cheerleaders

NZ cheerleaders aim for gold video

Kiwi team training for world cheerleading champs have no time to pick up pom-poms.

180kmh in 50kmh zone

A man who lost control of his car narrowly avoided hitting a house in Blenheim.

1:59 PM  Drunk driver was going 'way too fast' before 'boom', crashing into a tree.

How to become the boss: 12 steps

10 min ago  It takes more than just technical skill or political prowess to achieve power and success.

Teens try to steal Anzac donations

1:45 PM  Police are looking for three teens who tried to steal an Anzac poppy donation bucket.

Clarkson told he 'had cancer'

1:19 PM  Doctors told Jeremy Clarkson he "probably" had cancer two days before the fight that led to his Top Gear dismissal.

Susan Wood recovery 'remarkable'

Broadcaster exceeds doctor's expectations after serious brain injury.

national

One dead in bridge crash

Police are investigating a fatal crash in New Plymouth, after a car plunged off a inner-city bridge.

12:40 PM  A man is dead after plunging over a bridge in central New Plymouth.  

Piha rescue for tramper

12:41 PM  A tramper stranded on the rocks near Piha beach overnight was rescued Sunday morning.

The Cathay Pacific aircraft at Ohakea on Saturday that was diverted to the air base for seven hours because of bad weather in Auckland.

Stuck passenger 'not angry'

Seven hours on the tarmac wasn't an ordeal for 266 Cathay Pacific passengers.

Video

Airport scores $1.6m fire truck

Christchurch Airport's fire brigade has added a state-of-the-art piece of machinary to its firefighting arsenal. 

world

Mass graves found in Iraq

An Iraqi forensics team unearths bodies from a mass grave in the palace compound of former President Saddam Hussein in Tikrit, Iraq.

Iraqi authorities uncover more than 160 bodies, most of them bound, shot and buried in mass graves.

Cyclone 'will bring major event'

Vanuatu's cargo cults are watching keenly and triumphantly as aid flows into cyclone-hit country.

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Pools of blood a mystery

12:23 PM  Police investigate after discovering pools of human blood near one of Australia's busiest highways.

business

Kiwi's battle over Sydney home

Josephina Smith, seen here with husband Les Young, has lost a battle to keep millions in property from Young's first wife, Joanne Young.

A legal battle over a Sydney property sees a Kiwi woman slammed by Aussie judge.

RBNZ eyes reverse mortgages

Loans sold to the elderly can rapidly eat away at the family home, especially if interest rates rise.

Glenys Shearer, executive chair of Postie Group.

She's a jean genie

Glenys Shearer is a consummate seller of denim and the passionate chair of Postie Plus.

money

KiwiSaver for bankrupts

Creditors struggle to get quick access to debtors' KiwiSaver money

What happens to my KiwiSaver, if I go bankrupt?

Help yourself to business

Potential investors should not be put off by the ups and downs of the stock market.

Entrepreneur not in KiwiSaver

KiwiSaver's first home boost

small business

Globetrotting design company 

Jo Pennycuick, managing director and founder of in-demand design company Redesign Group.

A lone design consultant in Christchurch now has offices in four international locations.

Be a business bookworm

To be good at business, you must be hungry for knowledge.

Innovate for global gains

Pineapple Heads raises $200K 

technology

Could these change your life? gallery

The data-tracking market is now a multibillion dollar business.

Are these the must-have gadgets of the year - or a sign of technology gone mad?

Netflix not stopping VPN users

Sony Pictures has complained over Netflix's unwillingness to stop users sneaking into the US service.

Apple Watch.

Where does your data go?

Wearable fitness devices silently log every step taken, every calorie burned, hours asleep, and report the data back to their masters.

life & style

The rise of beauty budget brands gallery

ArtDeco's Cream Rouge for Cheek & Lips, $18 is a blendable, easywear blusher that adds a nice natural flush.

Want to know the difference between a cheap pencil eyeliner and an expensive one? Run both across the back of your hand. The one that drags and pulls at the skin is the cheap one.

