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NZ's most expensive homes gallery

12:39 PM  It's okay to dream big, right? Sure it is, and here's some home inspiration to get you started.

7.7 quake near PNG

A map shows the epicentre of the quake, which sparked a tsunami warning for parts of the Pacific.

1 min ago  A tsunami alert is in place after an undersea 7.7-magnitude quake, near Papua New Guinea.

Submerged car is Beckenridge's

12:45 PM  Car found in water near Curio Bay belongs to step-father of missing boy Mike Zhao-Beckenridge.

Pilot planned to crash jet

5 min ago  Robert Brown killed his wife with a claw hammer then planned to "make a statement".

Haddin: 'Nice' NZ deserved sledging

1:31 PM  Australia wicketkeeper justifies CWC final send-offs saying NZ batsmen deserved it.

'King of Thieves' needs policing

12:36 PM  British media putting heat on All Blacks skipper ahead of Rugby World Cup.

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national

Jury retires in Lundy case

Justice Simon France is summing up in the Mark Lundy murder retrial

1:01 PM  Judge urges the jury "not be scared" by the task of finding a verdict in the Lundy case.

Chad sheds dreads

1:17 PM  Nine years' worth of dreadlocks fell to the floor in minutes all for Shave for a Cure.

Court generic NZ

Bus driver on sex charges

1:09 PM  A former Christchurch bus driver is facing an ongoing investigation into allegations of sexual offending.

Video

Lundy trial: Jury retires

A jury has been told it has an advantage over the expert witnesses who have given evidence at the murder retrial of Mark Lundy.

world

Captain: 'Open the damn door'

Recovery operation: A French gendarme makes his way through debris.

The captain of Germanwings flight 4U 9525 made two desperate attempts to get back onto the flight deck before it crashed.

Lee Kuan Yew funeral

12:26 PM  A week after his death, Lee was given one last lap of the country he founded in a state funeral procession.

ACTION: British actor Daniel Craig  looks on while filming the James Bond 007 film 'Spectre'.

007 crew's mid-air rampage

Drunken James Bond film crew vomit and urinate in plane's aisles, sparking international air safety alert.

business

$640K section sold over rates

Sold sign on a for sale house sign in Auckland. Property sale. Real estate. House for sale.Picture By Brendon O'Hagan 17/08/2006 66817 Photographers Auckland This is the property of the Sunday Star-Times

12:18 PM  Council to sell Auckland section after owners failed to pay rates for 10 years.

NZ banks outshine Aussie rivals

12:51 PM  The Australians might have won the cricket but Kiwi-owned banks have the happiest customers.

The economy grew at its fastest pace in seven years, last year and jobs growth was up a strong 3.5 per cent in the year.

Kiwis happier about job market

1:09 PM  Kiwi confidence about employment prospects rebounds as the economy steams ahead.

money

Tying the knot second time around

Generic pic of wedding rings on a bride and groom.

If you married young, chances are your estate was not exactly a goldmine.

Club up for Christmas

Many households are already squirreling money away each month to "pre-fund" Christmas.

Know NZ Super's limits

Comedian cash counter

small business

Healthy sales equal sweet success

Tom Dorman, left, and Luke Cooper from Tom & Luke's healthy Trinity bars.

A passion for health and good food has led to a flourishing business for two Wellingtonians

Fans go batty for Laver video

The crafting of traditional cricket bats is boosted by two-screen technology.

Chocolatiers ride craft wave

The best thing in sliced bread

technology

Facebooking in virtual reality

A picture illustration shows a Facebook logo reflected in a person's eye, in Zenica, March 13, 2015. Facebook Inc recorded a slight increase in government requests for account data in the second half of 2014, according to its Global Government Requests Report, which includes information about content removal.Requests for account data increased to 35,051 in the second half of 2014 from 34,946 in the first half, with requests from countries such as India rising and those from others including United States and Germany falling, the report by the world's largest Internet social network showed. Facebook said it restricted 9,707 pieces of content for violating local laws, 11 percent more than in the first half, with access restricted to 5,832 pieces in India and 3,624 in Turkey. Picture taken on March 13. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic (BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA - Tags: SOCIETY PORTRAIT SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY BUSINESS TELECOMS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

The promise of VR was on display this week at Facebook's F8 developers' conference.

Time machine obsession

Theoretical physicist has an equation and plans for a device that could put him in touch with his late father.

The Legend of Zelda

Wii U Legend of Zelda delayed

Nintendo are no longer targeting a 2015 release for the Legends of Zelda on Wii U.

life & style

Model wears corset 23 hours a day

Aleira Avendaño's corset routine: "I sleep with it. I am obsessive... I wash myself and rest for an hour and then I put it on again."

Aleira Avendaño is pushing her body to its limit to achieve a cartoon-like 20 inch waist.

Why fear the newly divorced?

I sensed my new state was perceived as contagious, and concern often seemed close to blame.

