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Elemeno P's reunion a "no brainer"

Elemeno P frontman Dave Gibson with his new Brooklyn-based band Streets of Laredo.

And frontman Dave Gibson's not ruling new music.

Editorial: Alarming prospect of money in politics

New Zealand might face an onslaught of "attack ads" paid for by outside interests in the 2017 election, says Otago ...

OPINION: New Zealand's election spending rules need fixing - again.

Rise of the Kiwi

Melbourne Storm prop Jesse Bromwich is one of over 100 Kiwi-born players in the NRL this season.

From under eight per cent to a fifth of the league. What's behind the rise of Kiwi-born NRL players?

The student no school wants

Brittany Murray, a student at the Flexible Learning School in North Melbourne.

Four years ago Brittany Murray was caught with a knife at school. She's still turned away from schools.

Holidays in Saudi Arabia a hard sell

Saudi visitors watch an aerial flying display over Mada'in Saleh, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, in Mada'in Saleh.

Its alcohol ban and strict dress code are red flags... but curious travellers want to tick it off their lists.

Fighting to help prostitutes

Sex worker and rights activist Laura Lee has challenged a new law introduced in Northern Ireland that makes it illegal ...

Laura Lee is challenging a Northern Ireland law that's driving sex workers under ground. She has police on her side.

Judging NZ's best BBQ video

There were plenty of people attending the innaugural Meatstock festival in Auckland over the weekend of Feb 25, 2017. ...

Ribs, brisket, pulled pork and lamb were all on the menu, but were they good?

Seeing NZ through a tourist's eyes

There'd been a deluge a few days earlier at Milford but it was all but cloudless for our overnight cruise.

Despite the lack of good Guinness or a sing-song, my Irish friend reckons "It's the most beautiful country in the world".

Transgender issue hits the mat

Mack Beggs, a transgender boy, competes in a state championship girls wrestling competition, in Cypress, Texas.

How a transgender teenage wrestler's win divided both a sport and a country.

Labour's future has one name

Younger blood - like new Mt Albert MP Jacinda Ardern - is needed for the top of the Labour party, Chris Trotter says.

OPINION: If Andrew Little doesn't promote Jacinda Arden to deputy-leader, then he's a fool, writes Chris Trotter.

Spare us festival of the super-fit

Buses were laid on for runners after their exertions, but they ought to have sauntered home, writes Jane Bowron.

OPINION: Are the rest of us sloths supposed to look on admiringly at these narcissists, asks Jane Bowron.

Would you wade into a 'Smithable' river?

Not wading but swimming: Nick Smith prepares for a dip in the Manawatu River in 2016.

OPINION: Baby boomers like me remember clean rivers - and we vote. Dave Armstrong writes.

Millions starving in famine stuff nation video

The world's newest country, South Sudan, is being hit by the first famine in the world for six years.

 OPINION: South Sudan is in the grip of a famine. We can't let children die.

Forgiving a rapist video

Thordis Elva was 16 when she was raped by 18-year-old Australian exchange student Tom Stranger in Reykjavik. Years later ...

Thordis Elva was attacked at 16. Seven years later, she took "fear by the horns" and flew to the other side of the world to the man who did it.

Kiwi fashionista wins world stage video

"I am determined, and for sure I work pretty crazy hours, for now Maggie Marilyn is my life, but I think honestly what ...

Maggie Hewitt, 22, has had the kind of year every fashion graduate dreams of.

Naked truth

When her nude stage show attracted disturbing emails, this performer simply added them into her act

Nasa, you're incredible

Maybe it's just as well this planet in the Trappist-1 solar system is out of humanity's reach.

OPINION: Astronomers have made an amazing planetary discovery, but maybe it's just as well we have to take their word for it.

The world according to Henrik

Henrik says it's possible to have a good experience anywhere, even in war-ravaged countries like Republic of Congo.

Henrik Jeppesen visited every country in the world before his 28th birthday and is now working through the territories.

Inside mysterious Bhutan's sacred rituals

A black-necked crane.

The migratory birds hold a special place in the hearts and culture of the people of the Phobjikha Valley.

Sibling love trumps all

Fight club, then friends. Famous siblings Jake and Maggie Gyllenhaal.

Opinion: When my kids fight, there's no need for them to guess what the next words out of my mouth will be.

These Charming Hombres

The Smiths, in Spanish? "Why the hell not?" asks Mexican musician, Camilo Lara.

'Guru' keeps followers in the dark video

Foundation of Higher Learning founder Imre Vallyon's biography says he was born with cosmic consciousness.

A spiritual leader's secret child sex offending past was not revealed to all of his followers who bring their kids to his retreats around the world.

Tackling rugby's dark side

The tragic death of Wallaby rugby player Dan Vickerman poses hard questions about what happens to rugby players after ...

OPINION: Not all the players have a plan to cope when the superstar lifestyle ends.

Engineer, environmentalist

The proposed 30-metre raising of Lake Manapouri in the 1960s spurred David Thom to organise a number of conferences ...

David Thom was considered one of NZ's greatest engineers, and sought to protect the world around us.

How to turn a college around

Redcliffs teenagers Imogen Crooks, 16, left and Emilia Crooks, 13, walk to the bus stop on their way to Linwood College.

Christchurch's Linwood College changed its reputation to become the school of choice for its community.

Millions left to SPCA gallery

Margaret Doucas has left millions to the Wellington SPCA.

Animal-mad Wellington lawyer Margaret Doucas died suddenly last year. Her legacy though has helped save a struggling charity.

Lifestylers hot under the collar

Grant Edge says it's not on that lifestylers should have a plastics factory land next door.

Waimakariri is lifestyle central since the Canterbury quakes, but how does a plastics factory fit in?

Bumpy start, smooth finish

The Mackays to Peka Peka section of the Kapiti expressway, from Poplar Ave, with a pedestrian over bridge.

The $630m Kapiti expressway's been dubbed NZ's best road, but it's had big challenges.

The face of the Port Hills fires

Richard McNamara surrounded by burnt hills near Christchurch. A combination of luck and hard work stopped the Port Hills ...

Everyone calls him Mac. He is a humble man and helped put the inferno in perspective.

Balloon unites grieving families

Mandy Olverson, left, found a helium balloon in some derelict farm buildings on the hills above the village of Talley, ...

It was a girl's gesture to her late great grandmother. It led to a connection no-one could have foreseen.

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