Is your child a 'healthy gamer'? video

Maintaining healthy video game habits can be challenging when access is seemingly endless.

Children have endless access to video games via their devices and consoles, and for many it has become a key activity in their daily routine.

Hear Kieran Read reading video

All Blacks' skipper Kieran Read has a new side-project, reading stories.

The All Blacks' skipper has some new, young fans... thanks to his bed time story reading abilities.

MAFS stars one year on video

Angel and Brett, the only one of the MAFS NZ couples whose relationship has lasted.

For one couple, it's "been a dream". For the others, not so much.

Stormy quits Big Brother video

FILE - In this May 23, 2018 file photo, porn actress Stormy Daniels speaks during a ceremony for her receiving a City ...

The adult performer was just hours out of entering the Big Brother house when lawyers pulled the pin.

US Shadows a comedy match video

Taika Waititi in a promotional photo for the film What We Do in the Shadows.

SKY TV's head of entertainment says the US version of What We Do In The Shadows is "equally hilarious" to the Kiwi one.

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celebrities

Hollywood family at box office war

"I think it's an important part of recent history," John David Washington says of the true story that inspired ...

BlacKkKlansman star John David Washington is facing off against his famous dad, Denzel.

Metal singer Jill Janus dies at 43

Janus, one of the few women performing in the thrash genre, had toured with Motorhead and Lamb of God.

Watch Aretha save Pavarotti video

The life of Aretha Franklin

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Did you win?

Two players from Hamilton and Wellington are dividing tonight's $500,000 Lotto win.

Two players from Hamilton and Wellington are dividing Saturday's $500,000 Lotto win.

Chase star: Call me about The Chase NZ

180862018 Feature Photo: JASON DORDAY/STUFF Anne Hegerty is the Governess on the BBC TV show The Chase. She is visiting ...

Anne Hegerty, "The Governess" and quiz extraordinaire, says she'd love to star in The Chase NZ - if someone wants to make it.

Aussie Bachelor contestant's racial slur

Sharon Baff: The Australian series of The Bachelor has come under fire over the years for its mostly white cast.

Australian series of The Bachelor contestant Shannon Baff had used the racial slur as part of a hashtag on two posts earlier this year.

Stormy Daniels quits Big Brother video

FILE - In this May 23, 2018 file photo, porn actress Stormy Daniels speaks during a ceremony for her receiving a City ...

The adult performer was just hours out of entering the Big Brother house when lawyers pulled the pin.

US Shadows a comedy match video

Taika Waititi in a promotional photo for the film What We Do in the Shadows.

SKY TV's head of entertainment says the US version of What We Do In The Shadows is "equally hilarious" to the Kiwi one.

Footballer's Got Talent video

Hannah Wilkinson takes on the Scottish defence during their international friendly earlier in the year.

Football Fern with a passion for music recording first single.

Review: Balancing Point

Balancing Point by Footnote New Zealand Dance

Ann Hunt discovers an impressive work - but with many flaws, too.

Review: Plenty of Strength & Grace

Stand to Reason by Andrea Schermoly, part of Strength & Grace by the Royal New Zealand Ballet.

Ann Hunt finds strength and grace in this stunning dance compilation.

Finding gold in the dark

Artist Kelly Jarvis finds inspiration from having natural spaces around her.

Kelly Jarvis' pursuit of art has taken her into the black and the colour.

Bill Bailey: the comic zookeeper

UK comedian Bill Bailey is a funny man, but he is deeply serious about nature.

This British funny man is serious about whimsy and wildlife - just don't mention Frank.

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Chase star: Call me about The Chase NZ

Anne Hegerty, "The Governess" and quiz extraordinaire, says she'd love to star in The Chase NZ - if someone wants to make it.

film

International films reel in fans

Festival director Bill Gosden had predicted there would be high demand in the capital,  citing user-friendly online ...

More than 84,000 tickets were sold for Wellington's run of the New Zealand International Film Festival.

Paolo Rotondo gets honest

Paolo Rotondo is working on his two passions - theatre and film.

Actor, writer, director and producer Paolo Rotondo takes The Questionnaire.

Coldplay feared song was racist

The song features in one of the rom-com's most important scenes.

Coldplay's hit Yellow features in the film Crazy Rich Asians.

Bella's Twilight home for sale gallery video

The asking price is $538,838 for the four-bedroom, two-bathroom home.

Bella Swan's quaint home is on the market for $532,838

music

Franklin, Elvis die on same day

A day after people remembered Elvis Presley, they mourned the loss of Aretha Franklin.

The 'King of Rock and Roll' and the 'Queen of Soul' died on same day - four decades apart.

The one show you need to see video

Pink has pulled off something really special in her Beautiful Trauma Tour.

Brace yourselves New Zealand. Pink is about to blow your mind.

