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Sacha Lees, winner of the 2020 Adam Portraiture Award with her self portrait.

Self-taught artist wins $20,000

6:30 PM  The judges kept coming back to Sacha Lees' painting about the pressures of modern life.

Farmer's cow ban

Waikato farmer Glen Raymond Steiner has been sentenced after breaking the tails of dairy cows (file photo)

6:38 PM  Waikato dairy farmer Glen Raymond Steiner broke the tails of 300 cows, 150 of which had multiple breaks.

Lotto ticket sales skyrocket

16 min ago  A whopping $42 million is up for grabs and Kiwis aren't missing out as ticket sales surge.

Coronavirus 'crisis' coming to NZ

Health bosses in New Zealand will discuss expanding the definition of coronavirus.

What makes Fergburger so great?

OPINION: In their thousands, they queue for hours each day in Queenstown. For a burger.

'Treehouse' sells for $1.1 million video

5:32 PM  Chockablock with period features, the 1965-built home sold "very fast" on auction night.

national

Jail for Christchurch terror image

A 42-year-old man was sentenced in the Christchurch District Court on Wednesday on charges including sharing an image of ...

Prison sentence for sharing terror image with the words "Call of Duty Black Mosque NZ Edition".

Shock, anger as offending revealed

Lecturer indecently assaulted a stroke victim, then told the university he left to protect it. 

A man was restrained by members of the public after he crashed into a Raumati property.

Citizen's arrest after car crash

One man lay on the driver who promised he wouldn't try to run away again.

climate change

Fast forward climate forum

The launch of the Nelson Tasman Climate Forum won't be a "talk fest", but will kickstart action to reduce emissions and ...

Launch of "groundbreaking' climate forum in Nelson aims for first draft of climate change strategy within weeks, organisers say.

Council reduces emissions, saves thousands

A small change at the Whakatane Aquatic and Fitness Centre has saved council thousands.

Wellsford's Hoteo River is believed to be at its lowest level since an extreme drought in 1983.

Alarm over water use

Aucklanders' water use is "skyrocketing" with one river at lowest level in nearly 40 years.

business

New owners at Coriander's

Canterbury's three Corinader's restaurants, including the St Asaph St branch, pictured, have new owners.

5:56 PM  The new owners of a Canterbury restaurant chain claim they've saved about 30 jobs as the former owner faces worker exploitation charges.

NZX drops again as virus spreads

The NZX closes down on yesterdays trading as global nervousness over the coronavirus continues.

More than 550 claims have been lodged for 'on-sold' houses so far. (File photo of a quake-damaged house)

Over 550 'on-solds' claims lodged

5:27 PM  Hundreds of homeowners who bought houses with earthquake damage have filed for compensation from the Government.

travel

The issue of herpes monkeys

The monkeys arrived in the 1930s as tourist attractions.

They arrived on a US island in the 1930s as a tourist attraction. The problem: They could swim.

Urumqi: Scariest place on Earth

OPINION: I am in one of the most tightly restricted and heavily watched places on Earth. It's a police state.

The normally packed St. Mark's Square in Venice is quiet.

Venice becomes a ghost town

This time of year, the Italian destination is normally packed with revellers. Not in 2020.

The Defence Force has refused to answer questions about a soldier arrested for threatening national security. (File photo)

Facts and secrets in soldier case

A soldier with far-Right ties was arrested for breaching national security. But there's much the Defence Force won't say.

The reshaping of Christchurch

Nine years on the from the earthquakes Christchurch's economy is slowing and house prices are stagnant.

Nine years on the from the earthquakes, Christchurch's economy is slowing and house prices are stagnant.

'White privilege' in health

Dr Donna Cormack says the health system is designed around Pākēhā culture.

Māori with kidney disease are less likely to get a new kidney or receive the best treatment.One expert says there's an insidious reason why.

NZ art's rising stars

Sriwhana Spong works across various mediums including sculpture, film, writing, performance, dance, and sound.

A new generation of artists are hitting their stride. We speak to 5 of them.

Making a grown man weep

Music was 'always on' around the house a Reid grew up in with her mum, Karin. First music purchased with her own money? ...

