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City of too many homes

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

March of the Teochew

Yikun Zhang with former National MP Sam Lotu-Iiga and former Prime Minister John Key.

15 min ago  Alleged National donor Yikun Zhang is bringing 1000 compatriots to New Zealand next year.

Ebert's trail of debt and destruction

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

School's sign proves a headache video

8:25 AM  A neighbour blames a school's digital sign for headaches and sore eyes.

'It's OK to keep living' video

After losing her husband and son 16 days apart, Julie Zarifeh got by through "active grieving".

Lotto millions unclaimed

8:28 AM  Some big Lotto wins have gone unclaimed, and now the tickets have expired.

national

Fears drug could come too late

Palmerston North women Julie Bunnell has breast cancer and is one of many women asking for medication Ibrance to be funded.

Julie Bunnell says she is one of the lucky ones, despite a grim breast cancer diagnosis.

Bishop delays cathedral decision

A decision on Christchurch's quake-damaged Catholic cathedral was due by the end of this year.

Kevin Ratana was killed in August and police are now seeking drone footage that could help their homicide investigation.

Drone could hold killer clue

Drone flying above Whanganui when Mongrel Mob member was killed could help police investigation.

    Mt Ruapehu is surrounded by towns vying to be its official "gateway".

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

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

    Housing affordability has nothing to do with avocados video

    Video explainer

    House prices are stabilising, so now we can all buy property? Well, no. We explore why houses are still unaffordable.

    The remotest rugby team video

    East Coast's squad arriving for one light training session, the only one they can run through together during a typical week.

    Players don't think twice when travelling from far and wide for NZ's most isolated rugby team, who lose every week.

    'Māori not treated equally'

    Papakura Marae doctor Dr Rawiri Jansen is supporting Māori practitioners at the inquiry.

    It's a 'sick, racist' health system which some say is a humanitarian crisis. Now the treatment of Māori is under the under the microscope.

    The serious minigolfers

    Bobby Hart's minigolf attire.

    "You say 'competitive minigolf' and people laugh in your face."

    world

    Where is Khashoggi's body? video

    A man holds a poster of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi during a protest organised by members of the Turkish-Arabic ...

    Could missing Saudi journalist's remains have been taken to a forest outside Istanbul or to another city?

    Poll shows Kavanaugh doubt

    Just 1 in 4 Americans think new Supreme Court justice was completely honest at hearing.

    Trump 'demanding' answers from Saudis on Jamal Khashoggi case

    'Severe' Saudi consequences

    US President has acknowledged it "certainly looks" as though missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi is dead.

    business

    Ebert subcontractor speaks out

    Daniel Pepperell's family company lost $120,000 in Ebert's collapse.

    Daniel Pepperell's company lost $120,000 in Ebert's collapse, and it'll take $1m contract to make the profits back.

    Why you should make staff shareholders

    OPINION: There are benefits on both sides when workers have a slice of the business.

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    Soft ride for 'Amazon tax' video

    Some consumers see a bright side as National voices support for internet shopping change.

    homed

    Claude Megson house wows gallery video

    The lush surroundings of this Claude Megson-designed house in Remuera serve to emphasise the bold architecture.

    One of the best examples of the late Mid-century architect's work is up for sale in Remuera.

    5 remarkable NZ homes video

    From hidden and quirky to elaborate and luxurious, these Kiwis made their home dreams come true.

    They travelled while saving money too.

    One couple's van life gallery

    While out walking, this Australian couple accidentally made big decisions about their future.

    life & style

    Is it finally 'OK' to be child-free?

    Tracee Ellis Ross has spoken out about being 'happily' single and childless.

    It was once considered a moral failing for a woman not to have a baby - but times have changed.

    This is how my anxiety looks

    I didn't think of myself as an anxious person, until the birth of my daughter, says former MP Holly Walker.

    Karlie Kloss Instagram.

    Karlie Kloss's surprise wedding video

    The model has become Ivanka Trump's sister-in-law after marrying businessman Joshua Kushner.

    well & good

    Ten-year-old writes a book for Unicef

    Maia Brown's book Young Elements Academy will be launched on October 27.

    Maia Brown has always wanted to be a writer. At age 10, she's done it.

    Sophie's selfless choice video

    The 7-year-old asked friends to give her only pyjamas as gifts. She then donated all 23 pairs.

    Break out the jandals - Labour Weekend means summer is just around the corner.

    Labour Weekend: a national treasure

    OPINION: More than just a day off, Labour Weekend is a reminder note that summer is on its way.

    food & wine

    What I ate at Eat

    Eat is all gleaming tiles and low-key French touches.

    Pan-European approach in the kitchen and touches of fine dining.

    20 beers to try this summer

    Labour Weekend marks the slide towards summer and that means planning your holiday. Michael Donaldson compiles a list of beers to drink and places to visit.

