Fire in Hawera

Battle against fuel-fed blaze gallery video

Homes have been evacuated near a huge fire at an industrial site in Hawera.

Beach owner's debt

The beach that is for sale in the Awaroa Inlet. Owned by Spackman, thousands of Kiwis have contributed to a crowdfunding campaign to bring it into public ownership.

The owner of a pristine Abel Tasman beach is being chased for millions of dollars by BNZ.

Police bush-push cops $800 fine video

Race-goer fined $800 for shoving a cop at the Melbourne Cup.

Maori cupid woos the internet video

This croc shoe-wielding Auckland love god is  totally stealing our hearts...

Musicians mourn killed cyclist video

Richard Chandler, an accomplished musician, was killed by a train in Christchurch.

'I felt my leg break'

Man lodges complaint with police about casino security after he was left bleeding.

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national

PM says no to Peters' wager

NZ First leader Winston Peters says John Key needs to stop talking "blatant untruths''.

John Key turns down a $100,000 challenge to find a photo of Winston Peters fishing in Northland.

Banned from owning cats

Woman whose abandoned kittens were infested with maggots banned from owning cats for 2 years.

Police said the 22-year-old driver of this car was seen speeding at 124kmh. He initially pulled over but sped away when police approached his vehicle.

Pursuit crash driver banned: police

Police lay blame for Auckland crash, which seriously injured infant, squarely on the 22-year-old fleeing driver.

Video

Trial for 94-year-old Auschwitz guard

Reinhold Hanning is accused of involvement in 170,000 murders while working as an SS guard at the Nazi death camp.

world

Killed by police, then sued

Tamir Rice was shot dead outside a Cleveland recreation centre in 2014.

3:21 AM  The family of 12-year-old Tamir Rice faces a $500 claim from Cleveland city for the ambulance that took him to hospital.

Found: 16 severed feet

2:59 AM  Locals baffled over why feet, still wearing shoes, keep washing up on US and Canadian coasts.

South Korean protesters burn an effigy of North Korea leader Kim Jong-Un during an anti-North Korea rally.

Korean 'war declaration' video

3:41 AM  North Korea orders military takeover of factories shared with South Korea and exports hundreds of workers.

business

Unsavoury characters force cake shop to shut

The Girl on the Swing owner Anj Jones has decided to close her Garden Place  shop less than a year after it opened. The Chartwell shop will remain open.

Cake store closes in Garden Place after daily dramas and multiple calls to police.

Business titan dies

John Spencer, who topped the Rich List for many years, has reportedly died in London.

Cash will remain in circulation well beyond 10 years, experts say.

Retailers going cashless

Retail experts doubt cash will die in 10 years, but expect some shops to stop accepting it.

technology

Wi-fi routers now more expensive

Google's OnHub Wi-Fi router has 13 internal antennas to pull internet from different networks.

The most under-appreciated gadget in your home is getting new tech and a new price tag.

Netflix geo-blocking hits PayPal

PayPal is refusing to process payments from at least one virtual private network provider.

Vegemite ice-cream?

There's now a Vegemite emoji

The popular breakfast spread is part of 40 emoji available on a new smartphone app.

life & style

When venting becomes harmful

If you think blowing off steam helps you feel better, think again.

If you think blowing off steam helps you feel better, think again.

Cookware keeps Grandma close

Grandma is gone but her cherished cookware will always have a place in my kitchen.

John and Ann Betar, who have been together 83 years, will give advice on Twitter for Valentines Day.

Together 83 years - what's their secret?

America's 'longest married couple' will give advice on Valentines Day.

well & good

Happiness in later life

The activities most found to keep people cheerful into their sixties and beyond included monthly pub lunches, joining a club, going on organised day trips and buying a new pet.

A monthly visit to the pub might be the key to happiness in later life.

Job makes doctor depressed

Psychologist says he is in a much darker place than his patients.

Barre3 features videos of workouts that you can do at home.

13 apps for fitness at home

There's a website for your every cardio craving from Pilates to bootcamp.

home & property

Decor trends on the way out

Mad Men is over. So is midcentury modern.

