25052015. News.Photo:Kevin Stent/Fairfax. Susan O'Brien at home with her happy baby Misha,9 months.

Lost runner's LOTR moment

5:00 AM  Breast milk expressed into a Moro bar wrapper gave her "adrenaline rush".

Slavery on NZ seas

The Oyang 75: a Korean fishing boat whose crew walked off in Lyttelton in 2011 amid claims of assault, sexual assault and unpaid wages.

5:00 AM  Accounts of forced labour, rape and abuse on fishing vessels in NZ waters have emerged.

Surgery for rare tumour

5:00 AM  Queen's Birthday weekend's relaxing for most, but Jaimee Fincher will prepare for worst.

Black Caps beaten at Lord's

4 min ago  England cricket hail a new superstar to close out an epic test match.

Sheep bring high spirits

5:00 AM  A North Canterbury farmer arranges his sheep into roadside billboards - for laughs.

Suspected fighter could return

5:00 AM  Australia is seeking to make woman returning from Syria NZ's problem.


Donations landlocked by costs

NPBHS have rallied together to help the people of Vanuatu, putting together 'Smile Boxes' with items donated by people of Taranaki. Students Erik Chapman, 13, left, and Vince Kalsakau, 18, who is from Vanuatu, have helped collect and sort out the goods for shipping.

5:00 AM  The generosity of the Taranaki region has momentarily grounded donations bound for Vanuatu. 

Safety laws must be 'workable' 

Health and safety law changes prompted by the Pike River tragedy are set to be watered down.

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The New Brighton Mall east of Christchurch CBD is considered by some to be neglected by the Christchurch City Council and left to rot.

$800 million not enough

5:00 AM  Crumbling plaster on library walls, a rust stain on the clocktower. Welcome to east Christchurch.


Young referee has a passion for the game

For Josh Cochrane there's nothing quite like the feeling of knowing he has had a good game.


Girl, 16, burnt alive

The mob surrounds the Guatemalan girl before she is set alight.

A 16-year-old girl has been bashed and burnt to death in a public lynching in Guatemala.

Clairvoyancy business 'a front'

Sydney gunman was once a clairvoyant with 500 clients but using it as a front to sexually abuse vulnerable women, inquest hears. 

A refugee from Bangladesh, who was rescued by the Myanmar navy, is seen at a Muslim religious school used as a temporary refugee camp, at the Aletankyaw village in the Maungdaw township, in Rakhine state May 23, 2015. The head of Rakhine state from which thousands of Rohingya Muslims are fleeing, Chief Minister Maung Maung Ohn, denied that persecution had prompted the exodus after the United States called on the country to deal with its root causes. Myanmar's navy discovered two Thai trafficking boats off the coast of Rakhine on Thursday, one carrying migrants and the other empty, the state government said in a statement on Friday. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun

Malaysia finds 139 graves

Malaysia has found 139 graves, and signs of torture, in more than two dozen squalid human trafficking camps.


Fishermen fight for wages

Indonesian Fisherman Makrom, who is involved in a pay dispute.

5:00 AM  Indonesian fishermen claim they were paid less than a third of minimum wage on NZ boats.

'Chequebook justice' 

Two women whose relatives were killed in the Pike River Mine disaster are arguing their case in the High Court at Wellington.

Giant dairy co-operative Fonterra is New Zealand's third largest coal user.

Fonterra a big coal user

5:00 AM  Fonterra, one of NZ's three largest burners of coal and a leading greenhouse gas polluter, could switch to biofuels - but at a cost.


Three stages of retirement

Retirement can last 30 years or more, and lots can change during that time.

OPINION: Do you know that there is really no one such thing as “retirement”?

The magic of Pricemaker

5:00 AM  Pricemaker can't help you find a 60-inch TV for $50, but it will get you a brilliant deal. Here's how.

Bid for homeowning victory

Debunking child poverty myths

small business

Wellington soda business bubbling

Owners of Six Barrel Soda Co, Joseph Slater and Mike Stewart are growing their business and concentrating on the wholesale side of trade.

It's only been three years but Wellington business Six Barrel Soda is thriving and predicting more growth.

Small biz Budget benefits

OPINION: As expected, the Government's support for small business continues.

