splash too much

It was nice while it lasted

As Labour gets ready to fill Beehive offices, outgoing National ministers may weigh up whether three years in Opposition is worth it.

How this deal stacks up

How does the deal between NZ First and Labour compare to previous governing arrangements?

8:26 PM  NZ First will take four seats out of 20 around the Cabinet table. Is that normal?

Millions invested in maunga

8:50 PM  Campaign launched to make Auckland's volcanoes a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Vaping fears evaporate

The Ministry of Health now supports vaping as a way to reach the Smokefree 2025 target.

Lions too tough for Taniwha

9:24 PM  Wellington impress in comfortable championship semifinal win over Northland.

His words made his wife cry

9:30 PM  After 40 years of marriage, Hamish is finally able to write in his wife's birthday card.

national

Holiday traffic turns deadly

Traffic heading south out Auckland will test weekenders' patience. And the roadworks don't help.

Labour Weekend off to a tragic start following a fatal crash on SH2 near Wairoa as traffic builds nationwide.

Burnoff out of control

Fire crews are attending an out-of-control burnoff at Mt Prospect farm near Te Anau.

Police are seeking any information on two crashes that happened in south Auckland on Friday evening, one of which left ...

Kids hurt in hit-and-run

9:08 PM  Two hit-and-run crashes - one after a police chase - have left four people injured in south Auckland.

Video

Mystery braveheart unveiled

Chef trying to end child poverty with a free lunch scheme is the first "braveheart" in a social media project highlighting inspirational people in Christchurch.

politics

If Bill English says goodbye...

Who will it be? From left, Simon Bridges, Paula Bennett, Judith Collins, Nikki Kaye or Jonathan Coleman.

ANALYSIS: If outgoing Prime Minister Bill English decides to go, there are a host of folk who will be up for the job.

Is capitalism guilty?

Winston Peters is out to change "today's capitalism" which he says far too many of us see as our foe.

James Shaw is set to be a minister, along with two other senior members of his caucus.

Greens' gains: What's their game? video

An internal email details their general wins, but how could those big policies change things?

world

Aus journo to name 'predators'

Journalist Tracey Spicer: "[Australian offenders] deserve to be held to account after the way that they have behaved ...

Journalist Tracey Spicer says she'll name and shame media offenders - and maybe prosecute them, too.

Bush's Trumpism takedown video

OPINION: For nine years, George W. Bush has largely stayed out of presidential politics. Not anymore.

Bill Nutter's family didn't learn the truth until the Boston Globe looked into his death.

Veteran dies as aide plays games

Nurse's aide then announced US war veteran's death to her boss with a slit throat gesture, report says.

business

NZX bounces back

Investors were mildly negative but not panicking, before sending the NZX50 higher.

NZ's sharemarket takes a small knock from National losing power, falling just under 1 per cent.

Inhumanly huge loans

OPINION: We're now taking such large home loans, it even makes a 40-year mortgage sound sane.

Samantha Blair fell victim of a suspected loan scam.

Warning over suspected loan scam

9:45 PM  Police are investigating a scammer impersonating a Kiwi loans company.

technology

Google app controls kids' devices

It may be tempting use Family Link to assert total control, but that's not the best way to teach your child about tech.

Imagine being able to use an app on your phone to turn your kid's device when they ignore your plea to turn it off.

Software is so disappointing

Software was supposed to be brilliant, liberating, and fun. Instead, it's pretty terrible.

The X4 ($799) is the first smartphone in New Zealand to run Android One.

Review: Moto X4 smartphone

The X4 ($799) is the first smartphone in New Zealand to run Android One.

homed

For sale: Big-city escape gallery

The house has been extensively renovated, both inside and out, and is a landmark property in Lawrence.

Looking at moving out of the big smoke? Here's what $865K gets you in Lawrence - a home and income.

Where did that bungalow end up? gallery video

From Remuera to Riverhead - see what happened to a character bungalow over 12 months.

Which fashionable TV show character owned this closet?

Quiz: Guess the TV show house

You know the characters and storylines, but can you remember the homes?

life & style

Best & worst dressed celebrities gallery

Gwyneth Paltrow and Blake Lively brought their A game this week but January Jones missed the mark.

This week, Gwyneth Paltrow livens things up, Blake Lively is back and January Jones needs new accessories.

