How Bindi celebrated turning 18

2:53 PM  Sunday marked a milestone for Bindi Irwin, and she has celebrated in style.

Cricketer in rape trial

Northern Districts cricketer Scott Kuggeleijn leaves court following an earlier appearance. He has begun a four-day ...

2:02 PM  The prosecution says she made it clear kissing and touching was as far as it would go. He says she agreed to sex.

Boss warned her not to drive

3:19 PM  Their night started with after-work drinks, and ended with a fatal car crash.

Countdown supermarkets to close

Six stores to close under a major restructure of  Australian parent company.

Cancer sufferer's dream car stolen

3:02 PM  After diagnosis, she bought her husband a car because "life's too short" – it's been stolen.

Nicola Robinson's fluoride fail

2:41 PM  Pete Evans' wife is slammed for her advice on homemade toothpaste.

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Children in house of horror gallery

Bedroom floors were smeared with human and dog faeces at a filthy rental home in Richmond, near Nelson.

When the family left owing 10 weeks' rent, the landlord discovered the sickening extent of the filth they lived in.

Fatal house fire in Manawatu video

A man has died after a house fire in Ashhurst, near Palmerston North.

Police investigate outside the Favona Rd home in Mangere where a two-year-old-girl was shot dead.

Toddler shooting charge

A man now faces a manslaughter charge over the fatal shooting of a two-year-old.

Video

Block NZ: Schist gets real

After a fortnight of on-site hook-ups and cheating scandals, the most exciting thing to happen this week was a heavy sheet of glass.

world

German restaurant bombed

The explosion was thought to be caused by a gas leak.

An explosion at a German restaurant is believed to have killed the bomber.

US Democrats boss quits

Debbie Wasserman Schultz resigns amid fallout over hacked emails on eve of Hillary Clinton's confirmation.

Richard Hoagland, left, is accused of stealing the identity of Terry Jude Symansky, right who drowned in 1991 aged 33.

Dad's fake life unravels

He left his family. Then he started a new life using a dead man's identity.

business

Countdown stores and jobs to go

Woolworths Australia - which owns EziBuy and Countdown - is planning a large restructure that will result in store ...

3:12 PM  Australian supermarket giant to close six stores in New Zealand and 21 in Australia.

Freeview satellite may go HD

Upgrade would mean older and 'unapproved' set-top boxes would need to be replaced.

New house construction, such as the Stonefields development in Auckland's Panmure, are starting to gain traction, ...

House prices 'could plunge 11%'

3 min ago  Good news for home buyers. House prices are expected to fall as building picks up pace.

technology

The VCR is officially dead

The heyday came in the 1980s and and '90s, when VCRs exploded in popularity.

The VCR's demise may come as a shock, mostly because many thought it was already dead.

The man behind Pokemon Go

John Hanke has been called an eccentric genius and compared to Steve Jobs.

Gorilla Glass has been used in 4.5 billion devices since 2007.

Phone screens to get stronger

​Dropping your smartphone mid-selfie may soon be less traumatic with the latest iteration of Gorilla Glass.

life & style

Who has the better ring?

Who has the nicer ring? Kate's ring is shrouded in history (nevermind the 12 carat centrepiece stone) while Pippa's ring ...

Why Pippa Middleton's ring has more appeal to those in the bridal market than Kate's.

This week's celeb Instagrams gallery

Gisele puckers up, Justin Timberlake has a selfie fail  and Oprah takes a hike.

It's so important to find time without the kids with your partner.

Sex after kids? What's that?

Parents share how they make time for sex: a must-read if you have kids.

well & good

Hacks to save you kjs

In the study undertaken, for every hour in advance that orders were placed, participants saved 160 kilojoules.

These two tricks can save you the equivalent kjs of a Mars bar every day.

Paleo fail: done in by a donut

She was a devoted follower of the Paleo diet, until trans fats and sprinkles got in the way.

Fats Moke, 43, is a big man with a gang history who has worked with Dr Tom Mulholland to get his diabetes under control.

Mobster 'Fats' wants to be fit video

The Lower Hutt gang member does not want his kids to see him die early from diabetes.

home & property

Our garden of the week

Annandale, owned by Mark and Jacqui Palmer, sits grandly on its Banks Peninsula site beside a new rose garden with ...

After 35 years in the US, a Kiwi with farming in his blood returned to rescue a historic property.

12 best kitchen splashbacks

3:13 PM  A splashback can make all the difference. What's your favourite style?

Built on the slopes of Taumarunui, this home sits comfortably in its environment.

Waikato's House of the Year

A mix of materials catch the eyes of Waikato House of the Year judges.

food & wine

Would you eat a pimple cupcake?

No candles needed: One baker has taken her appreciation for the art of the pop to a whole new level.

2:35 PM  "How can something so pus-like taste so good?" Pimple cupcakes are now a thing - yes, really.

Food stalls get Michelin star

Some dishes cost just $2.50 but these two food stalls were awarded a Michelin star.

Goodies from the good sorts

Raspberry and lime babycakes

nz farmer

Hundreds of bee hives stolen

The thieves probably knew what they were doing when they stole 200 colonies of bees in the last fortnight

Beehive owners stung by theft of one million bees in Northland, with a warning such thefts are on the up.

Shanghai Maling deal laid out

Silver Fern Farms have warned shareholders of the consequences of a vote against its Shanghai Maling agreement.

Kiwi helping orphaned elephants video

Farmers warned about NZ dollar

entertainment

Filthy Rich is now filthy rich

Josh McKenzie plays John Jr.

Critically panned show is getting $6.9m from NZ On Air again.

