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Family on the run: Jesse, Gabriel and Dad

8:19 AM  "They look dirty" ... "They never have seat belts" ... "They live in a hut in the bush" ... "I heard him whack one of them". Whenever the calls led to a social worker's visit, Fred and the kids did a runner.

10,000 child removal orders in five years

Newborns removed from parents is rising

Losing custody of her three children

Learning to detect meth: Life as a social worker

'Vigilante' ranger scares tourists

Freedom campers not parked in a designated site at Double Bay can face fines of up to $200.

9:26 AM  A "vigilante" caretaker at a popular freedom camping spot has been scaring tourists into packing their bags, it is claimed.

Grace Millane's family blessing

Vigils are being held across the country for Grace Millane.

9:11 AM  Grace Millane was remembered by family and police staff at a blessing where her body was found.

One town, 11 bottle shops?

A proposed new bottle shop in Rangiora's High St will take the town's number of off-licences to 11.

One small town, 18,000 people. A new proposal would take its bottle shop tally to 11.

Trump's 'temper tantrum'

Trump and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer argue about shutting down the government over a funding spat for Trump's ...

8:33 AM  US president's meeting with Democrats erupts into shouting, pointed fingers over talks for his border wall.

national

Grace's cake tribute bittersweet

Josh Lewis, of Essex, a close friend of Grace Millane's brother Declan, left a birthday cake for her at a memorial in ...

Josh Lewis hoped to catch up with his close mate's younger sister while he toured New Zealand. He never got the chance.

Nigel feared poisoned video

Nigel the gannet may not have died from a broken heart after all.

Jenny Lau was killed in a crash when her friend lost control and drove into a ditch on State Highway 73.

Fatal crash: $40k reparation

A 70-year-old woman was tired after taking medication to treat a wasp sting before a crash that killed her friend.

    Jeannette and Harvey Crewe were killed in 1970.

    Crewe cold case 'is solvable'

    They were killed, their child found alone days later. It was 48 years ago, but for some it's like yesterday.

    Beyond the wrongly accused

    Peter Ellis, Arthur Allan Thomas, Rex Haig, Teina Pora

    What happens when investigations go off the rails, when gossip takes seed in communities?

    'The truth has never been told'

    Lynette Stevens at her home in north Waikato.

    Lynette Stevens was told her brother died in a farm accident. She was suspicious, so she started digging.

    The pain for Māori league players

    Trevor Clark playing for Bradford against Sheffield in 1993. He has two new titanium knees because of his 12 year footy ...

    First study of Māori rugby league players finds serious health issues after they retire.

    The $2m executive club

    Coming to New Zealand from his native South Africa was a lucrative move for Sky City chief executive Graeme Stephens.

    Who are they and what do they do? And can you really "earn" $2m a year?

    world

    'Gunman on run' in France

    Some Strasbourg residents have reported hearing gunfire in some parts of the city centre. (File photo)

    4 min ago  Strasbourg locals told to stay indoors in a "serious security event", with two people dead and several injured.

    Reef coral 'toughened up' video

    Scientists say coral physiology has changed after back-to-back bleaching events on Australia's Great Barrier Reef.

    James Alex Fields Jr, left, was given an overall sentence of life plus 419 years and US$489,000 in fines.

    400-plus years for car killer

    Jury sentences US neo-Nazi who sped into crowd of protesters in his car, killing a woman, to life plus 419 years.

    business

    Trade Me sale agreed

    Trade Me's board is recommending shareholders accept the offer at $6.45 a share.

    5 min ago  British buyer ups offer by $20 million to more than $2.5b after completing due diligence.

    Hotel land for free?

    Town considers a land giveaway to entice a hotel.

    Rohit Arora claimed he was unjustifiably dismissed by KFC after a short stay in prison.

    Jailed KFC worker gets fired

    9:10 AM  OPINION: KFC worker who missed shifts because he was in prison claims unfair dismissal.

    opinion

    St Kents lacks moral compass

    St Kentigern College ought to be ashamed of itself, argues Dennis Slade.

    3 min ago  OPINION: Auckland school may have acted within the letter of the law, but it lacks ethics in sporting arms race.

