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A year-round $48 power bill video

Frugal or genius? How a Nelson pensioner spends less than $50 a month on power.

Problem over the fence

Now 85, Marcus Norden says he is past dealing with the wilding pines in an Auckland Council park himself. He wants the ...

15 min ago  27 years, $20,000 spent. The council's invasive trees are driving an elderly Auckland couple "mad".

Online gang hooks a 'good kid'

9 min ago  Boy from "good family" commits aggravated robbery for social media credibility.

Child killer now says he didn't do it

2:31 PM  Trent Hapuku killed a baby because he was distracting him from playing PlayStation.

Wife's boat death 'worst nightmare'

Silence met Arthur McKee's screams in the dark for his wife after a holiday boat crash.

'Abnormal' Russian satellite fear video

3:02 PM  US alarm as orbiting satellite acts suspiciously, after Putin boasted about laser tech.

national

Four cases 'not an outbreak'

Taranaki District Health Board medical officer of health Jonathan Jarman is urging people to check for signs and ...

3:13 PM  In the last six months a teen has died from meningococcal and three other cases have been recorded in Taranaki.

Abuse catches up with doctor

3:06 PM  Oamaru doctor sentenced to nine months' home detention for molesting intellectually-impaired patient for eight years.

George Wood believes officer issued tickets are more effective than camera tickets because they allow police to hand out ...

Police 'lazy', ex-cop says

2:26 PM  Ex-area commander for New Zealand Police draws link between lack of officer-issued tickets and road fatalities.

    special projects

    An extraordinary leaky house saga

    The Big Leak: Part 1

    The NZ boss of the world's biggest real estate firm is in a $500,000 legal fight over the sale of her leaky home.

    ‘Significant moisture issues’

    With the discovery of an old building report, the legal case over the leaky house at 2B Edgecumbe St gets bigger.

    Stuff's special project Nā Niu Tīreni connects New Zealand's troubling history with the efforts to redress the wrongs today.

    The unsettling truth about our beginnings

    These are the facts we need to face about the way New Zealand was made.

    world

    Bridge collapse predicted video

    16 min ago  Giovanni Calvini was mocked when he warned that the Morandi Bridge would come crashing down.

    Children among Italy's dead

    Three children traveling with their families on summer holidays confirmed killed in Italy bridge tragedy.

    In October 2017 Russia launched a satellite which has been observed behaving in an "abnormal" fashion.

    'Abnormal' Russian satellite alarms US video

    3:02 PM  Washington fears Moscow is developing space weapons after Vladimir Putin's boast about mobile laser system.

    business

    Who does foreign buyer ban hit?

    Damper Bay on Lake Wanaka, where Peter Thiel owns land.

    Who does the foreign buyer ban really affect and will it make housing more affordable?

    What the OIO does

    It deals with matters dear to the hearts of Kiwis - ownership of land by foreign companies or individuals.

    The worst offenders were Quaker oat products.

    Glyphosate in US food video

    Popular US breakfast foods contain potentially dangerous amounts of weedkiller ingredient.

    technology

    VR the modern arcade

    Gretta Rodriguez-Fleming, one of the founders of VREX, first discovered virtual reality gaming four months ago and ...

    Virtual reality is helping bring life back to old school arcades.

    Battle of the robots

    Building and coding a working robot is no challenge for secondary student these days.

    Ralph Macchio and William Zabka resume their Karate Kid battle in Cobra Kai.

    Top streaming service sneaks in

    There's a new streaming service in town and it's home to everything from a Karate Kid revival to a compelling cat documentary.

    homed

    Bella's Twilight home for sale gallery video

    The asking price is $538,838 for the four-bedroom, two-bathroom home.

    Bella Swan's quaint home is on the market for $532,838

    Architect wows stubborn client gallery video

    A difficult client led Polish architect to design something quite extraordinary.

    There's a huge demand for do-ups, such as this house that early winners on The Block, Alice and Caleb Pearson, bought to ...

    Renovating first may not pay off

    That new kitchen may not get you the return you hope for when selling.

    life & style

    Markle's dad's fashion line video

    Thomas Markle, the headline-attracting father of Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, will be moving into fashion.

    The Duchess of Sussex's father Thomas will be moving into fashion.

    Give dads a break stuff nation

    Ladies, we don't need you to fem-splain how to care for our own children.

    A 10kg box of bacon, and other bizarre wedding gifts people have actually received.

    Worst wedding gifts ever video

    A 10kg box of bacon, a single saucer and other bizarre unwanted wedding gifts.

    well & good

    Can you catch up on sleep? video

    If we don't get enough sleep, can we catch up later? Experts are divided.

    2:12 PM  If we don't get enough sleep, can we catch up later? Experts are divided.

