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Confused Australians took to social media, and one even called police, after spotting the Wanaka released NASA balloon in the sky above Victoria and thinking it was a UFO.

Nasa balloon confuses Australians

3:02 PM  Australians take to social media over Wanaka-released Nasa balloon, thinking it's a UFO.

Wicked wild weather

A boat has broken its mooring as strong winds buffet Paihia and is sitting in the surf.

Storm lifts roof tiles, creates havoc on roads and leaves scores without power.

Ko wins Swinging Skirts in playoff

2:53 PM  Kiwi teen overcomes four-shot deficit to force playoff, going on to win $2.6m LPGA event.

Trapped on Everest, 'desperate'

1 min ago  Aftershocks and avalanches hamper Everest rescue as overall death toll passes 3200.

Hawking gives hope to 1D fans video

3:16 PM  Stephen Hawking uses theoretical physics to give hope to fans missing Zayn Malik.

Car crashes into Pak n' Save video

Police consider laying charges against driver who crashed into Auckland supermarket.


Real estate agent feels vindicated

Chris Gollins is relieved to get a $10,000 fine from The Real Estate Agents Disciplinary Tribunal, which found him guilty of  backdating an agency agreement for a land sale.

Agent fined $10,000 for disgraceful conduct says fine's leniency clears him of suspicion.

Squatting in quake buildings

The flame from Luke's cigarette lighter flickers down the dark corridors of an abandoned building.

Prime Minister John Key visited UAE prime minister Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum in Dubai ahead of his trip to Saudi Arabia.

PM to visit Saudi Arabia video

John Key rejects comparison between Saudi Arabia's justice system and ISIS beheadings.


Climbers trapped on Everest 'desperate'

Aftershocks and avalanches hamper Everest base camp rescue efforts as overall death toll passes 3200.


'They wanted $137k' video

Bali nine: Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan lose appeal

Former Bali nine lawyer claims Indonesian judges wanted thousands of dollars to save the pair's lives.

Hackers 'read Obama's emails'

A breach of the White House's computer system was more intrusive than was acknowledged, say officials.

The avalanche moves towards the campsite.

The moment avalanche hits video

Footage shows quake-triggered avalanche hit Mt Everest base camp.


Mountainbike park seeks funds

Canada-based Jay Fry is one of those behind a $25 million proposed Christchurch Adventure Park.

A multimillion-dollar Port Hills mountainbike park is expected to open in October 2016

Estate agent feels 'vindicated'

The Wellington real estate agent found guilty of disgraceful conduct says the leniency of his fine clears him of suspicion.

Virgin Group founder Sir Richard Branson said telecommuting typically improves productivity.

Branson on Yahoo's 'mistake'

17 min ago  Virgin Group founder Richard Branson says Yahoo's ban on working from home is "a mistake".


KiwiSaver tax warning

Check your KiwiSaver tax rate now.

Some KiwiSavers are being overtaxed on the savings.

Auckland defies curbs

Government's done everything it can to cap sky-rocketing house prices, English says.

Parity slips out of reach

More sex linked to higher pay

small business

Country pub spreads wings

The new general manager of Greytown's White Swan hotel, Dale Keith, plans to capitalise on growing numbers of national and international tourists visiting Wairarapa.

The new manager of the landmark pub is aiming for a difficult balance.

Invercargill's 'lack of vision'

Invercargill leaders need to show vision for the city's central business district to survive, retailer Carolyn Milne says.

Insurance education targets SMEs

Can gamers save video stores?


Three days with the Apple Watch

The Apple Watch isn't an iPhone replacement. It's a supplement to the iPhone.

It took me a good day to learn what all the buttons do, but now I'm used to it my favourite function is texting.

Phones smarter than us

Renowned futurist says by the time the iPhone 11 is out, it will be as computationally intelligent as we are.


Mobile gaming for the blind

The race is on to create better video games for blind and vision impaired players, using everyday technology and smart design.

life & style

Model response to ad backlash

Renee Somerfield, who features in the bikini ready ad for Protein World, said: "Confidence is beautiful no matter what size you are.... Your reflection doesn't define your worth."

Model Renee Somerfield says two wrongs don't make a right as social media storm rages over 'bikini body ready' advert.

