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Where once stood a home video

Thousands pass the ruined cottage every day. Here's (part of) its story.

Baby in the House video

Ardern and Gayford put their baby plans "on hold" when Ardern became leader of the Labour Party in August.

11:59 AM  PM Jacinda Ardern says she plans to breastfeed her baby for as long as she can - at home or at work.

Aussie heatwave causes deaths

11:55 AM  As Melbourne sizzles, fatal cardiac arrests rise and babies are rescued from cars.

Guns, ammo & $2.5m

10:46 AM  Four semi-automatic rifles synonymous with American shootings found in West Auckland.

365 disastrous days of Trump video

11:13 AM  OPINION: A year on, there's so much damage in his wake it may be hard to recover.

Puppy found after driveway theft

A happy ending to the tale of a puppy ripped out of the arms of an Auckland woman.

national

River searched for Raymond 

Raymond Stirling was last seen on Monday evening.

Raymond Stirling's family asked the local community to help search on Saturday for the 84-year-old.

Body found on Napier beach

Police are working to identify a body washed up at Awatoto, near where a French tourist went missing last week.

SH25 or Thames Coast Road suffered damage during a summer storm in early January. The road was closed between Thames and ...

Repair work on Cormandel road

10:46 AM  Work on the Thames Coast Road means vehicles over five tonnes are banned until repairs are complete.

Video

Baby in the House

PM Jacinda Ardern plans to breastfeed her baby for as long as she can – at home or in the House.

world

Saudis deny 9/11 links video

Families of the victims of the September 11 attacks claim Saudi Arabia channelled money through its charities to al Qaeda.

Saudi Arabia has asked a US judge to throw out lawsuits claiming it helped al Qaeda carry out attacks that killed 2996.

Baby dies after car hits crowd

Driver jumps curb and ploughs into crowd on Brazil boardwalk, killing baby girl.

Girls at a safe house in Damascus run towards the camera.

Warzone offers surprises

Stalls selling pashmina, kids obsessed with Bollywood - Syria's warzone life is an eye-opener.

business

Auckland 'cheaper than Hamilton'

Auckland is ranked the 51st most expensive city globally, nestled in between Boston in the US and Nice, France, Numbeo says.

International index ranks Hamilton as being more expensive to live than Auckland, but New Zealand economists are dubious.

Cow ad 'loaded and biased'

But SAFE says it's a true representation of dairy industry practices.

BFM's pipe coupling systems are sold in 35 countries where they are used by large chemical, food, mineral and ...

Kiwis beat China counterfeiters

NZ pipe-coupling maker was told he was wasting his time, but won in China against knock-offs.

technology

iPhone at risk from 'text bomb'

Apple is aware of the issue and says "a fix is coming in a software update next week".

A bug that can crash an iPhone with a single message has been discovered by a British security researcher.

Take control of iPhone slowing video

Users will soon be able to choose if they want their iPhone throttled or not.

Alibaba said it's the first time a machine has out-done a real person in such a contest.

AI beats humans in key test

The artificial intelligence model beat humans in a Stanford University reading and comprehension test.

homed

3 Kiwi shed conversions gallery video

Antony Michalik and Kim Wallace's boat shed and apartment is on the Tauranga harbour.

From an woolshed that's over 50 years old to a James Bond-esque boatshed, these homeowners have made amazing dwellings out of sheds.

This weekend's garden tasks video

It's time to summer prune your fruit trees and lift and store dormant bulbs.

The lived-in look of linen instantly softens an otherwise minimal bedroom.

New spin on minimalism gallery

Forget the sterile white-on-white room with almost no furniture. The latest look - soft minimalism - is a warmer, more liveable style.

life & style

When your husband has cheated

How do you handle the woman your husband cheated on you with when there's a child involved?

1 min ago  Q&A: The thought of him being at the home of the woman who slept with him kills me.

How good are 'good schools'?

OPINION: Before you dispatch your little darlings to the high-decile doozy, ask yourself: could they be just as happy down the road?

Duncan Garner has some advice for expectant parents Jacinda Ardern and Clarke Gayford.

Make the most of it, Jacinda video

OPINION: Duncan Garner, another busy parent, gives the PM a little life advice as she prepares to become a mum.

well & good

Don't bin unused medicine

Many of us end up disposing of medicines in a way that is dangerous both to us and the environment.

You should never throw drugs away.

My love affair with booze

Columnist Martin van Beynen wrestles with how he could live without booze.

My "friend" has become more of a charity case.

Should I ditch draining friends?

ADVICE: I don't enjoy my "friend's" company, should I cut all ties?

food & wine

The meat just keeps coming

It's like a meaty version of yum char where waiters keep arriving at your table with great steaming roasts on metre-long ...

Platter after platter of Brazilian barbecue passes by the table, and I'm enjoying the feeling of excess...

Ponsonby burger joint fails food safety

Auckland Council has issued Murder Burger on Ponsonby Rd with a D grade.

Are our wine regions at risk?

Good grub for river rats

nz farmer

$823m from sheepmeat exports

Mutton export receipts reached a record $146 million for the December quarter of 2017, up 93 per cent.

The flow of red meat has run red hot through processing companies judging by record exports.

Cattle disease still spreading

There are now 17 farms with cattle that test positive for Mycoplasma bovis.

'Meat' the butchers

Sheep milk industry positive

entertainment

Ramsay gets telling off from daughter

Gordon Ramsay is no stranger to the f-word.

8 min ago  The celebrity chef has a famously stormy temper, but at home he's on the receiving end.

Lifting the lid on funerals

OPINION: A day in the life of a funeral director takes the mystique out of the profession.

