'He hasn't answered any calls'

Canadian man Kris Blair, 22, has not been heard from in three weeks.

8:41 AM  The family of a Canadian tourist are worried after he failed to arrive to start a job in Timaru last week.

Cyclist killed by train video

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A cyclist has been killed after colliding with a train on Fendalton Road

9:44 AM  A male cyclist is dead after a train hit him at a Christchurch railway crossing.

Kiwis are fat and in denial

Research has shown Kiwi parents consider their normal-weight children underweight, and consider overweight children to be healthy.

Kiwis might tout themselves as a sports-mad nation, but the reality is most of us are chubby and inactive.

Cera defends $2.5m PR spend

Cera acting chief executive John Ombler says communications is a core part of what the organisation does.

9:44 AM  Cera has 19 in-house comms staff. So why did it spend $1.6m on hiring PR and media consultants?

Women brawl in driveway

The Blenheim District Court.

A long-standing feud reignited after a woman found her tyres slashed, then went for revenge.

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Retired teachers plugging skill shortage

Secondary Principals' Association president Sandy Pasley is concerned about specialist skill shortages in teaching.

Maths and science teachers are being pulled out of retirement as schools experience ''critical'' staff shortages.

25 involved in school bus crash

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Twenty-five people assessed by paramedics after school bus crashes in Christchurch.

Petrol at new 12 month low

Petrol prices hit a fresh 12 month low on Thursday morning, with the second price cut this week.

Petrol prices are at a fresh 12 month low after another drop in the price of oil.

Cyclist killed by train video

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A cyclist has been killed after colliding with a train on Fendalton Road

Ashen-faced train driver asks "did I just hit somebody" after cyclist killed at Christchurch railway crossing.

Cera defends $2.5m PR spend

Cera acting chief executive John Ombler says communications is a core part of what the organisation does.

Cera has 19 in-house comms staff. So why did it spend $1.6m on hiring PR and media consultants?

Man charged with Northland murder

The alleged offender will be appearing on a murder charge in the Whangarei District Court on Thursday.

Police have charged a 48-year-old man with murder following the death of a man in Whangarei last night.

Anti-smacking law 'failed': report

Family First national director Bob McCoskrie says the anti-smacking law has created unnecessary trauma for some parents unfairly accused of abusing their children.

Family First says law has done nothing to tackle child abuse, but claims dismissed as "ridiculous" by Sue Bradford.

Keeping it in the National family

Rachel Trimble, who is also Minister Simon Bridges' sister, with her fiance National MP Simon O'Connor.

National MP Simon O'Connor left the priesthood for politics and now he's marrying a Cabinet Minister's sister.

Police hunt man after indecent assaults

Police say they urgently require help from the public to help identify the offender.

Police say there have been reports of a man indecently assaulting young women in Onehunga.

Visa fraud accused revealed

Loraine Anne Jayme stands in the dock during her appearance in the Hamilton District Court on Wednesday. Jayme, 35, is facing 284 charges relating to the obtaining work visas for immigrant Filipino dairy workers by allegedly fraudulent means.

Threats against her life not enough to keep Loraine Anne Jayme's name secret.

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Police hope to bag poachers

Blenheim sergeant Mike Porter says police will now target poachers "anytime, anywhere".

8:36 AM  Persistent poachers will soon find they're sharing their favourite hunting spots with police.

Car wash? Nope, laundromat

Out-of-control car smashes into building and ends lodged in a south Auckland laundromat.

Police launch homicide inquiry

Police slammed for inaction on burglaries

politics

New MP's maiden speech

Maureen Pugh describes herself as a fifth generation West Coaster bought up in Cobden.

National's newest MP Maureen Pugh has an unusual claim to fame.

Joyce's response to protesters video

Steven Joyce says that trade access is hugely important for a small country like New Zealand.

OPINION: I've been listening to you over the past few years, months and weeks. So, I'd like to set the record straight on a few matters.

Police slammed for inaction 

Police commissioner Mike Bush said police are focusing on doing more to solve burglaries.

Number of burglaries solved drops below 10 per cent in some parts of NZ.

Calls for big cigarette tax hike

There is very "strong scientific ground" for the government to increase taxes on tobacco to cut smoking rates, according to a public health expert.

Raising tobacco taxes by up to 50 per cent could be key to helping NZ reach smoke-free target.

education

Chinese firm buys Waitaki 'castle'

A Chinese company has bought Campbell Park Estate in the Waitaki Valley.

An affiliate company of NZHouseChina has purchased Campbell Park Estate, located in the Waitaki Valley near Oamaru.

Student mastering One Direction

One Direction performing in Auckland on October 12, 2013.

A scholarship to research One Direction - welcome to Millie Lovelock's world.

Mould and cold hit student health

A mouldy bathroom in a student flat in central Wellington. Victoria University of Wellington Students' Association president Jonathan Gee says the room is typical of student flats in the city.

Students tell MPs of "toxic" effect of poor housing on their well-being and academic performance.

Inclusion centre helping boys

Guidance counsellor Jonathan Loan with inclusion centre co-ordinator and facilitator Sandi Charles.

The centre used to be a toilet block, and was converted by staff members, with local businesses donating time and materials.

health

Hamilton GP who admitted misconduct named

A Hamilton GP who admitted inappropriately prescribing drugs has been named by the New Zealand Health Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal.

The Waikato doctor admitted professional misconduct after prescribing high doses of addictive drugs to patients with drug dependency problems.

Mould and cold hit student health

A mouldy bathroom in a student flat in central Wellington. Victoria University of Wellington Students' Association president Jonathan Gee says the room is typical of student flats in the city.

Students tell MPs of "toxic" effect of poor housing on their well-being and academic performance.

Doctors to text smokers

Wendy Moody of New Plymouth believed smokers receiving text messages from their doctors wasn't likely to make anyone decide to quit.

Would texts from your doctor help you quit smoking?

Health budget formula revised

Taranaki DHB may get a smaller share of national health funding after changes were made in the formula that allocates the funding.

Funding to rise for 7 DHBs, and dip for 4 others including Auckland, after changes to health budget's allocation formula.

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

Southland dairy applicants dry up

Southland Filipino Society co-ordinator Dorothea Hawkins (in front) in 2013. Behind (from left): Vivian Villanueva, Conchita Escalon, and Editha Villanueva-Peterson.

Fewer Filipinos applying for dairy jobs amid alleged visa scam.

Police hope to bag poachers

Blenheim sergeant Mike Porter says police will now target poachers "anytime, anywhere".

Persistent poachers will soon find they're sharing their favourite hunting spots with police.

Environment CEO's challenges

Ministry for the Environment chief executive Vicky Robertson has pinpointed maintaining and improving freshwater quality as her highest priority.

The state of the country's freshwater is at the top of the agenda for this public service CEO.

Spirits high at field days gallery video

Ryan McLean, 6, of Thornbury, takes a rest from the heat in the tyre well of a John Deere tractor.

Farmers look for bargains to improve production at Southern Field Days.

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