PM plans 'tight rein on spending'

Back to the grindstone - MPs return for the opening of Parliament.

2:28 PM  But the PM says the Government is committed to tax cuts as hostilities resume at Parliament.

5.7 earthquake 'intense'

People reported feeling the quake from Dunedin to Auckland.

2:16 PM  No reports of injuries after 5.7 magnitude earthquake rattles upper South Island and felt across country.

Not guilty plea in murder case

Police near the Upper Hutt scene where Sherena Williams and her brother Damien suffered knife wounds. Sherena Williams later died in hospital.

Sherena Williams punched a man who had cut her brother, and then she was stabbed in the neck.

'I have the Zika virus'

Jen Byrn, a young New Zealander has tested positive for the Zika virus after a trip to Tonga where she was attacked by mosquitoes.

Kiwi teen with Zika virus: "I'm still a bit tired and my eyes still hurt a little bit but I'm fine.''

321 Facebook threats

Eight people have been charged under section 22 of the Harmful Digital Communications Act.

12:56 PM  Woman "feared for her safety" after ex-employee sent her 321 threatening messages and images.

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George FM: don't bag your colleagues

Max Key and Joshua Troskie at Spring Break Fiji 2015

A leaked email tells employees they need to be positive about the new night show - days after Max Key was announced as the host.

Education film to spark debate

From the film Most Likely to Succeed

"It is a good example of how schools can manipulate how they deliver the curriculum to lift student achievement."

Patients to air opinions

The Southern DHB will hold a public meeting in March to discuss its performance.

Public meeting to allow patients to give feedback to Southern District Health Board next month.

PM reveals $17m hole in economy 5 min ago

Back to the grindstone - MPs return for the opening of Parliament.

But the PM says the Government is committed to tax cuts as hostilities resume at Parliament.

Fatal house fire still being investigated

Police are still conducting inquiries in Kaikoura after a fatal house fire in Clarence.

An investigation into the cause of a fatal house fire at Clarence, north of Kaikoura, is ongoing.

5.7 earthquake 'intense'

People reported feeling the quake from Dunedin to Auckland.

No reports of injuries after 5.7 magnitude earthquake rattles upper South Island and felt across country.

No need to rewrite RBNZ rules

Finance Minister Bill English says Reserve Bank fraemwork designed to lower inflation, not push it up.

Low inflation isn't inhibiting businesses, so English has no plans to change Reserve Bank rules.

NZ aid to fight Zika in Tonga?

Foreign Minister Murray McCully says New Zealand is looking at options to help Tonga fight the Zika virus.

NZ considers boosting aid to Tonga to help the island battle the spread of the Zika virus. 

Labour 'won't quit TPPA'

Labour leader Andrew Little said the party would fight "tooth and nail" for changes to the TPPA if it became Government.

But Andrew Little says the party would fight "tooth and nail" for changes if it became Government.

UK health surcharge for Kiwis unlikely to change

Prime Minister John Key says a health surcharge on Kiwis living and paying tax in the UK is disappointing, but unlikely to be pared back.

Government unlikely to impose reciprocal charge for healthcare on UK residents here.

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crime

Mt Eden flasher: 'It wasn't me'

An Auckland professional is appealing his sentence and conviction for doing an indecent act.

1:39 PM  An Auckland professional convicted of flashing the same woman twice continues protesting his innocence.

Woman denies P lab risk to kids

1:14 PM  Woman denies she endangered children found living alongside suspected Christchurch methamphetamine (P) lab.

Child 'left in car overnight'

'Mr Asia' lawyer dies

politics

Waitangi location debate

Prime Minister John Key has been greeted by protests at previous Waitangi events, such as in 2012.

PM says he's made no calls on whether to attend Waitangi next year, but critics have "a legitimate point".

Govt heads to anti-IS meeting

Kiwi trainers are already helping Iraqi troops at Camp Taji, but American officials are calling on all countries in the coalition to do more.

Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee says the meeting will help guide the fight against "barbaric organisation".

Student debt political trickery

Ngatokotoru Puna, the nephew of Cook Islands Prime Minister Henry Puna, said he would struggle to pay back the student debt.

OPINION: A degree, or three, is no guarantee of a decent wage.

'Don't throw stuff at us' video

Josie Butler (pictured with Hone Harawira) says it was a squeaky toy, not a sex toy.

"What if it wasn't [a dildo], what if it was something much harder?, Andrew Little says.

education

Flunked NCEA? No problem

Making big career decisions can be daunting for school-leavers.

All's not lost if your teen's NCEA results aren't what they hoped for - they may still have a dream career.

Going 'beyond walls' at new school video

Haeata Community Campus is going open-plan, with large spacious classrooms to house up to 300 pupils at one time. Principal Andy Kai Fong checks on the progress of the build.

Aranui's new "super school" will embrace open-plan classrooms filled with 300 pupils.

Burmese children learn their language

Manawatu Burmese Community Group prepares for the second year of mother language classes for children.

More than 10,000km from home, Burmese children are learning their native language in NZ.

550 students deported since 2010

People who don't pay for their journey home before leaving are responsible for the debt, Immigration NZ said.

'If a student visa holder no longer meets the requirements of their visa, then they are required to depart.'

health

UK health surcharge for Kiwis unlikely to change

Prime Minister John Key says a health surcharge on Kiwis living and paying tax in the UK is disappointing, but unlikely to be pared back.

Government unlikely to impose reciprocal charge for healthcare on UK residents here.

Navigating city not for faint-hearted video

Jeremy Bodger travels from Addington to Northcote regularly using his wheelchair.

Christchurch wheelchair users continue to battle broken footpaths and roads five years after the quake.

'Penthouse' for elderly parents

Virginia Summers lives in a separate flat above her daughter and son-in-law, Rebekah and Derek McCullough.

Christchurch couple living with elderly mother say perceptions of aging and independence need to change.

'Lives at risk' unless WHO reforms

The World Health Organisation must reform, a UN report says.

"This may be the last opportunity" says high-level UN report.

women of influence

Being a woman in a man's world video

Joan Withers had little time to contemplate her award as Westpac Women of Influence supreme winner, going straight into a Mighty River Power shareholder's meeting the next day.

Girls in low-decile schools lack the role models to inspire them to success, says the award-winning business leader.

2015 winners

Winners of the Women of Influence awards 2015.

Businesswoman Joan Withers is named the supreme winner at this year's Women of Influence awards.

Why women start business

Sarah Lin not only helps businesses with their 3D printing needs but she also volunteers for an organisation that helps children in need of prosthetic hands through 3D printing.

Sarah Lin wanted freedom and flexibility when she started her 3D printing company.

Women of Influence finalists: Board and management

Barbara Kendall  volunteers on 13 different executive boards, commissions and working groups nationally and globally for sport representing athletes, woman, New Zealand and Oceania.

The finalists for the 2015 Women of Influence Awards in the Board and Management category.

farming

Farmer happy with lamb prices

Waimatua farmer Roger Bell assesses his long grass which he thinks has contributed to his good lamb prices for the 2015/16 season.

You can almost hear Roger Bell's grass growing on his Waimatua sheep farm.

Can hobbits save farmers?

A van from Hobbiton parked near the set of The Hobbit on a farm at  Wharepapa in the South Waikato.

Never mind finding the one ring to rule them all, can hobbits compensate for lost milk income?

Field day's humble start video

Southern Field Days chairman Logan Evans, left,  and committee member Grant Dickson discuss plans for the field days on February 10-12 in Waimumu.

Once a humble event, Southern Field Days is now the second largest of its type in NZ.

Worst stock-wading offenders

Cattle grazing on the shore of Lake Ellesmere, as seen from the Little River Rail Trail.

Criticism mounts about stock in waterways, with some farms getting repeated complaints.

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