Singer/songwriter Nadia Reid's latest album left Grant Smithies knocked over and broken.

world

Volcano erupts in Mexico

Mexico's Popocatépetl volcano sent ash about 1000 metres into the sky.

6:07 PM  Popocatépetl has been active with two spectacular eruptions occurring within three days.

Venice becomes a ghost town

This time of year, the Italian destination is normally packed with revellers. Not in 2020.

Pablo Escobar's 'cocaine hippos'

Pablo Escobar's 'cocaine hippos' play stuff

The drug lord's hippos now number 80, sparking environmental and safety concerns in Colombia.

property

$400 rent increase fail

The landlord attempted to up the price of this Dedwood Terrace, St Marys Bay property by $400 a week.

Tribunal says home with harbour bridge views looks a nice place to live, but isn't worth $400 rent hike.

New subdivision plans revealed

One block of land could have houses built this year, but another subdivision might not be the silver bullet house-hunters hoped.

Ian McClue is selling his longtime family home in Kingsland, central Auckland a year after it was badly damaged by a fire.

Fire-damaged house for $1.6m

Kitchen and sleep-out were destroyed by alleged arson. Now "DIY homeowners" are sought.

homed

Yabba Dabba Dooo - it sold! video

Part Flintstones, part faux-modern, this oddity in Mt Roskill has 'water ingress issues' and no Code Compliance ...

It's ugly, it leaks and has no Code Compliance Certificate, but someone bought it for a song.

'What right do they have to our property?'

They want to redevelop the house. First they need to find a way to get tenants to leave.

Men have been allowing themselves “Man Caves” filled with manly paraphernalia such as wall-mounted singing trout or ugly ...

How having a She Shed changed me

The kids each have their own bedroom and my husband, a garage for his man-toys, I just needed room to simply "be".

life & style

Harry, Meghan may snub royal wedding video

Harry and Meghan's latest statement appeared to make a dig at Eugenie and Beatrice.

After an apparent dig at the York sisters, the Sussexes' RSVP to Beatrice's big day is uncertain.

Mum's fight over son's facial hair

Her son was threatened with suspension if he didn't shave. She says that's not on.

Prince Harry has touched down in the UK looking relaxed as he heads to a working summit for one of his initiatives.

Harry on home stretch of royal duties

The Duke of Sussex was spotted travelling to Scotland for a working summit.

well & good

Ally's 'epic' 16 hour swim

Day three of Ally Davey's swim proved difficult due to the wind, and it was "a tough slog in open ocean with no reprieve".

Woman's 'epic' swim sees her followed by a shark, guided by kingfish and on the verge of hypothermia.

Sucked into 'toddler milk' sham video

OPINION: Getting nutrition right is hard enough without companies marketing us products our kids don't need.

These copper tanks in a brew house are a more common way of creating alcohol.

US woman's bladder brews booze video

Doctors thought an American woman was lying to cover up an addiction, instead her body had all the ingredients for fermentation.

food & wine

What exactly is the 'fifth taste'?

Umami flavour from parmesan and anchovies help make Caesar salad tasty.

Most of us know the four basic tastes – sweet, sour, salty and bitter – a fifth joined the club at the dawn of the 20th century.

Is Maccas shrinking cheeseburgers?

An Australian says the burger was no bigger than his thumb - but the fast food giant says no shrinking is going on.

New Zealand's whisky queen

Spicing up your daily drink

nz farmer

Killer carp released in river video

Allan Metcalfe uses a modified bow to hunt for koi carp.

A farmer is upset over damaging koi carp appearing in his local stream for the first time.

'Significant' nitrate leaching increase forecast

Southland farmers are being told nitrate leaching may increase as a result of the changing climate.

NZ's 'fastest' cowshed video

Fertiliser industry veteran calls it a day

entertainment

You will be able to listen to all of Oprah video

Oprah Winfrey's hit TV show is coming back as a podcast.

Get ready for aha moments and ugly crying - the TV icon's hit talk show is back in podcast form.

The Hits set to cut local shows

NZME is planning to cut shows on The Hits, in a move Stuff understands will gut local radio stations.

