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Eruption day: Hope it's not calm

If there's light wind, it's not just those near the Central Plateau who will need to duck for cover.

Bullied for her rugby video

Mateja gets some one-on-one time with one of the Black Ferns players.

As soon as the Black Ferns heard what had happened to Mateja, they knew they had to bring her in.

Auckland Airport evacuation

Passengers evacuated from international airport baggage hall after "suspicious" item found.

Missing money was 'bonuses'

Accused car company employee told cops the $150,000 was given to her for hard work.

30,000 bank cards to be canned

Westpac to reissue 30,000 customer cards after Ticketmaster security breach.

Man foresaw Italy bridge tragedy video

"In ten years this bridge will collapse," Giovanni Calvini said to widespread mocking.

national

Child killer now says he didn't do it

Mikara Reti, who was five months old when Trent Hapuku took his life in January 2011.

Trent Hapuku killed a five-month-old boy because he was distracting him from playing PlayStation.

Councillors do not eat dogs

Wellington council's curious memo may have made a dog's breakfast out of relations with South Korea.

Jackets from Macpac and Kathmandu were a Christchurch shoplifter's favourite item.

Grab and dash shoplifter caught

A two-month shoplifting spree of items worth over $23,000 included a large garden swimming pool.

    special projects

    An extraordinary leaky house saga

    The Big Leak: Part 1

    The NZ boss of the world's biggest real estate firm is in a $500,000 legal fight over the sale of her leaky home.

    ‘Significant moisture issues’

    With the discovery of an old building report, the legal case over the leaky house at 2B Edgecumbe St gets bigger.

    Stuff's special project Nā Niu Tīreni connects New Zealand's troubling history with the efforts to redress the wrongs today.

    The unsettling truth about our beginnings

    These are the facts we need to face about the way New Zealand was made.

    world

    He foresaw Italy's tragedy video

    Giovanni Calvini warned about the Morandi bridge.

    "In 10 years this bridge will collapse," Giovanni Calvini said to widespread mocking.

    Debt led to untimely death

    Unemployed and desperate, a botched home invasion spelled the end for an Australian rapper.

    US President Donald Trump. Polls show Republicans have grown more negative toward the news media in recent years.

    Media message for Trump video

    Newsrooms in the US push back against their president with a series of newspaper editorials condemning his attacks.

    business

    Farmers import cutest sheep video

    A two-week-old valais blacknose lamb.

    With black face, ears and feet, beautiful white fluffy fleece and its embryo at $2000 each - their cuteness comes with a hefty price tag.

    Who does foreign buyer ban hit?

    Who does the foreign buyer ban really affect and will it make housing more affordable?

    Ebert Construction was the latest in a series of construction companies to strike trouble in an overheated market.

    Construction bosses feel bad

    More than half of construction bosses are concerned about the state of their industry.

    technology

    Ahead of his time in the '80s

    Retired electrical technician Ken Overend, from Picton, worked along side Ron Marriott.

    Engineer made prototype electronic gadgets, some of which were pooh-poohed at the time.

    Top streaming service sneaks in

    There's a new streaming service in town and it's home to everything from a Karate Kid revival to a compelling cat documentary.

    Gretta Rodriguez-Fleming, one of the founders of VREX, first discovered virtual reality gaming four months ago and ...

    VR the modern arcade

    Virtual reality is helping bring life back to old school arcades.

    homed

    Bella's Twilight home for sale gallery video

    The asking price is $538,838 for the four-bedroom, two-bathroom home.

    Bella Swan's quaint home is on the market for $532,838

    Find your garden style

    Four trendy and easy-to-achieve looks for your outdoor space.

    There's a huge demand for do-ups, such as this house that early winners on The Block, Alice and Caleb Pearson, bought to ...

    Renovating first may not pay off

    That new kitchen may not get you the return you hope for when selling.

    life & style

    Suicide survivor's face transplant

    The teenager who tried to kill herself with a gun has become the youngest person in the US to receive a face transplant.

    A teenager who tried to kill herself with a gun has become the youngest person in the US to receive a face transplant.

    Worst wedding gifts ever video

    A 10kg box of bacon, a single saucer and other bizarre unwanted wedding gifts.

    Thomas Markle, the headline-attracting father of Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, will be moving into fashion.

    Markle's dad's fashion line video

    The Duchess of Sussex's father Thomas will be moving into fashion.

    well & good

    Can you catch up on sleep? video

    If we don't get enough sleep, can we catch up later? Experts are divided.

    If we don't get enough sleep, can we catch up later? Experts are divided.

