An impressive scene at Christchurch Airport, with lighting striking in the distance behind a taxiing Emirates A380 airplane.

Thunder like a 'sledgehammer'

6:24 PM  Lightning strikes ground flights in Christchurch, with people warned to take cover.

Defence closes case

The court has heard Grace Millane was a member of websites for people interested in BDSM.

Grace Millane shared details of her sexual preferences with men on dating apps, trial hears.

Woman stabbed partner in heart

7:03 PM  "My darling" were some of the last words uttered by a man before he was stabbed to death with a boning knife by his partner.

Right to stop fossil fuel production

OPINION: NZ's on the right track, but we can do more to cut global fossil fuel production.

Planning for life without Razor

Crusaders bracing for unprecedented situation they might soon find themselves in.

On secrets, Trump's trumped

There was this one president who had hush-hush tumour surgery, but not in a hospital.

national

Royals head to Waitangi

Their Royal Highnesses emerge from the Treaty House at Waitangi.

6:55 PM  Prince Charles spoke to hundreds who gathered to witness the first royal visit to the Waitangi Treaty Grounds in 25 years.

Gangs warned over gun amnesty

6:24 PM  Police say gangs will not get away scot-free after an official gun amnesty ends.

Lawyer Brian Henry is a trustee of The New Zealand First Foundation which has collected donations which could be in  ...

What Winston's slush fund was spent on

NZ First officials were kept in the dark over tens of thousands of dollars of spending from secretive slush fund.

climate change

Climate report favours NZ's fossil fuel plan

In view of the urgent need to reduce fossil fuel production, New Zealand can do more, says Natalie Jones. Jones is a ...

New Zealand could lead world in reducing global oil and gas production, researcher says.

Climate group visits Nelson

A visit by Danish climate experts to Nelson will share information about climate change responses.

King Country farmer Laurie Pottinger says the new Overseer tool will come into its own with the arrival of more regulation.

Tool to lower farm carbon emissions

Overseer has added on a feature that shows farmers how tree farming will affect their carbon emissions.

business

Tower premiums rise - here's why

Tower increased policyholder numbers in less earthquake-prone places like Auckland and Taranaki, and shed customers in ...

6:57 PM  Insurer goes from loss to $16.8m profit after move to risk-based pricing sees premiums rise 9 per cent.

Pensioner homes threatened

Council says pensioner units are sub-par, but residents say they don't need to be torn down.

Sanford general manager innovation Andrew Stanley holds up a  bottle of mussel powder pills, at their existing site in ...

$20m factory for Blenheim video

Sanford's new facility will turn mussel and fish products into dietary supplements and cosmetics.

travel

Confessions of a cruise virgin video

The Duchess of Cornwall is the Godmother of the Spirit of Discovery.

Jon Holmes dips his toe into holidays afloat for the over-50s on Saga's new Spirit of Discovery.

Odd queries by Aussies abroad

"Do North Koreans prefer white or brown eggs?"

Las Vegas is too glitzy. Too transient.

Best cities to visit, not to live video

OPINION: Just because a city makes a great destination, doesn't mean you would want to live there.

After her older brother was shot by police, Genevieve Simpson got a job in mental health.

Her brother's keeper video

After police shot her brother, Genevieve Simpson got a job in mental health - and began investigating.

As kids, we believe in magic

Wizard Devin Person

But somewhere in the accumulation of age, we forget to seek it.

A deadly legacy in Afghanistan

Stuff Circuit: Life and Limb

Stuff Circuit investigates: What did we leave behind? And we meet the innocent victims.

Compulsory history in practice

The arrival of the Endeavour replica in modern-day Auckland is a reminder that this country's history remains a vital ...

We asked teachers and academics how compulsory New Zealand history lessons might work.

I should be dead

Brothers Doug Dykzeul (left) and John Dykzeul (centre) and their brother-in-law Stephen Hughes were all killed in the ...

Four brothers jumped at the chance to fly to Antarctica. But a twist of fate ultimately saved Paul's life.

world

Rescued koala may not survive video

Lewis was wrapped in a blanket and rushed to a local vet for emergency treatment to his injuries.

