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Quake damage isolates memorial bench

Treasured memorial bench isolated, overgrown

Memorial bench

A memorial bench on a pretty Avon river-side spot is now isolated and overgrown to the dismay of the family which put it there.

Open letter to the Black Caps: I can point to you and say to my sons, 'live like that'

CWC final

JONNY GILLING

The Australian team showed incredible skill but I don’t want my sons to be like them, writes Jonny Gilling.

Black Caps played with 'class and honour'

 CLASSY: Brendon McCullum shakes hands with Michael Clarke after the Australian captain was dismissed by Matt Henry during the Cricket World Cup final.

They may have lost the final, but Black Caps played the CWC with honour, says Andy Henderson.

WIN: Do you have New Zealand's top office dog?

New Zealand's top office dog

WIN: Can your company claim bragging rights to having the cutest workplace pooch in the country?

Luck and humble pie in house purchase

real estate

There is a reason it is called a property ladder...start at the bottom and end at the top, Brad Sketcher writes.

Your Cricket World Cup debrief

Black caps

Share your commiserations and commemorations following NZ's first ever Cricket World Cup final.

Four-pronged attack to rid myself of anxiety

Meditation

Letting go of anxiety gives us an abundance of time and energy to do with as we please.

Have you been pro-active against cancer?

Angelina jolie

"Take control and tackle head-on any health issue." Have you taken steps to fight cancer?

Pet of the day: Rocky's a sports fan

Rocky loves playing catch and barking at wildlife, but there's always time to watch cricket on TV.

Pet of the day: Georgie's the most loving pet

Our girl Georgie is the most loving pet anyone could ask for, says Courtney Collins.

'Things could have been a lot, lot worse'

Debbie and Troy Grimwood

A life-changing accident doesn't mean you always have to look at the negatives, says Debbie Grimwood.

Are rules around video replays hurting cricket?

Aaron Finch

As well as stopping umpiring "howlers", video replays have become a tactical device, says Mark Kessell.

Top five reader comments

"Fifty Cent is not very good... Snoop Dogg is not very good... but the Black Caps are very, very good."

Guys in utes, not tourists, are 'worst drivers'

Traffic

While not technically poor drivers, guys in utes appear to think they own the road, says John Taylor.

Simple acts of kindness made for great neighbours

Mowing a lawn

We hardly saw each other but felt our neighbours were always there in caring and thoughtful spirit.

11 reasons the Black Caps will win the Cricket World Cup

mccullum clark

We beat them with almost 27 overs to spare last time. The fact is, Australia just isn't very good.

Lessons learned from running, no matter the weather

Running

It's not just the action of running that has been beneficial, it's been the weather conditions too.

Pet of the day: No flies on Freddie

A mozzie doesn't sound like a fun pet until you realise it's an adorable terrier/maltese cross.

Weather photo of the week: March 27, 2015

Two lovely shots of sun rays lighting up Auckland's harbour, shot from Achilles Point.

Shop in your property price range

It's not that hard to buy a house. A mansion or a dream on the other hand maybe more difficult.

Top 5 lady bits comments today

woman on the beach

From boobs to bush, commenters have had plenty to say about the female form today.

Top Gear saga like 'spinster stoush on Coro'

This Jeremy Clarkson debacle was like a very British spinster stoush unfolding on Coro, says John Stringer.

Our neighbours are awesome

Neighbours

Everybody needs good neighbours and we'd love to hear about yours.

Smugshot: Reader's travel photos of the week

This week's travel photos have everything from mules to doppelgangers... with a few stunning sunsets for good measure.

'Black Caps' best game is yet to come'

Brendon McCullum

It's the Black Caps' ruthless attack that makes them them a dangerous opponent, says Frank Olivier.

'Everyone is fighting some kind of battle'

Helping hands

We fill in the blanks when meeting new people but sometimes we're very wrong, writes Joe Guse.

Black Caps 'in with a great chance'

Trent Boult bowling

Winning the CWC final will come down to how well the back-up bowlers can perform, says Tom Moke.

Pet of the day: Mission accomplished

Mouse-y-Tongue sees it as a challenge to reach the summit of the linen cupboard.

Girls shouldn't feel pressure to be hairless 'down there'

bansky strap

The mentality behind the pressure girls face to be hairless stems from pornography, writes Kylie Gunn.

Top 5 CWC semi-final comments

As New Zealand basks in the Black Caps' semi-final glory, our commenters are out in force.

'Cycling isn't just a sport, it's a lifestyle'

Cyclist on the road

As a road cyclist you never know what's going to come out and hit you, writes Courtney Leith.

What's next for the changing face of cricket?

Corey Anderson batting

The cricket I used to watch/play has changed so much, says Jas Singh. What's next?

Your top tips for easing anxiety

Relaxed

What helps you unwind and takes the pressure off when you're feeling anxious?

Helping the Black Caps win

Cricket World Cup Grant Elliott Corey Anderson

They're just one win away, but what can the Black Caps do to secure the Cricket World Cup?

'Young, relatively wild, and vegan'

Young, relatively wild, and vegan.

Bridget White's pretty sure she terrified her parents by going vege at 13, but that was just the start.

Getting a foot in the property door

home ownership

Delia Stammers found that with a bit of luck, and a lot of saving, home ownership could happen.

Feeding hungry kids 'should not be political debate'

child poverty

We need to stop condemning kids to hunger because of the actions of their parents, Zac Painting says.

Help is at hand if you're going it alone

Lynda Kanji

Going it alone in business can be lonely. Lynda Kanji shares some lessons she learned along the way.

Pet of the day: Born to ride

betsy lulu

Betsy Lulu is a pug who lives life to the fullest. And looks damn good while doing it.

Top 5 Black Caps comments

Black Caps Cricket World Cup New Zealand

Commenters come out in their droves to support the Black Caps in their quest for World Cup glory.

A road trip through Europe

Jennifer and Scott Martin were travelling around Europe when their adventure took an unexpected turn.

Why do we want to buy houses?

home ownership

Why is home ownership the only thing Kiwis aspire to when ultimately it will not provide them with security?

Historical re-enactment brings musket shot to life

Trevor Hardy captures the moment a historical reenactment brought a Brown Bess musket back to life.

This is how Black Caps can beat the Proteas

Cricket World Cup training Black Caps

FRANK OLIVIER

It will be a tough semi-final, but if they can do these things the Black Caps can win, writes Frank Oliver.

Gallipoli 2015: From New Zealand with love

Anzac Cove

Damien Mostert will be in Gallipoli for the 100th Anzac Day commemorations and wants to share the love.

Pet of the day: A bored Bently

A trip to the office is usually a treat for Bently, but that wasn't the case at this work meeting.

Hard slog on Kiwi OE 'absolutely worth it'

Passport and visas

TRACY WHITE

Costs associated with the traditional Kiwi OE are becoming more restrictive, writes Tracy White.

'If New Zealand wins the toss, they must bat'

CWC coin for the toss

If New Zealand win the toss in their semi-final against South Africa they must bat, writes Don Caird.

Vegan for the love of beasts

Cows

With so many fruit and vegetables available, for Lorraine Weston-Webb there's no need to eat meat.

Top five reader comments of the day

Rowers

If you've ever questioned what's newsworthy, brace yourself for today's top comments.
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