Last orders at Quenched site

You can now track your home


'Wiped' Androids flaw

An Android mascot is seen in front of a displayed logo of Apple in this photo illustration taken in Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina, May 5, 2015. A U.S. appeals court on May 18, 2015 reversed part of a $930 million verdict that Apple Inc won in 2012 against Samsung Electronics Co Ltd, saying the iPhone maker's trademark-related appearance could not be protected. Some observers viewed the litigation as Apple's attempt to curtail the rapid rise of phones using Google Inc's rival Android operating software. Picture taken on May 5.   REUTERS/Dado Ruvic

Half a billion users' details potentially exposed by flaw that leaves data on 'wiped' Androids.

Decoding your status update

UK research into Facebook users shows we're all basically desperate, vain jerks.

An Aethon TUG robotic courier carrying supplies through the University of California, San Francisco, Medical Center.

The robot that may take your job

5:00 AM  Today’s robots are writing a new chapter in the age-old debate over people vs machines.

life & style

Dating advice from 1899?

The British Library has discovered a book containing dating advice for the Bridget Jones's of the Victorian era.

5:00 AM  Believe it or not, "the rules" for single ladies haven't really changed all that much.

Underwear as outerwear gallery

Why it's not wrong to let your lingerie show.

All aflutter: Mascara can make all the difference to your beauty look.

7 mascaras you can rely on gallery

5:00 AM  Some mascaras are worth batting your eyelids for.

well & good

Opening up on mental health

Admitting to a mental illness is still difficult for many - but keeping it hidden only adds to the stigma.

5:00 AM  After years of trying to hide her mental illness, one woman finally decided enough was enough.

She's fighting for her life video

Weighing less than 20kg, Rachael Farrokh is fighting for her life after 10 years with anorexia.

Night-time nibbling can be a danger zone if you're trying to lose weight.

Fast or feast at night?

Is eating your biggest meal at night a bad idea? It's a question that's been debated for years.

home & property

Polished concrete: Yay or nay?

I was worried about how comfortable the concrete floors would be for the little people who'll live in our house, but they appear to be loving them.

5:00 AM  Is a polished concrete floor right for you? What are the pros? The cons? The price?

19 perks of living alone

Thinking about giving solo living a go? Trust us - you'll never look back.

Follow the eight tips below to protect your home from the cold winter weather.

Avoid the winter woes

5:00 AM  Winter is well and truly upon us, follow these eight tips to keep your home safe from rain, frost and snow damage.

food & wine

How to cook the perfect steak

A few easy steps can you help get the grilling done just right.

5:00 AM  No-one wants to ruin a pricey piece of meat. Here's how to get your grilling just right.

Chickpea & cauliflower biryani

This easy Indian-inspired vegetarian dinner is sure to be a crowd-pleaser.

Recipe: Kumara & quinoa cakes

Model inhales dog-sized burrito video

nz farmer

Wallaby problem spreading

A South Canterbury wallaby.

South Canterbury's wallaby population has reached alarming proportions.

$7.5m over next two years

More money will be spent to encourage jobs, investment and high tech farming systems in the primary sector.

Move away from radiata pine

More price transparency call


'My son has Rod's dress sense'

Rachel Hunter says her son has inherited his father Rod's dressing sense.

5:00 AM  Rachel Hunter told her son he had Rod Stewart's dress sense when he presented himself in a "mishmash of different things".

Breakdowns and shakedowns

Kris Jenner's world has come crashing down, as her ex-husband fast-tracks his procedures to become a woman.

Hayley Holt has swapped her dancing shoes for the spotlight of the judging panel in the new series of Dancing with the Stars.

Hayley's dancing to a new beat

5:00 AM  Dancing With the Stars' Hayley Holt lifts the lid on the 2015 edition.


Top 10 glamping experiences

The Merzouga luxury desert camp in Morocco offers traditional tents made of camel skin with ensuite bathrooms, wall-to-wall rugs, solar-powered lighting and handcrafted furniture.

5:00 AM  For those who refuse to compromise on comforts just because they're staying under canvas, here's the ultimate line-up.

Healing the mind and body

5:00 AM  The shaman princess spoke to her first departed spirits when she was a child, or so she tells me.

The key to holiday fitness is using your surroundings to stay motivated, no stuffy gyms and definitely no treadmills.

Keep fit while you travel

5:00 AM  The key to holiday fitness is using your surroundings to stay motivated.

stuff nation

World Cup NZ's litmus test stuff nation

A star on New Zealand Football's horizon - Clayton Lewis.

5:00 AM  The Kiwis are playing on their home turf, what better opportunity to shock the world of football?

