New Zealand singer-songwriter Lorde

Lorde's fearsome reputation

12:00 PM  When Lorde's label executives suggested taking over her Twitter account, the 18-year-old didn't think so.

Murder charge laid video

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Man charged with murder of 71-year-old woman after incident at Taranaki house.

Live: NRL Auckland Nines Day 1

12:00 PM  Join us for live coverage of the Auckland Nines from Eden Park in Auckland.

Act of mercy goes viral on web

11:54 AM  Ukrainian becomes internet hit after he posts open letter to mother of a Russian tank commander whose life he spared.

Rice snack nearly kills

A spicy rice snack pack very nearly turned into the last meal Richard Strang ate.

Sex trade links to youth charity

Investigation exposes links between sex industry and a charity for vulnerable youth.

national

'Silent killer' took daughter

TRAGEDY: Courtenay Rushton died of died of suspected meningococcal disease a year ago.

After losing their daughter, two parents want other families to be aware of how deadly meningococcal disease can be.

Sex trade links to charity trust

An investigation has exposed links between the sex industry and a charity for vulnerable youth.

SAFE: Bridget Freeman-Rock and Lief Rock were rescued from the surf at Mangakuri Beach, Central Hawkes Bay.

Mother, son dragged out to sea

A rip pulled them from shore and waves crashed over them when Lief Rock turned to his mother.

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Arrest after Stratford death

Man charged with murder of 71-year-old woman following incident at Taranaki house last night.

world

8-year-old boy praises terrorists

NATION IN MOURNING: Tributes in left in front of the Charlie Hebdo offices.

French fracture were laid bare when a 8-year-old boy declared 'I am with the terrorists'.

Woman dies after proposal

A Bulgarian woman was so ecstatic at being proposed to, that she stumbled, fell from a cliff and died in Ibiza.

MITT ROMNEY: "After putting considerable thought into making another run for president, I've decided it is best to give other leaders in the Party the opportunity to become our next nominee."

Mitt Romney won't run again

11:06 AM  Mitt Romney will not seek the Republican nomination for US President in 2016.

business

Analysts bullish about beef

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Beef and sheep farmers can look forward to a positive year, according to the Rabobank agribusiness outlook for 2015.

Inventor embraces digital tools

There are some brilliant ideas swirling through the heads of Kiwis. In the past they would die with their creators, never finding life.

BITTER PRICE: Joseph Slater of Six Barrel Soda has noticed lemon prices shooting up because of a citrus fruit shortage.

Squeeze put on lemons

Soaring lemon prices are leaving a sour taste in shoppers' mouths.

money

'Opt-out' probe could widen

Contract, sign document, legal

Investigation into Air NZ's charges could be expanded to include other companies using the same sales tactic.

Parole hearing deferred

Jailed finance directors Neal Nicholls and Wayne Douglas must wait after an error was made with their eligibility dates.

Cheaper home loans in sight 

How I cut my power bill  stuff nation

small business

Cheers to $500k from beer fans

Brewer and Creative Director of Yeastie Boys Stu McKinlay

Brewer Yeastie Boys raised $500,000 in less than 30 minutes after launching a crowdfunding campaign.

Woman admits tax evasion

Palmerston North woman may have big bills to pay after defrauding IRD of thousands.

Craft beer demand froths over

Meet the bootcamp babes

technology

Sky's Neon delayed again

HBO hit Girls is one of the shows Sky hopes will attract non-Sky-subscribers to its delayed Neon internet television service.

Sky Television looks likely to delay the launch on its Neon internet television service once again.

Apple protects inventions

A phone that rotates like a cat midair to avoid landing on its glass face might not hit the shelves soon but it's in Apple's patent portfolio.

The Great Firewall of China is getting tougher to skirt, frustrating internet users.

China tightens lockdown

Users face tougher challenges as the government locks down ways to skirt increasingly strict web controls.

life & style

Gwyneth: Steam your vagina

FAN OF THE V-CLEAN: Gwyneth Paltrow.

