splash dutch

Call for Kiwis to try Dutch reach video

Cyclists say opening car doors with your far hand should be mandatory to prevent accidents.

Days-long deluge video

An image from Niwa shows a siphoning of moist air down from the tropics.

Rain is starting to drench NZ, and most of us won't escape a soaking forecast to linger through to Friday.

$300k on food, drinks, drag queens

Government agency's "entertainment" expenses included night out, dinner and wine.

'Miracle' kidney for Maddie video

Maddie Collins' family never dreamt a late-night phone call would bring good news for teen.

Joshua's vow to Parker's mum video

British heavyweight promises Kiwi's worried mum he'll send him home in one piece.

Ex-Wallaby arrested in Japan

1:59 AM  Former Wallabies flanker George Smith arrested in Japan, team owner confirms.

national

Freedom poopers abuse QT

Over 20 vans per night gather at Shotover Bridge.

Complaints of human faeces, used sanitary pads and dirty trousers along the Queenstown Trail.

Woman admits online cheating

An online cheat is in custody awaiting sentencing after admitting a total of 19 charges.

Child Poverty figures are wrong and the Treasury Officials are apologising for the error.

Govt child poverty numbers error

The error could delay Government plans for an early child poverty announcement.

Video

Joshua's vow to Parker's mum

British heavyweight star promises Kiwi's worried mother that he will send him home in one piece.

world

NK a 'growing threat' - Tillerson video

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson plans to get tough with North Korea over nuclear weapons (file photo).

If the rogue nation fails to consider giving up nuclear weapons it could trigger a military response.

Firefighter catches tossed kid video

Incredible video shows US firefighter Scott Stroup's heroic catch as the apartment building burned around him.

Pope Francis greets inmates at the San Joaquin women's prison in Santiago, Chile.

Pope on apology tour video

Amid protests in Chile, Pope asks forgiveness for Church child sex abuse.

business

Banks sell Paymark

Banks first flagged the possibility of a sale in 2016.

International firm picks up electronic payments business.

'Sexually harassed' in interview

Aussie McDonald's manager accused of asking a teenager inappropriate questions is stood down.

Branding hangs outside a Vodafone shop in Oxford, Britain, May 16, 2017. REUTERS/Toby Melville

Vodafone 'email fail'

When Vodafone closed 250,000 email accounts, it promised to forward mails to customers' new addresses.

technology

Hawaii password on a Post-it

Spot the Post-it with a password on it in this July photo of Jeffrey Wong, the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency's ...

More ridicule for team that sent a terrifying false missile alert, as public photo reveals the password.

Devices failing us on privacy

OPINION: There's a glaringly obvious way to protect us from hackers and eavesdroppers, so why don't device manufacturers do it?

The high demand from South Korean investors has created what investors call a "kimchi premium".

Bitcoin prices dive video

South Korean remarks have made for a bumpy ride in digital currencies recently.

homed

Garden retailers won't pull pesticide

Neonicotinoids in pesticides are linked to the decline in the number of bees around the world.

Kiwi garden centres are not immediately following Bunnings lead in banning a pesticide linked to bee deaths.

Jackpot winner buys mansion

UK jackpot winners go from $133 rental to mansion once owned by Tom Jones and Englebert Humperdinck.

Ron Goh is the mind behind jungalow style Instagram account Mr Cigar.

Mr Cigar's 'Jungalow' loft

Inside the green oasis of Instagram's Mr Cigar - 50 plants and counting.

life & style

Breeders divided on dog ban video

French bulldog breeder Keri-Anne Dilworth says the Trade Me decision is offensive to dog owners.

Some say it's "ridiculous, petty and punitive", others say it's about time. 

Text from ex rocked my world

ADVICE: Do I throw in my relationship for "the one that got away"?

A mother said she received no support in formula feeding her baby in hospital.

'Our baby was starving in hospital'

A mum says she was made to feel like a failure after asking for formula for her "starving" baby.

well & good

Battling cancer - and visa issues video

While in America, David celebrates international glazed donuts day.

David Downs: Facing yet another delay in my treatment, it looks like I may need to make a visa run.

