AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - OCTOBER 22: Smoke is seen coming from the SkyCity Convention Centre after a fire broke out on ...

Fire's 20-hour burn on film

9:40 AM  Dramatic footage from various vantage points of the Auckland fire's unrelenting burn.

Absolutely devastating

The SkyCity blaze is plain to see as Auckland Westpac Rescue Helicopters pilot Norman McDonald comes in to land.

16 min ago  SkyCity and Fletcher Building bosses react to the fire which has ruined the convention centre so close to completion.

Why Auckland smoke is black, toxic

9:49 AM  Combination of materials fuelling the fire and heat of the blaze produce thick, dark smoke.

Air NZ to axe London flights video

London flights to stop after 36 years, with Air NZ starting non-stop service to New York.

Three murders and a hanging video

A North Canterbury farm that has been in one family for six generations has a dark past.

'Back off' from Meghan and Harry

OPINION: UK press may be to blame for damaging another generation of the Royal Family.

rugby world cup

Eddie Jones 1, Steve Hansen 0

England's coach Eddie Jones has pointed out a few home truths ahead of the Rugby World Cup semifinal.

7 min ago  England's Aussie coach may take a few wild swings but he's at least made the week interesting, writes Marc Hinton.

Coach's mum dies during RWC

The forwards coach was informed of the news when Wales began to prepare for their quarterfinal against France.

Prince Charles, pictured in Tokyo, will visit the Wales rugby team ahead of their Rugby World Cup quarterfinal.

Princely visit for Wales

9:46 AM  Prince Charles to check out Wales practice ahead of vital semifinal.

national

Closures, diversions due to fire video

Fire continues to rage through the SkyCity convention centre with firefighters battling to get it under control.

3 min ago  Gridlock strikes central Auckland with closed roads and diverted buses.

Police must chase, or 'surrender the roads'

Police say they are improving pursuit procedures, but fleeing driver numbers – and deaths – are rising.

The man selling these hats and stickers on Trade Me threatened to destroy mosques.

Far-right hat seller donates to ACT

9:11 AM  Man who threatened to destroy mosques auctioned off a David Seymour-signed cap to raise funds for ACT.

climate change

A tough climate for kiwi

A little spotted kiwi. The sub-species has a distinctively short bill.

Several kiwi died from dehydration during a drought on a predator-free island. It could become more common as the world warms.

Greta remixed as green metal

The 16-year-old climate activist's already iconic speech is being reworked by meme-makers and superstar musicians alike.

Wellington Airport's plan for a $1 billion upgrade says the airport also has a target for 30 per cent less carbon ...

More flights baffles experts video

Despite messages to reduce air travel, Wellington Airport is planning for 25 per cent more flights by 2040.

business

SkyCity blaze 'absolutely devastating'

Sky City's New Zealand International  Convention Centre continues to burn.

9 min ago  The centre was nearly finished when a major fire took hold on the roof, SkyCity boss says.

Ex-ANZ boss asks for privacy video

David Hisco wants to stay out of the limelight, but NZ deserves an apology says lecturer.

23012018. News. Robyn Edie. Southland Times/Stuff.  Aerial photo with Bluff township and Bluff Hill, back, and Tiwai ...

Smelter threatens closure

10:16 AM  Rio Tinto expected to provide update on future of smelter in Bluff by March.

travel

Lonely Planet's 2020 top pick video

Paro Taktsang: The Tigers Nest Monastery - Bhutan

New Zealand misses out on the top 10 as a tiny country in the Himalayas takes top spot.

Why you can't trust influencers video

OPINION: Who are these people inspiring us on Insta? And what effect are they really having?

This interactive playground on the Allmendhubel is a favourite for families visiting this region and must rank up there ...

Switzerland: Simply stunning video

Travel memories just don't get much better than this.

YouTube has been criticised for a perceived failure to stem the flow of extremist content on its platform.

Blocking the unblockable

How does the Chief Censor cope when hundreds of potentially harmful videos are uploaded every day?

A tough climate for kiwi

A little spotted kiwi. The sub-species has a distinctively short bill.

Several kiwi died from dehydration during a drought on a predator-free island. It could become more common as the world warms.

