Damning report into Rena

BREAKING UP: View of Rena with the stern section missing.

Crew failed to stick to navigation and watchkeeping standards for at least six voyages before container ship's grounding.

Mother haunted by son's death

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A mother tells how every night she pictures her trapped son bleeding to death as fire and ambulance officers watched on.

Phillip Smith escape report

Phillip Smith appears via video link from the Paremoremo maximum-security prison.

Lack of information sharing lead to convicted murderer being able to escape to Brazil, initial report finds.

Bungled robbery attempt

Will petrol prices take a plunge for the Christmas season?

Teen's attempt at robbing a Bulls petrol station notable for its naivety and lack of planning, lawyer says.

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crime

Teacher sold E at preschool

Ecstacy

Two Wanaka early-childcare teachers were deregistered after admitting buying and selling ecstasy at preschool.

Dunedin council car fraud pinned on manager

A report on the $1.5m car fleet fraud says former fleet manager, Brent Bachop, was 'at the centre'.

Three murder charges

Three arrests after Christchurch attack

politics

Brownlee security details differ

Gerry Brownlee

Gerry Brownlee walked past a Chch Airport security officer before the man could tell him he had to go security, report shows.

Roads, public transport cash

$38.7 billion investment in roads, regional networks, public transport and cycleways confirmed by Government.

BREAKING UP: View of Rena with the stern section missing.

Damning report into Rena

Crew failed to stick to navigation and watchkeeping standards for at least six voyages before container ship's grounding.

education

Teacher sold E at preschool

Ecstacy

Two Wanaka early-childcare teachers were deregistered after admitting buying and selling ecstasy at preschool.

Uni student take on beach recruit

A trio of students will pitch Waikato University to their peers on the beaches of Coromandel this summer.

FUTURE UNCERTAIN: Timaru's Aoraki Polytechnic is considering joining with Christchurch's CPIT.

Polytechs eye merger

Aoraki Polytech considers merger with CPIT for financial sustainability.

health

Hearty thanks for saviours

Eileen Ormrod thanks the St John ambulance paramedics, Geoff Flaus and Jo Blakeman, who treated her during a cardiac arrest.

Eileen Ormrod was worried about her new bra while a having heart attack that she thought was food poisoning.

Deadly Mansfield undertones?

One man believes infectious disease epidemics cast a shadow over one of NZ's greatest writers.

DETERMINATION: Brooke Murray’s heart has stopped seven times in the past four years.

Heart-stopping moments

A tattoo saying "fall down seven stand up eight" is testimony to 18-year-old's determination.

farming

Many farms 'severely dry'

Niwa drought index.

South Canterbury dry land dairy farmers are prepared for a difficult season figures suggest the region has dried out.

Fines for spray drift

Horizons Regional Council issues fines after chemicals sprayed on field drifted over neighbouring property.

Quad bike, 4wd

Drunk farmer dies in crash

Coroner says alcohol a factor in the death of Andrew Baxter in a 'violent' quad bike crash.