The final Block auction has taken place: the basement flat in the Kingsland firehouse has gone under the hammer.

Block NZ flat doesn't sell video

6:38 PM  The basement flat that was worked on by all four teams and last years winners was passed in.

Body disposal admitted

The defendant gave his second formal interview to police on December 8, 2018.

6:02 PM  Grace Millane murder accused buried her body because he was "terrified", court hears.

Mum who sued daughter wins costs

5:56 PM  Mother abandons property sale case in favour of bankruptcy attempt.

Killed by falling rocks on highway

5:51 PM  A driver has been killed instantly after a rock smashed through their windscreen on SH6.

Fire 'sounds like apocalypse'

7:11 PM  On Friday, Barry Parsons wrote of the looming fires. Days later, his body was found.

Curveball in Peter Ellis case

Appeal delayed after one Supreme Court Justice raised a question neither side anticipated.

national

'Did you kill Grace?'

The defendant gave his second formal interview to police on December 7, 2018.

Grace Millane murder accused tells police: "I want her family to know that it wasn’t intentional."

Fit pig a hit with the ladies video

11 min ago  While other pigs were rolling in mud, this boar was training for his competition debut. And his hard work paid off.

The Sexual Violence Legislation Bill aims to ensure that the justice system, in prosecuting sexual violence cases, does ...

Proposed laws target sexual violence myths

7:21 PM  Proposed law would help stop re-traumatising sexual violence complainants in court, while maintaining defendants' rights, minister says.

climate change

Jones calls farmers 'rednecks'

Shane Jones sung Tutira Mai Nga Iwi before speaking to the crowd, appropriating the 50 Shades of Green slogan with ...

6:51 PM  The outspoken minister described the protestors as "vitriolic" and "Ngāti Redneckery".

Future of fires, drought and disease video

Climate change will shape the wellbeing of an entire generation, report says.

Julie Anne Genter says more severe and frequent weather events could lead to a constant rebuild of infrastructure.

Genter urges climate change action video

Annual highway repair costs have more than doubled over the past two years after four cyclones pummelled several regions of New Zealand.

business

Major rural real estate deal

Farmlands is the country's largest farmer-owned rural services co-operative. It merged with another large rural services ...

Property Brokers and Farmlands strike a partnership that gives them 20 per cent market share.

'Amazon's first grocery store'

The tech giant confirmed it will open a Los Angeles supermarket next year.

The apartment, on Westward Ho, in Glen Eden needs to be substantially repaired, at a cost that is estimated to be ...

$49k apartment - what's the catch?

A West Auckland apartment for sale for $49,000 will end up being "a really good deal for someone", the agent selling it says.

travel

Inside Air NZ's newest lounge

Air New Zealand's new regional Koru lounge at Auckland International Airport's domestic terminal caters for three times ...

After a year of construction, the lounge at Auckland Airport will cater for up to 265 customers.

Take flight and stop having kids

OPINION: The world population is growing by around 155 people a minute. Why aren't we talking about it?

Mikhail Galin  with his tubby tabby.

Ingenious smuggling of a fat cat

It involves a stunt moggy and a cunning swap at an airport, but it came at a cost.

Former KiwiRail train driver Wayne Sullivan was driving a train on the night of the 2016 Kaikōura earthquake and managed ...

A night trapped on the tracks video

Caught between two tunnels, Wayne Sullivan kept one eye on the ocean, hoping it didn't "rush out".

Is Kaikōura still vulnerable?

Kaikōura was picked as a perfect "case study" four months before a 7.8-magnitude earthquake hit.

Four months before the quake hit, researchers thought Kaikōura would be the perfect "case study". They were right.

Air NZ's greatest tragedy

At the heart of the story is Air New Zealand, one of our best-known and liked companies.

At 1.49pm, the 257 people in the airplane cabin had no idea they were about to die.

When Boomers stop working video

Frances Valintine says Boomers and Millennials are products of their time.

