October 1 2014, updated 5:00am

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Sea slugs and sinister seagulls

From stunning scenery to rare wildlife, the annual Niwa staff photo contest impresses.

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Cunliffe wife takes aim

David Cunliffe and Karen Price 6 min ago David Cunliffe's wife is behind a Twitter account that anonymously took aim at his rivals and critics.

Scorpion tale stings MPI agents

6 min ago Traveller says a scorpion was scuttling around airport arrivals lounge after inspector failed to find it.

Director scores Kiwi finance first

6 min ago Hollywood director Lee Tamahori scores a NZ first by crowdfunding backing for new movie.

Mice-fattened trout await anglers

6 min ago Never mind the mouse plague, the trout are set to be monstrous this season.

Patient takes peek at others' info

6 min ago Breach of privacy by an emergency department patient is referred to police.

War museum possible by 2020

DOMINION MUSEUM: A permanent national war museum in Wellington could open by 2020, a feasibility study says.

Watchdog warns of tax scam

A scam in which people are told they are entitled to a tax refund from a fictitious government agency is doing the rounds in Wellington.

Youth still getting booze

Ex-wife turns down $1.6m

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Off-duty principal lends hand

Neil Fraser's commitment to the school he led for 25 years has cost him the tips of two fingers after a freak wood-splitting accident a day after his retirement.

Little blue penguin back at sea

Little blue penguin takes recovers enough to head back to sea after hospital stint.

Labour 'out till 2020'

beehive parliament Labour could be out of power until 2020, based on analysis of average voting patterns over nearly 100 years.

Turia's slur rejected

Labour MP Kelvin Davis slams comments from Tariana Turia, who likened Maori who voted Labour to beaten wives.

Moveable feast for leadership

Leadership beyond charisma

McCully scolds Security Council

Conflict in Syria and Iraq highlights the failure of UN Security Council, foreign minister says.

Britain tells China: Find peace in Hong Kong

In Britain's strongest interjection over clashes in Hong Kong, finance chief George Osborne urged China to seek peace.

Mt Ontake eruption survivor recounts ordeal

Huge boulders falling from the sky. Billowing grey smoke that cast total darkness over the mountain. Volcanic ash piling on the ground and fumes filling the air.

Secret Service system 'broke down' - director

Attacks by rebels threaten Ukrainian truce

IS fighters hit near Turkey

US-led strikes hit Islamic State group fighters closing on a key town on Syria's border with Turkey.

Fonterra in uphill battle

Fonterra Fonterra is the second-largest milk processor in the world but it trails many of its peers in adding value, research suggests.

Election jitters see confidence fall

Business confidence is retreating, diving to a two-year low, and pre-election politics are to blame, ANZ Bank says.

No warm fuzzies if taxpayers lose

Free trade agreement 'close'

Tim Groser

Russian trade deal in limbo

NZ came within an ace of finalising a free trade agreement with Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan before the Crimean and Ukraine crises stalled talks.

The poverty trap of Gen Y

mortgage I have great empathy for people who do not own their own home as I fear they will never be able too.

Get your foot in the door

Here are seven strategies for getting on the first rung of the property ladder.

Dive of the kiwi

Fuel up 2 cents a litre

Connecting Kiwis in the Big Apple

Ronnie Peters_strap Design firm owner Ronnie Peters is helping Kiwi expats adjust to the demands of New York.

Building a great small business team

Building a great team is about more than just hiring the right people, Xero's NZ boss says.

App aims to cut coffee queues

Delivering data to the farm

Refined, revamped, remarkable

If football is the beautiful game, then FIFA 15 is the beautiful videogame.

Robotic octopus crawls, swims

Scientists build a robotic octopus capable of swimming in the same way as its biological counterpart.

Hardline 'will work' at launch

Stream-boxes a mixed bag

What's in next Windows?

New OS won't be formally released until 2015, but analysts already consider its success crucial for Satya Nadella.

Amal: an overnight style icon

Amal Alamuddin Mrs Clooney's elegant yet quirky style is gaining followers, sparking mini-trends and has fashion watchers transfixed.

Swift defends Emma Watson

Suggests that if a speech like that had been made sooner she'd have called herself a feminist earlier.

