13 Sep 2015

Baby daddies to headless chooks: the best reads

5:10 pm on 13 September 2015

From a fatal police shooting in Wellington, rip-off rentals in Queenstown to the new Elizabethan age; radionz.co.nz put its stamp on some of the week's major stories

Tributes flow for gunman Pera Smiler

Friends of Pera Smiler paid social media tributes to the 25-year-old, who was shot dead by police in a busy Upper Hutt street on Wednesday.

Pera Smiler

Photo: Facebook

Flagged flags - what could have been

Toby Morris raises a glass to 10 great flags submissions that didn't make it, and said goodbye to what could have been.

'I have to kill him or kill myself'

Lauren Baker reports on a migrant worker treated so badly by his employer he considered taking his own life.

World Cup campaign takes off

John Campbell sees the All Black's fly of to the UK, and talks to fans among the well-wishers at Auckland Airport.

Keven Mealamu and John Campbell

Keven Mealamu and John Campbell Photo: RNZ/Diego Opatowski

How a chicken with no head survived for 18 months

Seventy years ago, a farmer beheaded a chicken in Colorado, and it refused to die. Mike, as the bird became known, survived for 18 months and became famous. But how did he live without a head for so long?

The emerging earthquake generation

Five years on from Canterbury's September 2010 earthquake, a new generation of post-quake children is growing up with road cones, traffic delays, broken homes and stressed parents, but they know little else.

How old is too old to be a dad?

Say "tick tock, biological clock" and most people immediately think of women in their mid-thirties anxiously clutching referral letters to already oversubscribed IVF clinics - but what about older dads?

Squalid rentals in millionaires' resort

Squalid rentals in the millionaire's resort. Seasonal workers are paying through the nose for sub-standard rentals in Queenstown.

Rental house on Queenstown Hill above the CBD.

Rental house on Queenstown Hill above the CBD. Photo: RNZ / Peter Newport

Toby & Toby: Elizabeth's record reign

Long to reign over us - the two Tobys look back on the second Elizabethan age.

The good, the bad, and the ugly

With the Rugby World Cup officially kicking off on five days our irreverent columnist Jamie Wall takes a look back at some of the highlights and lowlights of past World Cups.