02072015 Feature. Rebekah Parsons-King/Fairfax NZ. Vilagard winery clean up after a devastating fire ripped through parts of the establishment. Family and friends have volunteered thier time to clean up.

Fire ignites family passion video

Rubble from fire that ravaged a century-old Waikato winery is being cleared for a new era.

Woman found dead

Police have cordoned off a Dunedin street after a woman's body was found.

A man has been arrested after a woman was found dead in a Dunedin house, police say.

Tramper found near Thames

A personal locator beacon helped teams find a missing tramper in Coromandel bush.

Big-ticket scalpers cash in

Big rewards for some auctioning off Super Rugby final tickets - and fun for others.

'A tragic accident' video

Ashburton mother and her three children could have died up to a week ago.

Shark feast caught on camera video

Incredible footage shows sharks feeding on the carcass of a sperm whale.

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national

Frozen, flooded or dry

Extreme cold temperatures were big news in June, but the month had plenty of other records.

Climate records tumbled in June during a month of extreme weather.

Tramper found near Thames

A personal locator beacon helped teams find a missing tramper in Coromandel bush.

Former Auckland Grammar School teacher Simon Toon was convicted of performing an indecent act in his classroom at lunch time.

Grammar teacher in lewd act

Auckland teacher who masturbated in classroom to pornography at lunch time was from Auckland Grammar

Video

Windy night for Wellington

A windy night hit Wellington, with calm weather forecast for the weekend.

world

Greek 'yes' camp takes slim lead

A woman puts up a referendum campaign poster reading "Yes to Greece, yes to the Euro" in Athens.

Supporters of Greece's bailout terms have a poll lead over the 'No' vote backed by the leftist government.

Brits stand silent to remember

Millions of Britons held a minute's silence to pay tribute to 30 countrymen killed by an Islamist gunman in Tunisia.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

France denies Assange asylum

France rejected a request for asylum by Wikileaks founder Julian Assange.

business

Organic wines pass quality test

John Bell and Kaye McAulay, organic wine makers and owners of Vynfields winery in Martinborough.

Organic wines are as good quality and yields similar to conventional wines, study shows

Tuatara to brew overseas

Wellington craft brewer will be making beer overseas by end of the year.

ATHENS, GREECE - JULY 02:  Greek Communist Party supporters wave flags during a rally in Syntagma Square near the Parliament on July 2, 2015 in Athens, Greece. As people continue to queue outside banks Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis said that he will quit if voters don't back him up in Sunday's referendum.  (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

Greeks leaning to Yes vote

Survey shows Greek public slightly in favour of "Yes" in this weekend's referendum.

money

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 

technology

Final to set data record

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

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

Game censorship no big deal

OPINION: Aussie fans of Douchebag Beach Club may be out of luck, but this is good news.

James McAvoy as the telepathic mutant Professor X in  X-Men: Days of Future Past.

Facebook is working on telepathy

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

life & style

The bride who forgot her wedding

Jeremy Stamper has promised his wife, Justice, a second wedding after a car accident left her with memory loss.

Weeks after Justice married Jeremy, an accident left her with no memory of it - so he plans to marry her all over again.

Fat girls shouldn't wear bikinis

A vlogger shuts down the familiar tropes used to tell larger ladies they shouldn't show their bodies.

If you're wondering where Matt Damon has been amid best pal Ben Affleck's break-up, it looks like he was otherwise occupied growing this glorious mane.

Matt Damon has a manbun now

Drop everything you're doing and check out these pictures of the Oscar winner's Thor-ified makeover.

well & good

It's normal not to be happy

Does it sometimes feel like the whole world is as happy as her, and that you ought to be too?

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

The paleo diet wasn't all meat

Our Paleo ancestors ate nutritional plants, nuts and seeds - and they flossed (sort of).

Donald Gould wasn't always homeless - he once played clarinet in the US Marine Corps before personal tragedy struck.

Homeless man's surprise talent

When Donald Gould stepped up to the keys, no one was expecting what happened next.

home & property

Auckland homes sold quickly

Research by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment found that the number of homes in Auckland bought and sold within two years has been rising since 2009.

More than one in five properties in Auckland are sold within two years of purchase, Govt analysis finds.

Auckland market 'nearing peak'

Could the frantic Auckland housing market be topping out?

Calvin Klein has bought a Los Angeles getaway for $37 million.

Calvin Klein's $37m LA digs

Designer splashes out on new home with infinity pool, home cinema, ocean views and wine room.

food & wine

Message in a bottle: "Help me"

What would you think if you saw this message under your bottle-cap?

Customers fear for wellbeing of factory workers after a concerning message pops up on soft drink bottle-top.

MasterChef NZ judges revealed

The full judging panel for MasterChef New Zealand has been revealed.

The ultimate comfort food

Microwave set for a makeover

nz farmer

Reform resolution non-binding

Silver Fern Farms chief executive Dean Hamilton.

