Here comes the polar blast

1:43 PM  Flights delayed and roads closed as a wintry blast starts to move over the country.

Greek 'No' hits dollar

People celebrate in front of the Greek parliament as the people of Greece reject the debt bailout by creditors.

2:08 PM  Greece's rejection of a bailout offer sends the NZ dollar to a new five-year low. Where next? 7 things to know

Baby death investigation continues

1:16 PM  Police probing a baby boy's death show neighbours photos of a young man and woman.

The most stolen cars in NZ

2:02 PM  If you own a Honda Torneo, you might want to consider investing in some extra security.

'Jaws' fears on US coast

12:56 PM  "Folks are spooked, and they're right to be," says mayor after a wave of attacks.

Lottery win is bittersweet

Winning a half million dollar house comes at a difficult time for a Blenheim couple.

national

Hunter convicted after dog ran off

14 min ago  A dog is man's best friend, until it leads you on an illegal wild pig chase.

Search becomes recovery op

1:44 PM  The search for a man who fell from a container ship on Thursday has entered the recovery phase.

School boards will have better legal support for cases like the one involving St Bedes rowers Jordan Kennedy and Jack Bell.

More legal support for schools

2:25 PM  Schools taken to court by angry parents will soon get more legal support.

Video

A world without bubble wrap

Reaction to a 'dystopian' future where bubble wrap doesn't pop.

world

Stunt kills Disney World actor

Devon Staples, 22, died in a fireworks accident in Maine. "He was the kind of person who would pretend to do something stupid to make people laugh," his brother said.

2:02 PM  Devon Staples was larking around after having a few drinks when he had an idea.

Jihadi's Beatles an insult - Yoko

1:34 PM  Nicknaming terrorist  "Jihadi John" is an insult to the memory of John Lennon, Yoko Ono says.

The skull of Lewis Powell, who was hanged in 1865 for his role in the plot to kill President Abraham Lincoln.

Mystery of a would-be assassin

1:37 PM  Decades after his execution, the skull of a key player in Abraham Lincoln's assassination was unearthed.

business

Hanover settles for $18m

Freezing orders over Mark Hotchin's assets, which have been in limbo since 2010, will be lifted.

1:32 PM  "If we’d gone to trial, the money on the table now would be seriously diminished," says boss Rob Everett.

Refurbished charger recall

1:07 PM  Refurbished iPhone and iPad chargers are being recalled and have been classed a fire-related product.

Andrew 
uses Bow, his demonstration horse, to address clients on one of his leadership courses.

Meet NZ's horse whisperer gallery

1:34 PM  The methods he uses to tame horses work just as well on businessmen and troubled children.

money

Cheesy ad boosts tax refund payouts video

Inland Revenue has spent $41,000 on a series of tax refund videos based on 1980s aerobics.

A cheesy aerobics video ad campaign has led to Inland Revenue handing out an extra $50 million in tax refunds.

Jewellery theft victims underpaid

Warring valuers are at odds over how to value lost antique jewellery.

More mortgage rate cuts?

NZ's Ponzi scheme shame

small business

Crowdfunding key for taco truck

Lucky Taco owners Sarah and Otis Frizzell are looking to raise $100,000 to get their products into supermarkets.

Sarah and Otis Frizzell made a bold move to launch their range of taco kits and Mexican pickles.

High-flyer's tips for startups

Kiwi Victoria Ransom, who sold her business to Google, has some advice for Kiwi business owners.

Selling a start-up in my teens

Silicon Valley eyeing up NZ video

technology

What's Minecraft's story?

Telltale's Minecraft Story Mode: Comedian Patton Oswalt stars in the first trailer for brick-game's epic choose your own adventure.

10 min ago  Comedian Patton Oswalt stars in the first trailer for brick-game's epic choose your own adventure from Telltale.

Bigger than Borderlands

1:08 PM  Representatives from dozens of civilisations must unite to stop an evil force from snuffing out the universe's last star in Battleborn.

Modern-day Johannesburg, as seen from the "Top of Africa" tower, the tallest building on the continent.

Facebook looks to Africa

2:23 PM  Africa has more than 1 billion people, yet just 120 use the social network - meaning it's an opportunity Facebook can't ignore.

life & style

15-minute labour for 'Fitmum'

'Fitmum" Sharny Kieser, pictured at 40 weeks pregnant with fifth child, Hugo.

