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Secret Santa ruined my career

10:35 AM  Public servant's gift implied colleagues thought his work was animal poo.

Sex predator exposed

SEX PREDATOR: Arthur Samuel Roy Senior, pictured shortly after a fire broke out at his property in July 2011.

11 min ago  To his family Arthur Samuel Roy Senior was a likeable rogue, but for decades he preyed on vulnerable girls.

Girl hit on crossing battles on

10:44 AM  School of girl hit by a car while crossing the road from the dairy sends hopeful message.

Magic Johnson wins golden boot

13 min ago  Star Kiwis playmaker on top of the world after winning rugby league's golden boot.

Whale Oil man wins quote of 2014

10:41 AM  It was blunt, it was violent, it was offensive. It was Cameron Slater in full flight.

$40k quad bike helmet fine unease

11 min ago  The case of a couple fined for not wearing helmets with farmers felling picked on.

national

Mum denies giving son drug

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A woman alleged to have supplied Ritalin to her son says she wouldn't part with a drug she was addicted to.

Cop hurt in hit and run

Car sped off after crossing centre line and hitting officer, before crashing 2km down the road.

SUPPORTIVE: Kate Barron, who lost her legs in the February 2011 earthquake, has donated a carload of goods to the City Mission.

Legless quake survivor's gift

A woman who lost her legs in Feb 2011 quake gives back to the city that has supported her.

Video

Siege gunman 'caught on camera'

Cameras overlooking Sydney's Martin Pl appear to show gunman an hour before the hostage crisis begins.

world

'I love you mum' - daughter's note

MOURNING: Relatives of Katrina Dawson gather in Martin Place on Thursday.

Among thousands of public tributes made to victims of the Sydney siege, there was a very personal one.

Priest runs rescue on Facebook

10:51 AM  Martin We-en didn't need to pray for the youths and helicopter he needed to save a woman in labour.

The wreckage of Malaysia Airlines flight MH 17, believed to have been shot down by Ukraine separatists in July.

700 fragments of MH17 victims

Family of British student who died on MH17 reveal hundreds of body parts have yet to be identified.

business

Couriers charging for absence

Post box.

Freightways has extended its policy of charging for an unsuccessful courier delivery.

How was your 2014?

It's easy to focus on the things that have gone wrong and forget about the positives.

Chorus copper broadband

Copper cloud lifts from telcos

Good news for Spark, Vodafone and CallPlus over copper network pricing.

money

UK pension ‘press-gang’ warning

QSuper manages public servants' nest eggs worth about $50 billion.

Financial Markets Authority is monitoring potentially misleading advertising about British pension scheme funds.

Reverend jailed for tax evasion

IRD says Auckland man ignored offers of help over $1 million owed in tax.

More can't afford heating

Cure Xmas spending hangover

small business

How to sell more online in 2015

Internet shopping grew by 12.8 per cent in the year to September.

Eight key dos and don'ts for small businesses to keep the virtual tills ringing.

The female funding fiasco

Women are often seen by lenders as 'fly-by' rather than serious business owners.

Kiwi tequila captures local spirit

Franchisee fed up

technology

Making Kickstarter pick you

ConQuest

Crowdfunders on the hunt for that elusive email: Someone on the Kickstarter team loves your project.

Dutch watchdog eyes Facebook

Netherlands says Facebook's revamped privacy policy, due to take effect January 1, should be delayed.

ambitious

'It's okay to be ambitious'

Silicon Valley's biggest brains think Kiwi entrepreneurs are quickly catching up to them.

life & style

Best & worst dressed gallery

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Rita Ora wears a full-body scrunchie, pubic pom poms are a thing and Kim K wraps herself in mesh.

27 kittens to lift your Friday gallery

All pets are beautiful, but kittens have a particular beauty that's fun, and fragile, and goofy, and brief.

HONEST CHRISTMAS ... Tidings have never been so truthful.

An honest Christmas medley video

11:48 AM  'And the 12 worst things that happened this year...'

well & good

Watch: Benji the pygmy goat video

ADORABLE: Benji the pygmy goat.

10:31 AM  This friendship between a baby pygmy goat and a Yorkshire lad will melt your heart.

Comfort foods not that comforting

Bacon, ice-cream or chocolate do not soothe us any more than other foods – or no food at all, study says.

Has a perfect stranger come to your aid lately? Tell us about it ...

Someone to watch over me?

On those moments when perfect strangers turn up exactly when you need them.

home & property

Striking gold in the South gallery

CENTRAL OTAGO: Geoff and Belinda Andrew's home, which sits beneath the Crown Range

10:15 AM  An old schist cottage near Arrowtown was the starting point for a home that cleverly blends old and new.

Tips for fuss-free Xmas table gallery

When it comes to setting the table this Christmas, keep it simple and keep it Kiwi.

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Seven fairytale castles for sale gallery

Always fancied yourself as a bit of a king or queen? Well now you can really live the dream - if you have a spare $10m.

food & wine

Perfecting the summer salad

SIMPLE AND SEASONAL: Pomegranate, feta and nut salad.

11 min ago  Salads can be intimidating because of the number of choices. Here's how to make a great summer salad.

Single malt or a blend?

It's the subject of much snobbery and name-calling among whisky drinkers. But is one truly better than the other?

Foods we will be eating in 2015

Real wine ice-cream now exists

nz farmer

Quad bike sales horrify

NICK BAKER: Horrified online retailers are selling quad bikes for children as young as four.

Top doctor "filled with horror" at online stores selling quad bikes for children as young as four.

