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Family escapes house fire video

A family had a lucky escape from a fire which gutted their Hamilton flat.

Diver's body found

The diver was in Momorangi Bay, Queen Charlotte Sound.

The body of a diver who failed to surface in the Marlborough Sounds is found.

Meth bust at airport

Tourists charged with bringing $12 million of meth into Auckland Airport.

Passports back to 10 years

Peter Dunne says passports will again be valid for 10 years and cost only $180.

Countdown's Sydney siege blunder

Price drop of Lindt chocolate promoted on same day inquest into Sydney siege resumes. Clairvoyancy business 'a front'

Live: Black Caps vs England

Live commentary from day five of the Black Caps vs England test at Lord's.


Safety laws must be 'workable' 

Prime Minister John Key says ministers will look closely at workplace health and safety law changes to ensure they are workable.

Health and safety law changes prompted by the Pike River tragedy are set to be watered down.

Council cordoned off  video

One man is in serious condition following a brutal assault in Hamilton just after 3pm. 

Ezy Cash Takanini workers Paul Fanning and Paul Matthews were killed last year. Zarn Tarapata has pleaded not guilty to their murder.

Killer culpable - Crown

Man who stabbed two pawn shop workers was in meth-induced psychosis, court told.


Young referee has a passion for the game

For Josh Cochrane there's nothing quite like the feeling of knowing he has had a good game.


Girl, 16, burnt alive

The mob surrounds the Guatemalan girl before she is set alight.

A 16-year-old girl has been bashed and burnt to death in a public lynching in Guatemala.

Clairvoyancy business 'a front'

Sydney gunman was once a clairvoyant with 500 clients but using it as a front to sexually abuse vulnerable women, inquest hears. 

A refugee from Bangladesh, who was rescued by the Myanmar navy, is seen at a Muslim religious school used as a temporary refugee camp, at the Aletankyaw village in the Maungdaw township, in Rakhine state May 23, 2015. The head of Rakhine state from which thousands of Rohingya Muslims are fleeing, Chief Minister Maung Maung Ohn, denied that persecution had prompted the exodus after the United States called on the country to deal with its root causes. Myanmar's navy discovered two Thai trafficking boats off the coast of Rakhine on Thursday, one carrying migrants and the other empty, the state government said in a statement on Friday. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun

Malaysia finds 139 graves

12:47 AM  Malaysia has found 139 graves, and signs of torture, in more than two dozen squalid human trafficking camps.


'Chequebook justice' 

Former Pike River Coal Mine boss Peter Whittall.

Two women whose relatives were killed in the Pike River Mine disaster are arguing their case in the High Court at Wellington.

Pacific Edge payout

Pacific Edge will pay investors half a million dollars after investigation into continuous disclosure.

Postie Spencer Salt drives a new mail delivery vehicle unveiled by New Zealand Post in New Plymouth on Monday.

New look NZ Post service video

New Plymouth residents will be the first in the country to have their mail delivered by new high-tech vehicles.


Three stages of retirement

Retirement can last 30 years or more, and lots can change during that time.

OPINION: Do you know that there is really no one such thing as “retirement”?

Bid for homeowning victory

Milford real estate expert Robyn Forryan teaches first time home buyers how to bid at auctions.

Debunking child poverty myths

Big spender, savvy saver

small business

Wellington soda business bubbling

Owners of Six Barrel Soda Co, Joseph Slater and Mike Stewart are growing their business and concentrating on the wholesale side of trade.

It's only been three years but Wellington business Six Barrel Soda is thriving and predicting more growth.

Small biz Budget benefits

OPINION: As expected, the Government's support for small business continues.

Last orders at Quenched site

You can now track your home


'Wiped' Androids flaw

An Android mascot is seen in front of a displayed logo of Apple in this photo illustration taken in Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina, May 5, 2015. A U.S. appeals court on May 18, 2015 reversed part of a $930 million verdict that Apple Inc won in 2012 against Samsung Electronics Co Ltd, saying the iPhone maker's trademark-related appearance could not be protected. Some observers viewed the litigation as Apple's attempt to curtail the rapid rise of phones using Google Inc's rival Android operating software. Picture taken on May 5.   REUTERS/Dado Ruvic

Half a billion users' details potentially exposed by flaw that leaves data on 'wiped' Androids.

