January drownings nearly double

With 18 drownings overall this month - up from 10 at the same time last year - safety leaders are concerned.

Auckland Nines fanzone buzzing

Hundreds of fans swarm the NRL Nines fanzone ahead of the Warriors scheduled appearance this afternoon.

Russel Norman: The reluctant leader

1:39pm At first a reluctant leader, later a political tour de force; over a nine-year tenure as co-leader Russel Norman has transformed the Greens from a six-member minor party to the third largest in parliament.

National MP Mike Sabin quits

2:09pm National MP Mike Sabin has resigned, citing personal reasons.

'Can't wrap kids in cotton wool'

People 'quick to judge'

Parents of a child who fell more than 7m off a rock near Blenheim, say their son was just being a boy.

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