Wetter, wilder weather

Rain covers the North Island and the top of the South in this 6.13am rain radar image from MetService.

7:37 AM  Major flooding across Auckland as heavy rain and gales pound the country.

Photos: How's the weather at your place?

Lawyer in hot water

A couple's "ill-judged" decision to pass on a $6000 offer to settle their loan ended up costing them more than $45,000.

A Porirua lawyer's bad legal advice ended up costing her clients almost $40k.

'You are too late'

The murder trial of Jiwan Ram is underway at the High Court at Auckland. Ram, pictured, is accused of killing Bimla Wati.

Jiwan Ram was "proud" of killing partner Bimla Wati, niece tells court.

Gran and cat reunited after fire

Barbara Macnee, 67, right, is reunited with Buddy held by Emma King, 40 at their Milton home destroyed by fire on Saturday.

She thought her 6-month-old cat, Buddy, was dead. When she heard him meowing, she started crying.

Teen avoids $50K bill for crash

Two petrol pumps were wiped out by boy racers in Kirwee on June 6.

Drink-driver crashes into gas station pumps, drives off, abandons car, hides in bushes - and avoids bill.

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crime

Man assaulted during break-in

Police are conducting a scene examination at this address after intruders assaulted a man inside at 2am.

8 min ago  Man assaulted by intruders who broke into home in Matamata.

Ashburton marks tragic anniversary

15 min ago  Two minutes of silence will mark a year to the day since the Ashburton Work and Income shootings.

Drink-driving teacher struck off

Search for Kiwi's body

politics

Richie wants a new flag

The 40 flag designs chosen by a cross-party panel from more than 10,000 submissions.

Richie McCaw has thrown his support behind the Prime Minister for a flag change.

Midwives sue Government video

Midwives have lodged the nation's biggest equal pay challenge.

John Key wants a silver fern on the next New Zealand flag.

If flag changed, would you care?

OPINION: John Key probably wasn't expecting the typical Kiwi "yeah nah" response.

education

Drink-driving teacher struck off

A teacher has been deregistered after decades of drink-driving convictions.

8:46 AM  Man with multiple convictions finally banned from teaching.

Educators follow midwives to court

NZEI will launch legal action over unequal pay for education support workers.

The principals, from left,Vanessa Hendry, left, Colin Tarr, Kaye Brunton, Marion Tuite, Kerry Delaney, Dairne Kaimoana, and Elmer Breedt.

Strength in numbers for Titahi Bay principals

A group of principals from western Porirua have formed a school cluster.

health

A weighty look at DNA

An intensive DNA search will seek the specific genetic causes of obesity and Type-2 diabetes in New Zealanders.

Just why are New Zealanders so fat? It may be our genes.

New Zealand needs to do more to tackle overdose problem

OPINION: Monday is International Overdose Awareness Day.

Waikato DHB has listed 10 quality and safety improvement areas.

Consumer reps join maternity board

A new initiative for Waikato maternity services include the appointment of consumer reps.

Women of Influence

A very unplanned career

"I'd have every child in New Zealand growing up with the kind of opportunities I had, that would be brilliant," says Fran Wilde.

Former Wellington mayor and Labour MP Fran Wilde was the local and regional winner in 2013.

Advice to your teenage self video

If you could go back in time, what advice would you give to your teenage self?

2014 Emerging Leader winner Althea Carbon

'Push out of your comfort zone'

Young corporate lawyer Althea Carbon is passionate about using digital innovation to help charities.

farming

Anger at lack of farm trees

A lucky cow in the shade during a hot summer. Plant more trees is the call from a retired dairy farmer.

Dairy farmers would get better production if they planted a few trees and shelter belts.

Farmers are ageing

NZ farmers are an ageing demographic, according to Statistics NZ data, and agribusiness scientists.

There is increasing concern that more dairy businesses will face liquidation following the Fonterra dairy payout drop.

Liquidation of dairy business

Woodville dairy support business goes into liquidation - the first of others expected says a liquidator.

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