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Kiwi guests to pay Tauranga backpackers a 'bad behaviour bond' after string of incidents

1 hour 35 sec ago
A Tauranga backpackers is making Kiwi's pay a $50 'bad behaviour bond' after becoming fed-up with fornicating and bad behaving guests.

Hostage situation at cordoned-off Lower Hutt house

1 hour 4 min ago
A man who lives nears a cordoned off Lower Hutt house says he was told by police it was "some sort of hostage situation".

Surfers claim dunes are wrecking Piha's waves

1 hour 6 min ago
A small Auckland beach community is divided over whether the cultivating of sand dunes has ruined the surf close to shore.

Live: Parliament's last day

1 hour 15 min ago
Parliament rises today, will National return to the Government benches after the election?

David Jones under fire for apologising to fan who posted controversial Facebook post

1 hour 20 min ago
David Jones has been blasted on social media for apologising to a user who posted a controversial comment on the department store's official Facebook page.

5 of Auckland's best winter eats

1 hour 26 min ago
Winter is the time for eating hot, comforting food and seasonal menus are a delight.

Top of the Lake: How Jane Campion turned Alice Englert into a monster

1 hour 26 min ago
Jane Campion has turned her daughter into a monster.

In the second season of Campion's Top of the Lake television series, Alice Englert â€“ Campion's 22-year-old daughter with former husband, Australian filmmaker Colin Englert â€“ plays Mary, a 17-year-old at war with her parents and the world.

Mary is angry, rebellious and precocious. She is furious with her adoptive mother, Julia (played by Nicole Kidman) and casually manipulative of her father, Pyke (Ewen Leslie). Her boyfriend is every parent's worst nightmare – an unkempt middle-aged German who lives above a brothel and is prone to bouts of aggression.

As Englert points out, Mary is not always easy to like. "You're challenged to root for her," she says.

Lucky carrot reunites woman with engagement ring

1 hour 27 min ago
A Canadian woman has been reunited with her long-lost diamond engagement ring, after losing it almost 14 years ago.

All Whites newcomer Myer Bevan handed three-match ban for violent conduct by US league

1 hour 29 min ago
New All Whites striker Myer Bevan has been suspended for three games for violent conduct in a match for his US club team.

Aston Martin reveals Vanquish Zagato Shooting Brake and Speedster

1 hour 36 min ago
Aston Martin has doubled its family of exclusive Vanquish Zagato variants.

Spring decor update: Modern florals and bold pastels

1 hour 45 min ago
Spring wont have officially sprung until September. But it's time to start thinking about what home decor updates you can do to make your home as bright as the forthcoming weather. 

LeBron James slams Donald Trump, America's 'so-called president'

1 hour 52 min ago
LeBron James has attacked US President Donald Trump in an emotional speech, calling him the "so-called president'' while calling for unity in light of the Charlottesville tragedy.

Jacinda Ardern passes the dinner party test

2 hours 1 min ago
OPINION: It's always risky talking politics at a dinner party. Especially when the guests are mostly strangers.

Donald Trump shuts down business councils after CEOs exit

2 hours 2 min ago
President Donald Trump's relationship with the American business community suffered a major setback as the president was forced to shut down his major business advisory councils.

The move came after corporate leaders repudiated his comments on the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Trump announced the disbanding of the two councils - the Strategy & Policy Forum and the Manufacturing Council, which hosted many of the top corporate leaders in America - amid a growing uproar by chief executives furious over Trump's decision to equate the actions of white supremacists and protesters in remarks Tuesday at Trump Tower.

Earlier on Wednesday, the CEOs of Campbell Soup and the conglomerate 3M resigned from the manufacturing council, as other business leaders faced pressure to take more dramatic action.

McLaren toys with pushing cars

2 hours 3 min ago
McLaren is pushing itself into a small new market.

Weird and weirder: Key's prediction comes to pass as Parliament rises before election

2 hours 22 min ago
OPINION: "Well if you thought that election was weird, wait until the next." 

Torrential rain and fierce winds hit

2 hours 42 min ago
Heavy rain has been falling on the west of the South Island and in the alps, while some central areas are being blasted by fierce winds and much more is to come during Thursday.

Backlash against Trump intensifies after his comments on Virginia violence

3 hours 8 min ago
Several leading members of Donald Trump's Republican Party and key ally Britain have sharply rebuked the US president on Wednesday after he insisted that white nationalists and protesters opposed to them were both to blame for deadly violence in the Virginia city of Charlottesville.

Australian Justice Minister Michael Keenan a possible dual-citizen due to British laws

3 hours 15 min ago
The dual citizen spotlight has fallen on a third Turnbull government minister, who may have inherited British citizenship from his father.