Dr Evil

Dr Evil slams North Korea video

4:23 PM  Austin Powers' nemesis condemns blocking of film and giving evil 'a bad name'. 

Guard's cash wrestle

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3:42 PM  Security guard punched by man trying to wrestle cash from him outside a Northland supermarket.

Online Xmas shoppers caught out

3:08 PM  Those who bought Christmas presents online may face a big bill before claiming gifts.

'Garden leave' for dodgy comments

Private boarding school teacher emailed inappropriate testimonials to students.

Heroin found in tyres

1 min ago  Fiji authorities have seized NZ$20 million worth of heroin in the tyres of a quad bike.

Drunk naked man rescued from surf

A drunk beachgoer was left red cheeked after being rescued, without togs.

national

Uni loses bid to strengthen units

APPEAL DENIED: The University of Canterbury has a number of quake-damaged buildings on campus.

3:22 PM  Councils cannot force strengthening of quake-prone buildings beyond legal minimum.

Accused denied suppression

Police arrest second person following the death of 24-year-old man at a South Auckland birthday party.

Eight pallets of V energy drink cans were stolen a South Auckland warehouse.

Thieves nab $15k worth of V

3:19 PM  Thousands of dollars worth of energy drinks have been stolen from a South Auckland warehouse.

Video

Taylor Swift plugs Kiwi artist

Taylor Swift has thrown her support behind Kiwi artist Jesse Will, who covered her hit song Shake it Off.

world

Prosthetics for double amputee video

Double amputee Les Baugh

4:10 PM  Man who lost both his arms 40 years ago has been fitted with a pair of prosthetics he can control with his mind.

Abbott's win for women

3:02 PM  Australian PM says repealing the carbon tax as his biggest contribution for women in 2014.

A health worker wearing protective gear attends to a newly admitted suspected Ebola patient in a quarantine zone at a Red Cross facility in the town of Koidu, Sierra Leone.

IMF slowed Ebola response

4:12 PM  International Monetary Fund policies have left healthcare systems in African countries underfunded.

business

Low milk payout dents confidence

The report says real wages have stagnated or fallen in many G20 countries while wage growth has lagged behind productivity.

Cheaper petrol prices and lower mortgage rates are not enough to offset the jitters.

Lake Taupo deal details secret

An agreement has been signed between Mighty River Power and Tuwharetoa Maori Trust Board over the use of Taupo basin.

WILL IT HAPPEN?: SkyCity drawing of its planned new International Convention Centre and hotel.

Ratepayer bail out possible

Cost blow out could see Auckland ratepayers being asked to help fund Sky City convention centre.

money

Phone bills cost elderly

Some customers were left without a landline or NBN connection in the September quarter.

Concerns have been raised over what changes to landline costs will mean for the elderly.

Shop smart this silly season

Follow these simple rules to ensure you're not being ripped off this spending season.

Burglary season looms

Financial advisers needed

small business

Hook-up apps hurt gay bars 

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Social media apps are killing the gay bar scene, claiming as their latest victim New Zealand's longest-running gay venue.

Be well prepared

This week in Ask The Experts, we look at hiring new staff for a first-timer.

SMEs vulnerable to hackers 

A sign he's getting word out

technology

AC creator teases next project

The first game for Patrice Désilets' new studio, Panache Digital Games, will be a triple-A historical action-survival title.

The first game for Patrice Desilets' new studio will be a triple-A historical action-survival title.

Master Chief buyers compo

Anyone who picked up Halo: The Master Chief Collection early will get Halo 3: ODST for free.

While Android has a much larger market-share, iPhone uses spend more on apps.

To Apple or Android?

Choosing between iPhone and Android is a common - and crucial - dilemma for startups.

life & style

10-year-old sends gifts after death

THOUGHTFUL: Lily is still blessing her family with surprises, even after death.

Shortly after Lily-Mae McKinstry tragically died of brain cancer her family started receiving mystery presents in the post.

