Heavy rain, gales to hit

Severe gusts to 130kmh are expected in exposed areas of the Canterbury high country, with heavy rain in lake and river headwaters.

Heavy rain and severe gales are expected in many parts of the South Island and lower North Island.

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Hot car manslaughter

The charges relate to the January 16 death of a 16-month-old, who died after he was left in a car in the Whanganui hospital car park on a hot day.

9:59 AM  Mother pleads guilty to manslaughter over the death of her toddler left in a car on a hot day in Whanganui.

Baby stable after serious assault

police nz generic ambulance

Otago baby taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries is now in a stable condition, police say.

Housing loophole hits hard

Former scaffolder William Namana is struggling to make ends meet, thanks to a loophole in social housing legislation.

Disabled man relying on food bank after loophole punishes him for moving to Masterton.

Cissy Chen murder trial starts

Yun Qing Liu, pictured at an earlier court appearance, is on trial for his partner's murder.

9:58 AM  Opening addresses in the Cissy Chen murder trial are due to begin this morning.​

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crime

Toddler car park death: Guilty plea

The charges relate to the January 16 death of a 16-month-old, who died after he was left in a car in the Whanganui hospital car park on a hot day.

9:59 AM  A mother has pleaded guilty to manslaughter in relation to the death of her toddler who was left in a car in the Whanganui hospital car park.

Cissy Chen murder trial underway

9:58 AM  Opening addresses in the Cissy Chen murder trial are due to begin this morning.​

Man halts teen in burglary getaway

Baby stable after serious assault

politics

Whanau Ora funding criticism

Finance Minister Bill English says teething issues with a concept like Whanau Ora can be expected.

The auditor-general has questioned the management of the flagship Maori Party policy Whanau Ora, saying it is difficult to work out what it is doing.

MPs told avoid Falun Gong

Foreign Affairs Minister tells MPs not to attend spiritual movement Falun Gong events because the Chinese Embassy will monitor them.

NZ First MP Ria Bond will make her maiden speech to Parliament Wednesday afternoon.

Beehive Live: Members' day

8:56 AM  It's a full day - a maiden speech, select Committees and members' bills are all on the cards.

education

Poverty makes learning hard

Waitara Central School Principal Sharren Read.

9:18 AM  NZEI says poverty damaging the education of thousands of children. 

Sign business ticks along

Enterprising college students hope their street sign clocks will be a hit.

Bethany Langton, 18, is one of six  kiwis chosen to go to CERN and the London International Youth Science Forum in July.

Science-lover goes international video

Lectures from top London scientists and a visit to a site where the secrets of the universe are investigated are on the cards.

health

Plunket's plan for Asian mums

Angela Hong with her daughter Renee Tom believes more Asian mums in New Zealand should use Plunket.

For the past year Plunket has been working on a strategy for Asian mothers aimed at all cultures stretching from Japan to Afghanistan.

Tetraplegic teen stays positive

A once-active teen is leaving hospital with the realisation he may never walk again.

Jim Nicholls died on the operating table.

Surgeon's 'sorry' to dead patient's family

Son of a man who died on the operating table gets an apology from the doctor, but not the hospital.

farming

Fonterra's auction prices fall again

A screen from the GlobalDairyTrade auction website showing recent trends.

9:59 AM  Prices have continued to fall at Fonterra's GlobalDairyTrade auction.

Still beekeeping after 40 years

Beekeeping runs in the family for Paul Bartrum.

Gerald and Sue Hargreaves: staunch believers in genetics.

Genetics the best beef answer

New Zealand is in serious trouble with its beef industry, according to angus breeder Gerald Hargreaves.

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