How light rail could look video

Renders of what the Super Fund's vision of light rail could look like, including raised tracks and a tunnel under Queen St.

Under Queen St, over Mt Eden, trains without drivers: These plans formed part of the secretive bid from the Super Fund to build Auckland's light rail.

Labour's euthanasia vote worries

Most Labour MPs support euthanasia. But they could well oppose a referendum on the topic.

ANALYSIS: Most Labour MPs support euthanasia. But they could well oppose a referendum on the topic.

Monuments, memories, men of action

The Captain Cook statue in Victoria Square, Christchurch, honoured 'a man of strong character'.

A look back at the celebration of Captain Cook in 1969 shows how much has changed in NZ in five decades.

world

Tourist dies from zipline fall

The woman, aged in her 40s, was flown by rescue helicopter to Cairns Base Hospital with "serious injuries".

Two people fall 10 metres from an attraction in Australia's far north.

British PM warns of new election video

Boris Johnson says that if lawmakers reject his accelerated three-day timetable for Brexit bill, he will seek an election.

Harry Dunn, 19, died in a wrong-way collision with a US diplomat's wife.

UK police to quiz diplomat's wife video

British police to travel to the US to interview Anne Sacoolas, who was allegedly driving car which killed teen.

property

How we'll build better buildings

Hundreds of major buildings have been found to have defective or missing concrete or reinforcing steel.

OPINION: The engineering industry is committed to learning from past mistakes.

$99k seaside sections pulled

Pieces of coastal paradise said to have the "best views in NZ" are no longer for sale.

This Crawford St property, the former A.H. Reed building, has been the subject of a court case in the High Court at Dunedin.

Property battle ends in court

Unpaid rent for land occupied by a historic Dunedin property has led to a legal scrap and a new owner.

homed

Washing machines with germs video

There are some precautions you could take in the home preventing infection.

Some cold water washing machines have transmitted the bacteria to newborns.

Huge log house $2600 a night video

Massive log house that won three Master Builders awards can be rented - at a price.

Wellington couple Jasmine Tran and Griffin Tozer moved in together during their post-graduate degrees.

Swapping singledom for savings video

How money (or lack of it) is motivating young couples to take the next relationship step more quickly.

life & style

'If you had a moustache, you would survive' video

Bear Grylls is sure a moustache will keep you warm in the Arctic.

15 min ago  Growing a moustache can keep you warm if you're naked in the Arctic, according to Bear Grylls.

Kiwis flock to K-beauty tours video

I've signed up to meet the zen-master in Korean beauty in Seoul. She's promised I'll look five years younger.

Can you ask your partner to give up his porn habit simply because you don't approve? (File photo)

I want my partner to give up porn video

ADVICE: He doesn't see his porn use as a problem but I think it's hurting our relationship.

well & good

Christchurch sisters' raw revolution video

Rosa and Margo Flanagan have recently opened a plant-based culinary school in Christchurch.

"People say to us, veges are boring. Of course they are, if all you do with them is stir fry them!"

What it's like being a tetraplegic video

PREVIEW: Patrick Bronte was just 16 years old when he dove, head first, into a river and broke his neck.

Hospital tests showed the unnamed construction worker had a blood-alcohol level of 200 mg/dL, equivalent to consuming ...

Man's gut starts making beer

A US man pulled over for drink driving was producing beer in own digestive system, study finds.

food & wine

Accolades for Taranaki brewers

Shining Peak Brewing head brewer and co-owner Jesse Sigurdsson was pleased to have picked up a best in class trophy ...

Shining Peak head brewer Jesse Sigurdsson believes the recipe for a top brew is the human touch.

Sparkling future at Brightwater

Over the last year or so there has been a shuffling of chairs in the local wine scene, mainly with winemakers moving to new opportunities with other producers.

Rhubarb and pear tea loaf and chilli chutney

Wellington's new Tea Project

nz farmer

Focused on the trial

Get in the pen! Competitors in 2018's Waylego sheep dog trials between New Zealand and Australia.

OPINION: Another test pitting mate against mate as dogs line up in trans-Tasman battle.

Record fine for dairy company

The odour from Open Country Dairy's factory caused Waharoa residents headaches and vomiting.

