July 31 2014, updated 5:00am

Meerkats

Rainbow-hued poo a problem

Normally in shades of brown, the droppings of a zoo's meerkats took on a colourful hue this week.

Looming danger

Storage fire's huge cost

megan ransom 5:00am Damage and losses from a Wellington storage building fire top $8m so far, police say.

Father-to-be dies in crash

5:00am A dairy farmer killed in a crash in Southland was about to become a father.

School's microchip plan

5:00am School's plan to fit students with microchip bracelets prompts concern from parents.

Learner driver's grave lesson

5:00am A driving lesson on cemetery roads went horribly wrong when the car smashed into gravestones.

Ministry chief's flying visits

5:00am Taxpayers are stumping up for Pacific Island Affairs boss Pauline Winter to travel between Wellington and Auckland most weekends.

Alcohol limits to be cut

alcohol generic Legislation to lower adult drink-driving limits from December 1 has passed its final reading in Parliament.

Hillside on the move

'Exploding' footpaths and broken water mains are a reality for residents of Hihitahi Rise in Northland.

Truckloads of hazardous waste

Truth of murders no closer

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Library curtain 'wasteful, extravagant'

Auckland Council is defending moves to install a $100,000 artistic silk curtain in a new library.

Air NZ passengers arrive home

Air NZ passengers who have been stranded in Hawaii since Sunday arrive home.

'Billions' to save dolphin

Maui dolphins A Green Party policy to protect Maui's dolphins could cost Taranaki thousands of jobs and billions of dollars, the Conservation Minister says.

'Gliding On' only option in fiasco

Have taxpayers just bought themselves a dog? Probably.

When small fry flounder

Today in politics

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Ryall's colleagues tie one on

It is by no means certain yesterday's Come to the House Dressed Like Tony Ryall Day will catch on.

US in $822m missile deal with Iraq

iraq tank The US State Department has approved the sale of 5,000 Hellfire missiles to Iraq in a $822m deal.

Convicted of shooting 28 workers

A court in southern Greece has convicted two employees at a strawberry farm for shooting and wounding 28 migrant workers protesting unpaid wages

15 killed as shells hit school

MH17: New leader for Donetsk's rebels

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Israelis embrace Gaza war

Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu is riding a massive wave of popularity. | Neighbourhood destroyed | Heavy bombardment

MTF shareholders concerned

Car yard Unhappy shareholders in car finance provider Motor Trade Finance have called a special meeting of shareholders for this month.

Greenlane village welcomed

Ryman Healthcare's plan to build $100m retirement village in Greenlane, Auckland, receives tentative thumbs-up from ex-All White.

Assets sold before liquidation

Time to trim the fat

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Metro debut seen as promising

Investors have given a cautious welcome to the positive NZX debut of Metro Performance Glass after its shares rose 6 cents on their first day of trading.

KiwiSavers warned on fees

Kiwisaver Fees are easier to compare under a new reporting regime, and big differences have been found.

Health insurance revamp

NZ's biggest life insurer will effectively pay customers' health insurance if they don't claim on a new policy.

Taxes on savings 'fairness' issue

Lowdown on your credit

Selling your business to a client

Generic money When you're ready to make an exit, can you make the ultimate sale to one of your customers?

New head for SODA Inc.

Claire McGowan has been appointed chief executive of the Waikato-based business incubator.

'Society-changing' firm wins big

Blueberry beer? Tell us more

Craig's satirical site spat

Satirical website refuses to say who is behind parody of Conservative leader Colin Craig.

Dotcom told to tell all

Judge orders internet mogul to reveal his entire fortune to a group of Hollywood music and film studios.

Facebook to shut Gifts service

Police want assets forfeited

The Last of Us live

Sony has released the video of The Last of Us' stage show for all to see.

Miranda's latest words of wisdom

Miranda Kerr Step away from the cookies... according to Aussie health nut Miranda Kerr, the key to female empowerment is diet.

When husbands want less sex

You ask yourself, 'What's wrong with me? Aren't I attractive? Why isn't he like all the other guys?'