13 great pics of Paris Fash Week

When dreams die

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Puppies swimming: Cute overload

What's more joyful than pictures of puppies? Well underwater snaps of them happily swimming, of course!

Support key to huge weight loss

weight To lose 100kgs like Petranoff Smith takes dedication, but also supervision and people on your side. | 100kg down, more to go

Your joy, my bundle of nerves

One person's joy is another's burden, and we'd all do well to honour that.

Shedding 100kg - but more to go

Slow and steady or fast and hard?

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The ugly secret I kept for a decade

After all, what right have I, who was handed everything on a silver platter, to be a screw-up?

Modern barn wins top award

Modern Barn A Waikato man has taken out the supreme award at the ADNZ Architectural Design awards this year.

What $1 million buys in Auckland

Every week we find you a house in the region with an estimated sale price of $1 million. Today, Mt Eden.

Let's live in... Titahi Bay

Housing activity slows

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House of the week: Hurunui

A careful renovation of an original 1890's cottage has this couple sitting pretty in the heart of Canterbury.

Authentic Thai taste in Chch

Thai review Who needs an overpriced holiday in Bangkok when you can simply dine at Chinwag Eathai?

Perfect brussels sprouts

I have memories of horrible grey unpleasant smelling little cabbages.

McD's most horrid-looking burger?

Wine: South Africa's time to shine

Synlait gets Chinese tick

Synlait Milk Synlait Milk receives its long-awaited approval to be be a registered manufacturer of infant formula in China.

Court told of starving stock on farm

Court hears of dead and starving stock at a Murchison farm, and farmer who refused to feed them.

Meat shortage looms

Dairy investors sought

Disney empire strikes back

star wars strap The new animated series Star War Rebels will fill the void for fans eagerly awaiting the seventh film in the series.

Kiwi musician covers Purple Rain

In an intimate live recording, Louis Baker croons the 1984 hit before a small audience.

Lorde's Hunger Games beat

Wal-Mart: Morgan to blame

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Witherspoon's intimate anxiety

Legally Blonde star needed a hypnotist to soothe her nerves before filming racy scenes for new film.

Thailand plans wristbands

Thailand plans to give tourists wristbands with personal details, amid visitor safety concerns after holidaymakers' murders. 

The forgotten highway

Venturing into the depths of the Australian Outback, following the path of the Ghan.

War deals blow to tourism

No-pokie casino plans

Breath-taking Norway

It took 5 months and thousands of images from a 15,000 km road trip. And the result is breath-taking. 

Leadership beyond charisma

David Cunliffe You can't help feeling just a bit sorry for David Cunliffe. After all, he's no outlaw.

Six (really) alternative flags

Forget the silver fern. Forget the Southern Cross. These flags show the true glory of Kiwi heroes.

Why Labour is losing my vote

Top five reader comments

Mark Gee Meteor shot

Night streaker

It's amazing how the camera can reveal what our eyes can't see for themselves in our starry skies.

Third Take on TT

Audi TT Our own Peter Louisson has been testing driving the new Audi TT at its world launch on the roads of Spain and the Ascari racetrack.

Auckland cops new cameras

Watch out speedsters, a new generation of fixed speed cameras is coming to Auckland.

Going the distance

Rare cars up for sale

Honda Civic Type R

Honda's hottest?

Hot hatch promises scintillating performance.

Luke to miss NRL grand final

Issac Luke South Sydney hooker Issac Luke also suspended for Kiwis' opening Four Nations clash with Kangaroos.

Boks to muscle up and bash

The Springboks are not going to claim their first win over the All Blacks for three years by playing expansively.

Deans still yearns for ABs job

Rutherford set for test recall

Duane Vermeulen

Time to scar frustrated Springboks

Inflicting further mental scars on South Africa is a core motivation for the All Blacks this week.

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Disney empire strikes back

The new animated series Star War Rebels will fill the void for fans eagerly awaiting the seventh film in the series.

David Cunliffe

Leadership beyond charisma

You can't help feeling just a bit sorry for David Cunliffe. After all, he's no outlaw.

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A little bit famous

It takes a fair bit of confidence to walk on stage and talk into a microphone.

The forgotten highway

Venturing into the depths of the Australian Outback, following the path of the Ghan.

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