Rena report due today

Salvors at the Rena wreck.

Probe into cargo ship's grounding will come to close with the release of investigators' final report today.

Girl hit by car in Auckland

New 2014 ambulance. Paramedic Stephen Burgess at the wheel.

6 min ago  Six-year-old girl in critical condition after being struck by car in Auckland.

Truck careers into house

SMASH: A truck crashed into a Redcliffs home, taking out power to neighbouring houses.

10:13 AM  Power cut to Christchurch homes after a truck crashes into a house in the suburb of Redcliffs.

Younger men use violence

Domestic violence.

An increasing number of younger men are using violence against family members - "mostly mums".

Fisherman swept out to sea

The mouth of the Waimakariri River, near where a fisherman was swept 200 metres offshore.

9:34 AM  Fisherman swept 200m offshore managed "tricky job" of removing waders before they pulled him under.

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crime

New charge in workplace death

Court generic NZ

13 min ago  Manslaughter charge laid over the death of Auckland man Gordon Hona at a Foodstuffs warehouse.

Obscene material lands man in court

A Nelson man has been found guilty of possessing of "disgusting and abhorrent" material.

Younger men use violence

Caught red-handed: chase lasts 20km

politics

Rena report due today

Salvors at the Rena wreck.

Probe into cargo ship's grounding will come to close with the release of investigators' final report today.

Flag needs to 'scream NZ'

PM continues to advocate for changing the national flag, sticking to silver fern preference.

Gerry Brownlee

Brownlee's war on jargon

Acronyms go MIA in Defence Force briefing papers as new minister Gerry Brownlee says not on my watch.

education

Uni student take on beach recruit

RECRUITMENT: Waikato University students Tia Sweet and Scott Martin will take the university message to the beaches in their black van.

10:09 AM  A trio of students will pitch Waikato University to their peers on the beaches of Coromandel this summer.

Principal denies charges video

Waikato school principal Bruce Darroch is accused of possessing hundreds of objectionable images of children.

School student

Errant teachers exposed

Misbehaving teachers will be routinely named and shamed, a disciplinary tribunal has ruled.

health

Hearty thanks for saviours

Eileen Ormrod thanks the St John ambulance paramedics, Geoff Flaus and Jo Blakeman, who treated her during a cardiac arrest.

10:26 AM  Eileen Ormrod was worried about her new bra while a having heart attack that she thought was food poisoning.

Deadly Mansfield undertones?

One man believes infectious disease epidemics cast a shadow over one of NZ's greatest writers.

DETERMINATION: Brooke Murray’s heart has stopped seven times in the past four years.

Heart-stopping moments

A tattoo saying "fall down seven stand up eight" is testimony to 18-year-old's determination.

farming

Many farms 'severely dry'

Niwa drought index.

South Canterbury dry land dairy farmers are prepared for a difficult season figures suggest the region has dried out.

Deadline hangs over dam

The $275 million Ruataniwha dam project is in danger of running out of time, after last week's High Court setback.

STAYING POSITIVE: Waikato Federal Farmers president Chris Lewis says conditions, apart from dairy prices, at his farm are positive.

Prices give lift in confidence

The slight lift in dairy prices in the latest GDT auction has offered a glimmer of hope for farmers.