Clue to suspects in hut trashing

Mattresses were slashed, rubbish was strewn around and 10 litres of paint were poured out in historic Cone Hut in the Tararua Range west of Greytown.

5:12 PM  Club considers closing trashed hut, as clues about vandals come to light.

IUDs for teen girls proposed

New Zealand has the second-highest teen pregnancy rate in the developed world.

4:50 PM  All teenage NZ girls should be fitted with contraceptive implants or IUDs, just like they are vaccinated for diseases, Otago researchers say.

Brave online, brave in reality video

A group of League of Legends gamers have become legends in their own right after they stepped in to help a young women allegedly being assaulted.

4:04 PM  Five West Auckland gamers given police bravery awards for their role in halting an attempted carjacking.

Hunt for man in white van

An 11-year-old girl was allegedly threatened and  assaulted while walking to school.

Police are hunting for a white van with the ''F'' word written across its back doors with black spray paint.

Congo refugee inspires Kiwis video

Red Cross Refugee Service amabassador Benjamin Mugisho moved to New Zealand as a refugee from the Democratic Republic of Congo.

15 min ago  Benjamin Mugisho witnessed atrocities no human should - but says NZ "opened its hands to me".

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crime

Digger joyrider pleads guilty video

A teenager stole a digger and led police on a low-speed chase through Christchurch.

4:37 PM  Teen admits stealing loader and driving drunk through Christchurch, but denies assault and damage charges.

Craving leads to jailhouse stabbing

A jailhouse scrap over nicotine replacements sees one prisoner stab another with a metal pole.

Scars from bottle assault

Taggers turned braggers are nabbed

politics

Craig, MacGregor lawyers in talks

Former Conservative Party leader Colin Craig has heard back from Rachel MacGregor's lawyers over his request to lift confidentiality around a Human Rights Council mediation process

4:36 PM  Lawyers for Colin Craig and his former aide Rachel MacGregor are in talks over lifting a confidentiality agreement.

Peters mum on coup rumours

5:09 PM  NZ First leader Winston Peters is refusing to comment on rumours of an internal stoush over the deputy leadership.

Scholarship exams will cost $30 a pop for students this year.

Paying the price to sit an exam

4:57 PM  If families can't afford their child's scholarship exam fees the Education Minister says schools can stump up the cash.

education

Paying the price to sit an exam

Scholarship exams will cost $30 a pop for students this year.

4:57 PM  If families can't afford their child's scholarship exam fees the Education Minister says schools can stump up the cash.

Principal censured after school slap

Auckland principal who slapped a child learned a "salutary lesson" says governing body.

A prison inmate, Charlotte [not her real name] and her tutor, Sarah Vokes, look over a book of poems and essays Charlotte has written.

Helen Clark urges inmates to read

4:35 PM  Former PM Helen Clark praises prisoners learning to read.

health

Free GP visits for under 13s

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5:22 PM  Children in Manawatu will have complete free access to doctors, even after hours, from Wednesday.

IUDs for teen girls proposed

4:50 PM  All teenage NZ girls should be fitted with contraceptive implants or IUDs, Otago researchers say.

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Palmerston North Hospital

Job losses impact raised

5:15 PM  A Manawatu business owner has questioned a proposal that could see frozen meals shipped in to Palmerston North Hospital, along with job losses.

Women of Influence

A sporting winner

"If you work hard and have the right attitude, you can actually do a lot of things that you think you can't. I think it's about belief," says Therese Walsh.

Therese Walsh was the supreme winner of the board and management category in 2013.

An agent for change

Last year's Women of Influence winner Lesley Elliott says her award recognises that domestic violence is an issue.

Nasa astronaut Wendy Lawrence wants to inspire women to take on new challenges and work in traditionally male roles.

Speak to an astronaut video

Nasa astronaut Wendy Lawrence answered some burning questions about space.

farming

Foreign buyers snap up vineyards

Foreign ownership of land in Marlborough continued to increase

Overseas companies continue to buy up land in Marlborough for vineyard expansion.

A question of milk

The price Kiwis pay for milk is influenced by exchange rates, supermarket wars and wholesale prices.

Livestock carrier Nada berthed in the Port of Timaru.

Livestock reach Mexico

The livestock carrier Nada has reached Mexico, according to vessel tracking website, Marine Traffic.

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