August 23 2014, updated 3:10pm


Mars photo 'no proof of life'

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Daylight sex attack

tapeST 2:49pm Police are investigating a violent daylight sexual attack at Waikato University this morning.

Flight cost outrage

Woman calls for more competition on regional flights after she forked out $1352 to fly to Dunedin.

Labour: We'll axe the tax

2:07pm Labour announces it'll axe secondary tax for workers with two or more jobs - but National says it's already implementing the policy.

Killed: 'No good reason'

Man who bought new shoes and dresses for daughters before killing both admits murder.

Fighting back against naked tourists

3:20pm Barcelona residents are furious about drunken holidaymakers and a new fad of public nudity.

Gas smell closes street

Hot zone Suspected gas leak leads to busy Wellington street being cordoned off for more than an hour.

Seatbelts a factor

Police are looking at likelihood of passengers in a crash near Longburn being unrestrained.

'I was duped'

Cunliffe apologises again

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Overwhelmed by generosity

Cafe operator overwhelmed by community's generosity in helping her raise $10,000 in just 48 hours.

Imgur CEO and founder Alan Schaaf CEO and founder Alan Schaaf is in Wellington to speak at the TEDxWellington conference this coming Sunday.

Clearing the chaos

Doctor Kiwis want MPs who have experience bringing order to chaos – such as doctors, poll says. | Poll results

A long week in politics

Recent events give impression it's going to be a very long month for John Key and his inner circle.

Key says 'ask me anything'

Mark could get NZ First across line

John Key

Littered with landmines

Hacked emails. Dirty politics. Burning effigies. Inquiries and investigations. Welcome to campaign 2014.

Russian 'invasion' accused

Russian convoy Ukraine declares Russian "invasion" after Moscow sends convoy of trucks across the borders.

Ancient Mayan cities found

Archaeologists have found two ancient Mayan cities hidden in the jungle of southeastern Mexico.

60 Sunni worshippers killed

Hamas execute informants

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US protests intercept of Navy jet

The US charged that a Chinese fighter pilot conducted a "dangerous intercept" of a Navy patrol plane in international air space

Profit Spark-ling

simon moutter Spark may be experiencing the first rays of light after years of seeing its earnings chipped away by falling revenues from fixed-line telecommunications.

Tower solvency margin reduced

Tower Insurance completes 82pc of its Canterbury quake residential claims and is now allowed to hold $30m less because its risks have reduced.

SMEs pull out election checklists

Hoverbike reaches new heights

Marsden Point refinery

Refinery sees profit potential

Refining NZ aims to bring in huge tankers carrying as much as 1 million barrels of oil to its Marsden Pt refinery.

What KiwiSaver fees pay for

piggy bank no money All KiwiSaver investors pay fees but many have no idea what they're paying for.

Broker's view: Fletcher Building

Broker Grant Davies looks at the pros and cons of our stock of the week.

'The money will come'

Eftpos online flaws to be fixed

Manly approach to getting creative

M3 Creative M3 Creative is three men, being creative.

'I'm not racist'

Boss of a frozen yoghurt shop at the centre of a dispute over a greeting says the issue has been blown out of all proportion.

Fined for sacking son

Overpayment puzzling for woman

Star Wars in your pocket

Now you can destroy the Empire - or crush the Rebel Alliance - on your mobile in a new Star Wars game.

Beervana app serves up brews

Beer and programming are seen as male-dominated industries, but two women are breaking the stereotype.

The train spotter express

Vine ripens and grows

Top 10 Friday picks from web

Distracted by the internet on a Friday afternoon? Here are 10 top ways to round off the week.

On Anna Paquin's bisexuality

Anna Paquin She's married, but also claims her bisexuality 'isn't a past-tense thing' - so what does that even mean?

To wear or not to wear

Is sleeping in underwear bad for us? A definitive answer at last.

Can a man be romanced?

Fighting fit and helping others

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Young fear dementia too

Lillian Small fears she may start losing her mind, even before she turns 50.

One small way to reduce stress

strap Keeping on top of things around the home could be one small way to keep your stress in check too.

Inside scoop on The Block

We get some early goss from the new contestants. The verdict? It's been tough.

The dangers of DIY

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Plants anyone can grow

Think you're cursed when it comes to greenery? Check out these low maintenance stars...

It's beer, but not as you know it

Beervana Fancy a barrel-aged feijoa beer, a two-pot flat white or a salty seaweed ale?

Wellington ladies who lunch

Keen to try a Welly on a Plate lunch? We tried five of the best so you can choose the lunch that will suit you.

Exports may see locals miss out

Gothic skull takes the cake

Meat price may disappoint

Lamb carcases. Sheep and beef farmers warming their hands in advance of better sheepmeat prices have been warned they might be disappointed.

Smart switch could save lives

The scientific smarts of a young Southlander could save lives on farms.

Rare herd for sale

Mild winter kick starting season

Heart to Hart

miranda hart Miranda Hart confesses a Call The Midwife secret.

Cash for art 'trash'

Te Papa spent taxpayers' cash on two artworks, one of which even its creator calls rubbish.

Taylor makes swift entrance

Light in the dark


Fave characters Simpson-ised

Ever wanted to know what Jon Snow looked like as a Simpson character? Wonder no more.

Magic in the mountains

An action-packed getaway to Ruapehu district doesn't depend on snow - but it does help.

Fear haunts travellers

Horrified, Eliza Strauss thought she could see a fiery missile speeding towards her plane.

How old is too old on a bus?

Where to get lucky at the snow

A walk on the wild side

There are a few things they tell you when you’re about to walk with lions.

Banda Aceh post tsunami

Banda Aceh Post-Tsunami I've had my share of horrific experiences but I couldn't imagine anything as terrifying as the 2011 tsunami.

Dirty Politics ignores privacy

Why is no-one addressing the issue of stealing and publishing private emails? Derrick Wales writes.

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Scary space/time continuum

Foraging for Fiordland fungi

Hunting the upper reaches of Southland's Worsley Stream I found a fungi I'd never seen before.

Relocated and restored

Range Rover Number One The Range Rover is regarded as the original SUV, and this restored example built in 1969, will cost you more than a brand-new model.

'You are not untouchable'

Jeremy Clarkson doesn't see a problem with his racial outbursts but his bosses have a warning.

Fraudster's Rolls being auctioned

Commodore replacements?

Carroll Shelby and Tom Cruise

Shelby movie has potential

Tom Cruise as Carroll Shelby - you have to be kidding.

ABs pack intent on retribution

Richie McCaw After an average display in Sydney, Steve Hansen's men are tightening their focus to make amends at Eden Park tonight.

Schmidt wins first NZ gold

Trampoline gymnast Dylan Schmidt has won the first gold medal for NZ at the Youth Olympics.

Ko slips down leaderboard

Phoenix bank on PFA

Team NZ

Rusty Team NZ fail to fire

Dean Barker and Team NZ face a game of catch up after a lacklustre first day saw them finish seventh in Cardiff.


The birth of Vic Uni

In 'crassly commercial' turn of the century Wellington, the birth of Victoria University seemed like a pipe dream.

Fringe fest

Conquering Edinburgh

Kiwis are getting to grips with the challenges of taking a show to the largest arts festival in the world.

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Director rotation is an art

Examples like Xero might make other companies reflect on the talent at their top table.

BluesFest with the kids

This outstanding festival takes place when most of us at home are huddled by the fire.

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