050315 News. Photo: Mike Heydon/Jet Productions. One of the two new white kiwi chicks recently hatched in the wild at Pukaha Mount Bruce.A Department of Conservation ranger checking a male kiwi???s transmitter at Pukaha Mount Bruce last week found not one but two newly hatched white kiwi asleep in a burrow. This brings the number of white North Island Brown kiwi to be hatched at the National Wildlife Centre, located 15 minutes drive north of Masterton, since 2010 to five.

Rare white kiwi hatch

'It's just superb luck,' say nature reserve staff as white-feathered siblings hatch.

Key dismisses claims video

Prime Minister John Key changed his press conference venue after a small protest.

PM John Key says new reports of how government's electronic spies operated contain errors.

Another easy win for Parker

In a good rather than great boxing performance, Joseph Parker delivered on his promise.

US tourist rescued from cliff

After five hours clinging to flax on a cliff, an Alaskan tourist was plucked to safety.

Marty Kain drops a million

Central Districts cricketer lets a potential $1 million slip through his fingers.

Rental rule change?

Reserve Bank may open door to new rules for rental property ownership.


New rumble strips, yellow lines

Associate Minister of Transport Craig Foss anounces the government will fast forward some measures to assist tourist drivers on New Zealand roads. With him is Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean

More rumble strips, yellow lines, and keep left arrows will be installed to help foreign drivers.

Tourist crash victim farewelled

Five-year-old Ruby Marris loved sunflowers and the movie Frozen, mourners heard today.

That age-old conundrum - private or public schooling for your kids...

Principal of tiny school gets $50k

The principal of a school with just 11 pupils will be given an extra $50,000.


Aussie leads NZ PGA Champs after course record

Kristopher Mueck steals headlines with course record eight-under 64 to take two-shot lead after opening round.


Bali executions 'not this week'

HOPE LOST: Bali nine pair Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran will face the firing squad 'soon.'

Indonesian president Joko Widodo say 10 drug felons, including Bali nine ringleaders 'will be soon.'

Caned and jailed for graffiti

Two Germans have been punished in Singapore for defacing a train.

Samoan Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele says he's not bothered about the allegations.

Samoa not bothered by spying

Samoa’s prime minister dismisses allegations NZ is spying on his country, saying it's called diplomacy.


RB may change rental rules 

For rent

Reserve Bank consultation may open the door to new requirements for owners of rental properties.

$300m Albany complex launch

Cheapest apartment in the Auckland block will start from $399,000 for a one-bedroom unit.

By failing to phase out conflicted remuneration in financial advice, ISA argues that the working group is failing to address the root cause of poor financial advice.

Insurance disputes cap to lift

Disputes of up to $350K will be able to go to a resolution service instead of court.


Few power customers switch

ON THE FENCE: Kiwis are fairly passive about switching power companies compared with consumers in the US.

Kiwi consumers are 'relatively passive' about looking for a better deal, despite fierce competition among firms.

Securing the card you 'rent'

There's something in your pocket that does not belong to you, though you may not realise it.

Auckland house prices up 13pc

Rate rises are starting to hurt

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Vineyard work paying off

From left, John Nalpini from Vanuatu’s Tanna Island, Jason Kennard and Jono Bushell of Vinepower, and Noeline Sel, who works for Tanna Farms in Port Vila, with a
new display of Tanna Farms Extra Virgin Coconut Oil at Blenheim’s Burleigh Dairy.

The story of a coconut oil launched in New Zealand last week is entwined with the grape vines of Marlborough.

Council cops it for actions

Hairdresser says heavy-handed bureaucrats are styming Hamilton's small business operators.

Do you want that X factor?

The man behind Clooney's rise


Customs password plan slammed

Power play: Customs is seeking new rights.

Customs proposal forcing people to disclose passwords at the border an 'affront to Kiwis' privacy', Greens say.

Apple Watch: What Kiwis need to know

OPINION: The Apple Watch is on its way, but when will Kiwis be able to buy one?

Millions of people may have been left vulnerable to hackers while surfing the web on Apple and Google devices

Phones open to 'FREAK attack'

Millions of people may have been left vulnerable to hackers while surfing the web on Apple and Google devices.

life & style

'Definitely not marriage material'

'DEFINITELY NOT MARRIAGE MATERIAL': Indhuja Pillai took matters into her own hands after her well-meaning parents posted a "marriage CV" in her name.

