Precious memories returned

Deborah Wall holds a photo album containing photos of her late mother, Jean, 30 years after the family heirloom was left in a van abandoned in Christchurch.

Family photo album found in van abandoned 30 years ago claimed by late owner's daughter.

Dog abuse cases rising

SPCA Canterbury canine quarantine attendant Dayle McDonald transports a litter of rottweiler cross puppies that were abandoned in a box in a park.

8:34 AM  SPCA horrified at case of two dogs left so hungry they ate a third dog which had starved to death.

Teacher aide breaks cop's nose

Blenheim District Court

8:23 AM  A man who fractured a police officer's nose is deeply embarrassed by his behaviour, his lawyer says.

More rain for most

Tuesday's flooding in Greenlane, Auckland, caused by heavy rain. Another downpour was due for Wednesday.

8:20 AM  Wet weather, and possible thunderstorms, for Wednesday.

Chimp undergoes ear op video

The procedure to address the nasty ear infection is likely to be the last chance to save Cara the chimp's hearing.

Wellington Zoo's Cara the chimp is recovering after an ear operation to save her hearing.

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crime

Car crashes onto rocks

The Thames Coast Rd has seen many people crash into the water or onto the beach over the year.

8:43 AM  Man shaken after car plunges three metres down onto rocks near Thames.

Stab victim could have been killed

8:28 AM  A man was dragged from a house bus and stabbed several times in the head and neck in a possible case of mistaken identity.

Teacher aide breaks cop's nose

Police officer injured in attack

politics

Flag: Has the tide turned? video

The government's Flag Consideration panel has chosen four from the 10,292 alternative designs.

OPINION: Now we've got something to love or hate, Kiwis are finally showing some passion about the flag.

NZ's emission plan 'inadequate'

New Zealand and Australia defend plans to cut greenhouse gas emissions, citing unusually high costs.

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Chat recap: Key on the flag

A new flag yes, but a new national anthem might be more than the Prime Minister can handle.

education

Student took rude picture of teacher

Mobile phones using the Optus network in Queensland suddenly switched to daylight saving time overnight, giving many people an unexpectedly early start.

A student who took an upskirt picture of his female teacher has returned to school.

Redcliffs closure decision delayed

Education Minister Hekia Parata won't decide on Redcliffs School closure until term 4.

Four classrooms at South Westland Area School were damaged in a fire on Thursday night, thought to have started at a clothes dryer.

Coast school opens after fire

A remote West Coast school damaged by a fire last week has reopened.

health

Surgery assessments refused

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8:22 AM  Thousands of patients have stumbled at the first hurdle on their way to surgery during the past five years. 

Circumcision cut costly

The number of circumcisions has decreased in the Waikato, with many people put off by the cost.

Reba Pottinger and daughter Michaela Pottinger, 16, both of Invercargill.

Girl back on track after eye scare

An Invercargill mum says a simple eye test might have saved her daughter's vision after she was diagnosed with a rare condition.

Women of Influence

A very unplanned career

"I'd have every child in New Zealand growing up with the kind of opportunities I had, that would be brilliant," says Fran Wilde.

Former Wellington mayor and Labour MP Fran Wilde was the local and regional winner in 2013.

Advice to your teenage self video

If you could go back in time, what advice would you give to your teenage self?

2014 Emerging Leader winner Althea Carbon

'Push out of your comfort zone'

Young corporate lawyer Althea Carbon is passionate about using digital innovation to help charities.

farming

Dairy prices continue to rise

Price rises were backed by 166 participating bidders trading 35,865 metric tonnes of dairy product.

7:25 AM  Dairy prices lift 10.9 per cent in Fonterra GlobalDairyTrade auction.

Curly a godsend for widow

A widowed dairy farmer says she's felt blessed to have a visit from goodwill jogger Grant Jacobs.

Farmers are frustrated at increased poaching on their land.

Poaching increasing

Sheep farmer bemused at the sentencing of a helicopter pilot caught poaching on his property.

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