Metal singer Jill Janus dies at 43

Jill Janus at the Loudwire Music Awards in 2017. She was just 43 when she died.

Janus, one of the few women performing in the thrash genre, had toured with Motorhead and Lamb of God.

Watch Aretha save Pavarotti video

Aretha Franklin singing Nessun Dorma at The Grammys in 1998.

The opera singer was her friend, so when he fell sick before a performance of Nessun Dorma, the Queen of Soul stepped up.

tv & radio

Hospital café takes the cake

Fair Go presenter and journalist Hadyn Jones.

OPINION: Fair Go is taking on the public's problems one meager morsel at a time.

TV review: Millionaires' Ex-Wives Club & American Woman

Lisa Tchenguiz spent four years pursuing a £123m divorce settlement through the courts. (She got £15m.)

What drives some women to pursue outlandish sums through the courts?

Karen O'Leary: paranormal but very normal

Created by Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement, Wellington Paranormal spoofs police reality shows

She may be funny on the spoof show Wellington Paranormal, but Karen O'Leary has a serious side.

Oldest Māori radio station may close

Te Ūpoko o Te Ika Radio has been operating for 33 years.

The country's oldest Māori​ radio station risks closure, with a hui called to discuss the future of Wellington's Te Ūpoko​ o te Ika.

Games

Spider-Man's webslinging return video

Early signs show that yes, he does whatever a Spider-Man can.

Marvel Studios and Insomniac Games have been working on a new Spider-Man game - we get the insight from the team ahead of its release.

$60k lost in romantic scam

Words With Friends is the latest platform to be used in romantic scams.

Words With Friends scammers send poetry and links to romantic songs by Celine Dion. Then they ask for your money.

'My son's addicted to gaming'

The 12-year-old has been gaming since he was 8 years old but his mum says Fortnite is the first game he can't put down.

The 12-year-old spends up to six hours a day playing Fortnite and charged games bills to his parents' bank accounts.

Old meets new in Sonic Mania Plus

If HD and 4K just doesn't scratch your nostalgia itch, special graphical filters allow you to mimic the fuzzy output of ...

Sega's super-fast blue hedgehog returns in a new game which blends classic level design with a raft of fun new features.

books

This week's top reads

Eileen Myles' Afterglow is that rarest of literary accounts – a work which, in craft and tempo should wow readers, but ...

This week: Boy Erased by Garrard Conley is required reading for all parents, plus Eileen Myles' sci-fi dog memoir Afterglow.

Corbyn, Palestinians and Brexit

British Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn leaves the bet365 stadium by the back door after addressing Labour Party ...

OPINION: If Jeremy Corbyn goes, it's plausible Brexit, too, could be a casualty.

New Zealand by rail

The Capital Connection, at Palmerston North Railway Station, is a home away from home or a mobile office for many.

Author's tour of nostalgia, steam and tonnes and tonnes of metal.

Welsh not coming to NZ video

Irvine Welsh has had to pull out of upcoming literary events in Christchurch and Dunedin due to a family bereavement.

The Trainspotting author was due to speak at events on August 31 and September 1 and 2.

arts

Finding gold in the dark

Artist Kelly Jarvis finds inspiration from having natural spaces around her.

Kelly Jarvis' pursuit of art has taken her into the black and the colour.

The two worlds of Gottfried Lindauer

Gottfried Laudauer on the cover of the new book by Joan and Kevin McIntyre of Woodville.

 The great artist could have succeeded in any city in the world, but he chose to live in a tiny Kiwi town.

Celebrating birthdays that can never be video

4 Real was one of the more 'out there' baby names of the past two decades.

The prevalence of NZ's rejected baby names has proven the perfect inspiration for a new photography series.

Private school to 'homeless' video

Wanaka artist Jane Kellahan at the Albert Town Camping Ground - the place she called home for 18 months.

Jane Kellahan lived a life of privilege growing up. Now she's "homeless", but living her dream.

stage & theatre

Bill Bailey: the comic zookeeper

UK comedian Bill Bailey is a funny man, but he is deeply serious about nature.

This British funny man is serious about whimsy and wildlife - just don't mention Frank.

It's a party at Mrs Krishnan's

Hesitant hostess Mrs Krishnan (Kalyani Nagarajan) soon becomes life of the party.

Mrs Krishnan's Party is a night that is best captured in a simple three-letter word: fun.

Welsh not coming to NZ video

Irvine Welsh has had to pull out of upcoming literary events in Christchurch and Dunedin due to a family bereavement.

The Trainspotting author was due to speak at events on August 31 and September 1 and 2.

Lorraine Downes returns to runway video

Lorraine Downes will join other Kiwi celebrities in taking part in a Mercy Hospice fashion show as part of  New Zealand ...

The former Miss Universe will be part of a NZ Fashion Week fundraiser for Auckland's Mercy Hospice.

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