Cricket splash

Black Caps vs Australia

3:00 PM  The Black Caps' bowlers are tearing through Australia's batting order at Eden Park.

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Commentary

The toss

Ko smashes record

Women's golf world No 1 Lydia Ko.

2:31 PM  Kiwi world No 1 hits 10 birdies and an eagle to seize the outright lead at the NZ Women's Open.

No review of executions

2:54 PM  Aussie PM said Indonesia's president was "considering" Bali 9 pair. Apparently not.

Fresh blow for Dotcom

US court bars Kim Dotcom from fighting seizure of his assets.

More info over deported criminals

3:16 PM  Australia will give NZ more warning before deporting convicted Kiwi-born criminals.

The cost of fracking

Locals were happy when the money flowed thick and fast. Then the earthquakes started.

national

Abbott to discuss Iraq with Key

PLENTY TO DISCUSS: New Zealand Prime Minister John Key and Australian counterpart Tony Abbott.

Australian PM's visit to New Zealand overshadowed by speculation about his political future.

Sex crims walk in park

Three of the country's most notorious criminals  team up for morning walks in a public park.

Police are investigating the fire at the Ormond St, Woodville address where James Whatuira was killed in January.

Murder house fire 'suspicious'

11 min ago  A fire at the scene of James Whatuira's death in Woodville is the result of arson, police say.

Video

Blue Lake a Kiwi jewel

It seems appropriate that one of NZ's greatest natural treasures is hard to find.

world

Russian opposition leader killed

Opposition leader Boris Nemtsov speaks during an opposition protest in central Moscow December 2011.

Russia's former deputy prime minister Boris Nemtsov has been gunned down near the Kremlin.

Most wanted drug lord caught

Mexico has captured the most wanted drug lord in the country, Servando "La Tuta" Gomez.

DEFIANT: Muslim teacher Adil Charkaoui speaks to reporters during a press conference at the Centre St-Pierre in Montreal, Quebec. Charkaoui has denied he had radicalised Canadian teens believed to have headed to Syria to fight with IS.

Teacher denies radicalising

Muslim teacher once jailed  as a security threat denies radicalising teens now fighting with extremists.

business

Slow pace of building a 'disgrace'

The latest building activity figures suggest that this week's quarter-point interest rate cut may be needed to stimulate growth in consumer confidence and in construction.

The pace of home building may slow this year, economists say, after a drop in the number of new home building consents issued by councils in January.

The big China trade-off

Local control of NZ meat and dairy manufacturing is being whittled away, an infant formula-maker says.

SMOOTH THE PATH: Ironing out the kinks in your income can help you plan and feel in control.

Smoothing the bumpy ride

3:00 PM  People working more than one part-time job may have to cope with uncertain pay packets.

money

Skimmers hijack Kiwibank ATMs

NZ dollars, cash, money

Hundreds of customers fall victim to skimming device, with funds and bank details taken.

Small rewards for savers

Term deposit holders actively seeking the best rates get little extra in return.

ABC of insuring your kids

Petrol price probe bid defeated

small business

Stop office stress becoming toxic

In Australia, both parents became more stressed after the birth of a child, but for the mother the effect was three times as big.

Small disputes between staff can become hugely damaging in a small business.

Mystery shopping grows

Steve Howells has a network of informers who gather information.

Bike workshop little slice of heaven

Inspiring youthful ventures

technology

Battle Chasers returns as game

Artist Joe Madureira's first video game will be an adaptation of his long-dormant comic from the 90s.

Artist Joe Madureira's first game will be an adaptation of his long-dormant 90s comic.

Global Mode goes worldwide

Kiwi tech Slingshot and Orcon use to help customers access geo-blocked services itself going global.

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Online vileness is modern sport

OPINION: I'm wedded to digital technology but there's a dark side of internet life.

life & style

Do we need designer kidswear?

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 14:  Kim Kardashian (L) and North West attend the Alexander Wang Fashion Show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Fall 2015 at Pier 94 on February 14, 2015 in New York City.  (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images)

A surprising number of people are silly enough to buy $10k of trendy clothing that's only going to be puked on.

