Masseur jailed for assault

Cunbin Zhang has been sentenced on 14 charges of indecent assault.

6 min ago  Masseur who indecently assaulted three Christchurch women during massages has been jailed for 21 months.

Disabled pair left on train hoist

ON THE TRACKS: In 2012,  the fleet of new Matangi train started servicing Wellington.

3:35 PM  A train started pulling away from Waikanae station while two people were still on its mobility hoist.

Dummy passenger ruse fails

An expensive passenger in the T2 lane on an Auckland onramp.

2:57 PM  "Sheepish" driver busted trying to use mannequin as the front seat passenger in restricted lane.

Motorcyclist critically injured

Ambulance NZ generic

3:17 PM  Motorcyclist seriously injured after coming off bike.

Arrest after teen's death

Palmerston North teen Nathan Booker died after being found submerged in a bath while in respite care.

3:31 PM  Woman arrested and charged in connection to the death of Palmerston North teenager in respite care.

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crime

Masseur jailed for assault

Cunbin Zhang has been sentenced on 14 charges of indecent assault.

4 min ago  Masseur who indecently assaulted three Christchurch women during massages has been jailed for 21 months.

Freddies keeps licence

3:30 PM  The New Plymouth bar which allegedly served drunk driver who killed a woman will keep its liquor licence.

Pig hunting police officers criticised

Electoral Commission arson sentence

politics

Peters slams flag debate handling

NZ First leader Winston Peters flanked by his deputy Tracey Martin and MP Ron Mark, arrive at the Justice and Electoral select committee to protest the flag referendum.

2:37 PM  NZ First leader Winston Peters has accused a National MP chairing the flag referendum debate of being undemocratic with submitters.

Auckland transport tax backed

3:31 PM  Auckland Council votes overwhelmingly in favour of a $99-a-year extra transport levy.

The Beehive in Wellington, NZ.

Live: Flag debate rages video

The flag debate continues to boil within the Beehive.

education

Road safety on school radar

Berhampore School pupils Theo Melville, left, Mia Coles-Nixon, Naya Espelita, front, and Princes Garcia measure traffic speeds on Britomart St, Wellington.

8 min ago  The loan of a speed camera gun has Berhampore School pupils excited about road safety and maths.

Teacher accused of misconduct quits

Christchurch South Intermediate School Cheryl-Lyn Porter resigns over allegations of misconduct.

Yik Yak user and Wellington East Girls' College student Aleisha Amohia, 17, looks through the app.  Some schools have banned the app after bullying messages and misuse.

No go for Yik Yak video

Wellington schools are wising up to anonymous messaging app Yik Yak.

health

Doctor vs DHB

Dr Natalia Andreianova, specialist gynecologist and obstetrician has had to stop providing specialist scans.

2:35 PM  A spat between an obstetrician and the Taranaki DHB has seen a withdrawal of scans for pregnant women.

Young teens hospitalised for eating disorders

Fourteen-year-olds in the Manawatu region are being hospitalised for eating disorders.

Waikanae residents have been cold-called by scammers asking for sensitive details including what medication they have been taking.

Scammers seek medical information

Scammers claiming to be from a health centre called patients for information including their medication.

farming

More cows but no more profit

DairyNZ principal scientist John Roche.

The average NZ dairy farmer is milking 100 more cows than six years ago, yet making no more money, says a leading scientist.

Neglected calves put down

A herd of 18 neglected calves on a Taranaki lifestyle block have been put down.

Land values continue to rise despite a drop in farmer confidence.

Farm prices rise 24 per cent

2:14 PM  Median farm land prices rose by 24 per cent over the three months to February 2015 compared to the same period last year.

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