The Christmas gang

Aimie Cronin - Waikato Times

Nine days till Christmas and in Ngaruawahia, Santa has already come.

Teen 93rd to swim across Strait

NEIL RATLEY - The Dominion Post

The sun was shining, the water cold, when Anna Plunkett, 17, began swimming Cook Strait.

'Brainiac' parrot put to the test

OLIVIA WANNAN - The Dominion Post

Zealandia's kaka are turning the notion of "bird brain" on its head.

Taliban kill over 140

Riaz Khan

Taliban gunmen storm a Pakistan military-run school, killing at least 141 people, mostly children.

Smoking nearly killed her baby

Joanna Griffiths - The Southland Times

Every time Felicity Holden's baby kicked it reminded her why she gave up smoking.