Stranger slashes passenger in head

Police are looking for this man after an assault in Waikanae.

Man waiting on platform is stabbed in random attack at Waikanae station.

Waves close road, hit ferries video

Rough swells in Cook Strait have cancelled ferry sailings and closed roads on Wellington's south coast and in Kaikoura. This photo was taken from Kaikoura.

6 min ago  Massive storm churns up sea to cause disruption and delays on east coast.

Teacher guilty of indecency 

A court has ruled a teacher guilty of masturbating in a classroom.

4:14 PM  Auckland teacher who masturbated in classroom to pornography during school hours found guilty of indecency.

Calls for surgical mesh inquiry

Complications arising from the use of surgical mesh are thought to occur in 20 per cent of cases.

5:32 PM  Two women suffering after surgical mesh procedures went awry plead for a formal inquiry.

Survival skills save teen video

Missing Hawera teen Phillip Pierson, 14, was located by a Department of Conservation worker just after 11am.

4:03 PM  Hawera teen lost in Egmont National Park spent the night in a bivouac before following river out.

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crime

Alexandra man admits downloading child porn

A 23-year-old Alexandra man appeared in the Queenstown District Court on Wednesday facing charges of distributing child pornography. The man was found not guilty.

4:35 PM  An Alexandra man who admitted downloading child pornography since the age of 13, has been found not guilty of distributing objectionable material.

Woman nearly killed in drunken crash

4:34 PM  Eleven hours after holding his newborn daughter for the first time, Deon Aaron Page was hearing how he nearly killed a woman.

Meth mum sentenced

Teacher guilty of indecency in classroom

politics

Alliance Party deregistered

Helen Clark and Jim Anderton shake hands after signing the Coalition Agreement in Parliament in 1999.

4:44 PM  Once boasting the deputy PM and several Cabinet Ministers, the Alliance Party is officially no more.

Crown land 'unsuitable'

Claims Crown land tagged to build new Auckland homes includes a cemetery and a power substation that "exploded" in 2013.

Former National Party Minister Maurice Williamson doesn't want to join ACT.

'I don't want to join ACT'

Maurice Williamson breaks silence over ACT rumours, and Judith Collins rejects claims of disunity within National.

education

Long-serving Hagley principal retires

Brent Ingram, principal of Hagley Community College, who is retiring at the end of the year.

8 min ago  Brent Ingram is retiring after 25 years in charge of Hagley Community College.

Band hope to get to the ball on time

For these budding musicians, RockQuest takes precedence over the school ball.

Abortion privacy laws should stay as is

Current laws around parental notification for termination procedures should stay in place, NZ Family Planning says. 

health

Calls for surgical mesh inquiry

Complications arising from the use of surgical mesh are thought to occur in 20 per cent of cases.

5:32 PM  Two women suffering after surgical mesh procedures went awry plead for a formal inquiry.

Seales 'can't choose time of death'

4:20 PM  Dying lawyer is back in court for the final session in her case to have a doctor help her to die if suffering becomes intolerable.

Hawke's Bay DHB is first in country to shun a proposed national food service for all health boards.

DHB rejects national food contract

4:45 PM  Board members question logic of flying frozen food to "fruitbowl of the country".

farming

Dairy farmers in anxious wait

Predictions are for a higher Fonterra payout to dairy farmers in the coming season, compared to the present.

4:35 PM  Dairy farmers anxiously awaiting Fonterra's next season's new milk price forecast told it will be "conservative'' by ASB.

Top deer environment award

Central Hawke's Bay farmers win the deer industry's Elworthy Environment Award.

Westland Milk Products hopes its increased nutritional production at its Hokitika site will help provide a better payout for farmers.

Westland lifts payout prediction

Westland retains its payout for 2014-15 season but lifts its prediction for 2015-16

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