Baby two for Dan and Honor

Dan Carter's record pay rise is going to come in handy: his family is expanding.

KINDLE PAPERWHITE, $179: For any reader that wants to leap into the 21st Century, the Kindle Paperwhite is the choice of e-reader. With a touch screen and front light display (minimises eye strain compared to back-lit tablets) it is the best device for reading when not reading an actual book. There is no screen glare when in bright sunlight and it can be read in the dark, so partners can rest peacefully while late-night reading is had. Available from Dick Smith.

10 gifts for book lovers gallery

Are you in need of a gift for a book lover? Have a look at these 10 gifts.

well & good

Be wary of 'cowboy' nutritionists

WATCH OUT FOR THE 'EXPERTS': Registered nutritionist and author Claire Turnbull says she's seen a worrying rise in people self-diagnosing or opting for extreme eating plans after getting advisement - online or in person - from 'cowboy nutritionists'.

Green-juice-only diet because an 'expert' told you to? Remember, anyone can call themselves a nutritionist after a 12-week course.

Diet with your partner?

Dieting with your partner could be good for your health, but there is one thing you need to be careful of.

A MUM IN HER 30s: The fabulous Drew Barrymore, 39, with her daughers Olive, 2, and Frankie, who turns eight months old today.

Having babies in your 30s?

Stop freaking out about it - your great-grandma did it too.

home & property

Minnie Driver's Hollywood home gallery

TV MOVIE: Minnie's first acting gig was 'God on the Rocks' in 1990.

Movie and television actress Minnie Driver has her Hollywood Hills home on the market for $US1.5 million.

Striking gold in the South gallery

An old schist cottage near Arrowtown was the starting point for a home that cleverly blends old and new.

COMMON MISTAKE: It's easy to hang your art too high.

7 common living room mistakes

Your home might be your happy place, but how visually appealing is your living room?

food & wine

Ultimate Xmas dessert mash-up

DESSERT MASH-UP: The Christmas bombe.

A smash up of pavlova, Christmas cake, panettone and White Christmas equals a Christmas bombe.

In the blending room

He had a once-in-a-lifetime chance to create his own whisky. What did he come up with?

Brewers tap careful drinkers

Perfecting the summer salad

nz farmer

Less-gassy cows to arrive

STEP RIGHT UP: Cows calmly wait their turn in the queue to be milked by the Lely Astronaut A4 robotic milking system.

Gassy cows could soon be far more pleasant to be around - especially for the environment.

Wool deal coup

Southland family celebrating after signing a potentially unique deal with a Japanese wool buyer.

PGG confirms forecast

Green ambitions inspired

entertainment

Swift rise to stardom video

stuff

2 min ago  Taylor Swift has thrown her support behind Kiwi artist Jesse Will, who covered her hit song Shake it Off.

Patrick Gower leads a 'thug life' video

TV3 political editor Patrick Gower admits his 'thug life' video wasn't for real, but reckons he should be known as 'TuPat' anyway.

Azealia Banks started a Twitter war with Iggy Azalea over a grand jury decision concerning the death of Eric Garner. But it has escalated.

Azalea threatened with sex tape video

4:29 PM  Just when it looked like 2014 couldn't get better for Australian rapper Iggy Azalea, things have suddenly got a whole lot worse.

travel

Hot holiday spots for 2015 gallery

BURMA: In Burma the journey is often as interesting as the destination.

2:56 PM  We asked six travel experts to share their predictions for the hot destinations in 2015.

Paintjobs we'd love to see gallery

Here are a collection from America and abroad that we would love to see taking to the skies once again.

PERFECT SOUTH-EAST ASIAN BEACH: Ungasan Beach, Karma Kandara, Bali, Indonesia.

World's best beaches

When it comes to beaches, we're spoilt for choice, yet we like to travel in search of perfection.

stuff nation

10 pets dressed up for Xmas stuff nation gallery

Daisy the British Bulldog can barely contain her excitement over this outfit.

