Singer and presenter Cilla Black and chairman of Reading football club John Madejski arrive for the European premiere of the film 'The Last King of Scotland' on the opening night of the 50th London Film Festival October 18, 2006.  REUTERS/Luke MacGregor (BRITAIN)

Britain mourns beloved host

British television personality Cilla Black has died at her Spanish home. She was 72.

Police shoot man gallery video

Myers Park in Auckland is in lockdown.

6:39 AM  Witnesses talk of shots and yelling as police shoot dead man thought to be armed in central Auckland park.

NZ rue poor fielding and bowling

7:12 AM  Zimbabwe claim a famous opening win against a sloppy Black Caps in Harare.

'Plane door' turns out to be ladder

9 min ago  What was speculated to be a new MH370 debris turns out to be a common ladder.

Hooper cleared to play All Blacks

6:43 AM  Wallabies flanker Michael Hooper is controversially cleared to play Bledisloe test.

Kim Jong-un's statesmanship win

The North Korean leader's fight againt neocolonialism has been recognised.

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national

Cops deal with young, drunk

Police announced last week all frontline officers are to be armed with Tasers.

Young, drunk and violent people account for more than half of all suspects dealt with by force from police.

Patient files caught in stoush

A dispute has prevented handover of Relationships Aotearoa patient files.

How do councils make the decision to put down a dog?

A dog's life roll of the dice video

There are no rules councils have to follow when deciding if a dog gets put down.

Video

Man shot dead by police

Witnesses talk of shots and yelling as police shoot dead man thought to be armed in central Auckland park.

world

Bishop resigns as Speaker

Speaker Bronwyn Bishop during Question Time at Parliament House in Canberra.

Australia's Bronwyn Bishop is resigning as Speaker after being engulfed in an expenses scandal.

Memorial cellphones for Cecil

How best to remember the world's favourite slain lion? With a $3700 gold-plated cellphone, of course.

French gendarmes and police inspect the large piece of plane debris found on the beach in Saint-Andre.

MH370: door found

A plane door has reportedly been found washed up on Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean.

business

Tiwai electricity decision today

NZAS will decide on Monday whether to renew an energy contract with Meridian Energy.

The Tiwai Point aluminium smelter owners will have to decide today whether to renew a Meridian Energy contract.

Spreading a love of knowledge

Dame Wendy Pye is the founder of one of the world's most successful education export companies.

Alan Tracy and his spaceship Thunderbird 3 which feature in the Pukeko Pictures series Thunderbirds Are Go!

Thunderbirds launch Pukeko Pictures video

The remaking of TV show Thunderbirds has launched Pukeko Pictures to the world.

money

The 'risk aversion' gene

Greg Peacock, the chief executive of New Zealand Asset Management, was brought up to see being good with money as an essential life skill.

Absolute returns investor Greg Peacock learnt a lot from his first investment as a student in 1987.

Say ‘Argh!’ to cost of dentistry

Salt away two bucks a day for the dentist. Keeping your chompers in good nick doesn't come cheap.

Doing recruitment Weirdly

More firms drop opt-out pricing

small business

Doing recruitment Weirdly

Software company Weirdly operate out of shared business hub Grid AKL in Auckland's Wynyard Quarter. It is a small team, including Daniel Young (left), Sebastian Hallum Clarke, Keren Phillips and Sarah O'Leary.

A software start-up is proving the recruitment process can be fun as well as effective.

English summer sojourn

Hair care master Rodney Wayne makes the most of the northern summer.

Reusable cup wins awards

Beach towels that repel sand

technology

‘Ransomware’ scare for law firm

Law firm Cavell Leitch was among several businesses in New Zealand targeted by overseas hackers with ransom notes.

Christchurch Law firm narrowly avoids falling victim to a cyber scam.

Snapper ripped off online

Jade Cvetkov thought the money her mother left her would fulfil a dream, but it bought her only heartbreak.

The anthropomorphic robot, hitchBOT, trying its luck in Nova Scotia.

