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Clean-up begins in sodden city

9:59 AM  Schools and roads around Dunedin are closed, as massive flood clean-up effort begins.

Dunedin flooding: What you need to know

'Fake cancer' fraud

Elizabeth Edmunds "just wanted to get married before she died", her duped boyfriend says.

8:58 AM  John Heagney is a broken man. He thought his partner was dying, but it was all a lie, allegedly for cash.

Guide 'in shock' over mauling video

9:31 AM  He tried to fight off the lion, but there was no saving American tourist Katherine Chappell.

'Brothel like fast-food restaurant'

Men flocked to alleged suburban brothel like they were "going to McDonald's".

Fired over free school lunches

8:24 AM  A child cried because she couldn't afford lunch. The kitchen manager took pity.

'We had a row, I stabbed her' video

Incredible video of the moment convicted murderer Christopher Cullen admits killing his wife.

national

Woman: 'It did frighten me'

Many men continues to harass their former partners despite the issuing of protection orders.

4 min ago  Teacher under investigation by Teacher's Council after he allegedly stalked his former partner.

After wet week, a dry weekend

9:19 AM  Rain should ease in flood-hit Dunedin today, with showers in many parts of the country dying off by Friday.

A stolen tandem-axle trailer recovered from a home in a affluent subdivision in West Melton where a 20-year-old man was allegedly trading car parts and stolen tools.

Man arrested for 'chop shop'

Young man's family "bitterly disappointed" after he used his grandparents' upmarket home as chop shop.

Video

First look at Caitlyn Jenner's show

She puts makeup on at her vanity. She drives through Malibu. And she proudly declares herself 'the new normal'.

world

Man 'planned to behead police' video

Police work at the scene of the fatal shooting in Boston.

Knife-wielding man shot dead in Boston had talked of "harming police officers".

Another 'sea serpent'

Massive rare deep sea oarfish, similar to one discovered near Dunedin recently, found off LA.

Queen Elizabeth II is not in hospital despite a tweet from the BBC saying she was.

BBC alarms royal fans

The BBC apologises after a journalist erroneously posted a tweet saying Queen Elizabeth had been taken to hospital.

business

Petrol prices are up again

Petrol prices are up 3 cents a litre as the New Zealand dollar fell to a five year low, making imports more expensive.

9:59 AM  Motorists will pay 3c a litre more at the pump for petrol, and 2c more for diesel.

Fired for being gay and Jewish

8:25 AM  Sacked ex-lawyer for fashion chain Zara seeks US$40m for harassment and discrimination.

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House company collapse

The director of building company that went into liquidation owing millions has been barred.

money

Tackling Auckland house prices

Auckland property prices are expected to keep rising, but the new rules will slow the ascent.

The Reserve Bank claims its property investor crackdown will help slow down Auckland's heated market.

Money words that should exist

OPINION: There should be a word for emptying your bank account to buy junk.

There's a riot going on

Oldie's premium pain

small business

Generation Zedd show enterprise

Palmerston North Girls High School pupils, from left; Emma Porritt, 17, Tayla Gosling, 17, Lucy Hirst, 17, presented their product Envirotyres.

Six teens' efforts to connect businesses with youth culture has swept the Dragon's Den.

Deloitte Fast 50 calls for entries

Fast-growing kiwi businesses are invited to enter this year's Deloitte Fast 50, with entries open from today.

Craft brewer seeks more cash

Xeroing in on better data

technology

iOS 9, TV and Music Streaming

WWDC keynote speech is on Tuesday at 5am (NZ time).

9:22 AM  What to expect at Apple's annual  developers conference next week.

Apple recalls Beats Pill speakers

Wireless portable speakers recalled on risk they can overheat and burst into flames.

Fallout 4 has officially been announced by Bethesda with a trailer and the launch of a brand new site

Official: Fallout 4 to drop on E3

9:14 AM  War never changes as Bethesda release dramatic trailer for the post-apocalypse.

life & style

Lessons from an open marriage

When a polyamorous relationship ends, the tendency is to blame non-monogamy as "unnatural" - even though evolutionary biology suggests the opposite.

9:51 AM  There are as many ways to love and be loved as there are people in the world. It's complicated, and that's okay.

