Safety laws must be 'workable' 

Prime Minister John Key says ministers will look closely at workplace health and safety law changes to ensure they are workable.

Health and safety law changes prompted by the Pike River tragedy are set to be watered down.

Killer culpable - Crown

Ezy Cash Takanini workers Paul Fanning and Paul Matthews were killed last year. Zarn Tarapata has pleaded not guilty to their murder.

Man who stabbed two pawn shop workers was in meth-induced psychosis, court told.

Council cordoned off  video

Police at the scene of a series assault at the back entrance of Hamilton City Council as seen from Wintec on Anglesea Street.

One man is in serious condition following a brutal assault in Hamilton just after 3pm. 

More freezing nights ahead

Snow at Sir Michael Hill's Arrowtown property.

More bitterly cold nights are on the way, following a wintry blast that spread snow as far as Napier.

Accused keeps suppression

Emergency services at the scene of the stabbing.

Man charged with stabbing an international student gets more time to tell his family of charges.

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crime

Pawn shop killer culpable - Crown

Ezy Cash Takanini workers Paul Fanning and Paul Matthews were killed last year. Zarn Tarapata has pleaded not guilty to their murder.

Man who stabbed two pawn shop workers was in meth-induced psychosis, court told.

Meth bust at Auckland Airport

Tourists charged with bringing $12 million of meth into Auckland Airport.

Murder accused keeps suppression

Convicted murderer's appeals thrown out

politics

ACT rejects Maurice Williamson

Maurice Williamson, pictured last year.

ACT closes the door on a potential defection from National MP Maurice Williamson.

Nats' super 'squeeze'- Little

Labour leader Andrew Little accuses National of leaving a "major superannuation squeeze" for future governments to fix.

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Launch at Parliament of the new look NZ Passport design.
Annette Offenberger, GM Identity Services at Internal Affairs shows the new look design with Rick Barker in the  backround.

Passports back to 10 years

Passports will be valid for 10 years from the end of this year and cost $180, Peter Dunne has confirmed.

education

Boy climbs onto school roof

Police visit Mt Richmond Special School after reports of a young boy on the school roof.

A special needs boy has been taken to hospital after climbing onto a roof and throwing objects.

'Pure bullies' exist - and they get meaner

Almost one-in-ten teens is a "pure bully" and for many the outlook is not good - but neither is it for their victims.

CCTV and razor wire at Rimutaka Prison, Upper Hutt, New Zealand, Thursday, June 03, 2010. Credit:NZPA / Ross Setford

Student loans for prisoners on the up

The number of prisoners to receive a student loan for tertiary study at Manawatu Prison has been increasing but numbers remain low.

health

Man 'woke up' with incurable eye disease

Cambridge man Peter Lewis was diagnosed with macular degeneration at the end of 2013, at just 46-years-old. A leading ophthalmologist said simple dietary changes could help save thousands of New Zealanders' sight every year.

A Cambridge man speaks of the morning he woke up with macular degeneration, an incurable eye disease.

Morrinsville mum fights back

Natalee Lawson has gone from fighting in the boxing ring to fighting for her life.

The family of Nicky Stevens, his brother Tony, father Dave and mother Jane.

'He may have been found alive'

The family of Nicky Stevens believe their son may have been found alive had police acted sooner.

farming

Wallaby problem spreading

A South Canterbury wallaby.

South Canterbury's wallaby population has reached alarming proportions.

Move away from radiata pine

Forestry experts are encouraging landowners to use recently announced forestry grants to plant trees other than radiata pine.

More money will be invested in encouraging young people into the primary sector.

$7.5m over next two years

More money will be spent to encourage jobs, investment and high tech farming systems in the primary sector.

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