APIA, SAMOA - JULY 06:  Daniel Carter and Israel Dagg are welcomed at Faleolo Airport on July 6, 2015 in Apia, Samoa.  (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images)

Passionate Apia welcome video

Hundreds of passionate fans greet the All Blacks as they touch down in Apia for the first time.

Bomb hits Baghdad

A man carries an injured child found in the rubble after an Iraqi Sukhoi jet accidentally dropped a bomb in Ni'iriya district in Baghdad.

10:31 PM  An Iraqi plane accidentally dropped a bomb on Baghdad, killing at least five people

Fire damages home gallery

What wasn't damaged by fire is damaged by smoke and water, leaving family looking for a home.

Harbour body named

Man of Irish descent appears to have been victim of "unfortunate accident".

Concern over Samsung product

Up to 8000 washing machines similar to one that caused a fire are still to be recovered.

Two more jailed for Ellis's murder

Two men who fled Bali after killing NZ-educated businessman Robert Ellis face 15 years in jail.


Fire damages home gallery

Marlene Sturm can't believe how black everything looks after the fire.

What wasn't damaged by fire is damaged by smoke and water, leaving family looking for a new home.

School pupils 'self entitled'

"The beards, the hair, the puffer jackets... this isn't new," but their sense of entitlement is, says school principal.

Dee McMahon who was killed in a motorbike accident on State Highway 1, Wellington on Sunday.

The man behind the lens video

11:09 PM  Son farewells father and best friend, while other mourners recall a man with an infectious smile.


The man behind the lens

Son farewells father and best friend, while other mourners at memorial recalled a man with an infectious smile.


MH370 and MH17: double loss video

John and Kaylene Mann, who lost a total of four relatives on Malaysia Airlines flights MH17 and MH370

To lose four members of your family, two on MH370 and two on MH17, is difficult to comprehend.

Bombs kill 44 in Nigeria

11:23 PM  Suspected Islamist militants killed 44 people in attacks on a Nigerian city.

A man carries an injured child found in the rubble after an Iraqi Sukhoi jet accidentally dropped a bomb in Ni'iriya district in Baghdad.

Iraqi jet bombs Baghdad

10:31 PM  An Iraqi plane accidentally dropped a bomb on Baghdad, killing at least five people


No need for panic button - yet

John Key says there is no "ideological" barrier to more spending if the economy needs a boost.

PM leaves the door open to extra spending if growth slows sharply, but says there don't panic yet.

Thousands unaccounted for

Up to 8000 recalled washing machines similar to one that caused a West Coast fire are still to be recovered.

Workers at Silver Fern Farms' Belfast meat plant are disputing changes to their collective contract.

Meat workers dispute heading to court

Meat plant workers dispute contractual changes they claim could cost them up to $50 a day.


Cheesy ad boosts tax refund payouts video

Inland Revenue has spent $41,000 on a series of tax refund videos based on 1980s aerobics.

A cheesy aerobics video ad campaign has led to Inland Revenue handing out an extra $50 million in tax refunds.

Jewellery theft victims underpaid

Warring valuers are at odds over how to value lost antique jewellery.

More mortgage rate cuts?

NZ's Ponzi scheme shame

small business

Crowdfunding key for taco truck

Lucky Taco owners Sarah and Otis Frizzell are looking to raise $100,000 to get their products into supermarkets.

Sarah and Otis Frizzell made a bold move to launch their range of taco kits and Mexican pickles.

High-flyer's tips for startups

Kiwi Victoria Ransom, who sold her business to Google, has some advice for Kiwi business owners.

Selling a start-up in my teens

Silicon Valley eyeing up NZ video


'MOBA' is gaming's next big thing

A packed Benaroya Hall watches games battle during a Dota 2 video game competition in Seattle in 2013.

Multiplayer online battle arena games have taken young PC players by storm.

Five dumb tweets from Kiwis

Twitter can be a great way to make far-flung connections - but it can also lead to rapid social downfall.

A robot writes a manifesto at the Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie in Karlsruhe, Germany.

Can an AI write a love sonnet?

A contest will pit computer-generated short stories, sonnets and dance music sets against human-produced work.

life & style

A world without bubble wrap video

Bubble wrap

Just what will we use for stress relief when the poppable packaging disappears from our shelves?

