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The free holiday won't last video

0 min ago  Tourist campers won't overrun a Taranaki beauty spot again if locals get their way.

Road 'one of the worst'

One person was killed when a car collided with a truck near Pareora on Wednesday.

7:28 AM  Two deaths in and many near misses has a community worried and demanding action.

'Brace for impact,' passengers told

After a loud noise and shaking, a Malaysia Airlines flight diverted to Alice Springs.

Teen unrecognisable after 'torture'

Girls allegedly burn disabled Aussie teen, and force her to inhale glass.

Big theft in a tiny town

Manager of Ranfurly's supermarket was stealing from the customers she'd known all her life.

Heavy rain persists video

7:55 AM  MetService warns of flooding risk as heavy rain is set to continue in upper North Island.

national

Surge in transgender referrals

LGBT advocate Tabby Besley, of InsideOut, says the funding catchup needs to happen immediately, before trans people lose ...

Rising numbers seeking gender reassignment will challenge health funding, says study.

Tramp park injuries hurt more

Four people with spinal fractures were among a spike of people needing hospital treatment after trampoline parks opened.

Leo Stirling is living off kindness. He  has been holding up signs for over three years around the world.

Travelling on others' generosity video

Leo Stirling has a sign for everything he needs. The one asking for a Rolex hasn't panned out yet.

Video

Ban stops breeders cashing in

OPINION: Breeders were taking advantage of pugs' popularity. It had to be stopped.

world

$1.2m heist of boss' rare wine

A case of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, considered as one of the best wines of Burgundy. Authorities say Nicolas De-Meyer ...

7:56 AM  Ex-Goldman Sachs' assistant liked his boss' wine so much he allegedly stole a cache of rare and costly bottles.

Watch: Dramatic drugs arrest video

Prominent Aussie businessman arrested as armed police swoop in Serbian hotel to smash alleged international drug ring.

The teenage boy and his father both died in the fire.

Boy dies trying to save dad

When their home caught fire, a US teen tried to help his paralysed dad escape. Neither of them made it.

business

Keep your divorce cheap

Be nice, even if you don't feel like it.

Here's how to avoid shelling out megabucks to separate from your spouse.

Cost of a 'Little Mozart'

7:30 AM  OPINION: Are music lessons for the children killing your savings?

Part of negotiators' problem has been uncertainty over what Trump would accept in terms of 'dreamers'.

US strains to avert shutdown video

7:58 AM  Speculation that Republican leaders are struggling to get votes on funding bill.

technology

Amazon's Alexa has Kiwi jokes

The Echo ($179) will go on sale in New Zealand in early February.

Amazon has revealed New Zealand prices for its smart speaker and some of its Kiwi "skills".

Tips on buying devices for school

Choosing the right device to match your needs and budget can be an overwhelming task.

LG is adding Google Assistant, the search giant's voice computing technology, to some of their TVs.

AI is coming to TVs

Your smart TV may soon get a little smarter, thanks to artificial intelligence.

homed

The perfect summer cut-flower

Tall and free-flowering, 'Walter Fleming' is an oldie but a goodie, with cream flowers splashed with yellow.

Alstroemerias are a sassy source of colour for your garden and vase - and now they come in a size to suit all gardens.

Villa reno is a family affair stuff nation video

It took more than 18 months, but Grant and Karyn McKenna and their three young children have created their dream family home.

Built in the 1860s in Bassett Road, Remuera, this grand mansion, since relocated to Mahurangi East, was once home to the ...

1860s mansion relocated, revived

Once the Remuera home of James Hardie, this relocated mansion can be yours for $4.5m.

life & style

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.

Travelling on others' generosity video

Leo Stirling has a sign for everything he needs. The one asking for a Rolex hasn't panned out yet.

The visit included a stop at Cardiff Castle.

'Meet Meghan Markle' tour hits Wales video

8:01 AM  Cardiff is the latest stop on the royal couple's pre-wedding tour of Britain.

well & good

Do I cut ties with draining friends?

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

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

How much do you weigh? stuff nation

The words that rolled off his tongue were so painful to hear. He destroyed my self-love.

While in America, David celebrates international glazed donuts day.

Battling cancer - and visa issues video

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

food & wine

Call to close D-grade eateries

A big enough cockroach problem can close a food business, but less than that and it can stay open while the cockroaches ...

It's outrageous that D-rated restaurants aren't closed till they're clean, an expert says.

Don't toss out your avo pips

The new avocado part people are obsessing over.

Back-to-work lunch ideas video

How big is a scoop of chips? video

nz farmer

Cattle disease continues to spread

One of three dairy farms north of Winton in Southland understood to be placed under a Restricted Place Biosecurity ...