Boomers are filling many skill shortages but they won't be there forever.

The echoes of Erebus

The twisted wreckage from the crashed Air New Zealand DC10 plane litters the slopes of Mount Erebus.

Every time you step on a plane the legacy of Air NZ's worst crash is keeping you safe.

world

'War zone' as fires spread

Southern district deputy principal rural fire officer Hamish Angus and southern district principal rural fire officer ...

14 min ago  Heartbreak as Kiwi firefighters are unable to save dozens of homes destroyed in Australian wildfires.

'Amazon's first grocery store'

The tech giant confirmed it will open a Los Angeles supermarket next year.

Russell Crowe and his family fled to safety as Australian bush fires engulfed the star's rural property in New South Wales.

Russell Crowe flees from Aus bush fires

6:26 PM  Russell Crowe and his family fled to safety as Australian bush fires engulfed the star's rural property in New South Wales.

property

Housing pressure ramps up; asking prices hit $500k

The average asking price for a Palmerston North house listed on Trade Me hit a record $500,700 in October.

Soaring house and rental prices in Palmerston North are pushing otherwise model tenants into emergency housing , motelier says.

Industrial landlord's profits soar

Rising industrial property values super-charge Goodman Property Trust's profits.

Mangawhai pensioner Noel Townsend says he's worried about the future, with his pensioner unit being the only thing he has.

'It's my home': plans worry video

Pensioners worried they will have to leave their homes through council plans.

homed

Damaged teapot sells for $2m video

A tiny pear-shaped teapot found on the shelf of a UK home has sold for a whopping £1 million (NZ$2million) at auction.

Found on the shelf of a modest UK home, the china teapot sparked an international bidding war.

The joy of gardening with your kids

It's a great way to relax and connect together, while teaching them valuable lessons about food production.

A bare block of land to build a house on can be fraught with legal wrangling, hidden costs and unexpected issues.

What to know if you're buying a section video

Buying a bare patch of land to build a house on can be fraught with legal wrangling, hidden costs and unexpected issues.

life & style

Baby gender check kit 'dangerous'

The IntelliGender prediction kit retails for $69 (on special) at Chemist Warehouse.

The Australian in charge of distributing the IntelliGender kit says he has never been told exactly how the test works, but he believes it is 90 per cent accurate.

Man: 'I survived breast cancer'

Greg is one of 25 kiwi men diagnosed with breast cancer each year.

For his first birthday engagement, the future King attended a meeting with the British Asian Trust in Mumbai, who are ...

Unexpected guests on Charles' birthday

For his first birthday engagement abroad, the future King is in India with an unexpected pop-star.

well & good

Why to consider switching to organic

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Te reo Coke labels 'unethical' video

Labels such as "Share a Coke with Whānau" are unethical and irresponsible, say dental and Māori health organisations.

Gardening can be an incredible process for kids to be involved in, helping build independence and self-efficacy, ...

The joy of gardening with your kids

It's a great way to relax and connect together, while teaching them valuable lessons about food production.

food & wine

Off to see the world

Nuffield Scholarship award recipient Ben McLauchlan.

A Marlborough grape grower plans to use a scholarship to learn about cutting edge agriculture overseas.

New Plymouth's first rooftop bar

New Plymouth has always lacked a rooftop spot for a drink. That's about to change.

Crowned NZ's best ice cream - again

How healthy is Taco Bell?

nz farmer

Fit pig a hit with the ladies video

Annabel Askin with her team's winning pig, Stephen Porking.

10 min ago  While other pigs were rolling in mud, this boar was training for his competition debut. And his hard work paid off.

Jones calls farmers 'rednecks'

6:51 PM  The outspoken minister described the protestors as "vitriolic" and "Ngāti Redneckery".