15-minute labour for 'Fitmum'

After four kids Sharny Kieser felt like a "fat old woman", so for her fifth she tried a different tactic.

Michael Eisner was the head of Disney from 1984 to 2005.

'Pretty girls not usually funny'

Ex-Disney boss knew as he said the words they wouldn't go down well. Now he's paying for it.

well & good

The scary sunburn art trend

Is sunburn art really a thing?

If you thought the belly button challenge was a low point for the internet, brace yourself...

Is the net ruining our memory?

We're replacing the ability to recall details because we're sure we can look them up online later.

uses Bow, his demonstration horse, to address clients on one of his leadership courses.

Meet NZ's horse whisperer gallery

The methods he uses to tame horses work just as well on businessmen and troubled children.

home & property

Tiny apartment's big profit

This 7.9sqm apartment on Mount St sold for $104,000 in Auckland.

There's no room to move, no proper kitchen and no toilet, but this Auckland apartment sold for $104,000.

A not so crowded house

Aucklanders turned down the chance to view Neil Finn's $10m Auckland mansion of music royalty.

A vertical garden made with gorgeous succulents.

Grow an edible vertical garden

When it's too chilly to be out in nature, bring it inside with exotic blooms and fresh herbs on the walls.

food & wine

Jelly Tip block set to sell out

Jelly Tip chocolate - could this be the end?

New Zealand's fleeting love affair with the latest Whittaker's offering is set to end this week.

A quick 25-minute roast

This oregano chicken with pumpkin and cauliflower makes a tasty midweek alternative to a full roast.

Beetroot fritters & goat's cheese

Recipe: Spiced balsamic figs

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Gay marriage hasn't hurt NZ trade

Australian Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce believes gay marriage could affect his country's trade with Asia.

New Zealand's trade with Asia has increased since same-sex marriage was legalised, rubbishing Aussie minister's claim.

Livestock division investigated

PGG Wrightson has been investigated by the Commerce Commission for breach of the Commerce Act.

Woman killed in farm accident

Six modern homes for hens gallery


DWTS: The mullets have spoken gallery

Chrystal shows her cheeky side.

Double elimination night on Dancing With The Stars means double the fun.

Musical wins 48-hr film fest video

The winners of the inaugural 48 Hours Film Festival made a tale of heartbreak and revenge.

Mila Kunis (L) has reportedly married Ashton Kutcher.

Kutcher and Kunis marry

That '70s Show stars Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis are reportedly married.


Bring on the dancing horses

The capriole is a great leap into the air with a rapid back kick.

Vienna's light-footed equestrian show is a moving experience.

Selfie stick crackdown

The Sydney Opera House has joined the list of sites worldwide to crack down on the use of selfie sticks.

Think the return trip feels shorter? Science may have an explanation for you.

Why the return trip feels shorter

New research adds weight to the idea that the return trip effect actually exists.

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Top five reader comments stuff nation

Protesters carry a gigantic Greek flag during a rally in front of the parliament building calling on the government to clinch a deal with its international creditors and secure Greece's future in the Eurozone, in Athens, Greece, June 22, 2015. Euro zone finance ministers welcomed new Greek proposals for a cash-for-reform deal on Monday but said they required detailed study and it would take several days to determine whether they can lead to an agreement to avert a default. REUTERS/Yiannis Liakos/Intimenews GREECE OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN GREECE	

"I shall tell my bank that I refuse to make any more mortgage payments. I am sure they'll be understanding..."

We moved to New Zealand and then... stuff nation

Have you moved from overseas to make New Zealand your home? Share your story.

Coveted spots sought.

'NCEA is a failed experiment' stuff nation

A maths teacher with 40 years' experience discusses the 'academic drivel' that is NCEA.


The most stolen cars in NZ

The Honda Torneo has topped AA insurance's most stolen list for four years in a row.

If you own a Honda Torneo, you might want to consider investing in some extra security.

Nissan's ute heritage continues

NZ's Great Battle of the Utes has just stepped up a notch with the arrival of a brand-new Nissan Navara.

The McLaren F1 was a true supercar built for the purist.

Ten F1 cars for the open road gallery

What happens when you take professional F1 technology and inject it into a road car?