    Fallout from Brexit 'no deal'

    9:29 AM  OPINION: The disruption would be widespread, and felt far beyond the UK.

    Jailed KFC worker gets fired

    Falling for Trump's trap

    good reads

    Petra: More seductive than ever video

    The Treasury, Jordan's most famous archaeological monument.

    "For all the modernity of infinity pools, the past is rarely invisible."

    Skier closing in on world’s best

    Piera Hudson has won the equivalent of the Wimbledon quarterfinals.

    Want to go to space next year? video

    Bracing for more Brexit chaos

    technology

    Drone can home in on penguin nests

    Massey University PhD student Chris Muller won the Innovate 2018 competition for drone-based technology.

    Chris Muller's project Drone Ranger, which could revolutionise the monitoring of wildlife, won him the Innovate 2018 award.

    How to send SOS phone messages

    Grace Millane's death brings into focus the importance of safety features on smartphones.

    "The people are filled with joy and the food is amazing," said Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey of his trip to Myanmar.

    Silicon Valley dangerously blind

    OPINION: Myanmar's "people are filled with joy", says an oblivious Jack Dorsey.

    homed

    9 terrible Christmas presents gallery

    The school holidays are noisy enough, don't make them unbearable.

    9:29 AM  Cross these ones off your gift buying list.

    Proof new isn't boring

    Boring and cookie-cutter are two words that don't come to mind when looking at this special new-build.

    David Leech Architects best house in the world at World Architecture Festival 2018 11.12.18

    Best house in the world?

    A House in a Garden in Dublin beats two Kiwis to take top honours at the World Architecture Festival.

    life & style

    Meghan's surprise appearance video

    Meghan, Duchess of Sussex was at the awards to pay tribute to her wedding dress designer.

    The Duchess of Sussex wowed fashionistas at Royal Albert Hall as she presented an award to the designer of her wedding dress.

    Why strawberry prices will double video

    Binge on strawberries now while they are cheap and at their best. But you'll buy them anyway at Christmas.

    Auckland mum-of-three Stacey Sampson explains how she feeds her family with $60 a week.

    Top tips to cut grocery costs video

    During "cheap week" Auckland mum Stacey Sampson feeds her family for $60.

    well & good

    Edge's Megan's Grace note video

    Megan Annear says she travelled to America by herself when she was just 19.

    "The question we should be asking is why did a 26-year-old man feel he had the right to take her life?"

    Schumer vs Duchess Meghan video

    While the Royal appears relatively unaffected by carrying a child, the comedian's latest video shows she's having a rough time.

    Health Minister David Clark speaks at the opening of a new mental health facility.

    What mental health needs

    A GP at the frontline of dealing with mental illness offers her prescription for progress.

    food & wine

    Aunty Mena's vegan delights

    Sweet dreams are made of this dumpling laksa.

    Review: Lord help me, but it might be the best laksa in Wellington.

    Vege makeover for ex Cuba St Bistro

    There's a new plant-based menu on offer at Herbivore, the refurbished and renamed Cuba Street Bistro.

    New European eatery for Christchurch

    Quick and easy Christmas snacks

    nz farmer

    Woolshed gives way to carols for a day

    Joyce Wyllie, left, joins the carol singing on the farm at Kaihoka, near Collingwood.

    OPINION: Today the yards were full again but not with sheep this time. A muster of people gathered to celebrate carols in our woolshed.

    Another needle in a strawberry

    Second supermarket forced to pull strawberries from the shelves after the discovery of a needle.

    Fonterra's environment incentive

    Consent for 242,000-bird farm

    entertainment

    New, furry, Sonic upsets fans

    The new Sonic the Hedgehog design... fur, muscles and two distinct eyes.

    3 min ago  Sonic the Hedgehog' latest incarnation, a redesign for a live action version of the game character, has fans creeped out.

    TV show crew member killed

    8:43 AM  The production assistant was struck and killed by a car driven by another crew member.

    Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody has become the most-streamed song from the 20th century.