Seeing double with Melania

Theories that US first lady Melania Trump is using body double have been gathering momentum online.

Joanie Simpson was so devastated by the death of her Yorkshire terrier, Meha, that doctors diagnosed her with ...

Woman's heart 'breaks' over dog

American woman diagnosed with broken-heart syndrome after the death of her Yorkshire terrier.

well & good

Why baths are better than showers

You just can't beat a nice long bath. But would you take one in the morning?

OPINION: It's a debate that never ends - but I'm firmly on team bath.

When wellness makes you unwell

Wellness may be all the rage right now, but what happens when you're obsessed with being "healthy"?

Sleep is crucial to our health.

Effects of a bad night's sleep

Sleep is crucial to your health, but not all sleep is equal.

food & wine

Blood sausage is NZ's top snag

Akaroa Butchery and Deli's Brendan Foster began making blood sausage and black pudding to reduce waste.

Head judge said the Canterbury boudin noir was a "well-crafted, perfectly balanced sausage with a beyond sensational texture".

NZ wins at Irish pub awards

Pub co-owner first thought news of being on awards shortlist was a prank.

Dining with Chelsea video

Top 5 icecream parlours

nz farmer

Water tax no-go welcomed

Before the election, Labour proposed a royalty on farmers of one to two cents per 1000 litres on irrigation water.

Farmers don't know what to expect, but are pleased NZ First appears to have had its way.

China bid for Southland farm

A would-be Chinese buyer of a Southland farm could be stymied by a new government.

Zespri goes for Gold

Peter Jackson's new menu

entertainment

Critics Marvel at Taika's Thor

The Taika Waititi-directed Thor: Ragnarok is earning plenty of praise already.

Waititi-directed movie currently the third-best reviewed Marvel film of all-time

New TSwift song drops

Taylor Swift explores a different sound in her new track, Gorgeous. It's less country, more '80s pop.

The Evil Within 2

When games scare more than movies video

9:36 PM  Review: The Evil Within 2 is a perfect example of a game that does horror better than Hollywood.

travel

Pyongyang from the skies video

Some incredible structures on the river.

A 360-degree video of Kim Jong Un's showcase North Korean capital.

Pilot takes ultimate scenic route

What do you do when you can't land due to congestion? Why, go on a scenic tour of course.

The best way to see New York via the subway.

New York is a real-life movie set stuff nation

Paige Newnham-Shaw takes in the sights and sounds of the bustling US city.

motoring

NZ a million (used) car nation

Dealer-to-public vehicle sales continue to be popular in New Zealand.

New Zealanders buy and sell more than a million cars a year. Here's how.

Don't get overheated on roads

Holiday travel is when your car is most likely to get hot and bothered. 

Reversing a trailer is a slow and steady art.

Labour Weekend tow: top tips

Here's a towing tip to keep in mind: make sure you get your balance right.

stuff nation

Murky marina morning stuff nation

Nelson Marina looks mysterious in the mist.

Nelson Marina looks particularly mysterious in the mist.

'Me Too': Too many times stuff nation

There’s one story I’ve never spoken of before - not to my mum, not to my best friend, not to my husband.

The bonus to chilly Wellington winters? Being super floofy.

Meet Sir Manfred Mc'Mans stuff nation

He may look like a lion, but his roar still needs some work.

sport

Hartley to start at rear

Brendon Hartley's Formula 1 debut will likely start with him at the back of the grid.

8:17 PM  Pre-planned engine changes mean Brendon Hartley will start from the back of the grid at US Grand Prix.

Cronk indicates he'll play on

8:57 PM  Cooper Cronk asks agent to find options for him next year.

Flanker Matt Todd won't get the chance to add to his 10 All Blacks caps on Saturday.

Todd out of Bledisloe

Groin injury to Matt Todd means Ardie Savea is called up to the bench for Saturday's Bledisloe Cup test.

opinion

South Island voice weakened

Capitalism? Well I certainly know how to capitalise on a situation.

OPINION: The South Island's leverage has been weakened by having NZ First in Government, writes Martin van Beynen.

Housing party is definitely over

A Labour win subdues the fortunes of the housing market.

OPINION: Put your champagne back on ice. It's time for the property market to get sensible.

Big shift in economic gears  video

Labour leader Jacinda Ardern, after announcing Labour would form a government with NZ First.

