Lives changed forever after crash

Natasha Strydom's parents expect her to turn up home any day. But she never will.

Sex teacher jailed

Porirua school teacher Stacey Reriti, who was found guilty of seven sex charges against a boy at her East Porirua School.

10:41 AM  Stacey Reriti, who started sex abuse when a boy was 10, also sent nude photos to a second underage child.

Wild weather hits flights, power video

2 min ago  Gales battering the capital cause flight delays, as wild weather hits much of the country.

Kiwi pilot found dead in Ireland

9:47 AM  Irish police searching for missing Kiwi pilot Kelly Leslie have found his body.

Passenger steals boarding pass

9:28 AM  "He tried to make it seem like it was a mistake, that it printed incorrectly".

Wheelie bins could be microchipped

10:36 AM  About 300 wheelie bins are reported missing in Christchurch a month.

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Faces of Innocents: live chat

Child, Youth and Family Chief Social Worker Paul Nixon will be joining us for a live chat to answer your questions on child abuse policy.

17 min ago  Join us for a live chat with New Zealand's chief social worker, as part of the Faces of Innocents project.

Rescue becomes recovery

10:07 AM  Search for a teen swept out to sea while swimming off Raglan beach called off.

A climber is missing on Mt Cook after failing to reach the Empress Hut.

Man missing on Mt Cook

10:30 AM  Concern for man after he failed to reach hut, but bad weather grounds searchers.


Catitude in cabs

Craving a cuddle with a cute feline? Uber will deliver some to your office for a small SPCA donation.


White House on lockdown

A person has reportedly jumped the fence at the White House.

10:39 AM  The White House has been put on lockdown after a person jumped the fence.

Unity urged in fight against Isis video

9:49 AM  Francois Hollande meets with Vladimir Putin and calls on world powers to unite in fight against "common enemy".

A Perth lawyer says no legal action should be taken against woman who filmed "girls gone wild" video.

Could 'girls gone wild' sue? video

Women who trashed Perth bar bathroom wouldn't have a leg to stand on if they tried to sue the filmer, says WA lawyer.


It's Christmas every day

Amazon's fulfillment centre prepares for Black Friday in England. Black Friday has overtaken Cyber Monday as's busiest day with 5.5 million items sold on the day last year.

OPINION: Has Cyber Monday had its day as big retailers increasingly offer deep discounts year round?

Bomb threat to avoid work

Aaron O'Neill didn't want to go to work, so he hatched an elaborate drunken plan to pull a sickie.

Hartley Atkinson, the company's managing director, says the IPO will allow AFT Pharmaceuticals to grow to the next level.

NZ pharma firm to list

AFT Pharmaceuticals, which started in an Auckland garage in 1997, will raise over $33m from new investors.


How to buy tech as a present

The BB-8 droid from Sphero..

Tech is one of the most popular types of presents you can give at Christmas, but buying gadgets for others can be tough.

Li-fi: 100 times faster than wi-fi

The new form of wireless tech has clocked in at speeds of up to 224 gigabits per second.

Breaking up isn't so hard to do, more of a mild inconvenience.

The week I quit social media

OPINION: The day I gave up social media, I went on Facebook three times. 

life & style

Furry Friday: Black & white cats gallery


9:34 AM  Sylvester is one, Postman Pat has one, and they're said to be among the feistiest and least placid cats that you can meet.

What the heck is aquafaba?

9:44 AM  This egg white substitute sounds like a Harry Potter spell, and its effect seems nearly as magical.

Victoria Beckham, Salma Hayek and Kate Bosworth all made the cut this week.

Best & worst dressed celebs gallery

Victoria is her own best advert, Salma puts a lot on show, and one model commits crimes against polyester.


Would you glitter your armpits?

The thing is, glitter sticks around forever. This isn't low-investment.

9:49 AM  'Tis the season, so if you feel like your armpits need some festive cheer...

Pining for Christmas

"You just can't get away with not having an authentic smell of pine needles on Christmas morning."

There's no lack of inspiration from Christmases past - this display was captured at 120 Gimblett Place, Invercargill.

What's the real cost of Xmas lights?

9:12 AM  Everyone loves a decorated street - is it your turn this year?

well & good

Make like a model this summer

Most of us will live the model life like this crew but we can still be fit and trim.

10:17 AM  While I know I'll never be six feet tall with the hips of a young boy, I can still be fit and healthy, right?

How to train like a Navy SEAL

There's training hard, and then there's training like a SEAL. Think you could handle it?

Can't find the right diet? Eating more greens is a good place to start.

5 diets you need to know about

Planning a health kick? Experts weigh in on this year's top diets - and what's coming next.

home & property

Would you live in a church? gallery

Plans for the church turned housing complex, and the proposed apartment building behind it.

Historic Auckland church divided up into apartments which are selling for some ungodly prices.

Modern estate scores a win

Forget your archetypal English farmhouse - this may be the country house of the future.

Michele Powles' finished family home in West Auckland.

Lessons from building a house

It's the journey's end for our own Grand Designs project... but would we ever do it again?

food & wine

Things Nigella should do in NZ

Celebrity chef Nigella Lawson will have plenty of activities to choose from when she makes her way to the deep south.

From cheese rolls to chocolate and her own Giapo creation, we've picked six things Nigella should do in NZ.

Recipe: Yoghurt roast chicken

A fresh, tangy take on roast chicken suitable for the warmer months.

Raspberry & mascarpone cake

Recipe: Barbecued spiced pork

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Wetlands are winners

Kaiwaiwai farmers Neville Fisher and Aidan Bichan, with Ian Gunn from the Greater Wellington Regional Council, and the constructed wetland.