Off to see the world

A2 finds love in China

entertainment

Stars and cars shine in Ford v Ferrari video

Both Matt Damon and Christian Bale could well be rewarded for their terrific performances in Ford v Ferrari, during the ...

6:01 PM  REVIEW: James Mangold's tale is a great ride and a gratifyingly respectful retelling of history.

The Chase star keen to meet Kiwis video

"It's my way of saying thank you to the public for making the show such a success," The Dark Destroyer says of his NZ tour.

In the year she has been on Home And Away, Courtney Miller – a psychology graduate in real life - has polarised viewers ...

Naughty Teen makes waves in Summer Bay

6:00 PM  "There are no pluses to Bella. It just keeps getting worse," actress Courtney Miller says.

Bravo

Motherland: Fort Salem imagines an America defended by Witches and things look spooky

Freeform

6:43 PM  Exclusive! Freeform's Motherland: Fort Salem imagines a very different United States.

Only Jennifer Aniston could make walking her dog look this chic

Actress Jennifer Aniston has shared adorable new pictures on Instagram with her dog Clyde. Take a look at the social media snaps here!

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From Blue Sequins to ball gowns: Kelsea Ballerini's best looks

6:36 PM  Kelsea Ballerini's many fabulous outfits are guaranteed to take your breath away.

parenting

'They won't take us seriously' video

A midwife speaks to the crowd gathered for a meeting about maternity services in the Hutt Valley.

Watch a Hutt Valley midwife's impassioned plea: 'Give us the equipment to do our job.'

Breastfeeding in pool puts baby at risk

A chlorinated swimming pool full of other people may not be the best place to breastfeed, but that's a parent's choice, Plunket says.

Hilaria Baldwin miscarries fifth child

Politically palatable, but will it work?

oddstuff

Rare condition causes your belly to brew alcohol

How can you get drunk without drinking alcohol?

6:29 PM  How can you get drunk without drinking alcohol?

Dagg of an idea

6:01 PM  Got a bucket hat, black singlet, shorts and black gumboots? Head to Palmy and embrace your inner Fred Dagg.

Forensic secrets from the grave video

The ingenious smuggling of one fat cat

technology

'Amazon's first grocery store'

The tech giant confirmed that it will open a Los Angeles supermarket next year.

The tech giant confirmed it will open a Los Angeles supermarket next year.

New MacBook a major success

OPINION: Apple gives the MacBook Pro incredible audio performance, a stunning 16-inch screen and dumps the butterfly switch keyboard.

Disney+ gets 10 million subscribers in one day.

Disney+ hits 10M subscribers in 1 day video

Disney + says it far exceeded expectations. Just not in New Zealand.

motoring

Defender takes 007 off road video

007 Land Rover Defender

It's only a short teaser, but both the new 007 movie and the Land Rover Defender look very good indeed in this new video.

Jaguar Land Rover looks to BMW, Geely for partners video

The Tata Group it is said to be actively looking for a partner for its beleaguered British brands.

You are allowed to warm up your car in New Jersey, but not for more than exactly 3 minutes. Or 15 if it is really cold.

The US law that fines drivers in their driveways video

In New Jersey, warming up your car too long is illegal - and just another one of its dumb laws

stuff nation

Oh, how very foolish I was stuff nation

Competing in happier times as I finish the Christchurch Marathon in 2019. The same can't be said for the 53km trail run.

OPINION: I was feeling confident, like I had this ultra marathon in the bag. But things quickly went downhill, literally.

Hybrid is a no brainer stuff nation

OPINION: Our trips to the gas station have halved and there's no drain on the grid as it recharges itself.

Casey Smith and his wife Molly.

Cancer made me infertile stuff nation

OPINION: I thought I'd finally seen the back of it, but 15 years later I found out cancer had taken one final thing from me.

sport

Warriors snag ex-Knights coach

Nathan Brown left the Knights earlier this season.

5:51 PM  The former Knights coach has been brought in to work with the club's hookers

Stokes sets the record straight

Did England star really ask the umpires to overlook crucial deflected runs at Lord's? He says not.

