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Wallabies hit all-time low

Wallabies captain Michael Hooper looks dejected after a Bledisloe Cup embarrassment.

5:00 AM  OPINION: Don't kid yourself about the Bledisloe. This wasn't NZ reborn, it was Australia's last gasp.

How a man rigged the lottery

Computer programmer Eddie Tipton secretly installed software that allowed him to pick winning lottery numbers, and was ...

Eddie Tipton's employer trusted him so much, they put the US man in charge of the lottery systems he was cheating.

Attack kills 'cheeky' Aussie boy

Julian Cadman was in Barcelona with his mother to attend a wedding.

"Much-loved and adored" 7-year-old confirmed to have died in Barcelona terror attack.

Meads magic in three anecdotes

Colin Meads in Thames during his 2002 book tour.

OPINION: I met Colin Meads three times. Every time I was blown away by the experience.

national

Pulled from river after crash

Rescuers work to free the couple from the ute shortly after it plunged 10 metres down the bank into the Waikato River at ...

Bystanders, including an off-duty cop, jump into fast-flowing Waikato River to pull two from submerged car.

Mum, tot spin dodging crash video

6:28 AM  A dashcam recorded Nicola Sandbrook's panicked brake slam, swerve and spin as she just missed a head-on.

Manawatu Gorge will be a roading focus for the National Government.

National's $10.5b roading plan

Major upgrade to stricken Manawatu Gorge part of ambitious vision to improve New Zealand's roads.

Video

Mum and baby spin avoiding crash

A dashcam recorded Nicola Sandbrook's panicked brake slam, swerve and spin as she just missed a head-on.

Politics

Motels and memorandums

Green Party leader James Shaw is standing in Wellington Central, where Labour's historical hold is a point of pride.

5:00 AM  OPINION: With the election now a tight race, voters like to be on the winning side.

Struggling artists or rich donors?

Labour is hiding tens of thousands of dollars in donations behind over-inflated art auctions – and naming clueless artists as donors.

Jacinda Ardern speaks outside the Auckland Town Hall.

Labour's 'nuclear' moment

Jacinda Ardern launches campaign by declaring climate change the "nuclear free" moment of a generation.

world

'Kill drugs, not people'

Elvira Miranda, 69, mother of Leover Miranda, 39, a drug-related killings victim, cries in front of the coffin during a ...

Dozens protest at funeral of Philippine man killed in bloody war on drugs, as family insists he's innocent.

Terror suspect may be in France video

With Barcelona terror cell "broken", police won't rule out final suspect having crossed borders.

Grace Mugabe, pictured in 2015, is accused of "whipping: a South African model with an electric extension cable.

First lady given immunity

Accused of "whipping" a model in South Africa, Zimbabwe's first lady flees - legally - in the dead of night.

business

Runway safety in Supreme Court

The Supreme Court in Wellington.

5:00 AM  Challenge to Wellington Airport extension could affect services across New Zealand.

Kiwi startup starts up in Taiwan

Video production company opens its sixth international office in its first year.

The bare land behind the buildings being sold is part of a rejuvenation plan by Wellington City Council for the Victoria ...

Sky is the limit

5:00 AM  Block of land with two 1920s buildings could be cleared to make way for high-rise.

technology

'Your nudity policies are b-------'

Australian artist Hadyn John Wilson's "She marked her desire through distance as an inside of two": one of the works ...

Aussie art dealer takes on Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg after works were deemed too rude for the site.

Apple boss blasts Trump

"Hate is a cancer," says Tim Cook, before pledging to donate US$2m to groups battling white supremacists.

Nasa has teamed up with US researchers to send balloons 24,384 metres up to capture the solar eclipse as it crosses the US.

How to see the solar eclipse

Sadly, NZ won't get to see the greatest show in the solar system in person – but we can still watch live.

homed

Shoddy looks on The Block gallery

Last week's losers on The Block, Ling (right) and Zing pulled finger to come in second. They could have come first if ...

The Block teams do guest suites, but why does the best come last?

DIY: Fancy fluffy seat

Create a glamorous stool for your dressing table with this easy project.

Charlotte Ryan.

At home with Charlotte Ryan

The Back Benches co-host lives in central Auckland with her 9-year-old daughter.

life & style

Blokes, hold the door, please!

Cheers door holding open guy! I respect you!

OPINION: Holding a door is the bare minimum of social kindness, so why are some blokes ready to give it up?