Who makes better beer?

Forget the World Cup - another classic trans-Tasman battle has been brewing.

Internet illusion: The dress in question.

Finally, we have an answer

It caused a social media storm but a new photo has put an end to the debate.

well & good

Why non-smokers get lung cancer

SHOCK DIAGNOSIS: Union chief Helen Kelly this week revealed she's been diagnosed with lung cancer.

Pollution, second-hand smoke, genes... there are plenty of reasons why the disease isn't just limited to smokers.

Cycling to confidence video

Nic Brockelbank, who has MD, has ditched his wheelchair and climbed on a bike.

SEEING THE LIGHT: A 'bionic eye' helps Allen Zderad see his wife Carmen for the first time in a decade.

Man sees wife through bionic eye video

For the first time in 10 years Allen Zderad can 'see' his wife: 'She's the most beautiful one in the room'.

home & property

How to: pick an exterior paint

COLOURS OF THE RAINBOW: With so many to choose from, how do you decide on what colour you want to paint the exterior of your home?

Stuck on what colour to paint your house? Here's eight simple ways to help you choose.

Nuts and bolts of renovating

Knowing the value is the key to renovating and selling, says full-time property trader Rachel Ward.

Bring elements of this warm, welcoming look into your home.

How to get the country chic look

Four ways to bring warm, welcoming elements into your home - even if you're in the city.

food & wine

The perfect weekend brunch

Brighten up your weekend with blueberry fritters for brunch

Get your Saturday off to a tasty start with these blueberry fritters and honeyed sour cream.

Richardson's guilty pleasures

Former NZ cricketer tells us his most embarrassing kitchen moment and the weirdest thing he's ever eaten.

KFC launches edible coffee cup

When not to eat off the floor

nz farmer

Dairying to fund predator control

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Illegal cyanide poisoning puts native species and public at risk Department of Conservation (DOC) staff and locals around the Lewis Pass / Boyle village are concerned that someone is illegally and irresponsibly using cyanide to kill possums for their fur and skins. In the past week green cyanide paste on beech trees, along with dead possums, have been noted on a public walking track running between Boyle village and Doubtful Valley, just off SH 7.

NZ's major dairy companies have committed to spend $5 million over two years on predator control.

Unused water rolled over call

Irrigators should be allowed to carry forward their unused groundwater takes from one year to the next, a Federated Farmer's spokesman says.

Putting apple oomph back

Productive land focus urged

entertainment

Rose McIver is dead famous

Even hot sauce hasn't made iZombie's "brains" a taste sensation for leading lady Rose McIver.

Usually eating a lot of noodles is a sure sign your acting career isn't going well.

Leonard Nimoy, 'Spock', dies

Leonard Nimoy, the man who made "Mr Spock" a household name, has died at 83.

Rosie O'Donnell has filed for divorce from Michelle Rounds.

O’Donnell files for divorce

Rosie O'Donnell has filed for divorce from Michelle Rounds, according to a new report.

travel

Blue Lake a Kiwi jewel video

18022015 News Photo: Alden Williams/Fairfax NZ

The Blue Lake, Nelson Lakes National Park. 

South Island backcountry file generic hiking tramping back country te araroa

It seems appropriate that one of NZ's greatest natural treasures is hard to find.

20 reasons to go to Matakana

A whistle-stop tour of the horticultural hotspots, fine foods, antiques and art trails of this beautiful area.

HOME SWEET HOME: Houses in Gran Canaria, Canary Islands.

Beginner's guide: Canary Islands

It's only a three-hour flight from Spain, but few travellers go there. Here's why they should.

stuff nation

Man City face stern test of title stuff nation

REMEMBER ME?: Liverpool's Mario Balotelli will face his old club Manchester City this weekend.

Liverpool host champions Manchester City at Anfield in the pick of the Premier League matches this weekend.

Pet of the day: The shredder stuff nation

Mickey loves attacking the loo rolls so much his owner wonder if he should have been called 2 ply!

