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The $160,000 new build gallery

They didn't build any of their Whanganui home, but still managed to keep it affordable.

Live: Gita nears NZ

The enormity of Gita is clear in this image from the Himawari-8 real-time weather satellite at 4.50pm on Monday afternoon.

5:35 PM  Satellite images show the monster bearing down as kids are told to stay home and  boaties are warned to leave.

Labour support highest in 15 years

10 min ago  Latest poll shoots Labour ahead of National, at the expense of its coalition partners.

Maths skills 'dropping alarmingly'

5:48 PM  Only half of kids about to leave primary school know that a half plus a half is a whole.

Cyclone Gita brings huge seas video

5:04 PM  Gita will hit the country hard and fast - with waves of over 6m, gales and heavy rain.

Scalpers hike up Celine Dion tickets

All coming back to Ticketmaster as resale scheme is labelled "deeply offensive".

national

War vet on assault charge

Graeme Sturgeon appeared in Thames District Court on Monday, charged with the assault of a security officer during a ...

16 min ago  The elderly 1080 protester 'came out swinging" at a DOC security guard during a protest, a court heard.

Bulls man still missing

19 min ago  Authorities are searching for a missing 54-year-old man near a Rangitīkei beach.

West Harbour resident Karen Beckhouse has had a belt of bad luck with breast cancer, a terminally-ill daughter and her ...

'I'm just an emotional wreck'

A cancer patient's bad luck continues after her car is stolen from outside her home.

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Preparing for Cyclone Gita

Cyclone Gita could bring power cuts, water outages, road closures: Here's what you need to know.

world

School shooter: A hidden 'monster'

Nikolas Cruz mugshot.

"Really Nik, really?" the woman who took in a quirky boy yelled to the school killer he'd become.

Happy end for shivering pup video

It was -3C in Florida when two US cops came across a near-frozen puppy, shivering alone under a bridge.

US President Donald Trump has told America to "get smart".

Trump's profane 9-hour rant video

US president attacks just about everyone in a nine-hour rant that includes profanity and misspellings.

business

Google slammed over piracy

Mad Max: Fury Road has been illegally downloaded hundreds of thousands of times.

"If piracy isn't nailed ... the Australian film industry will be over," says Village Roadshow executive.

Sunscreen to meet NZ standard

Healthcare giant Johnson & Johnson will sell only sunscreen products that meet NZ standards.

Aptamil, produced by French food giant Danone, is among the baby formula products sought after by the Chinese market.

Baby formula access assured

China's thirst for Kiwi baby formula won't mean babies here will go without.

technology

AI manipulation on the rise

It's not just your online persona that can be copied and manipulated, it's images of you too.

With today's AI technology, it's possible to create a believable imitation of someone using their publicly available online data.

Facebook persists with kids app

Critics say the app serves to lure kids into harmful social media use.

Surrounding the Cupertino, California-based building are 15m tall curved panels of safety glass.

Apple's glass campus a pain

Apple employees keep smacking into the massive glass windows and doors in the new building.

homed

3 steps to a perfect pantry gallery video

Natalie Jane helps clients feeling overwhelmed by the mess in their pantry.

5:23 PM  Organisation guru Natalie Jane tells how to tackle a total pantry makeover.

New life, new home gallery video

First, they chucked in their jobs to become beekeepers. Then - in one day flat - they found the perfect home for their new life.

The every-changing scenery is a plus for the owner of this new floating house on the Spaarne River in the Netherlands.

Energy-neutral floating ark

This sleek floating house in the Netherlands was custom designed for an owner 'not easily impressed'.

life & style

Why Kate didn't wear black gallery video

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 18:  Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attend the EE ...

While most female guests donned black for the Baftas, the Duchess decided to stick with green.

What will Meghan wear?

It's set to be the dress of the year, and London's fashion crowd is dying to know where the bride-to-be will get it.

Before and after pictures tell the story of Kayla Martin's weight loss. The photo at left was taken at the airport ...

Fat shaming sparks weight loss

Kayla's inspirational weight loss follows an embarrassing airline experience.

well & good

Bring your whole self to work

Work life balance doesn't pan out for everyone.

Why your boss wants to manage your whole life, and how that could be a good thing.

Making phone calls hot

ADVICE: How do I get back on the phone sex horse after it goes badly?

Jacob brings a golden retriever's warmth to human victims.

