Indian artillery shells at a firing range in Jammu and Kashmir, India. India blamed Pakistan for the attack and said it would make its rival pay for the "misadventure". Police superintendent Imtiaz Hussain said artillery shells fired by the Pakistan army fell in the Uri area and hundreds of villagers had fled from their homes. India and Pakistan have twice gone to war over Kashmir since independence from Britain in 1947. India accuses Pakistan of orchestrating a separatist revolt in Indian-controlled Kashmir.

February 25, 2018 05:03 UTC

Marlborough's Wairau Bar - thought to be our earliest human settlement - has since been hit by numerous earthquakes and tsunamis, archaeologists say. Now, two Victoria University archaeologists have uncovered evidence of earthquakes and tsunamis at the site over past centuries - some which may have killed some of the people once living there. Roger Duff (left) and Jim Eyles dig at the Wairau Bar site in the 1940s. The Wairau Bar site proved to be perhaps the most important site for the study of early Polynesian inhabitants of New Zealand. However, the combined threats of earthquakes and future sea level rise meant the site might not exist by the end of the century.

February 25, 2018 04:30 UTC

Stewart Island. Photo: FilesPolice have begun a search for a missing hunter on Stewart Island. Sergeant Ian Martin said a hunter was reported "overdue" on Stewart Island this morning. It is now a land search operation for the missing man. A helicopter has dropped LandSAR volunteers to the search area this morning and further volunteers are on their way by boat.

February 25, 2018 02:22 UTC

In addition to Yale, more than 40 universities, including Brown (pictured), Dartmouth and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, have issued statements supporting prospective scholars who may risk school disciplinary action by joining protests. Photo: Getty ImagesDozens of US colleges and universities, including at least three Ivy League schools, have said their application processes will not consider disciplinary action taken against high school students who protest last week's massacre at a Florida school. Many school districts officials have threatened to suspend high school students who take part in nationwide gun control walkouts and other demonstrations called by survivors of the mass shooting that killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland. Such disciplinary action can sometimes hurt a student's chances of getting into a preferred college. NRA officials have lashed out at gun control advocates, arguing that Democratic elites are politicising the Parkland rampage to erode gun rights.

February 25, 2018 02:03 UTC

Airborne firefighters' first mission shows new service crucialSUPPLIED Members of the Hanmner Springs Volunteer Fire Brigade during a training session with Amuri Helicopters. SUPPLIED A helicopter carrying four Hanmer Springs firefighters took 35 minutes to reach a crash on State Highway 65, north of Springs Junction. The Hanmer Springs Volunteer Fire Brigade was notified about 11am. It was the brigade's first airborne response after FENZ struck a deal with two Hanmer Springs helicopter companies in December to provide aircraft in the event of a crash. Donaldson said neither were trapped, however the airborne firefighters came prepared with lightweight cutting equipment and a basic first aid kit.

February 25, 2018 01:52 UTC





Former US President Barack Obama will visit New Zealand in March, it has been confirmed. He will speak at an event hosted by the New Zealand-United States Council on March 22. It is understood Obama's visit is being co-sponsored by Air NZ, Westpac, and MasterCard. Key and Obama played golf together in Hawaii in 2014 and it is understood a rematch is on the agenda for Obama's New Zealand visit - likely in Key's favourite spot of Queenstown. Grice said it was a private visit and Obama would be doing a number of things including connecting with young New Zealanders.

February 25, 2018 01:30 UTC

Earlier allegations of sexual assault and harassment of female law students at the leading law firm have emerged publicly. Photo: Getty ImagesA university law lecturer has made fresh claims of other complaints of excessive drinking and inappropriate sexual behaviour — including allegations of sex between staff and students on a boardroom table — at law firm Russell McVeagh. Earlier allegations of sexual assault and harassment of female law students at the leading law firm have emerged publicly. Allegations about the law firm first emerged publicly last week when former Russell McVeagh staff members told Newsroom about inappropriate sexual behaviour. Long-standing Russell McVeagh chief executive Gary McDiarmid said previously that a full internal investigations took place after the allegations were made, and the subject of the allegations left the firm.

February 25, 2018 01:18 UTC

Barack Obama to visit New Zealand in MarchSean Gallup BERLIN, GERMANY - NOVEMBER 16: U.S. President Barack Obama prepares to step into his car after descending from Air Force One upon his arrival on November 16, 2016 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)Former US president Barack Obama is to visit New Zealand for the first time next month. NZ-US Council spokesman Leon Grice said Obama would spend about three days in the country, before going on to Sydney. Milos Bicanski ATHENS, GREECE - NOVEMBER 16: U.S. President Barack Obama gestures as he makes a speech at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center on November 16, 2016 in Athens, Greece. President Barack Obama arrived in Greece Tuesday morning on the first stop of his final foreign tour as president, the first visit to Greece.

