Good Reads

An outlet for mental illness sufferers

Amidst the mountain of detritus on the internet, there are insightful gems that help to create understanding.

One man's project on Reddit allowed many to open up and express what mental challenges they are facing.

Modern day Indiana Jones

Outside the old Leith whaling station on South Georgia Island. Taken with a laser scanner by New Plymouth archaeologist Daniel McCurdy.

Archaeologist Daniel McCurdy has been chased by fur seals, been caught in a category 1 storm and shoots laser beams all in the name of work.

The killer cancer doctors don't detect

Apple chief executive Steve Jobs died of pancreatic cancer in 2011.

Pancreatic cancer statistics are shocking, but would you know the symptoms?

Cairns reputation 'scorched' video

Former New Zealand cricket captain Chris Cairns speaks to members of the media outside Southwark Crown Court in London, Britain November 30, 2015. Cairns was cleared by a London court on Monday of perjury and perverting the course of justice relating to a libel case three years ago.  REUTERS/Philip Brown

NZ cricketer found not guilty of perjury suffers personal pain and high financial cost in court saga.

Honey looks sweet for farmers

Manuka honey dripping off the comb offers potential for hill country farmers.

After clearing scrub, ironically farmers are now being asked to plant it again for manuka honey.

Can she save the planet?

If the Paris talks are successful, Christiana Figueres will be entitled to the lion's share of the credit.

If the Paris climate change talks are a success, Christiana Figueres deserves most of the credit.

'Silver splitters' and mid-life dating

The mature Bridget Joneses having to negotiate all the same stuff plus the bewildering wild west that is texting, tindering and other modern minefields.

As a matchmaking app targets over-50s, Candida Crewe says it could be just the thing for the new Bridget Jones generation.

'Big task' ahead for Housing New Zealand

17022015 news photo/Kapi-Mana News: A previous state house, now in private ownership.


Epiphany at El Chalten

Viva Expeditions Trekkers setting out for Mt Fitz Roy.

Paul Rush finds a new lease of life at an old Argentinian landmark.

A toast to Shiraz

Persepolis, a 2540-year-old monument to the grandeur of the Achaemenian​ empire.

Facelifts, nose jobs, chadors teamed with Japanese sun visors, rare artefacts and friendly people – Iran is a fascinating paradox.

Where rocks rule supreme

Sutton Salt Lake can be reached with a 20-minute walk from SH 87.

The rocks are great, but also spare a thought for the tiny inland salt lake in the middle of them.

Finding baby Nemo's parents

Paula Penfold seeks answers from a staff member at one of the Thai medical facilities involved in the Baby Nemo swapped embryo case.

Journalists from 3D Investigates go to Thailand in search of baby Nemo's biological parents.

'We need a European ATF'

In the US, the ATF helps to enforce gun laws and target illegal trafficking.

Experts say Europe needs US-style bureau to tackle gun trafficking in wake of Paris attacks.

Surviving the God Squad

Douglas Metcalf posing in a portrait during the height of his reign at Camp David in Waipara, North Canterbury.

Ex-members of Canterbury religious cult Camp David open up about two decades of moving on.

Every day is Father's Day

Time for a beer and feed at the Australian Hotel, Wingham.

A father-and-son two-wheeled adventure fueled on laughs, beers, and too many pies.

Kiwi family caught up in embryo swap

The family of baby Nemo suspect a Thai couple who attended Chiang Mai Ram hospital face the same dilemmas.

A mixup in a Thai hospital has left a Kiwi family with someone else's child.

Cairns faces financial ruin

Chris Cairns walks to court during his perjury trial.

Chris Cairns could be facing a reparation bill in the millions, a legal expert says.

Govt can't afford another broken promise

New Zealanders need to look at the faces of these children - they were all killed due to abuse or maltreatment.

OPINION: It's expected to be the biggest reform since CYF was set up, so it had better do something. 

'I looked worse after losing 100kg'

Self from the series Half by Julia Kozerski.

Jilly Sampson thought dramatic weight loss would "solve everything", but instead found herself with more problems.

Childhood revisited

Shane Roberts has been a dedicated Comic Book reader and collector for 35 years.

Toys, games and dress-ups. It's not just child's play as Neil Ratley discovers.

Project Runway hopeless without an airline

A report commissioned by Wellington Airport has claimed that an extended runway could deliver $7 worth of benefits for every dollar spent.

OPINION: Call me old-fashioned, but if up to $300 million of my rates are going to be blown on a runway I would like to be certain it will be used.

'To be Maori, we don't hit kids'

The South Island iwi Ngāi Tahu is taking it upon itself to reduce sudden unexpected death in infancy (SUDI). All newborns are given a safe sleeping pack including a flax woven sleeping pod.

Community and marae agencies are stepping up and owning the issue of child abuse.

Oregon: Craft-brewery mecca

Close up of Crux beer being poured.

Looking to explore a new frontier for the ultimate craft beer? You can go past a taste of Oregon.

Garner: Squash Devoy and her PC office

Dame Susan Devoy was appointed by a star-struck Government wanting a known name, rather someone qualified, to be race relations commissioner.

Duncan Garner: Susan Devoy's crusade against Christmas suggests her office serves no purpose.

Capital's runway extension laid bare video

Wellington's political leaders are becoming increasingly confident the runway extension will get off the ground.

The case has been made for Wellington Airport's runway extension, but will it really fly?

How life has changed in 50 years video

Beverley and Barry Woolcott married in October 1960. In those days, people took the vows literally and divorce was rare.

Three generations of one family reflect on how life, love and death have evolved in half a century.

When single friends partner up

bridesmaids movie

When a long-standing single friend becomes part of a couple, all parties are to make an emotional shift.

Thanksgiving ads make turkeys video

More advertisers recognise how Thanksgiving can serve as a launchpad into the Christmas shopping season.

Big brands can hit the wrong note on Thanksgiving - a subtler holiday in the US than Christmas.

When sex education goes too far

Do you know what they are looking at, all the time?

Would you give your pre-teen or teen access, with some restrictions, to porn on their smartphone?

Boxing no smiling matter

Irene van Dyk has been training for seven weeks for her battle with Belinda Sommerville at Fight for Life on December 5.

Former Silver Ferns great Irene van Dyk has been taking the knocks as she trains for next week's Fight for Life charity event.

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