Hoverboard record broken video

A Canadian man has smashed the world record for hoverboard travel.

What you chose to put on Facebook could reveal some uncomfortable truths about your personality.

Decoding your status update

UK research into Facebook users shows we're all basically desperate, vain jerks.

life & style

Underwear as outerwear gallery

Witchery autumn/winter

Why it's not wrong to let your lingerie show.

Best & worst: Cannes final days gallery

The final struts of the Cannes Film Festival red carpet delivered one of the worst worsts we've ever seen.

Max Key shared this birthday selfie of him and his dad - our nation's Prime Minister, John Key.

John Key's topless selfie gallery

John and Max Key shared a father-son selfie with a Putin-like shirtless twist.

well & good

Fast or feast at night?

Night-time nibbling can be a danger zone if you're trying to lose weight.

Is eating your biggest meal at night a bad idea? It's a question that's been debated for years.

How to sleep like a caveman

Finding peace may be as simple (or difficult) as turning out the lights.

Before and now: Rachael Farrokh has struggled with anorexia for 10 years.

She's fighting for her life video

Weighing less than 20kg, Rachael Farrokh is fighting for her life after 10 years with anorexia.

home & property

19 perks of living alone

Who says living alone is lonely? There are plenty of perks to having a house/apartment to yourself.

Thinking about giving solo living a go? Trust us - you'll never look back.

8 secrets of a home stylist gallery

Ever wondered how to make your home look as impressive as those in magazines?

The former Beatle and his wife have reportedly bought a penthouse at 1045 Fifth Avenue.

Paul McCartney's new pad gallery

The former Beatle has snagged a glam NY penthouse for a cool $21.2m.

food & wine

Chickpea & cauliflower biryani

This Indian-inspired vegetarian dinner is ready in 30 minutes.

This easy Indian-inspired vegetarian dinner is sure to be a crowd-pleaser.

Recipe: Kumara & quinoa cakes

Indian flavours spice up this healthy dish from Masterchef 2014 finalist Bec Stanley.

Model inhales dog-sized burrito video

Easy Moroccan lamb shanks

nz farmer

Wallaby problem spreading

A South Canterbury wallaby.

South Canterbury's wallaby population has reached alarming proportions.

$7.5m over next two years

More money will be spent to encourage jobs, investment and high tech farming systems in the primary sector.

Move away from radiata pine

More price transparency call


Breakdowns and shakedowns

Bruce Jenner is seen as he sits down with ABC News anchor Diane Sawyer for a two-hour interview that aired during a special edition of ABC News??? ???20/20" on April 24, 2015, in this handout courtesy of ABC News. Olympic gold medalist and reality TV star Jenner said on Friday that he identifies as a woman, becoming the most high-profile American to come out as transgender. The 65-year-old Jenner made the declaration in a wide-ranging interview with ABC's Sawyer, nearly 40 years after his record-breaking Olympic gold-medal win in the decathlon that gave him the unofficial title of "World's Greatest Athlete." REUTERS/ABC News/Handout via Reuters     TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY     


Kris Jenner's world has come crashing down, as her ex-husband fast-tracks his procedures to become a woman.

Campbell Live still popular

Supporters of Campbell Live have continued to tune in to the show in record numbers despite the axe coming down on its host last week.

X Factor contestant Sally Hessnice is suing judge Simon Cowell.

X Factor contestant sues Cowell video

Rejection hurts, but perhaps it's nothing a million-dollar law suit won't settle.


Top 5 things to do in Niue video

10042015 News Rebekah Parsons-King/Fairfax NZ. Anjalee and Andrew Coers at the encloure in Niue where Anjalee is in quantine before her arrival at Auckland Zoo

The coral atoll of Niue is a different kind of Pacific destination. Here are 5 things to do on the island.

World's largest hotel to open

The world's largest luxury hotel, set to open in Saudi Arabia in 2017, will house 10, 000 rooms.

Rising above lush rainforest and the lagoon, the two mountains are a majestic sight.

Howe's that for an island escape

The challenge is to find a spot which is attractive enough to tour without being dominated by tourists.

stuff nation

Top reader comments stuff nation

"I, for one, welcome our new blubbery overlords."

It's snowing! Seals are invading! Perhaps most excitingly, people are commenting on news!

How I'd fix Christchurch's east stuff nation

Residents in Christchurch's eastern suburbs say it's time for "positive change", but where to start?


