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The billionaire's secret NZ island

This is the story of a Russian, a duck, and promised public access that remains elusive.

Drug-driving's impact

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18 min ago  A man who lost his only child in a crash says a new campaign will get people talking about the harm of drug driving.

A 6-month crime spree

He left a trail of DNA, and surveillance images, but his prints in a stolen Porsche fingered him.

Battling a binge eating disorder

Claireabelle Burt lost 38kg in six months as she fought a disease more common than anorexia.

'I'm not grieving, I'm seething'

Widow Jane Strode is angry at the macho culture of the food world that has claimed so many.

Ardern looks ahead to 2020

Jacinda Ardern talks about election dates, the overlooked "middle" and Labour's promises.

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Gang threat to towns

Members of the Black Power and Mongrel Mob stand side by side.

Dozens of gang members kicked out of Australia threaten to upset the tranquility of small town NZ.

Police monitor terror victim's son video

Omar Nabi publicly called for the accused gunman be tortured but insists he is no threat.

A nearby Northwood home damaged in the blast.

An uncertain return home

Gas blast neighbours are preparing to return home. How many will be habitable is unclear.

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    Earth hub launched in Nelson

    Earth Hub's director and founder Jose Cano said it was "time for us to know and act" on climate change.

    A community centre for people to learn about the environment and share their ideas has been launched in Nelson

    Arctic ice disappearing too fast

    Ice floes are losing an extra 20,000 square kilometres of cover per day - about the size of Wales.

    It's also a proper scandal that it's taken so many years for the proportion of women directors to limp up to this level, ...

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    The Dash for New Zealand.

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    A daring dawn escape made two generations of New Zealand sporting success.

    Russian billionaire and public access

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    Agreed public access to Russian billionaire's Alexander Abramov's exclusive property looks like a dead duck.

    Gang threat to small town NZ

    Members of the Black Power and Mongrel Mob stand side by side.

    For years gangs members kicked out of Australia have been dumped here, upsetting the tranquility.

    The race against rubbish

    Volunteers Tom McDermott, from Auckland, Remy Rouyer from California and Grant McDonald, from Hawke's Bay, pick up ...

    Four months after a storm sent landfill over the bed of the Fox River, teams are trying to clean it all before spring rains arrive.

    Prison bugging 'not criminal'

    Christchurch Men's Prison staff used eight unauthorised listening devices to intercept the conversations of inmates.

    Guards used unauthorised covert listening devices to spy on inmates, but they won't face charges

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    Chef Neil Perry in pay claims

    Heston Blumenthal with Neil Perry and Guillaume Brahimi. Businesses fronted by all three have been embroiled in wages ...

    As Masterchef's George Calombaris is forced to pay millions, another top Australian chef faces legal action.

    London police Twitter hacked video

    Metro police apologise after hackers take over, sending out tweets such as "what you gonna do phone the police".

    Police were called to the Sydney house on Saturday night, where they found a horific scene.

    Gruesome beheading in Sydney

    Woman allegedly decapitated her mother in front of the victim's four-year-old grandson in an "horrific" attack.

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    Chef Neil Perry in pay claims

    Heston Blumenthal with Neil Perry and Guillaume Brahimi. Businesses fronted by all three have been embroiled in wages ...

    As Masterchef's George Calombaris is forced to pay millions, another top Australian chef faces legal action.

    Plea not to ban full-strength vapes

    Vapo founder Ben Pryor fears UK-style move to ban sale of higher nicotine vaping liquid.

    Mike King does not doubt humans are capable of changing their behaviour, but he does doubt claims that Kiwis are ...

    Joining the 1 per cent video

    A growing number of Kiwis are giving 1 per cent of their incomes to charity.

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    Watch Amazon's The Boys

    Antony Starr as Homelander in The Boys, a great big cheesy corndog of a role.

    OPINION: Suffering Superhero fatigue? I've got the superheroes that can save you from it.

    Christmas should be in July video

    OPINION: Because our calendar is upside down, we have almost nothing to look forward to when we need it the most.

    Blessed are the pets

    Caps gallant to the end

    good reads

    Blam Blam Blam are back video

    Blam Blam Blam are hitting the road again for a six-night concert tour of the country in late August.

    This much-loved Auckland band broke up in 1982 after a serious road accident. Now they’re back.

    A wild ride in the Beehive

    OPINION: Parliament is weird, but the people working there are making a positive difference.

    Charles Manson's son speaks out

    Female mountaineer blazes a trail

    technology

    London police Twitter hacked video

    It didn't take long to realise something was amiss with the London police Twitter account.

    Metro police apologise after hackers take over, sending out tweets such as "what you gonna do phone the police".

    Buying wine online made easy video

    Artificial intelligence now lets you choose wine like a connoisseur.

    Elon Musk has been courting publicity for his latest mind-reading brainwave.

    Elon Musk's brainstorm

    OPINION: The serial entrepreneur is out to rewire the human brain. Which could be good. Or bad.

    homed

    An auction aficionado's home

    Joanna Bell and Ian Jepson live in Freemans Bay, Auckland. They are retired.

    Joanna Bell and Ian Jepson live in Freeman's Bay, Auckland. They are retired.

