Torrential rain hits

High cloud and a few spots of rain are in store for Christchurch on Wednesday.

9 min ago  Severe weather warning as heavy rain pelts the West Coast causing surface flooding and slips.

First state house sales

Deputy Prime Minister Bill English, and Social Housing Minister Paula Bennett talk about National's housing policies at the Rendezvous in Auckland.

1:16 PM  First sale of hundreds of state houses to community housing providers announced.

Hot car manslaughter

The charges relate to the January 16 death of a 16-month-old, who died after he was left in a car in the Whanganui hospital car park on a hot day.

Woman pleads guilty to manslaughter over the death of a toddler left in a car on a hot day in Whanganui.

AOS callout after man's threats

Armed police have cordoned off areas in Te Puna, Tauranga.

12:19 PM  Roads near Tauranga cordoned off in the search for an "agitated" man with a weapon.

Axe murderer denied parole

John Frederick Ericson was convicted of his wife's murder in April 2000 and sentenced to life in prison after admitting the charge.

12:02 PM  Claims cocktail of drugs cause of murder fail to convince Parole Board.

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Ryder assaulted for being 'tight'

Jesse Ryder speaks to the media during the Super 8 Boxing Press Conference at City Boxing on March 25, 2015 in Auckland, New Zealand

11 min ago  Jesse Ryder assault was a "run-of-the-mill matter" prompted by his attackers calling him tight and mean-spirited, court hears.

Jury retires in Huntly murder trial

12:54 PM  Jury asked to decide if murder accused was acting in self-defence or as an aggressor when he fatally stabbed a Huntly man.

AOS callout after man's threats

Axe murderer denied parole


First state house sales planned

Deputy Prime Minister Bill English, and Social Housing Minister Paula Bennett talk about National's housing policies at the Rendezvous in Auckland.

1:16 PM  Invercargill and Tauranga look set to be the sites of first sale of hundreds of state houses to community housing providers.

Beehive Live: Members' day

It's a full day - a maiden speech, select Committees and members' bills are all on the cards.

Phones would be installed in cells for prisoners to make calls to prearranged numbers, and computers would be available to increase education and skills.

Phones, computers for cells

Inmates around NZ could have phones and computers put in their cells if the innovation proves a success at the new Wiri correctional facility.


Key role for Wellington principal

Former Wellington High principal Prue Kelly.

11:52 AM  Prue Kelly, of Wellington High School, will pick teachers in Government's flagship education policy.

Poverty makes learning hard

NZEI says poverty damaging the education of thousands of children. 

New Riwaka School principal Fraser Campbell

Nine new principals for Nelson region

A tide is turning in Nelson-Tasman schools, with nine principals being replaced this year.


Groups to be limited in euthanasia case

Lecretia Seales has an inoperable brain tumour and is trying to clarify the law on having medical help to die.

Judge in assisted dying test case to set limits on access to evidence for the special interest groups involved.

Surgeon's 'sorry' to dead patient's family

Son of a man who died on the operating table gets an apology from the doctor, but not the hospital.

Angela Hong with her daughter Renee Tom believes more Asian mums in New Zealand should use Plunket.

Plunket's plan for Asian mums

For the past year Plunket has been working on a strategy for Asian mothers aimed at all cultures stretching from Japan to Afghanistan.


Fonterra's auction prices fall again

A screen from the GlobalDairyTrade auction website showing recent trends.

Farming leader calls on Reserve Bank to get its act together as Fonterra's GlobalDairyTrade auction prices fall again.

Genetics the best beef answer

New Zealand is in serious trouble with its beef industry, according to angus breeder Gerald Hargreaves.

Dry areas of the country are given little chance of above average rainfall in the next few months.

Gloomy rainfall outlook

1:08 PM  There was plentiful April rain for some dry areas but the outlook remains gloomy for parched north Canterbury farms.

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