Highlanders beat Hurricanes

12:12 AM  The Highlanders' heroes have heaped heartbreak on the Canes with a 21-14 win.

Greatest Super Rugby comeback

'We're too big to fail'

A NO graffiti is seen next to a Japanese tourist siting at the entrance of the Athens Academy on Saturday.

12:29 AM  Europe will lose a trillion euros if it allows Greece to go under, Greek minister says.

Highlanders comeback kings gallery video

OPINION: Highlanders deserving winners in a Super Rugby game worthy of the occasion.

Highlanders unstoppable video

OPINION: Tough southern men have plenty of reasons to cry after hanging tough in thrilling final.

Foods that aren't healthy

They might look, sound and even taste "healthy", but you can think again.

Pair arrested in assault

11:33 PM   A man is critically injured in hospital after an overnight assault in Nelson.


Climber falls from Mt Cook

A rock climber has been airlifted off Aoraki/Mt Cook.

A rock climber has been airlifted from Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park after slipping on ice.

Puffer jacket row all zipped up

Motueka High agrees to talk to teens after high-profile dispute over puffer jacket ban.

Investigation teams move into the scene.

Baby boy dies suddenly

The forensic examination is expected to take up to four days.


Greek minister: We're too big to fail

Europe will lose a trillion euros if it allows Greece to go under, Greek minister says as bailout referendum nears.


Judge to victim: Marry your rapist

Asha* and her daughter in the garden in southern India. She is determined not to give in.

A High Court judge has thrown a rape victim into turmoil with just three words.

Rabbitohs star for gay marriage

"Nowadays, anyone can love anyone. And people just need to get over it," says league star Burgess.

King Tupou VI has been crowned King of Tonga.

Tonga crowns its new king

Tupou VI has been formally crowned King of Tonga in front of thousands of people.


Ban these phrases to get ahead

It's time to grow up and realise Monday is just another day.

There are certain phrases that, over 14 years in business, I've learnt do not put me in the right headspace, and so I've banned them.

NZ Post buggies a big hit video

People were so keen to get close to the new postal cars, posties had to get creative with their excuses.

Steven Joyce is downplaying talk of a recession.

Economic recession - yes or no?

Some economists say the economy's in trouble but the government's trying to look on the brightside.


Jewellery theft victims underpaid

A spat between valuers has exposed deep confusion about the way stolen jewellery is valued.

Warring valuers are at odds over how to value lost antique jewellery.

More mortgage rate cuts?

Floating mortgage rates are tipped to fall sharply this year, but depositors will feel more pain.

NZ's Ponzi scheme shame

ACC to refund 9000 motorists

small business

High-flying Kiwi's tips for startups

Wildfire Interactive founder Victoria Ransom says being likable helps New Zealand entrepreneurs.

NZ entrepreneur Victoria Ransom, who sold her business to Google, has some advice for Kiwi business owners.

Selling a start-up in my teens

OPINION: Teen entrepreneur Jake Millar shares his five top tips for success.

Silicon Valley eyeing up NZ video

Allsorts of success 


Can we ever beat Instagram bots?

Taylor Swift shares her 4th July celebrations with her Instagram followers (many of which are bots).

"Selling followers is a multi-million dollars business. And a bot is worth gold."

Facebook working on telepathy

Mark Zuckerberg may have tipped his hand about future Facebook technology: telepathy.

Rugby fans are expected to smash data usage records on mobile devices at Saturday's Super Rugby final at Westpac Stadium.

Final to set data record

Super Rugby fans set to share videos, photos and commentary in unprecedented numbers during final.

life & style

Pet dogs turn out to be... bears

That's one giant dog. Owner mistakes his new Asian black bears (also called Moon bears) for puppies.

The owner didn't blink an eyelid at his unusual 'puppies', until they grew up.

Is love worth the heartbreak?

It may feel like the end of the world, but you can recover after a divorce followed by a break-up.


Kim talks Caitlyn's surgery

Kardashian talks women's rights and how Caitlyn had her trachea shaved just before her wedding.

well & good

A walking miracle video

Grant Looker and his daughter Abbey are moving on with their lives after his health improved thanks to a new cancer drug.