1:21 PM  After four children Sharny Kieser felt like a "fat old woman", so for her fifth she decided to try a different tactic.

Hillary & Ellen support gay boy

"I'm homosexual and I'm afraid about what my future will be and that people won't like me."

Em Ford has revealed that you get nasty online comments if you wear makeup, and also if you don't.

'You look disgusting' video

This beauty blogger's powerful video highlights the double standards women face with wearing makeup.

well & good

The scary sunburn art trend

Is sunburn art really a thing?

1:12 PM  If you thought the belly button challenge was a low point for the internet, brace yourself...

Is the net ruining our memory?

We're replacing the ability to recall details because we're sure we can look them up online later.

Andrew 
uses Bow, his demonstration horse, to address clients on one of his leadership courses.

Meet NZ's horse whisperer gallery

1:34 PM  The methods he uses to tame horses work just as well on businessmen and troubled children.

home & property

Tiny apartment's big profit

This 7.9sqm apartment on Mount St sold for $104,000 in Auckland.

There's no room to move, no proper kitchen and no toilet, but this Auckland apartment sold for $104,000.

A not so crowded house

Aucklanders turned down the chance to view Neil Finn's $10m Auckland mansion of music royalty.

A vertical garden made with gorgeous succulents.

Grow an edible vertical garden

When it's too chilly to be out in nature, bring it inside with exotic blooms and fresh herbs on the walls.

food & wine

Recipe: Spiced balsamic figs

Enjoy spiced balsamic figs with oatcakes and your favourite cheese.

1:36 PM  These figs are the perfect companion to Scottish oatcakes and your favourite cheese.

How to make produce last

A few tips to avoid opening the fridge door to wilted greens, mouldy berries, limp carrots and squishy eggplant.

Salmon, broccolini & dill tart

Crowdfunding for taco truck

nz farmer

Woman killed in farm accident

Police

1:18 PM  A 32-year-old woman has died after an incident on a Southland farm.

Six modern homes for hens gallery

Forget simple ply and mesh - some architects love designing chicken coops almost as much as houses.

A hedge with an edge

Young farmers 'shattered'

entertainment

Actor's hair turns heads

Kit Harrington has yet to cut his hair after his character Jon Snow was killed off in Game of Thrones.

10 min ago  Game of Thrones fans are buzzing after actor appears at Wimbledon sporting a familiar look.

Jihadi's Beatles an 'insult'

1:34 PM  Nicknaming Isil terrorist "Jihadi John" is an insult to the memory of John Lennon, Yoko Ono says.

Keith Urban - with wife Nicole Kidman - desperately trying to shut lawsuit down.

Singer targets Keith Urban

1:34 PM  Kiwi-born Keith Urban's talent under attack, while Rachel Hunter laments unrealistic expectations.

travel

Bring on the dancing horses

The capriole is a great leap into the air with a rapid back kick.

2:00 PM  Vienna's light-footed equestrian show is a moving experience.

Selfie stick crackdown

The Sydney Opera House has joined the list of sites worldwide to crack down on the use of selfie sticks.

Think the return trip feels shorter? Science may have an explanation for you.

Why the return trip feels shorter

1:18 PM  New research adds weight to the idea that the return trip effect actually exists.

stuff nation

'NCEA is a failed experiment' stuff nation

Coveted spots sought.

1:50 PM  A maths teacher with 40 years' experience discusses the 'academic drivel' that is NCEA.

ABs v Samoa: Back your boys stuff nation

Are you amping for the All Blacks' first ever game in Samoa? Get involved by sharing your support.

Road to Mount Cook, Southern Alps, New Zealand

We moved to New Zealand and then... stuff nation

1:10 PM  Have you moved from overseas to make New Zealand your home? Share your story.

motoring

Ten F1 cars for the open road gallery

The McLaren F1 was a true supercar built for the purist.

1:50 PM  What happens when you take professional F1 technology and inject it into a road car?

3D-printed cars closer

The 3D-printed car, easily configurable and made right before your eyes, is coming closer to reality.

The new NP300 Nissan Navara. This model is the top version, the $64,990 ST-X 4WD auto.

Nissan's ute heritage continues

NZ's Great Battle of the Utes has just stepped up a notch with the arrival of a brand-new Nissan Navara.

sport

Apia abuzz as a nation prepares video

Life-size statues of All Blacks captain Richie McCaw and Samoa skipper Ofisa Treviranus form part of the welcoming committee for the New Zealanders in Apia.