Gender-neutral urinals? Nope

OPINION: Berlin's plan to introduce gender-neutral urinals to public toilets raises oh-so-many questions.

Women only space exist becaause equality isn't just a matter of making sure everyone has exactly the same.

Women-only spaces are equality

OPINION: Killjoys complaining about events that exclude men don't understand how equality works.

well & good

Lucy Hone: Why the long face?

There's a place for pessimism in life, but when it becomes your fallback position, you need to learn how to question it, ...

I'm sitting at work, bumbling along when in walks Eeyore.

Men who eat this smell hotter

What we eat doesn't simply determine our internal health, it may determine our sexual attractiveness to the opposite sex.

Preservatives in processed foods interfere with our hormones, disrupting the process that tells us when we're full.

How preservatives make you fat

Preservatives interfere with our hormones, disrupting the process that tells us when we're full.

food & wine

A recipe for black magic

Moreish, aromatic and with a lovely fudgy texture, this pinot noir chocolate cake 
with blackberries is a crowd-pleaser.

The dark ingredients in this recipe combine to conjure a cake that is a bewitching balance of tart and sweet.

Smoky & sweet artichoke tart

Jerusalem artichokes have no botanical connection with their globe namesakes. But who cares? Their smoky flavour is a seductive delight.

Top trans-Tasman food fights

Our ‘friends’ over the ditch

nz farmer

Woman first to win grower crown

Te Puke fruit grower Erin Atkinson is the first woman to win the Young Grower of the Year title.

Erin Atkinson is the first woman to win the Young Grower of the Year title in its 11-year history.

Japan tariffs hit NZ beef

The outlook for the primary sector is positive overall in Rabobank's summary of the market.

Cheese factory rises from fire

Pollen, Psa evidence in court

entertainment

Same old, same old The Block

Andy and Nate won big this week, but they had to pull some seriously late night to do it.

This week The Block committed the worst crime a reality show can: it was boring.

Singer slams assault at show

"I saw you grab at her boob...If you feel like doing that again, walk out there ... and don't come back."

Bob Parker ambushes the Legendary Colin Meads for 1988's This Is Your LIie.

'Just a member of a team'

In 1988 there was only one man - and one TV show - that could ambush the legendary Pinetree and get away with it.

travel

Find Nemo, while you still can video

Same fish, a bit closer, preparing to defend their anemone from intruder with GoPro camera.

Earth's largest reef system is in great peril, but there's still a world of wonder below the surface.

One of NZ's best weekend walks video

Watch your cell phone reception dwindle away to nothing as you farewell civilisation.

Rupy says Singapore has great career opportunities.

Swapping Dunedin for Singapore

Rupy Jassal wanted to escape our cold winter and now every day feels like a holiday.

motoring

Infiniti 'creates' its own history video

Infiniti's Prototype 9 concept.

17 min ago  What if a 1980s brand had been around in the 1940s? Japanese luxury maker attempts to answer the question.

'Choked' highway plan

Christchurch to Ashburton route earmarked for upgrade in $10.5b roading investment.

Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet

Merc-Maybach goes electric

Dramatic new open top points the way to more individually styled Mercedes-Maybach models.

stuff nation

Your tributes to Sir Colin Meads stuff nation

Sir Colin Meads speaks at the unveiling of a statue of himself on June 19, 2017 in Te Kuiti.

We want to hear your stories of the role - big or small - the All Blacks legend played in your life.

We must unlearn bigotry stuff nation

Young people are dying because of the discrimination they face. Society has to change.

I have a rare and fatal disease - I want to know if Labour is planning on funding treatment for people like me.

Will Labour help me live? stuff nation

I have a rare and fatal disease - I want to know if Labour is planning on funding treatment for people like me.

sport

Walsh beats arch-rival again

Tom Walsh claimed another win in Birmingham.

6:30 AM  Kiwi world shot put champ heads into Diamond League finale with momentum after win over Ryan Crouser.

Pinetree - one of a kind gallery

Sir Colin Meads' colossal shadow stretched around the globe even before opponents were exposed to his ferocity.

Chelsea's Marcos Alonso grabbed both goals.

Chelsea down Tottenham

10 min ago  Marcos Alonso's double reignites Chelsea's title defence by securing victory over Spurs at Wembley.

opinion

Motels and memorandums

Green Party leader James Shaw is standing in Wellington Central, where Labour's historical hold is a point of pride.

OPINION: With the election now a tight race, voters like to be on the winning side.