    Top houses from regions wow video

    Best ADNZ houses from Wellington include a church renovation.

    The winning kitchen features two islands, one of which has a teppanyaki grill and a commercial-grade stainless steel ...

    Best kitchen in New Zealand video

    A Stefan Sonntag kitchen priced between $80k and $100k has won the NKBA's Supreme Award.

    life & style

    Re-using middle names still taboo video

    Kate and William didn't seem to have any issues with Prince Louis sharing a name with his big brother.

    Kate and Wills don't have a problem with it but plenty of other parents seem to.

    Freak injury for TV host's toddler

    Former Crowd Goes Wild host warns parents against taking toddlers to trampoline parks after her son broke his tibia.

    Shouldn't your kids be allowed to express themselves in whatever way they feel comfortable?

    My teen can pierce whatever he wants video

    OPINION: I want my kids to know that when it comes to their bodies, they're the ones who make the decisions.

    well & good

    The mindful takeover

    Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth are among a growing number of people who are considering not having children because they ...

    OPINION: Don't worry Miley and Chris, the world's always had something to worry about and we've survived.

    How do I talk about porn?

    ADVICE: My 12-year-old son is encountering porn. How do I talk to him about it?

    Cassie Murphy started out in the family business at 18 and is now a qualified embalmer.

    NZ's new breed of funeral directors

    More young Kiwis are getting involved with New Zealand's death industry. Here's what's changed.

    food & wine

    Apricot, oat, chocolate squares

    Gluten free and with no refined sugar, these apricot, oat and chocolate squares are a nutritious treat.

    Tart meets sweet to give a burst of golden goodness in this remake of the classic Bumper Bar.

    Buying wine online made easy video

    Artificial intelligence now lets you choose wine like a connoisseur.

    Lamb confit with fennel

    Paprika and anchovy potatoes

    nz farmer

    Tales of a travelling shearer

    Speed shearer Jack Fagan, 27, in action.

    Forget surfing or playing footie, Jack Fagan uses his family's unique sporting skills to chase summer around the world and earn a living.

    Fundraiser not for fainthearted

    Casualty calves, one of the realities of the annual calving season, are a valued fundraiser for rural schools.

    Farming behind bars

    Technology to cut farm emissions

    entertainment

    What's coming next from Marvel?

    Angelina Jolie speaks at the Marvel Studios panel on day three of Comic-Con International.

    5:08 PM  Endgame closed a chapter in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but there's at least ten more blockbuster movies and TV series coming.

    Big Little Lies season three? video

    Nicole Kidman says she's in, but on one condition.

    Natalie Portman is returning to her role as Jane Foster in 'Thor: Love and Thunder'

    Natalie Portman to play Thor video

    Taika Waititi says he is making a huge change to the character. But is he serious?

    travel

    Melbourne guide's Gold Coast pic

    Fodor's '25 Best Melbourne' guide book for 2019, featuring the Gold Coast's skyline.

    This new Fodor's guidebook may be about Melbourne but that's not Melbourne on the cover.

    Up close: Sunshine Coast

    The Sunshine Coast is more than beautiful beaches - it is rainforests, mountains and chic small towns.

    The concept of small bites is also perfect for those travellers who enjoy trying local food.

    World's best fast food

    Hungry? Fast and fabulous is what you want - no matter where you are in the world.

    parenting

    Chang Hung welcomes daughter

    The Edge radio personality Chang Hung and partner Victoria Duncan with their newborn baby girl, Harper.

    The funny radio host and his wife Victoria introduce the world to their daughter Harper Lily.

    NZ's surrogacy struggle

    Surrogacy and adoption can be a complex and costly journey, one which the Justice Minister says needs to be "overhauled".

    Olivia Wilde on parenthood video

    Online nappies - and their app

    oddstuff

    'Spider-Man' escapes high-rise fire video

    A man scales down the side of a 19-storey building in Philadelphia to escape a fire.

    US man jumps from balcony to balcony as he scales down 19-storey building to safety.

    Flying ant swarms on radar

    Swarms of flying ants over England were so big they showed up on weather radar systems looking like rain, reports say.

    Right in the horse's mouth

    Man shocked his leg on ciggie packet

    motoring

    Sunday Drive: Lexus UX 200 video

    It sure doesn't look it, but there is quite a bit of Corolla going on underneath the Lexus UX 200's swoopy skin.

    The Lexus UX brings a whole lot of bold styling to a very familiar platform.

    First NZ spin in new Toyota Supra video

    New Supra is launched to the Kiwi public at this weekend's CRC Speedshow. We make sure it's nicely run-in with a couple of laps around the Hampton Downs circuit.

    The mid-engined Corvette Stingray's price will start at less than US$60,000, making it an absolute bargain.

    Mid-engined Corvette for NZ video

    Mid-engined layout is one small step for sports cars, one giant leap for General Motors and Corvette. And it is coming here!

    stuff nation

    I was slut shamed stuff nation

    "To this day, I never use the word 'slut' towards anyone, even as a joke. It makes me feel uncomfortable and dirty." ...