    Drugs cut for failed walking test video

    Brendan Rochford, who has MS, can't walk 500m. And because of that he's lost his funded medication.

    Patients are less than honest about more than just alcohol.

    How doctors know you're lying

    Patients are less than honest about more than just alcohol.

    food & wine

    Happiness on a grand scale

    The main bar sits under a forest of chandeliers.

    At Happiness, the mains are for sharing, the dining room is huge and the fluffy bao will bring a smile.

    Almond and fish a tasty combination

    A quick and easy meal that is also healthy and delicious.

    Easy being (micro) green

    Eat at the Little Swedish Kitchen

    nz farmer

    Ernst Frei's labour of love

    Ernst Frei with two of his 15 grandchildren,Joash Thielmann (4) and Amalia Frei (22 months).

    Immigrant of 40 years has created pastoral perfection on the outskirts of Christchurch.

    Endangered but delicious video

    A proposed sales ban could knock whitebait off the menu.

    What's up Doc?

    The quiet goodbye video

    entertainment

    Kiwis' Viagogo horror stories video

    The demand for Celine Dion tickets led scalpers to selling them on Viagogo.

    2:43 PM  "It wasn't until my credit card details were entered two to three times that I thought something was fishy."

    Nude on Shortland Street video

    Alex Tarrant stripped down for his first day on Shortland Street. He calls it an "icebreaker".

    Madonna, voguing in the 80s.

    Madonna turns 60 video

    13 min ago  Madonna will celebrate her 60th birthday on Thursday, following a long career of reinvention and controversy.

    travel

    The truth about living in Tokyo video

    Tao Lin moved to Tokyo for a working holiday after falling in live with it on a non-working break.

    Ultra modern yet traditional, crowded yet mindful, not averse to hiring a (real) hubby... Japan isn't easy to categorise.

    Cook Is: Perfect family getaway video

    Here are 20 reasons why you should bring the family to this Pacific paradise.

    Nora Dunn, also known as The Professional Hobo.

    1 year travel, $173 spent on digs video

    2:14 PM  Nora Dunn likes to travel on a budget ... and she's very good at it.

    motoring

    'Piece of junk' Ferrari worth millions video

    Bought for just over $2000 and now possibly worth $11 million. Not bad for day's work.

    He took a risk on a broken Ferrari, and now US sailor Robert Phillips could be about to get a multi-million dollar payday.

    Kiwis, the Tesla Model 3 is here video

    New "affordable" Tesla has reached NZ. You can look and touch - but you can't take delivery yet.

    Madonna hanging out of a car in Who's That Girl? 
Pictured is not the Mini Cooper she's selling off.

    Madonna's mini is up for sale video

    2:52 PM  She may be turning 60, but it could be you who's getting a birthday gift as Madonna's selling off her Mini Cooper.

    stuff nation

    Give dads a break stuff nation

    I spent almost 18 months at home with my youngest three-month-old daughter and they were the most wonderful months.

    Ladies, dads don't need you to fem-splain how to care for their own children.

    Tell us your Meet Cute stuff nation

    We want to hear the story of the moment you locked eyes, exchanged your first words or went on your first date.

    Hansen will always back the experienced player first.   (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)

    Hansen has his favourites stuff nation

    The system Steve Hansen uses for All Blacks selection obviously works. But, from time to time, it raises eyebrows.

    sport

    Taylor plunders after let-off video

    Ross Taylor of Jamaica Tallawahs hit an unbeaten 51 off 35 balls against St Kitts and Nevis Patriots at Sabina Park.

    2:24 PM  He was out for six, but a no-ball gave Ross Taylor a reprieve and he cut loose for the Tallawahs in Kingston.

    'Aussies as skilful as ABs' video

    He helped the All Blacks to two Rugby World Cups and now "Mick the Kick" believes he's transformed the Wallabies.

    Steven Adams passed on his knowledge to youngsters in Takanini, South Auckland on Thursday.

    Adams up for LeBron battle video

    1:53 PM  Kiwi baller up for more showdowns with the NBA king pin following his off-season move to the same conference.

    opinion

    Ardern's political gamble with teachers video

    Teachers march in Auckland.

    OPINION: Is PM Jacinda Ardern speaking out of both sides of her mouth on the teachers strike?

    Good call on Naholo video

    All Blacks wing Waisake Naholo deserves another crack at the Wallabies in Sydney on Saturday night.

    OPINION: Rewarding form, not potential, was the right call to make in the All Blacks back three, writes Marc Hinton.

    Minister's lesson on rudeness

    Education Minister Chris Hipkins at the teachers' strike rally with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, and Associate ...

