.

New Falcon cost $263,254

The final Australian-produced 351kW FPV GTF. Australian Ford enthusiast says "there's nothing like a GT Falcon".

At 50 not out

When William Le'aupepe arrived in Wellington more than 50 years ago he was shocked to learn he would need a licence to drive a bus.

Canterbury roads NZ's deadliest

Don't touch or ask

Speed camera

Hundreds caught by camera

Hundreds of tickets have been issued in the first weeks of Wellington's hi-tech camera being in use.

Proteas win big easy

AB de Villiers With two tons scored and 20 balls spare, South Africa claim victory over Australia in mammoth ODI run-chase.

Hore answers Southland SOS

Former All Blacks hooker Andrew Hore to come out of retirement as injury cover for the Stags in the NPC.

Sacked for 'disruptive' video

Mr Invincible just keeps going

Pat McCabe

McCabe 'lucky to walk away'

Retiring Wallabies wing says he couldn't risk his life again after breaking his neck for a third time in just seven tests.

Moutoa potato farmer Tony Parlato

A head for potatoes

Tony Parlato knows a bit about growing potatoes. He has been in the business for almost 20 years.

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Less-troubled tippling

I love beer. I took to it at a young age. Being of Irish lineage, I was helped to sleep by Guinness.


Protecting cheese with DNA

Swiss cheesemakers' weapon against forgeries is housed at minus 80 degrees celsius in a Bern freezer.

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