Waves close road, hit ferries video

Rough swells in Cook Strait have cancelled ferry sailings and closed roads on Wellington's south coast and in Kaikoura. This photo was taken from Kaikoura.

3:47 PM  Massive storm churns up sea to cause disruption and delays on east coast.

Rabbit stunt misses the point video

Allan the rabbit, who was killed on air.

3:29 PM  OPINION: Raising concerns about how animals are killed for food is fine. Killing a baby rabbit is not.

Survival skills save teen video

Missing Hawera teen Phillip Pierson, 14, was located by a Department of Conservation worker just after 11am.

11 min ago  Hawera teen lost in Egmont National Park spent the night in a bivouac before following river out.

Burglar hurt ‘brave’ neighbour

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A neighbour who tried to stop a burglar's getaway got wedged between a car and a fence.

'Fire rod' testimony challenged

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Defence challenges boy's evidence about being burned with a "fire rod" – a hot poker and spoon – and being made to eat chilli peppers.

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crime

Teacher guilty of indecency in classroom

A court has ruled a teacher guilty of masturbating in a classroom.

1 min ago  Auckland teacher who masturbated in classroom to pornography during school hours found guilty of indecency.

Prowler climbed tree to peer at girls

3:33 PM  A man who climbed a tree to look at girls could not be trusted on home detention, a judge says.

Fearful in their own home

Stranger slashes passenger in head

politics

'I don't want to join ACT'

Former National Party Minister Maurice Williamson doesn't want to join ACT.

2:57 PM  Maurice Williamson breaks silence over ACT rumours, and Judith Collins rejects claims of disunity within National.

Beehive Live: Budget marathon

Budget debate continues, while select committees and other political news should keep the Beehive buzzing today.

Labour's housing spokesman Phil Twyford says land earmarked for housing development includes a cemetery and power substation.

Crown land 'unsuitable'

Claims Crown land tagged to build new Auckland homes includes a cemetery and a power substation that "exploded" in 2013.

education

Long-serving Hagley principal retires

Brent Ingram, principal of Hagley Community College, who is retiring at the end of the year.

16 min ago  Brent Ingram is retiring after 25 years in charge of Hagley Community College.

Band hope to get to the ball on time

For these budding musicians, RockQuest takes precedence over the school ball.

Abortion privacy laws should stay as is

2:26 PM  Current laws around parental notification for termination procedures should stay in place, NZ Family Planning says. 

health

DHB rejects national food contract

Hawke's Bay DHB is first in country to shun a proposed national food service for all health boards.

5 min ago  Board members question logic of flying frozen food to "fruitbowl of the country".

Abortion privacy laws should stay as is

2:26 PM  Current laws around parental notification for termination procedures should stay in place, NZ Family Planning says. 

Lawyer Lecretia Seales has turned to the court to affirm her rights.

Seales 'can't choose time of death'

3:35 PM  Dying lawyer's plea is understandable, but law does not breach her rights, Crown says.

farming

Westland lifts payout prediction

Westland Milk Products hopes its increased nutritional production at its Hokitika site will help provide a better payout for farmers.

Westland retains its payout for 2014-15 season but lifts its prediction for 2015-16

Cattle gallstones stolen

A man has been arrested in Australia and charged with stealing cattle gallstones.

Central Hawke's Bay farmers George Williams and Laura Billings were presented with the Elworthy Environment Award at the deer industry conference in Napier.

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Central Hawke's Bay farmers win the deer industry's Elworthy Environment Award.

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