Changing the flag won't change us stuff nation

A change of flag is not going to change what anyone of us feels in our heart.


Tyre punctures singalong video

In-car selfie stick singalong ends in crash.

A quartet's singalong performance for a selfie goes into a spin as a tyre on their vehicle punctures.

BMW's modern day 3.0 CSL

BMW's legendary 3.0 CSL Batmobile has been revived in modern day guise with this dramatically-styled concept car.

A mechanic's spelling blunder in repairing a Porsche sports car has gone viral.

Spelling blunder goes viral

A mechanic's spelling blunder in repairing a Porsche sports car has gone viral.


Live: Black Caps vs England

Brendon McCullum bats during the first Investec Test Match between England and New Zealand at Lord's Cricket Ground, London. Photo credit: Graham Morris / www.photosport.co.nz

Live commentary from day five of the Black Caps vs England test at the home of cricket, Lord's.

EPL season in review gallery video

Stuff.co.nz football writer Sam Wilson assesses the best and worst of another action-packed campaign.

Trevor Bayliss has had successful stints as coach of Sri Lanka, Sydney Sixers and NSW.

Bayliss for England - report

Australian Trevor Bayliss has reportedly accepted an offer to coach the England cricket team.

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YouTube's decade: sharing works

Tiffany of the musical group Girls' Generation poses with her Video of the Year award at the YouTube Music Awards in New York November 3, 2013. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)

Ten-year-old site provides a stage for exhibitionists, narcissists and activists' opinions, talents and cats.

More to a new flag than a rebrand

POLOKWANE, SOUTH AFRICA - JUNE 24:  A New Zealand flag waves her national flag during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Group F match between Paraguay and New Zealand at Peter Mokaba Stadium on June 24, 2010 in Polokwane, South Africa.  (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

OPINION: By considering a new flag, New Zealand is being asked to take part in a costly corporate rebranding exercise.

Forest walks lift the spirits

Images from Hanmer Forest walks taken by Pat Barrett for his column - for Press Escape May 25. Girl is his daughter Bernadette.

The trail twists on, a slow meandering journey of discovery deep into the recesses of the tall trees.

Company knew but didn't act

Raetihi locals were forced to rely on water tankers after the spill

How can a skifield operator spill 19,000 litres of diesel into the local water supply and not notice?

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Kiwi model inhales dog-sized burrito video

Nela Zisser - a model and a competitive eater (not a common combo) - has managed to scoff a 2.3kg burrito in under five minutes.

She wants to break stereotypes by becoming a competitive eating champion, one giant burrito at a time.

Banned from wearing onesies

Surprisingly, this isn't appropriate work attire.

Australian public servants are now banned from wearing onesies and ugg boots to work.

Top reader comments stuff nation

"I, for one, welcome our new blubbery overlords."

It's snowing! Seals are invading! Perhaps most excitingly, people are commenting on news stories!

Tyre punctures in-car selfie stick singalong video

In-car selfie stick singalong ends in crash.

A quartet's singalong performance for a selfie goes into a spin as a tyre in their vehicle punctures.


Prince Harry meets Charlotte

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Prince Harry at the Virgin Money London Marathon
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Fresh from his tour of NZ, the proud uncle has finally met his new niece.

Family expects fourth set of twins

Emma and Loma Uhila's family is about to expand to nine.

New arrivals will bring Loma and Emma Uhila's family to nine children under the age of seven.

Baby talk is nonsense, says Willis

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Bruce Willis advises all new parents to forego the baby talk.

Danger from discredited vaccine advice

Michaela McNally, with her daughter Maggie, 10 months after contracting the flu and being placed in an induced coma to give birth.

One mums missed the birth and first week of her baby's life after falling ill to the common flu.

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Readers' pics of the week


This week's travel photo entries take us from Ho Chi Minh City to New Caledonia.

Cruising currency conundrum

Think about how much local currency you'll need before you touring Asia, but there are always more options if you run out.

If your cruise stops at ports with different currencies, transactions can get confusing.

How to find the perfect travel companion

Frodo and Sam! The best travel companions! The guy in the middle... not so much.

With a little bit of foresight though you might find at least one Thelma to your Louise.

Pittsburgh: it's not the pits

Pittsburgh's bike lanes make cycling around the city easy.

There's plenty going on in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, says Heather McCracken.