Dogs help heal shooting victims video

Jacob the golden retriever is now working on his third mass shooting.

food & wine

Culinary cases of mistaken identity

This deep-fried version of sweet and sour is not authentic, but is a much-loved item on NZ Chinese restaurant menus.

No, sweet and sour pork is not authentic Chinese fare, and chicken tikka masala was probably invented in Glasgow.

Do Kiwis want Toblerone icecream?

4:55 PM  Those clever Swiss chocolate makers have really outdone themselves this time.

Why we do/don't eat meat video

The battle of real v fake chicken video

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Cow disease pressure mounting

Agriculture and Biosecurity Minister Damien O'Connor speaks with Southland Rural Support Trust chairman John Kennedy and ...

 Nathan Guy says farmers need to know the eradication plan for Mycoplasma bovis.

In the shed for rural sculpting

Junk in the shed will become works of art in a competition highlighting rural mental health.

Taupo Beef, Lamb sold in Japan

Salmon farm moves recommended

entertainment

Tem - 'It's just a job' video

Jake the Muss, a violent and dangerous character in the 1994 film Once Were Warriors, has reappeared in an Australian ...

Temuera Morrison says he took the Super Rugby ad to "boost his Australian profile."

Jessica Mutch is TVNZ's new politics chief

TVNZ's political reporting team has a new chief: Q + A presenter Jessica Mutch.

Dean and Tracey - clearly not on the same page.

MAFS 'circle of hell' video

Hindsight is a wonderful thing - but it doesn't half cause problems on a show like Married At First Sight.

travel

Luxury at edge of the world

Laying the foundation for Sheldon Chalet took two years because of the extreme environs in Alaska's Denali National Park.

How did the first, and last, hotel open up in Alaska's Denali National Park?

Win a trip to France

If that that dream of a European roadtrip has long been on your bucket list then look no further.

The Kauri Tree Hut opened last November.

NZ’s new tree hut hideaway video

These small bush huts near Mangawhai village have been lovingly restored after years of neglect.

motoring

Seven-seater VW Tiguan arrives

Tiguan is Volkswagen's biggest-selling model in New Zealand. The Allspace version is expected to grow annual sales to ...

Seven seats adds to this new Volkswagen's appeal. Here's why.

Mitsubishi Cross SUV eclipses others

Coupe-style SUV is a worthy reboot for Japanese maker's SUV efforts.

New Eclipse Cross SUV is named after this Eclipse coupe which is actually named after a horse. No, really.

Cars with terrible celestial names

Badges aren't a star quality for these cars.

stuff nation

Giving up red meat at 65 stuff nation

Mary Beth and Tony have given up red meat and feel much healthier.

5:08 PM  Dropping red meat from our diets was a no brainer, and at age 65 we've never felt better.

Poverty, abuse, P stuff nation

We battled to protect our nephews and nieces. But we couldn't do it alone, and now it's too late.

The Comanchero Motorcycle Club is becoming established in New Zealand.

Treat gangs like terrorists stuff nation

6:09 PM  It has become obvious that our laws are far too weak and timid when it comes to organised crime.

sport

Cane, Ngatai Chiefs captains

Charlie Ngatai has been named co-captain of the Chiefs following the departure of Aaron Cruden.

5:44 PM  Charlie Ngatai takes on Aaron Cruden's leadership role as the Chiefs prepare for looming Super Rugby season.

Crusaders wary of McKenzie

6:24 PM  Whenever the 12-test All Black gets his hands on the ball on Saturday, the sirens will sound within the home camp.

Bryn Gatland

Gatland keeping it real

5:09 PM  His dad's measured advice has Blues No 10 ready to make the most of his gilt-edged chance in Super Rugby.

opinion

Auckland's one big long-drop

Heavy rain can often result in untreated sewage flowing into Auckland waterways and to the sea.

OPINION: It's hard to berate farmers when a shower of rain can turn Auckland's waterways into a septic tank.

Duchovny's music X-fails video

David Duchovny takes in Auckland and Wellington for two tour dates this week.

OPINION: What to do when your heroes may not measure up?

The app gap: kids and screens

Maybe parents don't need to feel so guilty about giving kids time on devices.

OPINION: Are my kids getting too much screen time, or not enough? It depends how you look at it.

What thoughts? What prayers?

Once again, there are calls for greater gun control.