20-year-old woke up unable to walk

While James friends were off at uni, he was at home, "trying not to die".

When it comes to the to-do list, you need to learn to think small.

Want to get more done? Think small

We all like to set big goals in January. But those optimistic to-do lists may be doing more harm than good.

food & wine

NZ's best seafood festivals

Whitianga Scallop Festival event co-ordinator Fiona Kettlewell.

Get these delicious dates in your diary now.

Try vegan banana muffins

These vegan muffins are a tasty treat and surprisingly easy to make.

Bars opening in Chch this summer

Controversial eatery boasts full house

nz farmer

Cow disease is unlikely to go away

Visitors to a dairy farm pass through a disinfecting foot bath, in response to the outbreak of mycoplasma bovis in South ...

OPINION: Just like the rest of the world, we must learn how to live with the cattle disease M bovis.

Drought threatens fruit, veges

Our domestic supply of fruit and vegetables is under serious threat from drought.

Chill out butter lovers

Fonterra gets fresh in China

entertainment

Carr: Equal opportunity offender

Jimmy Carr is a comedian, a job he thinks is pretty easy, actually.

Jimmy Carr says the world's a friendly place when you're a comedian.

Bachelorette gets married

After being sent home early during season two of The Bachelor NZ, Claudia Conaglen has found love.

Deepika Padukone as Rani Padmavati in Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Padmaavat.

Controversial Bollywood film in NZ

It was met with violent protests and death threats during filming. Now Padmavat has a release date here.

travel

The world's coldest village video

A local reindeer herder.

Even thermometers can't keep up with the plunging temperatures in this Siberian outpost.

Giant cruise a world of its own video

End to end, cruise liner Ovation of the Seas measures longer than the Sky Tower.

Etihad Residence - a private lavatory, a sitting area and a bed, a real bed, that accommodates two people.

Plane seats as good as your bed

Modern plane designers are going out of their way to make your flying more comfortable.

motoring

2017's exclusive Rolls-Royces video

Proof that anything goes: fuchsia-inspired colour is now reserved for the owner of this Dawn, Michael Fux.

Customers can order pretty much anything from Rolls-Royce Bespoke. And they do.

Iraq's vintage car market video

Many are lost through wars and neglect, but a growing number of enthusiasts are ensuring classic cars live on in Iraq.

We did 4000km in our Prius, 29 per cent of it in pure-EV mode.

Was the Prius PHV worth it? video

We've done 4000km in our plug-in Prius and it's time to go. How did we do?

stuff nation

Money lessons for kids stuff nation

How do you teach your children about money?

We want to know what the best ways are to teach children about money.

From water tank to pool stuff nation

His plumber neighbour thought he was crazy to try and turn a mozzie breeding ground into a home pool. He was wrong.

Dodge loves going to work with her owners.

Lucky little Dodge stuff nation

Dodge was found injured and hungry in a ditch. Luckily she was saved by a passing farmer.

sport

Where's the Windies' spirit?

West Indian captain and wicketkeeper Emmanuel Stewart has sparked a debate over sportsmanship.

Windies' Under-19 captain expresses regret for getting South African batsman out for obstructing the field.

Stags stride into T20 final

The Central Stags to play Northern Knights for $80,000 in Saturday's Super Smash decider at Seddon Park.

It's All Me -one of the three greyhounds who tied for second place at Wanganui on Wednesday.

Dogs produce triple dead heat

New Zealand greyhound racing has produced its first triple dead heat in over 15 years.

opinion

Joshua takes it on the chin video

Anthony Joshua and Joseph Parker face off after their London press conference.

OPINION: It wasn't one of Team Parker's best performances, but they did manage to irk the giant Brit.

Joe Bennett: High art beggars belief

A woman looks at Amedeo Modigliani's Private Hands, Jeanne Hzbuterne (au foulard), 1919 ahead of a Sotheby's ...

OPINION: A story about art and other dubious religions.

Labour isn't working, for business video

Businesses have not welcomed the new Labour-led Government, under Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.

OPINION: The sudden plunge in confidence may simply be business leaders sulking.

Devices failing us on privacy

Webcams and smartphone cameras can watch us and eavesdrop on our conversations.

