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Keep your bland chicken breast - beef mince is versatile, tasty and easy to use - Top Stories - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 16:02
OPINION: Chicken breast may be edging closer to eclipsing humble beef mince in supermarket popularity, but foodies still love it.

Making a Murderer: Brendan Dassey should be released form prison say judges - Top Stories - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 16:00
The confession of a Wisconsin inmate that featured in the 2015 Netflix series Making a Murderer was improperly obtained and he should be retried or released from prison, a three-judge federal appeals panel ruled on Thursday.

Tourism: a brilliant career or a job for dummies? - Top Stories - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 15:58
Tourism faces major challenge recruitment challenges. Amanda Cropp reports.

The beginner's guide to scrummaging skulduggery - Top Stories - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 15:58
With all due respect to props, scrums are an absolute bore to most rugby watchers.

Matthew Perry: Why playing Ted Kennedy on After Camelot was his most challenging role ever - Top Stories - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 15:58
Matthew Perry doesn't bear much of a physical resemblance to Ted Kennedy, but at least he had nailed the late senator's distinctive way of speaking. Or so he thought.

Before showing up for filming The Kennedys — After Camelot, the former Friends star said he had spent a dozen sessions with a voice coach. But after just a few minutes of shooting, director Jon Cassar pulled him aside and gave him the bad news: The accent was off. Way off.

"I sounded like Foghorn Leghorn."

Perry adjusted on the fly. And while the final result may be a less-than-believable impersonation — you never stop wondering why Chandler Bing would abandon that sweet girl at the bottom of a Chappaquiddick channel — he adds enough dramatic gravitas to keep viewers swept up in the Kennedy saga long after the assassinations of JFK and RFK. 

"The term 'American royalty' gets tossed around so much that I hate to use it, but there's some truth to that," says Stan E. Hubbard, who runs the mini-series' backers, US cable network Reelz, out of Albuquerque, New Mexico. "Very few people don't have strong feelings about them, whether it's love or hate. Nobody is blah about the Kennedys."

Arrest made after funds go missing from hapu coffers - Top Stories - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 15:56
A Taranaki hapu's long held dream of building its own $4.5 million seaside marae is in ruins amid allegations a man stole hundreds of thousands of dollars from the group. 

Palmerston North woman's web of lies and blackmail snares online dater - Top Stories - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 15:45
The victim of a twisted web of lies and deceit is nursing a broken heart and bank balance, while the woman responsible went on a drug bender with his love money.

'This is not how we do things': How National's composure was shattered by the Todd Barclay affair - Top Stories - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 15:44
The National party are gathering for what was supposed to be a triumphant weekend. But the PM has been diminished by shenanigans in Southland. Where did it go wrong? Tracy Watkins reports.

Young man sentenced to community detention for causing death of former Steel & Tube boss Nick Calavrias - Top Stories - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 15:43
A young man wept in the dock of a Napier courtroom as he heard the widow of Nick Calavrias describe how deeply his loss had affected her and their family.

Reading cinema gets $27.5 million for earthquake damage to Courtenay Central complex - Top Stories - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 15:15
Cinema giant Reading International will rebuild on its empty car park lot in central Wellington after pocketing a $27.5 million insurance payout for quake damage.

15 of the best quotes from architectural genius Frank Lloyd Wright - Top Stories - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 15:14
Frank Lloyd Wright wasn't just a brilliant architect. He was also an incredibly colourful character who was not afraid to speak his mind.

The big sound of the Wurlitzer organ to entertain once more - Top Stories - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 15:14
An intricate machine that wowed youth in the 1920s and 30s will again rise from the stage.

Camaro lowers its best time around Nurburgring - Top Stories - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 15:11
Chevrolet's ZL1 1LE has slashed 13 seconds off the best time for a Camaro around Germany's famed Nurburging circuit.

Confederations Cup: All Whites playing to win against Portugal - captain Chris Wood - Top Stories - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 15:11
Chris Wood could hardly care less about rankings and reputation when it comes to his team's last game at the Confederations Cup.

Man suffers facial burns after heater catches fire - Top Stories - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 15:05
A West Auckland man has suffered burns to his face and hands after a suspected leak from a gas bottle.

Lions tour: Shock axing of Julian Savea raises questions - Top Stories - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 15:04
OPINION: Julian Savea. Dropped.

Recipe: Sam Mannering's polenta chips - Top Stories - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 15:00
A at this time of year I'm in need of comfort. Of course, polenta chips go down pretty darn well no matter what time of year, but in winter they should be obligatory. The Bicycle Thief restaurant in Christchurch started my enthusiasm for them years ago. I was very glad to see it return to the city's post-quake dining scene. 

Tips and advice on saving money while you're travelling overseas - Top Stories - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 14:56
Travel is full of surprises, but some are not so welcome. The airline that suddenly adds a surcharge because you're buying your ticket with a credit card, the $50 fee when you board a budget airline with more than the seven kilogram limit for carry-ons, the 101 ways car hire operators have of parting you from your cash – these are fees you don't see coming, the classic "gotcha!" ploy.

Huntly community comes to the rescue of harassed man - Top Stories - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 14:52
It's peace at last for Niraj Bahadur and his family after the Huntly community rallied to help put a stop to ongoing harassment from kids. 
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