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Burling's wave to Spithill video

9:58 AM  Was that a wave goodbye after a starting box masterclass? Burling's wry smile says it all.

Match point pressure

Two NZ wins

Oracle helm intrigue video

Team USA skipper Jimmy Spithill may surrender the helm after struggling against Peter Burling, being 6-1 down in the ...

8:51 AM  Oracle skipper may not be at the helm as Team USA chase another comeback. Spithill tips hat Live recap

Student vs climate change minister

In a first, a student today takes on the Government over its climate change record.

Sailing legend backs Team NZ video

8:52 AM  Sailing icon Bruno Trouble wants to help stage the America's Cup in NZ.

The man helping East Chch kids video

9:21 AM  He tells them they're beautiful, clever and smart - things they may never have heard.

Park 'n riders park out locals

10:01 AM  One North Shore resident resorts to road cones to stop commuters blocking the way.

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Overnight lows dip to -7C

Temperatures dipped well below freezing in the South Island. (File photo)

9:51 AM  Freezing start to the week in the south, in what was possibly the coldest night of the year so far.

Fisherman disappears

9:42 AM  Search sparked after police find only man's car and some fishing equipment.

Window cleaners work on a tower block with external alumnium cladding on the Chalcots estate in Camden, UK.

Apartment fire risk worries

9:10 AM  NZ has the best apartment building fire regulations in the world, but experts say they aren't being followed.

Video

PM: No Barclay tape delete request

Bill English says he didn't ask MP to delete recording - but won't say whether anyone in National Party asked.

world

Off-duty cop shot by officer

The St Louis area was once the epicentre of the nation's ongoing debate about whether police are too quick to use deadly ...

Off-duty US policeman shot while coming to aid of fellow officers. His lawyer says it was because he was black.

All samples fail fire tests video

So far, cladding samples from 60 UK towers have been tested. None were up to scratch.

The quarter-acre section, highlighted in blue, is one of many undeveloped lots in the area.

Trump's swampland property

8:59 AM  The US president owns a tiny quarter-acre section of Florida swampland.

business

Chart: Southland's wealth

Railway Lines in Invercargill, for story on Rail transportation of cars for car-yards to sell. 30/04/2007 103782 Robyn Edie

The region's GDP per person has grown strongly since 2000.

She was hired as a 'computer,'

Sue Finley is one of Nasa's longest-serving employees. She started out calculating rocket trajectories by hand.

Banks lent $818 million to first-home buyers in March and $630m in April, up from $561m in April 2015.

Need a mortgage? Here's how

The time is right for first-home buyers to strike, experts say.

technology

Apple's spat with WeChat

Online anger toward Apple in China has been intensifying in recent weeks.

9:32 AM  Apple's plan to take a commission from developers threatens to undermine its prospects in China.

Fast internet from space is coming

8:32 AM  A former Googler is the first to receive permission to build a next-generation satellite internet service.

Apps have been adding new features regularly, to keep up with each other.

Your iPhone storage is 'shrinking'

The reason your iPhone is filling up faster can be blamed on the growing size of apps.

homed

Grand Designs 'reno' for sale gallery

This small 1890s cottage gives no hint at what lies beyond - a massive, industrial-style, multi-level house. The build ...

The traditional front of 'the best house in Tasmania' hides a huge, jaw-dropping Grand Designs extension.

High St to Home: Slim Davey's

Recreating this Wellington saloon's eclectic style at your home is easy - if you're willing to think outside the box.

Weimaraner Skye Wulf cosies up to Tim and Catherine, who are rarely allowed to sit without a pet joining them.

House of the week: Wanaka gallery

Global influences from a mix of eras happily combine in this new build.

life & style

Why Ramadan is different in NZ

Fasting in New Zealand feels more meaningful, writes Sumeera Dawood.

9:27 AM  OPINION: As an immigrant who’s been here a year, there are a few definite benefits to experiencing Ramadan in NZ.

My partner was paying for sex

We'd been living together for seven years, but the whole time, he'd had a secret life.

JLo snaps away in the bathroom.