OPINION: There's a glaringly obvious way to protect us from hackers and eavesdroppers, so why don't device makers do it?

special projects

What if you needed an organ?

Life out of death

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

The Snowman and the Queen video

The Snowman and the Queen splash image chapter 1.

From his perch on a fifth-floor toilet, the sandy-haired Dunedin teen raises the gun: time to kill a royal.

The demise and rise of Andrew Little

Andrew Little

Inside the Labour leader's decision to make way for Jacinda-mania.

Under fire: A special investigation

Why are more New Zealanders being shot by the law?

Why are more New Zealanders being shot by the law?

'Just call it a terrible accident'

Prayer Ready

When Prayer Ready died, the Gloriavale leadership rallied around.

The islands where life is different

20042017  Photo: Iain McGregor
Papua New Guinea.
The remote island of Iwa by the Tobriand Islands.

There are no hotels, shops or restaurants - but life abounds.

SH1: The broken road

The SH1 south of Clarence. Tourists are still driving all the way to Clarence before they realise the road is closed.

NZ’s main road will soon be whole again. Everyone's counting the days.

good reads

Return to the beach, every year video

Allison and Stewart Matthews with two of their children, Bronwyn and Ruth.

It was 1937 when Stewart Matthews first saw an untouched place called Hot Water Beach.

Adios, siesta?

Nap time could soon be extinct in Spain.

The tourists hate it, the locals adore it - the Spanish siesta debate is about to boil over amid moves to get rid of it.

Local extinction is coming

Japan's population will shrink by 27 million between 2015 and 2053. That’s equivalent to the entire population of ...

ANALYSIS: It is predicted that 896 towns and villages across Japan will no longer be viable by 2040

Photo haunts us with what was lost

The Reverend Martin Luther King Jr and Malcolm X meet at the US Senate, on March 26, 1964, after a hearing on the 1964 ...

Martin Luther King Jr met Malcolm X just once. Only for a minute, a moment that would be analysed for decades.

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Japan on alert for deadly blowfish

A fugu, or a blowfish, is shown at a restaurant in Shimonoseki, southwest of Tokyo.

Warnings sent out by loudspeaker and text message about possibly poisonous fish parts.

The dog that took the bus

Rangiora dog Nismo jumped on a bus after running away from home on Tuesday morning, creating a social media storm.

Canterbury pet wandered onto a passing bus and calmly took a seat.

Family portrait photo-mutilation

Pam says she was approached by the photographer who remains unamed, last year, with the woman claiming to be a ...

The photographer told the couple she had not been taught how to retouch.

Passion for tractor trekking

Rodney Maiden will be driving his Massey Ferguson 35X multi-power from Bluff to Cape Reinga in the 2018 Great NZ Tractor ...

 "Since day one, my parents used to say I learnt to drive a tractor before I learnt to walk."

Parenting

US mum makes 5-year-old pay rent

Is charging kids rent a good way to teach them about money?

OPINION: When it comes to teaching kids how to manage money, is it ever too early to start?

Second set of twins in 3 years video

Life is busy for Nicole and Angus Lang as they enjoy family time with twins Betty and Delilah, 2 weeks old and Dorothy ...

"I got a hell of a shock when I found out."

'Baby brain' is real - study

Expectant mothers have long complained of inattention, forgetfulness and reduced cognitive functioning during pregnancy. ...

Expectant mothers have complained of foggy heads - they weren’t wrong, but researchers can't explain why.

Who needs personal space?

The summer holidays can be a mentally taxing time.

OPINION: The summer holidays are great, but so is the reopening of day care.

kiwi traveller

Argentina will steal your heart

Iguazu Falls are the largest waterfall system in the world.

If you've ever flirted with the idea of escaping to exotic South America, this spot should top your list.

Make a day of it

The gannet colony at Cape Kidnappers.

The best day hikes in New Zealand that should be on everyone's bucket lists.

A professional nomad

Me with friendly parrots in Brazil.

Wellingtonian Duncan Clarke roams the continent in his role as a tour guide.

Readers' travel pics of the week

I took this a few weeks ago near Skagafjordur in northern Iceland on a trip to chase the northern lights. We parked up ...

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