Steve Smith was on 103 when he was given out.

Steve Smith fined for dissent

Dismayed star batsman stormed off and gestured to umpires after disagreeing with call to give him out on 103.

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Te Maia Hall Puke spoke to her Te Mata School classmate Awatea Moeke.

WATCH: Awatea Moeke has been gathering signatures ever since her pet ram was killed.

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FMX in action at Big Boys Toys.

WATCH: Eight-year-old Nelson ventured out to the Big Boys Toys expo to get involved in the motoring culture celebration.

noted

We’re still constructing leaky homes

From outside the building looks fine but peel back the cladding and the effects of leaky home syndrome are obvious. Even ...

The leaky homes problem is much larger than anyone has admitted – and it’s not over yet.

Effects of Cook's arrival

Fa‘afaite in the Tuia 250 commemorative flotilla.

Eight NZers associated with Tuia 250 reflect on the impact of Cook's arrival as well as his navigational feats.

now to love

Adele reduces stress, study finds

Findings show listening to instrumental versions of some of Adele's chart-toppers helped to reduce drivers' stress by ...

Say 'hello' to the new way to relieve that rush-hour stress and frustration.

Unexpected guests on Charles' birthday

For his first birthday engagement, the future King attended a meeting with the British Asian Trust in Mumbai, who are ...

For his first birthday engagement abroad, the future King is in India with an unexpected pop-star.

homes to love

Neglected house revamped gallery

When Annelies and Ben Leitch first saw their one-acre property in the north Auckland suburb of Whenuapai,they saw an ...

This neglected house was extended, busted open on one side and extensively landscaped to create a perfect family home.

Modern update to family home

BAUER IMAGE - It’s a house that’s been cherished by her family for three generations – and this homeowner has ensured ...

It’s a house that’s been cherished by her family for three generations – and this homeowner has ensured it’ll be loved for many years yet.

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

Humidity hair hacks

"Straight hair that has been blow dried or curled to add volume will lose that volume once it's exposed to humidity," ...

Does the humidity make your hair frizz? Here's some tips on how to keep your hair looking good this summer.

How much exercise is enough?

Don't have 30 minutes to spare? Try breaking up your workout into 10-minute blocks.

If you are new to exercise, start off by doing short workout sessions. Even 10 minutes is enough to gain benefits.

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

My sister married into the Mob

Westport writer Becky Manawatu (as a baby) with her sisters Nic and Tam.

My sister married a Mongrel Mob member more than 10 years ago. Rumour has it she wore a red and black dress. I was not invited.

Peters accepts Nat ministers didn’t leak

Former National ministers Anne Tolley and Paula Bennett, pictured, both deny in their evidence leaking information on ...

Winston Peters appears to accept two ex-ministers were not the source of the leak or responsible for it.

'Inappropriate' reaction to speech

Dr Allan Freeth from Environmental Protection Authority.

Surprise speech by school student at Environmental Protection Authority event led to apology letter labelled unnecessary.

tarana

I have to go to Aus to see my wife

Karthik Sundar and his wife Divya Gowthaman had to meet in Australia last month to spend time together as they are still ...

Karthik Sundar has to go to Australia every time he wants to spend time with his wife.

Terror attack memorial on hold

Federation of Islamic Associations NZ president Mustafa Farouk believes the plans are realistic.

One Muslim community leader has branded the $15 million plan "obscene''.

Agent faces ban over 'fake' jobs

Immigration advisor Peter Ryan.

Immigration agent selling 'fake' jobs to migrants now faces a lifetime ban, and possible criminal charges.

Visa for arranged marriages

Immigration Minister Iain Lees-Galloway says the Government had fixed an issue affecting how Immigration New Zealand ...

Government forces Immigration New Zealand to reverse a strict visa policy that outraged the Indian community.

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