Cancer was expected to kill this Taranaki dad within days of his daughter's wedding, but he fought back - and won.

It's normal not to be happy

Living in a world where there's an overemphasis on being happy 24/7 can have the opposite effect.

Professor Grant Schofield heads up the Human Potential Centre at AUT Millenium.

What makes Grant feel good?

The Fat Professor reveals his awesome family motto and what weekly tasks bring him wellbeing.

home & property

Joan Rivers' opulent NY home gallery

The late Joan Rivers' opulent penthouse has sold for over $40 million.

Rivers once described it as "Louis XIV meets Fred and Ginger", and now Middle Eastern royalty have snapped it up.

More homes for south Auckland video

New developments at Drury and by Glenbrook steel mill will provide hundreds more homes, government says.

A strawberry plant is bedded into its little mound of earth, in anticipation of warmer days ahead.

Getting ready for strawberries

It's time to start preparing your garden for one of the classic summer crops.

food & wine

Kiwi to take on hot dog champ video

Nela Zisser is a model and competitive eater, now eyeing up the annual July Fourth hot dog contest in New York.

Kiwi model and avid eater Nela Zisser says she can out-eat the men at the annual July Fourth hot dog eating contest in New York.

Snazz up your sausage rolls

This spicy lamb and pistachio recipe is reminiscent of a Lebanese kofta, but with a more intense flavour.

Message in a bottle: "Help me"

MasterChef NZ judges revealed

nz farmer

'The world needs less milk'

Global dairy prices have dropped 39 percent from an all- time high in February 2014 and are the lowest in five years, United Nations data show.

There's so much milk flowing out of US cows these days that some is ending up in dirt pits.

Not sheepish about TV leak video

Ewe could say it was the kind of live-stream TV report that gives you a warm feeling.

Farm passes wow test

Trust retains confidence


How Joe got XXL

Joe Manganiello as a very-buff Richie in Magic Mike XXL.

Mangianello orders the porterhouse steak for two. Just for himself.

Why Taylor Swift is worried gallery

Why the biggest pop star on the planet is also the biggest worrier. "It's not going to last."

Eva Longoria says she's a behind-the-scenes person first, an actress second.

'I want to be the lady Clooney'

"I love quotas and budgets, and I like barometers of success," says Eva Longoria of her ambitions to be like George.


New stuff at Disney World gallery

Walt Disney Imagineering in collaboration with filmmaker James Cameron and Lightstorm Entertainment is bringing to life the mythical world of Pandora, inspired by Avatar. It will open in 2017.

Avatar, Frozen and Star Wars rides are coming to the Orlando theme park. We're going to start saving now...

The best of French Polynesia

Blue lagoons and mystic mountains are just part of the allure of this stunning part of the Pacific.

Tourists relax in a private swimming pool in the village of Oia on the Greek island of Santorini, Greece, July 1, 2015. Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has written to international creditors saying Greece could accept their last bailout offer if some conditions were changed, but Germany expressed scepticism while saying the door was still open for negotiations. REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton

Top travel pics of the week gallery

Here is our round up of the top travel photos from around the world.

stuff nation

Teach religion as history stuff nation

Fewer and fewer people are religious in New Zealand. That doesn't mean we shouldn't teach it, but it should be in the right context.

We don't need to keep religion out of schools, but it should be part of the history curriculum, writes Andrew Beeching.

Top five reader comments stuff nation

It must be fashion Friday as two topics dominate - Matt Damon's new 'do' and best and worst dressed celebs.

AJ McLean from the Backstreet Boys during their concert in Sydney May 2015

It's a Backstreet's back alright stuff nation

Lauren Roberts put her iPhone to good use to get a great shot of one of her favourite groups.


True to Vespa’s style

Among older Vespas the Sprint may be a tad smaller, but it's the most masculine looking  scooter in the line-up.

Better looks and additional security improve the Sprint 150.

End was 'upsetting': Hammond

Richard Hammond has been left in the lurch since Top Gear ended.

Welcome to MX-5 country, ideal for the longest days of the summer.

