More Cook Strait ferry trouble

19 min ago  On one of the Interislander's busiest days, the Kaitaki's bow door wasn't playing nice.

Ko youngest No 1 video

WORLD NO 1: Kiwi golfer Lydia Ko has become golf's youngest ever world No 1, at age 17.

12:21 PM  Kiwi teen smashes Tiger Woods' record to become youngest golf No 1.

IS claims beheading of hostage video

12:07 PM  A grim-faced Japanese PM says his country will not give in to terrorism after claim journalist has been killed.

Party ends in flames video

Partygoers fought in vain with a garden hose to douse flames that had engulfed a home.

Tony Abbott leadership threatened

As Queensland votes in Labor, MPs signal PM Tony Abbot's time could be up.

Live: NRL Auckland Nines Day 2

Join us for live coverage of the Auckland Nines from Eden Park in Auckland.

national

Eerie echoes in death

31012015 News Photo supplied. Gwen Blake

A celebrant who officiated at the funeral of a Taranaki shooting victim is now herself dead.

Family united in grief

When you trample on my brother's mana, says Hirata Harris, you trample on the whole whanau.

'ADMINISTRATIVE ERROR'€™: James Haggett.

New principal probed

The principal of a Government charter school is under a Teachers Council investigation.

Video

Warriors advance to Nines knockout stages

NZ NRL club win their do-or-die clash with Wests Tigers to make it to the Auckland Nines quarterfinals.

world

Queensland 'electoral quake'

Labor leader Annastacia Palaszczuk walks out of the political darkness, and into the spotlight as likely new Premier.

Liberal National Party ousted after one term, and Australian PM Tony Abbott is copping blame.

Murder-accused's dating tips 

Distasteful online activity by man accused of pushing a Kiwi woman over a balcony.

Pilots Troy Bradley, left, and Leonid Tiukhtayev in the capsule of the Two Eagles balloon.

Balloonists smash record

Two balloonists make history by travelling farther and longer in a gas balloon than anyone else.

business

Asia waits for software innovator

IN CONTROL: Finzsoft managing director and major shareholder Andrew Holliday is looking to future growth.

Singapore listed Silverlake's attraction to Finzsoft is obvious - they speak the same language.

Finance by degrees

In the battle for student banking business, gone are the days of cash giveaways and competitions with princely prizes.

CHANGING BUSINESS: Zac de Silva.

Follow Black Caps' lead

OPINION: There are sound business lessons to be learned from sport.

money

What are KiwiSavers saving?

Kiwi dollar on a high.

Most KiwiSavers are stuck on the lowest contribution rate possible.

Caravan and trailer cover

Caravan insurance feels like a bit of a mix of contents and vehicle insurance.

People power for fairer tax

'Opt-out' probe could widen

small business

Cheers to $500k from beer fans

Brewer and Creative Director of Yeastie Boys Stu McKinlay

Brewer Yeastie Boys raised $500,000 in less than 30 minutes after launching a crowdfunding campaign.

Woman admits tax evasion

Palmerston North woman may have big bills to pay after defrauding IRD of thousands.

Craft beer demand froths over

Meet the bootcamp babes

technology

When did we stop 'surfing'?

MOVING ON: Back in the days when surfing the internet was still cool.

Nobody - and I mean nobody - still says they surf the internet

China tightens lockdown

Users face tougher challenges as the government locks down ways to skirt increasingly strict web controls.

HBO hit Girls is one of the shows Sky hopes will attract non-Sky-subscribers to its delayed Neon internet television service.

Sky's Neon delayed again

Sky Television looks likely to delay the launch on its Neon internet television service once again.

life & style

Here's the skinny, man

Jehan Casinader was just like every other kid at school – desperate to fit in.

I have learnt something many other waif-like Kiwi men have also learnt: our perception of male beauty is narrower than our biceps.

My feet of clay

My feet are after a twelve-hour day of gardening in flip-flops. I've never cared for neat feet.

#SmearforSmear: Hollyoaks actress Kirsty-Leigh Porter, left, and model Georgia May Jagger.

Impact of selfies on our health

Do we really need 'lipstick smear selfies' to raise awareness for a deadly disease?

well & good

Milk does the body good?

PERFECT FOOD? Some studies have shown potential ill effects from drinking too much milk.

Here's a quick review of what science currently says about milk's health benefits.

Pole work takes sheer strength video

Is it a workout only for those blessed with abs of steel and an ability to defy gravity? This reporter says less. 

THREE KEY AREAS: Any exercise programme should focus on safety, effectiveness and progress.

6 tips to keep your fitness on track

Your exercise programme should be enjoyable but there are some rules that ought to be followed.

home & property

Victorian home frozen in time gallery

This house at 8 St Georges Road South, Fitzroy North, is frozen in time.

An old property containing relics of Australian life through the decades is as much a museum as it is a home.

Top 10 open homes under $500k gallery

Planning on a little bit of house-hunting this weekend? These are our top 10 to check out around the country.

LITTLE THINGS COUNT: Sometimes a lick of paint can make a huge difference to the look of your home - inside and out - and it doesn't cost the earth. You can even do it yourself.

5 tips to add value to your home

You've given your body an overhaul as part of your new year's resolution - why not do the same for your home?

food & wine

Recipe: Huevos rancheros

huevos

This Mexican classic makes a really cracking breakfast for a weekend treat. Serve the eggs with soft tortillas.

Pub walk to show off craft scene

Craft beer enthusiasts set to guide their first walking tour of popular, inner-city breweries and bars.

