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Lost Charlotte kept her cool

8:40 PM  Taranaki 5-year-old was worried she'd have to find a new family after getting lost at a parade.

Tourists save teen lives

The Aratiatia Rapids photographed at 12 noon on Monday, and then five minutes later after the dam was opened.

Local boys were swimming in the gorge moments before 90,000 litres swept by.

Church man on trial

Secretive church's culture set to be at forefront of trial of a man accused of raping his son.

Ross Taylor's teary tribute

8:37 PM  The Black Caps batsman emotionally explained his thoughts on his late friend and batting coach. Record-equalling ton

The roads are bleeding

How hot is it outside? Hot enough to cause a highway meltdown around New Zealand.

Shock, anger at remorseless teen

"You are a little coward with no sense of integrity or responsibility," killer teen driver told.

national

Fatal crash on West Coast

A person has died after a crash south of the Hokitika, on the West Coast.

A person has died after two cars collided on the West Coast.

Robertson: We have the cash

Finance Minister maintains he can deliver on Labour's spending plan while meeting targets to reduce debt - but there's little wriggle room.

Fire crews are battling a scrub fire in Clyde.

Clyde scrub fire under control video

Dozens of firefighters have brought a 200-hectare blaze in central Otago under control.

Video

Citizenship oath recited in te reo

An Australian-born woman has become a New Zealand citizen after reciting her oath of allegiance in te reo Māori. 

politics

Māori Party president resigns video

Tukoroirangi Morgan was appointed as president of the Māori Party half way through the last parliamentary term.

Tukoroirangi Morgan has also called for the party's co-leaders Te Ururoa Flavell and Marama Fox to follow suit.

New Nat-sponsored party 'very unlikely'

National Party leader Bill English has talked down a report his party is planning to start a small new right-wing party to act as a coalition partner.

Finance Minister Grant Robertson maintains he has the money to deliver on Labour's plan while meeting targets to reduce ...

Robertson: We have the cash

Finance Minister maintains he can deliver on Labour's spending plan while meeting targets to reduce debt - but there's little wriggle room.

world

NKorea gains biotech expertise video

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, third from left, and what the North Korean government calls the Hwasong-15 ...

Ten years ago, North Korea had the pathogens to cause smallpox and anthrax, but lacked certain technical skills. Not anymore.

School survey to confirm gender

The 10-year-old pupils had to tick a box to confirm their true gender, with options of "boy", "girl", and "other".

This photo provided by South Carolina state shows Todd Kohlhepp.

A serial killer's creepy message

A US serial killer is already behind bars for his heinous crimes - but Todd Kohlhepp wants people to know that there may be other victims.

business

Ed's Easter law outrage video

Ed Sheeran's Easter Sunday show has created controversy in Dunedin.

Dunedin's council votes to allow shops to open on Easter Sunday, because there's a pop star in town.

Rocket launch is off

Rocket Lab was poised to make NZ space history, but wind and the International Space Station got in the way.

David Blake, left, and Lance Ryan, right, during their first appearance in the Auckland District Court.

Hygiene Foundation pair jailed

David Blake and Lance Ryan had a history of criminal corporate behaviour and now it's caught up with them.

technology

Should you invest in bitcoin? video

Digital currencies like bitcoin are exploding in value.

Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies are taking off, but NZ's been slow to catch on.

Rocket Lab ready for lift-off

Electron rocket could be launched off Māhia Peninsula pad as early as Friday afternoon.

Blockchain is the engine beneath the virtual currency Bitcoin.

Kiwisembrace blockchain

The engine behind Bitcoin is a ledger system called Blockchain. It could be as revolutionary as the internet.

homed

Wellington reno on a budget gallery

Wendy and Simon Hoar knew this Wellington bungalow was right for their family of five as soon as they saw it.

An internal renovation on a budget gave this Wellington family the home they needed.

Paper Christmas decorations

Personalise your Christmas decor with paper decorations you can make or buy.

Now you see it, now you don't.

Win a $6k Samsung Frame TV

We're giving away a 65' Samsung Frame TV to one lucky Stuff member.

life & style

Why no babies born on Xmas?

Statistics over 35 years show Christmas Day is the least popular day to give birth.

Christmas is more about baby making than baby birthing.

NZ pets pose with Santa video

Adorable pets from across the country are all smiles as they visit Santa.

Despite living in different countries, the pair had crossed paths on holiday when they were children.