LAID BACK: Nero will never replace the dogs we've lost, but he doesn't need to. We love his playful, relaxed nature.

A much-needed home for Nero stuff nation

When our German shepherd Ari died, she left a huge whole in our lives. Along came Nero.

motoring

Rose, 95, revels in her '69 Mini

Happy birthday: Rose Oakley took her trusty car to the Seven Oaks conference centre in Timaru for her recent birthday celebration.

Rose Oakley has owned her Morris Mini since 1969 and the trusty steed is still ferrying her around.

Top Gear secrets revealed

James May admits the show has gone too far at times and says "mutual loathing" is the key to success.

Kejia Zheng

The foreign drivers debate

What can or should be done about the perceived problem of tourist drivers on our roads?

sport

Australia win toss, batting first

Captains Brendon McCullum and Michael Clarke at the ICC Cricket World Cup match between New Zealand and Australia at Eden Park in Auckland, New Zealand. Saturday 28 February 2015. Copyright Photo: Andrew Cornaga / www.Photosport.co.nz

2:03 PM  Both teams get what they want with NZ skipper saying he would have bowled first if he'd won the toss.

Wood signs with Ipswich

Chris Wood joins All Whites team-mate Tommy Smith at Championship team Ipswich Town until end of season.

AB de Villiers of South Africa plays an inventive shot against West Indies in his innings of 162 at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

De Villiers not middling it video

Ball not cleanly struck in staggering 161-run innings played on instinct alone, South African captain says.

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The true cost of fracking

SHAKY GROUND: Oklahoma has seen a dramatic rise in the number of earthquakes since 2009.

Locals were happy when the money flowed thick and fast from fracking in the oil-boom state. Then the quakes started.

Afghanistan's first female taxi driver

Sara Bahayi has had her taxi license for two years. The $10 to $20 she earns each day is enough to provide for her 15 relatives, including her ailing mother.

The person behind the wheel of this Toyota Corolla has made this taxi a revolution of sorts.

Keep our media incorruptible 

Martin van beynen

OPINION: We like to think that as members of the club of Western democracies, we are a cut above the rest of the world.

Road kill - The foreign drivers debate

Kejia Zheng

Imagine being Kejia Zheng. It was November 2012 and on the second day of her New Zealand holiday.

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Adventure capital of the world video

Carmen Roberts

Kiwi Carmen Roberts is bringing the world back home with her, for a bit of adventure.

Kiwis are taking flight more often

INTREPID TRAVELLER: Kiwis are packing their bags and seeing the world more often than they did before.

New Zealanders took almost 134,000 overseas trips in January, up 5 per cent on the same month a year ago

Travel tips: How to access money

TRAVEL DILEMMA: Sometimes ATMs, carrying cash, and prepaid cards aren't enough. How do you ensure you're not fussing with money on your holiday?

There are so many different cards, and so many different fees. So where do you start?

The tip of the iceberg stuff nation

Blake Hornblow (left) and Zac Penman (right) on the 'Monkey Island' in Terra Nova Bay.

First-year science students Zach and Blake are on the adventure of a lifetime in Antarctica.

oddstuff

Llama pursuit, sadly, comes to an end video

ON THE LOOSE: The two llama evade police at the height of the pursuit.

Two llama on the "llam" have won hearts around the globe this morning in their bid for freedom.

Octopus vs crab battle video

Octopus vs crab.

Australian seafood assistant captures epic octopus versus crab battle on video that takes off online.

'Priest' claims God a woman

Alanis Morissette as God alongside Silent Bob in Kevin Smith's Dogma.

Supposed priest claimed to have seen God as a 'Holy Mother' when he died for almost an hour.

'Michelangelo of buttocks injections'

'MICHELANGELO': Padge Victoria Windslowe fatally filled a woman's buttocks with industrial-grade silicone and Krazy Glue.

Woman who fatally filled woman's buttocks with industrial-grade silicone and Krazy Glue brags at her murder trial.