Parents vanish: bizarre twist

1:35 PM  Who was the man seen running from a couple's car after they disappeared 600km away?

Crash paralysed friend

The victim was trapped in the car for 50 minutes.

1:09 PM  It was 7am, the morning after a big party and Zachary Bowley was worried about being late to work, again.

Fly Buys targets any seat, any airline

12:50 PM  Two of the most popular loyalty schemes have parted ways.

The Richie McCaw movie paradox

7 min ago  Making a movie about himself is the least Richie McCaw thing ever. So why did he do it?

Son bites mum in violent tantrum

1:10 PM  He wanted to party but his mum said it was time to leave. Cue epic meltdown.

Two times the treasure

Two brothers find a message in a bottle. Just over a month later, they find another.

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national

Sex offender won't be monitored

The man raped a 15-year-old-girl and twice indecently assaulted a nine-year-old girl.

1:13 PM  Ali Alinizi raped a 15-year-old. He twice assaulted a 9-year-old. And Corrections still thinks he poses a risk to children.

'I'm begging you in tears'

Estranged partner of armed man on-the-run Joshua Kite urges him to give himself up for their daughter's sake.

Traffic has been diverted after a fatal accident in Waipukurau.

Road crash victim named

1:36 PM  Kieta White died after apparently crossing the centre line and slamming into a car carrying two adults and two children.

Video

Three years of chemo for Jonty

Eight-year-old Jonty Gray was still his "same sparky self", but was incredibly unwell.

world

Trump clash over Mexico wall

"We did discus the wall. We didn't discuss payment of the wall," Trump said.

Trump meets Mexican president, says he will still build a wall - but didn't ask Mexico to foot the bill.

'Ban men in suits, not burkinis'

In the swirling debate over France's ban on burkinis, one man has suggested men in suits pose a much greater risk.

Amyloid plaques prevent brain cells communicating and lead to irreversible memory loss and cognitive decline.

Alzheimer's cracked?

Breakthrough hailed as potential "game changer" for people with the degenerative condition.

business

Call to strip Love's knighthood video

Sir Ngatata Love is found guilty of obtaining property by deception.

2:00 PM  Sir Ngatata Love was knighted for services to Maori, but is found guilty of defrauding his own iwi.

Apple: the $20b questions

The low-down on the international tax scrap of the decade.

Faith Gibbs, 81, is retiring. She has sold or given away the last of her costumes at her Abracadabra Costume Hire store.

Abracadabra, it's time to close

1:48 PM  Costumes have gone risque since hire store opened - now a police officer is a very short dress and a cap.

technology

What's your old iPhone worth?

The iPhone 5c model is still popular and is a great entry-level device.

Here's what to expect to get if you do plan on selling your iPhone secondhand.

Samsung unveils new smartwatch

The watch will be available in two styles, the Gear S3 Frontier and Gear S3 Classic.

Pokemon Go had some problems of its own making, which may have prematurely squelched some enthusiasm for it.

Internet shortens lifespan of fads

Pokemon Go has had a much sharper decline in interest than, say, Farmville.

life & style

'I'm happy as female bachelor'

Single women in their 40s are grateful, not sad - according to Nicole Hardy (pictured here).

Inspired by the likes of George Clooney, single women in their 40s are grateful, not sad.

Saved by stranger, a world away

At 12, she was sitting in front of her phone camera in Australia. A woman in Canada was watching - and helped.

Blac Chyna wore an an ornate gold necklace on the cover of 'Paper'.

Blac Chyna poses nude

Wearing an ornate gold necklace, Blac appears nude while heavily pregnant on Paper's cover.

well & good

'Motivation is a crock'

Biggest Loser's Michelle Bridges

1:38 PM  "Motivation is like a bad boyfriend - never there when you need them."

Is HIIT worth the gain?

After an hour of high-intensity intervals I was told I'd to burn fat for hours. But does it really work?

Flossing has proven to be effective when done properly.

Do you really need to floss?

Most dentists think flossing is essential. But what does the science really say?

home & property

Butcher-to-apartment conversion

Ruth Hobday's Grey Lynn apartment used to be a family butchery. A cantilevered staircase leads to the mezzanine floor.

1:59 PM  This former 1920s butchery is now a light and airy one bedroom split-level apartment.

Remuera house for $280,000

You don't get the land, but you do get a lot of house for your money - and double glazing.

Get your kitchen sparkling clean, add some fresh flowers - and suddenly, it's spring!

4 top spring cleaning tasks

1:55 PM  The commonly overlooked dirt traps in your home, and how to tackle them.

food & wine

'Uber for home cooking'

FoodByUs is all about homemade goodness delivered to you door.

12:51 PM  Press a few buttons on your phone and moments later you hear a knock at the door.

When you're doc at dinner

The occupational hazard of being a doctor: Blisters, bumps and body parts over the dinner table.

Auckland's best wine bars

Would you try deep fried jelly?

nz farmer

Leaving Tatua at the right time

Staff numbers have more than doubled in the eight years Paul McGilvary has been chief executive of Tatua.

Paul McGilvary says now is the right time to depart after eight years as head of the dairy co-op.

SFO probe costs Zespri $6m 

An SFO investigation has so far cost Zespri millions, with no sign of a resolution.

Farmer milks technology

Councils given say over GE

entertainment

Sam Neill's mystery role

Kiwi actor Sam Neill plays General John MacArthur in And Then There Were None.

The Kiwi actor stars in the TV adaptation of Agatha Christie's biggest-selling novel.

