Richard met Albert, wed Ann

Ann and Richard have been a couple for 40 years. They met when Ann was Albert. Now that Ann is a woman they are able to be married.

For 34 years, Albert and Richard were not allowed to marry. Then Albert became Ann and the legal hurdles disappeared.

2014's worst style trends

OVERALLS: Miley Cyrus goes for a short denim-onesie look.

Culottes, Bermuda shorts and denim onesies. . . we definitely had some right corkers this year.

Round-the-clock care for baby rhino

A baby rhino has been welcomed into the world at the Werribee Open Range Zoo.

Rare calf is getting round-the-clock care at Melbourne's Werribee Zoo.

What makes a good date?

NO LACTOSE INTOLERANCE HERE: It's the things we don't like that bring us together.

Sure, it can be nice to like the same TV shows, but ultimately it's what we don't like that brings us together.

Kat's remarkable adventure

WELL-TRAVELLED: Kat Schurmann on Rapa Nui (Easter Island) in 1998.

Kiwi-born Kat Schurmann was just 13 when she died in Brazil of HIV/Aids. Her tale is now becoming a film.

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love & sex

Cold hearts, cool change

Summer Essay illustration

Getting dumped is bad enough without being stuck within the confines of a small car with the sounds of Little River Band's Cool Change blaring from the radio.

What makes a good date?

Sure, it can be nice to like the same foods and TV shows, but ultimately it's the things we don't like that bring us together.

London: The world's divorce capital

How to overcome sexual hang-ups

food & wine

From exploding barrel to top brew

Taste test: Mike's Brewery owner Ron Trigg samples some of his famous whisky porter.

One of New Zealand's most sought -after beers started life as a university experiment.

How to avoid catering disaster

Dozens of guests became violently ill at one Christmas lunch. Here's how to avoid a similar fate.

OUT OF FAVOUR?: Times are changing and a feed of fish and chips is falling victim to franchised fast food.

Fish and chips take a battering

Times are changing and a feed of fish and chips is falling victim to franchised fast food.

beauty

2014's biggest hair and make-up moments

STRIKING: Rihanna's green-lipped look at the iHeartRadio awards was pretty memorable.

It has been a big year for experimentation in the hair and make-up department for celebrities.

Try these beauty pick-me-ups

Party season making you feel exhausted? Here are five easy ways to look perky even if you're feeling pooped.

Looking good: We're still seeking answers to our biggest beauty dilemmas online.

6 most Googled beauty questions in 2014

When life gives you a beauty question, just ask Google.

fashion

2014's worst style trends

OVERALLS: Miley Cyrus goes for a short denim-onesie look.

Culottes, Bermuda shorts and denim onesies... even if you're a fashion person, you must admit this year we had some corkers.

Best & worst dressed of the year gallery

21 stunners and 14 sheer shockers from the past 12 months of red carpet action.

Fitted: Sofia Vergara is never seen wearing something loose.

The secret dress trick that makes celebrities look thinner

The rule that says big girls should wear baggy clothes is a fashion myth that needs to be thrown away.

well & good

Looming 50th spurs 27kg loss

Hayley Stevenson, Debbie Hall and Kate Hall complete their first triathlon together at Lake Hayes on Saturday.

Self-confessed Southland party girl decided to finally join her family at a triathlon after years of watching.

Aftermath of over-indulgence

There is a perverse pleasure to be had in a bout of deprivation after a period of sustained piggery.

Will holiday affect your fitness?

Celeb secret: Dressing curves

life

Richard met Albert, married Ann

Ann and Richard have been a couple for 40 years. They met when Ann was Albert. Now that Ann is a woman they are able to be married.

For 34 years, Albert and Richard were unable to wed. Then Albert became Ann and the legal hurdles disappeared.

Summer that's a stunner for kids

Forget about holiday activities, trying blowing your kids' minds this summer.

Little Kat's remarkable adventure

Cops help deliver baby on train video

home & property

Five staycation essentials gallery

HAPPY VIBE: Festoon lights are an instant way to add a summer vibe to your outdoor living space.

Staying home these holidays? Here's how to have a relaxed break in your own abode.

Creative space best for relaxing

Kapiti artist Debbie Pointon's favourite room is perched on a steep bank with majestic views of the hills.

ME TIME: Make time for some R 'n' R to balance out the stress of home improvements.

Reward yourself for progress

Some of us need all the help we can get to start, and finish, a home-improvement project.

luxury

10 pricey Oscar dresses gallery

JENNIFER LAWRENCE, $4,000,000: The blush-pink ballgown by Dior Haute Couture worn by J-Law at the 2013 Academy Awards tops the list of most valuable awards dresses in recent times. Why? All because she tripped. That's right, the image of Lawrence tripping on the stairs was broadcast around the world giving Dior enormous publicity. Winning the Oscar for Best Actress for her role in Silver Linings Playbook possibly also played a part in the exposure, but one is starting to think that trip wasn't an accident...

Designer brands gain enormous exposure on Oscar night. Here are 10 of the most valuable dresses worn in recent history.

The bike that costs $512,000 gallery

Coated in 24-carat gold, it’s for the man who has everything.

TELLING HER MOTHER'S STORY IN STYLE: Diane von Furstenberg says writing her book, The Woman I Wanted to Be, helped her understand her mother's history and how she survived the Holocaust.

Luxury looks like DVF

Luxury smells like exotic flowers, tastes like peppermint tea, and looks like Diane von Furstenberg.

weddings

Same-sex unions outdo civil ones

IN LOVE: Samantha King, left, and Chels Dale celebrate their engagement.

Female couples are leading the rush to tie the knot following the legalising of same-sex marriage.

YES: Jeff Ferraro, 32, proposes to Lauren Russo, 31, in front of the Capitol Christmas tree.

The proposal photographers

A memorable proposal is no longer enough for some. It needs to be captured professionally to be shared with the world.

Video

Cops help deliver baby on train

Jesus may have been born in a barn but this Christmas baby has a way better story to tell.