All Blacks arrive to Apia welcome video

All Blacks Dan Carter, Israel Dagg, Charles Piutau and Richie McCaw receive a warm welcome at Faleolo Airport.

Hundreds of local fans greet the All Blacks as they touch down in Samoan capital for the first time.

McIlroy in doubt for Open

0 min ago  World No 1 golfer could miss next week's British Open after rupturing ankle ligament playing football.

Parramatta winger Semi Radradra crosses for one of his two tries against Wests to break a 60-year NRL record.

Radradra smashes NRL record

11:07 PM  Parramatta winger breaks 60-year record in win over the Wests Tigers with his fifth double in five games.

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Meet NZ's horse whisperer gallery

uses Bow, his demonstration horse, to address clients on one of his leadership courses.

He should also be known as a ‘people whisperer: the methods he uses to tame horses work just as well on us.

Apia abuzz as a nation prepares video

Life-size statues of All Blacks captain Richie McCaw and Samoa skipper Ofisa Treviranus form part of the welcoming committee for the New Zealanders in Apia.

Life-size statues of Richie McCaw and Ma'a Nonu are part of the welcoming party.

Mystery skull of a would-be assassin

The skull of Lewis Powell, who was hanged in 1865 for his role in the plot to kill President Abraham Lincoln.

Decades after his execution, the skull of a key player in Abraham Lincoln's assassination was unearthed.

A future without Dalai Lama

Exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama says he will wait until he is about 90 before getting an advisory group of high lamas to flesh out a succession plan.

With the Dalai Lama due to turn 80, Tibetans are beginning to ask what happens after the inevitable?

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Feral fox traps patrons for hours

One of the people trapped in the club took a picture of the fox from the window.

"Vicious" fox terrifies, bites and torments group for three hours.

Sheep urinates on TV reporter video

Conor Macauley had a little lamb, and a very wet boot by the time this segment was over.

Ewe could say it was the kind of live-stream TV report that gives you a warm feeling; a number one shot, even. 

Pet dogs turn out to be... bears

That's one giant dog. Owner mistakes his new Asian black bears (also called Moon bears) for puppies.

The owner didn't blink an eyelid at his unusual 'puppies', until they grew up.

An over-the-top child safety seat

Dartz's bullet-proof child safety seat.

Wild and wacky armoured car maker Dartz has moved into the world of baby protection.


Does baby need night feeds?

When we consider hunger as a reason for night time feeding, we tend to think of small babies with tiny tummies that need frequent refills to get their quota of nutrition.

It’s dark and still. The world is sleeping. At least, the world of people without babies is asleep.

Kids should be able to cook

Everyone should know how to cook some eggs.

When I left home, I didn’t know how to cook much more than blueberry muffins from a mix.

Teen IUDs not all that radical

Colorado's unplanned pregnancy rates saw a steep decline after the state implemented free long-term contraceptive devices.

A US equivalent of the local proposal to fit all teen women with contraceptive devices saw a 40 per cent drop in teen pregnancy.

Shame: No place in parenting

As parents we should be doing everything we can to minimise our children's social anxieties, not foster them.

Shame, it seems, has become the parenting strategy of choice when all else fails.

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Readers' travel pics of the week gallery

My wife, Marie, taken at Bow Lake, Canada. We went to Canada to see the Rockies. This photo is of my wife, Marie, taken at Bow Lake halfway between Banff and Jasper. During our stay in Canada this weather was fairly standard, clear crisp days, no cloud and no wind. The Rockies themselves just go on and on. Turn another corner, another snow-capped mountain range. Amazing

This week's travel photo entries take us from the Canadian Rockies to a sunset in Spain.

Expat tales: Some like it Scot

Emma Miller and husband Sam visit the park at Loch Lomond.

Emma Miller and her husband find Glasgow an ideal base for exploring Europe.

Ask the expert

The journey is part of the adventure when travelling in China.

Planning a trip to China and overwhelmed by its sheer size? Read on...

Global gap year fun

Kate Pinn has been experiencing the ups and downs of volunteering at a school for deaf children in Malawi. She says she has made life long memories and friends.

While her friends are at university, Kate Pinn is volunteering at a school for deaf children in Malawi.