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crime

Convict sues Corrections

Brendon Forrest is taking a case against Corrections.

4:46 PM  A man who burned down a Nelson restaurant and plotted mass murder behind bars says he was assaulted by prison guards.

Crown decides against sex-case retrial

4:44 PM  A decision which saw an Opunake man jailed and a lawyer question his faith in the system has been overturned.

Quick thinking saves young driver

Accused accepts manslaughter

politics

Pressure to raise refugee quota

United Future Leader Peter Dunne says New Zealand had a "good history" of responding positively to refugee crises, and should be prepared to play its part now.

More refugees should be allowed to make a new life in NZ, the Government's support parties say. 

What your flag choice says video

"Alternative" types will like the black and white koru, while traditionalists will favour the red, black and silver fern.

Motorists may soon be required by law to give cyclists a 1.5-metre gap when overtaking.

Law to give cyclists space

The Government is considering a law that would require overtaking drivers to give cyclists up to 1.5 metres of space. 

education

Contractor costs will fall - ministry

Labour's education spokesman Chris Hipkins says the Ministry of Education hasn't learnt anything from the Novopay debacle.

Payments for private contractors continue to skyrocket in Government departments.

Student took rude picture of teacher

A student who took an upskirt picture of his female teacher has returned to school.

Salisbury School

Salisbury School roll down to two

Only two students are set to be enrolled at Richmond's Salisbury School next year.

health

Sex offender might practise again

A Christchurch man convicted of multiple sex offences against young boys will be allowed to re-register for a medical certificate.

Christchurch man convicted of sex offences against young boys can reapply for medical registration.

Surgery assessments refused

Thousands of patients have stumbled at the first hurdle on their way to surgery during the past five years. 

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says the Government will track patients being sent back to GPs after referrals.

Why do specialists refuse GP referrals?

Thousands are turned away from specialist medical appointments, despite being referred by their GP.

Women of Influence

A very unplanned career

"I'd have every child in New Zealand growing up with the kind of opportunities I had, that would be brilliant," says Fran Wilde.

Former Wellington mayor and Labour MP Fran Wilde was the local and regional winner in 2013.

Advice to your teenage self video

If you could go back in time, what advice would you give to your teenage self?

2014 Emerging Leader winner Althea Carbon

'Push out of your comfort zone'

Young corporate lawyer Althea Carbon is passionate about using digital innovation to help charities.

farming

Dairy prices still rising

Price rises were backed by 166 participating bidders trading 35,865 metric tonnes of dairy product.

But difficult times are far from over for farmers after the second positive dairy auction in a row.

Curly a godsend for widow

A widowed dairy farmer says she's felt blessed to have a visit from goodwill jogger Grant Jacobs.

Farmers are frustrated at increased poaching on their land.

Poaching increasing

Sheep farmer bemused at the sentencing of a helicopter pilot caught poaching on his property.

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