Kiwi Oceans 'not Light enough'

Stock up on the tissues: critics agree there will be tears before bedtime in New Zealand made flick.

Englebert Humperdinck earned his standing ovation in Wellington on Wednesday night.

'Humpty' wonderfully ludicrous

Opinion: He might look a little shambolic, but Englebert Humperdinck still has the songs.

travel

Food to avoid when flying

If you want to feel good on your long-haul flight, make sure you are eating the right things.

11 min ago  If you want to feel good on your long-haul flight, make sure you are eating the right things.

Drone captures orcas  video

Early-morning visit from a pod of orcas was "definitely a special start to spring" for paddleboarders.

The picturesque Blue Spring was once one of New Zealand's best kept secrets.

Azure water entices visitors video

1:50 PM  The picturesque Blue Spring was once one of New Zealand's best kept secrets.

stuff nation

It's been hard 6 years in Chch stuff nation

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Christchurch Earthquake
Demolition work being carried out on the Christchurch ...

There is still a slight look of panic in the eyes of those around me when we have a jolt.

Your epic driving test fails stuff nation

Whether you pass your test could depend on where you live. How was your driving test?

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Learn to like being alone stuff nation

12 min ago  Most of our lives take place in our own heads. We must learn to be OK with that.

motoring

Holden sourcing US SUV

The 2017 All-New GMC Acadia Denali which will be rebadged a Holden in 2018 for New Zealand and Australian markets.

The seven-seat Acadia wears a GMC badge in the US but will sport Holden's new logo when it hits our shores.

New vehicle chargers unveiled

The days of "range anxiety" may be coming to an end for Auckland's electric vehicle owners.

Opinion is split on plans to install traffic lights at the intersection of Cuba and Abel Smith streets.

Who goes first at this corner? video

It's the intersection that puzzles Wellington motorists, so what exactly are the rules?

sport

Machine gun McGregor

UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor claims with this photo via his Instragram account @thenotoriousmma: "You need ...

2:02 PM  MMA star shows his 'notorious' ways again, this time posing in a dressing gown with a machine gun.

Adams tagged for big impact video

1:04 PM  New Zealand's NBA star could be set for a major step up in productivity, according to tipsters stateside.

Team Japan skipper Dean Barker is showing the new America's Cup syndicate is quickly getting up to speed.

America's Cup game-changer?

Team Japan skipper Dean Barker masters new up-wind manoeuvre; the other teams are set to copy.

good reads

Crayfish 'functionally extinct'

Fresh caught crayfish dinner could be a thing of the past as crayfish are declared  "functionally extinct" in the ...

Crayfish numbers are so low they could crash in Auckland's Hauraki Gulf.

The do-good daffodil garden

Railene Mabin is a daffodil purist: she prefers the classic lemon-coloured types.

It's spring! We visit a Hawke's Bay garden with hundreds of thousands of daffodils

When Dad has to be Mum, too stuff nation

Michael, Rebecca and Brigid with mum, Kay, in 1985.

"My mum died when I was 12, but I never felt like I was a raised by a single parent."

Isis' mountain of death

This image released by the the Mass Graves Directorate of the Kurdish Regional Government shows a human skull in a mass ...

More than 15,000 people killed by Isis are buried in 72 mass graves - and more are likely to be found.

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The hawk, the snake and the video

Watch as a hawk drops a large snake on a family at an Australian picnic...but is it real?

Watch as a hawk drops a large snake on a family at an Australian picnic...but is it real?

Found: one damp elephant god

This statue of Hindu deity Ganesh was found dumped in the sea near Petone Wharf.

List of oddest things found in Lower Hutt includes a sunken statue of Ganesh.

'Tell my WiFi love her'

Interesting Wi-Fi hotspots pop-up around Dunedin's student quarter.

Dunedin's student quarter is a hotspot for weird and wonderful WiFi usernames.

Eatery swaps guns for pizza

Pizza never hurt anyone, other than a few burnt tongues.

Fair trade? This pizza shop owner thinks a slice is the answer to gun violence.

Parenting

Raising polite kids, not pushovers

It starts by considering how we, ourselves, act.

Advice from the experts on raising kids who are gracious but self-assured.

Wine cuts chance of conceiving

Women who drink a large glass of wine each night may harm their chance of having a baby.

 Women who drink a large glass of wine each night may harm their chance of having a baby.

Lunchbox shortcuts for parents

Plan leftovers into your lunches: save some roasted chicken for quesadillas later in the week.

Not all kids are built alike. Not all lunch boxes have to be filled with the same things.

When the body foils the plan

Clementine Ford's labour was a world where the best laid plans falter.

It turns out your cervix can be "unfavourable" - bodies don't always follow the birth plan.

kiwi traveller

Snap and win!

Leopard cub in the trees, one of a twin at Arasthusa Lodge Sabi Sands South Africa. Interestingly the male cubs are not ...

Do you have a holiday snap that you'd like to share with the world? Send it to us and be in to win a Fujifilm camera!

Funny, weird side of travelling

Anthony Bianco has a travel blog that "doesn't take itself too seriously".

Anthony Bianco's blog is about the offbeat things that happen while roaming the world.

Getting back to nature in NZ

Families get back to nature at Bush kingy in Te Anau

Here are 4 easy ways to get back outside and enjoy our country.

Is solo travel safe in the Middle East?

Kiwis have no trouble exploring the city of Dubai.

Planning a solo adventure? Send us your travel questions, and we'll put them to the experts.