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Cause of deadly blaze unknown

Arson or accident? Cause of fIre that claimed three young lives has stumped police.

Kiwis in Sony hack

Sir Peter Jackson.

Peter Jackson, Cliff Curtis and Jane Campion get supporting roles in the celeb-studded Wikileaks dump.

'An idiot with a death wish'

8:49 AM  It's a "miracle no-one was killed" when a man sped the wrong way down motorway.

Royal baby birth is oh so close

Plans to commemorate the royal birth are well underway in NZ.

Kiwi's battle over Sydney home

8:54 AM  A legal battle over a Sydney property sees a Kiwi woman slammed by Aussie judge.

Trying to curb 'granny mortgages'

Loans sold to the elderly can rapidly eat away at the family home, especially if interest rates rise.

national

Making baby with dead partner

Michael and Coralie Thomas on their wedding day in February 2004 in Palmerston North, seven months before cancer claimed his life. About 15 months after his death, Coralie gave birth to their second son, Dylan, who was created using her deceased husband's frozen sperm.

Kiwi women are using sperm harvested from their dead partners to create life, raising ethics issues.

Pedestrian killed in Auckland

16 min ago  An elderly woman has died after being hit by a car

Sam Neill at the grave of his grandfather, Bob Ingham, in Belgium, who was killed in World War I.

Search for the Anzac Myth

Sam Neill traces his own family's military history to uncover the origins of the Anzac legend.

Video

Highlanders withstand late Blues comeback

After leading 24-0 at halftime, the Highlanders withstood a spirited comeback from the Blues.

world

Cyclone a sign for cargo cults

Yasu, an elder of the John Frum movement, outside his home in Tanna, Vanuatu.

3 min ago  Vanuatu's cargo cults are watching keenly and triumphantly as aid flows into cyclone-hit country.

Baby shot in drive-by shooting

Girl, 1, critically injured as she sat in a car with her parents in suburban Seattle.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, was convicted of bombing the Boston Marathon in 2013.

Bomber's family speaks out

Despite being told not to talk, members of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's family have gone public with their outrage. 

business

She's a jean genie

Glenys Shearer, executive chair of Postie Group.

Glenys Shearer is a consummate seller of denim and the passionate chair of Postie Plus.

Electricity cross currents

If you are an investor in electricity generating companies, you can expect rising dividends and, in some cases share buy backs.

A Switched on Bikes electric bicycle.

Bright sparks choose spokes

Electric bicycles are powering a new cycle hire start-up.

money

KiwiSaver for bankrupts

Creditors struggle to get quick access to debtors' KiwiSaver money

What happens to my KiwiSaver, if I go bankrupt?

Help yourself to business

Potential investors should not be put off by the ups and downs of the stock market.

Entrepreneur not in KiwiSaver

KiwiSaver's first home boost

small business

Globetrotting design company 

Jo Pennycuick, managing director and founder of in-demand design company Redesign Group.

A lone design consultant in Christchurch now has offices in four international locations.

Be a business bookworm

To be good at business, you must be hungry for knowledge.

Innovate for global gains

Pineapple Heads raises $200K 

technology

Could these change your life? gallery

The data-tracking market is now a multibillion dollar business.

Are these the must-have gadgets of the year - or a sign of technology gone mad?

Netflix not stopping VPN users

Sony Pictures has complained over Netflix's unwillingness to stop users sneaking into the US service.

Apple Watch.

Where does your data go?

Wearable fitness devices silently log every step taken, every calorie burned, hours asleep, and report the data back to their masters.

life & style

The rise of beauty budget brands gallery

ArtDeco's Cream Rouge for Cheek & Lips, $18 is a blendable, easywear blusher that adds a nice natural flush.

Want to know the difference between a cheap pencil eyeliner and an expensive one? Run both across the back of your hand. The one that drags and pulls at the skin is the cheap one.

Michael Buble, the body-shamer?

Canadian crooner attacked by fans after posting an Instagram picture of a stranger with "hungry shorts".