Grieving dad's honest obituary

Molly Parks succumbed to addiction aged 24 - but her family decided not to gloss over the facts.

All the Knowles women at Tina's wedding.

They sure know how to party

The best part about Tina Knowles' super-glam bash? Beyonce put the whole album online (and Blue totally stole the show).

well & good

How to get people to eat fruit

A reduction in the price of fruit leads to an increase in consumption.

People will buy a whopping 35 per cent more fruit when the price is discounted by 20 per cent, study finds.

Bone up on the latest heath fad

Yes, the new nutrient-rich food of the year is a soup - or bone broth, to be exact.

Both cocoa and cacao come from the cocoa pod - the difference is in the processing and heat required to make the powder.

Cocoa v cacao - the difference?

Cacao is the buzzword in food circles, but how exactly is it different from cocoa?

home & property

Fancy moving to France? gallery

Yes, this French manor truly does cost the same as a five-bed in Mt Roskill.

2:47 PM  With a strong Kiwi dollar, a weak euro and a surfeit of "chateaux", you'll get much more bang for your buck than in Auckland.

Sea forts turned into luxury stay

English forts built in late 1800s to defend against French get new lease of life with helipads, spa and five-star rooms.

The tiny Welsh home was deemed "unfit for habitation".

The world's tiniest houses gallery

If you think your inner-city apartment is small, think again.

food & wine

Pan-fried fish with pine nuts

John Dory or any firm, white-fleshed fish is suitable for this simple, Autumn dish.

This healthy dinner, with a zesty herb-garlic dressing, will be on your dinner table in less than 20 minutes.

Choc raspberry mousse

Dark chocolate, cream, raspberries and Tim Tam Choc Raspberry biscuits combine - what’s not to love?

How to become a wine expert

Pasta with a Japanese twist

nz farmer

Meetings 'fuel frustration'

Cambridge farmer Garry Reymer.

Radical change called for to the Fonterra Shareholders Council to better serve interests of 10,000-or-so farmer-owners.

Raiders butcher prized beef

Two valuable in-calf cows among cattle gunned down and butchered in a roadside paddock near Whakatane.

Seed drill a Rolls Royce system

Exports close to $4 billion


A bit of X factor for dance show

Dominic Bowden will bring his extensive hosting experience to the new season of Dancing with the Stars.

X Factor's Dominic Bowden and radio DJ Sharyn Casey will take the reins of Dancing with the Stars.

Winehouse family slam film video

Amy Winehouse's family criticise documentary about the late singer saying it "contains basic untruths".

Sam Smith watercolour portrait.

Kiwi's pop portrait goes viral

A watercolour portrait of singer Sam Smith painted by a Kiwi artist has taken the internet by storm.


Most luxurious hotels in Paris gallery

A century after its original inauguration, the Plaza Athenee has colonised three adjacent buildings to create six new rooms, eight suites, a ballroom and new function rooms.

Quirky and characterful, these places are often more original than the big international five-star chains.

Hot and fresh in Sydney

Make this your eating out list for your next visit to Sydney - but first, make sure you're hungry.

Booking seats a few rows back from the bulkheads can minimise your risk of being near a screaming child and maximise your chance of getting some sleep.

This is how to travel like a pro

There are people who love to fly and there those that don't, but these seven tips will help ease anyone's journey.

stuff nation

Sisters reunited after 32 years stuff nation

Jenny Martin with her daughter, half-sister and brother on the day they reunited after 32 years apart.

After meeting her half-sister as a child, it took Jenny Martin three decades to really get to know her.

My mother is amazing stuff nation

Mum, mother, mom, provider of womb - whatever you want to call her, mine is amazing.

"Little Man" Chaos - pet of the day

Pet of the day: 'Little Man' Chaos stuff nation

Chaos may have been the runt of the litter but he's got the biggest personality, says Roxanne Bugess.


All the dirt on the new Triton

Absolutely caked in mud, a Mitsubishi Triton ute stands proud at Boomrock Station north-west of Wellington.

We've just got to ride in the dirtiest ute we think we've ever seen.

Milk tanker reborn as tour bus

One Kiwi operator has adopted a different approach when looking for new off-road tour buses.

The new Kia Sorento

New Kia Sorento launched

A new Kia Sorento has arrived in NZ and the big news is inclusion of a V6 petrol model for the first time in a decade.


