July 29 2014, updated 9:33am

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Losing puppy too much to Bear

Boy's heartache over his mum's death is made worse by loss of a puppy - his last gift from her.

Lifter's last-gasp gold

Richard Patterson 8:43am After missing the gold medal weight twice, Kiwi makes third and final lift count at Games. | Live | Shot put silver | Boyle silver

Mum happy son's alive to face justice

On a frosty morning, Biddy Poole thought her boy was dead and a mother's worst nightmare had come true.

New Hobbit trailer revealed

8:42am The first brief look at the final instalment in The Hobbit movie trilogy has been released - and it's grim.

My strange captivity in Ukraine

8:19am After pointless questioning, amateur militants gave me a bizarre glimpse of their world.

Lorde: Get out and vote

Lorde doesn't have a voice in this year's election but she's urging her peers to speak for her.

Crushed between trucks

St John's Ambulance Man in critical condition in hospital after being crushed between two trucks near Auckland airport.

Girl wounded in home invasion

Teen girl hospitalised with gunshot wounds to her arm after home invasion by masked intruders in Thames.

Furry intruder terrifies woman

Watery argument

Fabiola Garcia

Good samaritan saves the day

Stranger tackled alleged thief who made off with a shop owner's bag, containing a day's earnings.

Lorde: Get out and vote

Kiwi singer Lorde has released a video in conjunction with the New Zealand Electoral Commission calling for young people to vote in this year's election.

Craig unfazed by Nats snub

Colin Craig Conservative Party leader Colin Craig is staying positive in the face of what many are calling a deathblow dealt by National.

MP facing scrutiny over records

NZ First MP's under scrutiny in investigation into accessing criminal records.

Brain fade or abuse of power?

Rebuild falling behind schedule

John Key

Key coup de grace for Craig

With opinion polls placing National well clear of 50 per cent, Key judged he needn't risk having Colin Craig on board.

Mosul fights back

Fighting back against Islamic State In a rare show of defiance residents in an Iraqi city stood up to those wanting to erase their culture and heritage.

Rush for answers after Ebola death

No one knows for sure just how many people Patrick Sawyer came into contact with the day he boarded a flight in Liberia.

Hope for 'wiser minds' in Texas

While you were sleeping


'What is coming will be worse'

Israel's prime minister is warning the country faces a prolonged campaign against Hamas.

Judge queries 'living on super'

Court Ex-finance firm director tells a court he has no assets, despite having properties worth millions in trusts.

What you need to know

What you need to know on Tuesday morning, July 29.

Judge's order stopped milking

Cashed-up bidders for Acurity

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Winery and council's secret deal

A long-running dispute between Napier City Council and Mission Estate Winery has been settled out of court.

Chasing a fair go

Mark Berry His job involves grappling with forces of corporate darkness yet Mark Berry is disarmingly twinkly.

How a banker manages his money

BNZ's tagline is to "be good with money" - does its new chief executive toe the line himself?

Managing your mortgage

Three-pronged retirement approach

Out with pinot, in with pints

Bethel Woods bar Wine is making way for ales, stouts and lagers as craft beer bars continue to spread throughout the capital.

Insurer grinds couple down

The owners of hair salon Ginger Meggs are exhausted and heartbroken after a three-year battle over their insurance.

Tying the knot down in the barn

Sainsbury's fund lamb R&D

BuzzFeed fires editor

Twitter users' analysis ends up with Buzzfeed confirming at least 41 instances of plagiarism.

Virtual moa on the move

A propotype project to create a roaming 3D digital moa is taking shape in Otorohanga.

Airing broadband grievances

Teens adept at hiding online lives

Hugo Chavez - the font

Supporters of Venezuela's late socialist leader Hugo Chavez find a novel way of keeping his memory alive.

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Wife seeks gown for Emmys

Mandy Cordobes will be swapping her gumboots for the red carpet when she attends the Emmy awards in LA.

Senior flatties settle in

Best & worst: Comic Con


Puppy love or crazy cat lady?

The risks and rewards of overattaching to your pet.

Fraudster's beach house sells

david ross Days Bay pad previously owned by fraudster David Ross has sold, with money from the sale going to defrauded investors.

The home of a hip hop mogul

Basically, it's like something from a music video.

How does Auckland compare?

