Meet the 'Condom Challenge'

Done with planking, owling and mamming, the internet's going wild over water-filled condoms.

'Tragic' hospital attack

Injured Medicins Sans Frontieres staff after the  attack on the hospital in Kunduz.

The US has called its attack on a hospital in Afghanistan that killed 30 people a "tragic mistake".

How do we carry on amid chaos?

My parents wondered whether it was right to bring a child into this rotten world. 

Eco-sanctuary up for sale gallery

A private Stewart Island eco-sanctuary could soon turn public after US owners list it for sale.

Air rage passenger's wings clipped

Flier jailed after shouting racial abuse, threatening to punch stewardess, biting police.

Swift's bad blood with beachgoers

8:35 AM  Pop star's music video team accused of endangering dotterel chicks at Bethells Beach.

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Fox Glacier recovery bid video

Two helicopters headed up with teams on board at 6am on Thursday.

9:09 AM  Crews make early return to fatal Fox Glacier helicopter crash site, but still no idea where bodies are.

'This is it' - machete victim

8:33 AM  A Hamilton man attacked with a machete remembers the 'chop' as the blade struck his arm.

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Fire crews in race against gales

9:16 AM  Fire crews stage early push to contain raging Marlborough blaze ahead of forecast severe gales.


My tattoo story

Deena Coster never doubted the decision to get another tattoo, until it was almost finished.


Shot down pilot: No warning

Moments before the plane crashed.

The surviving crew member of a Russian warplane shot down by Turkey said he received no warnings.

IS claims Tunisia attack

IS claim responsibility for an attack on a Tunisian presidential guard bus, an official statement said.

Laquan McDonald walks on a road before he was shot 16 times by police officer Jason Van Dyke in Chicago, in this still image taken from a police vehicle dash camera video.

Shooting vid 'distorts images' video

8:07 AM  Police officer who fired shot now "fears for his life", his lawyer says.


Second fire: 'It's a war zone' video

The forest fire battle in Marlborough continued overnight.

9:24 AM  Christchurch business owner thinks arsonists jammed fireworks in front door to start devastating fire.

Joyce dampens runway hopes

Wellingtonians excited but Government yet to be convinced the runway extension will fly.

A worker sprays hot water to kill weeds in Devonport, where the local board has come up with $50,000 so it can remain a chemical-free area.

Auckland switches to chemicals

9:23 AM  Auckland Council will chemically spray all parks with Roundup unless locals find the funds to go chemical-free.


Li-fi: 100 times faster than wi-fi

Harald Haas invented li-fi in 2011.

14 min ago  The new form of wireless tech has clocked in at speeds of up to 224 gigabits per second.

Explained: Snapchat's Story Explorer

8:56 AM  The new feature debuted this week and enables users to see more than just one or two vantage points of a moment.

Cecil the lion was in his prime.

10 worst internet moments of 2015

9:07 AM  This year, many, many things have happened online that were bad or annoying or depressing. 

life & style

Ultimate weatherwoman uniform?

Meteorologist April Warnecke in 'the dress'.

9:30 AM  There's a reason why they're all wearing this $35 dress. And it says a lot about what it's like to be a female meteorologist.

A fluffy tale of rabbits gallery

9:03 AM  That gossip you've heard about rabbits? The talk about their reproductive drives? It's not wrong.

The world of diet and weight loss can be confusing, so what's sustainable?

Which diet will actually work?

8:30 AM  Lee Suckling looks at the science to find out which diet is most effective for weight loss this summer.


Builder gets North Pole contract

Jim Cameron is half-way  through his special assignment from Santa Claus.

9:11 AM  When Santa Claus needs a new sleigh he doesn't call on his elves to put one together, he calls Turangi's Jim Cameron. 

How to avoid boozy work dos

Women's careers are suffering because they put family before work dos - so what are their alternatives?

An apple suet bird feeder from Creative Woodcraft will attract lots of birds to the garden, including wax eyes. $19.