How to grow perfect pears

With its delicate blossom, dappled shade and delicious fruit, this easy-to-grow orchard classic is a year-round delight.

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The end of the wild child?

Most of us rejoice in memories of our childhood freedoms - so why deny our own children the same experiences?

well & good

'It's taken everything but my hope'

Tahlia Smith had been accepted to study musical theatre in Sydney

Tahlia Smith had the world at her feet as a performing arts student - but then Lyme disease struck.

The six categories of obesity

Overweight should target weight loss differently depending on which group they belong to, study says.

Actor Kerry-Lee Dewing, 25, plays nurse Kylie Brown on television soap Shortland Street.

How to stop 'gymphobia'

12:37 PM  Research shows two-fifths of women aren't exercising because they're scared of looking silly in front of others. 

home & property

Murdoch's selling NY penthouse

Rupert Murdoch's New York penthouse is spread over three floors of the luxury tower.

Media mogul Rupert Murdoch has listed his New York penthouse for an eye-watering $93.75 million.

How to breed your own roses

Fancy yourself as a budding breeder? Here's a beginner's guide to how the pros do it.

There are 4000 people on the waiting list to live inside the oldest mall in the US.

Mall gets new lease of life

Around 4000 hopeful tenants join waiting list for bargain apartments in USA's oldest shopping complex.

food & wine

Do Milk Bottles taste ... different?

Pascall has taken the milk out of their Milk Bottles - and customers aren't very happy.

Pascall's creamy lollies have a new dairy-free recipe - and no-one seems to like it.

Limes weren't enough to live on

Actress Gwyneth Paltrow lasts just four days on her much-mocked grocery shop using a food-stamp budget.

Famous faces and their beer

A wee Kiwi dram

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Coming season "won't be pretty"

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But milk price fall has an upside because it limits European expansion, economist says.

Train wreck gets turned around

Chinese company Shanghai Pengxin has transformed a former Crafar dairy farm.

LIC partners with Lely Group

Call for more irrigation cash

entertainment

Girls cast join The Simpsons

The cast of Girls: Hannah (Lena Dunham), Jessa (Jemima Kirke), Shoshanna (Zosia Mamet) and Marnie (Allison Williams).

Lena Dunham is bringing some friends along for her cameo in the 27th season premiere of The Simpsons.

Galavant, surprise hit of 2015

Joshua Stasse, star of hit TV show Galavant, talks about working with John Stamos, Vinnie Jones and Rutger Hauer.

Ben Affleck asked producers of Finding Your Roots to edit out the fact that one of his ancestors owned slaves.

Affleck censored family's past

1:19 PM  Ben Affleck asked producers of a TV show about his family to leave out details of a slave-owning ancestor, Sony leack reveals.

travel

Switching to island time in Fiji

Angelfish in Fiji waters.

12:24 PM  Having visited Fiji 21 times, Sheriden Rhodes knows how to make the most of the island paradise.

5 things to do in Gore

Oh please. Of course there are five things to do in Gore, NZ's official home of country music!

Chris Page making friends at Wawa Dam.

Business is booming

Chris Page runs his own company in Manila, the Philippines.

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Answer to inflation is 'simple' stuff nation

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We need to be asking ourselves why we are one of the world's debt basket cases, says Ciaran Keogh.

Anzac a day to 'say sorry' stuff nation

We should see Anzac Day as a day of atonement, a day to say sorry to the Turkish nation.

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It's time to celebrate the stars stuff nation

The wonder of the night sky is being threatened by the careless use of artificial light, says Amit Kamble.

motoring

Get ready for express excess

Mercedes-Benz CLS Shooting Brake – even the name sounds suitably flash.

Merc's new CLS 500 Shooting Brake is certainly not your average station wagon.

Stylish Lexus gives an 'F' video

Lexus' cool new sideways video proves brand has shed the beige.

The BMW 2-Series Active Tourer was awarded a 5-star rating in this EURO NCAP test, but only 4 stars in the ANCAP test.

