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Avalanches? Richie's got this

A "very high" danger of an avalanche closes a Canterbury ski field. Up steps pilot McCaw.

One in 700 million video

Identical twins Cora Wright, left, and Elsie Fagg have notched up a milestone birthday together.

6:26 PM  Identical twin sisters from Otago are celebrating turning 100, beating incredible odds in the process.

Super-sized Savea headache

6:14 PM  Super Rugby's top try-scorer will head to SA - and it might spell trouble for Julian Savea.

Girl, 9, drowns in bath video

Tragedy as nine-year-old girl dies in the bath at her south Auckland home.

Text during nosedive: I love you

Terrified passengers reached for their phones as plane that was headed for UK plunged in mid-air.

Kiwis wing 'attacked' on sideline

6:25 PM  International league player reportedly attacked by enraged official at junior game.

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Floods may keep residents out video

Flood waters were easing but still inundating Riverlaw Tce in Christchurch on Sunday.

Parts of Christchurch will stay no-go areas, even though waters are receding.

Funding for 23,000 new homes

The Government is pouring $600m into infrastructure that will support 23,300 new Auckland homes.

The slip occurred on Kitahi Road but has blocked SH25A.

Slip blocks Coromandel route

6:14 PM  A large slip 50 metres wide has blocked both lanes on State Highway 25A on the Coromandel Peninsula.

Video

Corgis worth a queen's ransom

Couple shell out $20,000 to bring their beloved dogs to join them in NZ.

world

Trump's man deletes critical posts

US President Donald Trump was labelled a "hack politician" by his new communications director in one of the deleted tweets.

But the tweets: Anti-Trump posts come back to haunt the White House's new frontman, Anthony Scaramucci.

German IS teen found in Iraq

Sixteen-year-old matches description of girl who disappeared from home in 2016.

US President Donald Trump's latest Twitter rant was unusual, even for him.

Trump's angry Twitter volley

The tweets were unusual, even for the US president, given the wide variety of topics he touched on.

business

Kaitangata: A tiny town that could

Kaitangata District Promotions member Evan Dick has given everything to help the town flourish.

A year ago they were offering new settlers a 3-bed home for just $185k, so did Kaitangata's gamble pay off?

Are singletons doomed?

Life’s tougher without a significant other – just ask anyone trying to buy a house in Auckland on one income.

Fuji Xerox president and representative director Hiroshi Kurihara said his company was taking strong action to regain ...

Fuji Xerox president talks

Revenue and profit targets are one thing, but they need to be achieved in a "fair manner".

technology

Elon Musk's Hyperloop coming video

Journalists and guests look over tubes following a propulsion open-air test at Hyperloop One in North Las Vegas.

Transport pioneer gets "verbal approval" for radical underground hyperloop system, to travel 350km in 29 minutes.

The martyrdom of Kim Dotcom

A new documentary explores the contradictions of Kim Dotcom.

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

A quick guide to podcasts

They're popular, they're usually free, and they're fun.

homed

At My Place: The Block's Andy gallery

Andrew Murdie from The Block NZ invites us inside his contemporary Hamilton home.

Inside this contestant's fun and colourful family home.

At home with actress Toni Potter

Actress Toni Potter lives in Muriwai.

An empty tissue box makes an ideal plastic bag dispenser.

8 ways to reuse household items

These eight tips will help you make the most of all of your household "junk."

life & style

Reality star's bizarre dress

Gemma said she was rocking her inner Lady Gaga.

It's all in the shoulders according to Gemma Collins, whose outfit has seen her compared to an American footballer.

'We have to start with kids'

The rise of gender-neutral childrens' clothing is encouraging kids to pick clothes they love, not ones they only think they should.

Chasing sticks can be a dangerous game, write vet Malcolm Anderson.

Fetch not always a fun game

OPINION: Vet Malcolm Anderson offers some words of advice about the dangers of playing fetch.

well & good

Can you really think yourself fit?