    Three ways with cucumbers

    A beer lover's bucket list

    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

    entertainment

    Animals redefines true crime video

    American Animals focuses on the events at Kentucky's Transylvania University in 2004 when a group of young men attempted ...

    "They knew they weren't going to come out looking like heroes."

    Armageddon awaits video

    From Cosplay to Christina Ricci, here's why you should drop into Auckland's ASB Showgrounds.

    All or Nothing, Amazon Prime's six-part documentary series, uses big-budget, long-form storytelling to take us right ...

    All Blacks doco sets high bar

    The documentary that teaches non-rugby-versed viewers the haka is gorgeous glossy small-screen entertainment.

    travel

    The case for travel planners

    The spontaneous traveller doesn't research widely in guidebooks, Google or Instagram so is largely unaware of what they ...

    OPINION: I love spontaneity, I just wish I had a little more time to plan it better.

    Egypt's time-keeping temple

    Twice a year, crowds fill Abu Simbel in Egypt to reflect on the possibilities of human endeavour.

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

    Readers' travel photos video

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

    motoring

    Labour weekend traffic woes

    Police inspect an unmarked police car with a bullet hole in the windscreen in Kaukapakapa north of Auckland, after a ...

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

    Journalists complain to Commerce Commission about AA

    Will the real New Zealand Car of the Year award please stand up?

    Fast Lane Cat Vids

    GM's original cat vid video

    In this week's Friday Fast Lane: GM harnessed the awesome power of the cat vid long before the internet, a pretentious man makes a shiny rhino and BIG V8s!

    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.

    sport

    NZ Rugby's Japan plan? video

    The NZ Rugby board took the highly unusual step of bending its own eligibility rules to allow openside flanker Matt ...

    8:47 AM   In a highly unusual move the NZ Rugby board had to end its own eligibility rules to allow Matt Todd to join the All Blacks.

    Breakers brace for Bogut

    8:29 AM  Kiwi ANBL club has plenty of respect for the threats posed by Sydney Kings beyond their star NBA centre.

    Steve Hansen can adopt pretty much any scheme he likes, so long as the All Blacks win.

    Let Hansen do what he wants video

    OPINION: Picking 51 All Blacks including Matt Todd is really no big deal, writes Hamish Bidwell.

    opinion

    An old debating chum's billion-pound pickle

    UK insurance firm Aviva is having to negotiate rough waters since Rotorua Boys' High old boy Mark Wilson was party to a ...

    OPINION: Mark Wilson, the handsome rugby-playing prefect, suffers quite the fall from grace.

    Let Hansen do what he wants video

    Steve Hansen can adopt pretty much any scheme he likes, so long as the All Blacks win.

    OPINION: Picking 51 All Blacks including Matt Todd is really no big deal, writes Hamish Bidwell.

    Kiwi beer: Best, not cheapest

    Kiwi beer is no longer a commoditised product.

    OPINION: Industry should go for differentiation, not commoditisation.

    happy to tackle tough questions

    National leader Simon Bridges arrives at the Hawke's Bay A&P Show on Thursday.

    OPINION: My position in relation to the new royal baby is goo-goo ga-ga and itchy-kitchy-koo.

    good reads

    Mike Dickison: biologist, Wikipedian and champion of hard conversations

    Dickison is more robin than bird of prey - curious, cheeky and a lover of critters.

    Conservation priorities, Wikipedia gender bias and the origins of Big Bird

    Killing taints family milestones

    Jordan Voudouris' ex-partner, Gwendalyn Richmond with daughter Mia and son Spyros want people to come forward if they ...

    ​Spyros Voudouris celebrated his 18th by having a beer with his dad. Not at the pub, but at his grave.

    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.

    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.

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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.

    oddstuff

    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.

    The strange items we try to post

    People have tried sending birthday cakes by post.

    Kiwis have attempted to mail bloody deer antlers, fish, imitation grenades and birthday cakes this year.

    Bloom of death comes early

    Putaruru's Kevin Whale stands by the flower stem of his century plant which is only four years old.

    Plant famous for flowering only once in its life of 10 to 30 years set to bloom after only four.

    Parenting

    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.

    How to teach kids about death

    Children should learn that sadness is a part of life.

    To cope with grief, children first need to confront death.

    School daze

    Miss Six's lunchbox had seen better days. (File photo)

    The holidays were only two weeks long but Miss Six wants new stuff.

    kiwi traveller

    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.

    Meals worth travelling for

    Paulina's in Clyde is one of the best fusion restaurants in New Zealand.

    If you love getting away to discover new places but equally love good food, indulge both your passions to hunt out great eateries around New Zealand.

    Expat tales: Life in dynamic Dubai

    Michelle at La Mer, a new beachfront community in Dubai.

    Aucklander Michelle Lee enjoys the fast pace and ambition of her adopted homeland.

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