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'I'd trade anything for him back'

Tanker driver's widow says he was never the same after a horror crash that killed three.

Man on murder charge

Police remove a car from a Blankney Street, Hornby, address in relation to the murder of Renee Duckmanton.

31-year-old charged with Renee Duckmanton's murder, which police believe is connected to the sex industry.

When rebranding goes wrong video

Tasman Makos and Instagram have done it. Now there’s talk of rebranding Blenheim.

New shot in flu fight

If you haven't had your flu jab, you won't be entering this hospital without a mask.

Earthquake rocks South Island

The 4.3 magnitude earthquake struck 35 kilometres northeast of Seddon.

'When you find my body...'

Desperate texts to her husband wouldn't send, so Geraldine Largay turned to her journal.

national

'I'm waiting for the carrots' video

Amanda Papp-Goodhue and Glen Goodhue with children Luke, 2 and Georgia, 3, and dog Pipi.

Wellington family write off Bill English's latest Budget as a dull and drab affair.

83 days from release to murder video

Peter McIsaac had long warned his son was a "timebomb capable of killing". No-one listened.

The only surprise on Budget day was a security threat delaying the Finance Minister's arrival.

'Plaster on a compound fracture'

Budget is widely criticised, but John Key says boring is better than "excitingly terrible".

Video

Murder charge in Duckmanton case

Police believe Renee Duckmanton's death was related to her work in the sex industry.

world

Man survives python bite

Murrary River Darling python

The python slithered through pipes to latch its jaws onto a man's penis as he was using a squat toilet.

Sex offenders could face execution 

The new punishments for child sex offenders in Indonesia follow national outrage over the brutal gang rape and murder of a 14-year-old.

Michael Quinn is a genetic scientist at a Melbourne IVF clinic.

Rugby player's dark LA secret

Michael Quinn has been charged with attempted child sex trafficking and faces life in a US prison.

business

Business as usual from English video

Bill English

OPINION: We all expected Bill English to pull a rabbit out of the hat in his eighth budget. We were wrong.

SMEs: Scant Budget offerings

Previously announced changes to the provisional tax system will be a boost to small business.

Finance Minister Bill English (right) heads into Parliament to give his Budget speech with cabinet colleagues Paula ...

Budget's 'optimistic' forecasts

Budget paints a rosy picture of Crown's books, but economists say it is the forecasts doing the 'heavy lifting'.

technology

Four rival phones compared

The iPhone SE was released in New Zealand on April 1.

When it comes to the latest crop of smartphones, there's good news and bad news.

Apple working on Echo-like device

Apple is planning to make Siri smarter and eventually will deploy the digital assistant on a standalone device.

LinkedIn says the 2016 data leak is a follow on from the 2012 security breach.

LinkedIn password, email leak

Private details of more than 100 million members have been released online.

life & style

Right way to use a heat pump

Sue Collier finds her heat pump works best by leaving it on a low temperature all day.

Here are some simple tricks on maximising the efficiency of your heater to prevent a bill shock.

Boy shamed over Frozen outfit

A stranger told the toddler he should be embarrassed for wearing a dress to show-and-tell.

People are creative and curious from a very young age.

Do bubs get creative thoughts?

It turns out one-year-olds do show signs of being exploratory, experimental and creative.

well & good

Dealing with the 'ugly' insult

We get strong messages about what is and isn't attractive.

Imagine if when faced with being called ugly, all of us "uggos" simply didn't accept that particular sting.

What to look for on the loo

Poo talk - it's confronting but crucial when it comes to gut health.

Some surprising ingredients in your kitchen could help with treating split ends.

Home remedies for split ends

Some home-based treatments that won't cost you an arm and a leg.

home & property

A new home for the Obamas

This house in Kalorama, Washington DC is believed to be the next home of President Obama and his family.

Where does the President's family move post White House? Not far down the road.

Create your own floral image

Botanical photography is big news in interiors these days. Here's how to do it yourself.

A Carrara marble splashback and benchtop is warmed up with dark-toned wood.

Collette Dinnigan's stylish flats

The Wellington-trained fashion designer has brought her signature style to a Sydney apartment development.

food & wine

Fancy a turmeric latte?

Is this turmeric's golden hour?

It's the ingredient on everyone's lips. Here's how to make it shine in an immune boosting latte.

A Taste of... Eden Noodles

REVIEW: Eden Noodles have the best dumplings in Auckland.

Time to go totally smoke free?

Star anise breakfast buns

nz farmer

Farmers give Budget thumbs up

Federated Farmers president William Rolleston.

 Federated Farmers say science and innovation funding positive for future.

Milk price not near break even

Fonterra is dampening down farmer expectations with a low season opening price.

Dairy hits Waikato economy

Slow road for chilled meat

entertainment

Curly Sue wins The Voice US

Former child star Alisan Porter during Curly Sue.

Finally, after all these seasons, coach Christina Aguilera has a champion on The Voice: Alisan Porter.

One dead, three shot at concert

A man is dead and three others have gunshot wounds after an incident at a rap concert.

