BLOEMFONTEIN, SOUTH AFRICA - FEBRUARY 27:   Charles Piutau of the Blues during the Super Rugby match between Toyota Cheetahs and Blues at Free State Stadium on February 27, 2015 in Bloemfontein, South Africa. (Photo by Johan Pretorius/Gallo Images)

All Black signs with Irish club

ABs utility signs two-year deal with Ulster thought to be worth close to $1 million a season.

Abuse killed son, 7

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NZ-born Sydney mum pleads guilty to manslaughter of son after admitting he didn't fall off a pogo stick as claimed.

Almost 2 million watched final

Keen cricket fans showed their commitment by tuning into World Cup final.

Girl modest about saving man video

Teenager dismisses praise after swimming into harbour to save unconscious man.

Harsh prison for Kiwi

Convicted NZer is enduring appalling conditions in Myanmar prison,  his parents claim.

Trade Me tests rescue drone

Drones may have more important uses than just deliveries, Trade Me boss says.

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Lundy jury retires video

Justice Simon France urges the jury not to judge Lundy for using a prostitute.

Deliberations in Mark Lundy's retrial will go into a third day, after jury retired.

Teacher 'crossed boundaries'

Teacher denies sending pictures of himself to 16-year-old student but is deregistered.

Beverley Anne Sepuloni leaves New Plymouth District Court.

Sepuloni's mum sentenced

Carmel Sepuloni reinstated as Labour's social development spokeswoman after mum's benefit fraud.

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Cheers for returning Black Caps in Auckland

The Black Caps have received a hero's welcome from Kiwi cricket fans in Auckland.

world

Thai PM aims to lift martial law

Thailand's Prime Minister General Prayuth Chan-ocha.

Thai PM wants to replace martial law, in place since before coup 10 months ago, with law that maintains army's wide-ranging powers.

Kiwi 'forced to sleep on pallet'

Phil Blackwood enduring appalling conditions in Myanmar prison, including being forced to sleep on a wooden pallet.

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Mum pleads guilty over death

New Zealand-born Sydney mother pleads guilty to manslaughter of 7-year-old son after admitting he did not fall off a pogo stick as first claimed.

business

Trade Me tests rescue drone

A Flirtey drone has been tested by Land Search and Rescue in a trial funded by Trade Me.

There's a lot of hype around using drones for commercial deliveries but they may have more important uses, Trade Me boss says.

Farm workers get high pay

The top 25 per cent of farm workers can command much higher salaries than average earners in the sector.

Animal lovers descend on Parliament in support of banning cosmetic testing on animals.

Move to ban animal testing

Govt moves to ban animal testing on "finished cosmetics products and ingredients" - even though there is no known example in NZ.

money

$640K section sold over rates

Sold sign on a for sale house sign in Auckland. Property sale. Real estate. House for sale.Picture By Brendon O'Hagan 17/08/2006 66817 Photographers Auckland This is the property of the Sunday Star-Times

Council to sell Auckland section after owners failed to pay rates for 10 years.

Household wealth rises

New Zealanders are trillionaires - just.

Tying the knot 2nd time round

Club up for Christmas

small business

How to keep your startup on track

Stephen Nicholas is a Deloitte partner.

OPINION: This phase sets the scene for the future of your business so good decision making and cashflow management are critical.

'Gazumped' by exchange rate

Firms may do all the right things to sell their product only to lose money without a forex policy.

Green fingers prove winning 

Healthy sales, sweet success

technology

Roboants - the future workforce video

FUTURE WORKFORCE: These Bionic Ants could be the future of the factory workforce.

Robotic ants the size of a human hand that work together could be the future of factory production systems.

Crackdown on drones

A move to toughen penalties for wayward drone operators is backed by a Hamilton man who breached drone rules.

Seven-year-old California girl Faith Lennox has received a new left hand created by a 3D printer at Build It Workspace in Orange County.

3D printing prosthetics

Girl's 'robohand' only cost $50, and when she outgrows it can easily build a replacement.

life & style

Becks and Corden strip off video

Fashion icon and soccer legend David Beckham shares an exclusive sneak peek of the advertisement launching his new underwear line with James Corden.

TV host persuades his footballer BFF to pout, prance and preen in his tightie-whities for The Late Late Show.

Do aphrodisiacs really work?

For as long as humans have been having sex, libido-lifting foods have been popular.

Want to create the Duchess of Cambridge's famous blowdry at home? Then read on ...

How to DIY the perfect blowdry

Who knew blasting your head with hot air could prove so tricky? Here's 10 tips to help you master it at home.

well & good

Paleo: 10 things to know

Paleo conjures up images of meat. But it also relies heavily on vegetables, herbs and spices.

