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The 'ugly friend' effect really does boost your attractiveness: study

Bad news: Scientists have just confirmed that the "ugly friend effect" is indeed real.

Nearly 1700 dogs from around the country vie for top spot at National Dog Show

Nearly 1700 canines from 126 breeds are vying to be judged New Zealand's top dog.

Police rescue calf from state highway in Featherston

Police picks up adventurous cow from a state highway in an attempt to keep com-moo-nities safe.

H&M opening expected to attract line of 1000 shoppers

H&M fans are expected to flock to the fashion chain's opening on Saturday.

No animals harmed in the making of new Governor-General's first banquet

The "plant based" menu served at Dame Patsy Reddy's first banquet was a far cry from tofu and mung beans.

This week we tried: Little Bird's 5-day raw meal plan

No meat, no sugar - and no dishes to wash. We're sold.

Linden Fish Supply first port of call for Kyle Street Auckland restaurant Culprit

Al Brown's executive chef is branching out on his own with a seasonal yum cha style restaurant in Auckland.

H&M host a big opening night party at Sylvia Park mall

 Max Key, Maria Tutaia, Jerome Kaino and some Bachelorettes - now that's a guest list.

Mrs Doubtfire house in San Francisco comes on the market

Just like the movie - you could move right into the stunning house where Mrs Doubtfire raised his kids.

We should be talking more about baby loss: Don't let it be the elephant in the room

It's more than double our annual road toll - the heartbreak behind New Zealand's 700 dead babies.

Volunteer honoured for planting flowers and veges to pretty up South Invercargill

Gayle Hammond's work planting roadsides, empty spaces and hanging baskets to brighten up South Invercargill has seen her named as a finalist in Gardena Gardener of the Year 2016.

Ten decor items for the home that are always worth the investment

Treasure or trash? Here are 10 items for the home that are always worth buying.

I let my kids watch inappropriate shows, but these are the rules

A dad reveals his reasons for letting his children watch shows reserved for adults.

Snap-pants might be making a return, with a little help from Kim Kardashian

Snap-pants, also known as 'tear away pants' or 'poppers', were a hallmark of 90s. Could they make a comeback?

Marlborough pinot named best-in-show at prestigious international competition

Forget Burgundy, or those Central Otago pretenders, Marlborough is home to the best pinot noir in the world.

Foraging in New Zealand: How to find free fruit in your city

With over 2500 varieties of foraged foods in NZ, you're never short of something delicious.

Employees in Dubai win airline tickets, cash prizes for losing weight

The Dubai government is rewarding skinny staff with airline tickets and cash prizes.

Saint Laurent brings pasties back to Paris in gleefully seductive collection

Saint Laurent brings pasties back to the runway: What it says about women and power.

This Zara coat has its own Instagram account

If you don't like showing up in the same jacket as your friend, this probably isn't for you.

Rilkoff Files: Those things you can only ever find when you don't need them

If you can never find them when you want them, are scissors even real?

Booklovers alert! You're bound to love this little New York cabin

A tiny booklined library in the wood makes a perfect reading retreat

Last house on The Block NZ goes under the hammer on Sunday

The last house on The Block NZ goes under the hammer on Sunday, but sightseers have been noticeably absent.

Prince George and Princess Charlotte play with balloons and pet animals

There was bubbles, balloons and animals. And did Charlotte just says her first word in public?

Did Kim Kardashian go without underwear at Balmain's Paris Fashion Week show?

Her latest Paris Fashion Week look doesn't leave much to the imagination, but it asks one big question.

Are these hotel door signs sexist? Hotel group Pentahotels under fire for toilet illustrations

Because all women think about shopping while men are more interested in football, right?

The only dating advice I needed

She was a one-date wonder. But then one simple question changed all of that.

A neighbour’s trash, your treasure

Make good use of and get to grips with upcycling.

Best & worst dressed celebrities of the week

This week, we bow down to Jennifer Connelly, the Duchess rocks red and Katie Price remains one of a kind.

Kiws feel wealthier and spending more as property values increase

An increase in home values has led to spending on luxurious items.

Recipe: Sam Mannering's Xinjian-style beef short ribs

Friends or family coming over for dinner? These slow-cooked ribs are perfect for sharing – and you can finish them on the barbecue.

5 things for fashion lovers to do in Wellington

In Wellington for the World of WearableArt show? Here are some things you can't miss.

Furry Friday: When pets are just trying to sleep

A bleary or resentful look as your pet waits for the photo shoot to end: it's the moment of the interrupted sleeper.

Morning trivia quiz: September 30

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Remembering Helena McAlpine: Best friend Anna Jobsz' touching thoughts a year on from her death

"This year has dragged so slowly for so many reasons, but mainly one - the loss of my dearest and craziest friend."

Can eating fat help you lose weight? Let's look at the ketogenic diet

It switches your body onto fat-burning mode, but is the ketogenic diet healthy?

Weltec hairdressing and makeup students inspired by WOW

Sixty WelTec hairdressing and makeup artistry students are working backstage at WOW.

New gardening technology makes caring for plants easier

Get the beauty of a healthy garden without the hassle.

Laziness and other (non-judgmental) reasons I breastfeed my baby

"I don't want to do extra dishes, I don't want to spend extra time preparing bottles."

Whatever your style, here's how to decorate with leafy botanicals

Pretty spring flowers are so last year - this season we're all about decorating with leafy botanicals.

Should you take nutrition advice from your personal trainer?

Are personal trainers really fit to guide you in nutrition?

How do they choose those Pantone colours? It's a long story....

Turns out Pantone's colour of the year is picked two years in advance.

Have you committed these dating sins?

If you're on the market, there's a good chance you're guilty of at least one of these...

This optical illusion can reveal how rude your brain is

This optical illusion can tell you if you have a dirty mind or not.

New H&M ad challenges what it means to be a 'lady'

H&M's new ad has attracted both praise and criticism by redefining what it means to be "a lady".

New research shows acne sufferers stay looking younger longer

A new study suggests teenagers cursed with acne will age better than their clear-skinned peers.

Mangere man honoured for sharing gardening skills with students and refugees

Metua Aerenga has been sharing his gardening skills with refugees, mental health patients and former prisoners

Modern country kitchen doesn't compromise quality for low cost

Under $25k, this modern country kitchen cost less than the average, but look what you get.

Alicia Machado is hardly Donald Trump's first beauty pageant scandal

Alicia Machado is only one of many scandals to blow up during the Donald's pageant years.

Dog-control plan: Don't turn dog lovers into dog killers

So much for rigour and science. This dog-control plan is about prejudice and a concern for appearances.

Movie Review: The First Monday in May

REVIEW: The First Monday in May is a sumptuous film, with enough label-gazing to please the most ardent lover of frocks.
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