Her parents posted a marriage ad in her name. She replaced it with a more truthful one. And Internet fame ensued ...

Embracing the pregnant body

Designers are broadening their minds as to what body types to put on the catwalk and in campaigns.

PLAYING DEAD: Models strike a pose, albeit a lifeless one, in Victoria Beckham's latest fashion campaign.

That's one way to sell clothes ...

Models appear to play dead in Victoria Beckhams' controversial new campaign.

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More reasons to adopt Med diet

MED MAGIC: A Mediterranean diet is rich in fresh fruit, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, beans, fish and olive oil.

Eating a traditional Mediterranean diet might cut the long-term risk of heart disease by half.

A 25kg loss and trek to Everest

Since losing weight, mountains have beckoned and doors have opened for Robert Bruce.

SHAKE AND SNIFF: Humans, like other mammals, use bodily scents to communicate information.

Are you a secret hand sniffer? video

A study has shown that humans discreetly smell their hands after giving a handshake.

home & property

Four ways to style a tray gallery


A movable vignette on a tray is the perfect way to enhance your decor and organise your favourite items.

How to do small space living

Are you keen on down-sizing your home? Here are six ways to live a more compact life.

INDOOR SURVIVORS: There's no green thumb needed to keep these houseplants alive.

Six hard-to-kill plants  gallery

Indoor plants are back in a big way and even the most foliage-challenged can enjoy this trend.

food & wine

Don't call your cheese brie

AT THE FOREFRONT OF FROMAGE: New Zealand-born cheese expert Juliet Harbutt.

NZ makers shouldn't give their cheeses the European names of the styles they're based on, expert says.

$1 coin found in Vegemite

Woman finds the yeasty Australian-made spread is rich in more than just Vitamin B with mystery Kiwi addition.

Why Indian food is so delicious

Labels flying under the radar

nz farmer

Legendary shearer retires

LAST TIME: David Fagan will end his shearing career at the New Zealand Championships in his home-town of Te Kuiti in early April.

David Fagan reckons he's had a pretty good innings. And you can't argue that.

Top of their game

Southland Deer Focus farmers Brian and Kristine Russell are aiming to lift deer production at The Rock.

Tractor connects with rural community

Tough competition for Glammies


Vaughn's hilarious stock photos

Dan Trunkman and Mike Pancake applaud a successful business program in Unfinished Business.

Vince Vaughn and the cast of Unfinished Business have released their very own set of awkward office stock photos.

Chris Brown is a father

Surprise: Chris Brown is a baby daddy.

IN COURT: Pharrell Williams says he did not copy Marvin Gaye's music.

Pharrell denies copying Gaye

Pharrell Williams says he was trying to evoke the feel of Marvin Gaye's music but did not copy his work in Blurred Lines.


Plane skids off runway video

A Turkish Airlines plane lies on the field after it overshot the runway at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu March 4, 2015. According to local media, all passengers were rescued. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar (NEPAL - Tags: DISASTER TRANSPORT TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

Passengers and crew of a Turkish Airlines flight had to be evacuated when their aircraft skid off the runway.

US Airways plane evacuated

Passengers on an American Airlines flight were forced to slide off the plane on emergency chutes.

Hindu devotees wait to go inside the Bankey Bihari temple during Holi celebrations in Vrindavan, in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh March 1, 2015. Holi, also known as the Festival of Colours, heralds the beginning of spring and is celebrated all over India. REUTERS/Anindito Mukherjee (INDIA - Tags: RELIGION ANNIVERSARY SOCIETY)

India's festival of colour  gallery

Holi is celebrated across India as a welcoming of spring and a celebration of the triumph of good over evil.

stuff nation

Graduating to unemployment stuff nation

Male graduates are still, on the whole, commanding bigger starting salaries than female counterparts.

Are you a new graduate frustrated that after years of hard work you can't find a job?

Don't accept 'erosion of privacy' stuff nation

'We are lowering ethical baselines by accepting that privacy invasion is necessary.'

04032015 News Photo Christel Yardley/Fairfax NZ
John Key was at the University of Waikato mixing with university students. 

Top 5 spying comments today stuff nation

"All these comments are being recorded, so be careful what you say."


Block rocked by Focus RS

DRIFT MODE: Block-approved bells and whistles packed into next-gen Ford Focus RS.

