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Auckland Grammar 'let down' by teacher Simon Toon's indecency

Auckland Grammar teacher Simon Toon, who was caught masturbating in a classroom, downloaded porn when employed at King's College.

NCEA pass rates - By the numbers

What's the deal with NCEA pass rates?

Pebbles Hooper: Ashburton deaths were 'natural selection'

Gossip writer Pebbles Hooper suggests the death of a mum and her three children in Ashburton was "natural selection".

Editorial: Cops must stop arguing and write a cheque

OPINION: Tight-fisted police need to face up to their responsibilities to the victim of a botched motorway shoot-out.

Johnsonville stabbing victim Noel Hudson Garratt 'touched lives'

Man stabbed to death in Wellington, allegedly by a woman, was a strong and active believer in Jesus Christ.

Richard Neville to sue police for $1.4m after being shot in crossfire

After being used as a 'human shield' in a fatal shootout on a city motorway, Richard Neville is suing police for $1.4 million.

Pair arrested after serious assault in Nelson

 A man is critically injured in hospital after an overnight assault in Nelson.

A Time and a Place: the train

The Sunday Star-Times' weekly slice of everyday life

Twins' 'energy and goodness' remembered

Twin sisters Laura and Sophie Langston spent last night side by side watching movies.

Excitement building for Super Rugby final in Wellington

Rugby fans leave home now if you don't want to miss kick-off.

Improving school: We're not fiddling the figures

Is it fair to criticise schools whose scores are inflated by struggling students pulling out of NCEA tests? No, says James Cook High School.

Walker falls in Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park

A rock climber has been airlifted from Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park after slipping on ice.

Police investigate death of baby in Christchurch

The forensic examination is expected to take up to four days.

Spate of crashes on 'slippery roads' in Waikato

Police attend several minor crashes on wet roads across the region.

Government under pressure to regulate boarding houses

Overcrowded and unsanitary boarding houses have been put on notice: clean up your act or face closure.

Barking dogs guide searchers to hunter's body

Barking dogs alert searchers, who find body of "loving and laughable" hunter at bottom of cliff.

Helen Clark says women are still being held back by 'family duties'

Helen Clark's handshake is still cast iron strong; the self-confidence still supremely intact.

Woman found dead in Dunedin named

Vicki Lee Warington, 48, was found dead at a Dunedin house on Friday.

NCEA results 'manipulation' an abuse of the system

The NCEA results of some 'miracle schools' are not what they seem.

Huntly man returns home after two day disappearance

A Waikato man missing for two days has returned home and police say he is "okay".

Ashburton mum Cindy George was a 'strong woman'

Ashburton's Mormon community is rallying around to organise funerals for family found dead on Thursday.

Flashback: DC3 crashes in Kaimai Ranges in 1963

Flight 441 slammed explosively into a rock face in 1963 and for 15 years was our worst air disaster.

Zealandia celebrates 20 years of conservation

Karori wildlife sanctuary marks 20-year milestone with a weekend of celebrations.

Motueka High School reconsiders uniform after outcry on puffer ban

Motueka High agrees to talk to teens after high-profile dispute over puffer jacket ban.

Three hurt by Air New Zealand jet blast in Rarotonga

Three people hospitalised after being blown over by blast from Air New Zealand jet engine in Rarotonga.

Truck on fire in Levin

Firefighters on way to truck blaze on SH57 could see the black smoke as they left the station.

NZ Post buggie trial a hit with posties and the public

People were so keen to chat about the new postal cars, posties had to get creative with their excuses.

Grant Looker back from the brink of death

Cancer was expected to kill this Taranaki dad within days of his daughter's wedding, but he fought back - and won.

Remy Wiffen funeral: Parents 'dreamed of their son as a towering man'

Toddler's service marked with party parents never got to throw for him.

Macular degeneration eye disease not slowing a Timaru woman down

 Doreen Grubb is determined not to give up sewing and craft, even if she is losing her sight.

'We genuinely like each other', says NZ First trio

One of the most distinctive features of the new NZ First caucus is the trio of young new MPs.

Auckland tramper found in Coromandel bush

A personal locator beacon helped teams find a missing tramper in Coromandel bush.

Creative flare on show during Waikato Culinary Fare

Secondary school students got their creative juices flowing at the annual Waikato Culinary Fare.

Johnsonville stabbing charges heard at woman's hospital bedside

Woman, 25, to be held in hospital until next court appearance.

Man dead after Auckland crash

A man is dead after his car crashed on a busy Auckland road during rush hour.

Auckland dog starved on diet of noodles

An Auckland man has been found guilty of animal abuse after his dog was found almost starved to death on a diet of noodles.

Old school properties in a class of their own

Fancy a decent block of land in the country, complete with character (and possibly relocatable) buildings, a netball/tennis court, playground and possibly a swimming pool?

Researchers study sewage in hunt for drugs

University researchers are drug testing all Aucklanders, and without the need for their consent.

Friendly ghost haunts Okato pub - makes pictures crooked

Stony River Hotel has a suspected ghost living in the 140-year-old building.

Convicted double-killer Scott Watson denied parole

Scott Watson turned down in first parole hearing after serving 17 years for the murder of Olivia Hope and Ben Smart.

New "property mogul" scheme claims to be New Zealand crowdfunding first

New scheme offering investors shares in residential property from as little as $1000.

Ashburton deaths a 'tragic, terrible accident', says top cop

Ashburton mother Cindy George and her three young children could have died up to a week ago, police say.

Teacher caught in lewd act in class revealed as being from Auckland Grammar

Auckland teacher who masturbated in classroom to pornography at lunch time was from Auckland Grammar

Wellington drug trial collapses, days into six-week hearing

What was supposed to be a six-week trial has been abandoned in the first week.

Ron Mark new NZ First deputy

Former NZ First deputy leader Tracey Martin puts support behind Ron Mark, who has taken over the role.

Two new housing areas in south Auckland to provide 1800 homes

New developments at Drury and by Glenbrook steel mill will provide hundreds more homes, government says.

Meth worth $28,000 seized in North Canterbury raid

An ounce of methamphetamine with a street value of $28,000 was seized after police raided a Kaiapoi home.

More than one in five Auckland homes is being sold within two years

More than one in five properties in Auckland are sold within two years of purchase, a government analysis has found.

BullionBuyer gold trader sentenced to prison

An Auckland gold trader has been sentenced to nearly four years prison for stealing from clients.
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