Shots fired in South Auckland

Armed police wait outside a South Auckland home.

3:27 PM  A wounded and limping man is in custody after a shoot-out with police in south Auckland.

River search for tramper

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Police search section of the Young River in Central Otago for Dunedin student who may have been swept away.

Four escape house inferno

Three adults and the child were understood to have been asleep when fire broke out in the rented single storey home.

Three adults and a child have escaped a fire which ripped through a Tokoroa home.

Kiwi's close shave in quake

Christchurch's Chris Skinner on his trek in Nepal before the earthquake.

3 min ago  A New Zealander in Nepal had a lucky escape when part of the teahouse he was in collapsed in Saturday's 7.8-magnitude quake.

Water rescue honoured gallery video

Constable Paul Watts and Constable Simon Russell have been honoured for their bravery after they rescued a woman trapped in her car in Waitemata Harbour.

2:05 PM  The bravery of two officers who pulled a woman from a sinking car has been recognised.

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crime

Woman tells of accused pulling teeth

Philip Lyle Hansen appears in Wellington District Court on Tuesday morning.

2 min ago  Woman tells court of having six teeth pulled out in the back of a car.

Three arrested in yacht drug bust

9 min ago  Police have recovered 25kg of cannabis from a yacht moored in the Marlborough Sounds.

'Awful, violent death'

Man wounded in police shoot-out

politics

Key 'understands' use of force

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Prime Minister John Key meets with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan in Abu Dhabi.

As Gulf States warplanes pound Iran-alliedĀ HouthiĀ rebels in Yemen, Prime Minister John Key says he "understands" the use of force.

NZ concerned over executions

NZ could take diplomatic action against Indonesia if planned executions of drug smugglers go ahead.

Prime Minister John Key meets with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan in Abu Dhabi.

Beehive Live: MPs return

After a three-week recess, the MPs have returned and are ready to face a grilling on the last 21 days of events.

education

Suspicious fire damages school block

A fire ripped through Warkworth School’s sports equipment room, toilet block and store room early on Monday morning.

Warkworth School has lost sports equipment, toilets and a store room after fire ripped through a school building.

Booze ban for halls

A Vic Uni accommodation hall has banned alcohol after ''excessive drinking" and wild behaviour that left holes in the ceiling.

Diana Lakin and Penny Howard are calling for  changes at the Millwater Parkway and Bankside Rd intersection.

Fourteen red light runners a day

It is only a matter of time before a child is killed at an Auckland intersection where drivers are running red lights, parents say.

health

A long road to mental recovery

The length of the recovery should not be underestimated, says Caroline Bell, head of Otago University's Mental Health Clinical Research Unit in Christchurch.

After recovering, there is the recovering from the recovering. And it may take 10 years.

Mum stresses pregnancy scans video

A young mum who opted for a 4D ultrasound finds her unborn baby had a rare brain condition.

Clare Templeton and Helen Brown in front of the old nursing quarters at Whangarei Hospital, now converted to an office block.

Relishing five decades of care

It's been fifty years since they graduated, but two Whangarei nurses still love coming to work each day.

farming

Sustainability from the heart

The de Jong family, winners of the supreme award at the Waikato Farm Environment Awards. From left, Talbert de Jong and partner Emily Meese Tineke, Simone and Frans de Jong.

Farming sustainably comes from the heart, award-winning farmer Frans de Jong says.

Empty rates rising in Waikato

Empty cow rates are up over much of dairying heartland Waikato as farmers respond to a squeeze on their wallets and outlawing of inductions.

Lowering the stocking rate and using a feed pad are two actions that could help reduce a farmers' nitrogen leaching, an ongoing DairyNZ study has found.

N leaching reductions possible

Nitrogen leaching can be reduced by 40-50 per cent if the cows are stood off on a feed pad at a reduced stocking rate.

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