No admission, no trial, victims told

Rape victims say police are not taking their complaints seriously.

5:00 AM  Some police officers are telling sexual assault victims that if their attacker claims it was consensual, charges are unlikely to be laid.

Car upside down on tracks video

Car ends up on railway tracks after veering off road

6:22 AM  A driver veered off the road, ploughed through a fence and flipped, disrupting late-night trains.

NZ seeks US military planes

The Boeing P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol planes will replace a fleet of retiring P-3K planes.

The four maritime patrol planes have a combined price-tag of around $2 billion.

Jetset staff costing millions

District health boards across the country are grappling with a specialist shortage.

5:00 AM  Spending on overseas medical staff is in the millions, as a union warns NZ increasingly reliant on international workers.

A look inside stricken gorge video

The two slips are around two kilometres apart and it will take weeks for the road through the gorge to reopen.

The road through the Manawatu Gorge will be closed for weeks - and here's why.

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Pigdogs and Shakespeare

Sixty-eight-year-old Joshua Kauta is officially retired but says he will never stop dabbling in his passions.

In a remote forest by the ocean, Joshua Kauta is engrossed in pig guts and antique literature.

Coma patients medical guinea pigs

Jules Wilson, 32, was in a coma for two and half weeks after a car accident more than a decade ago. She believes doctors ...

Doctors can legally experiment on adult coma patients in NZ without their consent if it's in their "best interest".

Good news, the Government is spending up big

We have neglected infrastructure such as roads and rail for decades, says Shamubeel Eaqub.

We ignored infrastructure investment for three decades, and the past is catching up with us, says Shamubeel Eaqub.

On the hunt for NZ's lost airliners

The DC-8 that Bring Our Birds Home is currently trying to recover. Seen here in Wellington in 1981.

A lifelong aviation fan has a bold plan to bring home five historic Kiwi airliners that have been lost for decades.

Ewen Macdonald playing club rugby video

Ewen Macdonald pictured for the first time since being released from prison.

Murdered Scott Guy's family grieving, as the man who mounted a vendetta against him is out having fun.

Turning honey into gold

Manuka honey manufacturers Kai Ora Honey are riding the wave of a boom in the health product. Blanche Murray is the ...

Saana Waitai-Murray used to trade honey for flour and gas. Now her granddaughter is exporting 50 tonnes every year.

Pooing wrong can kill you

Stuff reporter Craig Hoyle is a firm convert after discovering the health benefits of using a squatty potty.

The King of Pop died straining on the toilet - and you could too, if you're not careful.

How will police prosecute their own?

A friend says Verity Ann McLean was "a lovely lady": "She was a caring, happy, great mum."

OPINION: The Invercargill shooting leaves police with serious questions to answer. A police officer, trained in conflict resolution and the use of firearms, stands accused. There were red flags.

Pollution still not out of the bag

Apples at one Countdown store could be bought loose, in a plastic bag, in a plastic carton that was wrapped in plastic, ...

Despite promoting recycle bins and reducing food waste, supermarkets still use unnecessary plastic packaging.

Inadequate protection at military base

The Linton Military Camp's perimeter fences have remained virtually unchanged over the past two decades.

They are charged with protecting our country. But can they protect themselves?

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Inadequate protection at military base

The Linton Military Camp's perimeter fences have remained virtually unchanged over the past two decades.

5:00 AM  They are charged with protecting our country. But can they protect themselves?

Navy officer wins day in court

5:00 AM  Former navy officer who alleges she was raped and harassed wins battle to be heard.

The coming drone 'arms race' video

Caught in the act

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The $500m quake bill

Road damage and closures was one of the big costs from the Kaikoura earthquakes.

The November earthquakes are expected to cost New Zealand around half a billion dollars.

Survival kits a 'recipe for disaster' video

Emergency survival kit contents.

Consumer NZ finds many pre-made survival kits, designed to save lives, lack key items or have poor-quality gear.

Funding for highway fix

A slip over State Highway 1 following the November 14 earthquake.

Quake-damaged highway between Picton and Christchurch to get $812m Budget boost, government confirms.

A hull lot of history

Maritime archeologist Kurt Bennett will create a 3D image of the Edwin Fox's mid-section.

