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Murder charge laid video

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Woman found dead in Taranaki house a much-loved in community, resident says.

Human remains found

Police probe how human remains found in Coromandel came to be there.

'The biggest wave you've ever seen'

She'd stopped to take a photo. Then came a wall of water that sent her plummeting and rescuers scrambling.

Live: NZ vs Pakistan - ODI 1

Live coverage of the Black Caps taking on Pakistan in Wellington.

Lorde's fearsome reputation

When label bosses suggested taking over her Twitter account, the 18-year-old said no.

national

Myth that young tourists are stingy gallery

Bill Jackman, 28, and Hebe Henderson, 21, from Cornwall are squeezing a five-week NZ trip in between visiting Australia and Thailand.

Our relationship with the tourism industry is fraught: we need their money, but we love to complain about them.

What the Greens need to lead stuff nation

3:50 PM  With an extensive and proven career in diplomacy, Kennedy Graham is my pick for Greens co-leader.

Dylan Stephens said ecstasy helped with sleep and back pain.

Bodybuilder 'doing it clean'

4:07 PM  Bodybuilder Dylan Stephens, jailed after taking steroids and ecstasy, reveals how his life fell apart.

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Warriors make winning start at Auckland Nines

The Warriors have got off to a winning start at the Auckland Nines, beating the Gold Coast Titans 17-10.

world

Refugees housed in Nazi camps

The entrance gate of the former concentration camp in Dachau, Germany.

German local governments are using the sites of former Nazi concentration camps to house a flood of asylum seekers.

8-year-old boy praises terrorists

French fracture were laid bare when a 8-year-old boy declared 'I am with the terrorists'.

Ukrainian First Lieutenant Alexei Chaban stands in front of the Russian tank he damaged and then commandeered.

Ukrainian act of mercy

Ukrainian becomes internet hit after he posts open letter to mother of a Russian tank commander whose life he spared.

business

Analysts bullish about beef

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Beef and sheep farmers can look forward to a positive year, according to the Rabobank agribusiness outlook for 2015.

Inventor embraces digital tools

There are some brilliant ideas swirling through the heads of Kiwis. In the past they would die with their creators, never finding life.

BITTER PRICE: Joseph Slater of Six Barrel Soda has noticed lemon prices shooting up because of a citrus fruit shortage.

Squeeze put on lemons

Soaring lemon prices are leaving a sour taste in shoppers' mouths.

money

'Opt-out' probe could widen

Contract, sign document, legal

Investigation into Air NZ's charges could be expanded to include other companies using the same sales tactic.

Parole hearing deferred

Jailed finance directors Neal Nicholls and Wayne Douglas must wait after an error was made with their eligibility dates.

Cheaper home loans in sight 

How I cut my power bill  stuff nation

small business

Cheers to $500k from beer fans

Brewer and Creative Director of Yeastie Boys Stu McKinlay

Brewer Yeastie Boys raised $500,000 in less than 30 minutes after launching a crowdfunding campaign.

Woman admits tax evasion

Palmerston North woman may have big bills to pay after defrauding IRD of thousands.

Craft beer demand froths over

Meet the bootcamp babes

technology

When did we stop 'surfing'?

MOVING ON: Back in the days when surfing the internet was still cool.

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

China tightens lockdown

Users face tougher challenges as the government locks down ways to skirt increasingly strict web controls.

HBO hit Girls is one of the shows Sky hopes will attract non-Sky-subscribers to its delayed Neon internet television service.

Sky's Neon delayed again

Sky Television looks likely to delay the launch on its Neon internet television service once again.

life & style

Warriors strip off for Klum

STRIPPING OFF: The NZ Warriors welcomed Heidi Klum in their midst.

Supermodel Heidi Klum has played a game of "show me yours I show you mine" with New Zealand's rugby league team.

Gwyneth: Steam your vagina

Gwyneth’s at it again, this time raving about the benefits of steam-cleaning her vagina.

LASTING LOVE: The heart of a relationship lies in how we see each other.

Two questions decide true love

Are you a 'master of love' or a 'disaster of love'? The answer may determine what you bring to a relationship.

well & good

Milk does the body good?

PERFECT FOOD? Some studies have shown potential ill effects from drinking too much milk.

3:56 PM  Here's a quick review of what science currently says about milk's health benefits.

Pole work takes sheer strength video

Is it a workout only for those blessed with abs of steel and an ability to defy gravity? This reporter says less. 

THREE KEY AREAS: Any exercise programme should focus on safety, effectiveness and progress.

6 tips to keep your fitness on track

Your exercise programme should be enjoyable but there are some rules that ought to be followed.

home & property

Victorian home frozen in time gallery

This house at 8 St Georges Road South, Fitzroy North, is frozen in time.

3:48 PM  An old property containing relics of Australian life through the decades is as much a museum as it is a home.

Top 10 open homes under $500k gallery

Planning on a little bit of house-hunting this weekend? These are our top 10 to check out around the country.

LITTLE THINGS COUNT: Sometimes a lick of paint can make a huge difference to the look of your home - inside and out - and it doesn't cost the earth. You can even do it yourself.