Mad Men is over and so is the midcentury modern look. Sorry, folks.

Home romance not only for V Day

Make Valentines Day happen every day with these decorating tips to make your daily life more romantic.

The $250,000 12-seat home theatre is a small-scale replica of a traditional Art Deco theatre, but is equipped with the very latest digital cinema technology.

'Let me entertain you' video

We reveal the passion behind the projectionist who has re-created the glory days.

food & wine

Cocktail enclosed in icy sphere

The icy sphere needs to be cracked open before the cocktail can be enjoyed.

A bartender has created a cocktail that is almost certainly more trouble than it's worth. 

Chopsticks trick blows minds

Think you’ve been using wooden chopsticks right? Think again.

Honey, cardamom cheesecake

Crowds pack noodle market video

nz farmer

Farmers egged on to suicide

Waikato herd manager Gina Greenwood says farmers are not responsible for the bobby calf deaths which have attracted the ire of animal welfare activists.

Attacks on dairy farmers from animal rights advocates are escalating, supporters say.

Dairy farmer is 'Southern Man'

Southland dairy farmer Matt Ahradsen is the inaugural Southern Man.

Blueberry farm aims high video

Loe urges quad bike helmets

entertainment

Kendall sues skincare company 

Kendall Jenner's lawyers say the model's face is worth $10 million.

Model and reality television star Kendall Jenner is suing a skincare company she alleges used her likeness without permission for $14m. 

Grammy win for NZSO?

Will the NZ Symphony Orchestra join the likes of Lorde, Flight of the Conchords and Dame Kiri?

Top Gear's new line-up, from left to right: Rory Reid, Sabine Schmitz, Matt LeBlanc, Chris Evans, Chris Harris, Eddie Jordan, The Stig.

Top Gear's new-look team

“A magnificent seven sent from motoring heaven" will front the show - but who are the newcomers?

travel

Can you trust TripAdvisor?

For any traveller looking for quality accommodation at a decent price, TripAdvisor's reviews are useful.

Generally, yes, But here are a few warning signs to watch out for in reviews.

Couple pays $4000 change fee

Their flights to NZ cost $600 - but trying to change them cost this elderly British couple $4000.

Alberobello​ may be the most-photographed village in Italy.

10 reasons to hit southern Italy

Don't be fooled by the tranquility - Puglia is one of Italy's most fascinating regions.

stuff nation

Let's not overplay our hand on tobacco hikes stuff nation

A smoker places a cigarette stub on a tray filled with stubs beside a road in Las Pinas city, Metro Manila August 7, 2015. The country's Court of Appeals has ruled on Wednesday that the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) cannot implement an anti-smoking campaign in the capital, but MMDA official Cora Jimenez said they would not stop their anti-smoking drive, because their mandate includes health and sanitation and environmental protection, citing Republic Act 7924, media reports said. REUTERS/Erik De Castro

More price hikes for tobacco may cause some serious unwanted and unhealthy side effects.

Trying to get back to 'normal' stuff nation

I learned life is precious and can change in an instant. There's nothing you can do about it.

The 26-bunk Waitawheta Hut.

Top tramping hut comments stuff nation

"I don't really understand... are other people really that repulsive that they need to be avoided?!"

motoring

$1.4m hypercar hits Kiwi tarmac

It's a head-turner for sure, but 918 is primarily a functional high-speed, highly aerodynamic machine.

Forget supercars, this is a new breed of performance machine that can only be called a ''hypercar''.

Did Messi spend $53m? video

Football superstar's name is being kicked around as the person who paid NZ$53.7m for a rare Ferrari.

Top Gear's new line-up, from left to right: Rory Reid, Sabine Schmitz, Matt LeBlanc, Chris Evans, Chris Harris, Eddie Jordan, The Stig.

Top Gear's new-look team

“A magnificent seven sent from motoring heaven" will front the show - but who are the newcomers?

sport

Slash or Burn: BMac's story

Brendon McCullum hooks and is caught on the boundary during the New Zealand Black Caps v Pakistan 3rd ODI cricket match. Eden Park, Auckland, New Zealand. Saturday 31 January 2016. Copyright photo: Andrew Cornaga / www.photosport.nz

A special feature in recognition of the Black Caps' inspirational skipper.