Hitchhiking robot vandalised

Robot on free ride around the world comes to a sticky end in the US.

life & style

The perks of same-self marriage

Same-self marriage, it seems, is a thing.

"I've decided to get married to myself," said a friend of mine recently - and I think it's quite a beautiful idea.

When transitioning doesn't help

Gender identity is far from an exact science - and those who change their sex but still feel "wrong" are paying the price.

AMY SCHUMER:

The week in celebrity Instagrams gallery

Amy Schumer steals our imaginary best friend (J.Law), Lena's dog does not like topless cuddles, and we're yoga-shamed by a 2-year-old.

well & good

What does detoxing actually involve?

Dr Libby.

Dr Libby, New Zealand's favourite wellbeing expert, answers readers' questions about their health.

A different way to see video

Almost 170,000 Kiwis have some form of vision loss. All of them see the world differently.

Cemetary.

10 things to know before you go

We are familiar with the idea of living well, but the idea of dying well is relatively new.

home & property

A blooming good partnership gallery

The hedge needs to grow a metre higher to get the desired walled garden effect, says Peter, who finds white flowering escallonia the best hedging plant for full straight sides.

This Canterbury garden is founded on a happy mix of both plants and people.

Holiday homes not cash cows

A bach is part of the great Kiwi dream - but it's about to bite owners in the wallet.

Airbnb's Floating House has been pulled up and down the London Thames.

Eight funky floating homes

Why live by the water when you can live right on it?

food & wine

Quick pasta that packs a punch

A super fresh and super tasty spaghetti with prawns, basil and pistachio.

King prawns, pesto, pistachios, and spaghetti make a magic combination.

Great roast beef on a budget

Thrifty tri-tip is one of the tastiest, most undervalued cuts around, and pairs perfectly with this coriander chimichurri.

Roast cauliflower

The rise of Frankenfood video

nz farmer

Rough week ahead for dairying

The cows are still being milked but it's a tough time out there for dairy farmers.

14 min ago  Double whammy for dairy expected with a GDT auction and Fonterra's milk price outlook due.

Clean, green, but not GM-free

Hawke's Bay premium food producers protest "back door" move to strip regions of the power to stay free of genetically modified organisms.

TPP tips over video

Where every day is a good day

entertainment

Bree Peters: 'People hate me'

Actress Bree Peters.

Actress Bree Peters reflects on what it's like portraying THAT character.

Maori superstitions probed

New documentary explores the origins behind some Maori practices, superstitions and traditions.

Director Kim Webby hopes The Price of Peace will allow audiences too see Tama Iti in a new light.

The long road to Peace

Kim Webby's new documentary looks at Tama Iti and The Urewera Four

travel

Outside the box in the Big Apple

The Lower East Side is great for exploring.

Heading to NYC? Explore the neighbourhoods beyond Times Square.

Tonga: A whale of a time

The lure of watching the migration of the humpback whale should be enough to get you booking tickets.

A member of the Pussyfooters dances her way down St. Charles Avenue during a Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans, Louisiana.

A US city cooler than NY

Move over, New York: Ten years after devastation, America's hippest city has made a comeback.

stuff nation

Release a 'no-win situation' stuff nation

Tony Robertson.

Why should innocent people, especially children, be put at risk because it might hurt a criminal's feelings?

Funding 'simply not enough' stuff nation

I've suffered from depression since I was 12, and I think the biggest problem is a lack of funding.

Sam Davis at the top of the Church of our Saviour in Copenhagen.

'Completely unique' OE stuff nation

Deciding to go and study abroad had a profound impact and led me to where I am today, Sam Davis says.

motoring

World's fastest go-kart

The extra scoops help give the game away that this is the John Cooper Works Mini.

The new Mini John Cooper Works ushers in a new level of performance for the British BMW subsidiary.

Rolling in luxury

Dave Moore spent his 65th birthday in the company of what's often known as the world's finest car.

A slight revamp of the fairing and bodywork has not improved the Panigale's looks even if it is more aerodynamically sound.