Simply believing that you're physically fit - even if you're not - can provide major health benefits, study shows.

Simply believing that you're physically fit - even if you're not - can provide major health benefits, study shows.

Is cancer just ‘bad luck’?

Does luck really play a role when it comes to cancer? And is there anything we can do to change it?

Bath bombs are meant for relaxation and body care

Awful reaction to bath bombs

Girls left crying with sore genitals after soaking in bath bombs.

food & wine

How do cocktails get their names?

Wellington's Monsoon Poon's take on the Tom Collins cocktail.

These cocktails have the best back stories.

This is where I draw the line

The latest pinots from Central Hawkes Bay are so good, they’ve made John Saker redraft his map.

Top 10 New Zealand junk foods

A delicious way to raise funds

nz farmer

Farmers combat deluge

Federated Farmers branch chairman Mark Adams said farmers always prepared for bad weather and made sure they had extra ...

Reports of farmers stranded after storm damages culverts, creeks and fences.

Don't spare the cream cheese

Chinese consumers are finding 'bold' new ways of using cream cheese and Fonterra is capitalising on the trend.

Weeds: counting the cost

Quad bike safety quest

entertainment

Ben Affleck: I'm still Batman

Ben Affleck as Batman, the ultimate vigilante.

There's only one Batman and his name is Ben Affleck. That is according to Ben Affleck.

Taika Waititi lets Hulk speak

The Kiwi director of Marvel's next blockbuster shared a new trailer with more than 6000 film fans at Comic Con on Sunday.

Anika Moa Chop Chop Hiyaaa tour in Pukekohe

Anika Moa tours baby songs

The singer-songwriter's Chop Chop Hiyaaaa tour is a delightful way to entertain preschoolers and parents alike.

travel

The perfect landing video

Looking back towards the manicured grounds of The Landing from the Heritage Walk.

As winter kicks in and the hoards head south to the snow, we venture north in search of some sun.

The other grand canyon

Fish River is one of the few canyons on earth fashioned by a combination of tectonic, volcanic, climactic and erosional forces.

The jet ride offers stunning views of the river and surrounds at any time of year.

NZ's ultimate jet boat ride video

Dodging rocks while hurtling 85kmh through narrow canyons is a thrill-a-minute experience.

motoring

Beautiful coupe now wows NZ video

The sensuous-looking Lexus LC500 coupe poses at Highland Park motorsport track at Cromwell.

Lexus launches one of the most radical vehicle designs yet seen in New Zealand.

New 911 a circuit commuter

There's yet another new 911 model. Confused? Us too. But we still love the road-to-racetrack GTS.

"Benny's a big fan of Mad Mike because he goes to daycare with Mike's kid," dad Adam Liversedge said.

Mad about Mike video

Champion Kiwi drifter "Mad Mike" Whiddett is proving a big draw card for Auckland car show audiences.

stuff nation

NZ needs online voting stuff nation

Why can't we enter our IRD numbers online and vote that way?

Why can't we enter our IRD numbers online and vote that way?

Mist rising in Whangarei stuff nation

Terry Hand captured this misty image as the sun rose over Whangarei farmland.

Would more youths vote if there were an option to vote online?

What do youth voters want? stuff nation

What will it take to get youths to turn up and vote in the election?

sport

Sleep tight, tight five

The Chiefs were below their best but it was enough.

5:27 PM  Below their best but through, jetlagged Chiefs forwards face a mighty battle against Crusaders.

Live: Tigers v Eels

5:45 PM  Coach Ivan Cleary's Wests Tigers host the Parramatta Eels at ANZ Stadium, Sydney.

Shaun Stevenson goes in for the match-clinching try as the Chiefs edged past the Stormers in their quarterfinal in Cape Town.

