Pedestrian dies at rail crossing

Rescue staff at the scene of the fatality on the tracks near Morningside station, Auckland.

A pedestrian dies after being hit by a train at a barrier-controlled rail crossing in Auckland.

'Aviation patriarch' farewelled

SAD DAY: Funeral for Aviation pioneer Jack Mehlhopt who was killed in a Microlight crash last Friday

A guard of honour and flyover featured at the funeral  of "aviation patriarch" Jack Mehlhopt this afternoon.

Driest January on record?

HOT JANUARY: Wellingtonians make the most of the hot weather at Oriental Bay.

Parts of Auckland and Wellington are on course for their driest January on record.

Chopper hired from Pike funds

Cabinet minister Nick Smit

Cabinet minister Nick Smith chartered helicopter for TV cameras - using tax-payer cash set aside for families of the Pike River victims.

He built it, then he burnt it

EMPTY SHELL: The Featherston, Wairarapa home burned down by Timothy Grindlay.

Man who built a house with his ex-wife set fire to it, then sat on the lawn drinking wine and watching it burn.

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crime

Creepy couple unmasked video

WANTED COUPLE: Police would like to speak to the masked pair seen intimidating people in Auckland parks recently.

A mystery couple who alarmed Auckland park-goers by appearing in masks have come forward to police.

Fraudsters' parole hearing deferred

Jailed finance directors Neal Nicholls and Wayne Douglas have had their first parole hearings deferred after an error was made with their eligibility dates.

He built a house, then burnt it

Man sent threatening emails

politics

Fish-hook in state house plan video

John Key delivers his state of the nation address, 2014

Ministers say state houses being sold off by the Government will not fall into developers' hands - unless there is a special arrangement.

McCully's Antarctica flight

An Antarctica-bound flight forced to make a dramatic landing was using a plane unsuited for the conditions.

Cabinet minister Nick Smit

Chopper hired from Pike funds

Nick Smith chartered another helicopter for TV cameras - this time using  cash set aside for families of the Pike River victims.

education

Parents rush to buy uniforms

Milson Primary School associate principal Tracy Thorn and year 3 student Cade Ellery, 7, look at secondhand uniforms.

Kitting out kids in school uniforms this year may set Manawatu families back hundreds of dollars.

Wananga leads the way with app

A new mobile app for carpentry students teaches them how to build a house from the ground up.

Watch out: Accidents in schoolyards cost the taxpayer more than $800,000 in ACC claims last year.

School accidents costly

Accidents in Wellington schools cost the taxpayer just over $800,000 last year.

health

Former TVNZ journo aids ebola fight

Former reporter Corrine Ambler is in Africa working with the Red Cross in the fight against Ebola.

Corinne Ambler has swapped the newsroom for a stint in Africa helping in the fight against ebola.

Manawatu Teen pregnancies fall

All-encompassing sex education and maturing mindsets may reduce teen pregnancies in Manawatu.

Christchurch nurse Sahra Ahmed wants to change the perception that all Somalis are either pirates or plane hijackers. She is heading to Sierra Leone to work with Ebola victims.

Nursing Ebola victims

Christchurch nurse Sahra Ahmed wants to change the perception that all Somalis are either pirates or plane hijackers.

farming

Milk volume forecast reduced

Milk

Farmers may find a silver lining if the reduced supply helps dairy prices recover.

End of big dry hoped for

Farmers have been caught out by the speed with which the severe dry conditions have arrived.

The first of the cows is prepared for the NZ Dairy Event at Manfield Stadium, Feilding.

Cows prepped

Cows were primped for showing and sales at the opening day of the NZ Dairy Event.

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