Pay off for prisoners 

ACT leader David Seymour has unveiled a new corrections policy at his party's conference - to teach prisoners how to ...

2:06 PM  Learn to read or drive in prison? Earn up to six weeks off a sentence, says ACT.

Five hurt in head-on smash

Five people are reportedly injured after a head-on crash near Atiamuri.

1:22 PM  Five people have been injured in a head-on crash on SH1 south of Atiamuri.

What happened to our schools?

Waikuku School has fallen into disrepair since its closure in 2014. It is yet to proceed beyond the initial stages of ...

Schools derelict, demolished or waiting for answers years after closure.

Pedestrian hit by car

The woman was hit at the intersection of St Andrew and Great King streets.

12:33 PM  An elderly woman is in a critical condition in Dunedin Hospital after she was hit by a car.

Tourist a victim too

American tourist Barbara Lockwood was convicted of careless driving causing injury.

12:44 PM  A US tourist who caused a serious crash has been left to look after herself, court hears.

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Piggery burns to the ground video

Permission was obtained to burn down this abandoned piggery near Levin but the blaze caused alarm among some unaware locals.

Pig pen that starred in Mike King's animal welfare expose has gone up in flames, alarming neighbours.

Serious assault in Auckland

Police have arrested two people after the assault.

One person is in hospital after an incident in the city centre early on Saturday.

Stabbed in neck after burnouts

A 23-year-old man and a 17-year-old woman have been charged.

A late-night burnout causes a confrontation and a neck wound.

Pair found 'hungry but okay'

Thames Rescue is searching the Firth of Thames from Kaiaua boat ramp.

A 73-year-old man and his daughter who didn't return from a day out on the Firth of Thames have been found.

Pursuit passenger fled car

Police are seeking a man who fled from a car during a pursuit in New Brighton, Christchurch early on Saturday morning.

Christchurch police are searching for a man who fled on foot from a car during a pursuit.

Punched in head

Police have arrested a man and charged him with assault.

Man in court following altercation in Queenstown.

PN's man in Parliament

Iain Lees-Galloway, with wife Claire, when he won the Palmerston North seat in 2014.

Iain-Lees Galloway still remembers the moment he told his National-voting mother he had joined Labour.

No better work stories here

It's not too surprising law professionals are the most bored workers.

If you work in law and finance, don't be surprised if your eyes glaze over on a daily basis.

Diver missing in Sounds

The Marlborough Coastguard is responding to reports of a missing diver in the Marlborough Sounds.

A person diving off a boat in calm conditions in the Marlborough Sounds has disappeared.

Parking crisis at Christchurch Hospital

Colin Black wants a better solution for parking at Christchurch Hospital but in the meantime is using the park and ride ...

When will the hospital parking nightmare end?

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crime

'I would like to tell him I forgive him'

Mark Beale, who died after a violent beating on Waitangi Day.

Jareb Beale says he was willing to forgive whoever killed his father.

'Temporary' closure lasts nine months

There's still nobody home at the police stations in two North Island cities on weekends.

Court hearing on suppression breach

What is consent?

nz earthquake

Wellington quake cordon shrinks

The Reading car park demolition, viewed from Tory St and Wakefield St in Wellington.

Safety cordon took a bite out of business, but new hope dawns as cordon rolled back.

Battling mother nature on a bike

Marlborough cyclists Leatham Landon-Lane, left, Callum Saunders and Nick Blakiston endured a weather bomb during their ...

The optimism evaporated as they neared the Maungatapu Saddle and the clouds opened up again.

Quake shakes Soviet liner video

The bridge of the Mikhail Lermontov.

The top three levels of a sunken Soviet ship were sliced off by the Kaikoura quake.

Shaky capital: 100 days on gallery video

The demolition of the condemned Reading Cinema carpark in Wellington's central city is "around three-quarters complete" ...

One hundred days after the Kaikoura quake, about 200 people are unable to return to their Wellington homes.

politics

PN's man in Parliament

Iain Lees-Galloway, with wife Claire, when he won the Palmerston North seat in 2014.

Iain-Lees Galloway still remembers the moment he told his National-voting mother he had joined Labour.

Council chief executive to go

Westland Council chief executive Tanya Winter's five-year contract expires in September.

The Westland District Council hasn't renewed its chief executive's contract, instead choosing to advertise the role.

The dark arts of setting public service salaries

SATIRE: We grill a spokesperson for the NZ Super Fund board about how they settled on more than $1million for its CEO.

Below the beltway

100 per cent pure New Zealand - one day.

Who's up and who's down in politics this week

education

Wanaka Primary School classrooms project confirmed

Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean says negotiations to purchase land for Wanaka's new primary school are under way.

Ministry of Education officials are negotiating to purchase land in Wanaka for a new primary school to open in 2020-2021.

Hearing students love sign language video

Freyberg High School NCEA sign language learners Ranae Savill, left, and Kirsty Lauridsen, practising a conversation in ...

These pupils have no hearing problems, but are relishing the chance to learn sign language.

Bus driver's plea to parents

Sam Adams, a retired school bus driver, says parents need to meet their children on the same side of the road as ...

If you want to reduce school bus accidents, parents should meet their children on the side of the road they exit the bus on.

Polytech gets a bad mark

Witt CEO Barbara George.

Taranaki's Witt polytech has got a report card your parents would not be happy with.

health

Parking crisis at Christchurch Hospital

Colin Black wants a better solution for parking at Christchurch Hospital but in the meantime is using the park and ride ...

When will the hospital parking nightmare end?

Mum's fears for baby realised video

Crystal Gillies says her instincts told her something was wrong with baby daughter River.

Crystal Gillies knew something was wrong with her baby daughter but had to fight for a diagnosis.

Shift from illness to wellness

Physios involved in the Pinc & Steel walk up Mt Vic on Sunday, February 26. From left, Chris Marshall, Emma Mark, Andrea ...

Get some fresh air and exercise, all while helping ensure cancer patients can access physiotherapy and rehabilitation.

Organ donation rates in the dozens

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Organ donor's father pleads for higher donation rates as statistics paint a stark picture.

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Women of Influence winners video

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Founder of Organic Initiative Helen Robinson took out the supreme Women of Influence title.

Recap: Women of Influence

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The fourth annual Women of Influence awards kick off at SkyCity.

Women of Influence highlights

Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand country head Kirsten Patterson spoke about purpose and leadership.

The theme of the morning was turning ideas into action.

Quiz: Women of Influence 2016

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How much do you know about the history of women in this country?

farming

Jury out on fewer farmer deaths

Worksafe programme manager agriculture Al McCone.

The new health and safety laws for farms are a year old and is it a coincidence that farmer deaths are down?

Surge in orders for calf pens

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Orders are pouring in for bobby calf holding pens as the deadline to meet new regulations approaches.

Rampant rates anger farmers

There was a 77 per cent rates hike across local government  from 2016-2016, according to Federated Farmers.

The demand for farmers to cough up on rates seems unstoppable.

Farmer's grass bonanza dream

Banks Peninsula farmer Tim Wilson loves his approach to farming.

Tim Wilson loves holistic farming - and it's helping keep his wallet full, too.

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