Co-operative sets new records

Mussel reefs being restored

entertainment

Nicki Minaj married

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9:10 AM  The rapper announced the news via Instagram and shared footage of matching bride and groom hats and Mr. and Mrs. mugs.

Sol3 Mio's Christmas gig video

8:39 AM  The one off Auckland concert is the only NZ gig they'll do for the rest of the year.

This image provided by the Washington County Sheriff's Office shows booking photos of actor Henry Thomas.  Authorities ...

ET star arrested for DUI

9:06 AM  It was more a case of ET phone a lawyer after Henry Thomas was arrested for driving under the influence in Oregon.

Bravo

Inside Kevin Hart's rare night out with Jay-Z after shocking car crash

Don Arnold/WireImage

11 min ago  Actor and comedian was spotted enjoying dinner with a few famous friends in Beverly Hills.

Kylie Jenner and Travis Scott are 'Doing Very Well' following split

Exclusive details on the beauty mogul and the Grammy nominee's relationship status.

WWE

How heartbreak led to Jenna Dewan's happily ever after

9:37 AM  A year and a half post-separation from Channing Tatum, the talented triple threat has found her way out of the dark closet that was her divorce and into the arms of a new love.

parenting

Birthing an All Black

New Zealand's Beauden Barrett scores a try during the Rugby World Cup quarterfinal match at Tokyo Stadium between New ...

Our family, like many others around New Zealand, have been getting into the spirit of the Rugby World Cup being held in Japan.

Mum keeps adoption secret

OPINION: When Cathy's sister learned their mother was keeping Cathy's adoption a secret, she was horrified.

Meghan Markle support grows video

Meghan's 'not OK' a gamechanger

oddstuff

Famed Titirangi chickens rounded up

Wild chickens and roosters have been a normal sight at Titirangi village for years.

9:29 AM  Some residents are sad to see them go, others couldn't be happier.

Man's gut starts making beer

A US man pulled over for drink driving was producing beer in own digestive system, study finds.

After Pizza Rat, meet Cigarette Cockroach

She lived in a van with 300 pet rats

technology

Outlander PHEV powers up video

Looks the same, but more of everything underneath: larger petrol engine, bigger battery.

8:50 AM  Making its best-selling PHEV more powerful, less thrifty makes perfect sense, says Mitsubishi New Zealand.

Most dangerous celebrity online

If you want to avoid computer viruses, don't click on anything to do with this Handmaid's Tale actress.

YouTube has been criticised for a perceived failure to stem the flow of extremist content on its platform.

Blocking the unblockable

How does the Chief Censor cope when hundreds of potentially harmful videos are uploaded every day?

motoring

Motorcycle near miss with an unexpected outcome video

A motorcycle speeding towards the side of an SUV almost never ends well. But this time it did.

5 min ago  A motorbike has a near miss with an SUV. The aftermath may surprise you.

Car cruise control that thinks for itself video

Smart or scary? New adaptive cruise control learns from driver and can think for itself.

Looks the same, but more of everything underneath: larger petrol engine, bigger battery.

Outlander PHEV powers up video

8:50 AM  Making its best-selling PHEV more powerful, less thrifty makes perfect sense, says Mitsubishi New Zealand.

stuff nation

The anxiety of growing up poor stuff nation

"Poverty was this hidden, shameful thing. I became good at lying, because I didn’t want my Dad to get in trouble." (File ...

OPINION: 'Aren't you cold?' people would ask. I was freezing, but I didn't have a jacket. And I didn't want to admit it.

Ratings or mental health issue? stuff nation

OPINION: Watching people’s suffering and manipulation is not fun, MAFS groom says.

About 183,000 – or 16 per cent –  of children currently live in poverty before housing costs are deducted.

Growing up in poverty in NZ stuff nation

We want to hear how hard financial times have affected your outlook on life.

sport

Scooter learning from Beauden

Beauden Barrett and brother Scott are rooming together this week.

Scott Barrett is rooming with brother Beauden this week – and picking up a few pointers.

English clubs in scoring frenzy

10 min ago  Tottenham get their Champions League campaign back on track with big win over Belgrade.

Lockie Ferguson hasn't played for New Zealand since the Cricket World Cup in July.

Lockie unleashed on England

10 min ago  Black Caps fast bowler to return from a fractured thumb in time for England's T20 tour opener on Sunday.