Fiancee found in childhood pic

Despite living in different countries, the pair had crossed paths on holiday when they were children.

christmas

'Look out behind you!'

Elfie (Dylan Underwood) gets a tap on the shoulder from Santa Claus at The Santa Claus Show '17, showing at The ...

Review: Kids shout instructions to Santa, chuckle at Elfie's antics and gasp at Santa's arrival in a classic Kiwi Christmas show on Auckland's North Shore.

DIY: How to wrap a ball video

You've probably been doing it the hard way.

Pets across the country get their photo taken with Santa at the annual Santa Paws event by Furtography.

NZ pets pose with Santa video

Adorable pets from across the country are all smiles as they visit Santa.

well & good

Were you reckless enough in 2017?

It's okay to go a little crazy sometimes. In fact, you're missing out if you don't.

ADVICE: If you can't name a single out-of-the-box thing you've done this year, I'd guess you're bored with life.

I wish we had more celeb coeliacs

There is no glamour in being coeliac. But there is support if you want it.

Parkour participants have control of the obstacles and intensity that they want to practice — so that doesn't mean you ...

Exercise like a superhero

Bystanders seemed very confused that two grown men were repeatedly leaping over a metal cube.

food & wine

5 of the best summer tomato recipes

Slow-roasted lamb shoulder is perfect with Greek tomatoes, currants, olives and feta.

Semi-dried tomato tart, Moroccan tomato salad and the best BBQ steak sammies with tomato jam.

Famous cooks' favourite festive desserts

Yotam Ottolenghi, Al Brown and Megan May share their favourite Christmas sweet things.

High school pals, now brewing masters

Chefs battle mental health crisis

nz farmer

Aussie company to invest millions

New Forests' investors see the sector as a long term investment providing a stable return.

Investors see New Zealand forestry as a good bet for the long term.

Alliance's new plant coming

Construction set to begin this month for Alliance venison plant.

Farm's maze for water

Billionaire's 'perfect storm'

entertainment

Māori iBook a first video

Northland kura pupils have helped to create the first Māori iBook.

9:12 PM  The first te reo iBook has been launched, thanks to a Northland school. 

Chris Evans is a real life hero video

A US student has the support of a superhero after video of him struggling with bullying reaches Captain America himself.

Patrick Gower, soon-to-be-former Newshub political editor.

Gower gone as political editor

He will take on a new role as Newshub's "national corespondent" that will see him "unleashed" as a journalist. 

travel

Great Barrier Island stargazing video

The Milky Way stretches across Great Barrier Island's Dark Sky Sanctuary.

It is just the third dark sky sanctuary in the world and the only one that's on an island.

More than just a beach video

It's hard to believe you're little more than an hour from Auckland when you step into Tāwharanui Open Sanctuary.

Go beyond Manhattan to find the real New York.

48 hours in New York gallery video

Manhattan? Nah, Brooklyn, Harlem and beyond are where it's at.

motoring

McLaren now painted in Muriwai

New Muriwai White McLaren colour pays homage to Kiwi great's UK home.

Bespoke supercar colour brings NZ and Great Britain together.

Porsche's hybrid a hit video

Porsche hybrid a success as buyers flock to the plug-in Panamera.

HSV SportsCat+ has rugged style and trick chassis. But diesel engine unchanged from Holden Colorado.

HSV future hinges on truck video

HSV will become a pickup-truck specialist in 2018. Although it hasn't forgotten about V8 muscle cars entirely.

stuff nation

No republic necessary stuff nation

Queen Elizabeth greets Wairarapa MP Georgina Beyer on her arrival in New Zealand in 2004.

New Zealand is already seen as a strong-willed, proud and accomplished nation - we don't need to split from the monarchy.

Tessa, our re-home special stuff nation

Meet Tessa, our little dog that thinks she's a big dog.

First we need to become a republic - then we can reignite the flag debate.

Time for a republic stuff nation

The monarchy is obsolete in modern-day New Zealand, Stuff readers argue.

sport

Taylor hits record ton

Ross Taylor celebrates his 17th test century, which puts him level at the top of the New Zealand list with Martin Crowe ...

Ross Taylor joins Martin Crowe and Kane Williamson on 17 test centuries for New Zealand.

Women's Big Bash has arrived

Women's Big Bash surges in popularity in Australia with eight White Ferns in the mix.

Miguel Cummins sums up the West Indies' frustrations, as his side careered towards defeat in the second test against the ...