Ref Review - Super's best video

Referee Angus Gardner checks a tip tackle from Ian Prior of the Force during their match against the Chiefs in Hamilton.

OPINION: He takes stick from fans and reaches for red cards - but you can't go past this Aussie in Super Rugby.

Title fight appetiser only

2:41 PM  Klitschko jokes he's lucky his fight "not the undercard" as attention turns to Mayweather vs Pacquiao.

Hurricanes first five eighth Beauden Barrett on the attack during his team's 35-19 win over the Reds.

Canes too classy for lowly Reds

TJ Perenara grabs two tries as Hurricanes go back to top of Super Rugby ladder.

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good reads

High road to Milford Sound

Driving State Highway 94 offers constant reminders of Fiordland's alpine grandeur.

State Highway 94 to Milford Sound is one of the world's finest alpine drives.

Why Adam Sandler is all our fault

Native American actors have recently quit Adam Sandler's latest movie.

OPINION: "I'm not particularly talented," the actor has said. "And yet I'm a multi-millionaire." The blame is all on us.

My year in France

A team competes in the salt fete at Salies-de-Bearn which celebrates the town's saline-infused history.

After moving her family to a remote village in the Hautes-Pyrenees, Allyson Gofton embarked on a culinary and cultural adventure.

Paul Weller grows up

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Veteran rocker Paul Weller for SST Culture April 26 first use

In a candid interview with Grant Smithies rock rascal Paul Weller says he's finally grown up.

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Man hits car during peak traffic


Possible broken wrist after man runs into the side of a car in Hamilton.

Homeless man gives money away video

Yousef Saleh Erakat posed as a homeless man and tried to give out money to passers-by.

Are you too good to accept money from a homeless person?

New Hot Wheels track loop record

A Ford employee and his son ran circles around the old Hot Wheels loop record with a 3.81m diameter circle in Michigan in the US.

Youngster helps his Ford employee dad break a world record for the largest Hot Wheels ramp.

Ghoulish baby photo-bombs wedding snap

PEEK-A-BOO: Reddit user Kevin Matthew Dennis claimed his favourite wedding day photo was photo-bombed by a creepy figure.

Another ghoulish figure has appeared in the background of a photo, this time for a couple's special day.


Royal baby may be induced

The Duchess of Cambridge is thought to be four days overdue.

The Duchess of Cambridge is up to four days overdue with her second child, raising the possibility that she may be induced in the next week.

Family 'adopts' dumped baby

Randwick Councillor Brendan Roberts laying flowers where the baby was found.

Couple arrange funeral for newborn baby whose body was found abandoned in Australian sand dunes.

YouTube stars all grown up

Charlie and Harry in the “biggest viral hit on YouTube".

Brothers from 56-second clip, viewed more than 800m times, turned home video into a lucrative career.

Set boundaries on screen time

It is one of parents' biggest challenges these days, and though we try, it is pretty darn impossible to get it right.

It is one of parents' biggest challenges these days, and though we try, it is pretty darn impossible to get it right.

kiwi traveller

Readers' travel photos of the week gallery

After 16 months living in France, I made my way through the rest of Europe and eventually found myself in Slovenia. I spent 3 great days there and I had planned to move on to Milan, Italy via a 5am bus. After arriving in Venice as my stop over, there was a train strike, i missed 2 other trains and ended up spending 38euros more than I should have and eventually wound up in Verona in the evening. Upon arrival, I discovered this amazing sunset, I dumped my bags, threw my stuff in my locker and literally ran up the hill to this amazing spot and captured the photo of my trip, and here it is. Tramonto bello (beautiful sunset)!

Do you have a holiday snap that you'd like to share with the world?

Fiestas and siestas for Family Fernandez

An aerial view of Valencia in Spain with the City of Arts and Sciences building in the foreground.

The Fernandez family have made a home in Valencia, and are still learning from the locals even after 12 years.

Readers' pics of the week


This week's travel photo entries range from the Angor Wat to the snowfields of Japan.

Unraveling Uzbekistan stuff nation

The magnificent Registan, the finest achievement of the Timurid period.

It has cities that were as well known as Paris and London, yet Mike O'Connor finds tourism is still in its infancy in Uzbekistan.