July 26 2014, updated 10:15pm

Darcina Manuel

Self-made medalist a treasure

Working full-time and training full-time, Kiwi bronze medalist deserves all the plaudits she's getting.

Key still backs Brownlee

Gerry Brownlee Labour calls for transport minister to stand down while authorities investigate his security breach. | 'Zero tolerance'

The debris fell slowly, slowly

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Malawi test Ferns' resolve

The Silver Ferns have made an unconvincing start to the defence of their Comm Games title, winning 50-47.

Father, son get reprieve

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Apology for racist post

Blenheim Gigatown team member apologises after posting anti-Muslim tirade on group's Facebook page.

Crashes claim teen, dad

Cheyenne Ihaka Teen driver dies in crash in Tararua, two months after his father's similar death.

Hopes for attitude adjustment

Even before he gets to his sentencing, Norton Lindsay Adams has earned a month in custody.

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Jail for bashing driver

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TV couple nab thief

Block stars Loren and Tom Heaphy have turned crimebusters, spotting and pursuing a stolen car.

Bolt from the blue lips

Better known for being a diva doppelganger, Liam Martin takes on a Commonwealth Games legend.

TVNZ assurances accepted

Mike Hosking Labour leader David Cunliffe says he has accepted TVNZ assurances about presenter Mike Hosking.

Maori Party 'only way' for influence

The Maori Party’s Tai Tokerau candidate claims a vote for his party is the only way to ensure a Maori presence in power.

Do you love NZ enough?

Industry reacts to Brownlee breach

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Addressing a mostly older audience in Nelson, Conservative Party leader Colin Craig introduced the town's candidate, age 81.

Women warned to cover up

niqab Islamic State, the al-Qaeda offshoot that has seized large swathes of northern Iraq, has warned women to wear full-face veils or risk severe punishment.

Terror plot targets Norway

The head analyst of Norway's intelligence agency says a group is en route from Syria "to carry out an act of terror," and Norway is the target.

30 houses in Gaza Strip struck

Earthquake off Alaska

Jason Rezaian

Iran detains four journalists

The Committee to Protect Journalists called on the Iranian government to immediately release four detained journalists.

$4m fraudster jailed

 	 Sushila Devi Mosese Woman with "Robin Hood" attitude who stole more than $4m is jailed for more than four years.

Que syrah syrah

NZ can claim another victory over Australians - British wine drinkers prefer our vino to theirs.

Auckland office space shrinks

Business confidence wilts

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Kiwi takes helm of Walmart

Greg Foran, once a shelf-stacker, is the new US boss of Walmart, the world's largest retailer.

A week of no spending

Cecile Meier Could you spend a week without spending any money? Our columnist Cecile Meier did.

When floating ends in sinking

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Consumers under the pump

Veda accepts $10 credit fee cap

Living the dream

nalisha Patel A Kiwi couple design their own fairytale life, travelling the world while building a business from their laptops.

Beermakers fear tough draft rules

Craft beer faces "disastrous consequences" if beer over 6 per cent is restricted in Auckland.

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Longer parking limits wanted

IRD needs tech heads

Inland Revenue wants input from technology industry on its $1.5b business transformation programme.

Yahoo! Community is back

Just because Community is going to Yahoo doesn't mean it's in for a lot of changes, creator says.

Google forgets rest of world

First look at live-action Halo

Has the iPad passed its peak?

The numbers are clear: Apple is selling fewer iPads.

They've lost 56kg between them

weight It's hard to believe these confident women were once so ashamed of their appearance they avoided cameras.

Metabolism-boosting secrets

Scientists have unlocked three important factors in the battle to coax our bodies to burn calories more efficiently.

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She really is superhuman

Gisele has pulled the ultimate cosmetic humble brag - going makeup free in a high fashion campaign.

Turn a home into an investment

home Two bedrooms will attract the right sort of renter; as will neutral walls and an easy-care section.

China's skyscraper mania

Suzhou isn't even the biggest city in Jiangsu province, yet it's joining a rush for the sky.

Real life reno: The kitchen

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Open homes: Ski lodges

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How to make Yorkshire puddings

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The wrath of online criticism

Restaurateur says unmoderated and negative comments could cost jobs and close businesses.

More nutrients in frozen veg?

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Right time to resign

Southland Times photo Alliance boss says a personal milestone and the brighter outlook for red meat make now a good time to move on.

Que syrah syrah

NZ can claim another victory over Australians - British wine drinkers prefer our vino to theirs.

Security tightened

'Borrowed time'

Grass-roots Kiwi comedy

Tanya Horo New Zealand comedy The Z-Nail Gang is a community collaboration in more ways than one.

Robyn Malcolm's dual role

Robyn Malcolm is stepping back from the screens and onto the stage for her performance in Bertolt Brecht’s Good Soul of Szechuan.

Hobbit delays Jackson Dr Who

Monae has secret Obama video

Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice

New look at Batfleck

A new image of Ben Affleck as Batman has been released online.

'Nerd hub of the world' opens

Comic-Con Comic-Con has opened its doors in San Diego, USA and fans from around the world are lining up.

Scared of flying?

You're still twice as likely to die from a blood clot while flying than a plane crash.

Global snapshots

Steering fault shuts airport

Kayak lifted by whale

'We're on top of the whale!'

Two kayakers were surrounded ever so calmly, then hoisted onto the back of a whale.

Breathing with no air

Man with his head in his hands I've always had asthma but now my daily battle for breath makes it hard just to get out of bed.

No excuse to miss Albania

Albania is transforming into a tourist mecca with rich experiences for those with an intrepid streak.

'Cannot protect gay daughter'

Bangers and maggots

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Top five reader comments

Whales, dinosaurs and Gerry Brownlee all have something in common today: they're in top comments.

Wee car sparkles at museum

1967 riley elf mark III Bill Dooley is mad about cars and his latest love is a 1967 Riley Elf Mark III.

Jag unveils bespoke F-Type

Jaguar is to use the Tour de France as billboard to show off a bespoke F-Type coupe as a high performance support vehicle.

'Evita' limo to be sold

Go-ahead for Huntly expressway

Ford has revealed the new design of the last ever Falcon, which features redesigned front and rear styling.

Falcon's Mustang muscle look

Never before has a Ford Falcon looked so much like a Ford Mustang.

McIlroy to miss team relay

Kate McIlroy After disappointing individual showings, NZ's triathletes face a make-or-break mixed team relay in Glasgow.

Jadeja fined for fracas

India's Ravindra Jadeja has been fined for an altercation with England quick bowler James Anderson.

All Blacks legend farewelled

Kiwi cyclists in golden start

Joline Henry

Malawi test Ferns' resolve

The Silver Ferns have made an unconvincing start to the defence of their Comm Games title, winning 50-47.

CIA poland prison

Poland pays for dirty secret

Poland let the CIA create a facility to detain, torture and degrade accused terrorists, court finds.

MH17 wreckage in Ukraine

Comparing MH17 to Erebus

NZ mountaineers controlled the Erebus crash site; Armed militia run the MH17 site.

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My big pepper spray mistake

Buying peace of mind for a remote bush trip got me in the dock facing 14 years in jail.

Gaston Arcurio

A culinary coup

Gaston Arcurio is the superstar chef who remade Lima into the culinary capital of South America.

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