    OPINION: His "chauvinist pig" barb was more like a 5-year-old school starter than the person setting tone for NZ education.

    Te reo naysayers: build a bridge

    From left, Hana Bottles (Ngāti Kuri), Kyle Morris (Te Aitanga-a-Māhaki and Ngāti Porou), Joshua Chin (Te Rarawa and Te ...

    OPINION: I naively imagined a positive response to my te reo Māori journey. Instead I got cynicism and resistance.

    good reads

    'Too friendly too fast' video

    The kids loved it when Ron Jeffries dyed his beard.

    The man with the colourful beard in unit 13 seemed nice. Little did they know he was a notorious sex offender.

    How a state teacher compares video

    A striking teacher in Mount Maunganui compares their earnings with the National Party leader's travel expenses.

    For the first time in 24 years almost 30,000 primary and intermediate teachers and principals are on strike.

    How a banana cost me $401 video

    A very expensive lunch (stunt banana used).

    A stupid oversight ends up with me paying for the most expensive lunch of my life, one I didn't eat.

    How Respect became 60s' anthem video

    Aretha Franklin's version of Otis Redding's Respect catapulted her into the echelons of music history.

    It was Valentine's Day 1967 when Aretha Franklin sat down at a piano in New York and recorded her most famous song.

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    Uni accused of bungling harassment complaint

    "It was like they didn't care at all," says a Victoria University student of the institution's response to a sexual ...

    The chemistry tutor told young female students he would strip them naked in the shower.

    23yo takes on Law Society

    Matt Taylor, 23, was the target of a Law Society super-injunction to stop him disclosing what he knew about a botched ...

    A young law graduate was the target of one of NZ's most sweeping gagging orders. 'I was shocked,' he says.

    Super-injunction hid sexual harassment

    Law Society president Kathryn Beck sent an email apology to lawyers.

    The Law Society used a rare legal gag to attempt to conceal bungling of a complaint about a senior lawyer.

    Law Society super-injunction a gag too far

    Chris Gollins' famed moustache outlasted his broadcasting career.

    OPINION: From cricket to prostitutes, there have been injunctions before. But the Law Society's one crossed the line, writes Jonathan Milne.

    oddstuff

    Sassy parrot curses firefighters

    Sassy bird Jessie spat out some "choice words" at her would-be rescuers, according to the London Fire Brigade.

    Blasphemous bird baffles would-be rescuers in the UK.

    Good-natured rivalry over giant plant video

    Australia's Mike Leupold (left) and New Zealand's Gaye Mullin both grew ginormous agave geminiflora plants in their ...

    Forget the Bledisloe Cup, the trans-Tasman rivalry just turned horticultural.

    Worm in eye becomes art

    British artist Ben Taylor created The Host after he realised that a parasitic worm had been living in one of his eyes.

    There it was, an inch-long roundworm. The doctor placed it in a container and Ben Taylor watched it die.

    KFC calms 150kg pig

    The pig got loose down the main streets of Waihi.

    Rescuers feed pig on the loose some chips and buns to herd it into temporary church pen.

    Parenting

    'It's like she was ripped out of me'

    Chantal's daughter Willow, soon after her birth in 2016.

    Chantal Holley's baby weighed only 743 grams when she was born prematurely. But that was just the start of her complications.

    Even Serena can't beat 'mum guilt' video

    'It's totally normal to feel like I'm not doing enough for my baby. We have all been there," says Serena Williams.

    With an emotional Instagram post, the tennis star highlights the struggle all working mums face.

    Mums take on cafe over prams video

    Faith & Co Cafe in Petone doesn't allow buggies and prams in the cafe when two designated areas up front by the window ...

    Faith Proctor says enforcing pram safety policy doesn't make her a baby hater, but turned-away mums disagree.

    Beyonce's emergency C-section video

    Beyonce Vogue cover

    The star opens up about her difficult delivery and recovery after the birth of her twins last year.

    kiwi traveller

    Ask an expert: Scottish islands

    Sunrise at Quiraing on the Isle of Skye.

    The remoteness of Scotland's 790 wildly varied islands is part of their appeal.

    Insider tip: Aitutaki

    The second most visited island in the Cooks boasts one of the South Pacific's most beautiful lagoons.

    If winter's taking its toll, a quick escape to Aitutaki should ease what ails you to see you through to spring.

    How to travel with elderly family

    Alick (left) and Mac chilling on the beach in Bali with a beer.

    Debra Nell got more than she bargained for on a trip to the UK with her elderly dad and his siblings.

    Central Otago's rich in food and history

    The winter sun sets over the beautiful rolling hills and mountains of Central Otago.

    Visit beautiful Central Otago to sample some of the fine local cuisine, wine and craft beer.

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