One of the world's oldest ships is to travel overseas once again but this time without getting wet.

politics

When free speech meets remembrance

Alison Mau: I love the way we've remembered about Anzac Day. I love what it means to us. I don't like the way it's ...

OPINION: A young boy's outrage on our most-sacred day of remembrance has got Alison Mau thinking about free speech.

Fewer labels, more ideas

Nadine Higgins: Ideas should be weighed up and deemed good or bad regardless of where on the political spectrum their ...

Opinion: A person's political leanings shouldn't determine the merit - or otherwise - of their ideas, writes Nadine Higgins.

Damien Grant: My chemical romance

By banning codeine, the Government, is going to force people to endure unnecessary pain in order to protect someone who ...

Opinion: Codeine is going to be restricted here despite the entire population at some stage. The stupidity is incomprehensible.

An expensive addiction

With immigration, some people win – but as many economists point out, many Kiwis lose out with rising house prices and ...

OPINION: We welcome immigrants, their families, their businesses - and their money. But at what point should NZ say 'Enough'?

education

Kura kaupapa kids top NCEA exams

Year 13 students Ngamoka Rota, 18, head boy Matawhaiti Nepe-Pohatu, 17, and Taamia Rapana, 17, were among the students ...

They were students that seemed destined to fail. But they traded the poi for a pen and aced their exams.

Ghost school to be demolished

The school has been unused for 13 years and will now be demolished - even derelict pool will go.

For 13 years it sat empty and derelict. Now, the school - with a rateable value of $2.54m - is going.

Forsyth says goodbye to Monrad

Monrad Intermediate School principal John Forsyth retired at the end of term 1 after 25 years at the helm.

Departing Monrad principal John Forsyth has left a positive influence on many young lives.

Resistance fighter just 'doing what I had to do'.

Dora Suuring was a Dutch Resistance fighter during WWII.

 Dutch resistance fighter Dora Suuring used her chemistry skills to forge documents that would save scores of Jewish lives, writes Bess Manson.

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Damien Grant: My chemical romance

By banning codeine, the Government, is going to force people to endure unnecessary pain in order to protect someone who ...

Opinion: Codeine is going to be restricted here despite the entire population at some stage. The stupidity is incomprehensible.

Perils of duck hunting

Forty-one per cent of injuries associated with game-bird hunting occur during the opening weekend of duck hunting season.

Almost half of game bird hunting injuries happen during the opening weekend of the season.

It's our turn to fix this

A medical school backed by Waikato Hospital, pictured, and Waikato University  seeks to train GPs to fill a critical ...

OPINION: The old boys have failed to fix New Zealand's doctor shortage, now it's our turn.

Fake NZ hospital used in scam

A Google listing for the fictitious St Vincent Ranui Hospital, supposedly in the Wellington suburb of Karori.

Foreign doctors were lured by big salaries at a Wellington hospital - but "St Vincent Ranui" doesn't exist.

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Women of Influence: Enter now

2016 Women of Influence supreme winner Helen Robinson accepts her award from 2015 supreme winner Joan Withers.

Entries and nominations for the 2017 Women of Influence Awards open from April 11 to May 28.

About the awards

The New Zealand Women of Influence programme recognises and celebrates women from all walks of life.

Thanks to our partners

the 2016 Women of Influence winners.

Meet the organisations that make the awards possible.

Meet our alumni

Dame Therese Walsh helped deliver a flawless Rugby World Cup 2011.

Meet our alumni of amazing winners and finalists from 2013 - 2016.

farming

Time to move cows indoors video

Dairy cows enjoy their feed in Aberystwyth Dairies' free stall barn.

It's not just about barns. New Zealand's whole system of dairy production may need a re-think.

Fonterra escapes Aus court

Fonterra's Corporate Centre in Melbourne.

Shock as Australia's competition watchdog spares Fonterra from a court battle for slashing milk payouts.

The world's healthiest?

New Zealand is well placed to provide the natural, non modified types of food some consumers are recognising to be the ...

OPINION: The Government should start an initiative to promote New Zealanders as potentially the healthiest people in the world.

New hope for lonely farmers

The creators of the app say it lets users find love any time, "Whether you're in your truck, on a tractor or on a horse".