Angelina Jolie celebrates her 'Best Villain' win with two of her daughters - Zahara and Shiloh. Her advice to the children at the Kids' Choice awards? "As your villain, I would also say cause a little trouble - it's good for you."

Lovely pics of Jolie & her girls

Her first public appearance since an operation to remove her ovaries is truly joy filled.

well & good

First sign of ageing?

The eyes don't lie. Vision changes are often the first major sign of ageing.

1:00 PM  For many, changes in vision are the first sign of ageing. For me, it has also been the most offensive.

Dietary advice from celebrities?

Fancy blogs, colourful cookbooks - more appealing than government guidelines?

Dr Libby Weaver is in the Stuff office to answer your questions on women's health ... so ask away!

Live Q&A with Dr Libby

12:41 PM  From bloating to periods, Dr Libby Weaver answered your questions. Here's what she had to say.

home & property

Rundown home sells for $6.19m gallery

This unassuming Sydney home sold at auction for $6.19 million on Saturday. Location, location, location.

The sale of a three-bedroom family home stunned onlookers in Sydney on the weekend after it fetched $6.19 million at auction.

What you could get for $1m gallery

A Thai villa, English country pile or NYC flat ... see where you could splash your cash around the globe.

Parterres of clipped hedges provide year-round interest in Cloudehill Garden, in the Dandenong Ranges on the outskirts of Melbourne.

On cloud nine at Cloudehill gallery

This garden in Melbourne's Dandenong Ranges is full of ideas that could easily be copied in New Zealand.

food & wine

Carrot & haloumi fritters

Carrot & haloumi fritters with chickpeas and spinach.

These yummy cheesy fritters are perfect for a quick vego dinner, and they're also gluten-free

Tim Tam cheesecake

Nothing’s better than a salted caramel Tim Tam­ except salted caramel Tim Tam cheesecake.

Avoiding Easter's bad eggs

Cajun salmon with fruit salsa

nz farmer

Toxins killed cows - ministry

Southland Federated Farmers president Russell MacPherson has warned against jumping to conclusions about the HT [herbicide tolerant] swede variety until the final verdict is out on the deaths of hundreds of Southland dairy cows.

1:28 PM  Southland dairy cow deaths blamed on high concentrations of naturally occurring toxins in a variety of swedes.

Fonterra's fed-up farmers risk

Fonterra is facing a supplier crisis of confidence and risks haemorrhaging milk to private companies.

Big Synlait Milk loss

Dismay over poor result

entertainment

Destiny's Child reunite on stage video

Beyoncé and Kelly Rowland joined Michelle Williams on stage at the Stellar Gospel awards.

12:45 PM  A reunited Destiny's Child took the stage at the Stellar Gospel Music Awards.

Six60 remember their roots

12:27 PM  Due to demand, Kiwi band Six60 have added extra gigs to their New Zealand tour.

Traditional television is still how most children survey consumed media.

Survey examines kid's TV habits

12:27 PM  Cartoons and animal shows could be in for funding after study shows that's what kids want.

travel

World's greatest airline staff?

Pay it forward': A kind gesture from an Alaska Airlines employee has helped a stranded passenger fly home.

1:47 PM  A kind gesture from an Alaska Airlines employee has helped a stranded passenger fly home.

Tourists, close your windows

"A lion jumped through the  window and went to town on my legs."

ACTION: British actor Daniel Craig  looks on while filming the James Bond 007 film 'Spectre'.

007 crew's mid-air rampage

Drunken James Bond film crew vomit and urinate in plane's aisles, sparking international air safety alert.

stuff nation

Open letter to the Black Caps stuff nation

Brendon McCullum hugs Michael Clarke after Australia wins the ICC Cricket World Cup Final. New Zealand Black Caps v Australia at the MCG in Melbourne, Australia. Saturday 29 March 2015. Copyright Photo: Andrew Cornaga / www.Photosport.co.nz

The Australian team showed incredible skill but I don’t want my sons to be like them, writes Jonny Gilling.

Black Caps inspire a generation stuff nation

1:00 PM  They fell at the final hurdle but Brendon McCullum's Black Caps have left a lasting impression.

"Unbroken" director Angelina Jolie arrives at the 20th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards in Los Angeles, California January 15, 2015.  REUTERS/Kevork Djansezian  (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)(CRITICSCHOICE-ARRIVALS)

It's not easy being a BRCA stuff nation

Nobody wants to remove body parts for fun, but at least we BRCAs are alive and able to walk.

motoring

Mini-Ninja has plenty of go

Kawasakis are usually associated with the colour green, but the 300 SE looks a treat in this livery.

1:47 PM  Thanks to a new Kawasaki, it is possible to have a lot of fun within LAMS regulations.

Mahindra to be next big thing

1:35 PM  The next big wave in affordable new vehicles in New Zealand is likely to come at us from another direction.

Police investigating a death threat against BBC Director-General, Tony Hall.

Top Gear death threat link?

Death threat claim against BBC boss on the day he dropped Jeremy Clarkson from the Top Gear motoring show.

sport

CWC final: NZ player ratings gallery

New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum won plaudits for his aggressive tactics throughout the World Cup.