Have yourself a very furry Christmas, and enjoy these pawesome pets dressed for Crimbo.

Canterbury lights up for Xmas stuff nation

This isn't the set of a psychedellic Christmas movie - it's just the streets of Canterbury getting festive.

ALIEN ASS-KICKING: There's so much more to End of Tomorrow than Tom Cruise, like the fabulous Emily Blunt.

10 guilty pleasure films of 2014 stuff nation

These movies won't win Oscars, but they're perfect popcorn moments for a Friday night in.

motoring

Cyclist cheats death video

Cyclist cheats death in China

A cyclist in China has defied the odds to survive being run over by a large truck.

How to avoid traffic hell

It's every driver's own personal hell - stuck in a summer traffic jam that snakes back for kilometres as icecreams melt and tempers fray.

2015 Subaru Outback

Outback is up front

Stacked with technology, the latest Subaru Outback is the first to be created from the ground up, rather than as a spin-off from the Legacy.

sport

Reid's defensive effort hailed

LEADING FROM THE BACK: Winston Reid has been in fine form for the high-flying Hammers.

All Whites captain starred for Hammers in 2-0 win over Leicester that keeps them fourth on the EPL table.

Auckland's  underdog tale video

OPINION: Kiwi semi-pro side's run at the Fifa Club World Cup generates one of the feel-good stories of the sporting year.

READY TO ROLL: Lasith Malinga has been out of action since September with injury but could square off against the Black Caps next month.

'Slinger' Malinga eyes return

Sri Lanka's best one-day bowler looks set to return from injury against the Black Caps in January ODI series.

good reads

To Apple or Android?

While Android has a much larger market-share, iPhone uses spend more on apps.

Choosing between iPhone and Android is a common - and crucial - dilemma for startups.

Having babies in your 30s?

A MUM IN HER 30s: The fabulous Drew Barrymore, 39, with her daughers Olive, 2, and Frankie, who turns eight months old today.

Stop freaking out about it - your great-grandma did it too.

When Xmas brought humanity to WWI

SILENT NIGHT: British and German soldiers together on the battlefield near Ploegsteert, Belgium during December 1914.

Sounds of a German Christmas carol suddenly drifted across the frigid air: "Stille Nacht, Heilige Nacht".

Mystery on the Sea of Cortez gallery

Magical mystery on the Sea of Cortez

The rugged Sierra de la Giganta mountains make magic, leaving tourists gasping for adjectives.

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Shayla Gibbons

When Shayla Gibbons left NZ her OE, she never thought she'd end up in a Thai clinic, fearing for her friend's lives.

Kiwis are Christmas Scrooges

BAH HUMBUG: Kiwis are happy to snub their family this holiday season.

Kiwis are a bunch of Scrooges with 50 per cent wanting to leave family members behind this Christmas.

Pasifika welcome

If you slip into "Tonga time" you'll have an amazing experience.

Elizabeth Rine has embraced island life in the Tongan capital of Nuku'alofa.

A different life stuff nation

KENTE WEAVING: A complex system of weaving on a loom with foot pedals.

Avi Duckorjones left his comfortable apartment in Manhattan for deepest darkest Africa.

oddstuff

Drunk naked man rescued from surf

Surf life saver

Beachgoer left red cheeked after being rescued, without togs, by Christchurch lifeguards.

Duo sucked coins from car wash

Double trouble: coin thieves clean up at the Chirnside Park car wash.

Police hunting pair who used their own vacuum cleaner to suck coins from car wash machines.

'Gay marriage caused quake'

gay marriage

Right-wing fringe group outlandishly blames gay marriage for "destruction" of a New Zealand city.

Debauched Santas hire lawyer

Girls dressed as Santa Claus - who may or may not be somewhat inebriated - ride the subway in New York City during SantaCon.

After backlash, NYC pub crawl involving hordes of drunk Santas get lesson on their civil rights.