Spike in water deaths

DEADLY BEACHES: Of 18 deaths in New Zealand this month, 15 were men. Eight were beach deaths, compared with just one the same time last year.

1:00 PM  With 18 drownings overall this month - up from 10 at the same time last year - safety leaders are concerned.

Auckland abuzz over Nines

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - JANUARY 16: (L-R) Manu Vatuvei, Shaun Johnson and Sam Tomkins pose for a portrait following during the New Zealand Warriors NRL Nines team announcement at Eden Park on January 16, 2015 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images)

12:40 PM  Hundreds of fans swarm the NRL Nines fanzone keen to see the Warriors.

The reluctant leader

1:39 PM  Over nine years Russel Norman transformed the Greens from minnow to third largest prty in parliament.

National MP Mike Sabin quits

NOT TALKING: MP Mike Sabin.

1:24 PM  National MP Mike Sabin has resigned, citing personal reasons.

'Can't wrap kids in cotton wool'

John McLeish and Tracey McLeish, with son Jacob McLeish, 7, who fell off a rock at Whites Bay, say people should not be so quick to judge parents.

Parents reject criticism after their son fell more than 7 metres off a rock.

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crime

Teen in court over Waikanae assault

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Teenager pleads guilty to four charges over assault of elderly couple in theri Kapiti Coast home.

Teens flee cops in stolen car

Four Waikato girls are being investigated in relation to a spate of car thefts in Auckland.

Creepy couple unmasked video

Fraudsters' parole hearing deferred

politics

Resignation gallery video

STANDING DOWN: Russel Norman.

Russel Norman will stand down as co-leader of the Green Party in May, citing family reasons.

Fish-hook in state house plan video

Minister says State houses will not fall into developers' hands - unless there is a special arrangement.

NOT TALKING: MP Mike Sabin.

National MP Mike Sabin quits

1:24 PM  National MP Mike Sabin has resigned, citing personal reasons.

education

Security a priority

Security alarms, self-defence classes and security checks are some some of the ideas put to tertiary students to help keep them safe.

Parents rush to buy uniforms

Kitting out kids in school uniforms this year may set Manawatu families back hundreds of dollars.

Education Minister Hekia Parata

New standards result in fewer students

Almost 4400 fewer students are enrolled in NZ universities this year after the entrance bar was raised.

health

Brain pathway linked to overeating

THE BINGEING PATHWAY: It's likely this brain circuit evolved to support bingeing - an evolutionary beneficial behaviour in pre-agricultural times when high-sugar foods were scarce and seasonal.

Struggling to put down that pack of chips or chocolate? It's all because of a pathway in your brain.

Do we have a 'fattist' culture?

While other countries have embraced surgery as a cost-effective way of fighting morbid obesity, a reluctance remains in New Zealand.

Free: Craig Wilson keeps baby Jamieson Randall happy while his mum works out.

Bootcamp classes proving popular

Neighbourhood police and Christchurch fitness enthusiasts are giving anyone and everyone the chance to improve their wellbeing at no cost.

farming

Milk supply cut to hit GDP

Fonterra dairy factory

Economist predicts Fonterra's slashed milk production forecast will probably not cause a recession.

Water crisis halts irrigation

Major Marlborough water supply may be turned off on Monday, its earliest shutdown in nearly 50 years.

JERSEY DAYS:  Kathy Craw, Logan Bowler and dog Spy with jersey bull calves which they are selling in order to supplement their income during a low payout year.

Farmer employs a soft touch

A Marton couple have started from scratch.

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