0 min ago  Wetlands are making a comeback in the Wairarapa

High rainfall effluent breaches

Taranaki farmers are failing to comply with effluent disposal conditions after heavier than usual rainfall.

Farmers pitch in together 

South Canterbury fears worst


The Rock comes to pup's rescue

Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson, and , er, Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson.

14 min ago  Things are on the up for abandoned puppy in need of surgery after The Rock stepped in.

Bryan Cranston's tears for Jane

10:16 AM  Bryan Cranston has broken down describing the "emotional price" he paid for pivotal Breaking Bad scene.

Members of the band have been interviewed by Vice.

Face to face with a killer

11 min ago  The co-founder of the California-based rock band Eagles of Death Metal describes coming face-to-face with a gunman backstage.


The Great (white) Wall gallery

Chinese tourists walk on a slippery section of ice as snow is seen on the Great Wall after a snowfall near Beijing.

9:49 AM  The Great Wall of China has become the Great White Wall of China after snow covered the iconic site.

Tales from a month in America

OPINION: American food is a problem. It's not that it's uniformly awful – far from it. There's just far too much of it.

The "Skylanders Eruptor" balloon moves by people on balconies during the 89th Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in the Manhattan borough of New York.

Giants take over New York gallery

Spectators packed Manhattan sidewalks to watch the Macy's annual Thanksgiving Day Parade.

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Review: Settling The Score Live stuff nation

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9:55 AM  The Auckland Philharmonia navigated this variegated and popular programme with their usual aplomb, writes Takeshi Ito.

POTD: A dog for any mood stuff nation

Quintin won't leave your side if you're feeling down, and will bounce around with you if you're happy!

Weather photo of the week.

North Hagley Park - morning light on the spring flowers

Weather photo of the week stuff nation

Spring has sprung in Paul Gee's shot of flowers in the morning light at Christchurch's North Hagley Park.


No drivers on roads in future video

Drones could be used to deliver packages, freeing up trucks for heavier items.

Flying cars? Hovercraft? NZ's Ministry of Transport reveals its predictions.

Paul Walker's dad sues Porsche

Paul Walker's dad files claim against Porsche over the accident that killed the Fast & Furious star.

Brett Ladbrook has been riding motorcycles for 29 years since he had a spinal injury that left him unable to walk.

Back riding the bike  gallery video

Nearly 30 years after crashing and injuring his spine, Brett Ladbrook still gets around on two wheels.


Death puts floodlit test in focus video

Black Caps captain Brendon McCullum says his players will don black armbands in Phillip Hughes' memory.

'Hughesy' still in the back of players' minds as final preparations made for inaugural pink ball test.

Klitschko out to silence Fury video

10:06 AM  World heavyweight champion admits nerves before title fight, but as for the antics, he's heard it all before.


Is this the ball of the year? video

Indian spinner lets rip with an unplayable delivery as South Africa feel the heat in Nagpur.

good reads

Are we building a great city?

An aerial view of Christchurch's city centre taken in May this year.

What is frustrating is that we already know what makes for great cities. . . so why are we working on untested assumptions?

'One of the greatest American heroes'

Hugh Montgomery, 91, at his home with the Nazi SS flag which was flying over Buchenwald concentration camp during WWII.

He jumped into Normandy, ran spies in Moscow, and has now retired at 90

We forge on despite chaos

The atom bomb became the feared enemy, says Rosemary McLeod.

Rosemary McLeod's parents wondered whether it was right to bring a child into this rotten world. That was just after WWII.

Beware of the 'BFF' mother

Where do you draw the line between mother and friend?

OPINION: The teacher who claims today's mums are damaging their daughters by trying to be best friends is right.

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Catitude in cabs gallery video

The SPCA's Jorja Bennetts and Uber driver Stewart Hendaryo will be out and about making kitten playtime deliveries around Wellington on Friday to promote pet adoption.

Craving a cuddle with a cute feline? Uber will deliver some to your office for a small SPCA donation.

Police called as man attacks spider

The huntsman spider is commonly found in Sydney although police did not reveal the identity of the spider.

Police were called thinking a man was beating up his girlfriend, but all was not as it seemed.

Injured bird takes free flight

An injured northern royal albatross found off the coast of Kaikoura was treated at Vet Care Kaikoura before being flown up to Wellington for further treatment.

Air NZ has flown an injured albatross, found off the Kaikoura coast, to Wellington for specialist treatment.

Man stole human brains

David Charles, of Indianapolis, pleaded guilty to six charges including receiving stolen property and burglary in a Marion County court.

Six jars of brain material were sold for for US$600 on eBay, a court heard.


Kids, we need to talk about porn

It might frighten parents to think their young children are exposed to porn online, but it's a reality in today's digital world.

Parents often underestimate their child's exposure to porn online.

Blog: The dirty F-Word

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Let’s talk about milk supply when feeding twins, the evil formula and my favourite lactation cookie recipe.

Stop the 'baby bump' nonsense

Yep, she'd still wear this even if she wasn't pregnant.

No, those celebs aren't "flaunting their baby bumps"- they're just pregnant.

When sex ed goes too far

Do you know what they are looking at, all the time?

Would you give your pre-teen or teen access, with some restrictions, to porn on their smartphone?

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Tales from a month in America

Tales from a month in America

OPINION: American food is a problem. It's not that it's uniformly awful – far from it. There's just far too much of it.

Vegetarian realities in Ghana

A local coconut seller in Accra waits for business

Avoiding meat can be a hassle for any vegetarian traveller, but Stacey Knott finds exceptions in Ghana.

Kiwi expats a proud bunch

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Kiwis living overseas are prouder and more positive about New Zealand than those living here.

'Hot plumber' takes on the USA

Logan said Yosemite National Park in California was one of the most beautiful places he had ever been.

The travelling tradie won't be returning to the building site anytime soon.