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EQC pays motel bill

6:34 PM  After EQC pays up, elderly homeowner is saved the ordeal of sleeping in her car.

$163 a week - or zilch

The Seuseus gain $163 a week - how are you doing?

6:14 PM  Five families, five very different tales of how Labour's package will affect them.

'What are you doing?'

Woman who was raped by Exclusive Brethren describes disturbing bedroom incident.

How much each family gets video

Run your eye over the table showing how much extra cash families get from mini Budget.

Activists' home bugged

5:40 PM  Couple suing police for being wrongly targeted in a 1080 blackmail probe discover their home was bugged.

Parsley error prompts payout

Worker who chopped parsley incorrectly wins payout after she was fired because of it.

national

Baby bonus: What it all means  video

The 'Best Start' payment will see families with babies born after 1 July 2018 receiving $60 a week for the child's first ...

6:33 PM  Some new families are set to have an extra $60 a week for each child under three.

Lifting families out of poverty

A new $5.5b package, and $21.7b wishlist, will pay off for many - Labour hopes.

The Government saw the move as important and eventually would approach the level required under law, Grant Robertson said.

NZ Super payments resume video

After almost a decade of suspensions, the Government will resume payments on Friday.

Video

Aussies roasted at Manus barbie

Wellington protest backs refugees in the most Aussie way – with a barbecue.

politics

Recap: A big 'mini' Budget

Minister of Finance Grant Robertson opens up his Santa sack, just in time for Christmas.

Reaction to Govt plans of a baby bonus, cash to ease winter power bills and income boosts for the poorest families which start in July.

Major NCEA overhaul

Review to look whether teenagers are being overassessed or aren't up to sitting the exams.

Jacinda Ardern says if the document contained policies the Government planned to pursue, it would have been released.

Secret doc stays secret

Govt's secret 33-page coalition document can remain secret, the Ombudsman has ruled.

world

Cooper denies Trump Tweet

Anderson Cooper says he didn't send the Tweet from his account that called  the US President a "pathetic loser".

The Tweet calling the US President a "tool" and a "pathetic loser" wasn't posted by him, the TV personality says.

Huge python blocks Aussie cops

"Boss, we're going to need a bigger ladder," Australian police joked as they sat trapped.

The bizarre scene in the Oval Office, recreated. (Image has been manipulated)

'A spider almost ate Trump' video

Pastor intervenes as big white spider walks up back of US President during Oval Office meeting.

business

Government on track, for now video

For now, in his first major event as Finance Minister, Robertson's plan is on track.

OPINION: Treasury has delivered the new Government a set of upbeat economic forecasts.

Super fund payments resume video

After almost a decade of suspensions, the Government will put in $500 million on Friday.

Qantas CEO Alan Joyce announced Jetstar was to fly to New Zealand's regional centres in 2015. Former Prime Minister Sir ...

Surprise new a2 Milk chief

The new a2 Milk Company boss was an unexpected choice.

technology

Microsoft updates Bing search

New features will sumarise oposing arguments.

New features sumarise opposing sides of contentious questions and measure how many reputable sources are behind a given answer.

Apple has investment shoes on

Apple has made its second notable investment this week, the latest into the facial recognition technology company, Finisar.

When friends turn ...

When good friends turn on you

Some of Facebook's former friends are starting to express some serious doubts about the social network they helped create.

homed

Millionaire raffling off mansion video

The property is valued at about $4.4 million dollars - but it comes with a range of additions - including almost ...

UK residents with $20 have a chance to win $4.4m mansion with golf course, pool and a bar.

Minion caught stealing lawn video

CCTV footage didn't shed light on the Australian mystery, it just added to it.

Ed Sheeran is feeling festive, but which other celebrities are decorating like mad for Christmas?

Best celeb Xmas decorations video

Here's how your favourite celebrities have decorated their homes this holiday season.

life & style

The story behind the Jacinda mini video

Laura Stark, whose sales of Jacinda Ardern merchandise have spiked.

"The t-shirts and mini skirts? I pity anyone who lands those as Christmas presents!" says the NZ prime minister.

What's up with Beyonce's belt?

Only Queen Bey could pull off (and afford) this look.

This summer invest in easy-to-carry sunblocks that are big on effectiveness, but small in size.