    Drugs cut for failed walking test video

    Brendan Rochford, who has MS, can't walk 500m. And because of that he's lost his funded medication.

    Patients are less than honest about more than just alcohol.

    How doctors know you're lying

    Patients are less than honest about more than just alcohol.

    food & wine

    Happiness on a grand scale

    The main bar sits under a forest of chandeliers.

    At Happiness, the mains are for sharing, the dining room is huge and the fluffy bao will bring a smile.

    Almond and fish a tasty combination

    A quick and easy meal that is also healthy and delicious.

    Easy being (micro) green

    Eat at the Little Swedish Kitchen

    nz farmer

    Rare triplet calves born

    Birthing triplet calves is a one-in-two-million occurrence.

    The farmers already have two sets of twin daughters. Now they have triplet calves as well.

    Death threats for whistle-blowers

    Advocacy group wants action to protect farm workers who report animal abuse.

    Ernst Frei's labour of love

    Endangered but delicious video

    entertainment

    Coldplay feared song was racist

    The song features in one of the rom-com's most important scenes.

    Coldplay's hit Yellow features in the film Crazy Rich Asians.

    Madonna turns 60 video

    Madonna will celebrate her 60th birthday on Thursday, following a long career of reinvention and controversy.

    The demand for Celine Dion tickets led scalpers to selling them on Viagogo.

    Kiwis' Viagogo horror stories video

    "It wasn't until my credit card details were entered two to three times that I thought something was fishy."

    travel

    The truth about living in Tokyo video

    Tao Lin moved to Tokyo for a working holiday after falling in live with it on a non-working break.

    Ultra modern yet traditional, crowded yet mindful, not averse to hiring a (real) hubby... Japan isn't easy to categorise.

    Cook Is: Perfect family getaway video

    Here are 20 reasons why you should bring the family to this Pacific paradise.

    Nora Dunn, also known as The Professional Hobo.

    1 year travel, $173 spent on digs video

    Nora Dunn likes to travel on a budget ... and she's very good at it.

    motoring

    'Piece of junk' Ferrari worth millions video

    Bought for just over $2000 and now possibly worth $11 million. Not bad for day's work.

    He took a risk on a broken Ferrari, and now US sailor Robert Phillips could be about to get a multi-million dollar payday.

    Madonna's mini is up for sale video

    She may be turning 60, but it could be you who's getting a birthday gift as Madonna's selling off her Mini Cooper.

    This sign at a Remuera carpark in Auckland shows how out of date Auckland Transport's thinking is.

    Auckland's dumb SUV ban video

    OPINION: Zeroing in on potential damage caused by SUVs shows Auckland Transport is two decades out of touch.

    stuff nation

    Give dads a break stuff nation

    I spent almost 18 months at home with my youngest three-month-old daughter and they were the most wonderful months.

    Ladies, dads don't need you to fem-splain how to care for their own children.

    Tell us your Meet Cute stuff nation

    We want to hear the story of the moment you locked eyes, exchanged your first words or went on your first date.

    Hansen will always back the experienced player first.   (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)

    Hansen has his favourites stuff nation

    The system Steve Hansen uses for All Blacks selection obviously works. But, from time to time, it raises eyebrows.

    sport

    Gatland fends off Northland

    Bryn Gatland didn't have the best of games, but stood up when he needed to at the end.

    North Harbour eke out a nervy 21-20 home win over Northland, but are far from impressive in NPC opener.

    La Liga matches heading to US

    2:14 AM  La Liga strikes 15-year deal to bring at least one league match to the US.

    Corey Oates of the Broncos is congratulated by teammates after one of his three tries against South Sydney.

    Broncos upset Rabbitohs

    2:06 AM  ​Brisbane's NRL finals hopes are alive after prevailing in see-sawing contest with South Sydney.

    opinion

    Ardern's political gamble with teachers video

    Teachers march in Auckland.

    OPINION: Is PM Jacinda Ardern speaking out of both sides of her mouth on the teachers strike?

    Good call on Naholo video

    All Blacks wing Waisake Naholo deserves another crack at the Wallabies in Sydney on Saturday night.

    OPINION: Rewarding form, not potential, was the right call to make in the All Blacks back three, writes Marc Hinton.

    Minister's lesson on rudeness

    Education Minister Chris Hipkins at the teachers' strike rally with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, and Associate ...

    OPINION: His "chauvinist pig" barb was more like a 5-year-old school starter than the person setting tone for NZ education.

