Why cops are holding cards close

6:14 PM  Ex-cop recalls sorrow of investigating a child's death and gives insight into police thinking.

Alex Fisher's family: 'We are devastated'

Retailer says no deal

Harvey Norman customers received an email from the retailer on Friday outlining its 'terms of use' as a reason for not agreeing to sell furniture at a lower price after a sales glitch.

7:15 PM  Harvey Norman tells customers caught in sales glitch it's only "human" and won't honour cheap purchases.

Mostert in huge Bathurst crash video

14 min ago  Chaz Mostert crashes spectacularly, minutes into qualifying session at Bathurst.

'It's a racist toy'

Playmobil has been forced to defend a dark-skinned toy wearing a neck choker.

Body discovered in Hamilton

4 min ago  Mystery surrounds the discovery of a body behind homes in a Hamilton street.

Frozen chook craze takes flight

Some may consider this Kiwi craze to be fowl. Others may see it as poultry in motion.

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'We are devastated' video

A framed photo of Alex Fisher, 10, set out ahead of a family media standup at the Horowhenua District Council in Levin.

The family of Alex Fisher, the 10-year-old-boy found dead, express their gratitude to the community.

Major crash in Auckland 

5:49 PM  A person is in a critical condition after a crash on Auckland's southern motorway.

CCTV footage shows a group of teens looting a shop after harassing the owner.

Shopkeeper 'tormented' 

Shopkeeper "traumatised" after being set upon by a group of youngsters.

Rugby World Cup

Naholo: The full story gallery

Waisake Naholo with his dog, Mosko, in New Plymouth.

To penetrate the mysteries of the most enigmatic player in the All Blacks, begin in Fiji.

Back the boys in black video

Join NZ's biggest Mexican Wave to back the All Blacks for the quarterfinals.

Michael Cheika addresses his players during a training session at Dulwich College in London.

ABs taught lesson to Wallabies

Mauling at Eden Park taught the Wallabies a valuable lesson about momentum.


Mostert suffers serious crash at Bathurst

Chaz Mostert has crashed spectacularly just minutes into the first qualifying session at Bathurst.


Nobel Peace Prize race heats up

Pope Francis has proved to be a popular pontiff.

Popular pontiff Pope Francis is among the names generating buzz ahead of the Nobel Peace Prize announcement this weekend.

Kiwis held on Christmas Island

Australian Immigration Minister Peter Dutton reveals many are appealing their visa cancellations.

A Russian warship fires cruise missiles into Syria from the Caspian Sea.

Russia denies errant missiles

6:19 PM  Russia said all of its missiles fired from warships hit their targets in Syria.


Chinese buyers desert Auckland

The number of properties selling at auction has dropped.

Chinese property investors look to have abandoned the Auckland market - but for how long?

Hold on to your cash

Here are 10 ways to help you stop throwing your money away.

The Government has yet to spell out whether some internet TV viewing will face sanctions under the TPPA.

Crime to watch US TV?

5:51 PM  Will it become a crime to get around the block on overseas online TV services like US Netflix?


Microsoft takes a swing at rivals

The Surface Book has a a 13.5-inch display with 267 pixels per inch.

Ever since the smartphone revolution, Microsoft has been on the back foot but this week it finally beat Google and Apple.

Make-or-break for Sony phones

Sony may consider other options for the phone business if it failed to turn profitable.

Analysts at Chipworks discovered Apple's A9 actually features one of two system-on-a-chip (SoC) circuits.

Difference in iPhone batteries

There are reports the new iPhones' performance and battery life varies depending on the chip powering it.

life & style

Twerking leads to a dance ban

Recording artist Nicki Minaj performs onstage during the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards.

6:30 PM  US high school forbids dances after students engage in "sexually suggestive grinding".

At-home parent 'not a job'

Many life choices are meaningful and valuable and require hard work - but aren't 'jobs'.

'After' shot of Hendricks with blonde hair in the Clairol campaign.