OPINION: There will be a sea change to the government's role in the economy starting with the housing market.

Thank God for Duncan Garner

Taika Waititi and Duncan Garner.

OPINION: Without Duncan Garner, how would Taika Waititi know what he can and can't say as New Zealander of the year?

special projects

Where will the people go?

Kiribati

It was strip mined by Kiwis, now our Pacific neighbour is drowning.

Too high, too late, two dead

Nicole Sutton and Hiroki Ogawa

Two climbers, two nights ... and the desperate search to reach them.

Killer chemicals: Part 1

05092017 News: Chris Skelton
Anika Tuhiwai

Inside NZ's synthetic cannabis crisis.

Killer chemicals: Part 2

05092017 News: Chris Skelton
Michael (need to find out last name)

Conversations with a grieving mum and a former dealer.

Where you fit in NZ

One in Five Million logo without title

See how your answers compare with other Kiwis.

The Valley

The Valley

What secrets did we keep? Stuff Circuit special investigation into NZ's war in Afghanistan.

The Valley Virtual Reality

The Valley Virtual Reality.

A fully immersive VR experience with NZ troops in the Battle of Baghak in Afghanistan.

good reads

The song that's Canada's Loyal

Tragically Hip lead singer Gord Downie performs with band members Paul Langlois, Gord Sinclair, Johnny Fay and Rob Baker ...

The Tragically Hip's song Bobcaygeon has gone from middling chart hit to Canada's signature song.

Jacinda Ardern's long road to power video

Labour leader Jacinda Ardern during the campaign.

ANALYSIS: Don't be fooled into thinking this happened quickly. Ardern has had one goal in sight for a very long time.

Winston Peters' big hint? video

Was siding with Labour Winston Peters' plan all along?

NZ First leader hinted at change and it being "now or never" - was Labour the plan all along?

From bombshell to government video

Jacinda Ardern only became leader of the Labour Party on August 1, just seven weeks before the election.

It's been almost three months to the day since politics turned on its head.

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Whitebait elusive

No big catches of whitebait have been reported in Taranaki so far this season. (file photo)

Whitebaiters in Taranaki say they're catching the occasional fritter but not reporting any big hauls.

A hedgehog goes camping

Azuki the hedgehog has more than 190k followers on Instagram.

Thankfully he shares his travel pics with us. All together now....'awwwwww'.

Loudest underwater noise ever video

A still image from Cara Cusumano's short documentary, The Bloop.

It came from the depths of the Southern Ocean 20 years ago and it's never been heard again.

Welcome to Dannevirke ... or is it?

Dannevirke has a pretty cool viking welcome sign, but that's not its official name.

Featherston isn't the only town without an official name. Turns out most of NZ is incognito.

Parenting

The McDonald's locking up phones

This McDonald's restaurant will lock up your phone.

Don't go to this McDonald's in Singapore and expect to scroll through your phone.

Theme park for fighter's baby

Dubbing the celebrations "Mac land", the Irishman shared a series of pictures of the party, held at the 560-acre ...

With a castle, ferris wheel and petting zoo, Conor McGregor has held a christening party for his young son which would rival most weddings.

Conjoined twins' epic journey

Claudine Mukhena and Zaiko Munzadi travelled 1400km over land and air to get their twin babies separated.

Twins "doing well" after surviving a natural birth and a 15-hour trip on a motorbike to receive medical help.

Kate's due date revealed video

The Duchess of Cambridge is pregnant with her third child, who is due in April.

The royal couple have announced their third child will arrive in April.

kiwi traveller

A mum on a Spanish pilgrimage stuff nation

At the 100km to go marker.

Rachel Goodman took on an adventure of a lifetime - walking 800km across Spain on the Camino de Santiago.

Japan on the cheap

Kyoto's where to head for natural beauty and serenity.

Much more affordable than a few years ago, Japan is a must-visit for travellers of all budgets.

Insider tip: Bali

The sunset from Alila Seminyak is a picture-perfect.

Bali may have a reputation for being a tropical paradise where poolside drinks never run dry, but

Bringing the clan to Wuhan stuff nation

Mutianyu section of the Great Wall in Beijing.

Modern meets traditional in this bustling Chinese city, writes Elizabeth Kennedy.

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