SHI, Blenheim to Kaikoura

Down the highway, with nothing

A homeless, mentally unwell man started walking from Blenheim to Kaikoura. "It won't take long".

Dark secret suspected

A body was found in this Titahi Bay state home on Sunday.

7:11 AM  A neighbour tried to convince a woman to give up her dead husband's body.

Five years, 436,053 stories video

7:15 AM  After the rudest awakening, terror turned to relief. We couldn't envisage what was to come. Dawn service Photos Kaiapoi on the edge

He had a name: Aylan Kurdi

6:56 AM  GRAPHIC CONTENT: The father of drowned boys weeps as the world takes notice.

Snow, gales coming

Spring is delayed, with snow, gales, bone-chilling temps and rain this weekend.

Wealthy sperm donor fears contact

7:25 AM  Donor pleads to keep his identity secret from his two dozen-plus offspring.

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national

Refugees urge Govt: Up quota

Former refugees dad Kutaiba Alakkad, mum Gihan Alarayshi with son Mohie, 5, and daughter Nebal, 3, are building a new life in Wellington. Kutaiba is retraining as a chef and hopes to open a Syrian restaurant that would double as a cultural hub for the capital's growing Syrian ex-refugee community.

6:41 AM  Syrians urge Government to let in more refugees, say people are dying.

Ammo, gas cylinders in fire

8:05 AM  Firefighters forced to attack blaze from outside as house had gas cylinders and ammunition inside.

A logging truck drives dangerously close to a cyclist in Marlborough.

What bike cameras can show video

7:38 AM  Covert video shows motorists passing dangerously close to cyclists.

Video

Whatever happened to Bryan Cranston?

Guess which actor has morphed from drug pin to president of the United States?

world

Police pull migrants from trains

Migrants protest from inside a train at the railway station in the town of Bicske, Hungary, where migrants threw themselves onto railway lines and scuffled with police trying to take them to a reception centre.

Migrants forced from a train threw themselves onto railway lines and scuffled with riot police in Hungary.

Death sentence sought

South Carolina prosecutor will seek death penalty for a white man charged with killing nine black churchgoers.

Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis has been taken into custody after a federal judge ruled her in contempt for not issuing same-sex couples marriage licenses.

Clerk taken into custody

A county clerk in Kentucky who refuses to issue same-sex couples marriage licenses found in contempt.

business

NZ's top earner is a woman

IAG New Zealand chief executive Jacki Johnson has good reason to look pleased.

IAG NZ chief Jacki Johnson earns over $4m and might be the country's top earning executive.

Market crash top risk to GDP

Stock market crash biggest threat to Auckland and Wellington's economies, new Lloyd's data says.

Uptake of Briscoe's offer was low, says Kathmandu.

'Low uptake' for Kathmandu offer

Few big Kathmandu shareholders appear to be taking up Briscoe's offer.

money

Kids call for money lessons

Kids want to be good with money, but few schools are teaching them.

School children think they are pretty good at managing their money. Their teachers think they are not.

A life without credit cards

OPINION: To me, credit cards are tiny plastic reminders you've spent money you don't have.

Will you have enough to retire?

Truck shop owner charged

small business

Three months to grow

Dogmatek audio owner Tim Prebble, left, and Jack Candlish from Organic Dynamic.

Entrepreneurs behind eight startups have yet to prove they can turn prototypes into saleable products.

Meet the dog whisperer video

It started out with a notepad and an 11 year-old girl. Now Selina McIntyre calls herself the dog whisperer.

Erin Reilly: 365 days later

Textile queen re-invents herself

technology

Kiwis get early Halo 5 taste video

Fans can play Halo 5: Guardians at XONZ before it's released in October.

NZ gamers will get the chance to play the latest Xbox games at an event in Auckland later this month.

Stylish with a stylus

The Galaxy Note 5 is handy for anyone who struggles using their fingers on a phone's touchscreen.

Amy Poehler and Bradley Cooper in the Netflix adaptation of Wet Hot American Summer.

