MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MAY 02:  Liam Messam of the Chiefs runs with the ball during the round 12 Super Rugby match between the Rebels and the Chiefs at AAMI Park on May 2, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

Messam to play in Japan

All Black Liam Messam signs off-season contract to play in Japan after Rugby World Cup.

Falling tree kills man video

The lighting storm settles in over the Auckland waterfront.

9:38 PM  Man killed by falling tree just before electrical storm batters Northland and Auckland.

Air rage incident on Jetstar flight

9:16 PM  A mother complains after passenger struck her toddler "on purpose" with a reclining seat.

Live: Black Caps vs England

9:45 PM  Follow as the Black Caps try to square the two-test series against England at Leeds.

An 'absolute tragedy'

"He had a great future ahead of him", says family friend of man who died in 4WD crash.

'Door-gate' spat breaks out anew

The skirmishing over a door between Labour and National offices is reignited.

national

Doctor wrongly prescribes drugs

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An Auckland doctor has admitted 20 charges in relation to the irresponsible prescribing of various anabolic steroids and human growth hormone.

Armed robbery of BNZ bank

Armed man threatens bank teller and demands money in BNZ branch.

A pedestrian has been hit by a car in central Auckland.

Pedestrian struck by truck dies

8:55 PM  A male pedestrian has died after being struck by a truck in central Auckland.

Video

Falling tree kills man

Man killed by a falling tree just before a fierce electrical storm batters Northland and Auckland.

world

Former Lib Dem leader dies

Former Liberal Democrat leader Charles Kennedy speaks at the party conference in Brighton, southern England in 2006.

Charles Kennedy, a former leader of Britain's Liberal Democrats, has died at his home in Scotland.

Ship carrying 450 sinks video

Some passengers are still alive inside the hull of a Chinese ship, many of them elderly tourists.

Pirory Lane road rage incident in Roehampton in south-west London.

Road rage between cyclist, driver video

Moment of pure road rage immortalised in video of cyclist and driver having it out over cycle lanes.

business

New meat company to be unveiled

Meat Industry Excellence chairman John McCarthy.

A plan for a new export meat co-operative is to be unveiled this week by meat industry reform group MIE.

Xeroing in on better data

A trial involving Xero and Statistics NZ could mean less form-filling for business owners.

Lyttelton Port generic

Port plan under scrutiny

Environmental studies on plans for a new container terminal at Lyttelton Port have been called "superficial".

money

Money words that should exist

Bags full of cool stuff, but what's in their savings account?

OPINION: There should be a word for emptying your bank account to buy junk.

There's a riot going on

OPINION: Auckland's housing market is behaving like a drunken crowd.

Oldie's premium pain

Bach owners are 'investors'

small business

Stop, collaborate and listen

When a client suggested she might like to work in their office every so often, Erin Reilly jumped at the chance.

The day I went to work for the first time in five months was a good day.

Home, neat home

A Nelson designer is bringing style - and sanity - to the home with her Scandinavian-inspired designs.

Ask the Expert: Finding Talent

Free coffee. What's the catch?

technology

Monster mash in new Godzilla

Don't expect any references to radiation, Godzilla's trademark affliction in this epic monster vs monster game.

1980s Godzilla can now be pitted against the Hollywood's 2014 Godzilla.

Internet may never be cheaper

Good news: Kiwis are gobbling up data faster than ever. Bad news: this may be as cheap as it gets.

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Pao appeals gender bias case

Case that exposed how women fare in the male world of venture capital may return to court.

life & style

The search for Tess

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The story of a dachshund lost in the Upper Hutt bush for four days.

Behold: Cube dogs

What's better than a cute fluffy pup? A cute fluffy pup rocking sharp angles.

Caitlyn Jenner (65) looks like 66-year-old Jessica Lange's sister.

Caitlyn's doppelganger...

Jessica Lange thinks it's "wonderful" her looks are being compared to Caitlyn Jenner's.

well & good

Thinking of skipping the gym?

At 92 years young Harriette Thompson became the oldest woman to complete a marathon.

This 92 year-old cancer survivor ran a marathon last weekend. Let her be your fitspiration.

How to be happier right now

It's not hard - just follow these two simple steps to fuel the fires of happiness.

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Depression tied to Parkinson's?

People with depression are at greater risk for Parkinson's disease, according to a large study.

home & property

Frank Sinatra built it his way gallery

Villa Maggio, Frank Sinatra's one-time Palm Desert retreat, is up for sale.

The legendary crooner's desert hideaway has hit the market for $5.56 million.

The art of hanging art

Art can tie a room together and fill out empty spaces. Here's how to get it right.

Leaving a messy home and returning to a gleaming wonderland is a joy that comes from having a cleaner.

My dirty little secret

A spotless home is a beautiful thing. So why should we feel guilty about having a cleaner?

food & wine

Akl vs Welly beer battle video

Breweries such as Hallertau in Auckland are helping the city's beer scene grow.

OPINION: Wellington holds New Zealand's beer crown, but Auckland is hot on its heels.

Take control of your cravings

There's no such thing as perfect eating, but if you regularly feel your cravings are controlling you it might be time to take control.

Life hack: Slicing apples

Wine-snob rituals

nz farmer

NZ's top hogget named

Wendonside farmers Bevan and Wendy Hopcroft have won the 2015 New Zealand Ewe Hogget competition with their composites.

10:04 PM  It's official. Bevan and Wendy Hopcroft's ewe hoggets are the best in the country.

Call to sack McCully over deal

Labour leader Andrew Little has called for Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully to be sacked over the Saudi farm deal.