    Te reo naysayers: build a bridge

    From left, Hana Bottles (Ngāti Kuri), Kyle Morris (Te Aitanga-a-Māhaki and Ngāti Porou), Joshua Chin (Te Rarawa and Te ...

    OPINION: I naively imagined a positive response to my te reo Māori journey. Instead I got cynicism and resistance.

    good reads

    'Too friendly too fast' video

    The kids loved it when Ron Jeffries dyed his beard.

    The man with the colourful beard in unit 13 seemed nice. Little did they know he was a notorious sex offender.

    How a state teacher compares video

    A striking teacher in Mount Maunganui compares their earnings with the National Party leader's travel expenses.

    For the first time in 24 years almost 30,000 primary and intermediate teachers and principals are on strike.

    How a banana cost me $401 video

    A very expensive lunch (stunt banana used).

    A stupid oversight ends up with me paying for the most expensive lunch of my life, one I didn't eat.

    How Respect became 60s' anthem video

    Aretha Franklin's version of Otis Redding's Respect catapulted her into the echelons of music history.

    It was Valentine's Day 1967 when Aretha Franklin sat down at a piano in New York and recorded her most famous song.

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    Uni accused of bungling harassment complaint

    "It was like they didn't care at all," says a Victoria University student of the institution's response to a sexual ...

    The chemistry tutor told young female students he would strip them naked in the shower.

    23yo takes on Law Society

    Matt Taylor, 23, was the target of a Law Society super-injunction to stop him disclosing what he knew about a botched ...

    A young law graduate was the target of one of NZ's most sweeping gagging orders. 'I was shocked,' he says.

    Super-injunction hid sexual harassment

    Law Society president Kathryn Beck sent an email apology to lawyers.

    The Law Society used a rare legal gag to attempt to conceal bungling of a complaint about a senior lawyer.

    Law Society super-injunction a gag too far

    Chris Gollins' famed moustache outlasted his broadcasting career.

    OPINION: From cricket to prostitutes, there have been injunctions before. But the Law Society's one crossed the line, writes Jonathan Milne.

    oddstuff

    Sassy parrot curses firefighters

    Sassy bird Jessie spat out some "choice words" at her would-be rescuers, according to the London Fire Brigade.

    Blasphemous bird baffles would-be rescuers in the UK.

    Good-natured rivalry over giant plant video

    Australia's Mike Leupold (left) and New Zealand's Gaye Mullin both grew ginormous agave geminiflora plants in their ...

    Forget the Bledisloe Cup, the trans-Tasman rivalry just turned horticultural.

    Worm in eye becomes art

    British artist Ben Taylor created The Host after he realised that a parasitic worm had been living in one of his eyes.

    There it was, an inch-long roundworm. The doctor placed it in a container and Ben Taylor watched it die.

    KFC calms 150kg pig

    The pig got loose down the main streets of Waihi.

    Rescuers feed pig on the loose some chips and buns to herd it into temporary church pen.

    Parenting

    'It's like she was ripped out of me'

    Chantal's daughter Willow, soon after her birth in 2016.

    Chantal Holley's baby weighed only 743 grams when she was born prematurely. But that was just the start of her complications.

    Even Serena can't beat 'mum guilt' video

    'It's totally normal to feel like I'm not doing enough for my baby. We have all been there," says Serena Williams.

    With an emotional Instagram post, the tennis star highlights the struggle all working mums face.

    Mums take on cafe over prams video

    Faith & Co Cafe in Petone doesn't allow buggies and prams in the cafe when two designated areas up front by the window ...

    Faith Proctor says enforcing pram safety policy doesn't make her a baby hater, but turned-away mums disagree.

    Beyonce's emergency C-section video

    Beyonce Vogue cover

    The star opens up about her difficult delivery and recovery after the birth of her twins last year.

    kiwi traveller

    Ask an expert: Scottish islands

    Sunrise at Quiraing on the Isle of Skye.

    The remoteness of Scotland's 790 wildly varied islands is part of their appeal.

    Insider tip: Aitutaki

    The second most visited island in the Cooks boasts one of the South Pacific's most beautiful lagoons.

    If winter's taking its toll, a quick escape to Aitutaki should ease what ails you to see you through to spring.

    How to travel with elderly family

    Alick (left) and Mac chilling on the beach in Bali with a beer.

    Debra Nell got more than she bargained for on a trip to the UK with her elderly dad and his siblings.

    Central Otago's rich in food and history

    The winter sun sets over the beautiful rolling hills and mountains of Central Otago.

    Visit beautiful Central Otago to sample some of the fine local cuisine, wine and craft beer.

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