Hank Azaria says voicing The Simpsons' Apu 'just didn't feel right'.

Why Hank Azaria finally retired Apu video

"I just didn't want to participate in it anymore," says the actor behind the controversial Simpsons character.

Bravo

Joe Keery's latest hair transformation might be bolder than his bowl cut

Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP/Shutterstock; Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

6:25 PM  Joe Keery debuts bold chunky blonde highlights while attending the Saint Laurent show with girlfriend Maika Monroe.

Mike Shouhed defends his business portfolio and shares what's next

Mike Shouhed has big things going on in his life these days. Not only is he in love, but he's also knee-deep in a massive real estate deal during Season 8 of Shahs of Sunset, which debuted earlier this month.

Image - Bravo

Naomie Olindo & her BF Metul Shah learn to cook Vietnamese food on date night

6:03 PM  Nearly two years into their relationship, Naomie Olindo and Metul Shah are still finding ways to spice up date night. And on February 23, they managed that with the help of some cilantro and red chili peppers.

parenting

Help for parents with queer kids video

James Singh, 8, reports from the first Let's Talk workshop in NZ.

What does gender diverse mean? New workshop helps whānau navigate those questions.

Vital support for carers snatched away

OPINION: Respite care was promised that actually worked for my family's circumstances. Now it's on hold.

Baby's first scowl video

Newshub babies unite for picture video

oddstuff

The problem with herpes monkeys

The monkeys arrived in the 1930s as tourist attractions.

They arrived on a US island in the 1930s as a tourist attraction. The problem: They could swim.

US reporter turns into 'Weather Wizard'

While the reporter spoke about the recent snowfall, his viewers couldn't stop laughing at his changing appearance.

US woman's bladder brews booze video

Wasp nest behind wall

technology

No more checkout lines

Inside the new Amazon Go Store in the Capitol Hill neighbourhood of Seattle.

At Amazon Go Grocery, shoppers can grab milk or eggs and walk out without opening their wallets.

Construction's automated future

Man behind the world's first 3D printed bridge shares his thoughts on the future of building.

Vodafone is introducing a new suite of plans in which users' data will switch to a lower speed when their allocation is ...

Vodafone ditches data caps

New plans mean your data will slow down when you hit a limit, not stop.

motoring

Speed kills, but not if you know the road? video

Speed kills. But not when the road is wide and no-one else is around?

OPINION: Is speeding no longer dangerous if you know the road?

Tesla car busts woman vandalising it video

A random woman appeared to key the side of a Tesla Model 3 without knowing the car's cameras were recording her act of vandalism.

Walter Huang was killed when his Tesla Model X crashed into a barrier in California two years ago.

Driver in fatal Tesla crash was playing video game video

The driver of a Tesla who died in a crash was playing a video game on his phone at the time.

stuff nation

Your celebrity airport encounters stuff nation

A man was pleasantly surprised by Jacinda Ardern's down-to-earth actions when he met her in the airport. We want to hear ...

The PM has been labelled a 'G' for helping a man open his beer. Tell us your stories of meeting someone famous.

I lost two mums to ovarian cancer stuff nation

OPINION: It’s too late to wish they had known what symptoms to look for. But it may not be for someone else.

Christchurch man Jesse Northcoat was working as an au pair in China when the coronavirus outbreak took over.

My hellish escape from China stuff nation

OPINION: What started as a fun OE turned into a nightmare when coronavirus took hold.

sport

Mauger backs Ioane as ABs No 12

Josh Ioane has admitted to 'challenges' with making the switch from No 10 to No 12, particularly on defence.

5:51 PM  Playmaker's shift from No 10 was conceived in Dunedin but the Highlanders think it will also open up doors at the test level.

Wagner's Sky Go and nappies gig 

First -time dad Neil Wagner reveals how he watched Black Caps teammates while changing baby's nappies.

Newcastle Knights star Kalyn Ponga is out of contract at the end of 2020.

Broncos bigger threat than All Blacks

6:37 PM  Star's sensational code switch quashed by Knights boss.

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Help for parents with queer kids video

James Singh, 8, reports from the first Let's Talk workshop in NZ.

