Bid to lure girl, 12, into car

Police are searching for two men who tried to lure a Havelock North schoolgirl in to a car.

Hawke's Bay police search for two men who pursued girl as she tried to run away.

Thunderstorm and tornado risk

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

9:58 PM  Aucklanders warned of the small chance of a tornado with thunderstorms expected to hit the city.

Killer: Prison like holiday park

Convicted hammer killer Martin Schofield has been sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum parole period of 11 years.

Killer Martin Cranswick Schofield told victim's daughters "he enjoyed prison".

Accused accepts manslaughter

Luke Tipene, 17, died following a street-fight outside a Grey Lynn house.

Defence lawyers for murder-accused Vincent Skeen say he's not guilty of murder.

Murder charges in baby death

Gracie May McSorley suffered injuries equivalent to a high speed crash when she was killed in July, Police say. Charges against Michael Te Kouarehu Kereopa were upgraded to murder in the Porirua District Court on Wednesday morning.

Charges over the death of a Raumati baby have been upgraded to murder

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crime

Bid to lure girl, 12, into car

Police are searching for two men who tried to lure a Havelock North schoolgirl in to a car.

Hawke's Bay police search for two men who pursued girl as she tried to run away.

Defence takes aim at WorkSafe

Paul Robert Burr's lawyer is putting WorkSafe's practices under scrutiny.

Conman gets pay or jail ultimatum

Sexual allegations investigated

politics

Pressure to raise refugee quota

United Future Leader Peter Dunne says New Zealand had a "good history" of responding positively to refugee crises, and should be prepared to play its part now.

More refugees should be allowed to make a new life in NZ, the Government's support parties say. 

What your flag choice says video

"Alternative" types will like the black and white koru, while traditionalists will favour the red, black and silver fern.

Motorists may soon be required by law to give cyclists a 1.5-metre gap when overtaking.

Law to give cyclists space

The Government is considering a law that would require overtaking drivers to give cyclists up to 1.5 metres of space. 

education

Contractor costs will fall - ministry

Labour's education spokesman Chris Hipkins says the Ministry of Education hasn't learnt anything from the Novopay debacle.

Payments for private contractors continue to skyrocket in Government departments.

Student took rude picture of teacher

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

Salisbury School

Salisbury School roll down to two

Only two students are set to be enrolled at Richmond's Salisbury School next year.

health

When will flu season end?

100717 News. Photo: 123RF/stock photo boy blowing nose. influenza cold flu sick unwell cold

Half of your workmates may be off sick but there's some good news about the flu season.

Sex offender might practise again

Christchurch man convicted of sex offences against young boys can reapply for medical registration.

A $3.2m Hospice Waikato project at Hospice Waikato includes a new hub and increased parking space.

Hospice Waikato expands gallery

An 'out of the blue' bequest was a funding cornerstone.

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 still rising

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

But difficult times are far from over for farmers after the second positive dairy auction in a row.

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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