Poachers fined $1100

Southland farmer forced to stop pursuit of poachers after being temporarily blinded by spotlight.

$88m Lochinver deal

Rummaging in rumens

entertainment

The year in pop culture video

BREAKING THE INTERNET: Ellen's Oscars selfie crashed Twitter for 20 minutes.

Just for fun, let's try to picture the year in pop culture, all in one image.

Thunderbirds are go again

Another season of Thunderbirds remake commissioned before first even screens on network TV.

BIG HERO: Baymax

Disney unleashes fat superhero video

Disney's latest superhero hasn't ripped abdominal muscles and biceps. This superhero is different. He's fat.

travel

Wellington wins again

WELLY, YOU BEAUTY: Oriental Bay on a calm day.

Wellington continues its reign as one of the world’s most desirable travel stops with a spot in Rough Guides Top 10 cities for 2015.

Etihad gets A380 video

Etihad has received its first Airbus A380, outfitted with "the only three-room suite in the sky."

A dog named Ted runs along the beach in Blackpool, United Kingdom. High winds and large waves hit the North West Coast of the UK and Northern Ireland.

Top travel photos of the week gallery

Here's a round up of some of the top travel photos from around the world this week.

stuff nation

'Addicted' to work exchange stuff nation

Two backpackers look at a map

10:17 AM  After an amazing time in the Irish countryside, Leon Billows was hooked on a different type of travel.

Finally, a sign of summer stuff nation

13 min ago  After a dodgy start to summer for most of us, Lianne Smith's gives us hope of warmer climes.

BEHOLD: Santa's little Kepler

Cute pets in Christmas kit stuff nation

11 min ago  We need your photos of adorable pets in their Christmas best to get us through to our holidays.

motoring

'Turck' an online hit

A 'TURCK': Canterbury farmer trying to sell this Hilux Surf takes online hammering over spelling and accusations that it was stolen.

A spelling-challenged farmer selling his "turck" on Trade Me had to defend himself from a swarm of commenters when his auction went viral.

Infiniti's virtual sports car gallery

10:14 AM  Godzilla has a new enemy, and it comes from within its own ranks.

A teaser image of the new Honda Acura NSX.

Honda NSX confirmed gallery

A new NSX is coming.

sport

No panic over All Black exodus

LONG GOODBYE: All Black star Dan Carter confirmed his switch to French club Racing Metro yesterday.

10:33 AM  NZR boss Steve Tew is not pushing any panic buttons over the expected exodus of All Black veterans after next year's World Cup.

Getting Carter is a gamble

OPINION: French club should be nervous after signing the injury-prone All Black, writes Richard Knowler.

HOMEWARD BOUND: Champion New Zealand spinner Daniel Vettori will miss Friday night's deciding ODI against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi.

Vettori to miss ODI decider

Black Caps to be without veteran spinner Daniel Vettori for tonight's one-day series decider against Pakistan.

good reads

How Kim became the target video

Seth Rogen says he was looking to make a comedy, not something serious, with <i>The Interview</i>.

A few weeks ago, when a freshly stoned Seth Rogen sat down for an interview about The Interview, the likelihood of trouble seemed remote.

Paradise as usual in Phuket

PARADISE AS USUAL: Tourists deserted Phuket after the 2004 tsunami, but have since returned in droves.

Tourists shunned Thailand for a year after the 2004 tsunami, but that didn't stop them returning in droves.

Making Kickstarter pick you

ConQuest

Crowdfunders on the hunt for that elusive email: Someone on the Kickstarter team loves your project.

Nothing much is something special video

DYNAMIC DUO: Sisters Sally and Elsie Bollinger of Pt Chevalier have written and created the Nothing Much To Do web series with two friends from Wellington.

Four Shakespeare lovers have modernised one of the Bard's most famous stories into a teenage web series.

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Kiwis are Christmas Scrooges

BAH HUMBUG: Kiwis are happy to snub their family this holiday season.

Kiwis are a bunch of Scrooges with 50 per cent wanting to leave family members behind this Christmas.

A different life stuff nation

KENTE WEAVING: A complex system of weaving on a loom with foot pedals.

Avi Duckorjones left his comfortable apartment in Manhattan for deepest darkest Africa.

Land of the rising sun

OCEAN'S FOUR: Matt Kurd with wife Yuka, daughter Akira and son Taila at a local wharf by the sea.

Matt Curd swapped Christchurch for a new life teaching English in Japan.

Tips for getting cash overseas

TRAVEL DILEMMA: Sometimes ATMs, carrying cash, and prepaid cards aren't enough. How do you ensure you're not fussing with money on your holiday?

Sometimes ATMs, carrying cash, and prepaid cards aren't enough. How do you ensure you're not fussing with money?

oddstuff

'Gay marriage caused quake'

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Right-wing fringe group outlandishly blames gay marriage for "destruction" of a New Zealand city.

Debauched Santas hire lawyer

Girls dressed as Santa Claus - who may or may not be somewhat inebriated - ride the subway in New York City during SantaCon.

After backlash, NYC pub crawl involving hordes of drunk Santas get lesson on their civil rights.

Camera thief films himself

WHO YOU LOOKING AT? The light-fingered CCTV camera lover.

It's not exactly a mugshot, but many people have already convicted this man of being a mug.

Reindeer rustlers rile resident

MISSING IN ACTION: Pukekohe's Richard Anderson examines a reindeer similar to the three which were stolen from his house on the weekend.

Deer-napping leaves Pukekohe man wondering why someone would do such a thing at Christmas.