Week in celeb Instagrams gallery

Kanye and North take it easy, Naomi Campbell creeps us out and JLo snaps away in the bathroom.

well & good

Which rice is better for you?

Rice is the perfect addition to numerous dishes. But which one is the healthiest variety?

White long grain, basmati or brown? We put three popular rice varieties to the test.

Cynic trials gratitude diary

Why you should literally 'count your blessings'.

Scientist Kyong-Sup Yoon needed head lice for his research - so he attached a plastic container to his leg, seeded it ...

Mad science of human lab rats

True stories of scientists who took their research to extremes are stranger - and bloodier - than fiction.

food & wine

Chef to MPI: 'Burger off'

Duke of Marlborough restaurant manager Kelsey Benefield tucks into a Governor's Burger - before it's cut from the menu.

New red tape will kill signature hamburger at NZ's oldest licensed restaurant, says chef.

In defence of mince

OPINION: We may be buying more and more chicken these days, but foodies still love their mince.

Kiwi craft chocolate wins gold

Irish people taste Kiwi snacks

nz farmer

Teen's possum fur phone cover

Maggie Gibson with her possum fur phone cover.

Maggie Gibson made the most Kiwi smartphone accessory from a possum she shot at the family farm.

Lions led by donkeys: Peters

Winston Peters pushed all the right buttons in his play for the rural vote.

Future of farming pure fantasy

Dairy farm best in business

entertainment

Lorde slays Glastonbury video

Lorde's "Green Light" was the pick of her first Glastonbury set.

Ella Yelich O'Connor's debut at premier British music festival described as "one for the history books".

Back to the Future got binned 

Why someone else nearly played Emmett "Doc" Brown in the much-loved time-travelling trilogy.

Mark Hamill will be back among the stars again when he is honoured on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Mark Hamill among the stars

The original Luke Skywalker, Mark Hamill is to be honoured with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

travel

History and traditions

The terracotta roofs and churches of Granada, as viewed from the Iglesia de Merced.

Jill Worrall visits some Nicaraguan cities and find them steeped in colour and culture.

Here comes the sun

For a good, reasonably priced dose of rest, recreation and vitamin D, head to one of these sunny destinations.

The night sky above the Church of the Good Shepherd twinkles on a  clear night.

When you're not into snow

We've put together a list of non-ski, non-snow activity wintery goodness.

motoring

Luxury brands that failed to fire

Ford thought Merkur sounded vaguely German. Americans thought it sounded vaguely silly.

Not every run-of-the-mill carmaker can create a Lexus. But many have tried.

The art of Lexus hybrid driving

If you can't trust diesels to do the right thing anymore, where do you turn? The new Lexus IS300h is worth a look.

Essentially a D-Type racer for the road, XKSS is one of the world's rarest cars. But a little less rare now.

$1.76m Jaguar home in NZ

Rebooted XKSS in Auckland is the first to be completed of a run of just nine cars.

stuff nation

Casey, my little soulmate

Bichon

My "bichon blitz" is the best Christmas present I have ever received.

Kiwis friendly? Not to refugees stuff nation

Dennis from accounts sits behind his keyboard asking “Why don’t they stay in their countries and fight?”. Why don't you try being a refugee, Dennis?

My mother wanted to get better, she wanted to be there for her five daughters - but in the end, alcohol won.

She fell through the cracks stuff nation

My mother wanted to get better, she wanted to be there for her five daughters - but in the end, alcohol won.

sport

Spithill: Blame me, not Oracle video

Oracle skipper Jimmy Spithill has taken responsibility for two losses on day four of the Cup match.

4 min ago  Team USA skipper not blaming his tools as he takes responsibility for falling behind in the race for the Cup.

Pressure ramps up on Lions video

OPINION: Injuries will force the ABs to change their team, but it's the Lions who need a new game-plan.

Emirates Team New Zealand's Peter Burling and GLenn Ashby stay cool as they contemplate sitting on match point in the ...

Team NZ cast aside nerves video

9:27 AM  It's not the ghost of San Francisco on Team NZ's tail, but a skipper who says they're not done yet.

opinion

Sure, tell that racist joke...

Guy Williams: so you ever heard the one about...