Clarke Gayford is the partner of Labour leader Jacinda Ardern.

Clarke Gayford: NZ's First Dad

While Jacinda Ardern is doing her day job, her TV host partner will be the stay-at-home parent. So who is Clarke Gayford?

travel

Pope marries pair on plane video

Paula Podest and Carlos Ciuffardi said "I do" after telling Pope Francis that they had been married in a civil service ...

Pope Francis has celebrated the first-ever airborne papal wedding, marrying two flight attendants at 36,000 feet.

Discover 'NZ's most loved beach'

Ōhope offers a charmingly unspoiled family-friendly destination, with heaps to do (weather permitting).

An aerial view of the Sand Castle Motel in Peka Peka.

The giant sand castle on the beach video

Branded a "Noddy house" by some, but beloved by many, it now faces an uncertain future.

motoring

Red Bull Supercar at the gate video

New Commodore Supercar was unveiled by Shane van Gisbergen and Jamie Whincup on Sydney Harbour.

Wraps off new Aussie racer - with a Euro Commodore body shape.

Who buys all these trucks?

OPINION: Hate to shock you, but many pickup purchases are not entirely rational.

A Christchurch woman has been awarded a refund of more than $28,000, after the Motor Vehicles Disputes Tribunal found ...

Defects deliberately concealed

Woman awarded more than $28,000 after tribunal finds safety faults were deliberately masked.

stuff nation

Kids and career: Your experience stuff nation

We want to hear about your experiences of navigating pregnancy and family while building a career.

We want to hear about your experiences of navigating pregnancy and family while building a career.

Maisey loves a swim stuff nation

Maisey is an 8-month-old bundle of energy.

Nathan Dickey was treated to an amazing sunset over Ahuriri, Napier.

Dining with a sunset view stuff nation

Any meal tastes better with a side of sunset, and there was a stunner on the menu in Napier.

sport

Secret of the Santner Claw

Mitchell Santner has honed his carrom ball and got a result when he bamboozled  Pakistan's Fakhar Zaman with it in Hamilton.

11:48 AM  Black Caps spinner's mystery ball so talked about he now has to find a way to hide it.

Richardson's pregnant pause video

Everyone is talking about the prime minister's baby - apart from Mark Richardson.

Steve Smith walks off looking dejected after being dismissed in Australia's ODI loss to England in Brisbane.

More 'Batman than Superman'

6 min ago  Australia captain human afterall as nation's media take aim at struggling ODI cricketers.

opinion

Pregnant PM makes anything feel possible

Jacinda Ardern's news is exciting - for all of us.

OPINION: Jacinda Ardern is pregnant, and this is an amazing day for men and women everywhere.

Congratulations, Jacinda and Clarke

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and her partner Clarke Gayford.

OPINION: Our prime minister is pregnant and it is a lovely thing. For all kinds of reasons.

My love affair with booze

A good night out or reprehensible behaviour?

Columnist Martin van Beynen wrestles with how he could live without booze.

Ranger No1: who buys all these trucks?

Trucks like this are in your face. That's the idea.

OPINION: Hate to shock you, but many pickup purchases are not entirely rational.

special projects

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.

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.

good reads

Doctor's slow downfall video

Rakesh Kumar Chawdhry, 62, has been found guilty of multiple charges of indecent assault and one of sexual violation.

14 men accused Dr Rakesh Chawdhry of indecent assault. He denied it. It took years to hold him to account.

Chasing a super-shot for the flu

In this November 1918, a girl stands next to her sister lying in bed. The girl became so worried she telephoned the Red ...

The descriptions from 100 years ago are haunting, but scientists hope they're closing in on a magic bullet to combat the flu.

Spectacular trail that's not cheap

Although there are 457.2 metre changes in elevation over several days, the 46km track is easy enough for preteens and ...

Tasmania's Three Capes trail starts at one of Australia's major historical sites and takes in some stunning coastline.

Mind-blowing Petra literally rocks video

The Treasury. The ancient city of Petra carved out of the rock.

"Petra is one of the world's biggest mysteries," says Omar, my Jordanian guide. "There is no record of history."

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The giant sand castle on the beach video

An aerial view of the Sand Castle Motel in Peka Peka.

Branded a "Noddy house" by some, but beloved by many, it now faces an uncertain future.

Car prank snow joke video

It took the creator 4 hours to sculpt, but it had the desired effect.

He spent four hours making it look like the DeLorean from Back To The Future - and it fooled cops who gave it a ticket.

New home is 'termite hell'

Concannon wasn't sure if the insects were a benign native species or the destructive Australian termite (pictured, file ...

The first time the house was slept in, they awoke to hundreds of termites crawling over them.

The bunny-eared buskers

Japanese buskers Sayaka Nitta, left, and Moe Aoki sport rabbit ears to bring the "cute" factor to their busking.

Two Japanese women share their love of Anime tunes as they travel around in rental car.

Parenting

Little Lucy's life-changing surgery

13-month-old Lucy Deerson, who is undergoing major surgery on her skull, so her brain can develop properly.

The Aussie baby's head was an odd shape, but it took eight months to figure out why.

My teen son is smoking weed

I'm worried my bright son will end up "brain dead" like the pot smokers I've met before.

ADVICE: I found a bag of marijuana in my teen son's bedroom.

The most popular name in NZ

Michael Galvin, who plays Dr Chris Warner in the TV series Shortland Street.

Michael is the most popular name of the last 60 years in New Zealand. By a large margin.

'Our baby was starving in hospital'

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

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

kiwi traveller

Readers' travel pics of the week

Ella Rippingale (13) took this fabulous selfie of herself while enjoying the end of the day on Rarawa Beach, Far North.

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!

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.

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