Nelson filmmaker Ethan Williams is making a documentary about suicide in New Zealand in the hope of raising awareness ...

'I can give you a voice' video

Ethan Williams says if his film about suicide helps one person, that's enough.

travel

Elephant loves lullabies

Faami the elephant gives her caretaker, Lek, a hug.

Heart-warming video shows elephant falling asleep to the sound of her caretaker's singing.

Meet 'the Hobbit guy'

LOTR fan and photographer Shaun Jeffers scored his dream job in The Shire.

The ultimate fantasy is having a super serene stay at this secluded beach at the La Plage resort in Sicily.

European's secret holidays

They're spoilt for choice with stunning destinations on the doorstep.

stuff nation

'My soul recognised his' stuff nation

love

Six months after leaving an abusive relationship, Tania decided to give online dating a go.

Single is the new black stuff nation

You know the best part about being single and 30? The single part.

Kiwi musician Che Fu rehearses at the Yorke Street Studios back in 2009.

Kiwi studios need NZ On Air help stuff nation

Once, NZ had a great studio that produced some of the most iconic Kiwi music. But no more.

motoring

Audi SUV races fighter jet video

Audi SQ7 employs 48v power for extra speed. But the technology has much broader application.

A 48-volt power system helps make the Audi SQ7 a rapid SUV. Can it beat a fighter jet down the runway?

BMW's gorgeous hommage bike

It is such a shame this BMW motorcycle is a one-off.

2016 HSV Clubsport R8 Track Edition.

HSV plans V8 send-off gallery

The HSV Clubsport R8 is back for its V8-powered finale with only a few set for the NZ market.

sport

Legal action over F1 death gallery

Jules Bianchi died in hospital in July 2015 after suffering head injuries in 2014.

1:05 AM  Jules Bianchi died last year from head injuries he suffered at the Japanese Grand Prix in October 2014.

Rams win regular season title

Canterbury Rams thump Super City Rangers to finish top of league for first time since 1993.

Joseph Parker beat Carlos Takam to earn a mandatory challenge to Anthony Joshua's IBF world title.

Parker vs Joshua will be 'big' video

British boxing promoter Eddie Hearn says Kiwi Joseph Parker needs some bouts in UK first.

good reads

Love life advice from over-70s gallery video

Judy Howard

"Today I feel that it's a hedonistic society... people are more concerned with pleasure than creating solid relationships."

The ferocious masculinity of Scorsese

Director Martin Scorsese.

That tension between an ideal of masculinity, and the reality of how difficult it is to attain it, marks the best of his cinema.

Popping pills to stay awake video

Using drugs to stay awake at work is becoming more popular.

Workers under pressure to stay awake for longer are turning to "smart drugs".

The nurse who inherited $1m

Abha Kumar, a nurse who manages the nursing home in Melbourne where Lionel Cox was living.

Lionel Cox, 92, was suspicious of his carers, which raised serious doubts about his will.

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oddstuff

This photo has everyone confused

The hugging couple that has everyone confused.

Stare at it for a few seconds and you'll realise something's terribly wrong.

Show me your licence - 'neigh!'

A police patrol made an unusual stop on a rural Waikato road this week.

Police pull a horse-drawn carriage over on a rural Waikato road - and it wasn't for speeding.

'Jandal Man' on the run

Andrew Fifita-Lamb soaks his feet in ice at one of the official rest stops along the way to Rotorua.

 What do you do after finish a 180-km run in homemade jandals? Run a marathon of course.

When stoned sheep go baaad

A village in Wales has a problem with some baaad sheep apparently on drugs.

Fears sheep could go on ''ram-page'' after munching illegally dumped cannabis plants.

Parenting

Do bubs have creative thoughts?

People are creative and curious from a very young age.

It turns out one-year-olds do exhibit signs of being exploratory, experimental and creative.

'You can't help the jealousy'

Dan Majesky and his wife Leah conceived a child after three years of trying.

One man shares a searingly honest account of him and his wife's three-year quest for parenthood.

Boy shamed over Frozen outfit

Zackary was excited to put on his Queen Elsa outfit for a performance of Let It Go, from the movie Frozen.

A stranger told the toddler he should be embarrassed for wearing a dress to show-and-tell.

Becoming Mum's parent

"When I am my mother's mother I get a glimpse of what she might have gone through raising me."

When a mother is in the ICU, a daughter's role reverses.

kiwi traveller

Wanderluster of the week

Anita Dykstra snorkels on Bunaken Island in Sulawesi, Indonesia.

Anita Dykstra's travel blog has taken her from the Wairarapa to the world.

HK: 'A wealth of opportunities'

Liz Alam and her four daughters.

Liz Alam is able to balance a career and family life - while still fitting in plenty of adventures - in Hong Kong.

Ask an expert: Group travel

Tourists enjoy a boat trip on the Seine river past the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France.

Heading away on an overseas adventure? Send us your questions and we'll put them to the experts.

From the Netherlands to the North Shore

Martijn and Sarah Bakker love getting out and exploring the New Zealand outdoors.

Martijn Bakker is surprised at NZ's lack of central heating, among other things.