Good Reads

'He got shot, nobody's going in for him'

Investigators work the scene following a mass shooting at the Pulse gay nightclub in Orlando Florida.

The first emergency calls from inside the Florida massacre at the Pulse nightclub have been released.

Punched, tasered, awarded US$18

The jury ordered each of the defendants to pay Franklin and his parents US$1 for the violations of their rights. The ...

18 police and officials ordered to pay US$1 damages each after attack on innocent black man.

Love in a bleak place

Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander in The Light Between Oceans.

Michael Fassbender wanted no part of filming on an isolated NZ coast, but then he felt the light of love.

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.

World's first head transplant planned video

Valery Spiridonov, a man who has volunteered to be the first person to undergo a head transplant, attends a news ...

Surgeons hope to do the world's first human head transplant - and a head has been offered. But is it "junk science"?

A man of numbers and mojitos

Massey University PhD candidate Edgar Santos Fernandez and his Kiwi girlfriend, Shanelle, at the Manawatu Festival of ...

A PhD scholar who brings Cuban rhythms to his mathematics and his cooking.

Are women better decision-makers?

The closer a woman gets to a deadline or stressful event, the sharper her decision-making skills become.

Society sees men as being more decisive - but the research tells a different story.

Films to avoid if you fear flying

Passengers stand on the wings of a U.S. Airways plane as a ferry pulls up to it after it landed in the Hudson River in  2009.

Terrorists, crashes, disappearances: Are movies just adding to our anxiety?

Ski town defying population slump

Niseko is attracting the bulk of the estimated 30,000 skiers who visit Japan for an affordable, overseas winter break.

As Japan suffers an economic downturn, the popularity of a sleepy resort town has snowballed.

Trump TV? Tune in here video

Republican nominee Donald Trump speaks in Des Moines, Iowa, US.

Could Donald Trump's Plan B be a US cable TV news network?

Roosters dumped roadside video

News: poultry roosters.

It's a hardscrabble life for a rooster at a rest stop – but why are they even there?

NZ dairy trying to rule the world

Fonterra's Whareroa milk plant, one of the world's largest.

In the shadow of Mt Taranaki stands a symbol of NZ's dominance in the global dairy trade.

From Hoon Hay to NYC

Joshua Guillemot-Rodgerson graduates from the prestigious Juilliard School of dance in New York City in May.

Joshua Guillemot-Rodgerson dances for up to 10 hours a day and has calluses on the soles of his feet and toes.

Para-sailors aim to surprise video

Chris Sharp will compete in his first ever Paralympic Games at the age of 58.

NZ's oldest Paralympian this year is Chris Sharp, who joins a three-man crew six years after a motorbike accident left him in a wheelchair.

Last pitch at historic ballpark

The Bakersfield Blaze celebrate a win against the Stockton Ports at the Sam Lynn Ballpark on August 2 in Bakersfield, ...

Take me out the ballpark ... one last time.

Ashley Madison: Sex, lies and fembots

"I feel the lifestyle is incredibly empowering for women, and it allows women to set the rules and call the shots and ...

One year on, who were the winners and real losers at this hacked infidelity website?

'Time to pop housing bubble'

Real estate agent Steve Koerber has closed 48 sales on the Remuera street he lives on – including one $2 million ...

OPINION: What does a millionaire look like ... Dome-headed Daddy Warbucks? The top-hatted Monopoly man? Or a frazzled Auckland homeowner?

Brothers murdered within months

Kimble Moore, 48, who disappeared from Taipa, Northland, in March.

The pair met violent deaths within six months of each other, leaving a family desperate for answers.

Gastro illness rate high in Canty

Darfield was struck with a water contamination in 2012.

NZ's rate of gastro illnesses is amongst the highest in the developed world. Canterbury's rate is even higher.

Hi tech behind our athletes

Paralympic swimmer Cameron Leslie has just been fitted with new state of the art prosthetic legs in the lead-up to the ...

Advances in artificial limb technology will boost some of our 29 Paralympians' medal chances at Rio in September.

His culture was his medication

Former Kiwi League International Paul Whatuira used his heritage to bring him back from the brink of depression.

Aroha. Those five letters saved Kiwi rugby league hero Paul Whatuira's life.

Herding sheep milk's potential

Keith Neylon's sheep milking sheds were pioneering for the commercialisation of the milk product.

Sheep milk producers believe they can grow a high value, high sustainability sector over the next 15 years.

A town ripped apart video

Things as small as streetlights on the back streets and a youth space, are pegged to make a difference to the lives of ...

Six young people killed themselves in Kaitaia and many more have tried. But there's no cavalry coming to help.

'Sleepy Bob' a great jockey video

Bob Skelton with one of his favourite horses, the indomitable Grey Way.

Champion jockey's advice to youngsters will live on.

A slim chance is a chance

Helen Clark has risen to take a grip on power when thing looked all but lost, before. Is she capable of a similar trick ...

OPINION: Her chances are slim, but it might not be wise to discount Helen Clark from the UN Sec-Gen race just yet.

The legal cannabis importer video

Environmental activist Rebecca Reider hopes to pave the way for others to have the right to use medicinal cannabis.

The border was easy, but then it should be for a bunch of dried herbs, she says.

Illness 'all in the head' video

Tracey Jourdain says she lives in constant pain, but it has become an everyday feeling.

They have no scars and wear no bandages, but some Kiwis are silently battling the pain that comes with a rare genetic illness.

The incomparable Nina Simone

A screenshot from the Netflix doco, What Happened, Miss Simone?

The late, great singer was "an absolutely unreliable narrator of her own story" says her biographer

'Mum groomed me as a prostitute'

Lauren has managed to forgive her mother.

At 16, Lauren started working to help her mum out of financial trouble. She's still paying the price.

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