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Iran: Ancient and modern
Travel

Iran: Ancient and modern

Andrew Stone is spellbound by the hospitable people he meets in this enduring land.

Sri Lanka: Animal hunt
Travel

Sri Lanka: Animal hunt

Andrew Stone joins a safari in Sri Lanka and spots all creatures big and small.

Sri Lanka: Crown jewels
Travel

Sri Lanka: Crown jewels

The father of 'tropical modernism' has a cultish following, writes Andrew Stone.

Garden to grow in 'hell on earth'
New Zealand

Garden to grow in 'hell on earth'

A garden made for contemplation on a World War One battlefield where New Zealand soldiers faced "hell on earth" will be built here and shipped to Europe.

Ospri stands by disputed possum facts in ad
New Zealand

Ospri stands by disputed possum facts in ad

A company which gets millions in public funds to eradicate tuberculosis says it stands by a nationwide advertisement found to have breached the advertising industry's code of ethics.

Vector's accidental chainsaw massacre
New Zealand

Vector's accidental chainsaw massacre

Couple who spent 25 years creating a showpiece garden on Kawau Island are devastated that a crew clearing a corridor laid waste to some of their precious specimens.

A match made in NZ
New Zealand|Politics

A match made in NZ

This little-known episode in New Zealand's political history has been unearthed by American historian Seth Koven.

Dead Antarctic explorer's Kiwi link
New Zealand

Dead Antarctic explorer's Kiwi link

Henry Worsley died trying to become the first adventurer to cross Antarctica unassisted. In November the Herald got an insight into his 2037km solo trek.

Hunt narrows for long-lost sub
New Zealand

Hunt narrows for long-lost sub

The fate of a NZ submariner who vanished with his vessel 101 years ago could finally be settled by a mission in the Bismarck Sea off Papua New Guinea.

Do we still love rugby?
Sport|Rugby

Do we still love rugby?

On the eve of last weekend's RWC final, university academic Toni Bruce dared to suggest that not everyone in New Zealand was terribly interested.

Mansfield and the shadow of WWI
New Zealand

Mansfield and the shadow of WWI

On the afternoon of October 6, 1915, Leslie Beauchamp, a New Zealander in the British Army, gave a class in grenade throwing. He didn't survive it.

Papua New Guinea: Recce of Rabaul
Travel

Papua New Guinea: Recce of Rabaul

Tribal rituals, war relics and the legendary 'Queen of lovemaking and drinking' are just the tip of Rabaul's iceberg, finds Andrew Stone.

WWI miners to be honoured in Waihi
New Zealand

WWI miners to be honoured in Waihi

War sacrifice will feature on a memorial wall in Waihi honouring soldiers who belonged to the New Zealand Engineers Tunnelling Company, a First World War unit of tough miners.