Dairy hub approved

Farmers will be $150k poorer

entertainment

Britain's Got Talent stunt scandal video

Britain's Got Talent 9th season returns to TV One on April 23.

Spoiler alert: Why fans of the talent show are angry calling the final misleading, shameful and in bad form.

Why Caitlyn isn't spelled with K video

Why Caitlyn - formerly Bruce - Jenner decided not to spell her name with a K.

Heavy metal band Mastodon pose with Kit Harrington on the set of Game of Thrones.

Metal band's Westeros cameo

Heavy metal outfit fought alongside Wildlings and Walkers and Crows in last night's Game of Thrones.

travel

You should order 'special meals'

Variety is the spice of airline food.

There are advantages to ordering the 'special meal' on planes that have nothing to do with dietary requirements.

Why cheap hotels beat luxury

The best hotel experiences are the ones you don't pay for.

Storm chasing is not a glamorous task, but it's all worth it for those who are passionate about severe weather.

Kiwi chases storms

When Graeme Macdonald went on his first tornado chasing holiday, his friends didn't think he'd come back.

stuff nation

Top five reader comments stuff nation

Bruce Jenner's female identity, Caitlyn Jenner, has been revealed on the cover of Vanity Fair.

"Welcome, Caitlyn, to the grand reality of being compared with other women for the rest of your life."

Crusaders leadership questions stuff nation

The Crusaders' mistakes this season point to their culture or coaching, says Robert C Robertson.

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What motivates you to exercise? stuff nation

What gets you up and at 'em, when you'd secretly rather be taking it easy?

motoring

Fined for travelling at speed limit video

Australian man fined A$151 for travelling at the speed limit.

Aussie motorist makes tongue-in-cheek apology after being fined for driving at 100kmh in a 100kmh zone.

Crashed truckie sees yellow video

Truck driver was left looking like a character from The Simpsons after crashing into paint truck.

A Volkswagen Golf surprises a Nissan 350Z and a Porsche 911 in a drag race on an autobahn in Germany.

Golf's drag race surprise video

A Mk 1 Volkswagen Golf has stolen the glory from two sports cars in a drag race on an autobahn in Germany.

sport

Junior All Whites outclassed

The USA were far too good for an outclassed New Zealand in Auckland.

10:08 PM  Junior All Whites struggle against superior US team, losing 4-0 at North Harbour Stadium in Auckland.

More concussion woe for Read

Concussed Kieran Read not in Crusaders squad for Super Rugby clash with Blues on Saturday night.

Patrick Tuipulotu on the charge for the Blues against the Bulls in South Africa.

Tuipulotu out of RWC

Blues lock Patrick Tuipulotu will miss the Rugby World Cup after opting to undergo surgery on his hips.

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good reads

Isis using polished broadcasts

A man fires a RPG in this still image taken from an undated recruitment video for the Islamic State last year.

The newscast's tone sounds much like something you'd hear from the BBC or NPR - but it's Islamic State radio.

Gorilla baby born into controversy

Taronga Zoo's new gorilla baby seen with his mother Mbeli

OPINION: As Taronga Zoo celebrates another gorilla birth, animal rights groups are trying to free apes from captivity.

Internet: vulnerable from the get-go

UCLA Arpanet students and staff in a lab, circa 1969. Larry Kleinrock and his students were pioneers of the internet.

Researchers who first worked on the 'net deeply regret not making it more secure.

Secrets of a Broadway dresser

Helen Mirren, pictured here in the film version of The Queen, is transformed from an old to a young monarch in the blink of an eye by her dresser on Broadway.

Dressers are the quick-change artists who transform stars like Helen Mirren.

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oddstuff

Pig loaded into police cruiser

A pig named Pig became a social media star after getting loose in the US state of Michigan.

These cops really worked hard to "bring home the bacon".

Naked sculpture mystery

A sculpture of a naked woman resting her head and hand on her knees has mysteriously appeared along Oriental Bay.

How did a naked sandstone woman find her way to Wellington's Oriental Parade?

Spider in ear a VFX joke video

Kansas City visual effects artist Bruce Branit used a painful ear infection as inspiration for a video of a spider crawling around inside his ear.

Video of a man discovering a spider in his ear revealed as a way for a budding visual effects animator to show off his skills.

Papakura seal II: the seal-quel video

A baby seal has been spotted splashing in the creek at Ray Small Park in Papakura.

Another seal, this time a baby, has come ashore in Papakura.

Parenting

Mums cover-up in style

Breastfeeding mums respond to a sign telling them to 'cover-up'.

A sign told breastfeeding mums to cover themselves, so they did. Literally.

Bub's mind blown by mum's twin video

Felix was shocked to meet his aunt.

What happens when a baby boy is introduced to someone who is identical to the woman who is the centre of his universe?

The fascinating world of twins

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

Not all twins are the same: Are mine mono- or dizygotic and what does that even mean?

Same school for siblings?

Sending siblings to the same school might be easier for parents, but is it the best for the kids?

Sending your children to the same school makes sense, right? Logistically it's easier.

kiwi traveller

A traveller's guide to etiquette

There is a difference between navigating a rainstorm and a medieval jousting match.

In a perfect world, safety and good manners run a parallel course. Yet that is not today's reality.

Expat Tales: Hit 'em where it yurts

Hamish, Kanya and Harrison Williams on a family outing to visit the Genghis Khan statue in Terelj National Park.

Hamish Williams lives a laid back Kiwi life in Ulan Bator, Mongolia – favouring beers with the locals over hiking up the mountain surrounds.

Three weeks in the heart of Europe

Breathe in the scenery in the Swiss Alps.

How to make the most of a family holiday in France, Italy and Switzerland.

Readers' pics of the week

Vietnam

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