Smart women, better marriages?

New dolls set to empower

Candice Huffine

Candice nabs calendar spot

For the first time in its 50-year history, the exclusive Pirelli calendar will feature a plus-size model in its pages.

Nicole in holy smoke screen

Nicole Kidman Residents of the high rise where the famous couple own units have been dragged into an incense burning row.

Chairs that look, feel like skin

Oh, and they even smell like a human. Would you have one in your lounge?

Luxury in Heathcote Valley

Let's live in ... Avonhead

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The time a car came at our house

Our real-life renovation columnist recalls the first bit of 'demo' work that was done to his doer-upper.

The top five Food Show trends

chelsea This year it's all about juicing, blending and eating natural fats: here's what you'll find at Auckland's Food Show.

Giving tea a break

The time-honoured cuppa is making a new appearance in cocktails and canapes.

Jumbo a piece of cake

Almond milk: a new diet staple?

Time to trim the fat

DairyNZ chief executive Dr Tim Mackle. Fonterra's forecasted milk price cut brings warning to farmers to trim the fat and pay close attention to operational costs.

Westland to better Fonterra?

West Coast dairy co-operative makes a wide payout prediction which at its upper end tops Fonterra's reduced $6kg milk price.

Sheep theft charges

Stock crashes spark warning

Johansson 'putting off wedding'

Scarlett Johansson Scarlett Johansson is reportedly postponing her wedding until the birth of her baby.

Bic Runga returns to spotlight

Bic Runga is excited to play to a New Zealand audience for the first time in three years.

Is Latta worth a watch?

Barrymore's sister found dead

Amazing Race

TV Guide's top five this week

Not sure what's good on TV? The TV Guide has rounded up the five best shows this week.

Stop kidding yourselves

Mexico You might think you 'know' a country when visiting, but you're really inside a 'travel bubble'.

Putting playfulness in balance

A buff man in underpants performs yoga. A striking woman plays violin and another walks a tightrope.

Home, at long last

Rats on the rampage

Travel with kids

The kids are all right

A bit of planning can take the stress and tears out of travelling with children.

Told to take a 'harden up pill'

Endometriosis cells courtesy euthman/flickr Kate Hegarty was told it normal cramps - even though it was so painful she would vomit, faint and cry.

Don't vote, can complain

When 10 per cent of the population doesn't vote, it's apathy. But you can't dismiss 30 per cent.

Crusaders snubs 'right'

Top five reader comments

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Cats are clearly superior

Cats are incredibly affectionate, playful and a bit mysterious. Dogs are dull, smelly and give sloppy licks.

Lotus 7 dream comes true

lotus 7 It took almost 50 years, but Andrew Lush is finally the proud owner of his dream car.

Enjoyable round of Golf

Volkswagen's latest Golf R is lighter, more powerful, and faster. It also sounds better.

News becomes the news

The Kiwi car-do attitude

The purchase of a rare Traveller has concluded Ian Rookes' Morris Minor collection.

It's a keeper

The purchase of a rare Traveller has concluded Ian Rookes' Morris Minor collection.

All Blacks keen to play sevens

Conrad Smith All Blacks centre Conrad Smith has indicated most players are crystal clear on the issue of playing in the Olympics.

All Whites make Hudson offer

NZF have made a formal offer to Englishman Anthony Hudson to become the next All Whites coach.

Crotty calm and ready

Scrum rock a big loss

Tracey Lambrechs

Bronze for Lambrechs

Auckland's Tracey Lambrechs has won bronze in the women's 75kg+ weightlifting in Glasgow.

Travel with kids

The kids are all right

A bit of planning can take the stress and tears out of travelling with children.

rosemary mcleod

Gaza craziness

I had a kosher breakfast after the Berlin Wall came down, in a former synagogue that was now a bistro.

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I'm a mum with cancer

When I got most of my hair cut off recently no one asked why.

Is privacy a 'social norm'?

Facebook has always had a tricky relationship with privacy.

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