Work and Income ram-raided

Police and Fire Investigators examine the scene at the Blenheim Work and Income office, where a van was rammed through the front doors before a man set fire to the building at 5am.

Van smashes into Work and Income building, which is then set alight.

Vicious slurs ruin Christmas

police

"I will hang you from a tree like your ancestors" teen said in racist attack online.

'There is no use crying'

Lisa Stewart is spending her last Christmas with her boys, Riley and Charlie, left.

Lisa Stewart and her boys will celebrate what is likely to be their last Christmas together.

Child drunk on hand sanitiser

40mls of alcohol-based hand sanitiser, the estimated amount a four-year-old drank before becoming grossly intoxicated.

Ministry investigates how child got drunk at preschool and will warn childhood centres about alcohol-based hand sanitiser.

Children blackmailed for sex pics

A computer user is silhouetted with a row of computer monitors at an Internet cafe in Shenyang, in northern China's Liaoning province.

A man has been charged with trying to extort sexual pictures from children online.

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crime

Vicious slurs ruin Christmas

police

"I will hang you from a tree like your ancestors" teen told in vicious racist attack on Facebook.

Work and Income hit

Man charged with burglary and arson after Work and Income building ram-raided and set alight.

Pressies stolen from under tree

Firefighters pelted with bottles

politics

Reporter gets privacy apology

ANDREA VANCE: Parliamentary swipe card and phone records were accessed during the investigation.

Fairfax political reporter Andrea Vance has received an apology from Parliamentary Service over a breach of her privacy during an investigation into a leaked report.

Dotcom appeal dismissed

Supreme Court dismisses Kim Dotcom's appeal against decision that said the raids were legal.

Backing their man: Sharemilker Bas Nelis had the support of his farming colleagues when he was prosecuted.

NZ First attacks council

Party says Waikato Regional Council bureaucrats who prosecuted Bas Nelis should seek employment in North Korea.

education

Preschooler drunk on hand sanitiser

40mls of alcohol-based hand sanitiser, the estimated amount a four-year-old drank before becoming grossly intoxicated.

Ministry investigates how child got drunk at preschool and will warn early childhood centres about alcohol-based hand sanitiser.

Dodgy testimonials investigated

Private boarding school teacher put on "garden leave" after writing inappropriate comments on student reports.

The number of male teachers in New Zealand schools continues to decline despite the Ministry of Education's attempts to fix the gender imbalance.
Palmerston North teacher Stephen Baker with kids Max, 3, and Harry, 5.

Man's teaching passion

He once stacked knuckles at a freezing works, now he can't imagine working in anything but education.

health

'He'll never walk, never talk'

Maddox Parker, 1, who suffers from the rare and terminal Leigh's disease gets a cuddle from his mum Rebecca Parker at their Kihikihi home.

One-year-old Maddox Parker has just reached a miracle milestone - his first birthday. 

Chemotherapy for Christmas video

10-month-old is about to begin her fourth round of chemotherapy, but family is determined to celebrate Christmas.

Toxic algae is coloured dark brown to black. It is typically found on large rocks and stones.

Toxic algae in Wairarapa waterway

Phormidium can kill animals, and in humans can cause vomiting, diarrhoea and skin irritations.

farming

The milk doesn’t stop

BUSINESS AS USUAL: Denis Wanihi, cream plant packing operator at Fonterra's Te Rapa factory, worked his second Christmas in a row this year.

It may be Christmas, but it was business as usual for the shift workers at Fonterra's Te Rapa factory.

Campaign targets job security

Meatworkers are being forced out of the industry because of insecure jobs, a union official says.

The bull semen extraction process at the Awahuri centre.

It's strictly semen business

Dairy bulls show us what they're made of as LIC collects semen for export at its Manawatu centre.