Potted pressies for green-fingered gallery

9:00 AM  Here's some of the nicest gifts you can give a gardener, or would-be gardener, in a range of price brackets.

well & good

Dr Libby: Break the coffee habit

Dr Libby Weaver.

New Zealand's favourite wellbeing expert answers readers' questions about their health.

The top fitness trends for 2016

Say bye bye bootcamp and hello to yummy mummies, fitbits and streamed gym classes.

Jordy Hurdes has to live with the consequences of drug-taking every day.

Shocking effect of party drug video

"Guys don't get sucked in. It all seems like fun and games and a cheap $25 pill but it's not worth it."

home & property

Is this the best wardrobe ever?

This 17m-long dressing room designed by Canavan Interiors is a finalist in the SBID International Design Excellence Awards to be announced on Friday, November 27, 2015.

This bespoke dressing room - the flagship room in a new UK house - is up for a big award.

DIY a butterfly-friendly garden

Butterflies and moths need two types of plants: nectar-rich flowers for the adults, and hosts for the caterpillars.

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Smart house gives sales edge

Making your home a smart one won't just make your life easier - it can boost value when it's time to sell.

food & wine

Raspberry & mascarpone cake

Neil Perry's raspberry and mascarpone cake.

8:45 AM  You can make this delicate cake with strawberries, or use a colourful mix of available berries.

Things Nigella should do in NZ

From cheese rolls to chocolate - we've picked the three things Nigella must do during her trip to Southland.

Recipe: Barbecued spiced pork

What to make for a hit of greens

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Strong call to cut Fonterra board

Fonterra chairman John Wilson told farmer shareholders at the co-operative's Waitoa annual meeting that the board plans to consult with them from early next year on a review.

Bid to cut Fonterra's large board size gets strong support - despite failing.

Jake the Peg - lamb with 5 legs

He was born with an extra leg, floppy ear and misshapen head, but what now for this adorable lamb?

Agriculture not in review

Rural thieves caught on CCTV


Love they didn't want you to see

The love stories in 'Love Actually' are well known - except the one you never got to see.

9:22 AM  A deleted scene from 2003 British rom-com Love Actually has resurfaced, and it carries a powerful message.

Want to be on Family Feud?

8:59 AM  Popular game show Family Feud is on its way to NZ screens and they need families to take part - could it be you?

The friendship is over for Captain America and Iron Man, in the upcoming film Captain America: Civil War.

Captain America trailer drops

9:37 AM  The friendship cools between Captain America and Iron Man in the next film of the franchise.


The Marlborough way

Marlborough Mountain Bike Club members Justin Kenwood, left, and Sarnim Dean.

8:52 AM  Marlborough has always been fairly low on the mountain biking radar but there are some great tracks.

Traveller's worst nightmare?

A credit card can be a travellers best friend, or their worst nightmare.

The power of cats: Belgium's tourist boards get creative in luring tourists back after a terrorism-threat lockdown.

Cats to lure back tourists video

8:39 AM  Belgium's tourist board has latched onto a social media craze of cats that gave the city light relief during a lockdown.

stuff nation

Top comments on rule breach stuff nation

Renee Dekker, next to her pool that is fully fenced off but the Palmerston North City Council has an issue with the trees on the neighbour's property and the risk of children being able to climb them and fall into the pool. Dekker with daughter Indy Dekker, 7.

It may be a long, and torturously dry, summer for one Palmerston North family.

Five books every woman should read stuff nation

These are women’s stories, written by women, for women … and they might just change your life.


Pet of the Day: Gizmo and Pirate stuff nation

They get a lot of attention. A 10 minute walk to the shop can take least half an hour or more.


Our Car of the Year finalists

Skoda Fabia is a practical city car with truly accomplished performance and handling.

8:52 AM  Our Car of the Year search is now down to a shortlist of six. We take a look at the contenders.

Want a bike with that coffee?

8:18 AM  An Auckland cafe is one of the few places in the world you can pick up a superbike with your coffee.

