We should do more spying

COUP LEADER: Fijian nationalist George Speight, flanked by armed gunmen, removes road blocks around the Parliament Building compound a month after storming it in 2000. New Zealand was caught off-guard by the coup because of a lack of spying.

8:14 AM  OPINION: It's not a paradise out there in the South Pacific - dangerous things happen like coups and mutinies.

NZ spied on Pacific Islands

Live blog: NZ spies on neighbours

'Kiwis will be shocked'

Hope for unwanted dogs

Abbey van der Plas with 8-week-old Sia.

Abbey van der Plas cannot recall the number of family shoes she has lost to her foster dogs.

Justice system just fine: Key

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John Key has dismissed calls for an independent commission to review possible miscarriages of justice.

Donor lightens bucket list

HARD TRAINING: Graham Arthur gets in a training run before he takes part in the Round the Bays race this weekend, 10 months after donating a kidney.

9:19 AM  Ten months after donating a kidney to a stranger, Graham Arthur is at the start line.

Bus shelters as art works

BUZZ STOP: This new mural on an old-fashioned bus stop on the corner of Mandalay Tce and Cashmere Ave in Khandallah has got residents humming.

Two bus stop murals have appeared to brighten up the quiet streets of suburban Wellington.

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Name suppression lapses

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7 min ago  One of the men charged with iron bar attack named as Shaynen Zonneveld.

Stolen car in 35 minute pursuit

9:25 AM  Police abandon 35 minute chase along an Auckland motorway due to safety concerns.

Farmer avoids jail over eco offences

Man alters claim about sex tapes


Justice system just fine: Key

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John Key has dismissed calls for an independent commission to review possible miscarriages of justice.

PM calls on O-Week crowd

9:03 AM  John Key only made it about 50 metres before the crowd swamped him.

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 20:  New Zealand First Leader Winston Peters speaks to media and supporters at the Spencer on Byron Hotel in Takapuna on September 20, 2014 in Auckland, New Zealand.  Voters head to the polls today to elect the 51st Parliament of New Zealand.  (Photo by Fiona Goodall/Getty Images)

Peters opens up possibilities

OPINION: Watching Winston Peters, you can't help being reminded of an old lion on his rock surveying the grassland.


Fruit flies foil school fundraiser

BIG LOSS: Students from the Maori immersion unit at Western Springs College, from left: Ngatau Leaf, Awatea Wihongi, Tiakina Te Kare, Isaia Te Kare and Tyler Rhyse. The unit usually raises about $25,000 from fundraising at the Pasifika Festival.

Fruit flies are preventing two central Auckland schools from fundraising during the Pasifika Festival.

No takers for condom handout

Taranaki high schools have no plans to follow an Auckland school by handing out condoms.

KIWI INNOVATION: The UV Sensor installed at Just Kidz Educare Dannemora’s playground.

Hats off to new sensor

New technology is telling an early childhood centre when hats and sunblock should be worn.


Special wheelchair gets Finlay outside

FREE TO EXPLORE: Finlay Butcher tries out his all-terrain wheelchair on Narrow Neck beach.

There was no better birthday present for Finlay Butcher than being able to play with his siblings again.

Concerns over euthanasia

Disabled people could be coerced to commit suicide if a voluntary euthanasia bill is passed, a disability rights group says. 

MIAMI, FL - FEBRUARY 05: David Beckham attends a press conference to announce their plans to launch a new Major League Soccer franchise at PAMM Art Museum on February 5, 2014 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Aaron Davidson/Getty Images)

'Normal' penis size decided

Forget all the images in adult films and drawings scrawled on public bathrooms, there is now a scientific guide to what is the average penis size.


Another fruit fly found

MORE EXPECTED: MPI staff have set traps on fruit trees in the Grey Lynn area.

The 11th fruit fly has been found in Auckland, and traps are expected to catch more.

Fonterra dairy prices creep up

Big jump in cheddar and butter milk powder at global auction drives prices up 1.1pc.

Growing: China's market for infant formula doubled in five years and is expected to double again in three years.

Formula maker profit dives

China's Beingmate, in which Fonterra is set to take a stake, sees profit fall 91pc.

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