OPINION: Hard feelings, fists and knives do not commit mass murders. The common denominator: a gun and someone to pull the trigger.

special projects

NZ active at US-run Qatar airbase

U.S. Air Force air crew members assigned to the 816th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron depart from a C-17 Globemaster III ...

NZ military personnel have been secretly operating at a Middle East base where the air war against Isis is planned and launched.

NZ expands military role in Iraq

Harmeet Sooden

Our mission in Iraq has undergone a significant change, without the public being told.

The haunting of Evelyn Sen

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She believed her daughter was being tortured and couldn’t bear her suffering.

The last of the southern men

Donald Aubrey has farmed the 13,000 hectare Ben McLeod station for nearly 40 years.

Is the high country runholder an endangered species?

'A vast transfer of wealth'

Half a million hectares sold

Half a million hectares of publicly-owned land has been given up.

His addiction was no accident

Michael Demchy dropped more than one hundred thousand dollars in to pokies.

Michael resolved not to gamble. But something kept drawing him back.

What if you needed an organ?

Life out of death

Many of us say we're happy to donate, but very few do.

good reads

School shooter: A hidden 'monster'

Nikolas Cruz mugshot.

"Really Nik, really?" the woman who took in a quirky boy yelled to the school killer he'd become.

Why we do/don't eat meat video

Sam Pohiva: "Meat was so expensive in the islands but when we came here in the 80s meat was so cheap so we started ...

Do ethics, taste or cost play a part in the decision to ditch meat?

The battle of real v fake chicken video

The inside of the chicken sheds with 18-day-old chicks at the Pinelands Farm in Drury, south Auckland, which produces ...

Will meat-eating New Zealanders ever embrace a "non-chicken" chicken Sunday roast dinner?

Native bees under threat

One of the New Zealand species of hylaeus native bees, Hylaeus relegatus.

If you saw one, you'd probably reach for the fly swat. But native bees have a special role.

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Tiny coffin, bagpiper, for goose video

Thomas the goose, previously at his new home in Ohariu Valley, having been relocated from the Waimanu Lagoon in Waikanae ...

Thomas the bisexual goose given a farewell with his own coffin and bagpiper, after decades of delighting residents.

The luck of the library

Kaponga Library will soon be moved out of the town's war memorial hall and back to it's original building.

Kaponga's library is having a run of bad luck. It's on its second earthquake prone building in two years.

Pigs in blankets

Eva Purkart and her partner Shane Jones bought Peach and Maya six years ago when they were eight weeks old.

On cold nights, Eva Purkart and her partner snuggle up in bed next to their two 100-kilogram Kunekune pigs.

Panda-monium in the snow video

The pandas are acclimatising at Ähtäri Zoo.

The cutest video of two pandas playing in the snow at a Finnish zoo that you'll see today.

Parenting

Gender disappointment still taboo

What happens when you really want a girl, but you end up with a boy?

They might not admit it publicly, but many parents secretly yearn for a baby of a certain sex.

PND survivor releases book

Sonya Watson suffered severe postnatal depression after the birth of her first child Jack nine years ago.

Sonya Watson was sleep-deprived, anxious and depressed after a traumatic birth and six months caring for a baby who would not stop screaming.

We don't like her career plans

It may not be what you had in mind for your daughter, but make the most of it, advises Mary-anne.

 ADVICE: We don't want our daughter to spend her life fixing cars.

Midwife shortage affects thousands

The shortage is going to get worse this year.

Pregnant women struggled to find midwives over Christmas holidays and the shortages are expected to get worse.

kiwi traveller

From Christchurch to the Wild West

In Glacier National Park, Montana.

Caroline Foster has swapped the Garden City - and NYC - for hiking, climbing and huckleberry pie in Montana.

Ensure you're insured

Australia and the UK have reciprocal agreements which mean you won't have to pay for emergency healthcare if you have an ...

New Zealand has reciprocal healthcare deals with the UK and Australia, so should you bother with insurance when travelling there?

Readers' travel pics of the week

These plains zebra came for their evening drink at a waterhole in Etosha National Park in Namibia.  It was lovely to see ...

Do you have a holiday snap that you'd like to share with the world? Send it to us and be in to win a Fujifilm camera!

On a starry, starry night...

Looking up under the clear night sky at Cardrona in summer on a stargazing tour.

Heavens above, the skies above Cardrona are a stargazer's wonder to behold.

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