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'Heartbreaking and infuriating'

The reason Nasoin Akhter looks so melancholic will shock you.

Naholo tipped for ABs

Waisake Naholo showed some of his dynamic Super Rugby form in the All Blacks' test against Argentina.

6 min ago  Wing's blockbusting talents thought to have swayed ABs selectors for RWC spot.

Dealer seeks to keep his cash

Man convicted of NZ's biggest synthetic cannabis bust might get to keep $181,000.

Prince Charles wanted revenge

Prince Charles planned to make Kiwis "laugh out the other side of their faces" after 1981 visit.

Bart Cummings dies

19 min ago  Australia's greatest ever racehorse trainer has died at the age of 87 in Sydney.

Migrant children critically ill

6:45 AM  Three young children suffering from dehydration are rescued from a van in Austria.

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national

Man found after bracelet cut

Zane McVeigh, 19.

Latest man to go missing after his monitoring bracelet was cut once helped try to abduct a woman.

Wet weekend ahead

Severe weather warnings are in place for parts of the north and the South Island.

A house fire in Tokoroa is not being treated as suspicious.

House fire in Tokoroa

A man has been treated for smoke inhalation following a house fire in Tokoroa.

Video

Sunday profile: Heather Walsh

The story of Heather Walsh's captivity in the Mangatiti bush made headlines in 2012. Now the full story of her sexual abuse, and her survival, will come to air.

world

Suspect arrested in Thai explosion

An earlier sketch of the suspect and a photo released by Thai police of the man they arrested.

5:59 AM   Police have arrested a suspect in the Bangkok shrine bombing, according to Thai media reports.

Policeman shot at petrol pump

6:40 AM  A Texas police officer has been gunned down from behind while stopping to refuel his patrol car.

Al Jazeera television journalist Mohamed Fahmy and his lawyer Amal Clooney before hearing the verdict at a court in Cairo.

Verdict a 'dangerous message'

6:22 AM  Human rights lawyer Amal Clooney has slammed three-year prison sentences handed to Al Jazeera journalists.

business

Fighting off cyber crime

Cyber criminals seem to be everywhere now and taking cyber security seriously could mean the difference between business success and failure.

Attacks on critical business information are increasing but there are things SMEs can do to protect themselves, even with minimal resources.

Releasing growth pressures

OPINION: Getting a business to the next stage of growth requires planning and calculated change.

Bookme founder Nick Reekie

Mentors key for entrepreneur

Entrepreneur Nick Reekie cites mentors as an important part of his career path.

money

Power shop and save

Power companies are competing fiercely for their share of the market.

Fancy a month’s free power? Or would you rather know the price you pay for electricity for the next year?

Time for action on truck shops

Mobile shops are taking advantage of some of NZ's poorest shoppers, Commerce Commission crackdown shows.

Top appliances revealed

A big salary is no dream

small business

On a right royal roll

Co-owners of Cambridge catering company Gourmet Delicious, Kim Lee and Ali Foers.

A year after feeding the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Gourmet Delicious is still on a high.

A quilter's haven

Hazel Wolff sold her home in Hamilton to set up Grandmother's Garden.

How to get start-up respect

NZ firm in Chinese TV show

technology

Ashley Madison CEO quits

Stepped down as CEO ... Ashley Madison founder Noel Biderman poses with a poster during an interview at a hotel in Hong Kong in August.

Chief executive of infidelity website Ashley Madison's parent company Avid Life Media has resigned.

Giant robot gears up to battle video

One arm is a missile launcher and the other a cannon. And it's headed for Japan.

Tim Schafer and Cookie Monster

Kickstart your game right

The best way to ensure your campaign's success is probably to get Tim Schafer onboard.

life & style

Staying single after losing spouse

Just allowing yourself to be is essential in keeping the family and your own life together after the loss of a spouse.

My wife died three years ago, and even thinking about getting close to someone else still feels wrong.

Going bald as a woman sucks

It happened suddenly. One day I got out of the shower, and handfuls of hair were falling out.

Believe it or not, the Topshop brand name dates back to 1964.

What's in a (brand) name?