'Taylor's Gold' was first discovered in a Nelson orchard, and is now grown around the world.

How to grow perfect pears

With its delicate blossom, dappled shade and delicious fruit, this easy-to-grow orchard classic is a year-round delight.

well & good

'It's taken everything but my hope'

Tahlia Smith had been accepted to study musical theatre in Sydney

Tahlia Smith had the world at her feet as a performing arts student - but then Lyme disease struck.

Sugar may not make kids hyper

We've all seen them - perfect angels turned wild under the influence of cake. But was sugar the cause?

British study found the largest cluster of obesity was "younger healthy females", which was also the youngest group.

The six categories of obesity

Overweight should target weight loss differently depending on which group they belong to, study says.

home & property

Mall gets new lease of life

There are 4000 people on the waiting list to live inside the oldest mall in the US.

Around 4000 hopeful tenants join waiting list for bargain apartments in USA's oldest shopping complex.

Living in just 8 square metres

The tiny house trend may feel claustrophobic, but is it worth it for all the money you'll save?

It might take a professional to breed a hybrid rose like this beauty, Love Heart, but an enthusiastic home gardener can easily experiment with their own crosses.

How to breed your own roses

Fancy yourself as a budding breeder? Here's a beginner's guide to how the pros do it.

food & wine

Do Milk Bottles taste ... different?

Pascall has taken the milk out of their Milk Bottles - and customers aren't very happy.

Pascall's creamy lollies have a new dairy-free recipe - and no-one seems to like it.

Limes weren't enough to live on

Actress Gwyneth Paltrow lasts just four days on her much-mocked grocery shop using a food-stamp budget.

Famous faces and their beer

A wee Kiwi dram

nz farmer

Coming season "won't be pretty"

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But milk price fall has an upside because it limits European expansion, economist says.

Train wreck gets turned around

Chinese company Shanghai Pengxin has transformed a former Crafar dairy farm.

LIC partners with Lely Group

Call for more irrigation cash

entertainment

Galavant, this year's surprise hit

Joshua Sasse enjoyed working with Vinnie Jones.

Joshua Stasse, the star of the surprise hit show Galavant, talks about working with John Stamos, Vinnie Jones and Rutger Hauer.

Kills and Moon are 'liars'

Stan Walker says co-judging X Factor pair should never have been involved in the show.

Britt McHenry has apologised for her rant on Twitter, but social media users are calling for her to be fired.

'I'm on TV, you're in a trailer' video

ESPN reporter suspended for just one week after Mean Girls-style rant at towing company clerk.

travel

Business is booming

Chris Page making friends at Wawa Dam.

Chris Page runs his own company in Manila, the Philippines.

Stuck on plane for 7 hours

More than 250 passengers on a flight from Hong Kong were stuck on a plane at Ohakea Air Force base for seven hours.

Fly high in a Tiger Moth.

5 things to do in Gore

Oh please. Of course there are five things to do in Gore, NZ's official home of country music!

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Answer to inflation is 'simple' stuff nation

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We need to be asking ourselves why we are one of the world's debt basket cases, says Ciaran Keogh.

Anzac a day to 'say sorry' stuff nation

We should see Anzac Day as a day of atonement, a day to say sorry to the Turkish nation.

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It's time to celebrate the stars stuff nation

The wonder of the night sky is being threatened by the careless use of artificial light, says Amit Kamble.

motoring

Get ready for express excess

Mercedes-Benz CLS Shooting Brake – even the name sounds suitably flash.

Merc's new CLS 500 Shooting Brake is certainly not your average station wagon.

Stylish Lexus gives an 'F' video

Lexus' cool new sideways video proves brand has shed the beige.

The BMW 2-Series Active Tourer was awarded a 5-star rating in this EURO NCAP test, but only 4 stars in the ANCAP test.

