Killer's not a prison favourite video

BACK TO PRISON: Phillip Smith is taken in the back of this van to jail.

Paedophile Phillip Smith to be kept away from other prisoners angry about his escape bid.

Crane house 'a mess' video

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11:07 AM  An Auckland house split in half when a crane smashed through it looks "like a tornado has gone through it" and can't be saved.

MPs slate closures

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10:13 AM  Closing police stations overnight is an erosion of responsibility to the community, Labour MPs say.

Wanted for kidnapping

WANTED: Pita Wilson.

Police warn that trio, including a former rugby player, should not be approached.

Choppers douse blaze

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10:36 AM  Helicopters with monsoon buckets were used to bring a forestry blaze caused by lightning under control near Port Underwood.

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crime

Alleged drug 'mule' remanded

A police pursuit ended when the fleeing vehicle crashed into another vehicle on Yaldhurst Rd.

10:27 AM  A 27-year-old woman accused of being a drug “mule” – with methamphetamine concealed inside her body has appeared in court.

Killer's not a prison favourite video

Paedophile Phillip Smith to be kept away from other prisoners angry about his escape bid.

Pursuit driver on drug charges

Wanted for kidnapping

politics

MPs slate closure of 'sanctuaries'

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10:13 AM  Closing police stations overnight is an erosion of responsibility to the community, Labour MPs say.

Banks up, Dotcom disdainful

While one man is waking from a legal nightmare feeling vindicated, another has found himself back in court and out of cash.

NZ COULD TAKE THE LEAD: Transport Minister Simon Bridges said driverless cars would be able to travel safely at higher speeds.

NZ could become driverless

New Zealand may eventually become a place where crashing your car is nearly impossible, Transport Minister says.

education

'I'm just so proud of her'

Owen and Carey Hume, behind the balloon, accepted daughter Erica Hume's Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology, posthumously awarded at the Massey University graduation ceremony yesterday.

11:35 AM  Erica Hume is no longer here to accept her Massey University degree, but her grieving parents took to the stage with pride.

Force-fed, shut in room by teachers

Two early childhood professionals can continue to teach despite force-feeding children.

Sitiseni Tautiaga's daughter Alayna, a year 3 pupil at Willowbank School, wrote this note after illness forced the school to close.

School's out over bug video

An East Auckland school closed by the Ministry of Health due to a tummy bug outbreak.

health

Young boy's pacemaker crisis

TOUGH TIME: Ben Ryder, 8, has been a passenger on the National Air Ambulance Service twice - most recently in May when his pacemaker malfunctioned.

Small, lean and speedy, 8-year-old Ben Ryder is an outstanding footballer and runner. He's also got a pacemaker.

'I wanted to eat every moment of every day'

In a suburban church hall about 20 people calmly share their personal stories of self-loathing, shame and desperation.

Breathalyser

New limit to hit socialising

Canterbury pubs are stocking up on low-alcohol beer and breathalyser retailers are capitalising on a looming law change that will lower drink-driving levels.

farming

Prepare for the worst

Westland Milk Factory in Hokitika.

West Coast dairy farmers are being told they would be better to prepare for the worst case scenario of a near $5 payout.

Water storage calls increase

Irrigators are calling for more water storage as Canterbury farmland gets drier and moisture content falls.

THE WINNER: Tom, left, and Ron Small with their champion merino ram.

Merino out of this world

Merino clothing has gone where no sheep has gone before - the final frontier.