Ever wondered where the name Topshop came from? Here's the answer.

well & good

Is your phone your shield?

The vast majority of us own mobile phones and are rarely parted from them.

This is the new normal, so to speak - our emerging consensus on when and where to use phones in public.

How many close friends do we truly need?

We're only comfortable calling or texting between four to seven people if we're ever in trouble, says study.

Memory loss can be worrying especially if it starts to happen often.

Suffering from memory loss

Taking aerobic exercise every day helps because it increases blood flow, sending more oxygen to the brain.

home & property

Doorstep notes you don't want

How do you raise issues with your neighbours? Write them a wee note, of course.

How does one deal with a neighbour from hell? You write them a letter, of course.

Inside Las Vegas’ sexiest home

What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas - except when it involves one of the world's sexiest homes

Actor Brad Pitt speaks on stage during Light Up the Blues Concert to benefit Autism Speaks.

Brad Pitt builds 109 homes

This Saturday marks 10 years since the devastating event and no celebrity is more in sync than Brad Pitt.

food & wine

How to make chorizo Scotch eggs

Scotch eggs are making a very tasty comeback.

Scotch eggs with mustard are back on the radar.

NZ's best chardonnays video

Can you guess which winery makes Cuisine magazine's top chardonnay pick?

Why dessert can be good for you

Three ways with... stale bread

nz farmer

Bike death makes tragic point

Police investigate a quad bike death on a Puketaha farm, near Hamilton

A quad bike tragedy has ripped a hole in hard-working farming family.

Surprise! It's quadruplets video

Southdown lambs aren't usually born in sets of four, but a Manawatu ewe has given birth to her own flock

Fonterra helping fight fires

Depiction ignores ag history

entertainment

An incredible true story

L to R: Greg Johnson, Dominic Purcell, Peter Feeney and Owen Black.

Dominic Purcell tells of the grueling conditions he experienced while filming for new TV One drama Abandoned.

Bill Bryson turns into Redford

Bill Bryson's best-known work has been turned into a movie - with Robert Redford playing our favourite writer.

Anything Could Happen: Dunedin trio The Clean might take home the 1981 "Lost Scroll".

The lost Scroll of 1981

For some unknown reason, no Silver Scroll award was dished out in 1981, so now organisers will bestow the great “lost scroll”.

travel

Expat tales: The great outdoors

Simon Dilks with his wife and daughter against the mountainous scenery of their home.

Simon Dilks ditched the rat race for a life of adventure in Yangshuo, China.

Inside the world's best hotel

What is it like staying at the hotel voted the best on the planet? We found out.

The secluded Pfeiffer Beach beach has huge rock formations that lie just offshore. Photo: 123rf

Highway to heaven

Driving the rugged stretch of the Californian coast known as Big Sur is a road trip to remember.

stuff nation

Lessons from RWC campaigns stuff nation

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 05:  (L-R) Kieran Read, Dan Carter, Richie McCaw, Israel Dagg and Jerome Kaino of New Zealand pose for the media during the adidas All Blacks Rugby World Cup kit launch on November 5, 2015 in London, England.  The kit is the blackest ever created by adidas for New Zealand Rugby. The New Zealand team will wear the kit for the first time against England at Twickenham this Saturday.  (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images for adidas)

The ABs' track record is testament to their resilience, professionalism and sheer bloody mindedness.

Inked at age 69 stuff nation

I was envious of those with tattoos, but didn't feel comfortable getting myself inked until after I retired.

The Ten Commandments of Happy!

10 commandments of happy stuff nation

I've learnt in my short 32-year-old life span that happiness is truly a prized possession.

motoring

Bad driving a real turn-off

It's never to early to get it right and they could love you for it.

6:45 AM  British research discovers the surest way to woo a potential love interest is to brush up on driving skills.

Triumph shows Triple benefits

Triumph's Speed Triple is still a treat, but you pay more for it.

On the open road is where the new 'baby Jag' with oodles of balance, poise and grip.

