Taylor Swift is back in Queenstown

Taylor Swift has touched down

With a week off between shows in Australia, Tay Tay has returned to Queenstown.

City call centre shuts

Clementine West working at CallActive which was officially opened by the Prime Minister in Wellington.in 2013.

A call centre operator had hoped to create thousands of jobs in Wellington, but now it has folded.

Black Caps fall short in Adelaide

New Zealand set Australia 187 to win the third test and it wasn't quite enough.

Witnesses sought to fatal crash

Motorcyclist killed in multi-car crash on State Highway One in Otago.

'He was pretty much gone'

Elizabeth McKenzie's quick actions saved the life of a dying man outside Elton John's concert.

Cyclist found dead in Hagley Park

A cyclist found dead in a Christchurch park may have plunged to his death in the dark.


Three ATMs set on fire

A Kiwibank ATM was among those set alight by the young man.

Young man arrested after admitting setting fire to ATMs in Whanganui shopping centre.

Mt Cook search called off

Parents of missing climber Stephen Dowall coming to terms with reality their son won't return home.

A still from the Annual Canterbury Rodeo at the Mandeville Sports Grounds.

Bullhorn cuts man's throat

Man's throat cut by bullhorn lucky it missed vital blood vessels, paramedics say.


New hope for baby Nemo's family

Senior Thai official promises to investigate Kiwi couple's embryo swap at hospital.


Shooter: 'No more baby parts'

Robert L. Dear is seen in an undated picture released by the Colorado Springs (Colorado) Police Department November 28, 2015.  Dear, 57, has been named as the gunman who stormed a Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood clinic on Friday, killing three people and wounding nine others before surrendering to police after a bloody siege lasting several hours inside the facility, authorities said.  REUTERS/Colorado Springs Police Department/Handout via Reuters  THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS

Gunman suspected of killing three people at US clinic reportedly cites "no more baby parts" as reason for his actions.

Sao Paulo Santa steals chopper

In a rather Grinch-like move, a Santa in Brazil kicks off the Christmas season by stealing a helicopter.

The 4chan duck attack has also made liberal use of toilet brushes.

Isis replaced by rubber ducks

Isis' terror is on course to get a lot less serious, thanks to 4chan users.


Liquidators take control of bar

TJ & JBG director Jasper Bryant-Greene.

Liquidators have locked the doors of a popular Christchurch bar.

Unemployment up in Southland

More Southlanders are out of work and those who have jobs are earning less on average under the current Government, a Labour MP says.

Bacteria spread quickly among chicken flocks.

Too chicken to talk?

Calls for tighter restrictions after revelations over bugs growing in our poultry.


Why are tech minds using LSD? video

Microdosing on LSD, above, is said to improve concentration levels.

Coffee may be your mind-sharpening tool of choice, but some of Silicon Valley's brightest brains are relying on something substantially stronger.

The week I quit social media

OPINION: The day I gave up social media, I went on Facebook three times. 

The BB-8 droid from Sphero..

How to buy tech as a present

Tech is one of the most popular types of presents you can give at Christmas, but buying gadgets for others can be tough.

life & style

The idea of sex repels me

Some couples identify as "homo-romantic"  but have no sexual desire for each other.

In an increasingly sexualised world, what is it like 'coming out' as someone who has no interest in sex?

The damage a hair band can do

Woman forced to undergo emergency surgery after wearing a glittery tie around her wrist gave her an infection.

When it comes to online dating, time is of the essence.

Online matches don't last forever

Online dating relies on quick decisions: Singles swipe right or left, yes or no, within seconds of seeing a profile.


Fine day for Santa Parade video

Elmo and Cookie Monster take over the Auckland Santa Parade

Thousands of Kiwis made the annual pilgrimage to the Auckland CDB for the country's most spectacular Christmas parade.

Xmas tree world record video

Australian man sets world record for number of lights on a Christmas tree - a staggering half a million.