    Queen's Rhapsody earns new crown video

    5 min ago  Operatic number overtakes hits from Nirvana and Guns N' Roses.

    travel

    Epic climb that inspired a movie video

    Alex Honnold's historic ascent of the near-vertical El Capitan cliff face without ropes is captured in the movie Free Solo.

    9:03 AM  A new film follows Alex Honnold's historic ascent of the near-vertical El Capitan cliff face without ropes.

    Axed: Support puppies video

    6 min ago  Delta Air Lines is changing its policy on animals flying with customers after a spike in incidents.

    Air New Zealand was 13th with 70.5 points, up from 60.8 the year before.

    Air NZ more eco-friendly video

    8:36 AM  National carrier comes 13th out of 125 airlines for carbon efficiency.

    parenting

    Donor found for cancer toddler video

    Toddler Zainab needs blood transfusions as chemotherapy shrinks her tumour. The only problem is her extremely rare blood.

    A British mother-of-two is believed to be a match for Zainab Mughal, but doctors are warning more donors will be needed.

    Baby shower canned amid name mocking video

    She intended to call the child Squire Sebastian Senator. For his first name.

    No regrets at bully punishment video

    Sick mum's breast milk plea

    oddstuff

    Nigel the gannet feared poisoned video

    Nigel the gannet fell in love with a concrete decoy on Mana Island

    A necropsy found renal failure but couldn't rule out weed spray as a contributor.

    Christmas BBQ meat nicked

    Sausages, patties and steaks earmarked for Marlborough's Emergency Department's Christmas party have walked out of a community butcher in the wrong hands.

    Tree thieves leave Jan stumped

    The strange world of Pixie Town video

    motoring

    What not to put in your tank video

    Results of DEF being added to fuel: this component is beyond repair.

    15 min ago  Some motorists have been putting the wrong additive into their fuel tanks - and causing thousands of dollars of damage.

    Land Rover reunion after 70 years video

    Octagenarian Dorothy Peters has been reunited with a special Land Rover.

    VW's Golf R32 of 2003 was the first production car to have DSG (albeit as an option).

    Happy birthday to DSG video

    Volkswagen Group's groundbreaking, sometimes-controversial Direct Shift Gearbox (DSG) celebrates its 15th birthday this month.

    stuff nation

    Share your festive fails stuff nation

    My son Shiv had his first photo with Santa and let's just say he wasn't a fan.

    Screaming, crying children, pouting faces and furrowed brows - this is how some kids react at Christmas.

    Your Christmas pets stuff nation

    It's that time of year where fur children are dressed up in onesies and tinsel. Send your photos in.

    Want to help the planet? Start my planting trees and growing food. (File photo)

    Let's make a difference stuff nation

    Those first steps to reducing your carbon footprint can be challenging at first. But it can be done.

    sport

    Does Nonu have shot at ABs?

    Ma'a Nonu returns to the Blues for 2019 hoping to make a bigger impact than he did last time around.

    He's back, but Ma'a Nonu will need to swat aside not just a gaggle of rivals but Father Time for a shock test return.

    Wells ruptures ACL

    9:24 AM  New Zealand's flag bearer at the 2018 Winter Olympics faces long stint on sidelines after nasty injury.

    George Bailey of the Hobart Hurricanes  and Travis Head of the Adelaide Strikers toss the coin ahead of a Big Bash ...

    BBL drops toin coss

    Australia's T20 competition introduces backyard tradition to see who bats or bowls first as cricket revolution continues.

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    quick! save the planet

    Farmers unsure how to be greener video

    Matamata farmer Tracy Brown says many farmers are already contributing to lower emissions without realising.

    Two thirds of farmers want to shrink their carbon footprint, but wonder where to start.

    Air NZ more eco-friendly video

    Air New Zealand was 13th with 70.5 points, up from 60.8 the year before.

    National carrier comes 13th out of 125 airlines for carbon efficiency.

    Is bottled water worth it?

    According to the Packaging Forum, around 14,000 tonnes of PET drink bottles from all kinds of drink products are ...

    There's nothing pure and natural about buying bottled water.