From Dilworth to opera star video

When Filipe Manu started school in New Zealand he spoke more Tongan than he did English. Now he's one of our best opera singers.

Havelock North's William Barnes is the winner of this year's Mastermind.

Six Mastermind tweaks wanted

OPINION: Sometimes Mastermind NZ proved just as testing for the viewers as contestants.

travel

Solar plane homeward bound

Solar Impulse 2 flies of the pyramids of Giza.

3:16 PM  Solar Impulse 2 is expected to complete the first round-the-world trip after setting off 18 months ago.

Street food get Michelin star

Some dishes cost just $2.50 but these two street food stalls have just been awarded a star by Michelin.

We tackle the hill like the pros after us will and arrive at the top to the views the pros never see.

Tour de France diary: Final leg

2:59 PM  Jon Bridges navigates to the "Queenstown of France" and catches last glimpse of George Bennett.

stuff nation

Why so angry New Zealand? stuff nation

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Stock Photo - Bath, United Kingdom - May 4, 2011: Close-up of the Facebook homepage displayed ...

Grown adults arguing online in New Zealand are becoming no better than squabbling children.

Let's look after our homestay students stuff nation

I am dismayed at how many international students are being taken advantage of in NZ.

Louis

Our cheeky, friendly Louis stuff nation

Louis has a fascination with the bathroom. He loves tearing toilet rolls apart.

motoring

Road test: Holden Spark LT

New Spark is one of the smallest models in the segment, but cleverly adopts a big-car stance.

Holden's new city car aims to deliver budget motoring without skimping on technology. 

Dodgy on-screen car salesmen

These guys will make you want to take the bus.

Waikato roading police manager Inspector Freda Grace believes Kiwi attitudes towards driving needs an overhaul.

Kiwis 'inconsiderate' drivers video

You can't break the law, but how do you get past that idiot who only speeds up for the passing lanes?

sport

Hamilton flips the bird video

Mercedes F1 driver Lewis Hamilton raises his middle finger to Esteban Guiterrez as he passes him in the Hungarian Grand Prix.

F1 world champ gestures to rival as he zooms past en route to victory at the Hungarian Grand Prix.

Lee storms home with 66

New Zealand golfer saves best for last to lift 28 places at the Canadian Open.

Wellington Phoenix coach Ernie Merrick believes the A-League salary cap is no longer needed.

Scrap the cap - Merrick

2:17 PM  With all the bonuses and changing rules, Phoenix boss says it's time for the A-League to scrap salary cap.

good reads

Killed by 'neglect and betrayal'

Agnes Ali'iva'a was 12 when she was found drowned in a ditch in the Auckland suburb of Mount Roskill.

Agnes Ali'iva'a was 12 when she drowned in a ditch - but marks on her body revealed a sinister twist.

Like nowhere on Earth

Patagonia is a land of spectacle.

A jaded traveller once said to me, "everywhere begins to look like somewhere else". He's wrong. I've never seen anything like this.

Getting the bad news

A hand is painted in preparation for a palm-reading.

I braved Myanmar's infamous fortune tellers, and here's what they had to tell me.

Meet the Kiwi wooing G'n'R, Adele video

Axl Rose of Guns N' Roses performs live on stage at Allphones Arena on March 12, 2013 in Sydney, Australia.

Paul Dainty's been bringing shows to NZ since the 70s, now he's gunning for two of the biggest acts in the world.

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Labour leader 'Stuart' Little?

Labour Leader Andrew Little's sign outside his New Plymouth office has been creatively vandalised into well-dressed ...

 The new face of the Labour Party leadership is small, furry and named Stuart.

Body found in back of truck

The Alaskan woman used ice to keep her dead husband's body cold.

She'd been driving around with her husband on ice for days. But she didn't break any laws, US police say.

Larry's a lucky lobster

Most caught lobsters end up as food.

Larry is a huge, extremely old lobster. But he won't be spending the rest of his days as someone's dinner.

Double Down disappointment

Rachel Morgan was left bitterly disappointed when her KFC Double Down burger measured up to be the same size as her ...

KFC Double Down burger the size of a child's toy car leaves woman with bad taste in her mouth.

Parenting

5 ways to stay sane as a parent

It's important to find time for yourself in each day - even more so when you have children.

Being a parent can be exhausting. That's why it's vital to take care of yourself.

'If it's not for you, don't look'

It seems celebrities also get shamed for breastfeeding in public - just ask Mila Kunis.

Mila Kunis opens up about being shamed by strangers for breastfeeding in public.

Mum denied tubal ligation

Holly Maitland is petitioning the government for changes.

She's decided her family is complete, but the doctors have other ideas.

Day in the life of Prince George

All grown up: Prince George attends his first day of preschool.

As the cutest royal turns 3, we imagine how the future king's special day will pan out

kiwi traveller

Iraq to Atiamuri is the BeezNeez

Sisters Pauline and Helen Naylor are excited about the opportunities of the BeezNeez Lodge in Atiamuri.

Nurses think of how they can help the wider community as they make changes at a South Waikato lodge.

Wanderluster of the week

Sarah throws a coin into the Trevi Fountain in Rome.

Sarah Kennerley wanted her own space on the internet to document her adventures around the world.

False scents of security

Bangkok street life comes with its share of challenges, not least the heady aromas.

 Even the ripest of big city smells can act like a security blanket when your travel essentials go awol.

5 things to do in Otorohanga

Visit a kiwi at the Otorohanga Kiwi House & Native Bird Park.

It's a great base for exploring the Waitomo Caves, but this King Country town has some of its own must-see attractions.