Netflix tips and tricks

Kiwis have had Netflix for six months, but there are a lot of tricks to make the experience better.

life & style

Best & worst dressed celebrities gallery

Diane Kruger, Emma Watson and Lorde all made the cut this week.

Elizabeth Banks and Diane Kruger are white hot, Emma Watson turns drab to fab, and one actress makes Maria von Trapp's sewing skills look positively couture.

Get the look: Emma Watson

Put the scissors away and follow these simple steps to a cool faux bob instead.

Those smiles! Someone must have said something amusing.

Introducing Ali and Stephen

Stephen Sinclair and Ali Silcock met when they were just 15 years old.

well & good

Can besties boost your health?

Research shows strong friendships can have a positive impact on your health.

Strong friendships in high school can lead to better health down the track, study finds.

32 solutions for sleepless nights

Can't sleep? Don't stress - try these simple steps instead.

Bored with your run? Give fartleks a try.

The freedom of fartleks

It's not just a funny word - fartleks also happen to be a great option for new runners.

home & property

Worst building of the year?

London's 'Walkie Talkie' building has been responsible for melting cars in the street below.

This year's Carbuncle Cup winner melts cars and has been called a "gratuitous glass gargoyle".

Price rises stall in Auckland

After five months of repeatedly breaking record prices, Auckland house prices may have paused for breath.

Break up a large expanse of decking or concrete by planting a specimen tree in the centre of it.

Greening up the concrete jungle

Every brick path, concrete patio or large deck is a blank canvas just waiting to be decorated with plants.

food & wine

What to cook for Father's Day

Hand-cut chips with caramelised onion aioli are a moreish treat.

Show him you care on Sunday with a delicious homemade blue-cheese burger, served with hand-cut chips and aioli.

A showstopping red velvet cake

This rich, vertical layered cake may look tricky, but making it is surprisingly simple.

Feeling shame over 'ethnic' food

Recipe: Spaghetti alle vongole

nz farmer

Swedes risk advice 'correct'

Analysis confirms advice to not feed maturing swede crops to cows.

6:51 AM  Analysis confirms advice that feeding maturing swede crops increases risk of ill-health in cows, DairyNZ says.

Calf rearing popular again

7:05 AM  Rearing calves on weight gain has leapt back into fashion on dairy units around NZ.

It's all about teamwork

Caring couple still smiling

entertainment

Is this really Bryan Cranston? video

Bryan Cranston transformed as Lyndon B Johnson in new HBO biopic All the Way.

8:07 AM  Guess which actor has morphed from drug pin to president of the United States?

Dramas dominate TV week

Dramas real and fictional dominate the week's viewing highlights.

John Cleese and Prunella Scales star in Faulty Towers as dysfunctional husband and wife.

Still the best sitcom ever

It's 40 years since the first episode of Fawlty​ Towers crept into the public consciousness. 

travel

Top travel photos of the week gallery

Revellers take part in the Holi Party Festival at the Niemeyer Center in Aviles, northern Spain

Here is our round up of the top travel photos from around the world.

Go on, spoil dad for a change

Socks might be the norm, but it might be time to think outside the box this Father's Day

A beautiful view of the city of Edinburgh from Calton Hill.

Venturing forth to Scotland

I close my eyes and hold my breath, as our temporary construction lift jerks upwards.

stuff nation

X factor over ability for RWC stuff nation

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - AUGUST 04:  Sonny Bill Williams of the All Blacks runs the ball during a New Zealand All Blacks training session August 4, 2015 in Auckland, New Zealand.  (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)

9 min ago  Has the celebrity status of certain All Blacks blinded selectors to their true worth, asks Pila Kami.

Weather photo of the week stuff nation

Unusual weather bringing rain in the East Cape hills combined with sunrise to create this moment.

ENGLEWOOD, CO - AUGUST 27:  Jarryd Hayne #38 of the San Francisco 49ers leaves the field following a joint training session with the San Francisco 49ers and the Denver Broncos at the Denver Broncos Training Facility on August 27, 2015 in Englewood, Colorado.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Movie vision for Jarryd Hayne stuff nation

As Hayne-mania grows, Clayton Barnett shares his movie vision for the league convert and NFL hopeful.

motoring

Drop top luxury and power gallery

Mercedes-Benz S-Class Cabriolet.

