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crime

Bungled robbery attempt

Will petrol prices take a plunge for the Christmas season?

4:34 PM  Teen's attempt at robbing a Bulls petrol station notable for its naivety and lack of planning, lawyer says.

Phillip Smith escape report

4:20 PM  Lack of information sharing lead to convicted murderer being able to escape to Brazil, initial report finds.

Alleged king hit drops security guard

Flashed by man on scooter

politics

Rena report due today

Salvors at the Rena wreck.

Probe into cargo ship's grounding will come to close with the release of investigators' final report today.

Brownlee's war on jargon

Acronyms go MIA in Defence Force briefing papers as new minister Gerry Brownlee says not on my watch.

TRAFFIC: Christchurch's northern motorway is jammed with early morning commuters.

Roads, public transport cash

$38.7 billion investment in roads, regional networks, public transport and cycleways confirmed by Government.

education

Polytechs eye merger

Aoraki Polytech considers merger with CPIT for financial sustainability.

Errant teachers exposed

Misbehaving teachers will be routinely named and shamed, a disciplinary tribunal has ruled.

RECRUITMENT: Waikato University students Tia Sweet and Scott Martin will take the university message to the beaches in their black van.

Uni student take on beach recruit

A trio of students will pitch Waikato University to their peers on the beaches of Coromandel this summer.

health

Hearty thanks for saviours

Eileen Ormrod thanks the St John ambulance paramedics, Geoff Flaus and Jo Blakeman, who treated her during a cardiac arrest.

Eileen Ormrod was worried about her new bra while a having heart attack that she thought was food poisoning.

Deadly Mansfield undertones?

One man believes infectious disease epidemics cast a shadow over one of NZ's greatest writers.

DETERMINATION: Brooke Murray’s heart has stopped seven times in the past four years.

Heart-stopping moments

A tattoo saying "fall down seven stand up eight" is testimony to 18-year-old's determination.

farming

Many farms 'severely dry'

Niwa drought index.

South Canterbury dry land dairy farmers are prepared for a difficult season figures suggest the region has dried out.

Fines for spray drift

Horizons Regional Council issues fines after chemicals sprayed on field drifted over neighbouring property.

Quad bike, 4wd

Drunk farmer dies in crash

Coroner says alcohol a factor in the death of Andrew Baxter in a 'violent' quad bike crash.