Fire damages home gallery

Marlene Sturm can't believe how black everything looks after the fire.

What wasn't damaged by fire is damaged by smoke and water, leaving family looking for a new home.

The man behind the lens video

Dee McMahon who was killed in a motorbike accident on State Highway 1, Wellington on Sunday.

Son farewells father and best friend, while other mourners recall a man with an infectious smile.

School pupils 'self entitled'

Nelson College headmaster Gary O'Shea.

"The beards, the hair, the puffer jackets... this isn't new," but their sense of entitlement is, says school principal.

Top cops to sue

Inspector John Canning and two of his senior sergeants - Allyson Ealam and Phillip Barker - have launched a $1.5 million defamation case against the Attorney General and Tasman district commander Superintendent Karyn Malthus.

The West Coast's top police officer and two senior sergeants launch a $1.5 million defamation case against their boss.

Felled tree cuts power

040513 NEWS. Robert Charles/Taranaki Daily News. Powerlines, Inglewood. For File.

They were supposed to remove a tree too close to power lines. Instead they accidentally dropped it on the 33,000-volt lines.

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crime

Witherlea man facing over 50 charges

A Witherlea man who appeared via audiovisual link in the Blenheim District Court on Monday is facing 53 charges, the majority of which relate to either offering to supply methamphetamine or offering to supply cannabis.

Blessie's killer loses name appeal

The man found guilty of murdering Blessie Gotingco has lost a suppression appeal but remains a face without a name in the meantime.

Hunter convicted after dog ran off

Teacher faces sex trial

politics

No need to hit panic button - Key

John Key says there is no "ideological" barrier to more spending if the economy needs a boost.

PM John Key leaves the door open to extra spending if growth slows sharply, but says don't panic yet.

EQC Act gets shake up

Insurers are backing a proposal for major changes to the Earthquake Commission Act.

Deputy Prime Minister Bill English has released the latest Government score card, showing reduced crime and welfare dependency.

Fewer children in welfare families

Fewer children are living in welfare-dependent families.

education

Schools to get more legal support

School boards will have better legal support for cases like the one involving St Bede's rowers Jordan Kennedy and Jack Bell.

Schools taken to court by angry parents will soon get more legal support.

St Bede's rowers speak out

St Bede's pupil says he "wasn't thinking" during airport incident that sparked a legal battle involving his parents and school.

Nelson College headmaster Gary O'Shea.

School pupils 'self entitled'

"The beards, the hair, the puffer jackets... this isn't new," but their sense of entitlement is, says school principal.

health

The flu season is nigh

Flu rates are starting to rise, particularly in the Bay of Plenty, Wairarapa and Hawke's Bay.

The flu season is under way and the public has been warned it could be nasty.

6000 patient summaries not sent to GPs

Nearly 6000 hospital discharge summaries were not sent to patients' GPs because of to a computer glitch.

Skin specialists say a lack of resources could jeopardise public dermatology services in just five years' time.

Patients' at risk if more skin specialists not found

Skin specialists have called for more dermatologists in the public health sector or risk incorrect diagnosis and treatment.

Women of Influence

'It's a huge privilege'

"I think today women still have to make a decision about career and taking time out to have a family and how much time," says Jo-Anne Wilkinson.

Jo-anne Wilkinson was the joint winner of the Women of Influence 2014 award for Social Enterprise.

On being Women of Influence video

Some of our Women of Influence alumni on what being a Woman of Influence means to them.

Former Prime Minister Helen Clark, home from the United Nations to accept the Kea World Class New Zealander Supreme Award.

'I'm a role model for NZ women' video

Helen Clark's handshake is still cast iron strong; the self-confidence still supremely intact.

farming

Gay marriage hasn't hurt NZ trade

Australian Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce believes gay marriage could affect his country's trade with Asia.

New Zealand's trade with Asia has increased since same-sex marriage was legalised, rubbishing Aussie minister's claim.

Woman killed in farm accident

A 32-year-old woman has died after an incident on a Southland farm.

PGG Wrightson chief executive Mark Dewdney addressing the company's annual meeting in 2013.

Livestock division investigated

PGG Wrightson has been investigated by the Commerce Commission for breach of the Commerce Act.

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