Police alert on forced marriages

Indian culture and custom expert Pushpa Wood says there are blurred lines between arranged marriages – which could often be successful – and those she labelled "coercive".

8:28 AM  NZ faces a growing problem of forced and underage marriages, as well as bride-burning and acid attacks.

Tragedy highlights camo gear

New Zealand Deerstalkers' Association president Bill O'Leary.

8:05 AM  Wearing camo gear made it harder for other humans to see hunter Samuel Long.

Top cop cleared of wrongdoing

Departing Canterbury district commander Gary Knowles acted appropriately when a constable was charged with assault last year, an investigation has found.

Departing Canterbury district commander Superintendent Gary Knowles cleared after a complaint by a police officer.

How healthy are you?

Where are nation's most dangerous drinkers?

Hawke's Bay locals are NZ's most dangerous drinkers and Wellington loves junk food - but no-one knows why.

Red zone turns war zone video

Soldiers training in a red-zoned area of Christchurch.

Soldiers practice battle scenes in the abandoned wasteland around Christchurch.

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crime

Rescue turns focus on Kaye Stewart mystery

Retired Wellington physiotherapist Kaye Stewart, who went missing in June 2005 in Rimutaka Forest Park and is presumed dead.

9:14 AM  One of Wellington's enduring mysteries may get a helping hand after a missing runner's rescue in Rimutaka Forest Park.

Police alert on forced marriages

8:28 AM  NZ faces a growing problem of forced and underage marriages, as well as bride-burning and acid attacks.

Murder charge after stabbing

Father admits accidentally killing son

politics

Here today, gone tomorrow

Finance Minister Bill English gives the thumbs up after delivering his 7th Budget.

OPINION: Budgets come and Budgets go but only a few claim their place in history.

Kids lose out: economist

A top economist says he would not have signed his children up to KiwiSaver without the $1000 kick start.

More Kiwis will soon be plugging their cars in overnight rather than taking them to a petrol station if Transport Minister Simon Bridges gets his way.

Bridges urges more electric cars

Minister will be pushing for more electric cars when he attends an international summit.

education

'Pure bullies' exist - and they get meaner

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

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

Boy's hand impaled after fence climb

A 12-year-old student was rushed to hospital after impaling his hand on a fence spike.

Julie Moor, principal of prestigious private girls' school Rangi Ruru, will step down at the end of the year.

Rangi Ruru principal resigns

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

health

How healthy is your community?

Where are nation's most dangerous drinkers?

Hawke's Bay has NZ's most dangerous drinkers - but nobody is sure why.

Opponents set out euthanasia case

Lecretia Seales' court case extends beyond her, and puts others' lives at risk, opponents say.

New Plymouth's Jocelyn Gabites is currently undertaking a research project entitled 'Does fact or fiction drive the consumption of sports supplements?'

Sport supplement use questioned

Gym-bunnies have shown a growing interest in fuelling-up before hitting the gym, but is their poison of choice an informed one?

farming

Sheep death disagreement

The Ngapara community remains convinced more than 200 sheep killed on separate occasions in the district were not killed by dogs, despite police investigations finding they were.

Police say dogs killed close to 200 sheep on a North Otago farm - but Ngapara residents are doubtful.

Hotspot waits for rain

Some North Canterbury drought zone farmers are wondering how they will be able to feed their livestock over winter.

The Budget will bring more detector dogs at the border

Border beasties hit Budget wall

Biggest win for farmers and growers in Budget is extra funding going to stopping pests at the border.

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