Jenner's fears over cover

"You never want to look like a guy in drag," she says. 

Fashion designer Ingrid Starnes loves MAC and Nars products.

In Ingrid Starnes' beauty bag

What products make the cut when it comes to the Kiwi fashion designer's bathroom cabinet?

well & good

What's the best 'fit fuel'?

How 'bout them apples? Rachel with Maz Quinn, who shared his fit fuel advice with her.

9:03 AM  We ask a dietician and a pro-surfer-turned-ballroom-dancer for their top fitness nutrition tips.

How to deal with negativity

Disappointment is a part of life, but here are healthy ways to make sure you move on as quickly as possible.

Citrus fruit is a good source of vitamin C - an essential nutrient when it comes to an immune system that is firing on all cylinders.

Make good food your medicine

Nutrient-rich meals could be your best defence against winter ills, says Dr Libby.

home & property

Is bread killing our native birds? gallery

A tui feeds on nectar from a flax flower.

9:24 AM  Think you're being nice when you throw the birds your leftover crumbs? Well...

Auckland & capital gains tax

9:11 AM  A high percentage of Auckland's housing stock is resold after less than five years of ownership.

The North Apartment developement in Grey Lynn.

Embracing apartment living

Are you downsizing amid rising house prices? Check out these ingenious space-saving solutions.

food & wine

The classic apple tart - reinvented

This recipe takes the apple tart from homely to spectacular.

The crust of this stunning pudding uses subtle spices to compliment rather than overwhelm the apple, tahini and almond filling.

He makes 10,000 sausages a week

Wellington butcher Terry McKee says there is an art to making quality snarlers by hand.

How to make crumpets

Recipe: Salt & pepper tofu

nz farmer

Quad bike fines reduced

Safety helmets should be worn while riding quad bikes at work.

Three farmers have their fines reduced on appeal for quad bike convictions

4000th covenant celebrated

8:47 AM  QEII National Trust registers its 4000th covenant nearly 40 years after its first official land protection.

World's tallest cow dies

Help is at hand

entertainment

First look at Caitlyn Jenner's show video

Caitlyn Jenner at her vanity in E!'s I Am Cait.

16 min ago  She puts makeup on at her vanity. She drives through Malibu. And she proudly declares herself 'the new normal'.

Star's embarrassing MySpace

Before Mad Mad: Fury Road, Tom Hardy was sharing explicit selfies and candid wackiness on social media.

Tom Bleasby's virtual duet with British singer Jessie J has gone viral.

Teen nails duet with Jessie J

9:40 AM  Teen Tom Bleasby has caught the eye of Beyonce's producer after a his virtual duet with Jessie J went viral.

travel

A Thai road worrier's battle cry

Congested traffic is lined up on a street in Bangkok, Thailand.

9:15 AM  Driving in Thailand can be terrifying - but there's so much charm and loveliness to see if you find the courage to get out and about.

Get paid to travel the world

What if you could travel and not spend a dime? What if you could even get paid?

The Water Garden at Monet Gardens in Giverny, France.

Paris for art lovers

Art is not my thing. It's pretty much a case of, what's the pointillism?

stuff nation

Miracles from deepest despair stuff nation

Kelly Dugan and his daughter Lucia.

Each step on this difficult road with our children with special needs is fuelled by a love as pure as any other.

Camel commuters tackle dunes stuff nation

Camel commuters in one of the world's tallest dunes was an unexpected delight for Emma Phelps.

Stuff Nation - Trick photography submission

Fish eye lens sheds new light on nature stuff nation

8:56 AM  A film camera, fish eye lens and bit of imagination shows Manawatu Gorge in a new light.

motoring

A crazy little Italian

Fiat's diminutive Panda hatch, now the least expensive new car in New Zealand.

What's the least expensive new car in New Zealand? It's the diminutive little Italian hatch the Fiat Panda.

One car, one price point

One car, one level of specification, one price point. That's the reasoning behind a single model of the facelifted Citroen C4 for NZ.

The SRT Tomahawk Vision Gran Turismo.