Council makes a meal of complaints

Last election saw popular Lower Hutt mayor Ray Wallace re-elected for a third term, but some new blood was also voted in.

OPINION: Stoushes around the Hutt council table suggest a group of people who can't hack robust debate.

Me, Pebbles and murderous desires

Two years on, she's been able to piece her life back together.

OPINION: Police arrived on my doorstep this week when I outraged someone on Twitter. So I sought advice.

Some people need a content warning

After 24 years working and bringing up a family in New Zealand, Alison Mau has had enough of the attitude of her country ...

OPINION: When councillor uses the words "gays", "fags" and "homos" - jokes or not - it hurts people, says Alison Mau.

Black Hands

'Not guilty'

David Bain's long-standing and staunch supporter, Joe Karam.

The night David Bain was acquitted, I ended up in a Joe Karam headlock.

The case that divides the nation

David Bain leaves Dunedin police station under police escort to court to be charged with the murders of his father, ...

The Bain case is the most divisive in New Zealand’s criminal history. Why?

'The Perfect Family'

The Bain family pictured about two or three years before the shootings.

The dark secrets of the Bain family revealed in Stuff’s new podcast series.

What's a podcast?

Martin van Beynen spent years re-investigating the Bain family murders for the Black Hands podcast.

A free, easy and popular way to listen to audio.

good reads

James Shaw's longest week

There hasn't been much time for introspection for James Shaw. Just a long bath last Saturday night, and an episode of ...

The Green leader is the last man standing – or on this occasion, sitting. In the bath. Watching Game of Thrones.

Neil Finn: nowhere to hide

Neil Finn and his son Elroy play in the studio in front of an old home movie of Neil and his brother Tim.

The Crowded House great is livestreaming the recording of his new album - so we went and sat in.

Life as a woman in Afghanistan video

When Paula Penfold went to Afghanistan to investigate our years of military deployment there, she entered a land where ...

Paula Penfold goes to a land where women are subservient, controlled and, on the streets, almost invisible.

Turning learning into real life video

Rebecca said she was a painfully shy child and Richard helped her find her confidence.

New Zealand's favourite teacher Sue Gunn inspires a new generation to the chalkface.

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oddstuff

'Maggot' in Macca's ice cream

McDonald's have said they would offer the family vouchers and a replacement ice cream.

A girl started screaming and retching after finding what appeared to be a maggot in her McDonald's treat.

Gender-neutral urinals? No thanks

Berlin is trying to curb outdoor peeing - with gender-neutral urinals in public toilets.

OPINION: Berlin's plan to introduce gender-neutral urinals to public toilets raises oh-so-many questions.

Baby flamingo too hot to trot video

Squish, born from an abandoned egg, needs handmade booties to walk outside.

Squish, born from an abandoned egg, wears handmade blue booties to walk outside.

First US eclipse since 1918 video

School children wearing protective glasses pose for photographers outside The Royal Observatory during a partial solar ...

Just like storm chasers run after tornadoes, this group get an adrenaline rush from an eclipse.

Parenting

Left in the dark about vaccines

A new Growing Up in New Zealand report has shown less than half of pregnant women were given information about ...

A lack of information is discouraging many pregnant Kiwi women from immunising their children.

Holidays with other people's kids

Going on holiday with your friends or family member's kids can be challenging. And rewarding.

OPINION: After 13 years of tagging along on getaways with other people's kids, I have a few tips to consider before jetting off.

Weirdest stuff at the Baby Show

Arc Assistant.

Fancy a picture of the Lion King painted on your pregnant belly?

Clarks slammed for sexist shoes

Their "Dolly Babe" range for girls and "Leader" range for boys have left UK shoppers outraged.

Their "Dolly Babe" range for girls and "Leader" range for boys have left UK shoppers outraged.

kiwi traveller

A week in Thailand

Head straight to a coastal resort such as Krabi,
 pictured, or an island for a stress-free break.

How to a enjoy a relaxed Thai break when your time is limited.

Readers' best travel photos

This boy and his father offered tourists rides on horses along Natadola Beach in Fiji, where  I stayed there in April. ...

Do you have a holiday snap that you'd like to share with the world?

Sleepy Twizel a true Kiwi spot

One of the best ways to explore the canals and lakes around Twizel is by bike.

OPINION: With little light pollution, it has one of the clearest night skies in the world.

Help for Kiwi MPs in Canberra video

What's that flag?

If there's one thing New Zealanders love more than pineapple lumps, it's (seemingly) politics.

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