OPINION: They can be funny, but you'd better be prepared for the comebacks if you tell them.

Garner: It was Winston's week

There's only winner this week – the smiling travelling salesman, Winston Peters, writes Duncan Garner.

OPINION: There's only one winner this week – the smiling travelling salesman, Winston Peters.

Party politics: Is that a draw?

Doh! Andrew Little and Bill English both had a Homer Simpson week

OPINION: A plague on all their houses is how voters might feel after a week from hell for both major party leaders.

Internet's three golden rules

Three rules have managed to stay useful. Appropriately, they cover irony, Nazis and porn, writes Abby Ohlheiser.

OPINION: Three rules have stayed useful since the dawn of the digital age. Appropriately, they cover irony, Nazis and porn.

good reads

Were there two Jack the Rippers?

A drawing from the Illustrated London News for October 13, 1888, around the time Jack the Ripper was terrorising ...

OPINION: There may have been more than one serial killer at large in London.

Not giving up hope on humanity

Dr Jane Goodall's studies of chimpanzees were revolutionary.

Chimpanzee expert Jane Goodall is visiting New Zealand for a speaking tour.

Does science celebrity work?

Nigel Latta's books and TV series are evidence based.

With Neil deGrasse Tyson heading here next month, Will Harvie asks if high-profile boffins boost interest.

The last of the rhinos

Members of the Maasai Cricket Warriors pose for a photograph with the last surviving male northern white rhino named Sudan.

Sudan is the last surviving male of his kind, and quite possible the most famous animal on the internet.

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A spoodle - though not the one pictured - ended up in the vets twice for raiding the drugs (File photo).

First came the cold meds, then the pain meds. Does this spoodle need rehab?

The ultimate party wagon

What a machine: one Napier local is selling their beloved ride-on chilly bin.

Ever wanted to be the star of the party? This motorised chilly bin 'limo' could be your chance.

ABs or Lions? Penguins predict video

A team of Gentoo penguins (or rugbius predictus in Latin) have picked the All Blacks as Saturday night's test winners. ...

Spoiler alert: These penguins, proud in their AB colours, may have been biased ahead of the Lions game.

A running mower on his chin video

Ashrita Furman attempts to set the Guinness World Record for the farthest distance walked while balancing a powered ...

Turn the lawnmower on, balance it on your chin and walk for 71 metres. If Ashrita Furman can, so can you.

Parenting

Mummy wars mask funding lack

A shocking lack of early childhood funding makes it harder for everyone.

OPINION: A shocking lack of early childhood funding makes it harder for everyone.

'You can breastfeed here'

Amie Durham was touched by the kindness a staffer at the Rolleston Warehouse showed her and her baby.

Worried she'd be hassled for breastfeeding in a store, a new mum was blown away by a worker's kindness.

When grown ups are naughty

Former All Blacks rugby player Alexander "Ali" Williams, a hero to many young people, was charged with purchasing ...

Todd Barclay tells porkies, Donald Trump bullies, Ali Williams is caught with cocaine... what kids make of high-profile bad behaviour.

More than a 'yummy mummy' video

Journalist Cat Rodie, with her children, says labels like yummy mummy and scummy mummy don't really tell you anything ...

OPINION: Whether "yummy" or "scummy", mums have had enough of being labelled.

kiwi traveller

Chicago has vibrant community vibe

The architecture, the outdoors and world-class attractions make Chicago a great city to live and work in.

Living in Chicago, Daniel Thomas has come to see it as the most American of all cities.

Malaysia with the family

Take in a panoramic view of the city from the top of the Petronas Twin Towers.

Combining sightseeing, amusement parks and shopping on a stopover in Kuala Lumpur.

Readers' best travel photos

My first trip down South with a few flying mates led us to our last stop at Milford Sounds before we flew back to ...

Do you have a holiday snap that you'd like to share with the world? Send it to us and be in to win a Fujifilm camera!

Why travel boosts your job prospects

Travel doesn't just expand your horizons, it also makes you more employable, according to a new study.

OPINION: It's hard to determine your place in the world and what you want to do with your time until you have seen a fair portion of it.

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