Chiefs weather the Stormers video

Aaron Cruden delivers cut out pass to sink the Stormers in final minutes of man-of-the-match performance.

opinion

Fake News and tinfoil hats

12052017 News Photo: TOM LEE/FAIRFAX NZ - MP Peter Dunne speaks at Cafe Agora in Hamilton. 4 members of the audience ...

OPINION: As Trump and his supporters bang on about "alternative facts", the concept is very much alive and well here in the provinces.

All our heroes kill themselves

Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington was found dead at his home near Los Angeles.

OPINION: There is something deeply wrong with my generation and I'm sick to death of it.

No coach can 'make' a player

All White Ryan Thomas celebrates after scoring against Fiji in March.

OPINION: The job of any coach working with our kids is actually quite simple - keep it fun, and keep out of the way.

Give young people free money

Alison Mau: It's young people who will fund the pension that pays for our discount bread and vegemite, and a little ...

OPINION: Young people deserve a weekly handout as much as retired folk.

good reads

Working in the wild weather video

Lance Corporal Gerald Hart, Third Combat Support Services Battalion member, left, and Staff Sergeant Jason Segal look at ...

Hundreds of people worked tirelessly across South Canterbury in the worst flooding in years.

Fly 'n' flop: the Kiwi way

When it comes to overseas travel, Kiwis aren't as adventurous as we might seem.

OPINION: Our favourite destinations don't paint us as daring, adventurous travellers. Most of us do not venture past Australia.

The Bain story - one more time

Martin van Beynen, veteran print journo and now a podcaster, has been following the Bain case for 20 years.

Years of investigation culminate in a major new true crime podcast about this country's most controversial murders.

How do you stop begging? video

Marcus Pohio is homeless and regularly begs on Courtenay Place, in Wellington.

The only thing that will get Marcus Pohio off the street is death. But is public generosity speeding that up?

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Corgis worth a queen's ransom video

210717. . Jack and Joyce Luo spent over $20,000 to bring their beloved Welsh corgis Amy and Lucky, from Beijing after ...

Couple shell out $20,000 to bring their beloved dogs to join them in NZ.

Talkative cookies 10 years in the making video

Mookies are "motivational cookies" that offer people funny quips and inspirational quotes.

Do you think the fortune cookie saw this coming?

Beached as, mon frere video

A convincing sculpture of a beached whale near Notre Dame in Paris had locals and tourists turning heads.

A sperm whale that appeared to have beached itself in Paris was in fact a sculpture.

Labour calls in foreign aid

Michael Greenhough and David Burch are staying with New Plymouth Labour candidate Corie Haddock and said they are ...

Two overseas students have been brought in by Labour to help whip the party's campaign into shape.

Parenting

Fire pits, tools tools for kindy kids

Besides building confidence and safety awareness, intentional teaching also helps kids develop language and brain-body ...

While real tools and open fires aren't things you'd normally expect to find at an early childhood centre, new research suggests that perhaps they should be.

'Bad mums' may be just like you

Judging people is easy. What about trying to understand their lives?

OPINION: Judging people is easy. What about trying to understand their lives?

Pink slammed for multi-tasking

Pink with her baby son, Jameson.

It's a scenario many mums will find all-too familiar.

Charlotte's hand-me-downs

Princess Charlotte wears the same pair of red leather buckled shoes Prince Harry wore in 1986.

31 years later, the red sandals are still in pretty good shape.

kiwi traveller

Readers' best travel photos

38th Parallel Beach, South Korea "My buddies Moon-jun and Yong-ik getting after some surf after a very big snow storm ...

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

Fly 'n' flop: the Kiwi way

When it comes to overseas travel, Kiwis aren't as adventurous as we might seem.

OPINION: Our favourite destinations don't paint us as daring, adventurous travellers. Most of us do not venture past Australia.

Want to travel? Read this first

Roaming the world can be great, but there's a travel 101 guide to adhere to.

Roaming the world can be great, but there's a travel 101 guide to adhere to.

What holiday photos really mean

No one who's genuinely having a great time is taking photos and posting them online.

OPINION: No one who's genuinely having a great time is taking photos and posting them online.

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