Head girl's death stuns Cromwell 

Cromwell College head girl, Rachel Clark, died from a medical event on Saturday.

2:53 PM  A Central Otago community is in shock after the death of one of its high-achieving head students.

Foul play not ruled out

MYSTERY: Hayden Cossey has disappeared without trace.

Police "don't have a clue" what happened to rebuild worker who went missing more than a fortnight ago.

Influencing from the outside

DIRTY POLITICS: The moment Nicky Hager made a ho hum election campaign a little more interesting.

2:03 PM  OPINION: Here are seven individuals that shaped politics from outside the Beehive.

Fugitive case nets second scalp

COURT APPEARANCE: Phillip Smith.

Corrections officer suspended over murderer Phillip Smith's escape to Brazil - the second staff in two days.

Diver was well known

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2:10 PM  Man who died when a crayfish dive went wrong was "careful and methodical" diver.

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crime

'Screams, then silence'

TRAGEDY: The police have cordoned off the scene at Fisher Cr in Otara where a person was found dead in a driveway after a 21st birthday party.

2:31 PM  A "trivial" fight over music at a 21st party last night ended with two being being stabbed, one fatally, police say.

Phillip Smith escape nets second scalp

Corrections officer suspended over murderer Phillip Smith's escape to Brazil - the second staff in two days.

Nat MP in assault inquiry

Alleged 'grinch' burglar foiled

politics

Influencing from the outside

DIRTY POLITICS: The moment Nicky Hager made a ho hum election campaign a little more interesting.

2:03 PM  OPINION: 2014 brought out the worst, rather than the best in our politicians. So, instead, here are seven individuals that shaped politics from outside the Beehive.

Merry, merry, merry...

For three days Labour leader Andrew Little shut himself in a room and set about writing a personal message in 450 different Christmas cards.

WAR ON PESTS: Conservation Minister Maggie Barry supports trapping and poisoning pests as essential tools to save the kiwi.

Traps, 1080, 'vital to save kiwi'

Trapping and killing pests in your own back yard is "just what you have to do", Conservation Minister Maggie Barry says.

education

Finding out how children think when using iPads

Maria and Finnian are deep in concentration at Leamington School, where University of Waikato researcher Dr Garry Falloon is looking into how kids are thinking when they use iPads for learning.

A research project into how children think when they use iPads has been given a funding boost.

Bullying charges laid

Bullying allegations have been laid against a prominent Massey University academic.

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Burglars hit Manawatu schools

Play equipment and electronic goods have been taken in spate of burglaries at Manawatu schools.

health

Should govt pay for fat drug?

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An Auckland GP is calling for a class C drug to be publicly funded to treat obesity.

When office parties go wrong

Liam Hart's Christmas party started with a friendly arm wrestle but ended with a nasty broken arm.

Film-maker Cameron Duncan

Laws around dead teen's sperm use

A brave and inspiring Auckland teenager may be able to father a child - even though he died 11 years ago.

farming

CT scanning 'magnificent' tool

SCAN FAN: Canterbury farmer Brent Macaulay is a fan of CT scanning to get the most out of his southdowns. The ram had a CT scan as a ram hogget that helped to get an accurate reading of its internal as well as external virtues.

A Canterbury ram stud breeder has become a convert to CT scanning after selling a southdown ram for $14,000.

Farming mixed with writing

On Triple Springs farm you can find sheep, cattle, sport horse and heading dog breeding, as well as a spot of children's story writing.

Julian and Fiona Downs, Rannoch Meats owners and red devon farmers at Greytown.

Red beef by word of mouth

Red devon meat sold to Wellington diners provides a handy income for a small Wairarapa block.