BMW questions test rating

BMW unhappy with four-star crash test rating for 2-Series Active Tourer and Mini Cooper.

sport

Highlanders hang on video

Highlanders try-scorer Malakai Fekitoa goes to ground in the tackle of Blues defender George Moala during their NZ conference derby match in Dunedin.

After leading 24-0 at halftime, hosts hold on to secure 30-24 win as Blues storm back in second half.

Crusaders coach concerned

Despite boasting a squad laden with All Blacks, the Crusaders seem lost at sea.

Hurricanes first five-eighth Beauden Barrett collects the ball among the congestion of the Waratahs defence during his sides narrow loss in Wellington.

Waratahs push offside line

"Bordering on?" Canes coach Chris Boyd said when asked if the Tahs rushing defence was offside.

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Healing thyself with puppy love

Don't judge me, my little furry friend. Just love me.

A little bichon-heading pup helped this bipolar sufferer get her life together.

At Anzac Cove

Newly arrived Otago reinforcements on duty in the trenches at Quinn's Post, June,1915. A spotter using a periscope directs the fire of a sniper at the Ottoman trench 20 metres away.

On a pilgrimage to the Gallipoli Peninsula, myths crumble to be replaced by awe.

Swimsuit pic 'was not brave'

"THIS WAS NOT BRAVE." says Jessica Kane of this photo. Her courage-denying post has since had over 600,000 likes on Facebook.

Jessica Kane says that her posing in a swimsuit isn't courageous, whatever her size.

Murder still a mystery, 45 years on

Arthur Allan Thomas at his parents' Pukekawa farm the day after he was freed from prison after being pardoned in December 1979.

He would be convicted twice of the Crewe murders, but Arthur Allan Thomas always insisted he was an innocent man.

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Give to a millionaire

Millionaire John Matthews is refusing to allow the council to build the pathway until power cables are buried at a cost of $300,000.

Len Houwers is offering to help out a struggling millionaire.

Hero 'had to go and he left'

An unidentified passer-by pulls the driver from a SUV to safety after the vehicle left Mayfair Drive, traveled downhill and was stopped by a chain link fence just short of a 30-foot vertical drop onto the Bryden Canyon Road.

He dramatically pulled a driver from an SUV dangling on the edge of a cliff. Then he vanished.

Bugman's brush with death video

Corban Read, 8, let The Bugman Ruud Kleinpaste put a weta on his chin so it could crawl up onto his face.

Bugman Ruud Kleinpaste still loves creepy crawlies despite almost being killed by a spider bite.

Secret behind knuckle-cracking

Researchers prepare a study participant's finger for joint cracking under the watch of an MRI video setup in this undated handout picture courtesy of the Peter S. Allen MR Research Centre.

Researchers said they have settled the issue of what causes knuckles to trigger the familiar popping sound.

Parenting

Breastfeeding photos allowed

Woman breastfeeding

Instagram finally updates guidelines to let feeding mums and tots be seen - but female nipples are still a problem.

The mother of all dilemmas

Duncan Garner says his wife has helped their son, 4, move from a baby to a boy.

OPINION: My wife's three-month break from paid work ends on Monday – and she can't wait.

How children view privacy 

The majority of young people now share lots of things online that many adults question and feel uncomfortable about.

Children's fondness for online sharing is a global phenomenon, and is worrying for authorities. 

Cringe-worthy travel moments 

Not everything your kids say is cute. When you're travelling, they can be downright offensive.

Observations from the mouths of babes are not always cute and endearing.

kiwi traveller

Smugshots for the week

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

Mistakes first-time travellers make

First-time travellers will always make mistakes.

It's inevitable you'll make mistakes the first time you travel. Here are common ones you should avoid.

Business is booming

Chris Page making friends at Wawa Dam.

Chris Page runs his own company in Manila, the Philippines.

Stonehenge sunrise surprise stuff nation

At certain times of the year you're allowed to get a lot closer to the stone circle at Stonehenge.

A lot of people are disappointed having to view Britain's Stonehenge from afar, but there is another way.