A koala filmed crawling through the devastating NSW fires may not recover from his injuries.

Man punched baby 'to see if it was real'

Ian Gordon told the court that he wanted to see if the baby was real as he thought it was odd to bring a child to a pub.

Man with a mop takes on armed robbers.

Man with mop fights armed robbers

An Australian convenience store manager used a mop to take on robbers armed with a gun.

property

Earthquake claim tally

The repair of the NZ Post building in Waterloo Quay is largely completed and the building is 82 per cent leased to ...

Property company Argosy's earthquake claims top $60m, much of that for the big NZ Post building in Wellington.

Straight heirs only for Tucker

Granddad's attempt at homemade condition on his will is overturned in court.

John Tooby, who built up Golden Healthcare over 30 years, is selling all but one of his retirement villages to ...

Aussies buy up more aged care homes

Christchurch businessman John Tooby has sold most of his retirement and rest homes to an Australian investment group.

homed

Live like royalty in The Crown home video

The exterior of The Earl of Fitzroy townhouse was featured throughout season two of The Crown.

Fans of The Crown can buy into the royal lifestyle this Christmas, moving into a home featured on the hit TV show.

Fans slam Marie Kondo store video

The woman who convinced you to get rid of your clutter now wants to sell you $428 tool holders and $149 gold ladles.

New Zealand's coastline doesn't get much better than this headland at Leigh, where a 26ha block has been listed for sale.

Slice of paradise with lighthouse

One of New Zealand's most picturesque locations is up for grabs - complete with rocky outcrops and a lighthouse.

life & style

Access issues for blind people and guide dogs

Pinky Fang's illustration of her dog Lyric

7:17 PM  A Wellington artist who has low vision shares her experience of being denied access on buses and ride-share services because of her guide dog.

Meghan named most powerful dresser

Meghan Markle can officially add a new title to her repertoire.

David Jones ambassador Jessica Gomez is in town for the Auckland store's big opening.

Peek inside NZ's newest department store video

Take a look inside the high-end department store set to open it's doors in Newmarket on Thursday.

well & good

Personal training on the brain

Mental fitness takes work just like physical fitness, therapist Sahera Laing says.

OPINION: Can you imagine if we gave mental fitness just as much attention and priority as we do our physical fitness?

Prince's sweating: fact or fiction? video

OPINION: In his recent interview, Prince Andrew claimed that he had stopped sweating. Here's what the research says.

Te Aroha man John Watson started out with six listeners and now has 186 countries listening into Sleep Radio.

DJ sends 40,000 to sleep

Unlike most radio stations, this one wants listeners to tune out.

food & wine

Ultimate outdoor kitchen

Want to take your al fresco cooking to a new level? Here’s how to create the ultimate outdoor kitchen and go from burnt ...

However much you have to spend, these amazing outdoor kitchens will take your al fresco cooking to a new level.

McDonald's brings back classic toys video

You might find a Hamburglar from 1995 or a Furby from 1999 in your next Happy Meal, as McDonald's celebrates 40 years of the kids' combo.

From paddock to the plate

Vegan sues over meatless burger video

nz farmer

Farmers fear loss of millions

Access to Waikura Valley was cut for several days from August 22 when a slip came down on Waikura Road about 15km from ...

18 min ago  Waikura Valley farmers face missing out on millions during one of their most lucrative seasons following a road slip three months ago.

Alliance Group pay out $9m

The co-op posted a record $1.7 billion turnover and farmers will cash in.

Tool to lower farm carbon emissions

'Please shut the gate' says farmer

entertainment

Fox plans for 'OK boomer' TV show

Chloe Swarbrick used the phrase "OK Boomer" to dismiss an older member of Parliament who tried to interrupt her.

Fox Media filed a trademark application for "OK, boomer" in the newest attempt to cash in on the wildly popular phrase.

K-pop megastars showcase New Zealand

Forget US talk show host Stephen Colbert — Korean band BTS is showing off our country to their global army of fans.

