Taylor guilty of attempted murder

Head injury victim Kahu Vincent during his time at Wakari Hospital, Dunedin.

Ahu Taylor intended to kill Kahu Vincent when he attacked him in Wanaka last year, a jury has found.

Missing toddler found

Hamilton police searching for missing three-year-old boy.

A three-year-old boy who went missing in Claudelands, Hamilton, has been found.

'Life's history gone in one go'

Amit Anjara is desperate to recover two suitcases stolen from outside his apartment.

A Mt Albert man is desperate to recover two stolen suitcases containing valuable family heirlooms.

'We were trying to kick him' video

Shekinah Relies-Skipper was pulled into a car in Burns Ave, Palmerston North, on Friday morning.

6:15 PM  "He just walked around me and grabbed her and chucked her in the car," girls say of sister's abduction.

Teen 10cm taller overnight

Fourteen-year-old Sam Hansen grew 10cm overnight, after undergoing surgery to correct scoliosis.

Sam Hansen, 14, became taller than her big sister in just one night.

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Obama's 'real friendship' with Key video

Mates. John Key and Barack Obama.

The US President wants to pay New Zealand a visit - it's just a case of sorting his schedule.

Cursed ring claims first victim

The ring had a curse placed on it after Gertrude Christina Nohl and Martin Johann Wagner were married in 1906.

The ring hexed with a 100-year-old curse has claimed its first victim: the guy who allegedly stole it.

Nurse drugged daughter, police say

A nurse is accused of medicating her own daughter to make her ill.

Hutt Valley nurse faces accusations she gave her daughter mind-altering meds to make her ill.

Man crushed by truck

A man has died after being crushed by a truck ramp at Forklifts NZ, Christchurch.

A man has died after he was crushed by a truck ramp in Hornby, Christchurch.

'They've taken my sister' video

Shekinah Relies-Skipper was pulled into a car in Burns Ave, Palmerston North, on Friday morning.

Families in fear after 5-year-old abducted as she walked to school.

McDonald's fire under control video

The fire at McDonald's in Silverstream, Upper Hutt, on Friday afternoon.

A McDonald's in Silverstream was evacuated and nearby trains stopped because of the blaze.

'I thought she wouldn't come back' video

Shekinah Relies-Skipper was pulled into a car in Burns Ave, Palmerston North, on Friday morning.

''He just walked around me and grabbed her and chucked her in the car,'' girls say of sister's abduction.

Deportees costing $1000 each

Corrections Minister Judith Collins said PARS has already helped more than 100 deportees to settle into New Zealand.

Costs for deportee support services are ongoing, as Government gives another $100k.

Surfing Iran and Papua New Guinea

Easkey Britton was reportedly the first woman to surf in Iran.

An Irish surfer has shared her passion with women in Iran and Papua New Guinea.

Gondola to make communication improvements

A series of communication improvements will be made to the Christchurch Gondola after a mechanical fault left uninformed customers upset on Saturday.

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Christchurch Gondola hopes to have a speaker system fitted to its pods in six weeks after a communication blunder upset customers.

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crime

Fraud accused was a 'bully'

A couple are on trial for allegedly defrauding a publicly listed company of $2.3 million.

A former Mighty River Power engineer was bad at keeping to budget and was a "bully", court told.

Fuel theft 'could have claimed lives'

The theft of helicopter fuel in Fiordland put pilot and passengers at "substantial risk", police say.

Police seek missing teen

Man shot in Kaitaia

politics

Bridges stalls electric car policy

Transport minister Simon Bridges poses for a photo at the opening of the Vector electric charging station in Auckland on Friday.

When will the transport minister make his announcement on electric vehicles?

No govt funding for beach

Government minister Paula Bennett says there are no plans to kick in money to a beach crowdfunding campaign.

"It's not our intentions at this stage to put money in," Paula Bennett says.

Crusher Collins' comeback

Police Minister Judith Collins says the blame for crashes following police pursuits should fall on the drivers who flee, not police.

How to stop drivers fleeing from police? Easy, says Judith Collins. Crush their cars.