Robson to partner Johnson 

It will be Robson, not Lolohea, in the halves for the Warriors' first NRL game.

Alex Jones in action at Phoenix training on Thursday.

Jones loan saga rolls on

The Alex Jones loan deal with the Wellington Phoenix in danger of falling over.

good reads

Sanders' type of religiosity is common

Americans who are unaffiliated are now 23 percent of the population.

Sanders's faith embodies a lot about American religion, which is in a period of transformation.

Story behind the fairytale

The Buller team following their Hawke Cup win at Mainpower Oval in Rangiora. Back row, from left, Mark Burnett (assistant manager), Michael Anderson, Michael Grafton, Alistair Burnett, Nik Cumming, Troy Adams, Ben Pratt, Max McDonald, Alex Paterson, Ethan Slee and Pete Knowles (manager). Front, from left, Clinton Harvey, Troy Scanlon (captain), Andrew Duncan (vice-captain), Craig Adams and Frano Volckman.

For the first time in their 106-year history, little-known Buller achieved something no-one thought possible.

You're not 'hardwired' to stare

Organisers of the Free the Nipple Picnic, Amanda Haworth and Zoe Buckley Lennox.

Breasts have not always been regarded as irresistibly attractive.

Rape's a serious crime, not a joke

Steven Joyce was addressing media at Waitangi when a sex toy was hurled at him by a protester.

OPINION: Invoking rape when people annoy us undermines the serious criminality of the real thing, writes Rosemary McLeod.

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Four-seated cycle

From left: Bill Blakie, Sharryn McCormack, Lisa Pavreal and Verne Pavreal on the four-seated cycle Blakie built in Invercargill.

A four-seated cycle turned heads on Thursday in Invercargill.

Police seize t-shirt launcher video

The Townsville Crocodiles mascot fires a T-shirt in to the crowd at a home game.

Australian basketball team forced to surrender homemade t-shirt cannon to police, after it was deemed a category B weapon.

What the cabbie sees video

New Plymouth's Energy City Cabs operations manager Josh Reeves says the company is set to start filming their second season of Through the Eyes of a Cabbie.

Ever wanted to know what taxi drivers have to put up with? Well, this firm has you sorted.

Cool runnings for seven

Seven-seat bobsleigh pays tribute to seven-seat X-Trail. The car's the one on the right, by the way.

Nissan markets X-Trail crossover by creating a seven-seat bobsleigh. Nobody's sure why.

Parenting

Parenting link with ADHD in kids

Why do the symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) seem to go away in some kids but not in others?

Study asks why do symptoms of ADHD seem to go away in some kids but not in others?

'Not OK for boys to dress like girls'

Austin Lacey was asked to remove his Princess Elsa costume after his school principal told him it was too distracting.

US teen has a bit of fun with an Elsa costume for his school's spirit day but his principal wasn't amused.

When dad misses the moment

There are lots of ways dads can be involved in newborn care if they missed out on the big moment.

No-one wants their partner to miss the baby’s birth, but it can happen. Here’s how to handle it.

Blog: Things that make me cry

My wonder girls just after birth.

Being a mum has turned me into a soppy softy. Will it ever stop?

kiwi traveller

15 pointless travel items

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Paper maps, rolls of film and money belts have joined travellers cheques as things of the past.

UK hits NZ with health charge

Kiwis wanting to spend more than six months in the UK on their OE will soon have to pay up.

Kiwis wanting to spend more than six months in the UK on their OE will soon have to pay up.

Exploring the Great Wall

Wear layers when visiting the Great Wall - it can be chilly.

Heading off on an overseas adventure? Send your travel questions to us.

An endless Indian summer

The de Souza family made the move to Goa, India seeking a change of pace from their busy city lives.

Chloe and Francisco de Souza live in Goa, India, with their six-year-old twin daughters, Lily and Sabina.