Drool Britannia

Jaguar introduces the car it has promised and we've lusted after since the late 60s.

sport

Cruel cut leaves dejected ABs

All Blacks wing Cory Jane could be on the end of a phone call he doesn't want on Sunday.

5 min ago  Israel Dagg and Cory Jane could be ABs' biggest selection casualties when RWC squad is announced.

Another gold for Bolt, Jamaica

Jamaica's Usain Bolt secured a sweep of sprint golds at the world championships for the third time after victory in relay.

The ups and downs of sport. Israel Dagg is prepared for the worst ahead of Sunday's All Blacks squad announcement.

D-Day for ABs' hopes, fears

5 min ago  All Blacks wing Waisake Naholo could be set for a remarkable comeback with a spot in the RWC squad.

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good reads

Fly my pretties

Falconer Conal Dixson with one of his charges.

Reginald is giving me the evil eye. The hulking 24-year-old hawk glares at me from his perch.

Memorable moments for ABs fans stuff nation

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 05:  (L-R) Kieran Read, Dan Carter, Richie McCaw, Israel Dagg and Jerome Kaino of New Zealand pose for the media during the adidas All Blacks Rugby World Cup kit launch on November 5, 2015 in London, England.  The kit is the blackest ever created by adidas for New Zealand Rugby. The New Zealand team will wear the kit for the first time against England at Twickenham this Saturday.  (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images for adidas)

The ABs' track record is testament to their resilience, professionalism and sheer bloody mindedness.

Pay off your mortgage in 10 years

Enableme financial advisor Hannah McQueen counsels home-owners on how to pay off their mortgages in less than 10 years.

Just like the TV ads say, you can pay off your mortgage in 10 years.

50 shades of clay at erotic museum

Parque del Amor in Miraflores, Lima.

They say sex sells. But sometimes it just gets you into trouble.

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Cartoons

The Little Things

Dilbert, The Little Things and more.

oddstuff

Hipster house creeps out UK media video

This so-called "ghost" might actually just be a hipster.

An eerie-looking hipster house for sale in Sydney has UK media in a spin.

Monk relaxes atop wind turbine

Brother Joseph Byron like the view from this turbine in Rhode Island.

A Benedictine monk tired to find solitude on top of a wind turbine.

D.Dog for president

Bailey the dog shows he's got what it takes to be President of the United State, with owner Jacob Rubin, 14.

Running for president of the free world is so easy, even a dog can do it.

Most beautiful city, best loo

The beauty of Hastings is surely evident to every casual observer.

Hastings won NZ's most beautiful city, as well as best toilet - which had more entries.

Parenting

My son isn't getting a smartphone

Giving your child a smartphone shouldn't be a rushed decision.

My colleague Michelle Quinn got her son an iPhone when he entered high school last year. My son wasn't so lucky.

Good things come in threes

Shelley King's 9-month-old triplets Dylan, left, Indie and Ryder King-Mather.

As an older first-time mum, Shelley King wanted a pregnancy scan for reassurance. Instead she got a shock.

Missing child scores try

Laiken had made his way onto the field during a charity match between Queensland and New South Wales in Toowoomba earlier this month.

Turn your back for five seconds and who knows what your child will get up to.

Kim K may have hysterectomy

For her first post-pregnancy-announcement appearance, Kim Kardashian plumped for this latex dress.

Kim Kardashian reveals complications means she might have to have a hysterectomy.

kiwi traveller

What sight to see in HK?

For amusement-park-loving teens, Hong Kong Disneyland is the place to go.

There's something for all the family to enjoy in Hong Kong, from markets to theme parks.

Expat tales: The great outdoors

Simon Dilks with his wife and daughter against the mountainous scenery of their home.

Simon Dilks ditched the rat race for a life of adventure in Yangshuo, China.

Lost and found in Italy

Passport, credit card, phone, the Holy Trinity of travel.

Travel is full of heart-stopping moments, not all of which are about ogling scenic wonders.

The reality of London life stuff nation

Living and working in London is challenging and exhausting, but it's also one of the most enriching experiences you can have, says Amelia.

There are heaps of opportunities in London, writes Amelia Abplanalp. You just have to be patient, network like crazy and work damn hard.