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The cost of landlord logic

Where are the people who chose the cheap cladding for London's Grenfell Tower now?

OPINION: London's catastrophic fire was all about the money.

Lorde has colonised TSwift's world

With Melodrama,  Lorde just moved into Taylor Swift's neighbourhood and painted the whole place blue.

OPINION: Songcraft this sensory and sophisticated rarely comes pouring out of a head as young as Lorde.

Big country, big changes

Simon Cameron has consent to take water for the hydro canal that bisects Ben Ohau station for irrigation.

Ever since humans arrived they've been changing Mackenzie Country, says a family there since 1891.

Road tripping in Dracula country

Transylvania - known for its gothic castles, gorgeous countryside... and of course, Dracula.

"There's wolves and Gothic castles and we might even wear Van Helsing hats."

Gay NFL star planned suicide video

Ryan O'Callaghan planned to kill himself after his NFL career was over.

"No one is going to assume the big football player is gay. It's why a football team is such a good place to hide."

Headed for an Iran-US war?

An Iraqi PMF medic takes an Isis sign down and places a Shia militia (PMF) in it's place in the town of Ba'aj near the ...

ANALYSIS: The US and Iran have been able to tolerate each other in Iraq. But what happens once Isis' strongholds fall?

What I learned from my dying child

Parenting Luke was the greatest learning experience of my life, writes Jennifer Golden.

Losing Luke helped US mum Jennifer Golden learn a useful lesson in being direct with her children.

Sport battles with homophobia

Blake Skjellerup, Christchurch Speed Skater wants a zero tolerance stance to homophobia in New Zealand sport.

Are the major NZ sports organisations doing enough to help eliminate homophobia?

Austin hits the high notes

Anna Marie Lewis and Denny Freeman play The Continental in Austin, Texas.

In the space of 1km, a traveller can encounter neon, cops, Catholics, classical architecture, food, drink and shopping.

NZ netball comp: hit or miss?

Steel shooter Jhaniele Fowler-Reid has been among the best players in the national netball premiership.

 New competition unearths some exciting young talent, but too many one-sided games a concern.

Tackling the Te Araroa trail video

Matt said the most emotional part of the journey was getting his first glimpse of Bluff and the ocean beyond on Bald Hill.

Matt Dowdle ditched a traditional OE to walk over 2800km of New Zealand.

Don't build wildebeests a bridge

What are you thinking? There's a croc right behind you!

Thousands mauled to death every year in a slow-motion river horror is a good thing, scientists say.

By all accounts, she was sharp

Muriel Abraham - born September 12, 1919 - died June 12, 2017 in Auckland but will be remembered for her countless ...

Muriel Abraham was TSB's first female qualified accountant, a great mum and a good laugh.

House of Cards isn't about Trump?

Robin Wright and Kevin Spacey are political animals, Claire and Frank Underwood, in House of Cards.

OPINION: What if the Underwoods are meant to represent the Clintons too?

10 'Earth-like' worlds found

Artist's concept depicts an itsy-bitsy planetary system that is so compact that it's more like Jupiter and its moons ...

Nasa astronomers say they've found 10 small, rocky and possibly habitable planets with the Kepler telescope.

Politicians, police and the payout

The secret taping has resulted in a secret payment to former Government staffer Glenys Dickson.

Clandestine taping of an employee by an MP resulted in a secret payment from John Key's leader's budget to make the issue go away.

Is NZ food ready to join world's best?

Cuisine editor Kelli Brett wants to see New Zealand recognised as a world food destination.

OPINION: Cuisine editor Kelli Brett on whether New Zealand restaurants should be among the world's top 50.

Yotam Ottolenghi expands food empire

In a way, the kitchen was less stressful than the newsroom, Ottolenghi, a former journalist, says.

if you've ever unearthed a pomegranate in your My Food Bag, you have Ottolenghi to thank for that.

From homeless to helping homeless video

Naylar Uisa and her team head out to the streets of central and west Auckland, feeding and clothing those less fortunate.

Winter's a tough time for the homeless. She knows it, and hopes to ease their plight.

Leah McFall: The brave of heart

Sixteen hours after leaving home I was in a bar, being served gin cocktails by a a body-popping Millennial in cut-off ...

Freedom is one thing worth having, but there are other things.

Inside (outside) NZ's only bush school video

Baillie Rishworth had to learn proper safety techniques before being given unsupervised access to knives.

Kids play with knives, catch and eat possums and and are free to roam.

Lions, lycra and a rat hole pub

Alan Dymock, features editor of Rugby World writes for the Star-Times during the Lions tour

OPINION: Getting stuck behind a wide-haul loader on the Desert Rd was a moment to treasure forever, says rugby writer Alan Dymock.

NZ 'Johnnies' wiped from Gallipoli

An ANZAC bugler sounds the Last Post at Gallipoli to commemorate the day the New Zealand and Australian troops landed on ...

OPINION: Kiwis must meet Turkey's Islamist regime's Anzacs snub with friendship, writes Jonathan Milne.

Alison Mau: Mongrel landlords

Here in New Zealand, we puttle around our issue ignoring the 1600 deaths and pretending that the percentage returns for ...

OPINION: My friend's cold, damp state home landed her in hospital. Even the curtains were soaking wet.

The rise of "road slugs" video

Seclusion, scenery and saving money are all reasons given for the popularity of freedom camping.

Freedom camping has a bad rap, but almost 30,000 Kiwi motor home owners are among the wallets on wheels.

Frozen: New Zealand's cryonic man

After Cam Christie's death his brother injected his body with anti-freeze, put it on ice and shipped it to the Cryonics ...

The mystery of the one Kiwi known to have been cryogenically-frozen is the ultimate cold case.

Lions need to find magic

Beauden Barrett's class is expected to be a difference in the looming series between the All Blacks and Lions.

Advantage All Blacks, as experts weigh up the looming test series against the one-trick ponies from the north.

Lighthouse life a bygone era

The Pages were largely self-sufficient, raising a family a six children.

Lighthouses today are invariably nothing but a bunch of flashing LEDs, but it wasn't that long ago that families filled their lives at these remarkable outposts.

Lorde: 'I was ready for this'

Lorde in Auckland recently.

The singer says it's "truly time" for Melodrama to come out and she's excited about what comes next.

The quietly charming life of an 'old theatre cat'

After seven decades in amateur theatre, Peter Simmonds says earning the applause of an audience is priceless.

After 70 years in Christchurch theatre, there's nothing amateur about Peter Simmonds.

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