5 tips to add value to your home

You've given your body an overhaul as part of your new year's resolution - why not do the same for your home?

food & wine

Recipe: Huevos rancheros

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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

More land in foreign hands

COMPLEX ISSUE: Federated Farmers dairy industry group chairperson Andrew Hoggard says the issue of foreign ownership is complex and best considered on a case-by-case basis.

Another 3000 hectares of Canterbury dairying land has been approved for foreign ownership or control.

Messy block goes native

Roger and Francie Taylor knew a lot of hands-on work would be required to turnaround a rough Canterbury block.

Teen bidder gets it done

Quality young sheep sought

entertainment

10 things to mull from GoT trailer video

NO HOPE FOR THE IRON THRONE: Fugitive Tyrion Lannister

Sophie Turner, who plays Sansa Stark promises "more deaths, more blood" as the trailer for season 5 hits the net.

Will Katy get back on Taylor? 

Katy Perry's Super Bowl show plans: lions, sharks and a 'rebuttal' to Taylor Swift?

READY TO FIGHT: Neil Finn

Finn baulks at his own music

If you're thinking of using Neil Finn's music as your company's hold tune, think again. 

travel

Are lifejackets needed on planes?

A FLYING MUST:  It's worth paying attention to the life safety jacket demonstration.

Is it really worthwhile having a lifejacket demonstration on a plane?

Time for a cool change

I love the freedom and flexibility of road trips.

NATURAL BEAUTY: Luckily outside is much nicer than inside.

The hotel from hell

It sounded grand enough, but it was no honeymoon at the Raj Residency.

stuff nation

What the Greens need to lead stuff nation

TOP SPOT: Russel Norman is stepping down as co-leader of the Green Party.

3:50 PM  With an extensive and proven career in diplomacy, Kennedy Graham is my pick for Greens co-leader.

Top 'fattist' debate comments stuff nation

Today's story on New Zealand being accused of having a "fattist culture" got many readers weighing i

GOOD FIND: Leela with a prized stick.

Pet of the day: Wanna be pals? stuff nation

Leela is a border terrier who doesn't believe in strangers, just friends she has

motoring

Opposites really do attract

Dairy farmers Barry and Deidre Tippett have playfully named as Walter and Wanda their hopped-up 1934 Plymouth Deluxe and all-original 1935 De Soto - and further refer to them as boyfriend and girlfriend.

Meet Walter and his girlfriend, Wanda.

High-spec 2WD added

The addition of a highly specified front-driven model is the big news surrounding a facelift for the Honda CRV.

Volkswagen Touareg

Touareg gets revamp

VW's highly-regarded Touareg gets a facelift, a price reduction and extra specifications.

sport

Warriors make winning start  video

STAR PLAYER: Shaun Johnson makes a break for the Warriors against the Titans.

3:54 PM  The Warriors have got off to a winning start at the Auckland Nines, beating the Gold Coast Titans 17-10.

Evans wins first solo race

5:05 PM  Simon Evans achieved another milestone as he won the BNT NZ SuperTourers race at Hampton Downs.

ICE COOL: Kiwi golfing superstar Lydia Ko.

Ko leading the way in Florida 

4:17 PM  Lydia Ko has a one-shot lead heading into tomorrow final round of the Coates Championship.

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good reads

Who killed me?

NO TIME TO REFLECT:  Broadchurch’s high drama is being undermined by some shoddy use of promos for other programmes.

OPINION: Trevor Agnew rages against TVNZ’s handling of Broadchurch’s end credits.

The legend of Phar Lap

CHAMPION HOME: Phar Lap and handler Tommy Woodcock visited at Trentham by dignitaries, including former prime minister Gordon Coates.

He's been called the greatest horse ever, and few who stood at Wellington's dockside on Nov. 24, 1931, would disagree.

The hotel from hell

NATURAL BEAUTY: Luckily outside is much nicer than inside.

It sounded grand enough, but it was no honeymoon at the Raj Residency.

Village that refused to surrender video

'IRREPLACEABLE': John Boote, standing, and Stephanie Boote, with her granddaughter, Neave Bridge, and Tim Stephenson. The Bootes own four properties, including their holiday home, in Kairaki.

Three-and-a-half years after it was red-zoned, Kairaki is as strong as ever. How has it survived?

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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.

The curse of the flower poo

TRAVEL TERRORS: Oh god I can't cope with any more going to the loo. And that was just the beginning.

A Southeast Asian adventure is ruined by an illness, a worm and and an itch that can't be scratched.

How to travel, even if you haven't saved

SWAPPING HOMES: Richard Lintott and his wife turned to home swap as an affordable way to travel the world.

Long and leisurely trips after retirement would have been out of reach if Richard Lintott and his wife hadn't begun home swapping.

oddstuff

Goose guard at Southport

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

He's feisty and feathered and he's on patrol outside the Seafarers' Centre.

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.

'Dead' cat claws himself out of grave video

DETERMINED: His owner thought Bart was a goner, but five days after being buried Bart showed up at a neighbour's house.

His owner thought Bart was a goner, but five days after being buried this fearless feline clawed his way home.

Absolutely dotty video

Wellington's forgotten little laneway Bond Street, has had a major spruce up for a summer of fun and music.

Bond St in central Wellington has a new look - it's gone completely dotty.