Marmite Easter eggs are a thing

How 3D printers will change food

nz farmer

Robotics the way ahead

Ben Cameron, with sons James, 13, left, and Izaac, 11, is about to start building.

A Waikato dairying couple are about to welcome six robots to the family.

United on succession plans

A Hawke's Bay couple are carefully planning for the time when their four sons take over three farms.

More land in foreign hands

Messy block goes native

entertainment

Bobbi 'unresponsive' in bathtub video

RUSHED TO HOSPITAL: Bobbi Kristina Brown.

The daughter of Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown was rushed to hospital.

Five films fit for gender remake

When is comes to gender reversal for classic film remakes, Ghostbusters is the tip of the iceberg...

Katy Perry and John Mayer in LA this week.

Katy Perry coy about Mayer

Katy Perry says 'there's no handbook for love' on rumoured romance with John Mayer ahead of her Superbowl performance.

travel

Near mid-air collision in New York

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12:28 PM  Pilots' quick-thinking praised by passengers after two planes nearly collided over an airport north of New York City.

Pick a stranger, any stranger

Do you really want to choose in advance who you'll be sitting next to on a plane?

Officials said Leonidas Monroy Sandoval started acting erratically after missing two flights to Guatemala from Newark Liberty International Airport.

Traveller beats homeless man

A man who beat a homeless man with a chair at Newark airport after missing two flights is charged with aggravated assault.

stuff nation

I'm childfree for Mother Earth stuff nation

El Ninos play a big role in the global climate.

Me not having children will create a few more precious placements in the paradise we call New Zealand.

Pet of the day: Who's top dog? stuff nation

Willow and Ruby keep each other company, even if that sometimes needs a bit of toleranc

TOUCH DOWN: Zara Stevens makes her summer splash.

More Kiwi summer moments stuff nation

As part of our Kiwi summer project, we asked you to show us how you're spending your days in the sun.

motoring

Unlikely Hollywood star cars

Rambler Gremlin

The oddest cars can make an impact in movies.

Opposites really do attract

Meet Walter and his girlfriend, Wanda.

Toyota Corolla RZ badge

Toyota world's biggest seller

Top three carmakers are fighting it out for world domination.

sport

Warriors make quarterfinals video

Manu Vatuvei of the Warriors celebrates scoring a try against the Wests Tigers.

9 min ago  NZ NRL club win their do-or-die clash with Wests Tigers to make it to the Auckland Nines quarterfinals.

Prior wins slopestyle gold

12:31 PM  Kiwi snowboarder backs up X Games bronze with European Open gold in women's slopestyle.

STRIKING OUT: Sonny Bill Williams throws a left at Chauncy Welliver during their heavyweight bout during the Footy Show Fight Night at Allphones Arena.

Sonny bore Williams video

Crowd boos as Sonny Bill's seventh professional win fails to match the thrill of the undercards.

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good reads

Here's the skinny, man

Jehan Casinader was just like every other kid at school – desperate to fit in.

I've learnt something many other waif-like Kiwi men have also: our idea of male beauty is narrower than our biceps.

Surprise from kids' food trial

Everything in moderation:  Aria Ferris, 10, gets stuck into a McDonald’s Happy Meal in Auckland.

Child obesity figures are enough to wipe the smile off Ronald's face.

Fattest nation?

Big difference: Michelle Allwright before her surgery in India. Inset, after surgery.nteBefore and after: Michelle Allwright flew to India for weight-loss surgery she couldn’t get in New Zealand. 

Michelle Allwright went to India for bariatric surgery mid December 2014 to reduce her weight.

In December, Nelson woman Michelle Allwright popped over to India for about a week.

An all-American Kiwi hero

NO TYPICAL KIWI: Missile Defense Advocacy Alliance chairman and founder Riki Ellison and former Missile Defense Agency director Henry Obering (left) at a news conference in Washington.

Riki Ellison was the first Kiwi to play prof American football. Then he became a missile defence lobbyist in Washington.

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Drawn to London's diversity

Chris Walsh in London.

Chris Walsh never tires of life in Notting Hill, London.

Heaven ... with sandy togs

Torrent Bay. Every year I come here, and am amazed all over again.

Take pity on me as I endure yet another annual holiday at the tiny, bush-ringed hamlet of Torrent Bay.

Hijabs and hospitality stuff nation gallery

UGC - 14. A street vendor, Shiraz

Iran is a destination with more to offer than you might think - you just have to ask, writes Mike O'Connor.

Your funniest signs from around the world stuff nation gallery

A McDonald's drive-thru served up this treat for Viv Cairns, who said: "Kids thought this was funny as they can't go through drive-thru without their butts!"

We showed you 18 of the world's funniest signs. You saw us and raised us with examples of your own.

oddstuff

This formidable turkey is the keeper of the cars gallery

Children run from the guardian of Mohamed Badr al-Din's vintage cars - a fierce turkey.

The guardian of Mohamed Badr al-Din's cherished vintage cars is one mean turkey.

Celebs pitch in to find Charlie

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A Beverly Hills shop owner who got celebrity help in hunting for her stolen dog has been reunited with the pooch.

Goose guard at Southport

ON PATROL: The mysterious goose, who has stationed itself near the guard house at Southport, honks at passersby.

He's feisty and feathered and he's on patrol outside the Seafarers' Centre.

Daisy moo-ving with the Times video

Joshua Drummond

She's kept Garden Place shoppers company for years, now Hamilton's iconic fibreglass cow is getting a psychedelic makeover.