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

Sheep milk industry positive

A new report into sheep milking in Southland has estimated the industry could be worth $124 million to the region by 2040.

No fruit leftovers for Kiwis

A break for drought hit farmers

entertainment

Kiwi Sundance stand-out

Kiwi actress Thomasin McKenzie is starring opposite Ben Foster in Leave No Trace.

8:16 AM  Actress Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie has been picked as one of the five breakout stars of the Sundance Film Festival.

Pay rise for Big Little Lies  video

7:41 AM  The women will now be amongst the highest paid actresses in television history.

In an interview with Stephen Colbert, James Franco described the sexual misconduct allegations made against him as “not ...

Franco needs damage control video

3 min ago  OPINION: It's hard to believe that someone would not remember their behaviour in a relationship.

travel

Plane sets transatlantic record

Norwegian's 787 Dreamliner reached a top speed of 1248kph (file photo).

7:32 AM  Tailwinds help a Norwegian 787 Dreamliner to speedy New York-London time.

Wildest little town in Canada

"Dawson City attracts the weirdest people... winter can be difficult, and people can go a little strange."

The tree is usually surrounded by water but the drought has caused lake levels to drop.

Give That Wanaka Tree a rest video

Too much love could be the death of Wanaka's famous lone willow tree.

motoring

NZ driverless cars a way off

GM Cruise AV has no steering wheel or pedals. Company says it will produce it from next year. Really?

There's no legal hurdle to self-driving cars in NZ. But why does that mean they're not on our roads now?

Auto Show's fastest cars

They look great, but let's be real - these are the cars that reach speeds that could land you in jail.

It seems simple to do, but the Dutch way of checking for cyclists would cause many drivers to have to radically change ...

Dutch reach? Not a hope in hell video

OPINION: There's no way NZ's drivers will adopt the Dutch Reach method - because driving etiquette will never change

stuff nation

How much do you weigh? stuff nation

"After the scales tipped 91.7kg, I began starving myself again." (File photo)

The words that rolled off his tongue were so painful to hear. He destroyed my self-love.

Money lessons for kids stuff nation

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

Peewee the poodle is very precious and can kiss on demand.

Peewee the poodle stuff nation

Peewee is a clever little poodle who can do tricks and kiss on demand.

sport

Fury offers to spar with Parker

Tyson Fury and Joseph Parker have a good friendship and the big Brit wants to help the young Kiwi prepare for his fight ...

7:32 AM  "You won't find better than me," former champ promises in bid to help Kiwi's preparations for AJ.

Rona backs Force ousting

7:52 AM  Reducing to four Super Rugby teams has "boosted Australian teams' rosters", Curtis Rona says.

Roger Federer believes the heat is part of the challenge of winning the Australian Open.

Expect the heat in Oz: Federer

7:37 AM  Roger Federer backs Aussie Open organisers as Melbourne gets set to scorch again.

opinion

Ban stops breeders cashing in video

Squash faced dogs are on trend right now.

OPINION: Breeders were taking advantage of pugs' popularity. It had to be stopped.

Time for rodeos to go

Rodeo advocates say it's all just a bit of fun.

OPINION: We wouldn't allow rodeo-type activities to happen to pets or on farms. So why do we let them continue for "fun"?

Gentlemen, start your conversation

There's still some room for flirtation in the office, despite the #metoo campaign.

OPINION: Men are worried that if they so much as look at a woman at work, we're going to staple their bits to the copier.

Dutch reach not a hope in hell video

Most of us seem to inhabit a world of selfishness the moment we get in our cars.

OPINION: NZ's drivers won't adopt the Dutch reach method - because driving etiquette will never change

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

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.

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.

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 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.

'Alien' cliff face revealed

A Southern Pacific Helicopter flies past a slip caused by the Kaikōura earthquake, but is it being watched?

Kaikōura rocked by yet another otherworldly sighting, but this one is looking back.

Choo choo? Nahh, a train that barks video

More than 40 per cent fewer animals have been sighted from trains since the tests started (file photo).

Japanese boffins come up with a novel idea to ward off deer from train tracks.

The island that lost its stripes video

Kawau Island and Mansion House: A menagerie fit for a veteran of the colonial era.

Zebras once galloped across this island off the coast of Auckland as monkeys swung through the trees above.

Parenting

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.

What will Kim K name her baby? video

Kim and Kanye haven't decided on a moniker for their third bub - but social media is on it.

East? Wild? Compass? The world has plenty of suggestions for the Kardashian-West clan.

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."

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 ...

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!

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