    OPINION: Comments from peers sent me down a horrible path where I stopped valuing myself and started giving in.

    Your worst job interview ever stuff nation

    Interviews can be a nerve-wracking experience. We want to hear about the worst one you have ever had.

    Maybe I should have tried harder to breastfeed but I don't feel guilty about it. Not then, and not now. (File photo).

    I don't feel bad about the bottle  stuff nation

    OPINION: Maybe I should have tried harder but I didn't want to. Not then, and not now.

    sport

    ABs haven't forgotten Boks loss

    All Blacks captain Kieran Read won't have forgotten the 36-34 loss to the Springboks in Wellington last year.

    5:45 PM  Steve Hansen surely won't need to walk around the team hotel with a face like thunder in the days ahead.

    Silver Ferns title bid free-to-air

    5:55 PM  Netball fans will need to be earlyrisers to see if New Zealand can upset Aussie Diamonds in title decider.

    All Blacks wing Sevu Reece tries to step out of a tackle in Buenos Aires.

    ABs debutants 'buzzing'

    Newcomers emerge as winners after a tense test in which ABs struggled to hear their calls in Buenos Aires.

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    Female mountaineer blazes a trail

    Mountaineer Jane Morris on the summit of Aoraki-Mt Cook, with Lake Pukaki in the background.

    The road has sometimes been rocky for Jane Morris but she is the leader of a new generation of "girl guides".

    A blunt challenge to police

    Investigator and former cop Tim McKinnel has issued a blunt challenge to his colleagues to speak up about faulty ...

    A top investigator is challenging police to speak up about wrongful convictions.

    now to love

    Chang Hung welcomes daughter

    The Edge radio personality Chang Hung and partner Victoria Duncan with their newborn baby girl, Harper.

    The funny radio host and his wife Victoria introduce the world to their daughter Harper Lily.

    MAFS' Tamara dating Jess's brother video

    Does Tamara Joy have a new squeeze?

    The jilted MAFS bride appears to be awfully close to the brother of the bride who cheated with her TV husband.

    homes to love

    How to be brave with colour gallery

    Interior designer Emma Brown shares her top tips on how to be brave with colour and why she chose a pink front door.

    Interior designer Emma Brown shares her top colour tips and why she chose a pink front door.

    A play space that's easy to tidy gallery

    The modern playroom is a space for imagining, learning… and making mess.

    The modern playroom is a space for imagining, learning… and making mess. Lots of mess.

    food to love

    The champs of the cheese toastie

    Smith and McKenzie head chef Ben Ensor shows off his High & Rye Brisket Cheese Toastie which is being entered in this ...

    Is your toastie game no gouda? A chef points out where you're probably going wrong.

    Taranaki recyclers living off the land video

    Ahu Ahu Beach Villas in Taranaki.

    Ahu Ahu Beach Villas combine an artistic assemblage of recycled and rustic materials in a peaceful farm setting with sweeping coastal views.

    beautyheaven

    Tips on dealing with acne

    "My number one tip for acne sufferers is to treat your acne from within."

    "Look into your gut health! How often are you going 'number two'?"

    How much coffee can you drink a day

    Turns out you would need more coffee than you think before you head into 'dangerous' territory.

    Your body can only take so much coffee before negative effects show; a new study has found that threshold.

    metro

    Whisky isn't an old man's drink

    Alex Blackwood making a whisky highball with way too much love in her eyes.

    Don't picture an old guy in a leather arm chair sipping away the evening - up to 37 per cent of US whisky customers are women.

    Stargazing on Great Barrier

    Great Barrier was named an International Dark Sky Sanctuary in 2017.

    It seems like the islands 800 or so full-time inhabitants have all learned a bit about the heavenly bodies.

    newsroom.co.nz

    Michael Laws on sewage in lakes

    Otago regional councillor Michael Laws.

    The former MP and shock jock says Queenstown council is seeking a 'licence to pollute.'

    Inside Stats NZ’s gaping money hole

    Statistics Minister James Shaw, watched by the Prime Minister, announces more money for Stats NZ in April.

    The Government is readying tens of millions of dollars to cover a Stats NZ budget blowout after bungling last year's census.

    Kiwi sprint stars yet to hit full throttle

    Olivia Eaton is also a world champion beach sprinter.

    Relay team of Kiwi student athletes eye world stage after impressing at World University Games.

    tarana

    Why Fiji Indians are vulagi: Dr  Chand

    Dr Ganesh Chand, academic and former Fiji politician.

    The debate whether Indians in Fiji are "vulagi" (visitors) has reached offshore, and discussion in the New Zealand media is getting intense.

    Kaushal heads west Indians

    Sunil Kaushal is the new president of the Waitakere Indian Association.

    New Waitakere Indian Association team full of energy and drive, says incoming president.

    Mosque survivor praises Trump

    President Donald Trump shakes hands with Farid Ahmed, a Muslim from Christchurch, as he meets with survivors of ...

    Praise for US president typical of "incredibly forgiving" shooting survivor, says PM.

    Live: Black Caps are back

    Team members, including Trent Boult, are heading back to New Zealand.

    Stay tuned for the latest updates as the Black Caps arrive back in New Zealand.

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