Terror threat level may rise

A jihadist holds an Islamic State flag held aloft in Raqqa, Syria.

6 min ago  Prime Minister says more Kiwis are on a government security watchlist as Isis sympathisers.

Duo caught after manhunt

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8:36 AM  Two people wanted over an assault and theft of a car overnight in Invercargill have been arrested.

'Large' fire in Silverstream

Smoke rises over the Silverstream landfill from this morning's fire.

1 min ago  A large fire has broken out at a rubbish dump in the Hutt Valley, Wellington.

Keys snatched from tourist

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8:25 AM  It's the fourth time a Kiwi driver has disabled a vehicle driven by a foreigner in recent weeks.

What if Peters wins seat?

NZ FIRST LEADER: Winston Peters arrives at the Te Tii Waitangi Marae in last month, the day before Waitangi Day.

8:18 AM  If NZ First leader wins Northland seat, it might be harder for National to govern.

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crime

Court for man accused of stabbing

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14 min ago  Man will appear in court after allegedly stabbing another man in Normanby last night.

Duo caught after 7-hour manhunt

8:36 AM  Two people wanted over an assault and theft of a car overnight in Invercargill have been arrested.

Police Taser botchup

Child-killer kept in jail

politics

What if Peters wins in Northland?

NZ FIRST LEADER: Winston Peters arrives at the Te Tii Waitangi Marae in last month, the day before Waitangi Day.

8:18 AM  If NZ First leader wins the seat, the proportionality of Parliament would change - making it harder for National to govern.

Tony Abott a mate in need

OPINION: Australia's PM is running out of mates on his side of the Tasman, but John Key still has his back.

SQUARE ONE: David Bain's quest for compensation continues.

Bain case taxpayer costs mount

Taxpayers footed a near $200,000 legal bill as David Bain challenged a rejected report into his compensation bid.

education

Fascination inspiration

Starry eyed: Dave John Owen has opened a new space centre in Kihikihi to teach Kiwis about astrology, astronomy and space exploration.

A man with a keen interest in the final frontier has launched his own space centre which aims to educate others on life outside of Earth.

Boost for under-achieving schools

Five high-need Kiwi schools are getting a $50K a year bonus to offer to the right principal.

Water works: Students begin their tenure at Waikato University by mixing it up in the university pool.

Hamilton, be prepared

Whether it's drinking every night, watching a Grammy-winning act at a music festival or competing in the hungry games, students are making their plans for O-week.

health

Diet pill scam warning

Brian Hogan with his daughter Chloe at their home in South Auckland.

Brian Hogan's usually sound judgement went awry when he saw an advertisement on a Kiwi website for "miracle" diet-pill Garcinia Cambogia.

Dad's disease inspires ride

Inspired by his father's diagnosis of motor neurone disease, Carey Vivian cycled through the Mackenzie Country yesterday on a 4000-kilometre journey.

Experts have again warned about the dangers of teenagers drinking.

Kiwis slowing down on booze

Nearly 100,000 Kiwis have given up the booze in the past five years, according to a new survey by the Ministry of Health.

farming

Stay positive, keep motivated

Cole Groves gives credit to an extra water source helping the family’s dairying business maintain milk production.

By good management and fortuitous leasing of land, the Groves are making the most of a tough dairying season.

New lake call grows stronger

A new man-made lake to provide drought-safe irrigation water for Mid and South Canterbury is expected to be bankrolled by borrowed bank money and farmers.

Field work: Grass seed sales are up from the regrassing of drought-singed pastures.

Regrassing boosts seed demand 

Silver lining from North Island drought is demand for Canterbury seed increasing.

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