It's a diet that incites passion from both its followers and detractors, but what can you actually eat on it?

Your dog could have PMS

'With a list of symptoms this wide, I could have PMS, you could have PMS, the guy in the third row could have PMS.'

She said yes!

Proposal vid worth watching video

The happy tears are flowing after watching this beautiful expression of love.

home & property

Home of the new Block NZ?

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Letters have gone out to residents of a suburb in Auckland that The Block NZ will soon be moving in.

Asian property buy-up fears

A growing proportion of Kiwis think Asians are to blame for rising house prices, a report finds.

When putting together the design and decor of a room in your home, work from the big stuff down to the smaller accents.

Where to start with a room

There's no need to feel daunted by the task of decorating - just follow these three steps.

food & wine

Only in America would this exist

Bloody Best Bloody Marry

A Bloody Mary is said to ease a hangover, but we dread to think what this beast would do.

Baking for the better

A group of Wellingtonians are brightening the days of those in need with baking

Don't be food self righteous 

Maple & carrot cupcakes stuff nation

nz farmer

Farmer dumps truckload of poo

Robert Borst

Changes to farm runoff rules prompts farmer to dump cow poo on the Otago Regional Council's doorstep.

A 'one in 10-year' vintage

Central Otago is enjoying a "one-in-10-year" vintage, a viticulture provider says.

Supermarkets stay vigilant

Is it time to move on?

entertainment

Kiwi girl's plea to Ed Sheeran

Cancer sufferer Jess Knight (left) and her best friend Bryony Greene are appealing to British musician Ed Sheeran to visit Knight as she can’t make it to his concert.

All 19-year-old cancer sufferer Jess Knight wants from pop darling Ed Sheeran is a little time.

How Scientology controls stars video

Ex-Church of Scientology officials reveal secrets and tell horror stories of psychological and physical abuse.

A new and improved John Campbell

John Campbell's DWTS news

Someone has taken over Campbell Live's Twitter account, announcing he's joining Dancing with the Stars.

travel

World's most laidback cult

120713/News/Photo: Jessica Maddock/Southland Tmes/Mugs of mulled wine were raised and the new signs at the entrances to Wanaka toasted yesterday. Wanaka Community Board chairperson and Queenstown Lakes District deputy mayor, Lyal Cocks, said the schist and metal signs - which depict the Wanaka skyline and a kea - were designed by representatives of the Wanaka Residents Association, the Upper Clutha ? Wanaka Lions Club, the Rotary Club of Wanaka, Lake Wanaka Tourism, and the community board. The two signs, at the Cardrona Valley and Mt Iron entrances to Wanaka, cost $10,000. The community groups raised half the amount and the Queenstown Lakes District Council provided the balance.

I'm jealous of all of these people because they've found their one slice of happiness.

Jetstar: The cost of a name

How much does it cost to change a name on a return Jetstar flight to Bali?

A Cambodian survivor stands in front of a photograph of a prisoner of the Khmer Rouge regime in one of the rooms of Tuol Sleng prison.

Cambodia's house of terror

S-21 is confronting, but it's as important as the serene temples of the ancient Angkor civilisation.

stuff nation

Why celebrate CWC defeat? stuff nation

Trent Boult and team mates celebrate the wicket of  Finch during the ICC Cricket World Cup Final. New Zealand Black Caps v Australia at the MCG in Melbourne, Australia. Saturday 29 March 2015. Copyright Photo: Andrew Cornaga / www.Photosport.co.nz

The Black Caps did a stirling job, but it’s almost insulting that we are willing to celebrate second best.

Sledging isn't why NZ lost  stuff nation

It was minimal explosiveness from our top batsmen, not sledging, that lost the Cricket World Cup.

Shane Warne admits to a positive drug test at a news conference in Johannesburg in February 2003.

Top comments: 'I'm an oval, which is not hot'

Today's comments were full of grace and beauty, until someone mentioned Shane Warne.

motoring

NZ wine on Top Gear demands

An extensive three-page list of backstage luxuries demanded by Jeremy Clarkson and his co-presenters at Top Gear Live has been revealed.

16 min ago  New Zealand wine features prominently on a list of backstage luxuries demanded by Top Gear presenters.

New Honda sports car video

Honda has unveiled a new sports car model to a large crowd of fans at its headquarters in Tokyo.

There's a method in the madness of an SUV in racing paint, as a similar powertrain to the Cayenne S E-Hybrid's is used in Porsche's hybrid LeMans cars, albeit with just four cylinders.