Colin Craig turns home builder

Businessman and former politician Colin Craig hopes to do more affordable housing developments.

Ex-Conservatives leader Colin Craig wants to build affordable homes to ease Auckland's housing crisis.

education

NZQA reviewing typing rule

Declan Callaghan, left, and sister Mirren are happy NZQA is reviewing the rule that blocked their writer Matt Macfarlane, centre, from typing their assessments.

Special-needs students will be able to request their writers to type their assignments.

Rawhiti School becomes one video

Education Minister Hekia Parata celebrates the opening of the new Rawhiti School along with Stella Rihari-Baker, 13, and Petra Brinkerhoff, 5, the school's oldest and youngest pupils.

A Christchurch merger school that has been operating from two sites has celebrated its first birthday on its new grounds.

Te reo funds schooling

Royal Oak Intermediate associate principal Michael Webber is preparing his pupils Teresa Feaomoengalu, Miyah Reynolds-Sinel, Karlos Huch and Fritz Jahnke-Tavana for the Te Reo-athon.

Te Reo Maori is helping pupils get a fair shot at education.

Tog donations get kids back in the pool

New Pukemiro School principal Wendy Sheridan-Smith is overjoyed that the children get to use the school pool. Paige Katipa, Jorjah Tawha, Jahmain Kaihe, Rakai Taoho and Summer van Leeuwen cool off in the summer heat.

Thanks to swimsuit donations and the new school principal, kids at decile one Pukemiro Primary School are learning how to swim again.

health

Farmer helpline needed

Last year Sir John Kirwan spoke to Manawatu farmers about coping with stress and depression.

Farmers need access to a 24/7 helpline for mental health support.

City closer to being smokefree

Smokefree advocate Richard Foster, from Melbourne, talks to interested groups about how smokefree spaces are benefiting Melbourne. From left; Kerry Hocquard, Sally Darragh, Julie Beckett and Richard Foster.

Outdoor dinning areas are soon becoming smokefree in Palmerston North.

Farmers egged on to suicide

Waikato herd manager Gina Greenwood says farmers are not responsible for the bobby calf deaths which have attracted the ire of animal welfare activists.

Attacks on dairy farmers from animal rights advocates are escalating, supporters say.

Where do you get your water?

Nelson Marlborough District Health Board health protection officer David Speedy is encouraging people to check trucks used to carry water are registered with public health if they buy tankered drinking water.

Marlborough residents with empty water tanks should check companies trucking in water are meeting public health standards.

women of influence

Being a woman in a man's world video

Joan Withers had little time to contemplate her award as Westpac Women of Influence supreme winner, going straight into a Mighty River Power shareholder's meeting the next day.

Girls in low-decile schools lack the role models to inspire them to success, says the award-winning business leader.

2015 winners

Winners of the Women of Influence awards 2015.

Businesswoman Joan Withers is named the supreme winner at this year's Women of Influence awards.

Why women start business

Sarah Lin not only helps businesses with their 3D printing needs but she also volunteers for an organisation that helps children in need of prosthetic hands through 3D printing.

Sarah Lin wanted freedom and flexibility when she started her 3D printing company.

Women of Influence finalists: Board and management

Barbara Kendall  volunteers on 13 different executive boards, commissions and working groups nationally and globally for sport representing athletes, woman, New Zealand and Oceania.

The finalists for the 2015 Women of Influence Awards in the Board and Management category.

farming

Herd the one about the sheep? video

A new perspective on sheep farming.

Drone footage of Hawke's Bay sheep being herded has attracted global attention.

Flashpoint over poachers

Blenheim police Sergeant Mike Porter says police will now target poachers "anytime, anywhere".

Fed-up farmers are losing patience with trespassing hunters.

Top shearers meet Welshmen 

Dion King, one of New Zealand's shearers facing Wales.  He is shearing as part of a during a competition.

Rangitikei will host the third test between New Zealand shearers and Wales.

Show hens some love

Animal welfare activists in 2014 protest against the farming of colony-caged eggs

Animal rights group SAFE wants Countdown supermarkets to sell only free-range or barn-raised eggs.

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