'Backyard circumcisions' concern

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"Backyard circumcisions" have led to severe infections in several young Auckland boys, officials say.

Dry, then wet: La Nina more common

Dry conditions like these seen at Ambury Farm, Auckland, on January 20, are likely to become more common, researchers say.

New Zealand faces more floods and droughts in a warming world, another study suggests.

Spike in water deaths

DEADLY BEACHES: Of 18 deaths in New Zealand this month, 15 were men. Eight were beach deaths, compared with just one the same time last year.

With 18 drownings overall this month - up from 10 at the same time last year - safety leaders are concerned.

Council admits killing stingrays video

DRAINED: A stingray left lying in the sun at the Ohehunga lagoon.

Star stingrays in an Auckland lagoon were left stranded and died after someone drained the lagoon at the wrong time.

Auckland abuzz over Nines

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - JANUARY 16: (L-R) Manu Vatuvei, Shaun Johnson and Sam Tomkins pose for a portrait following during the New Zealand Warriors NRL Nines team announcement at Eden Park on January 16, 2015 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images)

Hundreds of fans swarm the NRL Nines fanzone keen to see the Warriors.

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crime

Teen in court over Waikanae assault

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Teenager pleads guilty to four charges over assault of elderly couple in theri Kapiti Coast home.

Teens flee cops in stolen car

Four Waikato girls are being investigated in relation to a spate of car thefts in Auckland.

Creepy couple unmasked video

Fraudsters' parole hearing deferred

politics

Russel Norman to step down gallery video

STANDING DOWN: Russel Norman.

Russel Norman will stand down as co-leader of the Green Party in May, citing family reasons.

New chief coroner appointed

Auckland coroner Deborah Marshall will replace NZ's first coroner, Neil MacLean, who is retiring.

NOT TALKING: MP Mike Sabin.

National MP Mike Sabin quits video

National MP Mike Sabin has resigned, citing personal reasons.

education

New international students strategy

Arts-based degrees force you to broaden your mind, before the world around you tries to stitch it closed again.

Moves are afoot to strengthen Manawatu's international education scene.

New standards result in fewer students

Almost 4400 fewer students are enrolled in NZ universities this year after the entrance bar was raised.

Security a priority

Security alarms, self-defence classes and security checks are some some of the ideas put to tertiary students to help keep them safe.

health

Concern over 'backyard circumcisions'

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"Backyard circumcisions" have led to severe infections in several young Auckland boys, officials say.

Bootcamp classes proving popular

Neighbourhood police and Christchurch fitness enthusiasts are giving anyone and everyone the chance to improve their wellbeing at no cost.

THE BINGEING PATHWAY: It's likely this brain circuit evolved to support bingeing - an evolutionary beneficial behaviour in pre-agricultural times when high-sugar foods were scarce and seasonal.

Brain pathway linked to overeating

Struggling to put down that pack of chips or chocolate? It's all because of a pathway in your brain.

farming

Kiwifruit claim plaintiffs seek damages

171012 News Photo: Laura McKoy/Cambridge Edition. Gold Kiwifruit supplies are running low as more kiwifruit orchards test positive for PSA-V. Photo: SUPPLIED

The amount of damages sought is unspecified because it's not known how many growers and post-harvest operators will join.

Farmer employs a soft touch

A Marton couple have started from scratch.

Fonterra dairy factory

Milk supply cut to hit GDP

Economist predicts Fonterra's slashed milk production forecast will probably not cause a recession.

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