Nicholas praises police recruits

Class patron Louise Nicholas with Constable Jess Moorby at the graduation ceremony in Porirua on Thursday.

The anti-rape activist never dreamed she would be patron of a class of new police officers.

Boy's escape attempt injures

Taradale Primary School, Napier, where a nine-year-old boy was critically injured in an "unfortunate accident".

A boy critically injured in a school window may have been trying to escape after toilet door became stuck.

Police find elderly man

The 77-year-old man went missing in Auckland's North Shore around 5pm

11 min ago  Police have found an elderly man who went missing from an Auckland rest home.

TDHB wants fluoride back

Taranaki District health Board says fluoride in the water is safe and is effective in helping prevent tooth decay.

Community water fluoridation is safe, effective and affordable, according to the Taranaki District Health Board.

Welcome sign a bunch of ... 

The Marlborough Chamber of Commerce has come up with concept designs for new signage as drivers enter Blenheim. What do you think of their proposal?

Blenheim's bad signage does nothing to entice travellers into the town centre, says the Marlborough Chamber of Commerce.

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crime

Bashed for a packet of smokes video

Linda McElwee, 63, of Porirua.

5:00 AM  Porirua grandmother Linda McElwee throttled and bashed for cigarettes and an iPad.

Fewer motorists caught drink-driving

5:00 AM  New, lower alcohol limit seems to be working - and bars don't like it.

Alleged slasher a former mental patient

Man allegedly surfed on taxi video

politics

Asset sales fund falls short

Labour MP Grant Robertson.

Government faces $424m gap for spending promises from asset sales cash, Labour says.

Driverless cars on the way

1 min ago  Self-driving cars could be hitting New Zealand's roads in the next few years, Transport Minister says.

One of the designs submitted to the NZ flag referendum. Designed by David Astil from Waikato

Flag debate will heat up - PM video

PM John Key is unfazed by a lack of interest in the flag debate after forcing it on to the political agenda.

education

Sex education guidelines updated

It's not just about condoms - schools are being encouraged to look at consent in coercion in their sexuality education programmes.

Schools have been advised to address issues of consent and coercion in their sexuality lessons.

Injuries at school prove costly

Manawatu school scrapes cost over $400,000 in five years, but educators say kids don't need cotton wool.

Auckland Kindergarten Association is running Discover Your Local Kindergarten Week in a bid to combat declining enrolment numbers by raising awareness of the early childhood education service.

Fewer kids at Auckland kindies

Auckland kindergartens face decline in enrolments due to lack of awareness in migrant population.

health

TDHB wants fluoride back

Taranaki District health Board says fluoride in the water is safe and is effective in helping prevent tooth decay.

Community water fluoridation is safe, effective and affordable, according to the Taranaki District Health Board.

Strike may delay treatment

Palmerston North Hospital's cancer radiation treatment has been cut back as health workers strike over pay negotiations.

Children born in July 2010 can skip their pre-school year altogether and move straight into prep in 2015.

Injuries at school prove costly

Manawatu school scrapes cost over $400,000 in five years, but educators say kids don't need cotton wool.

farming

Saudi farm deal Q & A

Sheep

What you need to know about the Government's farm deal with a Saudi businessman.

Supreme Court halts farm sale

Sale of Bay of Plenty farm heads to the Supreme Court.

Much of the work in the Wairarapa Anthelmintic Trial was done by host farmers and volunteers, who contributed labour, stock and resources on eight commercial scale properties.

Drenching doubts cast

Three-years of independent trials cast doubts on the effectiveness of long-acting sheep drenches.

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