splash hunters

200m from avalanche death

Hunter Ben Collins was lying in his tent in remote Fiordland when he heard the thundering.

Ross in hospital video

Jami-Lee Ross is understood to be in a mental health care facility.

9 min ago  MP Jami-Lee Ross has been admitted to a mental health facility, it is understood.

Aus snake pops out of dashboard

Te Anau man was driving when snake slithered out of the dash and dropped at his feet.

MAFS: Dave's a Real Man video

9:10 PM  The one where Dave's Airbnb host makes him compete in a Block-style DIY challenge to prove his manliness.

Holding kids in motels 'isn't ideal'

Sometimes motels are the safest places for these kids, says Oranga Tamariki.

The 'headless chicken monster' video

Strange deep-sea creature has been filmed in the Southern Ocean for the first time.


Horse dies at Methven Rodeo

Rodeo workers surround the horse moments after the accident.

8:34 PM  A horse has died after a saddle slipped in the main arena at the Methven Rodeo.

Fatal crash in south Auckland video

8:47 PM  A person has died after a three-car crash on Great South Rd in Wiri, Auckland.

Waipukurau in Hawke's Bay.

Toddler reported drowned in pool

A two-year-old child has reportedly drowned at a residential address in Waipukurau, Hawke's Bay.

    Fixing Lucy

    Her subconscious said ‘no’

    She was destined to row at the Olympics, but Lucy Strack forgot how to scull.

    Behind NZ's most popular meat

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agriculture, animal, animals, bird, chick, chicken, farm, fowl, ...

    It's the cut-price protein we chose the most. But is animal welfare being sacrificed for cheap chicken?

    Ebert's trail of debt and destruction

    Ebert director and managing director Kelvin Hale in a Petone construction yard this week.

    Thin margins and a dispute may have toppled the seemingly strong building company.

    The city with too many houses

    Builder Dayle Jones downsized after the construction bonanza. He may have to cut more workers as business dries up.

    After the quakes there was a building boom, then quiet. Did Christchurch overcompensate?

    Mayor to boss: 'That's utter bulls...'

    Ruapehu mayor Don Cameron, left, with Economic Development Minister Shane Jones at the gondola funding announcement.

    The war over a skifield that led to some salty email exchanges between the local mayor and the mountain boss.


    US reneging on nuke pact

    US President Donald Trump with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

    9:31 PM  Donald Trump says he will exit an arms control agreement the US signed with former Soviet Union.

    Breaks legs, fights snakes

    US man breaks legs falling into mine shaft, fights off trio of rattlesnakes, and goes days without food and water.

    Ken Dyers (left) pictured with his partner Jan Hamilton outside court in 2006.

    State being sued for suicide

    9:39 PM  Widow of "cult leader" alleges Australian state guilty of misfeasance in public office.


    Seeing dollars in the duck

    Whio Forever. Securing the future of the duck on the $10 note.

    The remarkable story of DOC, Genesis and the recovery of whio, our $10 blue duck.

    Charm, deception and revenge

    Eric Watson wangled $250m out of Sir Owen Glenn's pocket. This is how he did it.

    Reducing your options when you go food shopping means you won't go wild in the aisles - and you'll save cash in the long run.

    A lazy man's guide to cheap eats

    OPINION: Want a tasty and nutritious diet with the minimum of effort and expense? Richard Meadows advises the "dull as dishwater" 80-20 rule.


    Astro Bot's VR soars video

    He's a cutesy robot, but Captain Astro's adventure on the PlayStation is well worth owning a VR headset for.

    The pre-summer games onslaught continues - but one of the best VR titles so far has arrived.

    Apple's iPad overhaul

    Apple plans a major revamp of some of its flagship products.

    Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro are the most advanced smartphones this year.

    China takes on Apple

    OPINION: The biggest tech news of the week was the launch of the Huawei Mate series smartphones.


    Jobs for the long weekend

    Tending to your lawn is an obvious task for Labour Weekend.

    A three-day break means you have no excuses to tackle these household jobs.

    Renovating a former church

    Natalie van Peer was a lawyer. Now she helps people make their homes beautiful.

    The Block NZ is a game, so you need to be match ready if you are thinking of applying to be a contestant. Em launches ...

    Want to be on The Block NZ?

    The Block NZ is casting for next season - here's what you need to make it on the show.

    life & style

    Realistic tips for happiness

    Happiness is an ultra-marathon runner at the end of a race.

    Tiny tweaks to life can attract moments of joy.

    Sex after breast cancer?

    ADVICE: Lovemaking is just not as enjoyable as it was before I had breast cancer. Can we do anything about that?

    Leah in her living room. Lego is a constant presence in her life.

    McFall beneath the manners

     She's a very private person who happily reveals embarrassing aspects of her life to thousands every week.

    well & good

    Women between two worlds

    Mereruhia knew the weight of signing documents.