Silver Fern Farms board could ignore moves forcing it to examine the benefits and risks of a merger with the Alliance Group.

Varsity farm in bottom rung

Dairy demonstration farm at Lincoln University is sliding down the ladder against top Canterbury farmers.

Farmer welcomes river access

Sheep deaths escalating

entertainment

The shellfish giant

John C Reilly, Colin Farrell and Ben Whishaw star in The Lobster.

The Lobster headed to NZ after making a big Cannes splash

Maisie Williams' weird requests

Game of Throne actress Maisie Williams can find fans' demands awkward.

Katherine Heigl and Alexis Bledel will play an engaged couple in new marriage equality indie film Jenny's Wedding.

Katherine Heigl weds Alexis Bledel

Watch Katherine Heigl play the timely role of a lesbian whose decision to marry tears her conservative family apart.

travel

The world's scariest hotel room? gallery

Get a view to thrill from one of the three transparent pods hanging off a cliff face.

A transparent room on the side of a cliff is the ultimate stay for thrill-seekers.

Where massages and martinis rule

There's nothing like a little luxury in Mauritius to heal body and soul.

Looking the part is half the battle on the slopes.

How to look good on the slopes

Just say no to jeans and make sure to avoid the "gaper gap".

stuff nation

Top five reader comments stuff nation

Actor Matt Damon

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

Readers' travel pics of the week gallery

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

Food labels

Sugar shock in food labels stuff nation

We make our own choices but better labeling on processed foods might help us make better choices.

motoring

End was 'upsetting': Hammond

Ex-Top Gear co-host Richard Hammond has been left wondering what to do next after the motoring show was canned.

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

Ford of the future

Ford prepares for a world where congestion demands other alternatives.

Dartz's bullet-proof child safety seat.

Over-the-top child safety seat

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

sport

Hurricanes season heck of a ride

There's been something special about the Hurricanes team during their run to Saturday night's Super Rugby final.

OPINION: There's been something special about the Hurricanes this season, and not just the results, writes Toby Robson.

Canes ready for aerial assault

Catching kicks could be as vital as making tackles as the hosts chase glory in Super Rugby final in Wellington.

Highlanders assistant-coach Tony Brown is charged with plotting the backline attack in the Super Rugby final.

Highlanders out to end wait

Jamie Joseph's team are determined to end a 20-year wait and clinch their first Super Rugby title in capital.

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good reads

Fillings, grit solve 71-year-old mystery

Clay Bonnyman Evans helped solve the mystery surrounding his grandfather, Alexander Sandy Bonnyman Jr, a World War II veteran  whose remains were finally found after 70 years.

The archaeologist gently swept the sand off an unmistakable shape: a human skeleton - with a mouth full of gilded fillings.

Dustin Brown: 'An alien force' video

Germany's Dustin Brown looks like some sort of Rastafarian rap star.

OPINION: A German player who looks like a Rastafarian rapper played like an alien force to defeat Rafael Nadal.

Going the extra mile for sustainability

The Lea family in Ratanui's Waikato native plant nursery, from left Chelsea, Charlie, Sophie, Georgia and Helen.

Charlie Lea farms in a traditional but his rural environmental business is anything but.

The gift of 'Britain's Schindler'

A girl, re-enacting a scene from 70 years ago, stands in front of the Winton train before its departure from Prague to London September 1, 2009. The historical train departed from Prague on Tuesday to re-trace the original route from Prague to London with several survivors and descendants of 669 so-called  "Winton's children" on board. The "Winton's children" were rescued by Sir Nicholas Winton in 1939 from being sent to their deaths in Nazi concentration camps.              REUTERS/Petr Josek(CZECH REPUBLIC SOCIETY POLITICS IMAGES OF THE DAY)

The sobbing children pleaded not to be taken away. It would be the last they saw of their parents.

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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.

Top five reader comments

Can you guess the connection one commenter made between vaccines and bacon?

From school uniform policy and anti-vaxxers to New Zealand's favourite film, no topic was off limits for commenters.

Dolphin leaps into boat, lands on woman

Chrissie and Dirk Frickman get ready to talk to the media after the ordeal.

Woman left with broken ankles after dolphin drops in from nowhere.

Russian officials ban yoga

How's the occult down there?

Yoga is prohibited in a crackdown on religious cults.

Parenting

Big jump in trampoline injuries

Trampoline safety measures not making kids safer.

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

Fearing the Google Monster

Yep that's right.  There are two buns in the oven.

It doesn’t take long before The Google Monster drags you into the shallows of terror stories.

Decoding that baby talk

Greer Berry claimed the win in the race for her baby to say 'mumma' before 'dadda'.

It is the cutest thing hearing your child's voice for the first time.

Watch: This excited Grandpa  

"We're going to be grandparents!"

Something to brighten up your morning. This Grandpa-to-be is just a little bit excited. 

kiwi traveller

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.