Snow from Southland to Taupo

Snow at the Wrights Hill lookout, Karori, Wellington.

12 min ago  An icy blast moving across the country has seen snow fall as far north as Taupo and Hawke's Bay.

Photos: How's the weather at your place?

Fake IDs getting harder to spot

Sergeant Shane Benge with fake driver's licences and 18+ ID cards produced by a 16-year-old boy and sold to his mates.

10:23 AM  New technology is making it "virtually impossible" to tell genuine drivers licences and ID card from forged ones.

Seal causes commotion on road

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6 min ago  A seal that has waddled onto a South Auckland road from a nearby inlet is causing a splash.

One dead in boating tragedy

Coastguard Waiuku's NZ Steel Rescue boat.

10:42 AM  One man died and three others were rescued after clinging to trees after a boat capsized on the Waikato River.

Shallow quake near Wanaka

Heavy snow in Wanaka has been followed by a nearby earthquake.

5 min ago  A 3.5-magnitude earthquake just 5km deep has shaken an isolated area 50km northwest of Wanaka.

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crime

Drug mule's sentence delayed for rehab

Kylie Puna, appears at the Auckland District Court on charges of possession of a class A drug.

11:16 AM  A drug mule who concealed $18,200 worth of drugs inside her has been released on bail to undergo drug rehabilitation.

Fake IDs getting harder to spot

10:23 AM  New technology is making it "virtually impossible" to tell genuine drivers licences and ID card from forged ones.

Teen seriously assaulted in Dunedin

'You didn't do it' video

politics

Nats' super 'squeeze'- Little

Finance minister Bill English in parliament with Prime Minister John Key.

Labour leader Andrew Little accuses National of leaving a "major superannuation squeeze" for future governments to fix.

New flag more than a rebrand

OPINION: By considering a new flag, New Zealand is being asked to take part in a costly corporate rebranding exercise.

Smoke rises after airstrikes by government forces in the eastern Damascus suburb of Ghouta on May 17. A woman with dual Australian-Kiwi citizenship who had been living in Syria is said to be looking to return home.

PM: NZ can't bar Syria returnee

10:31 AM  Legislation would not allow woman to be stripped of citizenship, says John Key.

education

Student loans for prisoners on the up

CCTV and razor wire at Rimutaka Prison, Upper Hutt, New Zealand, Thursday, June 03, 2010. Credit:NZPA / Ross Setford

The number of prisoners to receive a student loan for tertiary study at Manawatu Prison has been increasing but numbers remain low.

Rangi Ruru principal resigns

Principal of prestigious private school for girls resigns after more than 13 years in the job.

Children at Douglas Park School in the Wairarapa embraced the Bully Free Me Pink Shirt Day on Friday.

'Pure bullies' exist - and they get meaner

Almost one-in-ten teens is a "pure bully" and for many the outlook is not good - but neither is it for their victims.

health

Seales' euthanasia case begins

Lecretia Seales has an inoperable brain tumour and wants the option of asking a doctor to help her die.

7 min ago  Lecretia Seales' lawyer says she may have only weeks to live, as proceedings in her euthanasia case begin.

Drinking, moods down

Health professionals are at a loss to explain the findings of a post-quake Canterbury health study.

The AIDS Foundation’s Shaun Robinson is proud of the progress the Get It On campaign has made.

Sex education for generation Grindr

An AIDS Foundation safe anal sex video guide has gone viral.

farming

More milk price transparency call

A Fonterra milk tanker arrives at Fonterra's Te Rapa plant near Hamilton in this August 6, 2013 file photo. Fonterra, New Zealand's huge dairy cooperative, has begun buying milk from non-members for the first time in its history, a major strategic shift as it battles foreign-backed processors that have sprung up in the world's No.1 dairy exporting nation. REUTERS/Nigel Marple/Files (NEW ZEALAND - Tags: BUSINESS FOOD HEALTH)

Fonterra told to sharpen its communication act and publicly report milk price guidance monthly.

There's milk in thar hills

Life is very busy for one young Hawke's Bay farmer.

Angus (left) and Forbes Cameron, 2015 Steak of Origin champion farmers.

Different thinking pays off

Alternative thinking is paying off for father and son farmers who recently won NZ's "Steak of Origin" competition.

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