July 30 2014, updated 9:30pm

Winning pie

Lamb and kumara pie wins

The succulent taste trumped a record 4831 entries to win the highly-coveted NZ's best pie contest.

How the judges pick

A grand apology

Air NZ Air NZ tries to sweeten raw deal for passengers stranded three days in Hawaii after plane problems.

CAA knew about drugs

Inquest into Carterton balloon crash told that the CAA knew of pilot's alleged drug use and dishonesty.

'If I'm a dick, NZ looks bad'

Kiwi NBA star Steven Adams takes being a role model seriously, knowing he represents his country.

Boy and Bear reunited

Boy rejoices as missing puppy - a last gift from dying mum - is found after a fortnight.

Curtis denies Mana support

Actor Cliff Curtis denies he is endorsing the Mana Movement this election, saying he remains "absolutely apolitical".

Internet Mana leader to take on Key

Laila Harre Internet Mana leader Laila Harre will take on Prime Minister John Key in the Helensville electorate.

Jailed for scary acts

Woman banned from just about everywhere in Chch jailed for offending that scared children.

Rider in hospital

Man still critical after crushed

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Pair charged with 'car surfing'

The pair volunteered themselves to police after footage of the "stupid" stunt was posted on YouTube.

Noel Wogan reunited with puppy Bear

Nine-year-old Noel Wogan has been reunited with his puppy Bear after it went missing more than two weeks ago.

No to 'race separatists'

Winston Peters Winston Peters declares NZ First will sit on the crossbenches before aligning with Maori or Mana.

Pressure eases on rates

Finance Minister admits the housing market is slowing and economic growth is "flattening".

McCully 'back in business'

Smith won't pursue defamation

Laila Harre

Internet Mana leader to take on Key

Internet Mana leader Laila Harre will take on Prime Minister John Key in the Helensville electorate.

Civilians killed in Ukraine

Ukraine Fighting between Ukrainian troops and pro-Russian rebels has killed dozens of civilians, soldiers and rebels.

World powers divided on Gaza

Iran's supreme leader has called on the Muslim world to arm Palestinians while US lawmakers seek military aid for Israel.

Ebola doctor in grave condition

Victims' journey far from over

khaled Sharrouf

Police seek Sydney terror-accused

Australian police seek two men accused of fighting in Iraq and Syria, after pair pose with severed heads online.

Farmers face $4b pay cut

milk Fonterra's reduced forecast farm-gate milk payout will "come as a shock to farmers".

Auckland storm proves costly

The violent storm that swept across Auckland in June has cost insurers $30 million so far.

Call for lower tax on savings

Air NZ flies more passengers


Director a 'model prisoner'

Jailed director of Capital + Merchant has been paroled after coping well in prison, Parole Board says.

Rents reaching new highs

house strap Christchurch rents set to reach Auckland levels, yet average Auckland household has $220 a week more.

Fraudster's beach house sells

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

Banks pass on cash rate increase

Chasing a fair go

From pinot to 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

Hair salon owners 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

Kids consider IT 'a bum subject'

Report shows gradual decline in the proportion of students enrolled in science-related subjects.

PlayStation everything

Sony plans to reposition the console warhorse as a hub for a network of streamed services.

Microsoft in antitrust probe

Amazon opens 3D printing store

Ready for blast off

NZ-made 10-tonne rocket capable of sending satellites into space at a fraction of current costs.

Help! My bum is disappearing

Candice If your glutes aren't pulling their weight, it's time to change your routine.

Goat stuck in a baaad situation

When one goat finds himself stuck in a hole, another tries to help him... but the rescue doesn't quite go to plan.

10 ways to look slimmer, fast

A curse upon thee

Her beauty caused a storm

Her beauty caused a storm

This young woman just wants to play volleyball. Her many, many new online fans won't let that happen.

Let's live in ... Avonhead

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

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

Jo and Damo

Meet the new The Block teams

Here are the pairs you'll be rooting for or complaining about over the next few months.

Jumbo a piece of cake

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

Tiny, yummy doughnuts

The secret of these irresistible little balls of delicious is ricotta cheese, which gives them a springy texture.

Bright and tasty beetroot risotto

Move over kale

Farmers face $4b pay cut

milk Fonterra's reduced forecast farm-gate milk payout will "come as a shock to farmers".

Experience needed

New survey of farmers suggests a shortage of skilled workers affects all sectors of agriculture.

Payout cut expected

Judge's order stopped milking

Tiger Lily to inherit 'very little'

Tiger Lily On her 18th birthday here was no sign of much inheritance from Tiger Lily's late father Michael Hutchence.

Hashtag prompts death threats

Zayn Malik had 13 million followers and usually tweets music. Then he tweeted one of the most controversial hashtags.

'Most unprofessional dude'

Why Queen refused Iron Throne

Naked and Afraid

Naked TV a new trend

Reality television's newest trend: Nudity is hot and no longer confined to late-night premium cable.

Toddler's travel troubles

Delta Airlines Passengers rage as a family allowed their child to defecate on his seat during a flight from Beijing to Detroit.

There's an app for that

Want to choose your hotel room? Check in? Or unlock your room door?

'Settle down Captain Happy'

Beware that hotel wi-fi

Point Yamu by Como

From here to infinity

A new luxury resort in Phuket departs from tradition.

Learning Maori in Petone

maori strap Students of Sacred Heart School celebrate Maori Language Week with songs, sports and videos.

Chocolate coconut squares

These gluten-free treats fill the gap of guilty pleasure, sans the sinful side.

This is it: cats or dogs?

Eight key future All Blacks

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Top five reader comments

Readers have their say on the war in Gaza, redundancies, television nudity, and getting stuck in Hawaii.

Gully link gets green

Transmission Gully The cost of Wellington's Transmission Gully motorway is $25m less than expected.

Jaguar buys huge collection

Jaguar has probably parted with nearly NZ$200m for the world's largest-known privately owned collection of British classic cars.

The last Aussie Territory

P1 track teaser

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.

Cheika not playing mind games

Michael Cheika Waratahs coach doubts the Crusaders are stressed by not winning Super Rugby since 2008.

An unlikely $500k win

They never had much luck on the horses before but two mates have won $500k on a rank outsider.

Warriors key names back

Black Sticks beat English

Richie McCaw

Even Richie gets nervous

Despite 127 test caps, ABs skipper says anxiety of preparing for big games never goes away.

Pop screamers

Pop's hysterical howlers

Screaming female pop fans have more in common with male sports fans than you may think.

Lily Collins

Have we hit 'peak brow'?

After meticulously crafting hairy caterpillars onto our face, the trend is about to do a 180.


Strange captivity in Ukraine

After pointless questioning, amateur militants gave me a bizarre glimpse of their world.


Beautiful and brutal

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

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