Dogs really can smell a dirty rat

rat dogs Rodent sniffer-dogs get to work to hunt out rats in pest-free conservation sites.

Neighbours relieved arson eyesore is going

allenby tce Grant Lyon was looking out his bathroom window the last time he spotted the neighbouring property on fire.

Rotavirus rampant

preschool A rotavirus outbreak has prompted public health officials to urge parents to keep sickly children at home.

Tempests to mark end to election

Umbrella Election officials are confident all results will be through by 11.30pm tonight.

School lunches 'harm kids'

school lunch, eating School canteens are selling foods high in fat and sugar which experts believe are harming children's health.

Drink-driving numbers tumble

The number of us prepared to drink and drive plummeted in past five years, but there are still pockets bucking the trend.

Beer for defeated Scottish expats

NZ not immune to Ebola

Scots vote no to independence

Supporters of Scottish independence react with bitter disappointment as hopes of breaking away from UK are dashed.

Pro-independence leader Alex Salmond resigns

Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond says he will step down from his post and as leader of the Scottish National Party (SNP) after the country voted against independence in a historic referendum.

Queen calls for unity after Scotland vote

'Happy' singers sentenced in Iran

'Day of Destiny' as Scotland votes

It's D-Day for the United Kingdom as 4.2 million Scottish voters go to the polls.

Life story: Community-minded 'Nan'

Nan Wright "Nan" Wright will be remembered as the life and soul of Newtown's Te Ara Hou apartments.

Farm manager had world at his feet

Adam David Hill, hunter: b Invercargill, May 31, 1988; partner of Christine Pink, 2d; d Longwood Forest, Western Southland, April 13, 2013; aged 25.

Purpose, burgers, and help for kids

Fearless, dogged fighter for justice

An unsung musical hero

Johnny Cooper, who died this week, was a modest hero of the New Zealand music scene.

All over bar the voting

key cunliffe Final day of campaign sees angry protests, frantic walkabouts and last-minute appeals to voters. | Key confronted | Polls | Beehive live

PM in protest chaos

Clashes between Mana and National supporters cut short John Key's visit to mall. | A tight race

Young voters neglected

Politicians do funny things

Live: The last hurrah

Selfies, silliness and the occasional protest - all the action from the final hours of the election campaign.

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