Best handbag-sized sunscreens

These skin protectors are big on effectiveness, small on size.

christmas

A 'roundabout' Christmas joke

Stratford toilet Christmas tree - pic from Only in New Zealand

5:36 PM  "Urina-laugh" when you see this town's Christmas tree.

Avoid Christmas fridge chaos video

Christmas means extra food and drink - and a jam-packed fridge. Here's how to keep chaos at bay.

SPCA Waikato centre manager Laura Vander​ Kley​ warns people against adopting animals in the spur-of-the-moment.

Pets for presents

Giving pets as Christmas presents may not be so cute after all.

well & good

Warning against vagina cleaning

Doctors say feminine hygiene products put you at risk for harmful infections.

Doctors say feminine hygiene products put you at risk for harmful infections.

'This is what autism is like' video

Nine-year-old George Yionoulis wanted his classmates to understand his life.

Gold Coast fitness instructor Ashy Bines is under attack for allegedly plagiarizing recipes.

Fitness guru sued over recipes

A food blogger is suing Ashy Bines for $150k claiming she stole her recipes.

food & wine

Find free food for the family video

Jacob Brown and Sarah Bullock foraging with three sons Sam, 14, Elliot, 12, and Lewis, 9.

Gathering wild food is kids' play for these families who have taken the time to learn how.

What's the best way to cut toast?

A British uni poll asking the right way to slice has Twitter in a spin.

Secret to the perfect latte

Easy Christmas entertaining

nz farmer

A $5000 Friday stings farmer

A $6 payout does not go far when there are equipment failures to cope with, Lyn Webster says.

OPINION: Dairy farmers keep lots of other local businesses in employment.

Mycoplasma - eradicate or not?

Should farmers have to cull all the cattle on their farms if Mycoplasma is detected?

Early Christmas for farmers

Creating an industry 

entertainment

Why I'll miss Family Feud

Dai Henwood hosting All Star Family Feud: Jono and Ben vs 7 Days.

OPINION: Family Feud was a true celebration of Kiwi humour and I will mourn its loss.

iZombie star cleared 

6:24 PM  Robert Knepper was accused of sexual assault, but a Warner Bros investigation has cleared him.

New Zealand School of Dance students Georgia Van Gils & Tristan Carter.

Dance school's warning video

Fears that council's decision to not invest in New Zealand's school of dance could mean our best talent goes overseas.

travel

Best nature photos of 2017 video

Photograph by Jayaprakash Joghee Bojan, 2017 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year. A male orangutan peers ...

A photo of an orangutan takes out top prize at 2017 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year.

Automated motel a NZ-first

6:21 PM  Check in, stay, then check out, without seeing a soul.

Drone technology has enabled Will to realise his dreams of creating adventure-style films.

Epic NZ drone footage video

Will Lindsley has captured some of the country's most iconic landscapes from a unique vantage point.

motoring

Zero-star crash-test rating

Low impact protection and absence of modern safety-assist technology was the Punto's downfall.

When it comes to the crunch, Italian supermini hasn't aged well.

Volvo gets help from families  video

Would you let a prototype autonomous car drive your children? These families might.

Tensions between the companies ratcheted up when Tesla CEO Elon Musk famously dubbed hydrogen-car technology as "fool ...

Latest threat to Tesla video

Toyota reached a deal to explore a new battery partnership with Panasonic in a move that threatens to encroach on Tesla's territory.

stuff nation

Share your wasp horror stories stuff nation

Wasps aren't just annoying picnic-ruiners - they're an invasive pest and are potentially devastating to New Zealand's ...

5:21 PM  As part of Stuff's Wasp Wipeout project, we want to hear about your worst experiences with the angry insect invaders.

Ellie has to have her hugs stuff nation video

Our fox terrier cross absolutely loves cuddles and won't take no for an answer.

Claire Freeman is a tetraplegic who was encouraged to consider the option of euthanasia. She's glad she decided against ...

Disabled lives are worth living stuff nation

As a tetraplegic, I once believed my life wasn't worth living. If euthanasia was an option I wouldn't be here today.

sport

Live: NZ Rugby Awards

All Blacks star Beauden Barrett is up for NZ Rugby player of the year.

3 min ago  Rugby rolls out the red carpet in Auckland for a night of glitz to honour the sport's best in 2017.