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Harper Heta, 10, meets Tapahia Heke, who can see the superpower in everyone.

This teacher sees more than good in his students, he sees their superhero alter-egos.

Kiwi heading to world's best dog show video

NZ's best performing pooches were on form at the Black Hawk National Dog Show.

Dogs jumping over lightsabers, and plenty of pooch preening: it's the National Dog Show.

noted

Gisborne family's fishing empire

Unloading the day’s catch.

From two brothers emigrating to NZ in the early years of the 20th Century, the Zame family's been fishing off the Gisborne coast for 75 years.

NZ's own Brexit-style breakup

New Zealand Prime Minister Keith Holyoake.

Brexit, mired in controversy, isn't new - New Zealand faced its own Brexit of sorts 58 years ago.

now to love

Sex therapist reveals top tips

Issues in the bedroom are so often at the core of unhappy relationships, heartbreak and even unhappiness in general.

If it has been a bit lacklustre between the sheets lately, it may be time to talk to your partner. Here’s how to start the conversation.

MAFS' Ray's family heartbreak

Ray defends his partying ways, saying, "I don't take life too seriously because I know I could be gone tomorrow."

Losing his brother took a toll on the TV groom.

homes to love

From barn to Nordic farmhouse

The Clay family: Stella,17, dad Brent, Tex, 7, mum Kate, and Riley, 8, outside their Waihi home.

An untamed farm and basic barn house looking out towards Waihi Beach was the ideal project for this handy family.

6 low maintenance lawn alternatives

BAUER PIC - This round-up of easy-care alternatives to lawns is your answer to ditching the mower

This round-up of easy-care alternatives to lawns is your answer to ditching the mower.

food to love

Easy guide to composting

Composting is a great way to avoid waste.

Compost is the best possible food for your plants and a practical way to manage kitchen waste.

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

Rachel Hunter's beauty routine

Rachel Hunter is a big believer that less is more when it comes to makeup.

The New Zealand beauty icon has a fairly simple makeup mantra: less is more.

Why it's time to try G-Beauty

German model Heidi Klum is certainly doing something right with her skin.

Forget K-Beauty - it's Germany's turn to be in the skincare spotlight.

metro

Losing an election

Yeshe Dawa in her kitchen.

What's it like to spend months of your life campaigning for a local government role, and not get in?

House prices change a community

Jenna Wiggill and Roy O'Hara outside their first home, in Onehunga. Photo: Vinesh Kumaran

The traditionally working-class Auckland suburb Onehunga is in flux, giving way to gentrification.

newsroom.co.nz

Far-right hat seller donates to ACT

The man selling these hats and stickers on Trade Me threatened to destroy mosques.

Man who threatened to destroy mosques auctioned off a David Seymour-signed cap to raise funds for ACT.

Scientist silenced over oyster parasite

Confirmation this month that the parasite, Bonamia ostreae, still exists in Stewart Island’s Big Glory Bay won’t be ...

Government ministry puts a scientist off-limits after he discovers an oyster parasite still exists.

Inspiring Kiwi runs for mental health

Librarian turned entrepreneur Fran McEwen has found running so good for her mental health, she now tackles ultramarathons.

Fran McEwen is running across a Middle Eastern desert to raise money for the wellbeing of young women.

tarana

Bad booze boss defiant

Hamilton liquor store owner Paramjeet Parihar denied exploiting workers, but said he accepted the decision, would not ...

Bottle store owner denies exploiting staff he paid as little as $8 per hour.

Mohammed Hikmet entrepreneur of the year

Mohammed Hikmet, founder of intelligent transport systems developer and manufacturer, HMI Technologies, has been named ...

From delivering pizzas to developing driverless vehicles in New Zealand.

Women fast for their husband's longevity

Getting together for Karwa Chauth, a fasting festival, are Timaru friends Kate Wright,  Daljeet Kaur, Ravinder Battu, ...

Fasting during the Karwa Chauth festival is a way of showing love for their husbands, a group of Indian women in Timaru say.

Stars shine at Manukau Diwali

Zeenat Aman was back on stage at Manukau Diwali in the evening.

Thousands entertained by Bollywood stars at Manukau Diwali festivities.

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