What does gender diverse mean? New workshop helps whānau navigate those questions.

Are you sun smart or sun dumb? video

A UV camera reveals how much your sunblock application matters.

UV camera reveals it's all about the application - and a huge SPF moisturiser fail.

newsroom.co.nz

Toxic site’s distillation unit on Trade Me

Drums of solvents remain outdoors and dangerous after 20 months of negotiation to get the site cleaned up.

Equipment needed to process toxic solvents abandoned in Northland appears to be for sale.

Fears over AMP Life sale

AMP Life policy holders fear they will lose out if a secretive deal to sell their policies to a Bermuda-based 'zombie ...

It’s the biggest financial deal in New Zealand in almost two decades, yet policyholders know very few details.

Georgia's big prize

Warriors community relations coordinator Georgia Hale, with her Young New Zealander of the Year Award.

Working with children with intellectual disabilities has changed Warriors women's captain Georgia Hale's life

noted

Why we stuck with just one child

Shona Jennings with husband Stephen Knight-Lenihan and their daughter – and only child – Ariane Lenihan, who’s 21.

Shona Jennings and her husband were "early adopters" of the "Gen Less" movement. Here's why.

Remember when there were 'girl' jobs?

Ad trying to convince women of the benefits of airline work.

The situations-vacant pages of the 1970s reveal a time when women were excluded from most paid work.

now to love

Harry on home stretch of royal duties

Prince Harry has touched down in the UK looking relaxed as he heads to a working summit for one of his initiatives.

The Duke of Sussex was spotted travelling to Scotland for a working summit.

MAFS star says bride had girlfriend

Amanda, right, says there's a reason why Tash wasn't willing put much effort into their marriage.

Amanda says the reason Tash was so switched off is because she was seeing someone else during the experiment.

homes to love

Seamless open plan living

This couple made it their mission to rescue their home from dated ‘improvements’ and connect it to the world outside.

This couple made it their mission to rescue their home from dated ‘improvements’ and connect it to the world outside

10 surprising ways to add value

Whether you’re selling the family home or renovating for resale, our expert has got you covered.

Whether you’re selling the family home or renovating for resale, our expert has got you covered.

food to love

Noodles and a show

Skewered meat, dumplings and Asian-fusion food is celebrated at the annual Night Noodle Markets in Hagley Park.

This year you can walk from the Night Noodle Markets to Fat Freddies Drop, or Sparks.

Night Noodle's Hidden Village

The Hidden Village at the 2019 Night Noodle Markets in Auckland.

Last year, The Hidden Village was a last-minute addition to Auckland's Night Noodle Markets. Now it's a restaurant.

beautyheaven

Big makeup trends for 2020 gallery

Actor and model Cara Delevingne wearing a variety of colours.

New makeup products and ideas to get excited about wearing this year.

What you need to know about acne video

Picking, scratching, squeezing or popping pimples is never a good idea.

Figuring out what type of acne you have - and what's causing it - is the first step in battling breakouts.

metro

Auckland beaches' poo problem

A contractor collecting a water sample at Devonport Beach

The beaches in Auckland are alive with the smell of ... poo. But why?

The end of holiday romances?

We don't talk much about summer flings any more.

Is the steamy summer fling being consigned to history?

tarana

Jacinda Ardern's gift to Fiji PM

Fijian Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama with the All Blacks jersey gift given to him by visiting New Zealand Prime ...

So what does one gift the Prime Minister of Fiji, who is not known to be a huge supporter of the All Blacks?

$2m for relocating villages

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern visits an informal settlement in Suva, Fiji.

PM announces $2m investment in helping 42 Fijian villages displaced by climate change relocate.

Simon Bridges on housing crisis

National leader Simon Bridges.

National Party leader Simon Bridges on New Zealand's housing crisis, vaping, and the proposed laws to criminalise actions of those who do not speak up on child abuse cases.

Pub was 'farmers market'

A Stuff reporter puts questions to a manager at the Hyderabad Hotel.

Its licence was for a "Indian cultural festival and farmers style market" - but it opened as a bar.

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