February 25, 2018 01:07 UTC

'I hate air travel with a passion': Why flying sucks when you're tallGETTY IMAGES There's a reason why tall people hate air travel. At 6-foot-10, the former NBA player has to squeeze himself into economy class seats, which isn't always possible. In a world of disappearing space on aircraft, tall passengers are coping by avoiding air travel, paying more for their seats or honing their negotiation skills. But a long-term solution may need to involve thoughtful government oversight or at least a joint effort by the airline industry to help its tall passengers. Thai may be an outlier, since it doesn't have a reputation for scrunching passengers into its economy class seats.

February 25, 2018 00:56 UTC

This game is perfect for anyone new to gaming, or anybody who is interested in artistic approaches to the medium. ★★★★ (four stars)Night in the WoodsNight in the Woods is the first full-length game from independent games studio Infinite Fall, and what an opener it is! Packaged in a lovingly crafted world replete with colourful settings, characters and diversions, this game handles tough themes deftly, resulting in an emotionally engaging, near perfect debut. Character development throughout the game rivals some of the best writing in film and television, and will stick with players well after the game is completed. It makes the game accessible to all players however, which is a strength for a game centred on a compelling story.

February 25, 2018 00:22 UTC

Leah McFall: When you husband is hotter than youAlistair Hughes/Stuff Last week, I realised my husband was hotter than me. I know what's coming, you know what's coming, and I need you to know that it happened to me last week and I'm still here. The day when your husband becomes officially hotter than you are. READ MORE:* Leah McFall: Dinner guests, don't try to help | Stuff.co.nz* Leah McFall: A fandom act of kindness* Leah McFall: Megan Markle, Princess Sparkle* Leah McFall: I have seen the future and it involves scrunchiesI was vacuuming the car at the time. It took 12 minutes and in that entire time, my bottom was sticking outwards and upwards from the car.

February 25, 2018 00:00 UTC

339 tourists stranded by slip in Fiordland are helicoptered outniwa Heavy rain caused a slip to block the road out of Deep Cove on Sunday afternoon, leaving 339 people trapped. Part of Fiordland is cut off and hundreds of tourists are being airlifted out, after torrential rain - 217mm of which fell in six hours - brought down a slip, blocking Deep Cove. Heavy rain caused a slip to block the road out of Deep Cove on Sunday afternoon, leaving 339 people trapped. Deep Cove Outdoor Education Trust member Bob Hughes said there was more than 250mm of rain from about 3am on Sunday. It would move north over the mainland onto the lower North Island by Monday morning.

February 24, 2018 23:43 UTC

Centenarian Gwyneth Evans celebrates 100 years of good livingJOHN BISSET/STUFF Gwyneth Evans marked her 100th birthday with a celebration at The Croft rest home and with her family at the farm she was brought up at in the Paroera Gorge. Gwyneth Evans celebrated her centennial birthday at a pair of celebrations on Saturday. Her nephew Peter Evans and his wife, Jane, were just two of the more than 40 family and friends from three generations who helped to mark the occasion. Gwyneth was an example that good living could indeed be good for you, according to Jane Evans. Family and friends from as far afield as Australia, New Plymouth, Wellington and Christchurch made the effort to travel down to Pareora.

February 24, 2018 23:03 UTC

Spotless cleaners in Australia sacked without redundancy, shown jobs on offer in New ZealandSYLVIE LIBER Helen Hammond, Svetlana Vicoroska, Lynne Davies and Panayota Tzolakidis, who were not offered redundancy after their cleaning jobs in Australia were terminated. Lynne Davies is one of four female cleaners in Australia aged in their 50s who will be sacked this week without any redundancy pay and offered job opportunities in New Zealand. The women who have full-time jobs said the Nowra job offered too few hours, negating the travel time and cost. Most of the job vacancies Spotless listed are in New Zealand and in fields unrelated to cleaning. To simply show them the door, with no redundancy pay, is heartless and immoral," he said.

February 24, 2018 22:49 UTC

The Colosseum is lit up in red to draw attention to the persecution of Christians around the world in Rome. Photo: ReutersRome's ancient Colosseum was lit in red on Saturday (local time) in solidarity with persecuted Christians, particularly Asia Bibi, a woman condemned to death under Pakistan's blasphemy laws. Human rights groups such as Amnesty International say the blasphemy law is increasingly exploited by religious extremists as well as ordinary Pakistanis to settle personal scores. The law does not define blasphemy and evidence might not be reproduced in court for fear of committing a fresh offence. At the Rome gathering, her husband Ashiq Masih said his wife was innocent of blasphemy.

February 24, 2018 22:41 UTC