Canned flight sees twin miss Adele

2:50 PM  One twin sat by an empty seat, the other missed the soundtrack to bittersweet time of her life.

Death in Lower Hutt

Police are investigating a death in Naenae, Lower Hutt.

2:28 PM  A man who collapsed after an apparent punch-up in a second hand shop could not be revived.

Facebook won't die with old people

As if willing it into reality, tech writers keep saying teens don't use Facebook. It simply isn't true.

Jono's digger disaster: It's all ok video

14 min ago  Jono smashed his co-host's house with a digger - but it appears renovations were planned.

Teen sweethearts' toxic relationship

1:33 PM  Each has almost killed the other but they do not want to be apart.

Sad reunion in Bali

2:32 PM  Family of Kiwi swept away trying to rescue his girlfriend go to her hospital bedside.

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Kawerau siege verdict: guilty video

Rhys Warren was charged with two counts of attempted murder, three counts of using a firearm against a law enforcement ...

2:05 PM  The verdicts are in for the man accused of shooting four police officers near Kawerau.

Man charged over indecent acts

An allegedly pantless man on a mountain bike in West Auckland has been charged by police.

David Porteous was sentenced in Napier District Court on Friday.

Lawyer's 'vortex of dishonesty'

1:36 PM  The 'sad' case of a Hawke's Bay lawyer who stole $73k and was left with nothing and a career in tatters.

Video

Jono's digger disaster - reno planned

Jono smashed his co-host's house with a digger - but it appears some renovations were planned.

world

Trump fires a health hail mary video

US President Donald Trump has thrown himself into the battle against Obamacare with notable energy and determination, ...

2:44 PM  A postponed health-care vote, a big Republican embarrassment, a last hurrah. This was Trump's Thursday.

No scream, no rape

She called out "enough" during the alleged attack, but that wasn't enough to convince the court.

The dynamics of the sawfish's astounding sword-like weapon make it one of nature's deadliest stealth predators, new ...

Sawfish's 'stealth killer' snout video

Scientists' assumptions about astounding sword-like snout were wrong - it's every fish's worst nightmare.

business

Lawyer's 'vortex of dishonesty'

David Porteous was sentenced in Napier District Court on Friday.

1:36 PM  The 'sad' case of a Hawke's Bay lawyer who stole $73k and was left with nothing and a career in tatters.

New boss for NZ Post

The struggling mail carrier promotes its finance director to chief executive.

The grey tsunami wave is only beginning.

Invest in baby boomers' dotage

2:39 PM  Millennials can wreak their revenge by investing in the grey tsunami hitting retirement villages.

technology

Samsung reveals rival to Siri video

Bixby will debut on the Samsung Galaxy S8, revealed later this month.

Samsung's new voice assistant promises to be smarter than any other assistant out there - including Siri.

Our new national obsession

Facebook is New Zealand's second-favourite "leisure" activity.

Google will be releasing location-sharing functionality that allows users to share their locations with friends.

Google unveils location sharing video

Google will be releasing location-sharing functionality that allows users to share their locations with friends.

life & style

'I wish I never breastfed'

Maddi Wright says she feels like a completely different person after giving up breastfeeding.

Aussie reality TV star sparks controversy by saying how much happier she is after giving up breastfeeding.

Donald & Melania sleep apart video

The US president and his wife apparently prefer separate bedrooms. So do I. And it's really not a big deal.

Jamie Murphy crawled into the claw machine in search of dragons.

'This is a strange prize' video

Damien Murphy was enjoying a coffee when he heard a muffled cry come from an arcade claw machine.

well & good

Blood test picks up cancer early

The test can also identify where the cancer is in the body.

2:01 PM  The blood test detects cancer and also identifies where it is in the body.

Implants linked to cancer video

It indicates a very low but increased risk in women with implants.

Choking under pressure can mean your memory functions higher than others'.

Sign you're smarter than others

If you often choke under pressure, you're probably more competent that you think, not less.

home & property

'Cloud House' makes it rain

American artist Matthew Mazzatto built the Cloud House to re-create the sound of rain falling on a tin roof.

2:17 PM  Like the sound of rain on a tin roof? You'll love the "Cloud House" in Missouri.

Making the most of Plan B stuff nation

Instead of a modern Auckland home, they got a tatty Tauranga do-up. But  this DIY couple found a way to make it work.

Cyrus Harouni designed this 'perfect' Los Angeles home and it could be yours for $26.8 million.

How a perfectionist lives

This perfectionist's dream home includes an aquarium pool and a 6m-high rotating wine rack.

food & wine

My 'blind' dining experience video

Guests at Dans Le Noir dine in complete darkness, and have to rely on their other senses during the experience.

Dans le Noir: Blind waiters turn the tables at new pitch-dark culinary venture in Auckland.

How does vegan food bag go? video

"My husband resorted to making a cheese toastie to fill the gap."

Butterbeer icecream is here video

Auckland's top doughnut spots

nz farmer

Positive dairying in the Sounds

Linkwater dairy farmers Jason and Amber Templeman, with son Isaac, are keen to improve the environment.

THE GREEN ISSUE: Desire to highlight positives of dairying drives Marlborough farmers.

Allowances not enough

Rural parents have until the end of this month to get their views in on boarding allowances.

Family plants 17K trees on farm

Kiwifruit China-bound

entertainment

Fans rage over CHiPS remake

Michael Pena and Dax Shepard star in the action-comedy CHIPS, a remake of the much-loved TV series.

12 min ago  "The trailers looked like a soft-porn version of 'Dumb and Dumber."

Carrie stays in Star Wars VIII

2:18 PM  There were fears they'd change her final performance. Sanity prevailed.