Is the rural NZ life getting lonely? Then swipe right on the first global farming dating app.

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    Auckland

    Good rides take time

    David Slack: That old TV ad for cheese told us good things take time. They weren't wrong, but those four simple words ...

    OPINION: David Slack highlights the similarities between a high-profile motorway development and the otherworldliness of Antarctica?

    A final of contrasting styles

    Joel Stevens has been a key player in an unusual wingback role for Team Wellington this season

    Auckland City love to be patient with the ball, but Team Wellington want to use it quickly. Who will prevail?

    Wine ... and eggs?

    Winemaker Tony Bish imported an oak egg from France which will be used to make chardonnay.

    An unlikely combination of wine and eggs is taking wine innovation to another level.

    Auckland's oldest skywalker

    Man Kaur, 101, and her son Gurdev Singh, 79, complete the SkyWalk.

    At 101, she's the oldest athlete at the World Masters Games. Now, she's the oldest to walk on top of the Sky Tower.

    Wellington

    Gunner Billy's high-seas adventure

    Cigarette-card portrait of World War I hero William 'Gunner Billy' Sanders.

    The VC winner lived and died in a boy's own dream.

    NZ seeks military craft

    The Boeing P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol planes will replace a fleet of retiring P-3K planes.

    Four airplanes from US would replace a retiring fleet of P-3K maritime patrols.

    Car upside down on train tracks video

    Car ends up on railway tracks after veering off road

    It crashed through a fence after veering off the road in Lower Hutt, briefly disrupting the train network.

    Woman hit by car dies

    Churchill Dr, Crofton Downs, was closed for a while after the collision on Saturday morning.

    Fatality in Gisborne while nasty crash in Wellington closes road temporarily.

    Canterbury

    Theatrical climate change march

    The People's Climate Parade march towards the Avon River.

    Key messages were expressed on stage in a "family-friendly" protest.

    Small town Chinese garden scandal

    The West Coast town of Kumara has a population of about 300.

    Westland council allows tiny town's "nest egg" to be used for a garden many don't want.

    Used office furniture glut hits Chch

    Faced with four floors of surplus furniture to dispose of, Canterbury District Health Board services manager Pauline ...

    Christchurch is the place for a bargain as tenants in new office buildings get rid of cast offs.

    Deadly love triangle

    Those on the outside described the McLeans as a "role model family".

    Invercargill rocked to core after a love triangle turned fatal. Where did it all go wrong?

    Waikato

    Architectural wonders revealed

    The new law and management building at Waikato University was designed by Opus Architecture.

    A lot of well known Waikato and Bay of Plenty buildings - and spaces - have earned accolades.

    It's our turn to fix this

    A medical school backed by Waikato Hospital, pictured, and Waikato University  seeks to train GPs to fill a critical ...

    OPINION: The old boys have failed to fix New Zealand's doctor shortage, now it's our turn.

    Join the fight for our med school

    Waikato University vice-chancellor Professor Neil Quigley and Waikato District Health Board chief executive Dr Nigel Murray.

    A proposed medical school in the Waikato has the Government interested.

    Ref raids accounts

    050711 NEWS. Robert Charles/Taranaki Daily News. Cheque/ cheque book. Money. Bank.

    Colleagues blew the whistle on referee who swiped $13K and a video camera.

    Taranaki

    Faith in the future

    Taranaki Cathedral of St Mary's, Bishop Philip Richardson, centre, blesses Dean of St Mary's Very Reverend Peter Beck as ...

    New Zealand's oldest church is being strengthened and it's about more than bricks and mortar.

    Mystery is solved 

    An unusual search and rescue mission was launched on Mt Taranaki, after a backpack was left behind at Holly Hut.

    Backpack sparked search and rescue mission after being left behind in mountain hut.

    Campbell Lane opens

    South Taranaki District mayor Ross Dunlop officiated at the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

    New development in Hawera gets the thumbs-up from residents.

    To Hollywood by motorbike

    Todd Holland's work appears on motorbikes in Hollywood movie Ghost in the Shell.

    A small-town car painting shop has made it big, with its work featuring in Ghost in the Shell.

    Manawatu

    Tourism tips in the 1920s

    Princess Mary and Viscount Lascelles' wedding day.

