Tourist attacks rare but damaging

New Zealand has an enviable reputation as a tourist destination, and for - mostly- good reasons.

5:27 PM  "New Zealand has a reputation as a safe place for tourists. This type of offending erodes that reputation."

'Heated' party before Morris death

Accused Michael Murray at the High Court in Auckland.

5:44 PM  Connor Morris was killed with a sickle, swung point-first with "some force" into the side of his head.

'Help me. I've been kidnapped' video

Police have fears for LA Tukerangi - believed to be being held against her will.

5:19 PM  The mother of a girl allegedly being held by a career criminal says she is beside herself with worry.

Charles made NZ Admiral

FOLKESTONE, ENGLAND - JULY 01:  Charles, Prince of Wales Colonel in Chief of The Royal Gurkha Rifles, is seen visiting 2nd Battalion The Royal Gurkha Rifles at Shorncliffe in Kent to celebrate 200 years of Gurkha service to the Crown on July 1, 2015 in Folkestone, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Danny E. Martindale/Getty Images)

Prince Charles has been handed three honorary New Zealand military titles.

Private was 'let down' by army

Private Sosaia Tassy Albert Junior Filimoemaka pleaded guilty to three charges at Court Martial.

Sentenced to 3 months in military prison, judge says private was 'let down badly' by the system.

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crime

Who was David Cerven?

David Cerven, the man shot dead on Sunday, in a photograph released by police.

6:21 PM  Information has emerged regarding the past of the young man fatally shot by police on Sunday night.

More cash to tackle family violence signalled

6:01 PM  More money could be coming to tackle domestic violence.

Robber left passport at dairy

'Heated' party before Morris death

politics

Solid Energy decision imminent

Liquidation for Solid Energy is not a "preferred option", John Key says.

6:40 PM  State-owned company Solid Energy could know its fate within a matter of weeks, Key says.

Key's 'boring' te reo rebuke

Maori Language Commission takes PM Key to task over disputed "boring" te reo comment.

Prime Minister John Key said New Zealand was fighting its corner over TPPA negotiations.

Gut instinct is TPP will pass - Key

6:25 PM  Prime Minister is disappointed but not surprised that free-trade deal ground to a halt in Hawaii.

education

Coding teaches more than computers: educators

Skills such as analysis and evaluation can be learned in the process, a researcher says.

Not everyone will be

New Rolleston College has found its founding principal

A known ''educational innovator'' has been handed the reins of the yet-to-be-opened Rolleston College.

Glendowie College principal Richard Dykes knows some significant developments will be needed to cater for future role growth.

School roll growth 'uncharted territory'

The property market is not the only sector that's booming in Auckland, school age population is increasing dramatically and educators are feeling the pressure.

health

Rest home rebuked over flu death

Deputy Health and Disability Commissioner Theo Baker has been critical of an Ashburton rest home, following the death of a 96-year-old resident

6:38 PM  Mid Canterbury rest home criticised following 96-year-old resident's death.

Serious dog bites on the rise

5:59 PM  An average of two people a day need to be hospitalised after being bitten by dogs, research shows.

Mohamed Shakeel Siddiqui appears via audio visual link from prison to Hamilton District Court.

'Fake' psychiatrist named

6:01 PM  A man who allegedly used a fake CV to get a job at Waikato District Health Board has had his identity revealed.

Women of Influence

Spreading a love of knowledge

Work hard and never give up - look at the next mountain, advises Dame Wendy Pye.

Dame Wendy Pye is the founder of one of the world's most successful education export companies.

A woman's voice in science

Distinguished professor Margaret Brimble won the Women of Influence in science and innovation award in 2014.

Gibbs said technology was an extraordinary gift, and much good had come from it.

'Technology is the biggest story' video

Time editor Nancy Gibbs believes technology is the biggest story in this "golden age of journalism".

farming

Breakthrough in farm flatulence

Cows could be belching out one-third less methane in five years' time, thanks to a new food additive.

Kiwi scientist helps find feed additive that cuts farm methane emissions.

Dairy farmer broke cows' tails

Cows were beaten, had their tails broken and were shot in the kneecaps.

The Commerce Commission said it was in talks with a third company, Rural Livestock.

Rural firms in ComCom's sights

Price fixing by PGG Wrightson and Elders NZ is alleged by the competition watchdog.

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