Nice and 'misleading' hair ad

7:11 PM  A hair dye ad starring Christina Hendricks has been banned in Britain for being "misleading".

well & good

'There's no tummy to pick up now'

Wiremu Bayliss is getting used to his new body after losing 150kg and shedding 7.5kg of excess skin.

Wiremu Bayliss managed to shed 150kg. Now he's lost an extra 7.5kg after having excess skin removal surgery.

Minutes between life & death stuff nation

Had we got to the hospital 20 minutes later, my son would have died from Meningococcal septicaemia.

There's a hot new trend in the hot yoga space: infrared heating.

Infrared yoga the next big thing

There's a hot new trend in the hot yoga space: infrared heating.

home & property

Surviving living with the parents


A growing number of young people are checking back in at Casa del Ma and Pa. Here are some tips to make life easier.

The fence: Will it stay or go?

The saga around a fence blocking a neighbour's million-dollar Wellington views is heading to the High Court.

Snap off the flower stems from your rhubarb to keep it vigorous.

Keep on top of spring

Spring has sprung - here are some jobs you can do in the week ahead.

food & wine

Strawberry & cream shortcakes

Strawberry and cream shortcakes.

These shortcakes are a great alternative to scones and jam and allow the fresh strawberries to shine.

Healthy afternoon snacks

Here are a few healthy go-to snacks to stop you heading for the vending machine at 4pm.

Our top six pumpkin recipes

What to do with... cherries

nz farmer

Alliance Group rewards farmers

Alliance Group's Lorneville plant has invested in a thermoform controlled atmosphere packaging machine as part of its efforts to enhance the shelf life of its products.

Farmers will get loyalty payments from Alliance Group, but they come with a catch.

Opposing Chinese deal 'risky'

Opponents of Shanghai Maling deal of "playing a very dangerous and irresponsible game" .

Farmers: grass needs to grow

Putting in own water systems


We're number one - at being stolen

Munro Chambers and Laurence Leboeuf star in Turbo Kid.

7:00 PM  Normally a Kiwi film making it's mark in the world would be cause for celebration, not this time.

Clarkson's new show underway

6:00 PM  After a tumultuous six months, the former Top Gear hosts are back filming together for their new show.

Melanie Bracewell is one of a group of comedians performing at Rhythm and Vines, 2015

Rhythm & Vines gets nostalgic

Kiwi hip-hop and comedy royalty are among the huge list of artists announced for Rhythm and Vines.


Orca make fish-food of dolphins video

Orca captured on camera hunting and killing dolphin in the Hauraki Gulf

12-year-old boy captures rare video of a pod of orca hunting and killing dolphins off Auckland's coast.

London's 'got talent'  video

Don't make eye contact - it's an unwritten rule when travelling on the London tube.

Scotland's Dundee Airport is using a space-age 'lightsaber' to scare off birds

Birds scared with 'lightsaber'

A UK airport has come up with a futuristic way to fight bird strike.

stuff nation

The flag designs are rubbish stuff nation

The Red Peak flag, designed by Aaron Dustin.

I can't vote so I'm begging you please, vote for the current flag.

Minutes between life and death stuff nation

Had we got to the hospital 20 minutes later, my son would have died from Meningococcal septicaemia.

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Peter Aitchison.
2/11 Maida Vale Rd Roseneath Wellington 6011.

Roseneath homeowners dispute in the Environment Court. Aitchison v Wellington City Council. 2/11 Maida Vale Road. A bare wooden fence can be seen which now completely blocks the view of the Maida Vale property's lower level.

Top comments on 'fencegate' stuff nation

The saga that is 'fencegate' continues, and you've all got an opinion on it.


New Commodore brings the noise video

It's the final Aussie-built Holden Commodore - and the VFII is the most powerful model yet made.

It's the final Aussie-built Holden Commodore - and the most powerful model yet.

US VW boss blames engineers

US Volkswagen chief says using device to cheat on emissions was not a corporate decision.

Mercedes-AMG GT S - a fast and furious way to climb the Mountain.

