Morrinsville woman off to Nepal

Morrinsville resident and Red Cross Aid worker Jacqui Dixon heads over to Nepal to help with earthquake emergency response.

9:28 PM  Jacqui Dixon had just seven hours to finish packing, wave goodbye to her husband and depart for a disaster zone.

Nepal fundraiser at Sir Ed's church

Lady June Hillary at the service to raise funds for victims of the Nepal earthquake.

9:27 PM  Sir Edmund Hillary's Knight of the Garter banner flew over a fundraiser for Nepalise quake victims.

Hunt on for police search dog

New police Dog handlers, from left Constable Adam Thomas with Uso and Constable Lachy MacDonald with Zero out training at Sandy Point Otatara Invercargill

He may usually be the one doing the tracking but this time it's police search dog Thames who has gone missing.

4.2 quake rattles South Island

Upper South Island and Wellington rattled by quake.

A shallow 'strong' magnitude 4.2 earthquake has rattled the central South Island.

Protest over wharf expansion video

Auckland wharf expansion protest

Hundreds take to Auckland's streets in anger over waterfront plans for the city.

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crime

'Quiet village' rocked by shooting video

Vaughan Te Moananui.

A couple who had "front row seats" for a fatal Thames shooting say it was impossible to tell if the armed man shot first.

Rotorua woman fights off attacker

Victim was grabbed from behind, pushed over and knocked out, before screaming and scaring off her attacker.

Police team investigate scene of stabbing

Prisoners set fire to cell

politics

PM vows to win back Northland

Prime Minister John Key said National had "much to do, both as a government and as a party".

In his first visit to Northland since National's by-election defeat, Prime Minister John Key vows to regain voters' trust.

English grips surplus promise

OPINION: Finance Minister Bill English has all but buried his pet policy of returning to surplus this year.

Prime Minister John Key, Green Party co-leader Russel Norman and Far North Mayor John Carter at the announcement of $3 million in funding for Northland's Twin Coast Cycle Trail.

$3m to Northland cycle way

The Government and the Greens jointly announce $3m to complete one of the last "Great Rides" cycle trails.

education

Hillcrest High shows artistic prowess

Hillcrest High School student Emma Savage's painting won the Excellence in Art Competition.

The Excellence in Art Competition was won by a Hillcrest student for the second year running.

Mt John Observatory faces uncertain future

Mt John Observatory has a bright past but is facing uncertainty as funding dries up.

Izzy Finlay, 8, from Swanson Primary School in West Auckland will be one of the children able to play with fire. The school is installing a fire pit as part of its free play philosophy.

Primary students to play with fire

Primary school that makes its own rules now plans to use fire pits as play-time tools.

health

Nepal: Disease spread looming

Site in Kathmandu followig earthquake

A NZ microbiologist says the country now faces the possible spread of life-threatening diseases.

Improved heart attack diagnosis

A new process at Nelson hospital allows paramedics, emergency doctors, cardiologists to diagnose heart attacks faster.

150503 NEWS Photo: Shane Wenzlick, Ferrari Cavalcade event to raise money for the Gastro-Intestinal Cancer Institute, GICI, Newmarket, Auckland, sunday 3rd May 2015.

Ferraris raise funds for cancer

A $20 million collection of Ferraris is driving across the Auckland region to raise money.

farming

Culverden sharemilkers win

Justin and Melissa Slattery have been named 2015 New Zealand Sharemilker/Equity Farmers of the Year.

NZ Dairy Industry Awards winners ahead of the game in driving profitability on farms, during a forecast period of low milk payouts.

Farming smarter not harder

A young Tararua couple reveal how they are keeping their farm system simple.

Hayden and Ellisa Slack 50:50 sharemilk at Waiuku, southwest of Auckland. From left Hayden and Ellisa with their children Danika 6, Kayla 7 and Riley 9.

Farming the friendly breed

Hayden Slack is on a mission to change perception that ayrshires are not a good breed.

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