Tibor Horvath and Amanda Griffiths have been working on their Christmas float under the cover of darkness.

Christmas floats kept secret

Businesses are working under the cover of darkness to keep their ideas hidden.

well & good

I survived abuse, I'm not ashamed

Australian actress Rachael Taylor.

Actress Rachael Taylor was once trapped in a cycle of violence. But she's not ashamed.

Record breaking gallstones

Doctors shocked to operate on woman and find 11,950 gallstones inside her.

Put that list down. Enjoy yourselves this Christmas, ladies.

Don't be a slave this Xmas

Jingle Bells? For too many women, the holiday season is more like Jingle Hell.

home & property

Creating a slice of Middle-earth

Live like a hobbit - Green Magic Homes has devised a prefabricated shell that lets you create your own hobbit house.

Bilbo Baggins, move over - now you too can build your own hobbit house with these prefab shells.

New generation of open plan?

We once called it split level, now it's broken-plan living - and it's growing in demand with homeowners.

Home ownership rates are falling as Kiwis struggle to get onto the property ladder.

How households have changed

Despite clamour about rising prices, home ownership rates are only about 6 per cent lower than 50 years ago.

food & wine

Going vege without going hungry

If you’re thinking about giving up meat but are worried you’ll be hungry, you’re dead set wrong.

If you’re thinking about giving up meat but are worried you’ll be hungry, you’re dead set wrong.

Syrah pick of the bunch

A Hawke's Bay syrah has won the top prize at the 2015 Air New Zealand Wine Awards.

Grilled chicken with harissa

Nadia Lim's banana pancakes

nz farmer

$300 million for council's farms

The 25 farms of Van Diemen's Land Company in Tasmania were put on the market in early October.

New Plymouth ratepayers' cash cow has been sold for more than $300 million.

No animals in rivers: report

Land and Water Forum presses to exclude livestock on plains and lowland hills from waterways.

Wetlands are winners

High rainfall effluent breaches


Too sexy for Singapore?

Adam Lambert on stage.

Debate rages over whether Adam Lambert is too sexy to perform at Singapore's largest New Year's eve concert.

Fallon's holiday mash-up

Jimmy Fallon and Rashida Jones have performed a mash-up of the year's biggest hits - with a holiday theme. 

Magic Mike actor Channing Tatum.

Why Channing Tatum strips off

Channing Tatum admits his acting skills aren't good enough for him not to keep stripping down for the camera.


Why Transylvania is tops

Sighisoara townscape. No cars are permitted in the old town.

Transylvania is, according to Lonely Planet's Best in Travel 2016 yearbook, the top region to visit in the world.

Langbein's Lake Wanaka

Annabel Langbein shares some of her favourite things about her home, Lake Wanaka in Otago.

The luxury Kasbah Tamadot retreat.

How to holiday like a billionaire

Nina Karnikowski explores Richard Branson's luxury retreat in the Atlas Mountains, one of the most opulent hotels in Morocco.

stuff nation

'We owe it to our children' stuff nation video

Standing on a mound of debris, a boy burns garbage to expose discarded scrap metal, on the banks of the Buriganga River, in Bangladesh.

OPINION: Children are the ones facing the consequences of climate change, says UNICEF.

Are you doing your part? stuff nation

With the world's attention on climate change, we'd like to hear how you are doing your part.

Do you prefer the remote beauty of beaches like those found at Able Tasman National Park or big city beaches?

Your favourite NZ beach stuff nation

A big city sand strip or wild waves and rugged scenery...? Share your favourite beaches in New Zealand.


Ten out of 10 for Burt no. 10 gallery video

Kaitaia bikers John Beaver, Keith Ducker and Gary Thompson at the Burt Munro Challenge.

The verdict on the 10th annual Burt Munro Challenge is in: 10 out of 10.

Award rewards active safety

The car with the best accident-avoiding features will get a special safety gong at this year's Autocar Car of the Year awards.