Windies hoping for miracle

Tourists in need of world record score after crumbling before stumps.

opinion

A virtual production line of justice

Christchurch has a new courts building to go with an increasing use of technology in the court system.

OPINION: The administration of justice should be in the service of the judges and their courts, and not the other way round.

Why Johnny can't read

Girls are still doing better than boys at school but it was Pākehā children's decline in literacy that brought down the ...

OPINION: Literacy tutor claims important skills are not taught in teacher training courses.

Proud to be a mansplainer

The rise to power of Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Chief Justice Dame Sian Elias (pictured) shows the institutional ...

OPINION: Feminism has been a force for good, but once activists start complaining about the way men speak, it's time to disengage.

Deal needs 'hobbit haters'

Sir Peter Jackson letter to the Wellington City Council about the project was leaked.

OPINION: Peter Jackson's Film Museum was a civic love fest. It stopped us all asking the embarrassing questions.

special projects

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.

115 died in the CTV building collapse

CTV: 115

Still, after six years, no-one has been held responsible for their deaths.

Tracking the new Government

The First Draft

Fact-checking, analysis and numbers on the new Government.

good reads

The mums saying 'fed is best' video

New Zealander Chelsea Martin bottle-feeds 15-week-old Millie, after struggling to provide enough breast milk for her twins.

Contentious new bottle-feeding campaign argues that breastfeeding regulations harm babies.

A closer look at National's loss

National's Peter Goodfellow, Nathan Guy, Steven Joyce, and Todd McClay are coming to terms with life on the other side ...

How does it feel to lose power? In this case, it involves tears, hugs and kicking the photocopier.

A text. A death. A cop shunned

Alfred Aragon, who was killed in 2012.

The officer stood amid a grim scene. The woman bled from gunshot wounds. Her ex-boyfriend lay dead.

US's death row dilemma video

Scott Dozier was scheduled to be Nevada's first prisoner executed by fentanyl in November. His execution was postponed ...

As big pharma shies away from supplying drugs used in executions, states eye controversial alternatives.

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Sliding into the holidays

Warburton gets among the water balloon fight.

It sounded like a student's nightmare but this school handled their extra Monday with real class.

Tears over cash to treat dog video

A dog was injured after a car crashed into a Kapiti home.

He didn't cry when a car damaged his house, injuring his dog - but a $100 donation for vet bill has homeowner in tears.

NBA star hires ride to save cat

Los Angeles Lakers centre Brook Lopez didn't want to risk leaving his cat at home with wildfires closing in.

Brook Lopez knows his financial adviser will be mad after he ordered a car to evacuate his cat from wildfires.

Man 'cemented' into microwave video

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One man, his mates and seven bags of Polyfilla have left UK firefighters unimpressed.

Parenting

Could you do a one-present Xmas?

Some parents are cutting way back on the Christmas gifts. Should you do the same?

Some parents are bucking the trend by only giving their kids one gift each.

Who gets the kids at Christmas?

Christmas with kids can be tricky when there are two sets of parents to please.

ADVICE: There's no way I can gift-wrap this for you – your first Christmas apart will be difficult.

The mums saying 'fed is best' video

New Zealander Chelsea Martin bottle-feeds 15-week-old Millie, after struggling to provide enough breast milk for her twins.

Contentious new bottle-feeding campaign argues that breastfeeding regulations harm babies.

Pregnant Teigen fat-shamed

Some trolls criticised Chrissy Teigen for the size of her bump.

The model has been criticised for the size of her bump and labelled 'chunky'.

kiwi traveller

Tom's turf in Singapore

Getting ready to broadcast the Emirates Singapore Derby round the world (Tom is on the right).

Tom Wood from Cambridge landed a job as a racing broadcaster for the Singapore Turf Club.

Kiwis, mind your camping manners

Yeah, you had a great time til 2am partying with your pitched-up posse last night - but the rest of us at the campground ...

Want to be the least-hated group over the holidays? These rules apply, whether you're in a campervan or a two-person tent.

Readers' travel pics of the week

This photo is of a Jewellery Seller in Patan Durbar Square, Kathmandu Valley, Nepal.  She was so lovely and of course I ...

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!

Not all Kiwis are white stuff nation

Trekking the Indigenous Peoples Trail in Nepal, where the local people regularly mistook Phill for my guide.

I'm Pākehā and my partner is Māori - but overseas, people only ever believe one of us is a New Zealander.

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