Plug-in Porsche electrifies

There have been hybrid Cayennes before, but the new S E-Hybrid is a version that you might not need to top up with fuel for months.

sport

Piutau to join Ulster after RWC

All Blacks utility back Charles Piutau has signed a two-year deal with Irish club Ulster.

ABs utility drops bombshell by signing two-year deal with Ulster thought to be worth close to $1 million a season.

Black Caps welcomed home video

The Black Caps have received a hero's welcome from Kiwi cricket fans in Auckland.

Kiwi NBA star Steven Adams arrives for a Thunder game dressed in a New Zealand rugby jersey.

Adams shows why he's an asset

Steven Adams' performance in OKC's 109-97 victory at the Phoenix Suns underlines his importance.

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Life in a national park

FAMILY BACKYARD: Meadowbank Homestead at Awaroa welcomes hundreds of hikers each summer.

The seventh-generation Wilsons of Abel Tasman lead visitors to their special park on this paradise they call home.

'A different type of lonely' stuff nation

11122014: News photo: Arielle Monk/FFX NZ. Not smiling: SmileDial charity founder Kelly Dugan is preparing himself to advocate on behalf of families being "kept in the dark" by district health boards and hospitals.

Everyone changes as a parent, but holds on to a piece of who they once were. It's a luxury I don't have.

Let the fingerpointing begin

National candidate Mark Osborne concedes by phone to Winston Peters at the Bay of Islands Golf Club in Kerikeri.

OPINION: The post-mortems in National over its crushing defeat in Northland will be long and hard and are already under way.

Facebooking in virtual reality

A picture illustration shows a Facebook logo reflected in a person's eye, in Zenica, March 13, 2015. Facebook Inc recorded a slight increase in government requests for account data in the second half of 2014, according to its Global Government Requests Report, which includes information about content removal.Requests for account data increased to 35,051 in the second half of 2014 from 34,946 in the first half, with requests from countries such as India rising and those from others including United States and Germany falling, the report by the world's largest Internet social network showed. Facebook said it restricted 9,707 pieces of content for violating local laws, 11 percent more than in the first half, with access restricted to 5,832 pieces in India and 3,624 in Turkey. Picture taken on March 13. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic (BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA - Tags: SOCIETY PORTRAIT SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY BUSINESS TELECOMS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

The promise of VR was on display this week at Facebook's F8 developers' conference.

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Police recruit grenade FAIL in China

Every new police recruit's nightmare just came true in this video.

Ring robber gets 11-years

Johnson's attorney had asked for leniency from the judge during Monday's hearing.

Man who stole wedding ring off dying woman's finger gets 11-year sentence.

4-year-old in search of slushie

The police took the girl to a hospital, where she was reunited with her mother.

Bus driver Harlan Jenifer said the girl swung her legs as she chanted, "All I want is a slushie."

Antarctic paper serves cold truth

Peter Rejcek, left, in the field in Antarctica.

Peter Rejcek has come in from the cold - after more then four months editing the Antarctic Sun.

Parenting

Creating bookworm children

We parents can do a lot to cultivate a lifelong love of books in our children.

Much to my delight, all three of my kids are avid book-lovers, and part of me wants to take credit for that.

This girl's 3am slushie search

Soaking wet, Annabelle Ridgeway climbed onto a bus without her parents' knowledge in search of a 7/11.

A four-year-old girl gave her parents a scare when she left the house at 3am to buy a slushie.

And the royal baby will be called ...

A BABY SISTER FOR GEORGE? Alice is the hot favourite for the name of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's second child, which is due next month.

Bookies forced to slash their odds after punters go crazy for this new moniker at the last minute.

Fun in the dark for kids

NIGHT SKY: A night-time photo of Tekapo township.

Star finding, spotlight, shadow puppets... we have put together the top fun things to do with your kids in the dark.

kiwi traveller

8 ways to cope with travel stress stuff nation

Use common sense when trying new foods or delicacies.

Travelling overseas can be stressful. Things that can go wrong, will go wrong. These tips will help you cope along the way.

When one door opens

ROYAL HISTORY: Sudesh and Mona visit Oxford Castle, built in 1071.

Sudesh Lourdes and his family are making the most of the "gateway to Europe", in Oxford, England.

'I'm going for Dad's sake'

Australian and New Zealand soldiers stand guard during a dawn ceremony at Anzac Cove.

When Joan Altwasser travels to Anzac Cove next month, she will be following in the footsteps of her father.

Smugshot: Photos of the week gallery

Kiroro Snow Resort, Hokkaido, Japan.

This week's travel photos have everything from mules to doppelgangers... with a few stunning sunsets for good measure.