7:15 AM  NZ arrival at least 12 months away for German brand's new drop-top that blends blistering performance with ultimate luxury.

Does this cure your road rage?

NZTA is hoping green and black paint will calm motorists in Wellington's Mt Vic Tunnel.

Owen Norrish, left, and Mark Stevenson, right, hand over the keys to Roofliss to Averill Grant from Golden Bay.

Roofliss heads to new home

Marlborough's maritime marvel makes final farewell to Picton towed away on the back of the trailer.

sport

Brady's suspension overturned

Tom Brady leaves federal court in New York after contesting his four-game suspension with the NFL on August 31.

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is free to play in NFL season-opener after judge throws out suspension.

NFL boss on Hayne plane

7:45 AM  Most powerful sporting administrator in US taking a keen interest in rugby league convert, VP says.

Greens

Vandals stall Fox challenge

7:15 AM  Kiwi golfer slow to get going after first round of European event delayed by night attack on greens.

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good reads

Venturing forth to Scotland

A beautiful view of the city of Edinburgh from Calton Hill.

I close my eyes and hold my breath, as our temporary construction lift jerks upwards.

National memories erased by fire

Charred government records damaged in the Hope Gibbons fire are still held by Archives New Zealand, but countless documents were destroyed completely.

Precious historical records fluttered aflame through Wellington as a storage building burned in 1952.

TripAdvisor: This is your review

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Try as you might, you cannot avoid the website that changed travel forever.

Joy in life's unexpected turns stuff nation

woman at the airport

Leaving Belgium, Charlotte Descamps had no idea where to spend the rest of her life. She does now.

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Man loses job after explicit texts

The unidentified man joins a growing number of 'sexters' who have accidentally messaged the wrong person.

A man in the US lost his job after sending two explicit photographs to a female HR manager.

Bizarre alien corpse discovered in Russia

The "alien corpse" discovered in Russia.

A tiny alien creature that washed up on the banks of a river in north western Russia has locals and experts stumped.

Household invention lifts the moving game

Fred Willis of Kings House Removals checks progress of the 29 meter long building being removed from the old Waikiwi Tavern site on the longest self steering trailer in NZ , which Fred Willis designed  in 1979 and has now been copied by many.

If necessity is the mother of invention then Fred Willis is the father.

Kiwis wary of Aussie claim

This sheep with a giant overgrown coat of wool was found near Canberra in Australia.

Shearer of a very woolly Aussie sheep believes he's smashed Big Ben's world record fleece but Kiwis aren't so sure.

Parenting

Wealthy sperm donor fears contact

AN angry sperm donor fears up to 24 children will want his money or time.

Donor pleads with authorities to keep his identity secret from his two dozen-plus offspring.

Anna Guy: How to take time out

Anna Guy has realised that time alone is important when you're a busy mum.

I'm usually pretty good at finding a little time just for me once a week.

Parenting in spring is the best

Parenting in spring is the best!

Parents can breathe a sigh of relief; you've survived another winter of cabin fever.

Tackling back pain as a mum

Motherhood can be a real pain in the back.

I bend down to scoop up my daughter and bam: there goes my back.

kiwi traveller

What sight to see in HK?

For amusement-park-loving teens, Hong Kong Disneyland is the place to go.

There's something for all the family to enjoy in Hong Kong, from markets to theme parks.

Expat tales: The great outdoors

Simon Dilks with his wife and daughter against the mountainous scenery of their home.

Simon Dilks ditched the rat race for a life of adventure in Yangshuo, China.

Lost and found in Italy

Passport, credit card, phone, the Holy Trinity of travel.

Travel is full of heart-stopping moments, not all of which are about ogling scenic wonders.

The reality of London life stuff nation

Living and working in London is challenging and exhausting, but it's also one of the most enriching experiences you can have, says Amelia.

There are heaps of opportunities in London, writes Amelia Abplanalp. You just have to be patient, network like crazy and work damn hard.