BMW questions test rating

BMW unhappy with four-star crash test rating for 2-Series Active Tourer and Mini Cooper.

sport

Crowe rediscovers love for cricket

New Zealand cricket great Martin Crowe in Sydney on the eve of the Cricket World Cup final.

This week, a petition to knight Martin Crowe has gathered more than 7500 signatures.

Natzke fights in EMX125 debut

1:51 PM  Hamilton teen revs up in European motocross debut, fighting through race altercations for seventh.

Reading goalkeeper Adam Federici in a failed diving-save effort, letting the ball in to give Arsenal the extra-time win in their FA Cup semifinal.

Keeper tears over blunder gallery video

Rival managers unite in praise of goalie after botched save costs club a spot in the FA Cup final.

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good reads

Healing thyself with puppy love

Don't judge me, my little furry friend. Just love me.

A little bichon-heading pup helped this bipolar sufferer get her life together.

At Anzac Cove

Newly arrived Otago reinforcements on duty in the trenches at Quinn's Post, June,1915. A spotter using a periscope directs the fire of a sniper at the Ottoman trench 20 metres away.

On a pilgrimage to the Gallipoli Peninsula, myths crumble to be replaced by awe.

Swimsuit pic 'was not brave'

"THIS WAS NOT BRAVE." says Jessica Kane of this photo. Her courage-denying post has since had over 600,000 likes on Facebook.

Jessica Kane says that her posing in a swimsuit isn't courageous, whatever her size.

Murder still a mystery, 45 years on

Arthur Allan Thomas at his parents' Pukekawa farm the day after he was freed from prison after being pardoned in December 1979.

He would be convicted twice of the Crewe murders, but Arthur Allan Thomas always insisted he was an innocent man.

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Give to a millionaire

Millionaire John Matthews is refusing to allow the council to build the pathway until power cables are buried at a cost of $300,000.

Len Houwers is offering to help out a struggling millionaire.

Hero 'had to go and he left'

An unidentified passer-by pulls the driver from a SUV to safety after the vehicle left Mayfair Drive, traveled downhill and was stopped by a chain link fence just short of a 30-foot vertical drop onto the Bryden Canyon Road.

He dramatically pulled a driver from an SUV dangling on the edge of a cliff. Then he vanished.

Bugman's brush with death video

Corban Read, 8, let The Bugman Ruud Kleinpaste put a weta on his chin so it could crawl up onto his face.

Bugman Ruud Kleinpaste still loves creepy crawlies despite almost being killed by a spider bite.

Secret behind knuckle-cracking

Researchers prepare a study participant's finger for joint cracking under the watch of an MRI video setup in this undated handout picture courtesy of the Peter S. Allen MR Research Centre.

Researchers said they have settled the issue of what causes knuckles to trigger the familiar popping sound.

Parenting

Breastfeeding photos allowed

Woman breastfeeding

Instagram finally updates guidelines to let feeding mums and tots be seen - but female nipples are still a problem.

The mother of all dilemmas

Duncan Garner says his wife has helped their son, 4, move from a baby to a boy.

OPINION: My wife's three-month break from paid work ends on Monday – and she can't wait.

How children view privacy 

The majority of young people now share lots of things online that many adults question and feel uncomfortable about.

Children's fondness for online sharing is a global phenomenon, and is worrying for authorities. 

Cringe-worthy travel moments 

Not everything your kids say is cute. When you're travelling, they can be downright offensive.

Observations from the mouths of babes are not always cute and endearing.

kiwi traveller

Smugshots for the week

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This week's travel photo entries range from the Angor Wat to the snowfields of Japan.

Mistakes first-time travellers make

First-time travellers will always make mistakes.

It's inevitable you'll make mistakes the first time you travel. Here are common ones you should avoid.

Business is booming

Chris Page making friends at Wawa Dam.

Chris Page runs his own company in Manila, the Philippines.

Stonehenge sunrise surprise stuff nation

At certain times of the year you're allowed to get a lot closer to the stone circle at Stonehenge.

A lot of people are disappointed having to view Britain's Stonehenge from afar, but there is another way.