    #metoonz

    We're ready to talk to victims – NZDF video

    As children, Cherie Ham and Tracey Thompson were raped by Air Force sex predator Robert Roper. Now they're demanding change.

    Air Force Chief says he'll push for face-to-face meetings with abuse survivors to prevent sex cases going to court.

    NZDF won't pursue court costs video

    Mariya Taylor as a young airwoman, serving at Whenuapai Air Force base. Working as a driver, she was assaulted by ...

    Defence Force confirms it won't seek costs against Air Force servicewoman, as PM says she's been through enough.

    Sex attack victim 'won't pay costs'

    Mariya Taylor as a young airwoman, serving at Whenuapai Air Force base.

    Air Force sex attack victim Mariya Taylor won't be pursued for legal costs, the prime minister says.

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    Man and his rat-detecting dog

    Scott Sambell with another conservation dog Kosher.

    Scott Sambell added technology and Milly his pup to his arsenal in an effort to make NZ predator-free.

    Inmate's view of Paremoremo

    Paremoremo Prison is chaos for those forced to live in its walls.

    I deserved to be sent to prison. But nobody deserves the madness that is Paremoremo.

    now to love

    A peek into Hadyn Jones' life video

    Hadyn Jones: Taranaki's one-man band, on a nine-year mission to spread a bit of joy and love to the country with Good Sorts.

    Fair Go's Hadyn juggles his TV roles with being a stay-at-home dad and involves his three kids in his work as much as he can.

    Dan and Yuki's Christmas plans

    Dan the electrician will be spending December 25 with the Japanese-born hairdresser in her adopted hometown of ...

    "I need to see that he can cope in an Asian country. It's very different from here."

    homes to love

    Proof new isn't boring

    The Ward family have recaptured the feel of their 1950s bungalow in their new build.

    Boring and cookie-cutter are two words that don't come to mind when looking at this special new-build.

    Oamaru home's Christmas style

    The Duddins had their hearts stolen by a grand old villa in a town they weren't even looking to buy in.

    The Duddins had their hearts stolen by a grand old villa in a town they weren't even looking to buy in.

    food to love

    Say cheese, sheep cheese

    Dave Barrett of Thorvald with an aging round of sheep milk cheese.

    Feeling sheepish over your lack of cheese knowledge? An artisan cheesemaker in Nelson wants to change that.

    The yummiest homemade Xmas gifts

    'Tis the season to get creative in the kitchen.

    Whether the budget is a bit tight or you just want to get creative, these recipes add a tasty personal touch to the festive season.

    beauty heaven

    5 reasons to train together

    Spending time together doesn't have to mean chocolate and wine on the couch - why not get your sweat on?!

    They say couples who sweat together, stay together - and it turns out there may be merit in this after all.

    Achieving perfect hair

    Clean tresses come from a more technique-filled undertaking.

    It's hard to believe that there's a right way to wash your hair.

    fashion quarterly

    Facing a burnout? Here's what to do

    Despite the flood of information available to us about how to ease the pressure, we’re still more stressed than ever.

    Feeling overwhelmed with work, life and the rest? Us too. Here are some insights and tips to help put the brakes on the stress express.

    How to launch a beauty biz

    “Through experiencing my own skin problems, I saw a gap in the market to launch Haven Skin Spa.”

    She saw a gap in the market, and became a small business owner. But how did she make it happen?

    newsroom.co.nz

    Hareb on cusp of dream ride

    Paige Hareb has just returned home to Oakura, New Plymouth, for Christmas, knowing she will be back on the world tour in ...

    Kiwi surfer's childhood dream of being an Olympian wasn’t unique. Her path to finally achieving it, however, could be.

    Olympian vows to overcome cancer

    Julie Brougham is determined to return to international dressage on her horse Vom Feinsten.

    Julie Brougham is determined to beat rare, aggressive cancer and return to dressage with her once-in-a-lifetime horse.

    Commission recruitment bill soars

    Recruitment spending at Diane Maxwell's Commission for Financial Capability rose from under $8000 to nearly $90,000 in ...

    After Retirement Commissioner's asked to go on leave, high cost of staff recruitment revealed.

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