Boss warned her not to drive

The Blenheim District Court.

Their night started with after-work drinks, and ended with a fatal car crash.

Kiwi 'kidnapped' in Rio

Kiwi Jason Lee: "I don't think I've ever felt like I could possibly die."

Kiwi athlete forced into unmarked car by armed police, made to withdraw money.

Children in house of horror gallery

Bedroom floors were smeared with human and dog faeces at a filthy rental home in Richmond, near Nelson.

When the family left owing 10 weeks' rent, the landlord discovered the sickening extent of the filth they lived in.

Toddler shooting charge

Police investigate outside the Favona Rd home in Mangere where a two-year-old-girl was shot dead.

A man now faces a manslaughter charge over the fatal shooting of a two-year-old.

Fatal house fire in Manawatu video

An Ashhurst man died after a fire at his Wyndham St house on Monday morning. The Fire Service is investigating the cause.

A man has died after a house fire in Ashhurst, near Palmerston North.

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'We have not done a good enough job'

Bedroom floors were smeared with human and dog faeces at a filthy rental home in Richmond, near Nelson. CYF has since ...

Child, Youth and Family admit its assessment of family living in squalor was inadequate.

Where are all the tradies?

Laser Electrical Blenheim managing director Brendon Adams says there is a nationwide shortage of skilled tradespeople.

"All you can do is poach from someone else and that doesn't fix the problem, it's robbing Peter to pay Paul."

Food, jelly and theatre video

The students describe their art as an "experiential culinary experience".

Student duo the only New Zealanders selected for prestigious Sydney Design Festival.

Facebook threat at 'low end of scale'

The Blenheim District Court.

His offending was not as serious as cases involving explicit videos and images posted online, judge says.

Petition to save Salisbury grows

A petition to save Salisbury School from closure has gained 950 supporters within four days.

Families say the school provided a uniquely inclusive, supportive environment for their children.

Hundreds of teachers investigated

Over 18 months, 568 teacher conduct reports were referred from the Teachers Council and Education Council to the ...

Complaints against 500 investigated over 18 months, and eight were struck off.

Gang member sentenced

The Palmerston North courthouse

Dannevirke's only Black Power member will be confined to his house for almost a year for driving offences.

PM: McClay 'dancing on head of a pin'

Trade Minister Todd McClay has asked for a full review of the broader issues.

John Key has publicly reprimanded Trade Minister Todd McClay after he downplayed China trade retaliation fears.

Rapist jailed

The Invercargill District Court.

A Southland man found guilty of rape has been jailed for seven years.

Decomposing body identity revealed

The body of Socksay Chansy was discovered in an Auckland reserve on Saturday morning.

Man was believed to have been sleeping rough after returning from overseas.

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crime

Shooting video makers sought

Police at the scene where an armed man was shot by police in Rotorua.

5:26 PM  Police are seeking the men who made the video widely aired of the police shooting in Rotorua.

Stabbing in Hamilton video

5:19 PM  A Hamilton man has been stabbed.

Offender on run for a month

Trial for indecent assault accused begins

politics

NZ's 'predator-free' target

Rats, possums and stoats kill 25 million of native birds every year, said PM John Key.

The government is planning to eradicate the country of all pests threatening native birds by 2050.

Key: Don't write Clark off

Former New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark is ranked at the middle of a total 12 candidates so far in the UN ...

John Key says UN security council members are wrong to vote "tactically" against Helen Clark.

Mallard to vacate Hutt South

Trevor Mallard would like the Labour Party to look for his successor as soon as possible.

Labour's Trevor Mallard to leave his post as electorate MP as he aims for the Speaker's chair.

Corrections 'failing Maori'

Tom Hemopo, a probation officer for almost 30 years, says the Crown need to set a target for Maori reoffending rates.

A retired probation officer says Corrections needs a dramatic culture change to reduce Maori reoffending.

education

Maths tutoring top-up

Students in need get half-price maths tutoring sessions through a business sponsorship programme.

"I just wanted to be able to help somebody else's children," says sponsor.

A gourmet lunch delivery scheme to kids in need is in full swing

Tumanako Winiata-Neho, 6, looks up to Darth Vader after receiving his free lunch.

Superhero chef Ben 'Diggy' Atkinson drops in on low-decile schools armed with healthy lunches.

Student hostels selling for millions

University students.

 A portfolio of three Wellington halls of residence, including two leased by Victoria University of Wellington, is up for grabs with an estimated worth of $44 million.

'Kids miss out in teacher turf war'

Teaching is a noble profession but as always, politics comes into it.

Opinion: Former Labour Prime Minister Peter Fraser believed that "every person, whatever his level of academic ability, whether he be rich or poor, whether he live in town or country, has a right as a citizen, to a free education of the kind for which he is best fitted, and to the fullest extent of his powers."

health

Competition for Maori and Pasifika to address obesity

Shane Ruwhiu exercises with a taiaha as part of the Ka Mau Te Wehi competition for Maori and Pasifika.

A competition has been launched to help reduce obesity rates in Maori and Pacific people.

A glass a day can cause cancer

A review of the evidence shows even a glass or two of wine a day can be harmful to long-term health.

There is no safe level of drinking, says an Otago University researcher.

Cancer patients wait for treatment

SDHB commissioner Kathy Grant.

Cancer treatment wait times coming down, SDHB commissioner says.

Last call for Lifeline Marlborough

Lifeline Marlborough regional branch manager Vienna Cassidy says she is worried calls will go unanswered as a result of ...

Regional counselling service to close on Friday after 32 years in the community.

women of influence

Quiz: Women of Influence 2016

190912 News photo: Supplied/Matamata Chronicle. Kate Sheppard.

How much do you know about the history of women in this country?

Women of Influence: Pip Greenwood

Russell McVeagh partner Pip Greenwood says although there's a long way to go, it's exciting times ahead for women in ...

2015 finalist, Pip Greenwood, is a passionate advocate for workplace/boardroom diversity and equality.

Why should women be recognised? video

Karyn Thompson, Narelle Ngaluafe (for Parris Goebel), Vicky Robertson, Linda Jenkinson, Victoria Spackman, Joan Withers, ...

While more women are taking up leadership roles, there is still a long way for equality to be achieved in NZ.

Women of Influence: Jen Crawford

Jen Crawford, a partner at national law firm, Anderson Lloyd, was a finalist in the Arts & Culture category of Women of ...

Jen Crawford is committed to the rebuild of Christchurch, with governance experience in this area. 

farming

McClay 'dancing on head of a pin'

Trade Minister Todd McClay has asked for a full review of the broader issues.

John Key has publicly reprimanded Trade Minister Todd McClay after he downplayed China trade retaliation fears.

Fairy dust dries up on farms

Landscape farmed by Outstandingly Nice Landowners.

Opinion: The fairytale of farming doesn't always have a happy ever after ending.

Disease clips ewe pregnancies

Newborn lambs in a paddock near Palmerston North.

Fewer lambs might be born as a result of facial eczema takes its toll on on ewes.

Hundreds of bee hives stolen

The thieves probably knew what they were doing when they stole 200 colonies of bees in the last fortnight

Beehive owners stung by theft of one million bees in Northland, with a warning such thefts are on the up.

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