Virtual supercar unleashed gallery

After initially issuing teaser photos, the wraps have come off the SRT Tomahawk Vision Gran Turismo.

sport

Former Fifa member took bribes

Former Fifa executive committee member Chuck Blazer says he and others took bribes in relation to South Africa hosting the 2010 World Cup.

Chuck Blazer says he and others received bribes to vote for South Africa to host 2010 World Cup.

Superb win sets up ODI series

NZ coach Mike Hesson hoping momentum will flow into one-day arena after exciting test win over England.

Waitemata's Airi Hunt will make his Super Rugby debut at No.8 for the Blues against the Crusaders this week

Kirwan selects Baby Blues

9:25 AM  Injury crisis forces Blues to dig deep into their reserves for Saturday's clash with Crusaders at Eden Park.

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Miracles from deepest despair stuff nation

Kelly Dugan and his daughter Lucia.

Each step on this difficult road with our children with special needs is fuelled by a love as pure as any other.

Paris for art lovers

The Water Garden at Monet Gardens in Giverny, France.

Art is not my thing. It's pretty much a case of, what's the pointillism?

DNA uncovers Kiwi history

Fairfax Media journalist Laura Walters has her genetics traced using Ancestry.com's AncestryDNA to find out more about her family tree and

Laura Walters uses the newly launched AncestryDNA NZ site to discover her roots.

Notes from two small islands video

Visitors to the Yasawas' Barefoot Kuata resort can get up close and personal with the nearby reef sharks.

In the Yasawa Islands, even when the weather scowls, the people beam back at you.

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Phone jammer used on class

Florida science teacher Dean Liptak was suspended for using a signal jammer to prevent his students using their cellphones in class.

Science teacher suspended for running a signal jammer to prevent his students from using cellphones in class.

World's tallest cow dies

Blosom, the world's tallest cow, died May 26 on her farm near Orangeville, just south of the Wisconsin/Illinois border.

The world's tallest cow has died on a farm in northern Illinois after holding the record for less than a year.

Kiwi meets its accountant

Amy Sutherland organised for Staples the kiwi to visit Staples Rodway on Wednesday as a thank you for looking after the Taranaki Kohanga Kiwi at Rotokare trust accounts.

Amy Sutherland never expected to incubate a kiwi egg in her bedroom when she signed up as a volunteer at the Taranaki Kiwi Trust nine months ago.

Another 'sea serpent'

Rare deep sea oarfish found floating off Los Angeles.

Massive rare deep sea oarfish, similar to one discovered near Dunedin recently, found off LA.

Parenting

When kids start talking

Every day I'm hearing my son come up with new words or new ideas.

If you have children who've just started chattering incessantly too, you might be familiar with this...

Working out at 35 weeks pregnant

The mum continued her training throughout pregnancy, and got back to it two months after welcoming her sons.

Remember being 35 weeks pregnant and feeling too exhausted to get off the couch? 

Are Kimye having twins?

Kanye West and Kim Kardashian kiss on arrival at the 57th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, California in February.

It has been a big couple of days in Kardashian land.

Almost strangled by sister's hair

Taleisha and her big sister Rhianna.

Mum warns of the dangers of babies or toddlers sharing beds with anyone with long hair after near-tragedy.

kiwi traveller

Mongol Rally will test luck for Kiwi drivers

The 900cc 1991 Fiat Panda the trio will be driving across the world in. James Lovelock describes the vehicle as "completely unsuitable for the task".

Friends from the Rangitikei and Manawatu will tackle the world in the smallest car they can find.

Speechless in the desert

Di Richards with from left Shaka then Di (behind her is Yusef) and at right is Abu Sami.

The ethereal feeling of the Jordan desert awed Di Richards into silence as she sat atop a camel.

A traveller's guide to etiquette

There is a difference between navigating a rainstorm and a medieval jousting match.

In a perfect world, safety and good manners run a parallel course. Yet that is not today's reality.

Expat Tales: Hit 'em where it yurts

Hamish, Kanya and Harrison Williams on a family outing to visit the Genghis Khan statue in Terelj National Park.

Hamish Williams lives a laid back Kiwi life in Ulan Bator, Mongolia – favouring beers with the locals over hiking up the mountain surrounds.