Red-hot Stokes blasts 93 video

6:31 PM  It's taken him four matches, but Ben Stokes has found form, whacking 93 for Canty in T20 Super Smash.

Oklahoma City Thunder centre Steven Adams had a game-high 23 points in a big-time road win at Indiana.

Adams posts big double-double

Kiwi centre's stock for OKC Thunder hits an all-time high after his standout showing in their vital NBA road victory.

opinion

A $5000 Friday stings farmer

A $6 payout does not go far when there are equipment failures to cope with, Lyn Webster says.

OPINION: Dairy farmers keep lots of other local businesses in employment.

Moko was invisible video

Moko Sayviah Rangitoheriri died after abuse at the hands of caregiver Tania Shailer and her boyfriend David Haerewa.

OPINION: When they came to talk about Moko, he was locked in the bathroom. No one was willing to intrude.

Ashes last-chance saloon

Joe Root must lead from the front if England are to salvage some pride.

OPINION: Ashes tour is becoming a circus so England need to show they can play, writes Geoffrey Boycott

Sick of Christmas party politics

Emily Ratajkowski reckons women should be able to wear whatever they want - even spaghetti.

OPINION: Naughty or nice? Trying to find a Christmas outfit that reflects your political ideologies is exhausting.

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

Killed neighbour, took unborn baby

Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind was lured out of her home by the offer of $20 to try on a dress.

"This is our baby" US woman proclaimed as she cleaned up the blood-soaked bathroom.

How to get free food for the family video

Jacob Brown and Sarah Bullock foraging with three sons Sam, 14, Elliot, 12, and Lewis, 9.

Gathering wild food is kids' play for these families who have taken the time to learn how.

My first 'orphan's Christmas'

For Kiwis overseas, the holiday season can highlight feelings of sadness, loneliness, displacement and homesickness, ...

The thought of spending December 25 in the cell-like bedroom of the frigid London flat I shared with four others was too much.

Billions at stake if seas rise

A $6.5-million-dollar refurbishment of Whitianga Town Centre is being challenged on the basis that the regional ...

We know the seas are rising, yet we’re still building large developments in potential flood zones.

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A 'roundabout' Christmas joke

Stratford toilet Christmas tree - pic from Only in New Zealand

"Urina-laugh" when you see this town's Christmas tree.

Small town offers 'uniquely Kiwi' golf

Waitara Golf Club president Peter Cullen is proud of the course at Waitara, which is run by volunteers. He's played ...

Nothing says golf in New Zealand like hopping a farmer's fence to retrieve a lost ball.

Lucky leaves the lamp

Lucky the karoro (black back gull) chick has metaphorically landed on his feet after literally being pushed head first ...

A family of gulls living in a New Brighton lamp have kicked one of their kids to the curb, but a local animal hospital has stepped in to raise him.

Rogue roosters torment domestic hens

Just one of the gang of bad boys who stalk a Cambridge neighbourhood.

These cocky chaps have raided our fowl house, they stalk the fence line giving my girls the eye.

Parenting

We need to talk about sexting

For many children and young people, engaging with explicit material is not uncommon.

For many teenagers today, engaging with explicit material is not all that uncommon.

Baby born with heart outside body video

Baby Vanellope is recovering well her doctors say, proving she really is a miracle.

British mum Naomi Findlay was told a termination was her only choice. But she held out for a miracle.

Parents place ad for toilet trainer

One couple wants the job done ASAP - and they're willing to pay to make it happen.

They want their daughter toilet trained by Christmas - and they're willing to pay big bucks to make it happen.

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.

kiwi traveller

Uzbekistan: 'Beautifully nutty'

Locals with their gold-capped teeth.

The Kiwi mum and daughter on an odyssey to the rarely-travelled Asian country.

My first 'orphan's Christmas'

For Kiwis overseas, the holiday season can highlight feelings of sadness, loneliness, displacement and homesickness, ...

The thought of spending December 25 in the cell-like bedroom of the frigid London flat I shared with four others was too much.

Aussie road trip

Noosa: An essential pit stop on any East Coast road trip.

How do I plot the perfect East Coast itinerary? Email us at travel@stuff.co.nz and we can help.

Insider tip: Sri Lanka

Sigiriya (Lion's Rock), a 200-metre high citadel nestled amidst the jungle.

I'm a beach lover with a penchant for culture, wildlife and good food. Sri Lanka delivered that.

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