Kiwis embrace high-rise living


Let's live in ... Avonhead

Dotted with the wellsprings of the mighty Avon River, it's a middle-class oasis in Christchurch's northwest.

Move over kale

Acai bowl Hello camu camu: Introducing the new 'superfoods' on the block.

Jumbo a piece of cake

It was the elephant in the room that everyone wanted to talk about.

Can't always bake what you want

You're eating what?

Experience needed

Telford Farm students Ihaka Ngapera and Jordan Olsen sharpen up their shearing skills in the woolshed. New survey of farmers suggests a shortage of skilled workers affects all sectors of agriculture.

Payout cut expected

Fonterra farmers are bracing themselves for a $1 cut to the new season's forecast.

Judge's order stopped milking

Continued contamination 'not tenable'

Film review: Boyhood

Boyhood I hid behind my hands watching the main character indulge in predictably stupid teenage stunts.

Bonus round offers closure

Ahead of the finale to Nothing Trivial, Debbie Newby-Ward reveals what she's learned from playing Emma.

Fichtner enjoying his new Break

Giving a voice to the river

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Michael wants another go-go

George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley "talked about a Wham! reunion".

Beautiful and brutal

Tongariro This extraordinary, breathtaking hike is in our backyard - and you can do it in a day.

Beware that hotel wi-fi

There's a new scam thieves are using to target travellers in their own hotel rooms.

Five airline fails

Enough of the squatters

Beach Wedding - Strap

Planning an Island wedding

Planning an Island wedding can actually be easier than planning a wedding in NZ.

Eight key future All Blacks

MALAKAI FEKITOA Who can fill the gaps in the All Blacks squad as we look to the World Cup? Cameron Chalmers makes his picks.

Chronic pain no 'cop-out'

Chronic pain is about being afraid. It's a fight you can't control. You may win, or you may lose badly.

Super Rugby a 'shambles'

A pilgrim in Wellington


Film review: Boyhood

I hid behind my hands watching the main character indulge in predictably stupid teenage stunts.

The last Aussie Territory

Ford has released this image of the final Australian-made Territory SUV. First look at Ford Australia's farewell SUV, plus another look at the final Falcon.

P1 track teaser

McLaren is all set to add further heat to the super race car battle with a track-focused model, the P1 GTR.

Beautiful racing sports cars

It's quite easy being green

Ford's 2015 Mustang F-35 Lightning II Edition

One-of-a-kind Mustang

Ford has unveiled its latest one-of-a-kind US Air Force-inspired Mustang.

Hammer throw silver 'unreal'

Julia Ratcliffe Just turned 21, little-known Julia Ratcliffe from Hamilton can't believe Games success is hers.

Tietjens sends SOS to All Blacks

Rugby sevens guru Gordon Tietjens has already sent out his wish list of AB stars for the next Olympics.

Live coverage from Glasgow

Palu ready for Read

Tom Walsh

Stunning throw sinks Walsh

Kiwi shot-putter settles for Games silver after rival unleashes career-best 21.61m whopper.


Beautiful and brutal

This extraordinary, breathtaking hike is in our backyard - and you can do it in a day.

Orgeta and Murillo

Nicaragua's First Lady

Daniel Ortega might be president, but it's his bejewelled, mystic wife who calls the shots.

Voices from the River

Giving a voice to the river

Voices from the River tells the story of an iwi's quest to reclaim guardianship of a river.

A pilgrim in Wellington

Kaushiki Roy has travelled far, but a walk up Mt Victoria is its own kind of pilgrimage.

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I'm not fit at all, but recently joined a gym. I've just found out I'm pregnant. Is it safe to keep exercising?

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A pilgrim in Wellington

Kaushiki Roy has travelled far, but a walk up Mt Victoria is its own kind of pilgrimage.

Reptile surprise in curry

Chefs serve up a special take on the traditional chicken curry to workers on Fiji's Malolo island.


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Running an eco lodge in the Andes is a great family lifestyle.

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An alien in my homeland

I grew up in the US but it wasn't until I came to New Zealand that I finally felt at home.


Doggone it - it was a horse

For decades a council believed a dog was buried in a human grave - only it was a horse.

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Giant bum farts at France

An idiosyncratic British inventor has off a flatulent noise across the English channel.

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LeBron's cupcake apology

NBA star sends community 800 cupcakes to apologise for a media circus.

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