AMG assaults Bathurst

Nothing shakes the mountain like a V8 and AMG recently unleashed a fleet of them at Bathurst's Mount Panorama.


Ko rallies in second round

World No 2 Lydia Ko is back in the groove in Malaysia, carding a six-under 65 in a bogey-less second round.

6:41 PM  Six birdies and no bogeys have helped Lydia Ko shoot up the leaderboard in the second round at the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia tournament.

Abercrombie: 'I'm ready to play'

The Breakers' crocked small forward is ready to shake off his hamstring problems and help his team.

Winston Reid, right, in action for West Ham United against Liverpool.

Big Sam favours Kiwi defenders

7:15 PM  Sam Allardyce is big on New Zealand centre backs.

good reads

How doomed ship met its end

Tracking data showed that the El Faro deviated off its usual course, but it was not enough to escape Joaquin.

The El Faro cargo ship sunk by Hurricane Joaquin was sailing at near full speed into the centre of the storm.

Waisake Naholo: The full story gallery

Waisake Naholo with his dog, Mosko, in New Plymouth.

To penetrate the mysteries of the most enigmatic player in the All Blacks, begin in Fiji.

Greek tragedy for refugees lost at sea

Flowers are placed on the grave of an unidentified migrant.

Greece's third biggest island, Lesbos, has run out of room to bury the bodies of drowned refugees.

Getting Japan's women working

The rise the number of women  in the workforce has contributed to Japanese employment rate surged in recent years.

Japanese women now outpace American women in participation in the labor force.

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Frozen chook craze takes flight

Frozen chooks could soon be found on a highway near you.

Some may consider it to be fowl. Others may see it as poultry in motion. 

Lamb saved by mouth-to-nose video

Carol Martin shares her home - and her bed - with with Pooky the Wiltshire lamb.

Coming back from the dead isn't something many can claim, but Pooky the pet lamb did it twice in half an hour.

'Fake cop' woos women - police

South Auckland man allegedly caught out when his worried partner called the station.

DIY coffin building

Jan Frith ready to take home her finished coffin which she has helped make.

A Hawke's Bay coffin club is putting the fun into funeral.


Stay-at-home parent 'isn't a job'

Forgoing paid work in order to raise a child can be deeply meaningful and valuable. But can you call it a 'job'?

Many life choices are meaningful and valuable and require hard work - but aren't 'jobs'.

Dying dad fulfills his final wish

At 47, doctors have advised Ken to stop treatment and enjoy his final days.

Ken McHugh doesn't have long to live, but he still got to walk his four children down the aisle in a moving ceremony.

He wants to dress as Elsa? Sure

Caiden dressed in his Elsa costume.

A little boy in the US wants to go trick or treating as Frozen's Elsa. Does his dad care? Hell, no.

'I'm sorry there's no heartbeat'

Stacey Smith with her son Isaac, 18 months, ahead of a balloon release on Sunday in memory of children who have died at birth. Stacey had a stillbirth 4 years ago.

When Stacey Smith noticed reduced movement during pregnancy, she never considered her baby had died.

kiwi traveller

Kiwi invents backpack

Design student Taylor Burn's "All Weather Day Pack", modelled by his friend Willem Van Buskirk, has been nominated for a national design award.

A New Zealander has created a revolutionary backpack jacket that could save you space while travelling.

Helping out on the trip of a lifetime

Marie Weavers and family are off to Latin America for a volunteering holiday. From left, Nelson, 10, Oscar, 5, Marie, Max, 7, and Ruby, 11.

Marie Weavers could have booked her family a trip to Disneyland.

Miss Universe finalist shares travel tips

Miss Universe NZ 2015 finalist and Eastern Hutt School teacher Nickie Slater visited the Philippines with fellow contestants earlier this year pictured here at the Maribojoc Organic Farm.

A Miss Universe NZ finalist shares her top seven experiences from an exotic retreat.

Kiwi plumber's '15 seconds of fame'

Logan Dodds is enjoying the crazy ride that is internet fame.

Max Key wishes his holiday video was as good as this Auckland plumber's.