New principal under investigation

'ADMINISTRATIVE ERROR'€™: James Haggett.

The principal of a Government charter school is under a Teachers Council investigation.

United in grief for murdered man

Hirata Harris, sister of murder victim Ihaia Gillman-Harris at her home in Wellington.

When you trample on my brother's mana, says Hirata Harris, you trample on the whole whanau.

Love propels dad through seas

Don Reid emerging from the water at Maketu Beach after a 12.3 km swim from Motiti Island which took him 4 hours 15 minutes.

Bay of Plenty father swims 12.5km through choppy ocean to faise funds for life-changing surgery for son.

Crackdown on drones

Three drone operators have been fined as part of a recent crackdown on drone use.

Aviation authorities are mounting an unprecedented crackdown on drone operators, with three fined in safety scares.

Refugee pleads for help

DIFFERENT WORLDS: Friends of Christian convert Khalid Muidh Alzahrani fear the refugee has been abducted from his Christchurch flat and taken back to Saudi Arabia – home to the Islamic holy city of Mecca – where it is against the law for Muslims to abandon their faith.

A Saudi refugee who suddenly left the country last year has contacted friends pleading for help.

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crime

Eerie echoes in death

MOURNED: Gwen Blake

A celebrant who officiated at the funeral of a Taranaki shooting victim is now herself dead.

Serious assault in Queenstown

A man was knocked unconscious and then beaten while on the pavement in Queenstown last night.

Arrest after Stratford death video

'Animal control officer' steals dog

politics

Waitangi Day trouble expected

Hinewhare Harawira at Waitangi

Judge signals trouble ahead after he approved the appointment of one of the country's most disruptive women and her partner.

Greens set for leadership run-off

The Green Party is to embark on a primary-style leadership run-off, after the shock resignation of co-leader Russel Norman.

'ADMINISTRATIVE ERROR'€™: James Haggett.

Principal under investigation

The Government's controversial charter school experiment faces more strife.

education

New principal under investigation

'ADMINISTRATIVE ERROR'€™: James Haggett.

The Government's controversial charter school experiment faces more strife, with the principal of the latest school under investigation by the Teachers Council.

Principals quit in big numbers

School principals are leaving the profession in droves, with parents' expectations and a lack of support blamed.

Eleanor Catton

Eleanor Catton: 'A book is a doorway'

OPINION: Imagine the sudden dissolution of all sports stadiums, fitness centres and recreational facilities in New Zealand, rationalised by the argument that if kids want to learn about sport they can watch it on TV.

health

Surprise from kids' food trial

Everything in moderation:  Aria Ferris, 10, gets stuck into a McDonald’s Happy Meal in Auckland.

Fast food giant McDonald's might be the healthier option when it comes to straight comparisons with other burger restaurants, but child obesity figures are enough to wipe the smile off Ronald's face.

'Silent killer' took daughter swiftly

After losing their daughter, two parents want other families to be aware of how deadly meningococcal disease can be.

Michelle Allwright: Before her weight loss surgery.

Fattest nation?

In December, Nelson woman Michelle Allwright popped over to India for about a week.

farming

Robotics the way ahead

Ben Cameron, with sons James, 13, left, and Izaac, 11, is about to start building.

A Waikato dairying couple are about to welcome six robots to the family.

More land in foreign hands

Another 3000 hectares of Canterbury dairying land has been approved for foreign ownership or control.

George Tennent, left, and his father David at the Hessett block in the foothills of the Ruahine Range.

United on succession plans

A Hawke's Bay couple are carefully planning for the time when their four sons take over three farms.

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