Gwyneth’s at it again, this time raving about the benefits of steam-cleaning her vagina.

Life on Lake Rotoiti

For the Stevens family, life is all about boats, both at a city mooring and a cottage by the lake.

THIS IS A REAL DOG: Rami, the pitbull-dachshund cross.

Meet the 'sausagebull'

What do you get when you cross a pitbull with a dachshund? Something that looks very Photoshopped.

well & good

6 tips to keep your fitness on track

THREE KEY AREAS: Any exercise programme should focus on safety, effectiveness and progress.

Your exercise programme should be enjoyable but there are some rules that ought to be followed.

Do we have a 'fattist' culture?

While other countries have embraced surgery as a cost-effective way of fighting obesity, NZ remains reluctant.

South Pole Dance co-owners Morina Colyer and Saniya Yusipova in their new Leet Street studio.

Pole work takes sheer strength video

Is it a workout only for those blessed with abs of steel and an ability to defy gravity? This reporter says less. 

home & property

Victorian home frozen in time

This house at 8 St Georges Road South, Fitzroy North, is frozen in time.

19 min ago  An old property containing relics of Australian life through the decades is as much a museum as it is a home.

Top 10 open homes under $500k gallery

Planning on a little bit of house-hunting this weekend? These are our top 10 to check out around the country.

LITTLE THINGS COUNT: Sometimes a lick of paint can make a huge difference to the look of your home - inside and out - and it doesn't cost the earth. You can even do it yourself.

5 tips to add value to your home

You've given your body an overhaul as part of your new year's resolution - why not do the same for your home?

food & wine

Recipe: Huevos rancheros

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This Mexican classic makes a really cracking breakfast for a weekend treat. Serve the eggs with soft tortillas.

Pub walk to show off craft scene

Craft beer enthusiasts set to guide their first walking tour of popular, inner-city breweries and bars.

Marmite Easter eggs are a thing

How 3D printers will change food

nz farmer

More farmland in foreign hands

COMPLEX ISSUE: Federated Farmers dairy industry group chairperson Andrew Hoggard says the issue of foreign ownership is complex and best considered on a case-by-case basis.

Another 3000 hectares of Canterbury dairying land has been approved for foreign ownership or control.

Messy block goes native

Roger and Francie Taylor knew a lot of hands-on work would be required to turnaround a rough Canterbury block.

Teen bidder gets it done

Quality young sheep sought

entertainment

Will Katy get back on Taylor? 

GETTING READY: Katy Perry has teased her Super Bowl plans.

Katy Perry's Super Bowl show plans: lions, sharks and a 'rebuttal' to Taylor Swift?

Rap mogul arrested for murder

Rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight has been arrested on suspicion of murder after allegedly running over and killing a friend.

A FOR EFFORT AND ENERGY: Paul Simon and Sting.

Simon and Sting rock Auckland

10:51 AM  REVIEW: You couldn't deny the effort and energy of these two old men: they gave full value by playing a 165-minute set without an intermission.

travel

The hotel from hell

NATURAL BEAUTY: Luckily outside is much nicer than inside.

It sounded grand enough, but it was no honeymoon at the Raj Residency.

Top travel pics of the week gallery

Here is our round up of the top travel photos from around the world.

COLD ENOUGH? A pretty of chilly vista.

Time for a cool change

I love the freedom and flexibility of road trips.

stuff nation

What the Greens need to lead stuff nation

TOP SPOT: Russel Norman is stepping down as co-leader of the Green Party.

With an extensive and proven career in diplomacy, Kennedy Graham is my pick for Greens co-leader.

Top 'fattist' debate comments stuff nation

Today's story on New Zealand being accused of having a "fattist culture" got many readers weighing i

GOOD FIND: Leela with a prized stick.

