Fire crews in race against gales

Helicopters were in the air early on Thursday to continue the fight against a forest fire raging in Marlborough.

10:02 AM  Fire crews stage early push to contain raging Marlborough blaze ahead of forecast severe gales.

Kiwi outsmarts 6 million kids

Twizel's Joshua Toon, 8, was the top year 3 pupil in the world in the World Education Games.

Twizel's Joshua Toon can make a claim to being the smartest 8-year-old in the world.

Gas stop saves kitten's life

SPCA chief executive Ric Odom cradles the kitten he discovered wedged in the back wheel of his motorbike.

9:26 AM  A tiny tabby kitten hitched a ride in the wheel of the SPCA boss' motorcycle.

Fox Glacier recovery bid video

Two helicopters headed up with teams on board at 6am on Thursday.

9:09 AM  Crews make early return to fatal Fox Glacier helicopter crash site, but still no idea where bodies are.

'This is it' - machete victim

Millie Ludwig watched in horror as her partner Jordan tried to stop the bleeding from his arm after he was attacked with a machete.

A Hamilton man attacked with a machete remembers the 'chop' as the blade struck his arm.

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Stranger bashed outside cinema

4 min ago  Police say a man was left with "significant facial injuries" after an assault on Courtenay Place.

'This is it' - machete victim

A Hamilton man attacked with a machete remembers the "chop" as the blade struck his arm.

Repeat partner-beater jailed

'Bomb' cordon lifted video


Dunne: 'Negative' Labour set in

UnitedFuture leader Peter Dunne says it's National, led by Prime Minister John Key, who are showing "boldness'' in politics these days.

10:01 AM  Peter Dunne has had a dig at Labour for "losing its soul''. * What do you think? Take our poll.

Core bureaucrats cut by 474

A big reduction in government administration staff is highlighted after Treasury blow out.

The Department of Corrections has taken over the running of Mt Eden prison from private operator Serco.

Serco goes to court

Serco says it hasn't had enough time to respond to a report into allegations at Mt Eden prison.


Speaking up for adult learners

Nelson's Nathan Hockey and Jeanie Raffills are travelling to Wellington to speak at a select committee about dyslexia.

The organisers of a Nelson-run dyslexia course will present information to Parliament about the needs of adults with the condition. 

School closure confirmed

Staff and students at Turakina Maori Girls' College are "devastated" by news of closure.

Incoming Mount Albert Grammar principal Patrick Drumm is excited to get back to the community of his childhood.

Homecoming for new MAGS principal

After 13 years at Mount Albert Grammar School Dale Burden is leaving and his replacement is raring to go.


Living with HIV is not a death sentence

Sophie Jayawardene is an advocate for people living with HIV/AIDS.

9:16 AM  ¬†Sophie Jayawardene has dedicated her life to people living with HIV to break down the stigma and discrimination.

Call for child 'protection teams'

A child is admitted to hospital with inflicted injuries every second day.

The Nelson Marlborough District Health Board is developing a policy on filming and recording in hospitals.

Privacy concerns prompt camera policy

8:41 AM  The Nelson Marlborough DHB is developing a policy on using cameras in hospitals to protect patient and staff privacy.

Women of Influence

Being a woman in a man's world video

Joan Withers had little time to contemplate her award as Westpac Women of Influence supreme winner, going straight into a Mighty River Power shareholder's meeting the next day.

Girls in low-decile schools lack the role models to inspire them to success, says the award-winning business leader.

Why women start business

Sarah Lin wanted freedom and flexibility when she started her 3D printing company.

Winners of the Women of Influence awards 2015.

2015 winners

Businesswoman Joan Withers is named the supreme winner at this year's Women of Influence awards.


Winemakers delight at super soils

Pyramid Valley vineyard, North Canterbury, showing the four discrete grape-growing plots set among the arid landscape.

Scientists are helping winemakers understand their soils in order to tell their stories.

Wetland restored to health

A wetland on a Horowhenua dairy farm could be the first of more to come.

Fonterra chairman John Wilson told farmer shareholders at the co-operative's Waitoa annual meeting that the board plans to consult with them from early next year on a review.

Loud call to cut Fonterra board

Bid to cut Fonterra's large board size gets strong support - despite failing.

Staff at Starship Hospital use simulation-based training to get the best results for patients.


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