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Students rescued from sea at Island Bay

Police have rescued five students being swept out to sea on toy inflatables in Wellington's Island Bay.
Island Bay

Predator teacher jailed

Teacher who sexually offended against young girls during lessons has been sent to jail.

Addict stole from father

Court A gambling addict who stole her father's $91,000 nest egg has been jailed.

Drunks put kids at risk

Rowdy late-night drunks at hospitals are scaring other people away, emergency doctor says.

Legal high district mooted

Three options for a legal high district within Wellington's CBD have been mooted by the city council.

Tsunami lines for eastern suburbs

Miramar Peninsula is next in line for blue tsunami warning markers.

Candidate's conviction quashed

lotto ticket Local govt candidate successfully appeals conviction for assault of shopkeeper over Lotto ticket.

Nats persist with new labour law

National has quickly pushed ahead with controversial changes to employment law.

Boy injured falling out of tree

$10m to protect Upper Hutt from flooding

Police

Minister: No need to arm all police

Police minister bats away a call to arm all police after a standoff in Waikato.

Inflation under control

inflation Lower than expected inflation raises the possibility of rate rises being delayed. | Kiwi flies lower

250 jobs possible

New milk powder dryers at Fonterra's Studholme site will generate hundreds of jobs for South Canterbury.

Auckland Airport sticks to forecast

Infinity boss steps down

Auction competitor

Bidding to be champion

Auctioneers hoping to be crowned Australasian champion gathered in Auckland, spinning colourful phrases to get the bids rolling in.

NZ ready if Ebola strikes: Coleman

stethoscope Risk of the disease reaching NZ is remote, but we should be prepared for the worst, minister says.

Thanks for the chocolate fish

If you're PM, what do you give the woman who has everything - including a plum job in New York?

Unnatural selection

Focussing the message

John Key

NZ security clampdown

Parliament tightens security in wake of shooting at Canada's parliament in Ottawa today.

Opening is about symbolism

Beehive Credit where it's due, our politicians certainly got into the spirit of pomp and pageantry that marks the opening of Parliament.

PM only when he wants to be

Prime Minister John Key apparently morphed into "the leader of the National Party" the minute he heard Cameron Slater's voice.

Editorial | Opposition vital to good government

WMDs have the last laugh

liquor

Charting a course to inner-city vibrancy

Reducing opening hours for both on and off-licences would not damage the "vibrancy" of Wellington. It would, however, reduce the carnage.

Demons and redemption

Justin Townes Earle, son of Steve Earle, talks about the recurring role of his parents in his music.

Anything is funny

South African comedian Trevor Noah talks about making people laugh and why it's hard to be a funny man.

World at her feet

Hot for the hits

Aloe Blacc

Playlist: October 24 - 30

The Playlist is your weekly online guide to gigs, live comedy, theatre, dance, classical, opera, galleries and museums.

Biru, onegaishimasu!

beer blog "Biru, onegaishimasu!"

Stockcars gearing up

Back in the day, the Wellington Wildcats dominated stockcar racing nationally - and they may do so again.

Soda shop goes southern

Donkey tipped for prize

Cardboard desks

Cardboard desks earn $43,000 and rising

Kickstarter for "Refold" cardboard desks has earned $43,490 in backing, with 20 days still to go.

Batsmen need to prove worth

Jimmy Neesham It's sink or swim time for NZ's newest opening pair, as the country's batting depth faces a torrid examination.

Funding bid to upgrade Basin

The Basin Reserve Trust and Cricket Wellington close to formal funding bid for refurbishment of iconic ground.

ABs depth key, says Deans

Garden-Bachop rising up ranks

Tana Umaga

Japanese bid hits snag

Sanzar's partners understood to have second thoughts about Tokyo-based team entering the competition.

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