    Memory Lane: How to attract more tourists? The Standard had the answer 95 years ago.

    13 reasons to watch

    "13 Reasons Why" Star Gets A Tweet From Her Idol Lady Gaga!

    Come on kids, time to watch controversial show dealing with suicide.

    New act counters cyberbullying

    The Harmful Digitial Communications Act was passed in July 2015.

    Act helps as more than 20 people prosecuted for posting harmful content online.

    NZDF civilians take strike action

    Civilian employees of NZDF are on strike about pay.

    Union accuses Defence Force of intimidation.

    Nelson

    Not a house, it's a croquet shelter

    Athol Turner has a few home comforts at the Hinemoa Croquet Club shelter, including coffee and a biography of Alec Guiness.

    As the Nelson City Council looks to implement a new law banning sleeping in the city we meet a man who has made a croquet club his home.

    Housing crisis help?

    David Barnes, right, with his son Samuel Barnes who needs medical care, pictured with the dwelling David built for him ...

    A Nelson man built a home on his property for his mentally-ill son. Could this solve our housing issues?

    Guilty of murder

    Philip Quayle died after being attacked on a street in Cairns, Australia, about 100 metres from home.

    A man who choked a Nelson man to death during a random street attack in Cairns has been found guilty of murder.

    Taking a leaf out of the future video

    Nelson Mail Journalist Tim O'Connell with the Nissan Leaf electric vehicle(EV) that the Nelson Mail has had on loan from ...

    Tim O'Connell shares the thrills, trials and tribulations of driving an electric vehicle.

    Marlborough

    Ophthalmology waiting list halved

    The ophthalmology service at Nelson Marlborough Health has been remodelled which has cut the waiting list for those ...

    The health board has remodelled its ophthalmology service and cut the waiting list for those needing follow-up.

    Pokies accused 'collateral damage'

    The Department of Internal Affairs said Mike O'Brien was "unsuitable" to be involved in the pokie gambling business.

    Inquiry into who was behind pokie machine operations was flawed, says lawyer.

    Old dog with new tricks

    Vincent the retired guide dog plays Sandy in the new production of Annie.

    A retired guide dog is treading the boards as the furry star of Marlborough's newest musical.

    It's the climb

    Blenheim cyclist Andrew Bidwell, 16, is aiming for a podium finish at the upcoming Age Group Road National Championships ...

    When another cyclist said he was going to make Andrew's race hell, he laughed it off and smashed the pack by five minutes.

    South Canterbury

    Parents remember 'talented' son

    Rowan Yeager died following a crash near Lake Ohau on Anzac Day. This photo, supplied by friend Andrew Weatherall, shows ...

    Man killed in crash near Lake Ohau was just a week off moving into house he built by hand.

    Cleverley 'exonerated'

    Former South Canterbury District Health Board chair Murray Cleverley has spoken out for the first time about his ...

    Former SCDHB chair Murray Cleverley says decision to resign as chair was tough.

    'We have got a lot of work to do'

    SCDHB chief executive Nigel Trainor says the DHB is going try and improve low rates of HPV vaccination by providing more ...

    SC has a 'poor' HPV vaccination rate, prompting the DHB to turn to social media.

    Strong winds lash SC

    Police were called to the scene of a camper van crash on Friday afternoon, thought to be caused by the wind.

    Tourists escape with minor injuries after two campers blown off road south of Tekapo.

    Southland

    'They thought it was a dolphin' video

    The French tourist arrives at Dunedin Hospital by helicopter after she was attacked by a shark while bodyboarding in ...

    A French tourist who survived a shark attack wrenched its jaws from her legs, a local surfer says.

    Deadly love triangle

    Those on the outside described the McLeans as a "role model family".

    A city's been rocked after a broken marriage ended in death. Where'd it all go wrong?

    Ocean swimming 'sharks' territory'

    Lydia Ward holds her wetsuit with tooth holes and the boogie board she used to fend off a 1.5m shark that bit her on the ...

    A former shark attack victim has urged a tourist bitten by a shark to stay true to her passions - including ocean swimming.

    Rugby's presidential change

    Outgoing Rugby Southland president Donald Hay.

    One Eastern Southland rugby stalwart goes, another one replaces him.

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