1:14 PM  OPINION: Cricket writer Jonathan Millmow runs his eye over New Zealand's players at the World Cup.

10 ways to get over CWC pain video

On a cricket downer? Here are 10 positives to battle the post-match blues.

Martin Guptill celebrates after scoring a double century against the West Indies.

CWC tournament XI gallery

1:25 PM  After 44 days, an exhilarating Cricket World Cup is over. Fred Woodcock selects his tournament XI.

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good reads

Let the fingerpointing begin

National candidate Mark Osborne concedes by phone to Winston Peters at the Bay of Islands Golf Club in Kerikeri.

OPINION: The post-mortems in National over its crushing defeat in Northland will be long and hard and are already under way.

Facebooking in virtual reality

A picture illustration shows a Facebook logo reflected in a person's eye, in Zenica, March 13, 2015. Facebook Inc recorded a slight increase in government requests for account data in the second half of 2014, according to its Global Government Requests Report, which includes information about content removal.Requests for account data increased to 35,051 in the second half of 2014 from 34,946 in the first half, with requests from countries such as India rising and those from others including United States and Germany falling, the report by the world's largest Internet social network showed. Facebook said it restricted 9,707 pieces of content for violating local laws, 11 percent more than in the first half, with access restricted to 5,832 pieces in India and 3,624 in Turkey. Picture taken on March 13. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic (BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA - Tags: SOCIETY PORTRAIT SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY BUSINESS TELECOMS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

The promise of VR was on display this week at Facebook's F8 developers' conference.

Is quiet travel the best travel?

GET AWAY: Let someone else take Manhattan; the quiet traveller will find more rewarding experiences in the dunes of the Xiangshawan Desert, also called Sounding Sand Desert, Mongolia.

OPINION: The finest travel experiences are those that allow you to fully engage by savouring the silence.

Living with a bomb: life after war

Life after the war: Fadel Nasser with family members inside their home in Gaza. Photo: Ruth Pollard

For seven months it lay there, under the floor, ready to explode any time.

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March a month of marijuana mishaps

Indonesian police accidentally made an entire suburb of Jakarta inhale marijuana smoke.

Burning cannabis goes wrong in Indonesia, while dad in US eats hash brownies and thinks he's having a stroke.

Yoga studio arson made her so happy

SMOKING HOT: Nancy Duarte was smiling in her mugshot after being arrested for setting fire to a yoga studio.

Nancy Duarte is capturing headlines in the United States for her smoking hot mugshot.

Elephants stop stranded truck from overturning

HEAVE HO: "Lucky we came along, isn't it," said elephant one to elephant two.

Two elephants are heroes after stopping the truck they were in from flipping over after the 18-wheeler got stuck in mud.

Teapot racers will pour it on

TEA SPORT: Steampunk teapot races, from left, Professor Phoenecea Carwardine (Julia Harris), Mrs Hudson (Jane Craven), Captain Josiah Smollett (Mark Harris) and Coloinel Julius Hawthorne (Jane Craven) will be racing their teapots-on-wheels during CubaDupa.

They may be short and stout, but a bunch of New Zealand teapots now also lays claim to wheels.

Parenting

Mixing babies and your sport

Several parents who have involved babies and toddlers in their physical pursuits recently have been accused of putting their children at risk.

When you are passionate a sport, it is only natural to want to share it with those you love most.

Different rules for different kids

Having three kids with similar needs is tough. When one has different needs, it’s nearly impossible.

Having three kids with similar needs is tough. When one has different needs, it’s nearly impossible.

Mum's bikini body inspiration

'I'M PROUD OF THIS BODY AND EVERY MARK ON IT': This photo from Rachel Hollis' Mexican holiday has given fellow mums a great boost of body confidence.

Rachel Hollis wanted to share a photo of herself in a bikini to encourage other mums to be proud of their bodies.

When a dad bullies his son

One of the telltale signs of emotional abuse is that the victim develops issues such as depression, anxiety, low self-esteem and a host of other symptoms both physical and emotional that can last a lifetime.

I see a man (your husband) who is beginning to become a bully and emotionally abuse his son.

kiwi traveller

When one door opens

ROYAL HISTORY: Sudesh and Mona visit Oxford Castle, built in 1071.

Sudesh Lourdes and his family are making the most of the "gateway to Europe", in Oxford, England.

'I'm going for Dad's sake'

Australian and New Zealand soldiers stand guard during a dawn ceremony at Anzac Cove.

When Joan Altwasser travels to Anzac Cove next month, she will be following in the footsteps of her father.

Smugshot: Photos of the week gallery

Kiroro Snow Resort, Hokkaido, Japan.

This week's travel photos have everything from mules to doppelgangers... with a few stunning sunsets for good measure.

A road trip through Europe stuff nation

FOUR'S COMPANY: Scott, Jennifer, the van and Tes.

Jennifer and Scott Martin were travelling around Europe when their adventure took an unexpected turn.