Boy in critical condition

Police outside Taradale School in Napier, on Monday, May 25, 2015.

A nine-year-old pupil is critical after being strangled in a school accident.

Lost runner tells of her ordeal

Susan O'Brien with 9-month-old Misha. She found the strength to survive a night in the bush after drinking the breast milk she is still feeding to Misha.

9:45 AM  Breast milk expressed into a Moro bar wrapper gave her "adrenaline rush".

MP's human trafficking quip

Ian McKelvie, National MP for Rangitikei.

9:09 AM  MP admits comments in Parliament likening human trafficking to stock rustling probably "ill advised".

Bitter cold creeps through NZ

Central areas of the country woke to a frosty morning.

9:50 AM  The snow's gone for most but it will be a chilly day with a bitterly cold southwest flow covering the country.

Pensioner's $250,000 fraud

Woman admits claiming $250k in fradulent benefits, after lying for more than a decade about her relationship status.

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crime

Care centre manslaughter accused in court

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9:34 AM  The woman accused of manslaughter of a high-needs teen at a Palmerston North care centre has appeared in court.

Pawn shop killer culpable - Crown

Man who stabbed two pawn shop workers was in meth-induced psychosis, court told.

Pensioner's $250,000 fraud fib

Meth bust at Auckland Airport

politics

SkyCity centre gets OK

Hobson Street view of the redesigned SkyCity International Convention Centre.

5 min ago  SkyCity comes up with a new convention centre design that doesn't require a taxpayer top-up.

'Restrict foreign house buyers'

9:31 AM  OPINION: Restrictions are needed stop Canterbury homes becoming "playdough for foreign speculators".

National MP Maurice Williamson tried unsuccessfully to jump ship to ACT according to party leader David Seymour.

Live: Maurice trouble-making?

9:20 AM  National MP Maurice Williamson causing headaches for PM after he reportedly unsuccessfully tried to jump ship to ACT.

education

Late kids 'set up to fail'

Children are being "set up to fail" by parents who do not get them to school on time, says the New Zealand Principals' Federation president Denise Torrey.

Concern is growing at the number of parents failing to get their children to school on time.

Student loans for prisoners on the up

The number of prisoners to receive a student loan for tertiary study at Manawatu Prison has been increasing but numbers remain low.

Police visit Mt Richmond Special School after reports of a young boy on the school roof.

Boy climbs onto school roof

A special needs boy has been taken to hospital after climbing onto a roof and throwing objects.

health

Man with MS aims for Everest

Palmerston North man Nick Allen, who suffers from multiple sclerosis, is planning to climb two 6100-metre Himalayan mountains in September to raise awareness and money for MS.

13 min ago  Being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and stepping into a mobility chair was the lowest point in Nick Allen's life. But now he is aiming for the highest mountain range in the world - The Himalayas.

Baby formula security lowered

Foodstuffs will no longer have a monitor watching over milk powder products in its New World and Pak 'n Save stores.

Jaimee Fincher and her daughter Adorabella, 10. Jaimee was diagnosed with a rare tumour on her spine earlier this year.

Surgery for rare tumour

Most people relax over Queen's Birthday weekend, but Jaimee Fincher will be preparing for the worst.

farming

Fonterra a large scale coal user

Giant dairy co-operative Fonterra is New Zealand's third largest coal user.

One of NZ's biggest coal burners could switch to biofuels - but at a cost.

Roads sold to Fonterra

Waimate District Council to receive $155,000 for the sale of roads around Fonterra's Studholme dairy factory.

Mike Bowler's sheep are saying what many North Canterbury farmers are thinking.

Sheep bring high spirits

A farmer fed up with drought has been putting his sheep to good use, arranging them into roadside billboards to make people smile.

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