Accusations of "whitewashing" have plagued Finn Jones' casting as Danny Rand in Iron Fist - but that's the least of the ...

Iron Fist Marvel's first failure?

2:42 PM  Netflix's new series described as "about as exciting as a slice of cheese left out in the sun too long".

travel

Psychedelic aurora flight first video

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The Southern Lights have never been pictured like this – in a flight through the sublime swirl.

Kiwis warming up to cruises

Short, event-focused trips are luring more into taking longer trips.

Every inch of space counts, so it helps to think creatively about the spaces that are commonly overlooked.

Plus-size packing hacks

Packing can be a complicated task for owners of larger-sized clothes. Here are a few tips to sneak in more.

motoring

Road safety at stake?

New Zealand Police's Commercial Vehicle Investigation Unit is proposed to lose 26 safety-officer jobs.

1:47 PM  Police want to cut 26 roles from their commercial vehicle safety team, sparking industry concern.

Top racing tech on the street video

Porsche reveal their top five technologies that made the incredible transition from the racetrack to the street.

Audi equips the light fantastic.

Audi reimagines turn signal video

Audi's OLED turn signal concept could be mistaken for a swarm of bees.

stuff nation

Magical London - we miss it

London Victoria Tower stands at the House of Lords end of the Palace of Westminster.
Editorial Use Only: This image can ...

The people, the markets, the vibe - London has it all.

Louie, the dog-baby

Bull breeds are often misunderstood, but our Louie is a big, cuddly baby.

Sunrise over Tekapo.

Tekapo sunrise and Mt Cook

Travelling around NZ, these are two of the most picturesque spots photographer Matthew Jessup has seen.

sport

Blues driven for success

Tana Umaga says his Blues have to be disciplined and deny the Bulls the chance to launch their lineout drives.

2:12 PM  Tana Umaga's men say they have a plan to negate the strengths of the big, bad Bulls on Saturday.

Kuggeleijn gets NZ call-up

1:53 PM  The quick-bowling allrounder was found not guilty of rape in court last month.

No one knows what it takes to win the America's Cup better than Sir Russell Coutts.

Coutts' pedal power doubts

Oracle mentor and America's Cup boss applauds Team NZ innovation, but doubts it will be decisive.

good reads

A pragmatist signs out video

John Key with Bill English after his valedictory speech.

OPINION: John Key's final speech to Parliament was neither profound nor particularly memorable, writes Tim Murphy.

Butter, a rich history

Anchor butter, made right here in New Zealand.

Butter is believed to hark back to the Neolithic era, though the exact circumstances of its discovery are unknown.

Probe needed into Kiwi troops' role

Former defence minister Wayne Mapp emerges well from the book Hit and Run about the actions of SAS troops in Afghanistan.

OPINION: The PM can play for time, but can't ignore calls for answers, writes Vernon Small.

Rights and wrongs for kids

Sex education is probably helpful, but if it's taught without a moral framework it's of little use, says Rosemary McLeod.

OPINION: Sex education is probably helpful, but without a moral framework it's of little use, writes Rosemary McLeod.

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'Galactic' fence for sale

After getting sick of rubberneckers, Bob Laloli is selling the 'galactic' and 'gluten free' fence at his Kapiti home.

The unusual "fence" has been described as gluten free and a "casserole of special and galactic ideas'' on Trade Me.

TV station accidentally airs porn

The explicit material ran from between 1.10pm to 1.30pm.

A religious channel in Senegal has slammed an unidentified saboteur for hacking the network to air explicit material.

GPS to stop fake Everest claims

Where's the proof? Climbers will be fitted with trackers and must take photos from the top to prevent false summit claims.

Climbers will be fitted with trackers and must take photos from the top to prevent false summit claims.

Want to smell like kitten fur?

Would you want to smell like a cat?

There is a huge leap between wanting to breathe in that warm scent of your cuddly little kitten - and wanting to smell like a cat.

Parenting

Awful twist for cancer fighter video

Benny Martinez

A 12-year-old boy shaved his head to raise money for cancer. Two weeks later, terrible headaches set in.

Jerry Maguire kid bullied video

Jonathan Lipnicki became famous as the cute kid in Jerry Maguire.

Remember Jonathan Lipnicki, the adorable little guy from the 1996 film Jerry Maguire? 

Mum takes on school over hair 

James Hunt wears his hair long in memory of his late grandfather, Paul, who also ran into issues because of his long hair.

James excels in maths, writing and singing - and he's a handy cricketer. But he won't be going to Auckland Grammar.

When your kid is the bully

it can be shocking for a parent to realise their child is a bully.

When it's your child that's purposely mean to others, here's how to deal with their "misplaced confidence".

kiwi traveller

Chaos, theft loom at world's airports video

Light-fingered airport baggage personnel will have a field day and the rest of us can expect delays and more scrutiny.

Light-fingered airport baggage personnel will have a field day and the rest of us can expect delays and more scrutiny.

Selfie-obsessed are ruining travel

Every carefree, natural pose in front of that magnificent waterfall is painstakingly curated. Know that.

Every carefree, natural pose in front of that magnificent waterfall is painstakingly curated. Know that.

A taste of the Bay

An art deco tour around Napier from the backseat of a 1966 Packard would be savoured by any history buff.

A Taranaki tourist takes in some of the delights of it's coastal rival - the Hawke's Bay.

Kiwi life: American in Wellington

Nicole enjoys Wellington's relatively compact feel, variety of bars and restaurants, and accessible walking trails.

Serial expat Nicole LaBarge, originally from Wisconsin in the US, has planted roots in the Kiwi capital.

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