Pet of the day: Wanna be pals? stuff nation

Leela is a border terrier who doesn't believe in strangers, just friends she has

motoring

Opposites really do attract

Dairy farmers Barry and Deidre Tippett have playfully named as Walter and Wanda their hopped-up 1934 Plymouth Deluxe and all-original 1935 De Soto - and further refer to them as boyfriend and girlfriend.

Meet Walter and his girlfriend, Wanda.

High-spec 2WD added

The addition of a highly specified front-driven model is the big news surrounding a facelift for the Honda CRV.

Volkswagen Touareg

Touareg gets revamp

VW's highly-regarded Touareg gets a facelift, a price reduction and extra specifications.

sport

Nines gets Foran off the couch

SAY CHEESE: Manly's Kieran Foran poses for a photo with some young fans in Auckland's Aotea  Square.

All eyes will again be on Eden Park for the Auckland Nines, but for differing reasons.

Black Caps bowlers on notice

A rating of "poor" from the coach should ensure a spicy welcome for Pakistan's batsmen.

POWERPLAY: Eric Watson (left) with Owen Glenn , who will gift his share in the Warriors to a trust, which means more say for club members.

Warriors ownership stoush ends with charitable change

15 min ago  Owen Glenn has bailed out of the Warriors, ending the feud with co-owner Eric Watson.

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Who killed me?

NO TIME TO REFLECT:  Broadchurch’s high drama is being undermined by some shoddy use of promos for other programmes.

OPINION: Trevor Agnew rages against TVNZ’s handling of Broadchurch’s end credits.

The legend of unbeatable horse Phar Lap

CHAMPION HOME: Phar Lap and handler Tommy Woodcock visited at Trentham by dignitaries, including former prime minister Gordon Coates.

He's been called the greatest horse ever, and few who stood at Wellington's dockside on Nov. 24, 1931, would disagree.

The hotel from hell

NATURAL BEAUTY: Luckily outside is much nicer than inside.

It sounded grand enough, but it was no honeymoon at the Raj Residency.

Village that refused to surrender video

'IRREPLACEABLE': John Boote, standing, and Stephanie Boote, with her granddaughter, Neave Bridge, and Tim Stephenson. The Bootes own four properties, including their holiday home, in Kairaki.

Three-and-a-half years after it was red-zoned, Kairaki is as strong as ever. How has it survived?

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Hijabs and hospitality stuff nation gallery

UGC - 14. A street vendor, Shiraz

Iran is a destination with more to offer than you might think - you just have to ask, writes Mike O'Connor.

Your funniest signs from around the world stuff nation gallery

A McDonald's drive-thru served up this treat for Viv Cairns, who said: "Kids thought this was funny as they can't go through drive-thru without their butts!"

We showed you 18 of the world's funniest signs. You saw us and raised us with examples of your own.

The curse of the flower poo

TRAVEL TERRORS: Oh god I can't cope with any more going to the loo. And that was just the beginning.

A Southeast Asian adventure is ruined by an illness, a worm and and an itch that can't be scratched.

How to travel, even if you haven't saved

SWAPPING HOMES: Richard Lintott and his wife turned to home swap as an affordable way to travel the world.

Long and leisurely trips after retirement would have been out of reach if Richard Lintott and his wife hadn't begun home swapping.

oddstuff

Goose guard at Southport

ON PATROL: The mysterious goose, who has stationed itself near the guard house at Southport, honks at passersby.

He's feisty and feathered and he's on patrol outside the Seafarers' Centre.

Daisy moo-ving with the Times video

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She's kept Garden Place shoppers company for years, now Hamilton's iconic fibreglass cow is getting a psychedelic makeover.

'Dead' cat claws himself out of grave video

DETERMINED: His owner thought Bart was a goner, but five days after being buried Bart showed up at a neighbour's house.

His owner thought Bart was a goner, but five days after being buried this fearless feline clawed his way home.

Absolutely dotty video

Wellington's forgotten little laneway Bond Street, has had a major spruce up for a summer of fun and music.

Bond St in central Wellington has a new look - it's gone completely dotty.