MX-5 stays in front

The new Mazda MX-5 remains the beguiling two-seat funster it has always been.


Super final: How they rated

Elliot Dixon of the Highlanders dives over to score a try. He was star for his team.

11:24 PM  Hamish Bidwell takes a look at how individual Highlanders and Hurricanes performed.

Saints stand tall against Giants

The Wellington Saints have beaten the Nelson Giants 97-85 to progress to the NBL final.

Hurricanes supporters before the final match.

Recap: Canes vs Highlanders video

Take look back at our live blog as the Highlanders win their first Super Rugby title

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Swimming in rubbish for $1.65 a day

A boy sifts through floating garbage as he collects recyclable materials in a polluted river at Navotas city.

Swimming amid a polluted river of rubbish, a young boy reaches past an old jandal to an object that may be worth a few cents.

Flashback: Crash like a closing door

kaimai air crash pics.  Matamata Historical Society

Flight 441 slammed explosively into a rock face in 1963 and for 15 years was our worst air disaster.

The optimistic Mr Smit

Sir Tim Smit says a New Zealand Eden Project could act as "a fantastic symbol" for Christchurch.

Sir Tim Smit has a "rock and roll" approach and a big vision for Christchurch.

How to write a tear-jerker

Never change the poster: The Nicholas Sparks formula is highly successful,

Nicholas Sparks sells millions of books and movie tickets by adhering to a strict formula. Want to copy him? Here's how.

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Feral fox traps patrons for hours

One of the people trapped in the club took a picture of the fox from the window.

"Vicious" fox terrifies, bites and torments group for three hours.

Sheep urinates on TV reporter video

Conor Macauley had a little lamb, and a very wet boot by the time this segment was over.

Ewe could say it was the kind of live-stream TV report that gives you a warm feeling; a number one shot, even. 

Pet dogs turn out to be... bears

That's one giant dog. Owner mistakes his new Asian black bears (also called Moon bears) for puppies.

The owner didn't blink an eyelid at his unusual 'puppies', until they grew up.

An over-the-top child safety seat

Dartz's bullet-proof child safety seat.

Wild and wacky armoured car maker Dartz has moved into the world of baby protection.


Toilet truths after giving birth

It's not a glamorous topic but toilet expectations after birth are worth talking about.

It's not unheard of for people to say they'd rather give birth again than go through that first post-birth poo.

Guilt is my new shadow

Guilt. So much guilt. Everywhere.

While guilt has always been in my life to some degree, I never really noticed its magnitude until motherhood.

Why I don't use social media

Keira Baker says there are many upsides to not being a "screenager".

Keira Baker is 15 and doesn't have Facebook. Or Instagram. Or any other social media. OMG

Big jump in trampoline injuries

Trampoline safety measures not making kids safer.

The number of children being hospitalised with trampoline injuries is going up.

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Readers' travel pics of the week gallery

My wife, Marie, taken at Bow Lake, Canada. We went to Canada to see the Rockies. This photo is of my wife, Marie, taken at Bow Lake halfway between Banff and Jasper. During our stay in Canada this weather was fairly standard, clear crisp days, no cloud and no wind. The Rockies themselves just go on and on. Turn another corner, another snow-capped mountain range. Amazing

This week's travel photo entries take us from the Canadian Rockies to a sunset in Spain.

Global gap year fun

Kate Pinn has been experiencing the ups and downs of volunteering at a school for deaf children in Malawi. She says she has made life long memories and friends.

While her friends are at university, Kate Pinn is volunteering at a school for deaf children in Malawi.

No fancy camera? No problem

The historic Wall of Kabul.

With the right handset and apps, anyone can capture superb travel photos using just their smartphone.

Readers' travel pics of the week gallery

This image was taken at an elephant sanctuary in Chiang Mai, Northern Thailand. Although the treatment of the animals here was much better than in other parts of Asia it was still a sobering experience seeing the business exploitation evident.
This shot was of a baby elephant interacting with tourists and involved me lying on the ground waiting for the right shot while avoiding being trampled.

Paintball, Paris and a baby elephant feature in this week's travel photo entries.