Home for Christmas

SURGERY SUCCESS: The horrendous scars show the extent of the surgery carried out on Milan last week.

8:12 AM  After undergoing her second brain surgery, Milan Ellis, 4, hopes to be home for Christmas.

Otara death: Woman arrested

TRAGEDY: The police have cordoned off the scene at Fisher Cr in Otara where a person was found dead in a driveway after a 21st birthday party.

8:48 AM  Police arrest second person following the death of 24-year-old man at a South Auckland birthday party.

Too drunk to drive

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Dozens of drivers fall foul of lower drink-driving limit - some on way to work next morning.

Where's the fine Xmas weather?

SUNNY SKIES: It may not quite be beach weather today, but a glimpse of the sun will warm spirits.

7:34 AM  A fine day is in store for most today but the outlook for Christmas Day is mixed.

Veteran aviator crashes in trees

A microlight plane is wedged into a line of trees after crash landing on Saturday at Hilderthorpe, north of Oamaru.

Pilot suffers serious leg injuries after crashing into trees and landing on top of a live electric fence.

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crime

Otara death: Woman arrested

TRAGEDY: The police have cordoned off the scene at Fisher Cr in Otara where a person was found dead in a driveway after a 21st birthday party.

8:48 AM  Police have arrested a second person following the death of a 24-year-old man at a South Auckland birthday party.

Too drunk to drive

Dozens of drivers fall foul of lower drink-driving limit - some on way to work next morning.

'Casino bouncers attacked me'

Arrest over 21st stabbing gallery video

politics

Influencing from the outside

DIRTY POLITICS: The moment Nicky Hager made a ho hum election campaign a little more interesting.

OPINION: 2014 brought out the worst, rather than the best in our politicians. So, instead, here are seven individuals that shaped politics from outside the Beehive.

Merry, merry, merry...

For three days Labour leader Andrew Little shut himself in a room and set about writing a personal message in 450 different Christmas cards.

WAR ON PESTS: Conservation Minister Maggie Barry supports trapping and poisoning pests as essential tools to save the kiwi.

Traps, 1080, 'vital to save kiwi'

Trapping and killing pests in your own back yard is "just what you have to do", Conservation Minister Maggie Barry says.

education

Woolston embraces merger

BRIGHT AND BREEZY: Woolston School acting principal Ruth Stuart says the 150-year-old school has been through many changes.

Woolston School has seen its final days before it merges with Phillipstown next year.

Finding out how children think when using iPads

A research project into how children think when they use iPads has been given a funding boost.

School student

Not enough men

The number of male teachers in NZ continues to decline despite attempts to fix the imbalance.

health

Home for Christmas

CHRISTMAS CHEER: Days after waking from brain surgery at Starship children's hospital, Lower Hutt four-year-old Milan Ellis is eager to get home by Christmas Day.

8:12 AM  After undergoing her second brain surgery, Milan Ellis, 4, hopes to be home for Christmas.

The gift of hearing

Olive and Allan Taylor are finally hearing each other after years of inaudible conversation.

HOPE: Andrew Hunt, pictured with his wife Marie and children Jesse and Samuel faces limited time with his family unless a new form of stem cell treatment can reverse his deterioration from multiple sclerosis.

Hunt after cure for MS

Andrew Hunt is betting his life on a high-risk, brutal and unproven medical treatment on the other side of the world.

farming

Less gassy cows to arrive

STEP RIGHT UP: Cows calmly wait their turn in the queue to be milked by the Lely Astronaut A4 robotic milking system.

Gassy cows could soon be far more pleasant to be around - especially for the environment.

Green ambitions inspired

Environmental forum sets a Taranaki woman on a path to remind people caring for the environment is everyone's responsibility.

Dipton Lincoln wool growers, from left, Neville and Nigel Beer and PGG Wrightson Southland wool representative Lawrence Paskell reflect on the deal with a Japanese company.

Wool deal coup

Southland family celebrating after signing a potentially unique deal with a Japanese wool buyer.