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Have 2020 Grammy nominations leaked?

The Recording Academy website may have inadvertently revealed which musicians will be nominated for the 2020 Grammy Awards.

Bravo

Vote for Meg Ryan’s best Rom Com role in honor of her birthday

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7:44 PM  Look back at Meg Ryan's best rom com roles and vote for your favorite!

Scooter Braun shares message about kindness amid Taylor Swift music battle

7:24 PM  Scooter Braun shared a post on social media about responding with kindness as his music battle with Taylor Swift continues. Get the details here.

Kaia Gerber, Pete Davidson SEE MORE CAPTION New couple Kaia Gerber and Pete Davidson step out to Webster Hall to watch ...

Pete Davidson and Kaia Gerber share a kiss during concert date

7:38 PM  Pete Davidson and Kaia Gerber packed on the PDA while attending a Charlotte Lawrence concert in New York on Monday. See the photo.

parenting

Midwives' pleas for help 'fobbed off'

A midwife speaks to the crowd gathered for a meeting about maternity services in the Hutt Valley.

Concern that more Hutt Hospital midwives will resign, despite CEO's assurances.

Revealing too much

I have this thing where I absolutely love watching gender reveal videos, usually of strangers.

Hutt maternity 'appropriately staffed' over Christmas video

How a baby can overdose on milk

oddstuff

Pub to host launch

The Whangamomona Hotel is hosting a launch for a fictional book about nearby history.

A remote pub in New Zealand's only self-proclaimed republic is set to host a book launch.

'Elusive' chickens a challenge

A chicken removal project is nearly completed but the problem could arise again in the future.

Spot this man and fly first class video

217kmh in a tractor video

technology

Health clinic of the future video

Technology prices are dropping, so the medical devices are expected to be far more widely used in two or three years' time.

Digital assistants, tiny heart monitors and electronic stethoscopes could all be in the consulting room.

Paypal's misfit mafia

Peter Thiel, Elon Musk and key figures behind YouTube, and LinkedIn were in on Paypal's ground floor. Now they rule Silicon Valley.

Saluté restaurant co-owner Ken Miller says Greytown has been very inclusive on the whole.

Restaurateurs don't want witch hunt video

A town with the nickname 'Gaytown' was accused on social media as having homophobic locals.

motoring

The 10 most (and least) reliable cars of 2020

Genesis, Hyundai's luxury brand, shows Korea is now on par with long-established premium marques for quality.

With new models, you get new features and better safety. But if it's reliability you want...

Top Large SUV: Seat Tarraco video

STUFF TOP CARS: Spanish seven-seater has some familiar ingredients, but it's made to a special recipe.

Specification improvements for 2020 Colorado are minor. The big questions are about the next-gen model.

Does the next Colorado ute need Holden? video

Australia has certainly made its mark on the Colorado ute. But will it get another chance with the new one?

stuff nation

Memories of Erebus stuff nation

The twisted wreckage from the crashed Air New Zealand DC-10 plane litters the slopes of Mount Erebus.

Your stories about what you remember of the day of the Air New Zealand Erebus disaster.

Erebus: How I lost my mum stuff nation

OPINION: It was Mum's 49th birthday gift from us, a gift from which she would never return alive.

F1 legend Michael Schumacher alongside his wife Corinna before his tragic accident.

The Schumachers deserve privacy stuff nation

OPINION: Traumatic head injuries are life-changing in every way. We should all have the respect to recognise this.

sport

NZR knew about RA talks

Dave Rennie was confirmed as the new Wallabies coach on Wednesday.

New Zealand Rugby congratulates new Wallabies coach Dave Rennie, knew he was negotiating with RA.

Tough arrival time for Rennie

OPINION: Dave Rennie will arrive at an organisation that appears bent - if not broken, writes Kevin Norquay.

Ngani Laumape played for his home province after missing out on All Blacks selection for the Rugby World Cup.

Savea takes on troll

Hurricanes team-mates have each other's back when online bullies strike.

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Benee beats red carpet fear video

Kurawaka Morrison, 11, interviews Benee at the Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards.