Bigger-bang for this Ducati

The latest Panigale is just 100cc up on its predecessor, but is an infinitely better machine.

sport

Ko falls short at British Open

New Zealand's Lydia Ko smiles for the crowd during her final round at the Women's British Open at Turnberry.

6:17 AM  Kiwi golfer shoots 69 in final round but world No 1 Inbee Park runs away with title at Royal Turnberry, Scotland.

NZ lose Zimbabwe opener

Black Caps couldn't defend 303-4 as Zimbabwe's Craig Ervine stole the show in the first one-day game in Harare.

Cory Jane's ankle injury has put him between a rock and a hard place in terms of the looming Rugby World Cup.

Getting 'harder' to pick Jane

Hard for Hurricanes wing Cory Jane to make All Blacks' World Cup squad, coach Steve Hansen admits.

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good reads

Peters launches into race row

Winston Peters addresses the faithful at the NZ First convention in Rotorua on Saturday.

OPINION: Winston Peteres suggests being Polynesian makes Sam Lotu-Iiga qualified to run prisons.

The perks of same-self marriage

Same-self marriage, it seems, is a thing.

"I've decided to get married to myself," said a friend of mine recently - and I think it's quite a beautiful idea.

When transitioning doesn't help

Walt Heyer became Laura Jensen but after eight years returned to being Walt.

Walt Heyer became Laura Jensen but after eight years returned to being Walt.

The Pope’s man in Auckland

Bill Kilgallon, part of Pope Francis's new team that's finally responding to international outrage over the church's child abuse scandal.

Bill Kilgallon is the NZ-based former priest part of an international team cleaning up the Catholic church.

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oddstuff

Cat cafe gets the green light

Would you like some tuna with your tea?

Cat lovers have will soon be able to mix a coffee with a cuddle.

$4k Milo stockpile for sale

Shaun Harris is trying to sell a massive stockpile of Milo.

Stockpiling 143 kilos of classic tasting Milo is "money in the bank" for one Opunake man.

No, it's not a UFO

The clouds are commonly mistaken for UFOs.

It's a lenticular - relax, that doesn't mean we can expect little green men. Most likely.

Serbia's bouncing lottery ball

Lotto players in Serbia cry foul after the number 21's graphic appeared before the ball itself was drawn.

Graphic triggers outrage among impoverished Serbs who had hoped Lotto was at least above corruption.

Parenting

Anna Guy: Kids in cafes

Anna Guy.

Five children later, I have experienced a lot of time in cafes and bought a lot of coffees.

Dear firstborn, I'm sorry

I'm so sorry newborn. I didn't know what I was doing.

Being a first-time mum is tough for so many reasons – particularly because you really have no idea what you are doing.

No longer stay-at-home parent

I'm actually filled with pants-wetting terror at the thought of re-entering the workforce. And that's why I have to do it.

After nearly nine years of being a stay-at-home parent, I have to find a job outside the home.

Zuckerberg's shares joy, grief

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, married in 2012.

Facebook boss shares honest post about pregnancy in the hope it will help others.

kiwi traveller

Readers' travel photos of the week gallery

I think my photo captures my feelings of freedom and bliss at the summit of Mt Fujisan in Japan.

Our travel photo entries this week take us from the summit of Mt Fujisan in Japan to a fish market in Myanmar.

NZ couple touched by kindness

A memory card with 1500 holiday snaps of this couple was found in Wells, England on 21 July. With the help of Stuff readers, the couple has since been identified as Kate and Blu Lang, of Porirua.

Couple on mystery camera memory card grateful to be found.

Found: Couple who lost photos

They were lost but now they're found. They may have lost 1500 holiday snaps in England ... but a British 'sleuth' can now return the priceless memories to Kate and Blu Lang.

It took only 20 minutes to identify 'mystery' Kiwis on holiday in Britain.

Expat Tales: Embracing the melting pot

Debra catching up with fellow Kiwi Jemaine Clement at the Toronto Film Festival.

For Debra Churchill, Toronto offers multicultural living with a wealth of experiences up for grabs.