Plea to stop school closure

Redcliffs School has been closed since the February 2011 earthquake due to rockfall risk.

5:00 AM  Past and present pupils were part of an official plea to the Government to keep a Christchurch school open.

World first for Scrabble teen

John McNaughton started playing Scrabble only three years ago at a club in Waikanae. He is now the youngest to represent New Zealand in the game.

5:00 AM  At 15, John McNaughton is the youngest player to qualify for the world championships.

Co-operative spirit to the fore

Opunake dairy farmer Taylor Field clears fence wires of debris on the flooded Strathmore farm of Greg and Hannah Topless.

5:00 AM  Taranaki dairy farmers rallied to give a helping hand to three flood-stricken fellow farmers at Strathmore in eastern Taranaki on Tuesday.

Dad dies professing innocence

Sid Bentley died after a battle with cancer, was a suspect in his daughter's 1998 disappearance and murder, along with Kirsty's older brother, John.

Father of murdered Ashburton teen Kirsty Bentley died still denying involvement in her death, saying he still looked at her photo every day.

Christchurch police assaulted

Two Christchurch police officers have been injured in an assault.

Two Christchurch police officers suffered head injuries while making an arrest.

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Christchurch police assaulted

Two Christchurch police officers have been injured in an assault.

Two Christchurch police officers suffered head injuries while making an arrest.

'They basically killed my family'

Man whose dog was killed by police in a "terrifying" armed raid says pet was like a family member.

Bomb hoaxer a 'loser' gallery video

Digger joyrider pleads guilty video

politics

Clouds loom over NZ economy

China under a magnifying glass - economic uncertainties there could hit New Zealand hard

Dairy prices are softening, stocks in China are tanking and Greece is in crisis mode. How worried should we be here?

Craig, MacGregor lawyers in talks

Lawyers for Colin Craig and his former aide Rachel MacGregor are in talks over lifting a confidentiality agreement.

Transport Minister Simon Bridges

Northland will get some bridges

But Winston Peters says the region is being "double crossed" by the Government.

education

Three generations deliver submission against closure

Redcliffs School has been closed since the February 2011 earthquake due to rockfall risk.

5:00 AM  Past and present pupils were part of an official plea to the Government to keep the school open.

Helen Clark urges inmates to read

Former PM Helen Clark praises prisoners learning to read.

Scholarship exams will cost $30 a pop for students this year.

Paying the price to sit an exam

If families can't afford their child's scholarship exam fees the Education Minister says schools can stump up the cash.

health

Free GP visits for under 13s

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Children in Manawatu will have complete free access to doctors, even after hours, from Wednesday.

IUDs for teen girls proposed

All teenage NZ girls should be fitted with contraceptive implants or IUDs, Otago researchers say.

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Palmerston North Hospital

Job losses impact raised

A Manawatu business owner has questioned a proposal that could see frozen meals shipped in to Palmerston North Hospital, along with job losses.

Women of Influence

A sporting winner

"If you work hard and have the right attitude, you can actually do a lot of things that you think you can't. I think it's about belief," says Therese Walsh.

Therese Walsh was the supreme winner of the board and management category in 2013.

An agent for change

Last year's Women of Influence winner Lesley Elliott says her award recognises that domestic violence is an issue.

Nasa astronaut Wendy Lawrence wants to inspire women to take on new challenges and work in traditionally male roles.

Speak to an astronaut video

Nasa astronaut Wendy Lawrence answered some burning questions about space.

farming

Foreign buyers snap up vineyards

Foreign ownership of land in Marlborough continued to increase

Overseas companies continue to buy up land in Marlborough for vineyard expansion.

A question of milk

The price Kiwis pay for milk is influenced by exchange rates, supermarket wars and wholesale prices.

Livestock carrier Nada berthed in the Port of Timaru.

Livestock reach Mexico

The livestock carrier Nada has reached Mexico, according to vessel tracking website, Marine Traffic.

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