A record number of drivers were fined in September for using mobile phones while driving.

Big rise in drivers on phones

Driver with beer in one hand and phone in the other is among thousands caught.


$44k bonus: Thanks for playing

Black Caps bowler Tim Southee will hope for a swinging pink ball in the inaugural day-night test.

8:11 AM  Black Caps players to receive cash bonus just for turning up in Adelaide; Aussies stand to make more.

Fan tips beer on basketballer video

9:17 AM  A basketball fan in Australia was ejected after pouring a can of beer all over US import Marcus Thornton.

Mitchell Starc has been proving awkward for Australian batsmen with the new pink ball in the Adelaide nets.

NZ warned, Starc is fired up

9:19 AM  Aussie quick primed to wreak havoc with pink ball against under-prepared Black Caps, Oz spinner Lyon says.

good reads

'One of the greatest American heroes'

Hugh Montgomery, 91, at his home with the Nazi SS flag which was flying over Buchenwald concentration camp during WWII.

He jumped into Normandy, ran spies in Moscow, and has now retired at 90

Primary school formals out of hand?

High heels and tans, gifts and fuss. Is it excessive?

OPINION: Limousines, high heels, gifts ... Aren't all these things a little over the top for a primary school graduation?

Why do kids need sex ed?

Sex ed might be awkward, but it's important.

OPINION: We all remember cringing during classes at school. They might be awkward, but they're important.

Electric cars demand dirty power

Belchatow Power Station, Europe's largest coal-fired plant.

A filthy secret behind the green growth of electric cars in some markets is the need for more coal-fired power plants.

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Chance gas stop saves kitten's life

SPCA chief executive Ric Odom cradles the kitten he discovered wedged in the back wheel of his motorbike.

A tiny tabby kitten hitched a ride in the wheel of the SPCA boss' motorcycle.

Meet the 'Condom Challenge'

The condom challenge

Done with planking, owling and mamming, the internet's going wild over water-filled condoms.

Walkshort Wednesday at the hospital

Doctors, from left,  John Fernando, 24, Christina Jenkins, 24 and Nick Jenkins, 25, dressed in iconic Kiwiana clothing for the annual Walkshort Wednesday at Taranaki Base Hospital.

Junior doctors were the height of sartorial elegance when they arrived at work in walkshorts, knee high socks and, tragically, sandals.

Jake the Peg - the lamb with 5 legs

Jake's extra front limb has no movement and just hangs from his body.

He was born with an extra leg, a floppy ear and misshapen head and jaw, but what now for this adorable Australian lamb?


Barbie beats Elsa as top girls' toy

Barbie has regained her place at the top of the Christmas toys list for US shoppers once again.

The classic doll has regained her top spot, joined by Lego, Star Wars and Hot Wheels.

Beware of the 'BFF' mother

Where do you draw the line between mother and friend?

OPINION: Teacher who claims today's mums are damaging their kids by trying to be best friends is right.

Primary school formals: OTT?

High heels and tans, gifts and fuss. Is it excessive?

OPINION: Limousines, high heels, gifts - Aren't all these things excessive for a primary school graduation?

How to avoid boozy work dos

It's not just women who are uncomfortable with the interminable late-night work functions.

Women's careers are suffering because they put family before work dos - so what are their alternatives?

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Vegetarian realities in Ghana

A local coconut seller in Accra waits for business

Avoiding meat can be a hassle for any vegetarian traveller, but Stacey Knott finds exceptions in Ghana.

Kiwi expats a proud bunch

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Kiwis living overseas are prouder and more positive about New Zealand than those living here.

'Hot plumber' takes on the USA

Logan said Yosemite National Park in California was one of the most beautiful places he had ever been.

The travelling tradie won't be returning to the building site anytime soon.

Christmas in Europe

Visitors admire ornaments at a Christmas market in Vienna, Austria.

Heading to Europe for Christmas? It's the most wonderful time of the year, our expert says.