April 18 2014, updated 7:12am

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Best friend lends a helping hand

A stroke sufferer has renewed confidence now that mobility dog Orbit is by her side.

Kiwis go for mystery

drugs Drug users are playing a potentially fatal game of snorting mystery white powders, usually at parties.

Storm maintains its grip

New Zealand remains in the grip of a major storm this morning as rain and winds buffet much of the country.

Evacuation came too late

An immediate evacuation order was not issued for the ferry that sank off South Korea's southern coast.

Black Sticks fall to Australia

Two last-minute goals lift Australia to a 4-1 win in the first of two hockey tests against NZ.

Tuipulotu looming large

In any combat arena, size helps. So, too, does athleticism. Luckily Patrick Tuipulotu has both in spades.

New social housing accord

rent A new entity set up to drive the provision of affordable housing in Christchurch could lead to millions in revenue.

Two dead after tow truck crashes

Two men are dead after a tow truck crash on a remote gravel road near Opotiki in the eastern Bay of Plenty.

Labour auctions Tongan king's wine

One dead in Kumeu crash

Demetrius Masiutama

Concern for missing teen

Police are concerned for the welfare of an Auckland 14-year-old boy who has not been seen in weeks.

Blues lock Tuipulotu emerges

Blues lock Patrick Tuipulotu has recovered from his knee injury, and will use his athletic stature and ability against the Hurricanes tonight.

MH370 expert sacked over bad clothes

Mitchell Casado A Canadian instructor who figured prominently in CNN's coverage of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 has been fired partly because he "shamed Canadians" by dressing like a teenager.

Oil slick not from MH370

Tests have ruled out a nearby oil slick found in the search for MH370 came from the aircraft.

Three dead in Ukraine

Snowden surprise guest

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Tragic student ate pot cookie

Student who jumped to his death from hotel balcony ate more than recommended serving of marijuana cookie.

New home for hotel

Grand Chancellor site Christchurch's tallest building pre-quake, the Hotel Grand Chancellor will not be rebuilt in its old spot.

Super Fund posts 19 per cent rise

The NZ Super Fund grew by $3 billion in the year to March 31, despite a flat return last month.

Air NZ escapes class action

One salmon farm appeal allowed

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Strong debut for Genesis

Shares in Genesis Energy have traded as high as $1.83 on the NZX, well above their $1.55 issue price.

Are 362.5 days not enough?

easter bun I understand a business needs to make money but can you not make that money the 362.5 days a year you're open?

'As-is' sale tops $1m

A 20-year-old house considered uneconomic to repair with no insurance has sold at auction for over $1m.

World's largest curved TV revealed

High dollar keeps lid on inflation

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KiwiSaver tax rules 'unfair'

Tax rates for KiwiSaver are too high and need to be lowered, a fund-management industry group says.

Mt. Gox to be liquidated

A court in Tokyo has rejected bankruptcy proceedings for the bitcoin exchange.

Playstation 4 sales top 7 million

Sony says the sales are double the number the Playstation 4 sold in the same time frame after its launch.

Mt Gox founder won't appear

Vein scanning the next big thing?

Online activists battle paedophiles

As the internet makes it easier to exchange child porn, groups are creating tools to fight it.

Introducing Louis & Dee

wedding This wedding boasts a magical proposal moment involving sparrows and the prettiest flowers we've ever seen ...

Celebrity body quirks

Who was born with a tail, and who can use their feet like an extra pair of hands?

Why this viral vid is offensive

Oz Tour: What Kate's Wearing

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The week's best & worst dressed

This may be the best batch of bests we've ever had ... the worsts? Well, it was Coachella this week ...

Paleo? You should be eating bugs

bug If you're really going to follow a paleo diet, you ought to be eating bugs, 'lots and lots of bugs'.

Recipe: Hot cross bun pudding

If for some crazy reason you have leftover hot cross buns this Easter, here's what to do with them.

Make your own Easter eggs

Six big food myths busted

Ford unveils tribute Mustang

Special 50th anniversary Ford Mustang coupe pays tribute to 1964 original. Special Ford Mustang coupe pays tribute to 1964 original.

Focus provides Falcon hint

Revised styling on popular sedan provides a hint at how final Ford Falcon will look.

Mercedes drops Benz

Driving caution urged

The Chuck D of Palestinian rap

rapper Tamer Nafar has given voice to a generation of young, disaffected Palestinians on both sides of the Green Line.

X-Men director accused

A former child model is accusing X-Men franchise director Bryan Singer of sexually abusing him.

Lorde meets Royals muse

'If they want to jail us, they will'

Lynley Dodd

Do you know Kiwi kids books?

Show us that you know your Kiwi kids books and be in to win a fantastic prize.

Ride the rails

Germany train Don't let Europe's vast railroad system intimidate you. It's the best way to see the sights.

A taste of London

Don't forget to take your appetite for this culinary fest in London.

Jeepers peepers

Avoiding travel illness

Train travel

On the fast track

"Breakfast in London, lunch in Paris, dinner in Barcelona." I read that as nothing short of a challenge.

NZ's own Saving Private Ryan

hunter The Hunter family provided many sons for war. Five sons served and sadly, only one came home.

Changes to tax system key

It's hard to narrow an election down to one issue, but on the whole it's mostly about tax.

A NZ president? Overkill

You gotta have garlic

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Pink hues over Paihia

Greg McCabe took this photo as the sun rose over Paihia.

Killing the evil weevil

The path of the clover root weevil is easily detected by its distinctive U-shaped notches on clover leaves. Scientists suck up nearly 500,000 wasps from Canterbury paddocks to fight a clover root weevil infestation on Southland farms.

Moths, beetles rid farm of ragwort

Once covered in ragwort, a Manawatu farm is now almost free of the stock-threatening weed thanks to the introduction of moths and beetles.

Farmers urged to seek help

$9.9m sustainable farming funding

New social housing accord

rent A new entity set up to drive the provision of affordable housing in Christchurch could lead to millions in revenue.

Benefit figures at 5-year low

Benefit figures are at a five year low due to some people finding employment and others having their benefits cut.

Labour auctions Tongan king's wine

'New low' for PM - Greens

Lydia Ko tied for 14th

Lydia Ko Lydia Ko is tied for 14th after the first round of the LPGA Lotte Championship in Hawaii after an even-par 72.

Saints take revenge on Sharks

The Wellington Saints gained revenge on the Southland Sharks, beating the NBL's defending champions.

Can anyone beat the Heat?

Heinz keeps Ellis at bay for shirt

Patrick Tuipulotu

Tuipulotu looming large

In any combat arena, size helps. So, too, does athleticism. Luckily Patrick Tuipulotu has both in spades.

Germany train

Ride the rails

Don't let Europe's vast railroad system intimidate you. It's the best way to see the sights.

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Scotland on foot

"Three weeks ... in Scotland?" more than one person asked, with a touch of doubt. Absolutely.

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Separate beds

Warmth and security? We have flannel pajamas and deadbolts now.

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Is the journey worth it?

It's dark outside when the guy with the machine gun gets on board our bus.

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