    The history books would tell you Suffrage was a white women's movement. But Māori suffragists have gone unrecognised.

    The magic of a facial

    How often does someone take your adult chin in their palms, for the sake of it?

    Ministry of Health guidelines suggest no more than 500g per week of red meat for adults.

    Heart disease 'reversible'

    An Aucklander has made a documentary seeking to prove the case for plant-based eating in reversing heart disease.

    food & wine

    Pitmasters do battle

    Matt Miller and team were hunkering down for 36 hours of BBQ cooking, and were two ducks down already.

    Competitive barbecuing is a scene that's really heating up in New Zealand.

    Spinach, kale, ice and deadlines video

    The office where a 'happiness engineer' makes 'layered' smoothies to help keep staff happy and healthy.

    Two ways to serve octopus

    Pineapple and kaffir lime cake

    nz farmer

    Farmers drenching too often

    Most farmers use a 28-day drench routine but thinking about how, when and how often sheep get drenched could reduce ...

    Farmers could be drenching their sheep too often, says a veterinary parasitologist.

    Lacklustre dairy sales for Canterbury

    Only 15 dairy farms found buyers in Canterbury over the past year.

    $70k fine, $130k reparations for tractor death

    A2 execs bank $22m in share sale video


    Parris shares Kanye's Uganda

    Parris Goebel is in Uganda with Kanye West.

    The Kiwi choreographer showed off her dancer thighs and a sneek peek at the work she's doing with Yeezy.

    A Star Is Born: Music any good?

    Are we supposed to hate the pop songs in Lady Gaga's film? One of the songwriters weighs in.

    "I have probably had this incurable disease for 15 years at least. And I am relieved to at least know," Blair said.

    Selma Blair: I have MS

    Actress Selma Blair says she has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.


    NZ's most romantic adult escape video

    The outdoor his and her baths sit on a cliff overlooking the ocean.

    Just over three hours north of Auckland lies a hidden oasis.

    Rating Virgin Australia 

    It's a much-travelled route, so how does Virgin's offering stack up?

    Nadine in L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, one of her and husband Julien's favourite towns in Provence.

    Expat tales: Questions of home

    When the sale of her house in France fell through, Nadine Maffre had a big decision to make.


    Truck crash stopped more than traffic video

    Gouges in the road following the Friday morning crash where a truck overturned on State Highway 1, north of Wellington, ...

    Impact of Friday's major SH1 closure still being felt by truckies, posties, supermarkets and motorists.

    Labour weekend traffic woes

    Road closures thanks to chemical spills and police chases have marred motorists' start to the long weekend.

    The site of a serious crash at the intersection of Puawai Rd and Main Drain Rd in Manawatū.

    Three injured in car crash

    A young woman has been flown to Christchurch with suspected spinal injuries after crash.

    stuff nation

    National is losing a dirty game stuff nation

    It appears that Bridges dug his own leadership grave the moment he ordered an investigation into the leak

    OPINION: Simon Bridges dug his own grave and his party is falling apart. There's no hope for him now.

    I've been a victim too stuff nation

    OPINION: Men are often subject to violence and inequality, but no-one wants to acknowledge it. That's why I'm sharing my story.

    Her addiction is a big black hole that swallows up any trace of money. (File photo)

    Meth made sister a monster stuff nation

    We've given everything a family could, yet she still ended up at rock bottom - and is dragging her kids down with her.


    VAR confusion for coaches video

    Newcastle Jets captain Nigel Boogaard speaks to referee Daniel Elder after he awarded the Wellington Phoenix a penalty.

    8:56 PM  Both Mark Rudan and Ernie Merrick say they're none the wiser about A-League video referee decisions.

    Hareb wins in Japan

    9:44 PM  Kiwi surfer beats Australian Isabella Nichols for her first win in WSL qualifying series since 2008.

    Wellington Phoenix's Steven Taylor celebrates the first goal of Sunday's match.

    Phoenix ride their luck video

    8:58 PM  Technology denies Phoenix a second-half goal, then helps them win a penalty in controversial 2-1 win over Newcastle Jets.


    Netflix and chills (down your spine) video

    There's something in the woods... and on Netflix this Halloween.

    OPINION: It's that time of year when you can watch as many horror films as you like without anyone worrying you're about to go full-Ed Gein.

    It's all over for Generation X

    Singer-songwriter Jarvis Cocker performing with English pop group Pulp on the NME Stage at the Glastonbury Festival, ...

    OPINION: Remember when we were cool? In case you missed it, those days are well and truly over.

    Bogan petrel heads flocked off at loss

    Tyson the black petrel simply couldn't understand how his colony finished lower than the pukekos in the Bird of the Year ...