Drivers should re-sit their test stuff nation

5:00 AM  Drivers - not cars or roads - are responsible for New Zealand's high road toll.


Pet of the day: Guinness the great stuff nation

5:00 AM  Weighing in at 68kg, Guinness is a big part of his family's life.


Tyre punctures singalong video

In-car selfie stick singalong ends in crash.

A quartet's singalong performance for a selfie goes into a spin as a tyre on their vehicle punctures.

BMW's modern day 3.0 CSL

BMW's legendary 3.0 CSL Batmobile has been revived in modern day guise with this dramatically-styled concept car.

A mechanic's spelling blunder in repairing a Porsche sports car has gone viral.

Spelling blunder goes viral

A mechanic's spelling blunder in repairing a Porsche sports car has gone viral.


Bayliss for England - report

Trevor Bayliss has had successful stints as coach of Sri Lanka, Sydney Sixers and NSW.

Australian Trevor Bayliss has reportedly accepted an offer to coach the England cricket team.

Magic secure second spot in NZ

Waikato-BoP Magic march on but it's almost game over for Central Pulse in trans-Tasman netball league.

Chelsea playmaker Eden Hazard shows Crystal Palace defender Martin Kelly a clean pair of heels.

EPL season in review gallery video

Stuff.co.nz football writer Sam Wilson assesses the best and worst of another action-packed campaign.

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Healing the mind and body

Spa Village Resort Tembok, a doof-doof free zone.

The shaman princess spoke to her first departed spirits when she was a child, or so she tells me.

Opening up on mental health

Admitting to a mental illness is still difficult for many - but keeping it hidden only adds to the stigma.

After years of trying to hide her mental health issues, one woman finally decided enough was enough.

YouTube's decade: sharing works

Tiffany of the musical group Girls' Generation poses with her Video of the Year award at the YouTube Music Awards in New York November 3, 2013. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)

Ten-year-old site provides a stage for exhibitionists, narcissists and activists' opinions, talents and cats.

More to a new flag than a rebrand

POLOKWANE, SOUTH AFRICA - JUNE 24:  A New Zealand flag waves her national flag during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Group F match between Paraguay and New Zealand at Peter Mokaba Stadium on June 24, 2010 in Polokwane, South Africa.  (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

OPINION: By considering a new flag, New Zealand is being asked to take part in a costly corporate rebranding exercise.

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Sheep bring high spirits

Mike Bowler's sheep are saying what many North Canterbury farmers are thinking.

A North Canterbury farmer fed up with drought has been putting his sheep to good use, arranging them into roadside billboards to make people smile.

Kiwi model inhales dog-sized burrito video

Nela Zisser - a model and a competitive eater (not a common combo) - has managed to scoff a 2.3kg burrito in under five minutes.

She wants to break stereotypes by becoming a competitive eating champion, one giant burrito at a time.

Banned from wearing onesies

Surprisingly, this isn't appropriate work attire.

Australian public servants are now banned from wearing onesies and ugg boots to work.

Top reader comments stuff nation

"I, for one, welcome our new blubbery overlords."

It's snowing! Seals are invading! Perhaps most excitingly, people are commenting on news stories!


New blog: When two become four

Yep that's right.  There are two buns in the oven.

In one second we had gone from expecting minus one to plus two potential babies.

When we don’t talk about sex

When it comes to learning about sexuality, girls want information from their mothers, but it’s the emotional connection to us they crave.

When it comes to learning about sexuality, girls want information from their mothers.

Do meds lower testosterone?

Paracetamol medicines, such as Panadol, are one of the most common medicines used to ease pain and reduce fever.

Pregnant women who take  painkillers regularly may put unborn sons' testosterone levels at risk.

Prince Harry meets Charlotte

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Prince Harry at the Virgin Money London Marathon
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Fresh from his tour of NZ, the proud uncle has finally met his new niece.

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This week's travel photo entries take us from Ho Chi Minh City to New Caledonia.

Cruising currency conundrum

Think about how much local currency you'll need before you touring Asia, but there are always more options if you run out.

If your cruise stops at ports with different currencies, transactions can get confusing.

How to find the perfect travel companion

Frodo and Sam! The best travel companions! The guy in the middle... not so much.

With a little bit of foresight though you might find at least one Thelma to your Louise.

Pittsburgh: it's not the pits

Pittsburgh's bike lanes make cycling around the city easy.

There's plenty going on in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, says Heather McCracken.