Nick Fletcher, of Christchurch, with his 1929 Ariel K 500 motorcycle at the Burt Munro Challenge road race.

1929 bike comes home for Burt

Nick Fletcher laughs when he is asked if his 1929 Ariel K 500 motorcycle will win the Burt Munro street races. 


Confidence from close call

Andrew Murdoch finished third-equal on points but missed out on the bronze medal due to a countback.

Andrew Murdoch "gutted" after falling short at Finn Gold Cup but determined to build on display.

Jones edges out Scott, Spieth

Matt Jones has won The Australian Open in Sydney.

Briton Tyson Fury, right, has beaten champion Wladimir Klitschko on points.

Fury beats Klitschko for title

Briton Tyson Fury has beaten champion Wladimir Klitschko on points.

good reads

'We owe it to our children' stuff nation video

Standing on a mound of debris, a boy burns garbage to expose discarded scrap metal, on the banks of the Buriganga River, in Bangladesh.

OPINION: Children are the ones facing the consequences of climate change, says UNICEF.

When mums call on foreign aid

Most au pairs are genuinely committed to their job - it's the families who have unrealistic expectations.

With more families hiring au pairs, a good match can offer a lifeline... but sometimes it goes horribly wrong.

Every day is Father's Day

Time for a beer and feed at the Australian Hotel, Wingham.

A father-and-son two-wheeled adventure fueled on laughs, beers, and too many pies.

No more broken promises for our kids

New Zealanders need to look at the faces of these children - they were all killed due to abuse or maltreatment.

OPINION: It's expected to be the biggest reform since CYF was set up, so it had better do something. 

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Bad Santa hjacks helicopter

A Santa in Brazil is sure to make the naughty list after stealing a helicopter.

In a rather Grinch-like move, one Father Christmas gets light-fingered with a chopper.

Lightning rod house

Auckland was struck by 1300 lightning bolts in Saturday's electrical storm.

Struck by lightning twice last week, now trapped by arcing power line.

Seal on a hot tin roof

A startled seal scrambled up on to the roof of a shed in Kaikoura.

After a running jump, a seal finds itself on the roof of a shed.

Catitude in cabs gallery video

The SPCA's Jorja Bennetts and Uber driver Stewart Hendaryo will be out and about making kitten playtime deliveries around Wellington on Friday to promote pet adoption.

Craving a cuddle with a cute feline? Uber will deliver some to your office for a small SPCA donation.


Ice-T, Coco welcome daughter

Ice T and Coco Austin's daughter, Chanel.

Rapper Ice-T and wife Nicole 'Coco' Austin have welcomed their first child together.

When mums call on foreign aid

Most au pairs are genuinely committed to their job - it's the families who have unrealistic expectations.

With more families hiring au pairs, a good match can offer a lifeline... but sometimes it goes horribly wrong.

Learning to face your fears

There's a greater chance of being killed by a toaster than a shark, but toast doesn't evoke the Jaws theme music.

Fear is crippling - and being told your fear is irrational does nothing to assuage it.

Anne Hathaway expecting a baby

Actress Anne Hathaway is believed to be in her second trimester.

Oscar-winning actress is reportedly busy preparing for her latest role - that of first-time mother.

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Getting a visa in Cambodia

Tourists pose for pictures at Angkor Thom in Siem Reap.

Heading to Southeast Asia? Send us all of your travel questions.

The excitement of Edinburgh

Toni Jenkins and partner Peter dine out at Edinburgh's Thai Pad.

Toni Jenkins first moved to the UK in 1995 and has since made Scotland her home.

5 things to do before Christmas

It's that time of year again - Santa Claus is coming to town.

With less than four weeks to go until Christmas Day, the silly season is officially upon us. Here's how to get into the festive spirit.

Rush for 10-year passport

From Monday 10 year New Zealand passports will be available for $180 and five year passports, which cost $140, will be no more.

From Monday New Zealanders can apply for 10-year passports.