    Opinion: After the K-club took out the Bird of the Year title again, writes Oscar Kightley, a band of petrels are in a black mood.

    The magic of a facial

    "I'm always going to be low maintenance, but if I don't want to frighten local children, I can no longer be ...

    How often does someone take your adult chin in their palms, for the sake of it?

    good reads

    Lies in every size

    Our Trumpian world, writes David Slack, has seemingly become accepting of the lies and deceit spread by those in power ...

    Journalism - in whatever shape or form it is delivered - must fight hard against vested interests to ensure fairness and transparency.

    Dreaming of Alaska

    The skiff excursions get you much closer to glaciers.

    My high? Seeing, hearing and feeling bits of Marjorie Glacier fall into the sea. The boom, the splash, the big wave that followed.

    Hello Sailor's Lyon goes solo

    Harry Lyon rehearsing ahead of his October show at Galatos Auckland.

    It's taken guitarist Harry Lyon more than 50 years to make his first solo record.

    Great Train Robber to stray NZ dogs

    Renee Geyer, 22, calls her voice a music teacher's nightmare. But her husky soul style has firmly established her as ...

    When Fleet St photographer Albie McCabe moved to work for the Star in Auckland, even Prime Minister Robert Muldoon was "my son".

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    From #MeToo to #WeToo

    Sisters Brittany, left and Johanna Cosgrove wearing their Me/We Too T-shirts.

    Sexually assaulted at age 13, Brittany Cosgrove brought the #WeToo message to NZ. This week, the PM took it to the world.

    Really? Kathryn Beck?

    Law Society president Kathryn Beck claimed she had been "surprised and caught out" by the prevalence of sexual ...

    OPINION: Alison Mau argues it's wrong for outgoing Law Society president to lead a taskforce into culture change.

    Rachel MacGregor's bad soap opera

    Rachel MacGregor

    Endless stress, staggering expense, and a monumental imbalance of power.

    MacGregor v Craig reveals glitch

    Alison Mau says there is a clear imbalance of power and wealth between Colin Craig and Rachel MacGregor.

    OPINION: Colin Craig legal battle is not just about Rachel MacGregor – it's about every Kiwi who might find themselves in her position.


    Teen baked grandfather's ashes

    A student mixed her grandfather's ashes into cookies and shared them with classmates.

    Student mixed her grandfather's ashes into cookies and shared them with classmates.

    Laughing stock gets last laugh video

    Philadelphia Eagles fan Jigar Desai with his tickets to the game between the Eagles and the Jacksonville Jaguars in ...

    Jigar Desai stumbled into fame after running into a pillar, now the NFL fan gets some glory.

    Xi thought-mapped for the masses

    President Xi Jinping's "Thought" has become compulsory study at Chinese universities.

    No, it's not a "nightmarish subway map" - it's a handy directory to the Chinese president's brain.

    Kids and their stitches

    Sasha Maclean 10, Tom Crowley 8 and Mikayla Fieldes, 15, all hard at work.

    Instagram has brought some new people into embroidery - and they're young, too.


    Famed How-to Dad battles 'Dad Flu' video

    How-to Dad Jordan Watson hasn't kissed his wife all winter, for fear of sharing the "dad flu".

    OPINION: Jordan Watson and his wife didn't kiss for the entire winter, he says, petrified of the return of the dreaded family flu.

    Parents reveal what they fight about

    "If the system barely works for privileged people, there is no way it works for everyone."

    Whisper-fighting about who should get up to the baby, who deserves time off, and other classics.

    Family games nights bring out the worst in me

    Whenever we try to play a harmless game of Monopoly, the hyper-competitive monster in me comes out.

    A family that plays together stays together, but I turn into a monster when the Monopoly comes out.

    A hurt that's never forgotten

    Lanterns are released into a pond in Palmerston North on Monday in honour of International Pregnancy and Infant Loss ...

    OPINION: I felt my eyes misting up behind my sunglasses as I drove.

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    Readers' travel photos video

    This photo was taken in Beqa lagoon Fiji, a place famous for its sharks. Legend has it that the sharks are the ancestors ...

    Do you have a holiday snap that you'd like to share with the world? Be in to win a Fujifilm camera!

    Leave NZ, get a pay rise

    Most expats earn more than the did in their home countries, HSBC's Expat Explorer survey found.

    Before she moved to London, Emma Linden's life wasn't a lot of fun. Now she's richer, and more fulfilled.

    Ask an expert: Phuket

    Away from party hot spots such as Patong, it's still possible to find peace and quiet in Phuket.

    I'm looking to unwind, not party. Where should I head?

    The truth about returning to NZ

    After two years or more of having new experiences and meeting new people, Kiwi expats often find trying to slot back ...

    After years of exploration and adventure, settling back into little old NZ can be tough.

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