10 min ago  Life-size statues of Richie McCaw and Ma'a Nonu part of the welcoming party for the All Blacks ahead of historic test.

Ref Review: A pinky in it video

12:58 PM  Try or no try - that moment in the Super Rugby final; here's what the World Rugby laws have to say.

New Zealand golf No 1 Danny Lee lifts the trophy for his victory on the PGA Tour at the Greenbrier Classic.

PGA Tour golf glory for Lee  video

NZ golf No 1 becomes just the eighth Kiwi, and the first in 10 years, to win a PGA Tour title.

Ad Feedback
good reads

Meet NZ's horse whisperer gallery

Andrew 
uses Bow, his demonstration horse, to address clients on one of his leadership courses.

He should also be known as a ‘people whisperer: the methods he uses to tame horses work just as well on us.

Mystery skull of a would-be assassin

The skull of Lewis Powell, who was hanged in 1865 for his role in the plot to kill President Abraham Lincoln.

Decades after his execution, the skull of a key player in Abraham Lincoln's assassination was unearthed.

A future without Dalai Lama

Exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama says he will wait until he is about 90 before getting an advisory group of high lamas to flesh out a succession plan.

With the Dalai Lama due to turn 80, Tibetans are beginning to ask what happens after the inevitable?

The Americans are coming!

Many Texas residents suspect that an upcoming military exercise is a secret plot by US President Barack Obama to spy on them, confiscate their guns and ultimately establish martial law.

Many Texans suspect military exercise is secret plot by President Barack Obama to establish martial law.

special offers
Ad Feedback
daily fix

Horoscopes

x

What do the stars have in store for you today?

Puzzles

x

Test your mind with our puzzles

Cartoons

x

Dilbert, The Little Things and more.

oddstuff

Schools to get more legal support

School boards will have better legal support for cases like the one involving St Bedes rowers Jordan Kennedy and Jack Bell.

Schools taken to court by angry parents will soon get more legal support.

Jumping fish kills girl

Jayln Rippy, 5, was travelling along the Suwannee River near Gainsville, Florida, when she was struck and killed by a jumping sturgeon.

A 5-year-old girl has died after a sturgeon leapt from a river and struck her.

Feral fox traps patrons for hours

One of the people trapped in the club took a picture of the fox from the window.

"Vicious" fox terrifies, bites and torments group for three hours.

Sheep urinates on TV reporter video

Conor Macauley had a little lamb, and a very wet boot by the time this segment was over.

Ewe could say it was the kind of live-stream TV report that gives you a warm feeling; a number one shot, even. 

Parenting

Kids should be able to cook

Everyone should know how to cook some eggs.

When I left home, I didn’t know how to cook much more than blueberry muffins from a mix.

Teen IUDs not all that radical

Colorado's unplanned pregnancy rates saw a steep decline after the state implemented free long-term contraceptive devices.

A US equivalent of the local proposal to fit all teen women with contraceptive devices saw a 40 per cent drop in teen pregnancy.

Shame: No place in parenting

As parents we should be doing everything we can to minimise our children's social anxieties, not foster them.

Shame, it seems, has become the parenting strategy of choice when all else fails.

Every parent knows 'poo face'

Ah yes, the classic 'pooface'.

Pampers uses universal look that indicates baby is working hard in a clever advertising campaign.

kiwi traveller

Readers' travel pics of the week gallery

My wife, Marie, taken at Bow Lake, Canada. We went to Canada to see the Rockies. This photo is of my wife, Marie, taken at Bow Lake halfway between Banff and Jasper. During our stay in Canada this weather was fairly standard, clear crisp days, no cloud and no wind. The Rockies themselves just go on and on. Turn another corner, another snow-capped mountain range. Amazing

This week's travel photo entries take us from the Canadian Rockies to a sunset in Spain.

Expat tales: Some like it Scot

Emma Miller and husband Sam visit the park at Loch Lomond.

Emma Miller and her husband find Glasgow an ideal base for exploring Europe.

Ask the expert

The journey is part of the adventure when travelling in China.

Planning a trip to China and overwhelmed by its sheer size? Read on...

Global gap year fun

Kate Pinn has been experiencing the ups and downs of volunteering at a school for deaf children in Malawi. She says she has made life long memories and friends.

While her friends are at university, Kate Pinn is volunteering at a school for deaf children in Malawi.