Rally ace and YouTube phenomenon makes a bold statement about upcoming performance hatch.

Merc’s new S 63 super coupe

REVIEW: Merc's new S 63 AMG Coupe – the car that leans into the bends .

ONE-OFF: The hand-painted interior of Rolls-Royce's Phantom Serenity.

Luxury makers bring the bling

A crowded luxury car market means extra, personalised' effort to woo the wealthy - even from Rolls.


Another easy win for Parker

KNOCKOUT: Joseph Parker, right, knocks down Jason Pettaway to win the fight.

In a good rather than great performance, Joseph Parker delivered on his promise tonight.

Elliott secures English deal

12:08 AM  Black Cap Grant Elliott has snared an English county cricket deal with Leicestershire.

during the round one NRL match between the Brisbane Broncos and the South Sydney Rabbitohs at Suncorp Stadium on March 5, 2015 in Brisbane, Australia.

Rabbitohs play like champions

12:18 AM  The Rabbitohs have made an ominous start to their NRL title defence by outmuscling Brisbane 36-6.

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Peters opens up possibilities

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 20:  New Zealand First Leader Winston Peters speaks to media and supporters at the Spencer on Byron Hotel in Takapuna on September 20, 2014 in Auckland, New Zealand.  Voters head to the polls today to elect the 51st Parliament of New Zealand.  (Photo by Fiona Goodall/Getty Images)

OPINION: Watching Winston Peters, you can't help being reminded of an old lion on his rock surveying the grassland.

The girl at table 32 stuff nation

JOAN JITTERS: Few were more fearsome than the head typist.

Gerard O'Neil's life might have been completely different if the typing pool had stayed.

War-torn path to CWC cult heroism

CULT HERO: Afghanistan fast bowler Hamid Hassan.

Afghanistan bowler dodged bombs and hid his love for cricket. Now his clumsy cartwheels are rejoiced.

Michele A'Court: Men are awesome


OPINION: Men are awesome. OK, not all men, but sometimes a bunch of them do something bloody delightful.

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Teaching kids how to be sad

A UK report suggests that "happiness lessons" be added to school curriculums to help combat mental health issues amongst children. But maybe the opposite's what's really necessary, writes Paul Chai.

A UK report suggests that "happiness lessons" be added to school curriculums to help combat mental health issues amongst children.

Taylor Swift to the rescue

Baby Rosie, six months, wasn't happy her tunes got turned off.

Cute, albeit crying, baby + Taylor Swift's hit "Blank Space" = the next best thing to a baby shusher machine?

Should men get a say?

"Men can listen, suggest, hold concerns and discuss. But the final authority on what she does with her body should always be the woman herself," writes Kim Lock.

Men can listen, suggest, hold concerns and discuss. But the final authority on what she does with her body should always be the woman herself.

Parenting opposite kids

Born that way: There's no wrong or right temperament.

How could two kids raised in the same house by the same parents be such polar opposites?

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The mistakes travellers keep making

TRAVEL MISTAKES: One in five need help on holidays, according to one insurer.

If you're getting stupidly drunk or riding around on a moped, you may wish to check the fine print.

Incredible history in Paris

Patrick Whatman at Disneyland in Paris.

Patrick Whatman moved from Wellington all the way to Paris' 11th Arrondissement.

Adventure capital of the world video

Carmen Roberts

Kiwi Carmen Roberts is bringing the world back home with her, for a bit of adventure.

Kiwis are taking flight more often

INTREPID TRAVELLER: Kiwis are packing their bags and seeing the world more often than they did before.

New Zealanders took almost 134,000 overseas trips in January, up 5 per cent on the same month a year ago


Pens galore for collector video

Winton man Dennis Hamilton has a collection of around 50,000 pens.

Dennis Hamilton never has to worry about never finding a pen - he has 50,000.

#WeaselPecker becomes online sensation


It looks like a scene from a Disney movie - but is this photo too good to be true?

Snapchat 'priest' offers confession

Snapchat, which makes a mobile application for sending photos and videos that disappear within seconds, wants to raise as much as $500 million.

A mysterious San Antonio 'priest' is offering to absolve sins digitally - by taking confessions using Snapchat.

Duang, what does it mean?

BUZZ WORD: "Duang" has many meanings, but people seem to be mainly using it as an adjective to give emphasis to the word that follows it.

Duang is taking China by storm but no-one has any idea what it is.