'Aviation patriarch' farewelled

SAD DAY: Funeral for Aviation pioneer Jack Mehlhopt who was killed in a Microlight crash last Friday

5:46 PM  A guard of honour and flyover featured at the funeral  of "aviation patriarch" Jack Mehlhopt this afternoon.

He built it, then he burnt it

EMPTY SHELL: The Featherston, Wairarapa home burned down by Timothy Grindlay.

Man who built a house with his ex-wife set fire to it, then sat on the lawn drinking wine and watching it burn.

Fish-hook in state house sales plan video

John Key delivers his state of the nation address, 2014

State houses will not fall into developers' hands - unless there is a special arrangement.

Cliff fall man recovering

RESCUE ATTEMPT: The Westpac Rescue Helicopter tries to lift a man to safety after he fell about 30 metres on to rocks at the southern end of Castor Bay on Auckland's North Shore.

Stuart Rundle has several broken bones, a punctured lung, bruises and cuts after a 30 metre fall from an Auckland cliff.

Childcare centre closed

CLOSED: Marlborough Street Childcare Centre, Silverstream, Lower Hutt.

Upper Hutt childcare centre closes after asbestos was found in a building being demolished next door.

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crime

Creepy couple unmasked video

WANTED COUPLE: Police would like to speak to the masked pair seen intimidating people in Auckland parks recently.

A mystery couple who alarmed Auckland park-goers by appearing in masks have come forward to police.

Fraudsters' parole hearing deferred

Jailed finance directors Neal Nicholls and Wayne Douglas have had their first parole hearings deferred after an error was made with their eligibility dates.

He built a house, then burnt it

Man sent threatening emails

politics

Fish-hook in state house plan video

John Key delivers his state of the nation address, 2014

Ministers say state houses being sold off by the Government will not fall into developers' hands - unless there is a special arrangement.

McCully's Antarctica flight

An Antarctica-bound flight forced to make a dramatic landing was using a plane unsuited for the conditions.

Cabinet minister Nick Smit

Chopper hired from Pike funds

Nick Smith chartered another helicopter for TV cameras - this time using  cash set aside for families of the Pike River victims.

education

Parents rush to buy uniforms

Milson Primary School associate principal Tracy Thorn and year 3 student Cade Ellery, 7, look at secondhand uniforms.

Kitting out kids in school uniforms this year may set Manawatu families back hundreds of dollars.

Wananga leads the way with app

A new mobile app for carpentry students teaches them how to build a house from the ground up.

Watch out: Accidents in schoolyards cost the taxpayer more than $800,000 in ACC claims last year.

School accidents costly

Accidents in Wellington schools cost the taxpayer just over $800,000 last year.

health

Former TVNZ journo aids ebola fight

Former reporter Corrine Ambler is in Africa working with the Red Cross in the fight against Ebola.

Corinne Ambler has swapped the newsroom for a stint in Africa helping in the fight against ebola.

Manawatu Teen pregnancies fall

All-encompassing sex education and maturing mindsets may reduce teen pregnancies in Manawatu.

Christchurch nurse Sahra Ahmed wants to change the perception that all Somalis are either pirates or plane hijackers. She is heading to Sierra Leone to work with Ebola victims.

Nursing Ebola victims

Christchurch nurse Sahra Ahmed wants to change the perception that all Somalis are either pirates or plane hijackers.

farming

Farmers hoping for end of big dry

Federated Farmers Wairarapa provincial president Jamie Falloon.

Farmers have been caught out by the speed with which the severe dry conditions have arrived, says one Wairarapa farmer.

Low milk price begins to pinch

OPINION: The impact of the unexpectedly low milk price of $4.70/kg milk solids has hit like a tonne of bricks.

It's dry in South Canterbury but not officially a drought.

'Big dry' eats up feed

The "big dry" in South Canterbury has farmers feeding out earlier than normal.

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