Teen star Benee's advice on cracking the music industry (be weird, yay!)

How the little digger was freed video

It took a crew of at least 10 people and a lot of machinery to get the little yellow digger out of Little Shoal Bay.

See the 12-hour effort to pull a little digger that couldn't out of an Auckland beach.

noted

'I once shared Israel Folau’s views'

Israel Folau is in hot water again after saying the deadly Australian bushfires were God’s punishment for legalising ...

OPINION: Growing up in a fairly conservative tradition I'd been taught sexuality was black and white.

Sailing and sunbathing in Alaska

A pair of brown bears, lean and hungry after hibernating for winter, forage on the shoreline.

Joanna Wane sails north to the ice and finds all is not what it seems.

now to love

Hayley Holt's f-bomb on live TV video

Even Hayley Holt couldn't believe what came out of her mouth on live TV.

She says she meant "fudge" - but that's not what came out of her mouth on Breakfast.

How the royal kids reacted to date night

Prince William and Duchess Catherine oozed glam for the Royal Variety Performance at London's Palladium Theatre.

Kate revealed to British singer Petula Clark that they had been excited when they heard where her and William were going

homes to love

Ultimate outdoor kitchen

Want to take your al fresco cooking to a new level? Here’s how to create the ultimate outdoor kitchen and go from burnt ...

However much you have to spend, these amazing outdoor kitchens will take your al fresco cooking to a new level.

How to modernise rattan and cane

Check out these tips on how to style rattan for the modern era to add a natural touch to your home.

food to love

Ultimate outdoor kitchen

Want to take your al fresco cooking to a new level? Here’s how to create the ultimate outdoor kitchen and go from burnt ...

However much you have to spend, these amazing outdoor kitchens will take your al fresco cooking to a new level.

Easy guide to composting

Composting is a great way to avoid waste.

Compost is the best possible food for your plants and a practical way to manage kitchen waste.

beautyheaven

Humidity hair hacks

"Straight hair that has been blow dried or curled to add volume will lose that volume once it's exposed to humidity," ...

Does the humidity make your hair frizz? Here's some tips on how to keep your hair looking good this summer.

How much exercise is enough?

Don't have 30 minutes to spare? Try breaking up your workout into 10-minute blocks.

If you are new to exercise, start off by doing short workout sessions. Even 10 minutes is enough to gain benefits.

metro

NZ's professional dungeon masters

Josh Turner is turning his hobby into a job

Turning Dungeons and Dragons from a hobby into a job.

Losing an election

Yeshe Dawa in her kitchen.

What's it like to spend months of your life campaigning for a local government role, and not get in?

newsroom.co.nz

Miserable stifled housing

In housing markets stifled by rules and processes guaranteeing that housing supply cannot keep up with increases in ...

OPINION: There are 540,000 dwellings in Auckland and 580,000 households. The result is misery.

It's about homes, not houses

The NZ rental market has become so skewed in favour of those who have, that whole industries have sprung up to profit off it.

OPINION: I've lived in 13 rental properties, and I've had my share of great landlords and awful ones.

Rising danger of coastal flooding

As the seas rise, they'll allow a smaller storm to cause a bigger amount of flooding.

As the sea level rises, it will take less bad luck to cause the same amount of flooding.

tarana

Focus on growing the economy

Economic progress in New Zealand will be the focus of the inaugural Hindu Economic Forum New Zealand national conference in Auckland on Saturday, November 23.

New changes to partner visas

Changes to visas announced on Tuesday will allow other family visits, including partners who met their New Zealand ...

Immigration NZ releases new guidance on how it will assess visa applications by partners of New Zealanders.

The need to 'detach work visas'

Anu Kaloti from the Migrant Workers' Association.

Detaching work visas from specific employers would go a long way towards eradicating migrant worker exploitation, says the Migrant Workers' Association.

Diwali festival showcases culture

Charu Chutani of the Auckland based Grandiose-the creative company dances at the Diwali Festival.

One group of performers got the crowd going so much they were asked to the stage a second time.

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